Akina turned this defense loose on the Frogs and we finally got a chance to see our playmakers in action. Of little surprise was the fact that most of the young guys were the one making plays.
Jared Norton - This guy was flying all over the field. He consistently overwhelmed TCU blockers on blitzes and recorded a sack, a QB hurry, and a few tackles.
Muck and Killebrew - Both guys were extremely agressive, they seemed to be in the right place at the right time and were quick to swarm the ball carrier. Killebrew particulary assisted on multiple tackles.
Sam Acho - Came in to the game in the second half for a handful of plays and made the most of it. Recorded a sack, but it seemed like he got penetration several times.
Lamarr Houston, Eddie Jones, & Aaron Lewis - the young ends didn't have the kind of stats Rack would have had (1 sack between the three of them) but they applied pressure and showed good containment.
The DBs - I think I speak for most of us when I say that I'd still like to see the Browns and Beasley get a few more snaps. Beasley delivered a big hit in the first half and broke up another pass. That being said, the Tweedles were in a better position to make plays (<10 yards of cushion) and closed in on several plays--especially a quick out to Christian on 3rd and short in the 3rd quarter.</p>
The most telling statistic of all was the fact that Frank Okam does not appear on the defensive statistics sheet. TCU obviously focused on Okam and Lokey and their ability to disrupt plays and require attention is what allows the rest of the defense to become playmakers