What You Need To Know About The Air Force Defense
– Pass rush, pass rush, pass rush. There wasn’t one last season – Air Force was dead last in college football in sacks – and it proved costly. The Falcons cranked out 104 sacks over the previous three seasons – more than 30 in each year – but there wasn’t anything going on last year with just ten. Five of them came in the two games against Michigan and Wyoming, and five came in the other ten games.
But there was hope this spring. R.J. Jackson should be a factor at one outside spot, and fellow linebacker Lakota Wills joins him, holding down another job. Both should add to the pressure behind the line.
– There are more than enough playmakers in the secondary, but everyone needs that pass rush to work. Kyle Floyd is one of the best-hitting safeties in the Mountain West, and free safety James Jones isn’t all that far behind. Add corner Jeremy Fejedelem, and a deep group working behind him and at the other spot, and the Falcons are set.
– Partly due to the lack of pressure in the backfield, the run defense will be in the spotlight after an awful season. The Falcons gave up close to six yards per carry and 31 scores a year after giving up under 1,500 yards and just 3.4 yards per pop.
Air Force has hope in the linebacking corps, and again, the secondary can pop. But the defense that gave up more than 200 yards just once two seasons ago, can’t allow more than 200 yards in five games like it did last year.
Biggest Key To The Air Force Defense
The takeaways have to come. That all starts with doing more in the backfield and coming up with more sacks, but the defense has to find a way to do its part to create big plays. It generated a pathetically low ten takeaways, with three coming against Colorado State and two against UNLV.