SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake Stallions have proven they are stout defending the run: halfway through the Alliance of American Football’s inaugural season, the Stallions own the league’s top rush defense, giving up just 83.2 yards per game.

The Stallions’ defensive line is led the league’s sack leader, Karter Schult, who has five sacks. Pro Football Focus even rates Salt Lake third in the Alliance in pass rush.

It’s positives like this that have Salt Lake players confident the team can turn around its recent fortunes, with the 1-4 Stallions coming off a heartbreaking 27-25 loss to the San Diego Fleet last week.

One area where Salt Lake defenders would love to see an improvement, though, is creating takeaways. Through five games, Salt Lake has just two interceptions and two fumble recoveries, one of which happened on special teams. The Stallions, in turn, have lost 10 turnovers.

“Going into the back half of the season, that’s the most important thing we as a defense have got to concentrate on,” Stallions linebacker Gionni Paul said.

“Every defense I’ve been on, the philosophy is, if you cause more turnovers than the opponent, you’ve got between a 60 and 80 percent chance of winning. That being …read more


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