Episode No. 93 of The Scarlet Faithful podcast focuses on the ceiling for the Rutgers defense next season.
In 2022, the defense was improved. However, injuries, a brutal November schedule, a lack of production from the offense took its toll. Even so, Rutgers finished in the middle of the pack in the Big Ten in efficiency (7th) and total defense (8th). There should be hope this fall, the unit will be even better.
The defense lost several key contributors from last season including Christian Izien, Christian Braswell, Avery Young and Ifyeani Maijeh. However, there are many key contributors returning as well.
Aaron Lewis, Wesley Bailey, Mayan Ahanotu, Kyonte Hamilton, and Kenny Fletcher form a strong defensive line.
The starting linebackers for the Rutgers defense are back in Deion Jennings and Tyreem Powell. In addition, former 4-star recruit Moses Walker is healthy and in the mix.
Of course, Mo Toure is healthy too and could play multiple spots for the defense next fall.
The secondary returns Max Melton, Robert Longerbeam, Kessawn Abraham, Desmond Igbinosun, Shaquan Loyal and others. In addition, key transfers to the defense include Flip Dixon and Eric Rogers.
I discuss the reasons for optimism for the Rutgers defense in taking another step forward in the 2023 season in detail. Includes the depth and talent that returns, the stability within the coaching staff and the lack of elite offenses on the schedule.
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