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‘Third Ward defense’: UH emphasis on creating turnovers is paying off

The inability of the Houston defense to create turnovers in 2020 was a major concern for head coach Dana Holgorsen and his coaching staff.

In the eight-game 2020 season, UH defense forced a total of six turnovers, which was unacceptable in the eyes of Holgorsen and needed to change if the Cougars were going to start racking up wins.

As a result, defensive coordinator Doug Belk made consistently creating turnovers a major point of emphasis for the 2021 UH defense.

“Coach Belk (has) been talking through fall camp, through the summer, through just every week (about) getting more turnovers, getting the ball out somehow,” said junior cornerback Art Green.