"Last year, our sacks came from our front seven guys," Stockstill said. "This year, we've got probably three sacks from the corner position, one or two from the safety position, some from the linebackers and the front guys.
"We've been a little bit more multiple in what we've done defensively, because we are a year older and I think that's played a factor."
Nolan, a team captain in two of MTSU's first seven games, said effective communication has been the key to success in those categories.
"Everybody being on the same page allows us to do multiple things - three-down fronts, four-down fronts," he said. "Basically, if we all stay communication, we can fly around and make plays and it's really effortless, you know, because we're not thinking about it."
Yet it's something the Herd definitely must think about. As successful as Marshall has been this season, sacks and turnovers are two areas in need of polishing. The Herd is sixth in the conference, yet tied for 91st in the FBS in sacks allowed (2.5 per game) and tied for sixth in C-USA and 59th in the FBS with 11 turnovers lost.
So Marshall's offensive players must communicate effectively themselves, redshirt junior center Chris Jasperse said.
"They'll bring people from somewhere we're not used to seeing it," he said. "Sometimes they won't show they're going to bring it, and that's a change for us. We just have just have to have our eyes up, everyone looking around and communicating."
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