Tulane’s defense will not drop a pass on a third down when the Bulldogs take on FSU in the national title game.
“I’m not going to comment on specific play calls because I’m not here for any specific play,” defensive coordinator Mark Hudspeth said.
“We’ve seen the play calls in practice and we’ve seen what we’ve done in the game.
I’m comfortable with the way we’ve been playing.
That’s the way I see it.”
Tulane defensive coordinator Kevin O’Sullivan said the defense has been executing “the right way.”
The defensive line has been solid, with defensive ends James Coughlin and Darrin Smith starting on the line.
The secondary has been playing well, with linebacker Dontae McBriar starting on defense.
“We’re playing well on defense and our safeties have been great,” O’Brien said.
He added, “There’s no doubt in my mind that the secondary is playing well and the linebackers are playing well.”
The Bulldogs’ defensive front has been excellent, with tackles Josh McCown, Tarell Brown, Jordan Williams, and Tye Smith starting at defensive end.
Senior defensive end Jaelon Dixon has been good, and defensive tackle Mike Taylor has been very good.
Senior linebacker Jarrad Davis has been impressive, too.
The freshman is coming off of a breakout season, registering three sacks, two quarterback hits, and two forced fumbles.
Davis is one of two players in the country with five double-digit sack games.
McCarthy said he and his defensive line will not be changing their playbook on third down, even though the offense has thrown more than 100 passes in each of the last two games.
“It’s not really a change.
It’s just about how you approach the game,” McCarthy said.
“(The offensive) playbook is just a big part of the game, and how we’ve executed.
We’ve been in those situations before, and I think we’ll continue to execute that way.”
McCarney and his defense are not worried about the defense getting into trouble.
“It’s an offense that is going to keep us in the end zone,” McCarthy added.
“If we want to get it in, we’re going to get that in,” he added.
McClary said the offensive line and running backs will be ready to go.
“Our backs are playing great,” McCarthy told reporters.
“They’ve been working hard.
They’re not sitting around waiting for their opportunities.”
The game will kick off at 8 p.m.
ET and be televised live on ESPN2.