Texas Christian's defense is like the dam that bends but does not break. The Horned Frogs allow over 200 yards passing and over 100 yards rushing but give up less than 14 points per game. They've forced six red zone turnovers and have held opponents scoreless 36% of the time. In their last two games, they gave up only nine points combined and forced six turnovers.
The Horned Frogs are led by junior
strong safety Marvin White and freshman linebacker Jason Phillips. The two co-lead the team with 63 tackles
and both have been recognized by the national media for their play. White, in his first year at TCU, was an
Up front, TCU has athletic players
The linebacker corps is young but
solid. Fellow freshman Robert Henson is the team's third leading tackler and joins Phillips in a bunch with
speed and range. Sophomore David Hawthorne rounds out the group and is the best run stopper of the three. Stevie Hicks may struggle to find a good
rhythm against this athletic blitzing front that shut down
The secondary has grabbed 24
interceptions and plays in numbers.
The Horned Frogs play with two strong safeties in most sets and one
becomes a rover on the strong side – pushing up and joining the
linebackers. Sophomore Brian Bonner
accompanies White at strong safety and the two have combined for 104 tackles and
six interceptions. Senior Jeremy Modkins is a solid free safety that is the team's best defensive back in run
support. Modkins had 62 tackles
with 3.5 tackles for a loss. He
also had three interceptions and usually plays zone coverage. Seniors Quincy Butler and Drew Coleman
are the pass coverage stars. Though
neither is great in run support, both are fast and will be able to hang with
Overall, TCU's defense is built on speed and power in numbers. The defensive ends are athletic, the linebackers are quick, and the secondary is fast and intelligent. Though undersized, the front seven do a good job of stopping the run with stunts and combo blitzes.