Rice Owls: CFN College Football Preview 2021

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Rice Owls: CFN College Football Preview 2021

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Rice Owls: CFN College Football Preview 2021

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Rice Owls College Football Preview 2021: Defense

The defense didn’t play a who’s who of killers, but it was able to pull off a shocker by holding Marshall to 245 yards in the 20-0 shutout and only allowed over 400 yards once in the five games. Leading tackler Blaze Alldredge left for Missouri, but eight of the nine top tacklers return.

The run defense allowed more than 140 yards to North Texas, and that’s it. There isn’t a ton of bulk on the front three, but there’s experience and a decent rotation coming around 300-pound veteran Elijah Garcia on the nose, and if safety-sized Myron Morrison can step in for Alldredge and be okay, the linebacking corps should grow into a plus. But …

There was next to no pass rush. It’s a smallish, quick defense that has to be more disruptive, but it’s decent at swarming around the ball. All of last year’s starters in the secondary return – sophomore Kirk Lockhart is a keeper at safety – and there are more than enough options to play around with the lineup.

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