4. College Football News Preview 2020: Arkansas State Red Wolves Defense 3 Things To Know
– The defense that finished 124th in the nation and couldn’t do a thing against the run loses its top three tacklers and six of the top nine tacklers overall. The biggest loss is star pass rusher William Bradley-King who left for Baylor, but NC State transfer Kennan Solomon is coming in to potentially play an instant role.
6-0, 331-pound senior Tukua Ahoia is back on the nose, but the line needs pass rushers, putting the pressure on hybrid Jeffmario Brown and senior Noel Iwuchukwu to rise up.
– The secondary takes the biggest hit with the team’s top three tacklers done and with five others transferring out. Junior Antonio Fletcher came up with 58 stops at free safety, and now he’ll be one of the keys to the defense along with all-star corner Jarius Reimonenq, who made 39 tackles with a pick. Coming in from UConn is Tahj Herring-Wilson, a big corner who can step in right away.
– There might be concerns in the secondary and with the pass rush, but the linebacking corps is okay with 240-pound Caleb Bonner back, but more options need to emerge starting with JUCO transfer Fred Hervey.