Fall camp preview: Defensive ends

Over the next couple of weeks, will get Tiger fans set for fall camp with an in-depth breakdown at every position. We will outline the likely starters headed into fall camp, highlight a few backups who could challenge for a job, and set the scene with the major camp storylines at each spot. This will be a special free series on the site, every day for ten days. Today, we look at the defensive ends:
The Starters: Aldon Smith comes off a freshman season in which he tied the school record for sacks. He was so good, some wonder if this season is his last in college. On the other side, Jacquies Smith is set to start, but can't get too comfortable.
The Backups: Brad Madison had a strong spring and is in the mix as the third end right now. Marcus Malbrough came on as well and will get playing time. Add in youngsters Michael Sam and Brayden Burnett and you're looking at the deepest position on the Tiger roster.
The Top Story: Now that he's no secret, can Aldon Smith be as dominant as he was for his first two years on campus? In addition, with so much playing time available, how is it distributed? Jacquies Smith has had some great moments, but will have to be consistent every day to maintain his spot. With all the competition, this will be a fun position to watch throughout camp.
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