Ten Points: Tulane Defense

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Sophomore linebacker Nico Marley and junior cornerback Lorenzo Doss celebrate a defensive stop in a 20-13 loss against Central Florida Saturday, Oct. 18. Doss was selected in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. Doss dialed up 15 interceptions in his three-year collegiate career with the Green Wave. 

Matt Coleman, Staff Reporter

1. Tulane is No. 7 in the American Athletic Conference out of 11 teams in scoring defense, allowing 28.1 points per game. The Wave is scheduled to play four of the top five conference leaders in scoring defense, which include Temple, Memphis, Houston and East Carolina.

2. The Green Wave also has the No. 7 defense in the conference in terms of yards allowed per game with 367 yards per contest.

3. The Green Wave is ranked No. 4 in the AAC in pass defense, giving up 203 yards through the air per game. The top three teams in the conference in that category have a combined record of 12-7.

4. With 10 interceptions on the season, Tulane ranks No. 2 in the AAC and tied for No. 13 in the nation. The Wave has as many picks this season as conference foes Tulsa, Cincinnati, Southern Methodist and UConn combined.

5. Tulane junior defensive back Lorenzo Doss has 14 career interceptions, tied for the most in the Football Bowl Subdivision for active players. Doss has 2 picks this season.

6. The only Wave player with more interceptions on the season is redshirt freshman Parry Nickerson with 3.

7. Only Temple has a better red zone defense conversion percentage than the Wave in the AAC.

8. Tulane’s opponents score from the red zone on only 65.6 percent of their opportunities in the red zone. However, the Wave has allowed opponents to reach the red zone 32 times, which is the second highest in the conference behind SMU, the only team in the conference yet to win a game this year.

9. Senior safety Sam Scofield leads the team with 53 tackles this season. Scofield also has 2 interceptions and 1 sack.

10. Over the team’s remaining five games, the Green Wave defense will face each of the AAC’s top five scoring offenses.