Wisconsin's new mantra on defense
- Published: Tuesday, 21 August 2012 07:39
- by Doug Samuels
Looking back on last season, big plays were the common denominator of the Badgers losses last season. According to Tom Oates of the Wisconsin State Journal, in games against Michigan State (two games total, one of them a loss), Ohio State and Oregon the defense gave up 154 points.
In their other 10 games combined, they gave up only 132 points.
After reflecting on losses to Michigan State and Ohio State (in back to back weeks) last season, Wisconsin decided to adopt a new mantra on defense for 2012; "Triple A, Bar None."
Defensive coordinator Chris Ash explains that the new saying is meant to bring an identity to the defense.
“What we’re trying to do is create an identity. It’s something I put together: Anybody, anytime, anyplace, bar none. We want to be the type of defense that any time the ball’s down and it’s time to play, we’re going to go play.”
One player, defensive lineman Ethan Hemer, pointed out the importance of the new mantra and making every snap count. "You can play great 99 percent of the time and that one time you don’t, it’s a bad defense.”