When most people think of Nebraska Wesleyan football, a few terms come to mind: tough, hard-nosed and physical.
The Prairie Wolves' defense in 2012 was tied for 12th in the nation in points allowed per game, giving up 17.4 points per game. In Nebraska Wesleyan's final five games — all of which were Prairie Wolves' victories — the defense allowed just 8.2 points per game.
As head coach Brian Keller mentioned, NWU was also pretty good at stopping the run.
"Nebraska Wesleyan has always been known for its rugged defense, and certainly last year was no exception. We led the nation in stopping the run," Keller said. "This year, we return eight starters on defense... Defensively, we're excited about our guys that are returning."