Bob Benson - Penn Red Zone Defenseby Lauren's First and Goal
In this course, University of Pennsylvania Defense Coordinator Bob Benson dives into what coverages, fronts, and pressures he used to get Penn into the top 20 scoring defenses in the FCS.
Benson’s defenses helped Penn win Ivy League championships in two of his first four seasons on staff in University City. In 2016, his unit ranked No. 18 in FCS in Scoring Defense – allowing 21.3 points per game. In Ivy League play, his defense allowed just 16.7 points per game – ranked No. 2 in the Ancient Eight.
Benson has instilled a ball-hawking mindset in his defense. In 2017, Penn's defense recovered 11 fumbles -- No. 20 in FCS football. Nick Miller recovered four of those fumbles, No. 1 among all FCS players, while Sam Philippi ranked No. 9 with three recoveries. In 2016, Mason Williams ranked No. 2 in FCS in interception per game (0.6) as he finished with six interceptions – tied for No. 3 among all FCS players. The Red and Blue intercepted 13 passes in 2016, No. 30 in FCS. Penn scored two defensive touchdowns in 2016 – both in a win over No. 22/24 Harvard – which were the most of any Ivy League team.