The motor of the whole team is [6‑foot, 210-pound senior quarterback] Quinton Flowers. There were a lot of times last year when schematically they were not quite together, and Quinton could erase some of those issues. Even when you assign a spy to him, he can make that one guy miss. There are not many teams in this league that have somebody that can get him on the ground when it’s one-on-one and he’s flushed out of the pocket. He needs to be treated like a running back in the run game, and in the passing game, he’s going to make his plays. D’Ernest Johnson [a 5' 10", 208-pound senior running back] will be as good in the running game as Marlon Mack was last year because Johnson won’t miss a read. He’ll make the offensive line better.
They force a lot of fumbles, and they recover just about all of them [11 of 14 in ’16] because of their team speed. [Senior] Deatrick Nichols was the hardest cornerback for us to get open on in the league last year. Overall, the pass defense wasn’t as bad as people think. They’re a big-play offense, and because they scored so fast, their defense played more plays than the offense.
Under coach Charlie Strong, you’re probably going to see more penalty discipline and a little more physicality at the line of scrimmage.