What You Need To Know About The Texas State Defense
– New defensive coordinator Chris Woods comes in from Oklahoma, and he’s inheriting an interesting young group with plenty of experience. Last year’s D allowed 439 yards and 34 points per game, and considering the offense isn’t going to be amazing, the stops have to come. That starts with takeaways.
The secondary didn’t pick off a pass. Zero. None. In fact, the entire Bobcat defense didn’t come up with an interception. However, the corner tandem of JaShon Waddy and Anthony J. Taylor can tackle. A.J. Krawczyk made 39 tackles at one safety spot, but again, the interceptions have to come, and the stops have to be there after allowing almost 300 yards per game through the air.
– Leading tackler Bryan London is back in the linebacking corps, but running mate Gabe Loyd is done. The outside defenders were young, but now they’re experienced with Hal Vinson and Frankie Griffin able to move a bit. This is a deep group with enough size to be okay.
– The bulk isn’t quite there in the 3-4, needing 6-1, 300-pound Sami Awad to be the space-eater on the nose. But there’s hope for production out of 5-11, 315-pound fire-hydrant Gjemar Daniels to be a bigger part of the fun – literally. The outside is about quickness more than bulk, but no matter what, the pass rushing production has to improve.
Biggest Key To The Texas State Defense
The defense HAS to take the ball away more often. The offense will still be spotty, and this isn’t a team built to win games in shootouts. The D did a nice job of getting off the field on third downs, but it struggled to come up with the game-changing moments to bail the other side out.
Again, there wasn’t one interception all season long from a defense that allowed close to 300 yards per game, and the nine fumble recoveries didn’t make up for the other issues. TXST has to win the turnover margin, and it never did last season.