Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Morgan State hoping to get pass rush back on track this season

BALTIMORE, Maryland -- The Morgan State football team's defense finished 2015 ranked in the upper half of the 11-team Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in total yards and first downs allowed per game. But if there was one aspect that rankled defensive coordinator Mike Fanoga, it was the unit's inconsistent ability to pressure opposing quarterbacks.

"Last season, that was one of our weakest areas, and we've got to get better at it," said Fanoga, who has been working with new defensive line coach Antonio James on improving the pass rush. "We were young last year, and we still have the same group. And now that we've got Coach James, he's doing a tremendous job with the guys on the field working on the pass rush. We're focused on and concentrating more on getting to the quarterback."

The Bears managed just 23 sacks in 10 games last fall, a total that ranked sixth in the MEAC. They still ranked second in the league in pass defense, giving up just 164 yards per contest and 11 touchdowns through the air. But the unit's production in the sacks department was a dramatic drop from the program-record 33 sacks the 2014 squad posted.


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