Storm’s “D-Unit” Dominates The IFL


“We just take pride in being a great defense,” Storm DB Rashard Smith said. 

Calling the Storm’s defense great may be an understatement, as the “D-Unit” has dominated opponents this season, holding opponents to just 29.2 points per game, nearly 13 points below the league average. 

“If the other team doesn’t score, there’s no way we can lose. We may not win the game, but if we can stop them from scoring, there’s no way we can lose. And that’s the type of mentality and approach we take into every game,” Smith said. 

Scoring isn’t the only category the Storm lead the league in either, as they are tops in the IFL in yards per game, turnovers, sacks and rank 2nd in defensive touchdowns.

 “We’re ready to swarm. We’re ready to swarm any opportunity we get for a takeaway. We’re trying to score. I think this is one of the defenses that I’ve been on that actually, scores some points this year, you know top of the league in several categories for going the other way, returning the ball and things of that nature,” Knight said. 

Shutting down their opponents is always the goal, but the “D-Unit” also knows its play only helps its own offense.

“When we’re successful on our side of the ball and set them up, they seem to capitalize on it, and so, that’s kind of been our goal as a team, make sure we get our takeaways and put our offense in a position where they can have success,” Hermanson said. 

The Storm’s offense has also helped the “D-Unit” become what they are today because the two battle it out at every practice. 

“It helps a lot. The speed we got and the receivers we got, I mean, we have a talented group. To go against a talented group week in and week out when Saturday comes, it has you prepared for those teams, and there’s some talented teams out there,” Knight said. 

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