4. Colorado State Rams College Football Preview 2021: Defense
– The defense got into the backfield. It wasn’t bad overall – allowing 359 yards per game – but giving up 36 points per game wasn’t strong enough. The secondary has to be tighter, but the run defense was fine and the pass rush was among the best in the nation. The Rams finished No. 1 in tackles for loss per game because of …
– Scott Patchan returns along with the rest of the defensive line. Ten starters are expected to return to the D overall, but the former Miami transfer is the star of the show with 5.5 sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss in the four games.
There’s just enough size on the inside to matter, 280-pound Manny Jones and 285-pound Toby McBride are good tackles who can get behind the line, and the depths improved.
The three main linebackers return, too. They have good size and they can move. 235-pound junior Dequan Jackson has been the team’s top overall tackler over the last two seasons, and Cam’Ron Carter is a 225-pound playmaker on the outside.
– The Colorado State secondary came up with one more interception than you did. There’s experience across the board among the defensive backs, but corner Marshaun Cameron came up with the team’s lone pick – he also finished third on the team with 29 tackles. Senior Logan Stewart is a strong veteran safety who’ll likely end up with all-star honors if he can come up with a few big plays when the ball is in the air.