What You Need To Know About The Boise State Defense
– The nation’s 22nd-best defense returns loaded. It allowed just 333 yards and 23 points per game, and gets 17 of the top 18 tackles return, but it loses all-everything LB Leighton Vander Esch to the Dallas Cowboys. But the defense front has more than enough talent to make up for it.
David Moa is one of the Mountain West’s best defensive tackles, but the strength is on the outside with a ridiculously deep group of ends guaranteed to live behind the line. The combination of Curtis Weaver and Jabril Frazier will be hybrid types who’ll dominate. By the end of the season, if this isn’t the league’s best line, it’ll be really, really close.
– There’s no replacing Vander Esch in the linebacking corps, but almost no one thought Vander Esch was going to be Vander Esch last year at this time. Tyson Maeva is 228-pound thumper on the inside, and the outside guts will be fine with a little bit of work. Mostly, though, the D will work in a 4-2-5 alignment.
– The secondary was good enough, but it wasn’t always a rock. Now, the talent is in place to be the special with four young options who all have all-star potential. Kekoa Nawahine was second on the team in tackles, and DeAndre Pierce was fourth – they’ll be an amazing safety tandem. The corners can hit, too – Avery Williams and Tyler Horton were fifth and sixth on the team in tackles, respectively.
Biggest Key To The Boise State Defense
Lock it down in the red zone. It’s not just that teams were able to convert almost 88% of their chances when inside the 20; they mostly came up with touchdowns. Basically, when the Bronco D bent, it too often broke, giving up TDs 73% of the time. Red zone defense was a problem last year, too, but the Broncos only allowed touchdowns 55% of the time, and the 2015 D allowed six on just half of the chances.