Tulane Green Wave College Football Preview 2021: Defense
– The Green Wave defense wasn’t bad – it allowed 422 yards and 28 points per game – but it dominated at getting behind the line. They cranked up 101 tackles for loss and 37 sacks – finishing sixth and 13th in the nation, respectively, and led the AAC in both – but now the top linemen have to be replaced.
Losing Patrick Johnson and Cameron Sample hurts – they combined for 15 sacks and 22 tackles for loss – but the program was able to land Joseph Dorceus from Memphis.
He’s one of the American Athletic Conference’s best interior pass rushers, and it’s going to be a young group – 265-pound second-year freshman Darius Hodges is about to rise up – working around him.
– The pressure into the backfield will come from the linebackers, too. Dorian Williams is a 220-pound missile who led the tea with 98 tackles and worked at getting behind the line, and 245-pound Kevin Henry is a big thumper on the inside coming off a 48-tackle season.
– The secondary wasn’t bad, but there’s some restocking to do around Larry Brooks, a solid safety who came up with 58 tackles and a team-high three picks. He has all-star potential and Macon Clark will work at safety and nickel. The corners have to emerge, too, around senior Jaylon Monroe, who broke up nine passes and made 33 stops.