Q&A with Mark D'Onofrio

Read on to see what defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio is saying about his unit a few days before the team's game against Florida.

On Friday's performance:
We played harder. We tackled better. We saw guys finishing the way we teach it. I thought that was real positive. I thought we did a good job eliminating big plays. We had a few stops in the redzone. They were 30-percent on third downs. Those were all positives. I'd like to get more turnovers, more pressure from the front four.

On the pass rush:
They made a commitment to keep guys in and protect. They kept a back in, a tight end in. You just gotta figure out ways to do. We are going in the right direction. We played a new group on third down, as part of our design.

On David Gilbert's fumble recovery:
A fumble recovery has something to do with you're running to the ball. I wish he picked it up, scooped, and scored. We wanna score touchdowns. David did well. Kamalu played hard. I expect him to get more comfortable. Those guys were in day 18.

On FAU's up-tempo offense:
I thought we did a good job, something we see from our offense every day, pushing the tempo. You have to be on your subs. How we do things, when to sub, when to come off the field, and those are things you have to continue teaching freshmen on.

On Kacy Rodgers:
He did a nice job, ran the show back there. He was a corner here his first year. Unfortunately, he didn't play much his first year and lost it. Moving to safety takes time. He missed the spring, but he had a good camp and now he's showing it.

On rotating a lot of players:
I thought we had a good rotation. We played less guys than we did last year until the last drive. We didn't deal with as much of a drop off as last year. We made a commitment to make sure guys could play when the game is on the line. I felt good about the amount the first and second team played, about 54 minutes.

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