4. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE UAB DEFENSE
– Yeah, it might not be quite as bad as it seems, but you don’t get better after losing ten of the top 14 tackles and a slew of all-stars off a fantastic D. The Blazers finished fifth in the nation in sacks, ninth in total defense – allowing fewer than 300 yards per game – and was second in the country in third down defense. The basics are there, but there’s still work to be done, mostly because …
– The secondary takes the biggest hit at the safety spots. Fitzgerald Mofor is a star at one outside linebacker spot, and Kris Moll is going to do even more in the corps, but not having Mar’sean Diggs and Broderick Thomas is going to take a bit to get over. However, Dy’Jonn Turner is a good one, and Brontae Harris is a terrific corner.
– Five of the top six sackers are gone. However, the heat won’t stop coming just because Jamell Garcia-Williams, Tre Crawford and Quindarius Thagard are done. The Blazers bring it from several spots – 16 Blazers registered a sack. The nice part about the system is how it appears to be good enough to not have a problem losing any one player, but now the prospects have to turn into producers.