Only three games into the season, it might feel like UH’s defenders have put in overtime. . They have played 284 snaps, the fourth-highest total nationally among Football Bowl Subdivision teams. In back-to-back weeks, Arizona and Texas Tech ran 100 plays apiece.
All the extra repetitions have put a strain on a defense that lacks depth and will enter Saturday’s game against Texas Southern without safety Garrett Davis (broken foot) and linebacker Darrion Owens (knee).
“At the end of the day, our emphasis is what I have talked about since the spring — that we are trying to build more depth and create more competition,” UH defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio said. “Because when you play the number of plays that we are playing right now, either your really good players are going to get tired or they are going to be in ultimate condition. Or you have to put somebody in that’s maybe a drop-off.