What I want to see these first couple of games of the season, is how improved will the defense be from a year ago. We’ll have some fresh faces out there, some redshirt freshmen, veterans. Defensive coordinator Carl Pelini is just ready to get going.
A couple of weeks ago, one of the tell tale signs for Pelini that the defense should be better last year, was that the communication on the field improved. He said last year during games, they were just standing on the field not talking to each other. He’d like to see that communication improve, but is he still happy with their progress?
Pelini will want to put pressure on Florida Atlantic’s quarterback Rusty Smith and we’ll see a long rotation of defensive ends working with Pierre Allen, and Barry Turner. We’ll see a couple of redshirt freshmen, Josh Williams and Cameron Meredith.