Last Look Back Defense: Temple

BearcatInsider.com takes a look at UC's defensive performance in their 34-10 victory over Temple.

Defensive Line

The defensive line is in a state of flux following the season ending injury to Walter Stewart. Against an overmatched Temple offensive line, the Bearcats could not muster a single sack and rarely pressured the quarterback. Against a team like Temple, the lack of pressure can be masked due to the athletic advantage Cincinnati possessed. However, going forward, UC needs their remaining defensive lineman to step up. Senior Dan Giordano is one of the leaders on this team, and I expect him to shoulder the responsibility and show some of the underclassmen, like Silverberry Mouhon and Brandon Mills, how to play the along the defensive line. On a positive note, this unit did help in limiting the Temple offense to a measly 125 yards on the ground.

BearcatInsider grade: C-

Linebackers

We've become accustomed to seeing linebackers Maalik Bomar and Greg Blair put up double-digit tackle games with ease. Against Temple, neither Bomar or Blair reached that mark on Saturday, however, they did lead the Bearcats defense in tackles, adding six each. Blair continued to show his pass coverage ability, notching a pass break up during the game as well. More importantly for this group, they continued their consistent play against the Owls. Chemistry is a large part of having a successful team, and the trio of Bomar, Blair and Nick Temple has come together to form a solid nucleus in the second level of this Bearcats defense. Keep doing what you're doing fellas.

BearcatInsider grade: B+

Secondary

After last weeks somewhat disappointing performance in a win over Syracuse, the Cincinnati secondary got back on track against Temple. Senior safety Drew Frey recorded his first interception of the season, and had his overall best game of the season. Frey added three tackles, one tackle for loss and two pass break-ups to record his most complete game to date. With Deven Drane still out with an inury, Arryn Chenault and Adrian Witty stepped up and had solid games in his place. Camerron Cheatham once again put together a solid performance, recording four tackles, one tackle for loss and a pass break up. As a unit, they held Temple quarterback's Chris Coyer and Clinton Granger to a combined 142 passing yards and one touchdown, while recording one interception as well. It was a nice performance from the group, and it was great to see them bounce back in a road game. Hopefully they will continue this play going forward.

BearcatInsider grade: B+


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