What You Need To Know About The Georgia Southern Defense
– In his first season at the helm, new defensive coordinator Scot Sloan inherits a D with nine starters back. 16 of the top 17 tacklers return, starting with the safety of RJ Murray and Joshua Moon, who finished first and third on the team in stops, respectively, along with likely starting strong safety, Sean Freeman.
The pass defense wasn’t a total disaster when it came to tackling, but it had problems giving up big plays and was ripped up for two touchdown passes or more in every game but the win over South Alabama. With all five starters back, there secondary is at least experienced. Now they need more from the pass rush.
– The defensive front gets back three of the four starters, including top sackers Logan Hunt on the end after seeing time on the nose, and Raymond Johnson on the other side. The pressure comes from anywhere Hunt lines up, along with on the inside Ty Phillips, and there’s depth on the outside. There’s quickness, but there isn’t a lot of bulk. With 320-pound Darrius Sapp gone from the inside, it’s mostly a line full of beefed up linebackers.
– The defense will mostly go with five defensive backs again, but the two top linebackers returning can do their part. Second-leading tackler Chris DeLaRosa is done, but 230-pounders Tomarcio Reese, Todd Bradley and Rashad Byrd can all hit, and 250-pound Randy Wade will work in a hybrid role on the outside.
Biggest Key To The Georgia Southern Defense
Limit the deep plays. The overall defense was okay last year, for the most part, but the secondary was hammered time and again for way too many big passes. Only 17 teams allowed more yards per pass, but the Eagles were able to pick off 14 passes – far more than most of the worst pass defenses in America. In terms of pass efficiency defense, only 22 teams were worse.