Preview 2019: Fresno State. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

Preview 2019: Fresno State. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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Preview 2019: Fresno State. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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4. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE FRESNO STATE DEFENSE

– It’s going to be really, really hard to replicate, last year’s production. the Bulldogs led the Mountain West and finished 17th in the nation in total defense, and allowed a minuscule 14 points per game. Four of the top seven tacklers and five starters are done, but this should still be one of the Mountain West’s nastiest Ds.

– The line is going to be a killer. The tackle tandem of Jasad Haynes and Kevin Atkins don’t get moved – they’re rocks against the run – and Mykal Walker is a combination end/linebacker who spends a whole lot of time in the backfield. With Jeff Allison and all the starting linebackers gone, the front four has to take care of the heavy lifting for a while.

There’s no bulk among the projected starting linebackers, but this group can move. It might take a little bit, but everything will be fine by the middle of the season.

The secondary will help ease a whole lot of concerns with two starters returning including the fantastic duo of S Juju Hughes and CB Jaron Bryant. There might not be 19 picks again but the defensive backfield will be excellent as long as the line can apply a bit more pressure.

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