By: Ian Denomme
The Mustangs defense was arguably their Achilles
heel in 2002. However, with another year under their belt and
some strong recruits, the defense should be improved.
New defensive coordinator Paul Gleason will
have an experienced group to work with which is bigger, stronger,
faster and deeper. They also have recruited very well and Haylor
is confident they’ll be much improved.
"We're much better up front on the defensive
line," Haylor said. "That's a good place to be good
because it makes everybody else better. It makes the linebackers
and secondary less vulnerable."
The Mustangs returning group of defensive
linemen include 6'5", 265 lb. John Csoborko;
6'2", 268 lb. Adam DiCola and 6'2",
245 lb. Adrian Rocca.
There's also a strong returning core at linebacker
with Brian Wettlaufer, John Rowan and Tom Norris.
Wettlaufer summed up the defensive goals very
simply: "Give up less points."
Wettlaufer and Rowan both agreed the defense
is improved and they know what they have to do to give the team
a chance to win.
"We have to make big plays and create
turnovers," Wettlaufer said.
"Last year we didn't make those big plays,
so this year we have to come up big in clutch situations,"
He also said this year's squad is more suited
for the type of defense they'll need to play. They want to create
confusion and not allow other teams to run on them.
Although the secondary is rebuilding, the
overall defense is improved and should be able to make the plays
needed to help the offense.