Defense, you gotta love it, because it wins championships. Here are some of the defenders from Colorado football this season that had serious impact for their teams and on their opponents.
Nduka Onyeali 6-0 230 DE Mullen High School
Onyeali dominated all across the defensive line while helping his Mustangs win the 5A state title. For the season, Onyeali posted 20 sacks working from multiple spots on the defensive line. Possibly more important than the sacks were the numerous hurries that forced opposing QBs to make quick throws which led to multiple turnovers for Onyeali's defensive backs.
Gavin Miller 6-2 230 LB Greeley West High School
Miller, who seems like he has always been a starter for the West squad, was the tackling machine for one of the best defenses in the state. From his backer spot, Miller was around every tackle as he registered nearly 200 on the season.
Matt Tucker 6-3 200 S Grandview High School
Tucker was the ringleader of a Grandview defense that established itself as maybe the best in 5A. Playing safety for the Wolves, Tucker did it all; blitzing, coverage, playing the run and directing traffic. Over the past two seasons, Tucker's Grandview defense has allowed less than two touchdowns a game.
Jason Buffum 6-1 210 LB Heritage
Over the last two seasons, Buffum has registered over 250 tackles while leading his Heritage squad to a 20-4 record. It was tough to run a defensive play against the Eagles without Buffum making a play.
Nick Kasa 6-7 252 DE Legacy
Although his stats were not as showy this year as previous seasons, Kasa, a recent University of Florida commit, played very strong against the run as his Legacy defense allowed just over a touchdown a game this season. Coupled with fellow defensive end Ryan Paulson, the Lightning made things difficult on opposing offenses.
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