Closer look at JMU Football defensive line and tight ends

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- As Spring practice continues for the Dukes, today we take a look at one of the strongest units on last year's team: the defensive line.

Darrious Carter has graduated and Paris Black has entered the transfer portal, but the team returns most of the players at the position and brings in freshmen this season.

"We've got some guys back that have played good football. Obviously Rondell and [John] Daka, but Daka hadn't practiced since the first practice," head coach Curt Cignetti said. "Mike Greene really came on at the end of the year. I think he's had a really strong spring."

"We feeling good. We've got a whole bunch of guys stepping up," junior defensive lineman Mike Greene said. "My guy Isaac [Ukwu] looking real good in there, making a lot of plays. Daka still in there, Adeeb [Atariwa], Ron'Dell [Carter], Matt [Terrell], we looking real good, my boy Garrett {Groulx] the whole bunch of us, we just working together trying to be great."

On the other side of the ball at the tight end position, senior Dylan Stapleton is getting ready for his first full season as a Duke, which could be a breakout year.

"Been dreaming about it for sure, senior year is a big one," Stapleton said. "Just gonna keep continuing to grind out here, grind in the weight room this off season. This summer is gonna be huge for me. But I'm just really excited for the season to get here, it's definitely going to be a big year."

"I've been very pleased," Cignetti said. "You know he can block, he can run routes, he's got good speed, good agility, he's got you know really top end potential."

Looking ahead, JMU football will host its pro day on Tuesday.