Scouting SMU: Defense

Posted: November 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

The SMU defense runs a 3-4 base set, but will mix up their looks and use different variations with their linebackers. Opponents have been able to run on them this year, averaging over 200 yards a game on the ground. Can the USF offense find similar success in this game? Let’s see who they are going to be facing in this road game with freshman Quinton Flowers getting the start against them.

Defensive line

At left defensive end is freshman Mason Gentry (6’6″ 250 lbs.). He has 22 tackles and 1 sack on the year. Behind him is sophomore Zelt Minor (6’2″ 276 lbs.) who has 10 tackles (2 TFL) and junior Cameron Smith (6’2″ 245 lbs.) who has 5 tackles on the year. At the right defensive end spot is junior Zach Wood (6’3″ 262 lbs.) who has 23 tackles with 3 TFL (2 sacks on the year). Behind him is sophomore Elie Nabushosi (6’4″ 246 lbs.) who has 8 tackles. At nose tackle is senior Darrian Wright (6’1″ 275 lbs.) who has 19 tackles with 1.5 TFL. Behind him is junior Andrew McCleneghen (6’5″ 257 lbs.) who has 19 tackles.

Linebackers

At the SLB linebacker spot is senior Stephon Sanders (6’3″ 250 lbs.) who has 49 tackles with 5 TFL (1.5 sacks). Behind him is junior Derek Longoria (6’1″ 216 lbs.). At the BUCK linebacker position is senior John Bordano (6’2″ 230 lbs.) who has 22 tackles with 1 TFL on the year. Behind him is senior Kevin Pope (5’11” 222 lbs.) who has 29 tackles with 1 sack on the year. At the MLB spot is junior Jonathan Yenga (6’2″ 220 lbs.) who has 44 tackles with 1 TFL. Behind him is senior Cameron Nurosu (5’9″ 245 lbs.) who has 17 tackles. At the WLB linebacker spot is junior Robert Seals (6’3″ 220 lbs.) who has 28 tackles with 3.5 TFL (1.5 sacks). Behind him is senior Beau Barnes (6’5″ 227 lbs.) who has 11 tackles.

Secondary

At the left corner position is junior Shakiel Randolph (6’4″ 210 lbs.) who has 13 tackles with 1 TFL and 2 passes defended. Behind him is sophomore Horace Richardson (5’11” 197 lbs.) who has 13 tackles with 1 TFL. At the right corner position is sophomore Ajee Montes (5’11” 193 lbs.) who has 29 tackles on the year. Behind him is junior JR Richardson (5’10” 177 lbs.) who has 16 tackles with 1 TFL. At strong safety is senior Hayden Greenbauer (6′ 212 lbs.) who leads the team with 54 tackles with 2 TFL and 1 interception on the year. Behind him is sophomore AJ Justice (6’1″ 210 lbs.) who has 15 tackles. At free safety is sophomore Darrion Richardson (6′ 196 lbs.) who has 52 tackles on the year with 2 TFL (1 sack). Behind him is junior Troy Castle (5’11” 193 lbs.) who has 10 tackles on the year.

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