Louisiana Tech Bulldogs College Football Preview 2021: Defense
– The defense was nowhere near good enough, but ten starters are expected back from a group that allowed 427 yards and 35 points per game. There wasn’t much of a pass rush and there was a problem against the run. That’s not a good thing with all-star Milton Williams the all-star loss at tackle.
The rest of the line is back with decent size. 6-3, 297-pound Kelvie Rose is a good-looking young player, and a few 300-pounders will help out in the rotation. Now the pass rush has to show up with Williams gone.
6-3, 240-pound senior Eric Kendzior, 6-4, 248-pound redshirt freshman Mykol Clark and 6-3, 257-pound sophomore DeShon Hall are part of the deep young group of options.
– The linebacking corps is one of the team’s biggest strengths. Leading tackler Tyler Grubbs is only 6-1 and 221 pounds, but he’s tough. He’s a returning all-star coming off a 99-tackle season, and 6-2, 233-pound super-senior adds more bulk – he was second with 85 stops. 207-pound Ezekiel Barnett might not have the size, but he can move and he can hit.
– The secondary could use some help with more of a pass rush, but everyone is back starting with the all-star safety tandem of BeeJay Williamson – he led the team with three picks and was third with 56 stops – and 34-stop super-senior Khalil Ladler.
The corners have to do more when the ball is in the air, but Zach Hannibal is a good one at one side and with more than enough veterans to rotate into the mix.