Throughout the season, Josh Allen and Denzil Ware have made quite a name for themselves – literally. The self-proclaimed “Blitz Bros” have combined for eight sacks so far this season, with Ware adding 2.5 sacks and Allen claiming 5.5 — ranking him as the nation’s No. 4 sacker. But the Blitz Bros aren’t done yet.
At the beginning of the season, they each set goals for how many sacks they wanted to record this year. With the season nearly halfway over, are they on track?
“I think I’m at a good pace right now,” Allen said. “I feel like, you know, going into the bye-week, I’m up there. So I just gotta finish strong for the next six games.”
The Missouri offense offers the “Bros” a new challenge. The Tigers are ranked 12th in the nation in protecting their quarterback — they’ve only given up four sacks this entire season. And if that’s not intimidating enough, their offensive line is physically the largest in the SEC, coming in at an average of 6-foot-5, 326 pounds.
So how do the Bros plan on penetrating Missouri’s line and recording their fair share of sacks?
“I’ve just got to get back there; my mindset is just to get back there,” Allen said. “I don’t care who we play against. My mindset has always been if they’re quick, then I’ve just got to be quicker. So I’ll do what I can to get back there.”
Ware reiterated this idea of relying on their fundaments.
“Honestly, man, we’re just going to have to play our football,” Ware said. “Just going to have to play how we’ve played. Trust our training. And just, you know, play hard. [Missouri doesn’t] give up that many sacks, but they’re pretty good at what they do. We have to respect them — respect our opponent — and just come out and play ball.”
Even the “Baby Bro” of the group, freshman and recent “Blitz Cousin” initiate Joshua Paschal, said they’ll have to come out strong if they expect another sack-filled game.
“We’re just going to have to do what we’ve been doing,” Paschal said. “Just continue to rush… and just keep going after it.”