Evaluation Week: Grading the Defensive Players
All eyes will be on the Wake Forest-Clemson game tonight, and we will have thoughts on the game throughout the day today. I’ll probably blog a couple posts throughout the game tonight as well.
But it’s time to evaluate the play of Maryland’s defensive players as a unit. Try to separate the play of the defensive players from the coaching. A large majority of pollsters gave defensive coordinator Chris Cosh a grade of D or F. I’m interested if fans feel the same way about the players. Here are some thoughts I have about the defensive players:
No one expected the undersized defensive line to be a strength, and it has certainly not overwhelmed opponents … The linebackers were expected to be a strong point. Dave Philistin has played well at times. Alex Wujciak had 16 tackles against Clemson and helped stuff the Tigers on that late-game fourth-down play … The loss of Adrian Moten for a few weeks with torn ligaments in his wrist will hurt because Moten played his two best games before getting hurt … In the fourth quarter against Cal, Maryland’s linebackers failed to cover the same routes they had successfully covered earlier in the game … The secondary has been depleted by injury … Getting Nolan Carroll back for Wake Forest will help … Jamari McCollough has three interceptions … Fatigue has often been a factor for a defense on the field far too long each game … Jeremy Navarre is the defense’s vocal leader …
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