4. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NORTH TEXAS DEFENSE
– The defense didn’t get enough credit over the last few years thanks to all the fun had on the offensive side. This year’s group in the 3-3-5 alignment needs a little help, but it should be promising up front with top pass rusher LaDarius Hamilton and tough nose tackle Dion Novil are the ones to build around. There’s decent size to work into the rotation.
– The one empty spot is corner after losing both starters, but there’s a four-man fight for the two spots with just enough retuning experience to not be starting from scratch. The safeties are solid – Khairi Muhammad is going to be an all-star.
– Top linebackers EJ Ejiya and Brandon Garner have to be replaced, but there’s going to be a good rotation at all three spots with speed playing a bigger role than bulk. There’s talent, there are plenty of options, and there’s a great mix of established veterans with promising young guys to build up the depth.