What You Need To Know About The Tulsa Defense
– With seven starters back, there’s hope for a D that had a miserable time. The Golden Hurricane allowed 529 yards per game, but they only allowed 29 points per game. The secondary was bad, the run defense far worse, and getting off the field was a big problem.
It all starts with the line that didn’t generate enough out of the pass rush. The tackles don’t have a lot of size, but Shemarr Robinson is a veteran to work around. Myles Mouton can work inside or out, but a slew of JUCO transfers will play a big role in trying to improve the end situation.
– Cooper Edmiston was second on the team in tackles and Diamon Cannon was fourth. These two will anchor on the linebacking corps – with Edmiston in the middle and Cannon on one of the outside spots – but it’ll be an open casting call for the weakside gig. Fortunately, there’s depth and there are plenty of options to play around with to get the right three guys on the field.
– McKinley Whitfield did a little of everything for the defense from free safety spot. He led the team in tackles, and now he’ll move where needed to help make room for the injured returning safeties. Jordan Mitchell and Manny Bunch were good producers who were knocked out for the year, and now they’re back.
Reggie Robinson returns to one corner job, and Akayleb Evans is a big option for the other side – there’s hope for this to be one of the bigger areas of improvement as long as everyone is healthy.
Biggest Key To The Tulsa Defense
The run defense has to be far, far stronger. Stopping anyone’s ground game has been an issue at times over the years, and last year it was a big, big problem. The front four was ripped apart, and there wasn’t any prayer against the option teams.
The Golden Hurricane allowed 190 yards or more in ten of the 12 games, and was hit for over 400 yards by both Tulane and Navy. The nation’s third-worst run defense at least has to be mediocre. At least it’ll be experienced.