Richmond Scouting Report: Defense & Punting

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The defense picked up right where it left off as Richmond limited the high-powered Elon offense to 10 second-quarter points last week, just 235 yards of total offense, and a meager 22 yards on the ground. The Spiders sacked All-American QB Scott Riddle three times and held All-American WR Terrell Hudgins to 78 yards and no TDs. That tandem averaged 347.0 yards passing and 134.0 yards receiving, respectively, last season. As a team, Elon put up 36.4 points per game and averaged 421.5 in total offense in 2007.

In addition to Huesman, coach Mike London retained Dave Legg and former Wahoo Byron Thweatt on the defensive coaching staff while adding Jeff Hanson to coach the defensive front and former Virginia assistant Vincent Brown to coach the linebackers.

While London retained Huesman, the expectation is that defense will have London’s mark on it. So while we can draw some conclusions and tendencies from the Spider defenses of the last five years, as was the case with the offense, expect the unexpected Saturday.

With that in mind, let’s take a closer look:


  • Last season the UR defense ranked 50th in rushing defense, 81st in pass efficiency defense, 56th in total defense and 45th in scoring defense.
  • Five returning Richmond starters had at least 13 starts last season.
  • The 22 yards rushing by Elon was the fewest by a Spider opponent since William & Mary ran for 18 yards (21 attempts) in a 41-7 Richmond victory on Nov. 19, 2005.

Personnel & Strategy

Personnel. The strength of the Richmond defense begins up front with two talented defensive ends. Seniors Lawrence Sidbury (#2) and Sherman Logan (#8) have combined for 43 career tackles for loss (228 yards lost) and 23.5 career sacks. The interior line features veteran tackle Martin Parker (#55) and newcomer Parker Miles (#98) at nose guard. The linebackers are young in age