UAB Blazers: CFN College Football Preview 2021

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UAB Blazers: CFN College Football Preview 2021

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UAB Blazers: CFN College Football Preview 2021

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UAB Blazers College Football Preview 2021: Defense

The defense that was good enough to finish seventh in the nation allowing just 311 yards and 21 points per game returns loaded with nine starters. The run D was good, the pass D was better, and there are plenty of reasons to assume everything will be even stronger.

The pass rush wasn’t a killer, but it was good enough, the Blazers were among the best in the nation in third down stops, and again, almost all the main parts are coming back.

So what’s missing? All-star leading tackler Kris Moll is done at one linebacker spot, but Noah Wilder is a good-sized tackler who’s good enough to get behind the line. Leading tackler and playmaker behind the line Jordan Smith is off to the NFL, and Brontae Harris was a strong veteran corner.

The D line will still be terrific around Antonio Moultrie, Tyree Turner and a good, big tackle rotation. Turner and Fish McWilliams can get behind the line, but the pressure comes from the linebackers. In comes Justin Thomas from LSU to help the cause, and 6-7, 260-pound Alex Wright is a hybrid who’ll work on an end.

Four of the five main defensive backs return, and three of them are coming off all-star seasons. The safety combination of Damon Miller and Dy’jonn Turner make a bunch of plays, and TD Marshall has the upside to be one of the best corners in Conference USA.

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