August 5, 2013

NAMEDROPPER: Pass rush a priority

AUBURN | Every defensive coordinator prefers to have a defensive line that can slow the run and provide ample pass rush when appropriate.

Ellis Johnson wants that, too.

He just doesn't have it. At least not yet.

The Tigers' defensive coordinator on Monday said he's still trying to decide how he'll create pressure on opposing quarterbacks this season. One thing is for sure: It'll often require more than asking his line to get more push up field.

"We're working a lot more pressure defense than I've had to do during the last three or four years," said Johnson, who's been with Southern Miss and South Carolina during that period. "I think we'll have to scheme up some stuff and get a guy free. Twists. Bring a fifth guy. Bring some six-man pressure. I couldn't venture a guess as to who those four (third-down linemen) would be. It's way too early. Those young guys show all the physical skills of what will make them a great pass rusher, but they haven't taken those jobs yet. They've got a ways to go."

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