Breaking down the Bulldogs' defense

Published: Friday, June 7, 2013 at 12:18 PM.

Ware — whom rates the 15th best weak side defensive end in the country — transferred to Opp, Ala., in February, has reenrolled at Crestview and will rejoin the team in summer workouts.

"We were missing some people on defense," Hatten said. "We were playing basically a 3-4 (three linemen and four linebackers). We are going to do some tweaking on passing downs. We have to have awareness on the obvious passing situations.

"On third down and 10, they are probably going to throw the ball 10 times out of 10, and we need to get that kind of mentality as a football player."

Hatten stressed the importance of the Bulldog defense being better on third down than it was in the jamboree.

"I don't care how good you are on first down and second down," he said, "if you're not good on third down, the rest of it don't travel. You've got to stop folks and make them punt the ball and get the ball back. If you don't (stop the opposition on third down), whatever else you are doing is just a moot point.

"Our secondary was not as good as we would like for it to be. We need to be athletic behind the defensive line. I think we are really athletic on the defensive line."


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