It was a down year for the Rice football defense in 2022. Was that an anomaly or a trend that could impact the unit in 2023?
When head coach Mike Bloomgren and defensive coordinator Brian Smith arrived prior to the 2018 season there was a spoken understanding that their first season on campus would be a true Year Zero. The defense was no exception.
Under Bloomgren, Rice allowed more points per game and yards per play in 2018 than in any years following. But the journey from that 2018 season to the present has been a bumpy one. How did the Owls close out 2022 and should there be concern about the unit taking another step back in 2023?
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