Wilson sees the secondary as a potential strength of the defense, though there isn't a ton of experience. Brooks McEntire missed most of the season with a knee injury, but he's fully healthy. Bohannan will enter at cornerback, and Andraszak works in at linebacker as Wilson switches from a 4-2-5 to a 4-3 defense.
“Moving to the 4-3 will allow us to get guys in positions to help us,” Wilson said.
Blake Biggs and Bradyn Meyer anchor the linebacker unit, backing up a defensive line that is mostly new starters. Andre Dowuona Hammond led the team in sacks as a sophomore and now weighs 226 pounds on his 6-foot-1 frame.
“I feel like we're a lot more confident and we fly around a lot faster this year,” Biggs said. “The schemes are simpler. We can just fly around and play football.
“People outside of the team might be happy getting to the playoffs, but inside the locker room, that's not our goal. A first-round loss is disappointing. We want to make some noise in the playoffs, maybe get past that first round, second round — maybe play for a gold ball.”