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Richard_Cranium
Ole Miss Fan
TEXAS
Member since Sep 2018
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2021 Defense
What do y'all think our ceiling is with the defense in 2021? Do you think we have potential to get into the top half of the SEC? If we can do that I think our floor is 8-4. Does Malone start from day one? How big of an impact will he have?

I'm really excited for the first time in 5 years. This is a weird feeling.
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Henry Jones Jr
Ole Miss Fan
Member since Jun 2011
58626 posts

re: 2021 Defense
We need one more good recruiting cycle before I have any kind of real optimism on defense


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ABearsFanNMS
Citadel Fan
tLandmass or NE South America
Member since Oct 2014
12299 posts

re: 2021 Defense
I would think that with vastly improved DL play we will improve significantly. We have to be honest, last year in order to get good athletes on the field we had to move guys out of position like Anderson into the interior DL. We could not get any pass rush nor shed blocks to clog running lanes. That had a huge domino effect on the rest of the Defense in the fact that our LBers were not “clean” to take proper angles to tackle RBs and without a pass rush our DBs couldn’t maintain coverage for +6 seconds (reference the LSU and MSU games).

So I think the development of the early enrollees will be key to the overall performance. Iton, Gordon, Robbins in the interior will be huge. While on the edge, Sam Williams returning, a years experience for Demon Clowney and Tavius Robinson should enhance the pass rush.

Throw in Malone, Smith and Hawkins this summer and we should see a much more athletic front with the depth needed to have a dramatic impact on the Defensive performance. If Malone is as advertised (the strength and first step) he should see the field immediately.


Insideradvantage
Ole Miss Fan
Member since Oct 2014
4611 posts

re: 2021 Defense
Hell, we already know the names of a bunch of guys who will be playing on D line. I haven't been able to tell you that outside of Benito and Anderson (who as has been noted was out of position) in a couple of years. At least.


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RebelTheBear
Ole Miss Fan
Saban's spare bedroom
Member since Aug 2016
3369 posts

re: 2021 Defense
I can see our defense being on the same level as the 2012 defense was. Lot of young hungry guys up front and in the secondary who aren’t the most talented or developed but are eager to make a play. Considering what we bring back on offense, that should spell a 7 or 8 win season for us.

We may struggle early in conference play but finish strong once our young guys on defense get some playing time.


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rebelrouser
Furman Fan
Columbia, SC
Member since Feb 2013
5823 posts

re: 2021 Defense
We actually took a step backwards in 2020. I get that our DC's were implementing a new scheme and didn't have much time with new players, but that is not good. I think Mac is a better DC than these two new ones we got but we shall see. I'm not counting on true freshman baseball players to turn things around. Top half of the SEC? No.


Oxford Ways
Ole Miss Fan
Member since Jun 2015
2570 posts

re: 2021 Defense
Mac is such a good DC... I still scratch my head on that one


UMRealist
Ole Miss Fan
Member since Feb 2013
34478 posts

re: 2021 Defense
We lost a lot of what talent we had from our 2019 defense. Specifically on the DL.


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RebFin73
Ole Miss Fan
Member since Aug 2018
26 posts

re: 2021 Defense
It's possible that he saw his coach in waiting hopes disappear when Kiffin came along or, more likely, they just didn't see things the same. He's not a hot recruiter which is something that Kiffin prioritizes.


Billy Mays
Ole Miss Fan
Mandeville
Member since Jan 2009
23308 posts

re: 2021 Defense
If we can be a 70-80th ranked defense next year, that may be good enough for 8 or 9 wins with a little turnover luck.

I'm hesitant to rely on JUCO DTs to be instant impact guys... cross your fingers and pray. The good news is that the benchmarks from last year were so fricking low, it really can't get much worse on the defensive interior.


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rebelrouser
Furman Fan
Columbia, SC
Member since Feb 2013
5823 posts

re: 2021 Defense
Yeah, we need to upgrade the talent first and foremost. No coach would succeed in the SE with these guys.


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