Defense plays a big role in most sports today. It can be said that a defense can win or lose a game, especially in football. When the offense scores to go ahead in the final minute it is the defenses job to secure the game and make sure the team gets the win.
There has been a lot of talk about Arkansas State's defense this year coming out of fall camp. A lot of writers and fans have seen the dominance of this years squad in practice and scrimmage games as they have put pressure on the quarterback and also created turnovers. The heart and primary focus this year though is on the linebackers. New Defensive Coordinator Dave Wommack has created a lot of buzz with his new defensive system, which allows the linebackers to move freely and put a lot of pressure on the other teams back field. Redshirt Freshman Qushaun Lee is one of the lucky guys that gets to be apart of this new system this year.
"I think this new system is going to affect them greatly. With being able to move around more and go make plays that's what [Wommack] is looking for, for us to make plays," Lee said. "It's going to allow for more big plays. We have a good defensive line that will be rushing the gaps which will allow us to make plays easily."
Lee knows with game day fast approaching it can be hard to continue to stay focused and he knows that nerves can play a big factor in game time situations.
"We just need to stay focused and keep on minds on one thing. We can't lose control over our thoughts, because without staying focused we can lose all formations and plays."
Lee is excited to get on the field and to help this Red Wolf defense bring a win back to Jonesboro. He knows as long as the team doesn't lose composure and commits very few mistakes that they have a shot at creating a major upset to start off the season.
The Red Wolves take the field for the first time this season against the Illinois Fighting Illini Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in Champagne, Illinois.