4. College Football News Preview 2020: UNLV Rebels Defense 3 Things To Know
– The defense didn’t generate any sort of a pass rush. It struggled against the run, it allowed 33 points per game, and now for good and for bad, new defensive coordinator Peter Hansen – a longtime Stanford linebacker coach – has a lot of work to do to find new, better parts.
Experience will be an early issue with four of the top five and six of the top nine tacklers done. However, the secondary has a few nice parts to work around with the return of Greg Francis at one safety job and Aaron Lewis is a good tackler at one of the corner gigs.
Now they need help from the pass rush.
– UNLV generated just 13 sacks on the season with no one coming up with more than two. The line has to generate more production from several spots, but there’s an active veteran in Kolo Uasike on the inside to work around. There’s not a ton of size, but finding two decent ends – TCU transfer Adam Plant will get a long look – who can consistently get into the backfield is Job One.
– The linebacking corps takes a hit with leading tackler Rayshad Jackson done along with third-leading tackler Javin White. Farrell Hester is a good-sized hitter in the middle, but the outside jobs are open with a slew of young players pushing for time. However, it’s a really, really thin corps – the recruiting class – like top get Brennon Scott – has to bring instant help.