Hurricanes defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski shared the numbers he wants from his position group, and the defense as a whole.
Kuligowski said Thursday on WQAM that his new-look defensive line should generate three sacks and nine tackles for loss per game. The defense as a whole, he added, should produce three takeaways — something an ill-mannered defensive line can help by pressuring the quarterback.
Now, not every opponent will throw enough for Miami to have dozens of sack opportunities, and some teams will throw quickly to avoid a pass-rush. But UM can “certainly affect how many plays get tackled in the backfield,” Kuligowski said.
For fun, let’s take a look at how many times Miami had three sacks, nine tackles for loss and three takeaways in the last five seasons:
That was Sept. 28, 2013 at South Florida. The Hurricanes produced five sacks, 10 tackles for loss and three takeaways.
In 63 games under Al Golden and his staff, Miami had nine or more tackles for loss on five occasions. They had three or more sacks in 11 games. They registered three or more takeaways 18 times.
But only once did it hit the trifecta Kuligowski described.
Compare that to Missouri over the last five seasons, with Kuligowski as the defensive line coach.
In 65 games, the Tigers reached all three goals five times. They had nine or more tackles for loss 25 times, three or more sacks 26 times, and three or more takeaways in 20 games.
Kuligowski-coached defenses have consistently been among the nation’s leaders in tackles for loss and sacks, a line Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz can put on his resume.