What You Need To Know About The Kent State Defense
– Defensive coordinator Tom Kaufman knows how to load up a pass defense. The Golden Flashes lose top pickoff safety Demetrius Monday, and have to replace corner Jerrell Foster, but they get everyone back. Last year’s secondary wasn’t all that bad – five teams completed under 50% of their passes against tis group. It’ll be a plus. But …
– The pass rush has to keep on rolling. Led by do-it-all linebacker Jim Jones, the Golden Flashes weren’t bad at getting behind the line making 25 sacks and 78 tackles for loss.
The pressure will continue, but the tackles have to emerge after losing Jon Cunningham and Devante Lee. This is a smallish defensive front, but there has to be a good rotation to overcome the lack of bulk.
– There’s decent enough size at linebacker to hold up, but it’s going to take a village. The D will rely on speed and quickness with five defensive backs on the field more often than not, but all of the young options – the several underclassmen linebackers who played roles last year – will have to quickly become bigger factors.
Biggest Key To The Kent State Defense
Find those tackles. Theo Majette was one of the team’s top pass rushers last year from the interior, but he’s only 5-11 and 251 pounds.
Can 327-pound Kalil Morris finally play a role? Will 295-pound Dominic Hill do more? Will the freshmen be ready? It’ll be all hands on deck trying to hold down the interior.