In many ways, I think Breske's approach to defense matches Mike's approach to offense, which is to attack from multiple formations. Where Leach gives his quarterbacks wide latitude, Breske gives his DBs wide latitude to read routes and jump coverages.
This year Montana had three senior players on D who will have a chance to play in the NFL: All-American cornerback Trumaine Johnson will go between the second and fourth rounds; middle linebacker Caleb McSurdy, also an All-American, will likely go in the late rounds or as a free agent, as will d-lineman Bryan Waldhauser. Last year, DB Jimmy Wilson was drafted by Miami. That's four (4!) NFL-caliber players coming out of Montana's defense in two years. Remember now, this is an FCS school. There's natural athleticism at work, but also good coaching.
With Breske leading the defense and Leach the offense, the Cougars have two very aggressive guys spearheading the charge on both sides. They will be hard to game-plan against and their half-time adjustments will make things lively.
Not too many people outside the Rocky Mountain region know much about Breske. For a whole bunch of reasons, the biggest one being my first-hand observations of what he does and how he does it, I think he's a great hire for Ol' Wazzu.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Paul Sorensen played safety for the Cougars from 1980-81, earning first-team All-American honors as a senior. He later played in the NFL and USFL. From 1985-98 he was the color commentator on radio broadcasts of Cougar football. He has held a similar role on Eastern Washington University broadcasts over the last several years. Also a long-time assistant coach in the Greater Spokane League, he's been writing periodically for CF.C since 1999. His columns here are labeled SLAP! The acronym stands for Sorensen Looks At the Program. The word also aptly describes the way Paul played safety and the way he does color commentary: in-your-face, nothing held back.