Ohio Bobcats: CFN College Football Preview 2021

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Ohio Bobcats: CFN College Football Preview 2021

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Ohio Bobcats: CFN College Football Preview 2021

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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.

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