Numbers don't tell the whole story when it comes to A-State's defense

Louisiana at Arkansas State Thursday
Posted at 8:20 PM, Oct 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-14 21:36:17-04

LAFAYETTE — Numbers sometime lie.

That is a message Billy Napier was championing Monday as he spoke about Arkansas State's defense. One that ranks near the bottom in most Sund Belt deffensive statitistic.

"When they've won they've created takeaways. They have the ability to create negatives. We're gonna have to take care of the ball," he said.

The Red Wolves rank last in yards (535 y/g) and points (38.7) allowed in the Sun Belt. But you can bet coach Napier has a different message to his team, reminding them about Arkansas State's talent. The Red Wolves placed three first team and three second team all-conference defensive players in the preseason.

"They've had a bit of the injury bug," Napeir added. "I think they expect to have some of those guys back."

But numbers sometime don't lie and the Red Wolves not only rank last in yard allowed in the SBC, but also the nation.

Billy Napier beleives it will be an uphill climb in Jonesboro, but the stat books suggest the Cajuns could be in for friendly waters that allowed nearly 800 yards a week ago.