What You Need To Know About The Bowling Green Defense
– The defense that had so many issues last year is at least experienced. The secondary had to make too many stops thanks to a leaky front seven, but at least there are tacklers. Fred Garth and Marcus Milton form one of the MAC’s best-tackling safety tandems, but they shouldn’t have to do so much work. All four starters are back in the secondary that got roasted for 253 yards per game, but to be fair …
– There wasn’t any pressure in the backfield. Three starters return on the front four, but where are the big plays? The Falcons managed a meager 54 tackles for loss and just 15 sacks, with one or none coming in seven games. No plays behind the line, no big stops, too many big things happening down the field. End David Konowalski and tackle Kyle Junior are back after tying for the team lead in sacks, but they each came up with just 3.5.
– In all, nine starters are back to the miserable D that allowed 507 yards and 38 points per game. The linebackers have to start doing more against the run, with Brandon Harris and Armani Posey on the outside two good ones to work around. A thumper in the middle has to be found to replace second-leading tackler Nate Locke, but no matter what the configuration, the Falcons have to …
Biggest Key To The Bowling Green Defense
Stop … the … run. The Falcons haven’t had a strong run D over the last few seasons, but they fell off the map last season. They were 126th in the nation against the run, allowing 3,039 yards and 35 touchdowns, giving up close to six yards per carry as they were hammered time and time again.
How bad were things? They allowed 200 yards or more nine times, bottoming out late in the year against Toledo, giving up 389 yards and seven touchdowns.