"Keep the ball in front of us. Make sure we can out and make some plays, mke sure we can tackle." adds Secondary Coach Clay Jennings.
"Continue to get tougher, more physical, and lead with our hands." says Defensive Line Coach Rory Segrest.
"The biggest thing is make sure we communicate." adds Jennings.
"Just that consistency of being where we need to be when we are suppose to be there." adds Segrest.
The Defensive coaches knew exactly what they were looking for going into this weekend's 2nd spring scrimmage. This spring they've focused on being more physical, aggressive, and causing havoc for the offense..
After Saturday's scrimmage, Head Coach Bret Bielema pleased at where his defense stands.
"If there is a unit on our field that is most improved its definitely the corners. Between 23, Tevin Mitchel, 21 Carroll Washington and Will Hines, DJ dean continues to do some good things, Jared Collins 29, I mean, where we were struggling a year ago, and I know we're not playing an SEC schedule right now, but you really feel good about those five guys competing." says Head Coach Bret Bielema.
Overall during the scrimmage, the defense racked up 8 sacks, 3 interceptions, a forced fumble and fumble recovery.
"Hey, youre going to win some reps, youre going to lose some other ones, but I like our attitude at this point in time. I think we're able to go back on things that we've already installed and recall those things, and now try to polish them up and get them to where they need to be." continues Smith.
And maybe most importantly, and something that seemed to be lacking last season, is an area which both Robb Smith and Bielema see eye to eye.
"I know he and I share an idea of simplicity. You want to make sure it's something that our players can understand and comprehend in a short amount of time and be able to execute, and I think that is very true.I think our players know what they are doing, Theyre able to play faster, play more physical." adds Bielema.