ASU Defense a difference maker

How good is the Red Wolf defense? Against Illinois Dave Wommack's defense showed some promise and potential but gave up two big plays that cost Arkansas State 14 points. They turned in a much better effort against Memphis this past week.

How good is the Red Wolf defense?

Against Illinois Dave Wommack's defense showed some promise and potential but gave up two big plays that cost Arkansas State 14 points.

Wommack wasn't happy with giving up the big play and ASU's Head Coach Hugh Freeze wasn't either.

Both Wommack and Freeze pushed their players last week, challenging them to expect more out of themselves.

Apparently it worked.

Wommack's defense gave up less than 170 yards in Saturday's big win over Memphis 47-3.

They kept the Tigers from scoring a touchdown and came very close to claiming a shutout in week two.

"I couldn't be happier with the guys efforts this weekend," Freeze said Sunday. "Our defense really played well, I'm very proud of those guys."

Wommack defense gave Taylor Reed fits all night. Going into Saturday nights game with Memphis, the veteran defensive coordinator felt that the Red Wolves front four would have great success.

"Everyone expected us to send five and six guys after him all night." Wommack said. "That wasn't the case for the most part. I felt our front four defensively was better than their guys. I thought we would have success there and we did."

In the Illinois opener ASU's had 18 mistakes that put the ASU defense integrity at risk. This week that number was only three.

"We wasn't happy with our performance last week," Wommack said. "We pushed them really hard this week, we challenged them a lot. It was great to see how they responded."

Respond is exactly what they did.

The defensive unit came up with five sacks, held Memphis to a total of 169 yards for the entire game.

"Our main goal was to get better defensively this week," Wommack said. "Now we have to turn our focus to another big boy on our schedule. Virginia Tech is a great ball club.""