ORONO – On Saturday Maine faced an early 21-0 deficit on the road against FBS school Western Kentucky. A situation the 2017 Black Bears would have probably crumbled in, but that’s not the case for the 2018 edition of the blue and white.
“I’d say this group is special between all of us not just because of the talent we have but the bond we have with one another. Even though our abilities come through it’s basically that belief and trust in one another knowing that we can get the job done no matter what the situation is,” linebacker Deshawn Stevens said.
Seven’s fumble recovery for a touchdown tied Saturday night’s tilt with Western Kentucky. A 21-point come from behind win, sparked by the defense.
“We’re the black hole I just feel like that’s the mantra we have the entire time, the black hole is to suffocate and be aggressive,” Stevens said.
Maine’s black hole defense has been outstanding this season as its only allowing 13.5 rush yards per game, Maine is leading all of FCS football in that stat. It’s no surprise to them though because that’s what the black hole is all about.
“I think it’s a mentality our guys have we want to make teams one dimensional. We want to get out there, we want to make teams throw the football,” defensive coordinator Corey Hetherman said.
Maine has done just that this season and when the opposing quarterback has dropped back to pass he’s been punished.
“The thing that we’ve seen the best on film so far is we’ve been swarming to the ball. We have 11 hats a lot of guys in the final frame and our guys are flying around they’re confident in what we’re doing right now,” Hetherman said.