It's no secret that Texas Tech football has built a reputation over the years as a program that relies on outscoring its opposition with an offensive attack that routinely ranks among the best in the nation. On the defensive side however, the reputation is one that Tech fans would rather not talk about.
"We hear it," junior linebacker Sam Eguavoen said after practice Tuesday. "But we know our defense is capable of big things this year. We're going about things a different way. We're on the attack now."
One of the woes of Tech's defense these past few seasons is its inability to force turnovers. Last year, the Red Raiders forced just 11 takeaways, placing them fourth to last in the entire FBS. With a completely new defensive coaching staff, it's not shocking to hear that them touting a different strategy, especially one that emphasizes the importance of forcing turnovers.
"In the past, we've sat back and allowed offenses to dictate what was happening," Eguavoen said. "We always tried to react to what they were doing. But this year, we're going to be the ones dictating what the offense will do. They'll have to react to us. I don't want to say we'll gamble more, but we won't be afraid to take risks and create turnovers."
Of course, to be a program that competes for Big 12 titles and BCS Bowl Game appearances, a defense that you can count on is always a plus. Even a defense that may give up some yardage, but creates turnovers, would do wonders for an offense capable of doing serious damage, given the extra possessions that turnovers create.
There's still a long way to go before football season, but if spring practices are any indication, the defense is excited about playing the aggressor now more than ever and expects to completely change their reputation in the fall.
"Texas Tech will be known for its defense this season," Eguavoen said. "I can promise you that."
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