What You Need To Know About The Tulane Defense
– Defensive coordinator Jack Curtis has just enough to work with no hope for an improvement, but the defense that allowed 436 yards and 29 points per game needs a whole lot more production, especially with the pass rush.
The Green Wave came up with just 14 sacks on the year, and nine came in the first five games – they came up with just one over a six-game stretch. And now, just three sacks of production return. And now, the run defense that struggled so much – giving up 210 yards per game – has to find thumpers up front.
– Almost everyone has to be replaced on the front six. Only end Robert Kennedy returns after missing a huge chunk or last season, and third-leading tackler Zachery Harris is back. Everyone else needs to be replaced, with more size a must up front – hoping 330-pound Braynon Edwards can be a force on the nose – and with Lawrence Graham to hopefully rise up in the middle.
– The strength should be in the secondary for a secondary that was one of the most effective in the American Athletic. Four starters are back, starting with safety Chase Kuerschen at one spot and Roderic Teamer at strong safety. Star pickoff man Parry Nickerson is gone after coming up with six interceptions, but Donnie Lewis Jr. is a strong No. 1 corner coming off a three pick season.
Biggest Key To The Tulane Defense
That front six has to hold up against the run. The Tulane running game has to work, and the run defense has to be far better after getting lit up by everyone who tried to pound away. The teams that didn’t do well on the ground – like Tulsa and SMU – spent their time throwing. Just about every other FBS team rolled for 190 yards or more, with the Green Wave giving up close to a 1.5 yards per carry more than in 2016, partly because there weren’t enough plays behind the line.