The Arkansas State defense has lost two starters for the year. Two good players.
Tajhea Chambers, who maybe wouldn’t have been a starter if Xavier Woodson weren’t suspended, tore an ACL on the failed onside kick against Mizzou. The freshman linebacker had 2.5 sacks at USC and shows tons of promise at linebacker. Should get medical redshirt and have 4 years to play. Woodson steps in for him against Mizzouri State. Khari Lain will also see increased playing time in the linebacker rotation. We’ll only travel 4, according to Joe Cauthen – so that is clearly now the thinnest position on either side of the ball.
A-State also lost starting safety Bo Sentimore. Chris Humes will step in for him, and Money Hunter will see increased time in the rotation there. Both of those guys started last year, but Sentimore beat them out this fall for the starting position.
Starting cornerback Blaise Taylor is doubtful for Missouri State Saturday. He’s still hobbled by an ankle that he injured against USC. He tried to play against the Tigers but just wasn’t healthy enough to be effective.
The defense is clearly going to be better than at the end of last year. They are already giving up fewer yards per game than last year, and they have their toughest tests behind them. This defense will do really well in conference play, provided the injuries don’t continue to pile up. The defensive line is making a huge difference this year.
Having played 2 ranked teams (2nd toughest schedule nationally so far), A-State defense is 4th in the Sun Belt in yards allowed (398.5/gm).
— HowlYes (@HowlYes) September 14, 2015
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