What You Need To Know About The Rutgers Defense
– The linebacking corps should be one of the team’s biggest strengths. Trevor Morris and Deonte Roberts are good-sized hitting machines – combining for 222 tackles – and Tyreek Maddox-Williams is back after missing last year with a knee injury. Throw in the promising backups, and the depth is in place to clean everything up and start doing more in the backfield. That’s a must considering …
– The defensive front has to start getting behind the line. With one of the worst defenses in the Big Ten in both sacks and tackles for loss, the Scarlet Knights have to get more out of all four spots – and three of the top four linemen are done.
Kevin Wilkins is more of a tackle playing end with the right bulk, but he has to start generating sacks. The interior isn’t all that huge, but there’s enough experience to be okay around 6-3, 300-pound Jon Bateky.
– Isaiah Wharton is a strong, veteran corner who knows what he’s doing on one side, and with Blessuan Austin back on the other after missing time hurt, the Scarlet Knights are set here – with good backups, too. The best part? The safeties might be even better.
K.J. Gray is one of the team’s best returning tacklers, but Saquan Hampton is even better. Banged up last year, Hampton still came up with 38 tackles and three broken up passes in eight games.
Biggest Key To The Rutgers Defense
Jump on the ball. The secondary might have had a few issues, but it should be terrific as the season goes on. If the pass rush is better, getting at least 12 interceptions again shouldn’t be a problem – if not be a whole lot better.
Now the defense has to get a few fumbles. 14 were forced, but the Scarlet Knights only came up with three after getting just six the year before.
With all of the experience in the secondary, and all the talent at linebacker, the takeaways need to follow.