Defense Shows Promise

Saturday was the first look at the defense under new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. It's certainly a work in progress for now, but the future is very bright.

For a unit that has undergone a number personnel changes and also been forced to become familiar with a completely new system over a very short period of time, the first glimpse of the more aggressive Jeremy Pruitt led defense did not disappoint in Saturday's spring game.

With only three weeks for players to get acquainted with the new scheme and all the different verbiage that comes along with that, obviously the game plan was an extremely watered down version of what Pruitt will put on display this fall.

Given that along with the fact that the quarterbacks could not be hit, the more multiple style defense still produced numbers that most certainly leaves fans itching to see what it can become next fall. The two defenses combined to record nine sacks despite doing very little blitzing.

"You ain't seen blitzes yet," Fisher said with an evil grin. "Those were just some base blitzes and stuff. We did all that last year."

While it certainly hasn't been easy for the players to get adjusted to everything that comes along with learning a new playbook, linebacker Christian Jones says there's a lot to look forward to.

"This spring, we pretty much put in the whole playbook, and we just ran a little sample of it," Jones said. "We've done a pretty good job of picking it all up, but it's a lot of stuff, a lot of checks, change the fronts, but we've done a good job of handling all that. Once we get into the fall and can game plan, I think we're going to have a real scary defense."

With only one scholarship running back available for the spring game, the offenses were primarily centered on the vertical passing game and getting the quarterbacks as many looks as possible.

Granted the defensive backfield was a bit short-staffed due to injuries, the new look defense still managed to produce four turnovers, three of which were interceptions.

Lamarcus Brutus, Karlos Williams both intercepted passes in addition to P.J. Williams who picked off Jacob Coker in the fourth quarter and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown.

The defense is definitely a work in progress at this point, but the sky is the limit for what the unit can become.


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