Building the Perfect College Football Defense in 2023

Before you say "the Georgia Bulldogs," well, yes, the two-time defending national champions have been darn salty on that side of the ball the past two years.

While they boast one dude on this elite, mythical team, guys such as edge-rusher Mykel Williams and safety Malaki Starks just missed.

Clemson nearly placed a second guy on this list, as did Alabama. Penn State had two close misses in Chop Robinson and Abdul Carter.

But not only does this squad have a space-eating run-stuffer in the middle,

 the front line also features guys great against the run who can stifle quarterbacks. We also have guys to rush the passer and shutdown stars on the back end.

It's the versatility of this all-star team that would make it the perfect defense,

 and even if you think we're a little susceptible in coverage on the second level, the defensive backs are good enough to survive and thrive on the island.

Let's take a look at the can't-miss defense for the '23 season.

Defensive Line: Jared Verse, Florida State Defensive Line: Bralen Trice, Washington Nose Guard: Jer'Zhan Newton, Illinois Edge: Harold Perkins Jr., LSU

Inside Linebacker: Jamon Dumas-Johnson, Georgia Inside Linebacker: Tommy Eichenberg, Ohio State

Outside Linebacker: Jeremiah Trotter Jr., Clemson Cornerback: Kool-Aid McKinstry, Alabama


Highest-paid college football coaches 2023: Josh Heupel, Matt Rhule cash in -