4. Ohio Bobcats College Football Preview 2021: Defense
– Like the offensive side, there’s a big “yeah … but … ” to the great defensive performance of 2020. There were only three games and playing Akron and Bowling Green would make any D look great.
However, there really is talent on this group to go along with a whole bunch of experience. There needs to be a pass rush, though, after coming up with just four sacks in the three games.
– The defensive front loses top playmaker in the backfield Austin Conrad from one end, but the rest of the front four returns. There’s not a ton of beef – 300-pound Kyle McCracken is the main man on the nose – but again, there has to be a pass rush. At the very least there will be a good rotation.
– The back seven has to replace Jared Dorsa in the middle, but Jamison Collier – the team’s leading tackler with 19 stops – returns at one safety job. There’s not a lot of size overall and the run defense has to be stronger, but the secondary will hold up just fine. It’ll be a lot better if there’s a pass rush.