s--k I do like that Eastern Michigan play. Watched them vs. Ky and they do have a nice defense line that blew up Ky's OLine at times during that game. I think QB Stephen Johnon was sacked 5 times in that game. I say that because isn't a good defensive line imperative to stop an option attack??
EM DL is good. I’m a little unfamiliar with their interior players, the edge players deliver for them.
DE (or Bull they call it) Jeremiah Harris was week 2 and 5 MAC D POW after (Rutgers and UK). Harris has forced 5 fumbles in his career, ranks 21st among active players. He is 31st ncaa in TFL per gm. The other DE Crosby also gets into the backfield a good bit.
They have a lot of experience at LB. Ike Spearman is a 6th year Sr in the middle and they moved Sr Jason Beck from S to WLB this year. Beck is 9th ncaa in active tackles.
They often play with 3 safeties with Brady Hoying headlining, he was week 4 MAC D POW after Ohio
They return 86% of their tackles from last season.
A few statistical things of note:
EM is holding opponents to 18.2 ppg (ranks 21st) and 324 ypg (ranks 24th). Statistically they rank a little better vs the pass than run, their run D ranks 43rd which puts them around teams like Washington State, Kansas State, Iowa State. Their run D is 3rd best among MAC teams. They've done pretty good the last 3 games against quality opponents (Ohio, UK, Toledo) - avg ypc allowed in those 3 is just 2.75.
D forces 5.4 three-and-outs per game, 13th nationally
Last week they held Toledo to just 20 pts, Rockets came in avg 42. You could say Toledo should’ve, could’ve come away with more pts, but at the same time you can credit EM D for being tough in the RZ and stopping them. The fact that EM has been playing solid D vs everyone says they deserve credit for keeping Toledo out of the EZ on some of their FG drives. They held Toledo 100y below their ypg avg as well.