Since the Indiana game I have noticed a vast improvement in the defense. Few things I noticed that I think have led to this improvement.
1. The development of our MLB. Zach Boren has become a very good, instinctive LB for only playing a few games. Urban said at the start of the year that if our MLB (Grant at that time) struggled, then the defense would struggle and he was absolutely correct. Klein has been horrible and Grant can't seem to pick up the D either. Boren has stabilized the LB core and missed tackles have gone down.
2. Mike Bennett returning from injury and playing DT. The pass rush has gotten much better with Bennett playing the DT position instead of Gobel. Thought he played a great game at PSU and as he continues to get healthy he will be player we all envisioned when he came here.
3. More aggressive D by Fickell. I don't have the stats in front of me but we seem to be blitzing and stunting a lot more and creating more pressure on the QB.
4. A healthy Nate Williams and Spence at DEs. Nate Williams is an absolute difference maker when he's out there. Everytime Spence is out there I like what I see.
What are your thoughts? Am I off base on any of these observations? Feel free to add other observations of the defense in the past few weeks. I think when Sabino returns for Wisc, this D will come alive and be ready for scUM with the future of OSU on the sideline watching.