4. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE UCONN DEFENSE
– There’s no way, no how it can be any worse. The Huskies were bad in pass defense, far, far worse against the run, and in all, allowed a historically awful 617 yards per game. There was no pass rush, just 11 takeaways, and nothing positive – for the most part – allowing over 50 points per game. Enter new defensive coordinator Lou Spanos to, if nothing else, crank up the energy.
– It all starts with getting something, anything out of the defensive front. On the plus side, this was a young group of underclassmen last season that took its lumps, and now there’s depth and a few options to play around with. But can any of them play? It’s still going to be a work in progress to find the right front four.
– Omar Fortt and Eddie Hahn have to be volume-tackle producers at linebacker – Fortt is a hybrid; he’s really a safety – but the defensive backs are going to play a massive role again. However, if all goes well, they’re not going to do as much. Safeties Tyler Coyle and Oneil Robinson are good young talents, but they desperately need the front seven to help the cause.