Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 10/5/12
Health and fundamentals at forefront of Beavs D The 2011 Beavers defense was horrid, ranking in the bottom of most major stat categories in the Pac-12. Opponents averaged over 30 points and 411 yards per game. OSU had the worst run defense in the conference, with opponents averaging a near 198.6 yards per game on the ground. Fast forward to 2012, and it’s a different story. The Beavers have one of the tightest defenses in the Pac-12. They’re second in the conference in run defense, giving up an average of 83 yards per game. Opponents are averaging just 20.7 points per game. What’s allowed this program to turn around in 2012? Fundamentally Sound Whether it was getting lost on coverage, or missing tackles, the OSU defense was not fundamentally sound. With such a young squad, that’s expected. Watching games now, the 2012 squad is light years ahead. The big thing is tackling. It looks so much better, with the players using their agility and strength to take down opposing players. N...
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