The Wisconsin Badgers He beat New Mexico State Aggies to 66-7, dominated the game from the opening round and never took his foot off the gas, even with backups in the game.
Here are the defensive scores from the game:
Defensive line: B +
The Badgers defensive line looked good on Saturday, making quarterbacks Diego Pavia and Gavin Frakes uncomfortable while only allowing 3.3 yards per carry on the ground.
Overall, the defensive line looked disciplined when defending the lane, capping both lanes in zone readings and properly filling lanes, beating the Aggies’ overpowering offensive line.
Nick Herbig scored his fourth sack of the season, which was Wisconsin’s only sack that day, but the team had eight overall tackles to lose and five to rush out.
However, Herbig made a foul penalty kick at the start, giving Aggies down first, while also getting run over by running back Jamoni Jones on a 12-yard gain while trying to contain the edge.
Keanu Benton also received his second penalty of the season.
One name to watch on this defensive line is reserve out linebacker Daryl Peterson, who was spotted in front of Nick Herbig on some third-place lag opportunities and scored a key pressure on Saturday to force the player down a fourth in a drive-through.
Additionally, defensive end James Thompson Jr. filled in well for rookie Rodas Johnson when the latter left the match with an injury.
Back: B +
The midfielders put in a solid game on Saturday, especially early, as they properly filled in the second-tier fast lanes, limiting the running game at times.
While Maema Njongmeta, the team’s leading striker in two games, had only three full tackles, the new player played well, scoring a tackle for a loss and an interception, and appears to have been set in place for the inside full-back.
Wisconsin # vagrants According to PFF:
• Nick Herbig (93.0) Elite
• Ricardo Holman (90.2) Elite
• Keanu Benton (88.6) Elite
• James Thompson Jr. (86.5) Elite
• Maema Njongmeta (86.5) Elite
Dillon Graff September 18 2022
Jordan Turner, another Wisconsin quarterback, has had somewhat of a day’s ups and downs, and needs to continue to bolster his sense of area coverage, being battered on cross roads with sometimes delayed reactions upon diagnosing the play.
This task is doable for Turner, given his traits, but this aspect of his game needs to become more consistent.
While I wasn’t a fan of Tatum Grass on Saturday when the backups were back, Jake Chaney seemed to have a solid game, scoring four tackles, including a tackle for a loss and a swerve interception. Talk about chaos in labor turnover.
Overall, though, the defenders did their job on Saturday and will be vital pieces of the Week 4 defense against strong Ohio State a crime.
This week, I’m putting the whole high school together because I thought both parts of the unit play a great role in reducing the opposing attack in Week 3.
New redshirt player Ricardo Holman made the best of the game, working against 6’3 receiver Cordell David, playing tight press coverage before twisting his hips to set the ball and making a one-handed interception.
However, Holman wasn’t a fan of singles play, as the defensive linebacker was the third-highest corner in college football last week with a score of 90.2 PFF.
For the second week in a row, Badgers High hasn’t faltered, despite outranking opposing receivers in size, a good sign and testament to defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard who has put his players in favorable positions.
In addition, there were four pass breakups by the defense, with Holman, John Torchio, Kamui Lato and Jay Shaw each scoring one, although the latter came in an interception that was dropped.
The minor segment will face its biggest test yet in Week 4, when the unit faces Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Marvin Harrison Jr. and Julian Fleming and Emeka Egbuka in the pass attack.