During Head Coach Mike White's tenure at Albany State, the defenses have often served as the identities of his teams.
Whether that's the case this year remains to be seen, but it has the potential to be one of White's best units.
Safety Dexter Moody and linebacker Marcavius Dudley received preseason all-conference accolades, and they will be counted on as leaders in the locker room and in the huddle.
ASU returns most starters, including the entire linebacker group, and Damien Goosby headlines a good crop of defensive lineman. However, there are a few unclaimed roles, so lots of players will see the field in the early part of the season.
The 3-4 defensive alignment has served the Albany State program well. If the defense can get in shape and improve in certain aspects of the scheme, it could be a special group by the end of the season.
But Coach White knows they might not have much time to figure it out.
"It is a process. I expect us in another game or two to really have picked it up and by midseason I hope we're where we want to be," White said. "The thing is, our schedule says that we got to be good right now. We can't wait, and that's probably the part that worries me a little bit."