I think that’s exactly what we’re seeing. We play zone, keep our eyes on the ball, tackle people who make catches in front of us. Not getting beat deep, making plays on the ball, and occasionally getting there first when the QB’s eyes tell us where he’s going.
Man defense requires turning and running with the receiver, and sometimes they don’t find the ball in time (or at all).
Does this defense have weaknesses? Sure. A patient QB can dink and dunk us to death, and we’re vulnerable to a good running game (that Auburn guy that kept bouncing off our tacklers had another good game yesterday in the loss to the Poultry). But we don’t get beat deep and we can get the ball back a lot more than our recent defenses.
ADG noted that the last time one of our DBs had three picks in a game against an SEC opponent was Louis Campbell in the Preston Watts Bowl in 1971. Michael Grant had three picks against La-Monroe in 2006, the last time one Hog stole three in a game before Hudson Clark yesterday,
I’m going to be really interested to see where that puts him in the national interception list when it’s updated later in the morning. Joe Foucha was tied for fourth before yesterday at .67 interceptions per game. He’s now at .5 (so is Greg Brooks) and Clark is at .75. We may also be very high in team interceptions at 2.5 per game.