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Defense looking 'crisp' in game week for Bears

Mercer DT Isaiah Buehler talks about the defensive preparation for the Bears' opener Thursday night. /(Mason Prince, WGXA)

MACON, GA -- Kaelan Riley has garnered most of the attention this week for the Mercer Football program.

The redshirt-freshman QB will start Thursday's opener against Jacksonville replacing four-year starter John Russ. Despite the attention the offense has earned, the Bears have a chance to be a top-flight defense in the SoCon this season. Mercer will face another triple-option attack Thursday night, an offense they're used to seeing.

"Our defensive job has done a great job," Head Coach Bobby Lamb said at Monday's press conference. "We've gotten more comfortable year in and year out that we've been here. You look at the numbers from last year we really played Citadel and really played Wofford well on the defensive side of the ball."

The Bears were stout against the triple option last season, but they'll miss the services of linebackers Tyler Ward and Tosin Aguebor. A fast and athletic defense takes the field for the Bears Thursday night. One that has the talent, but is well prepared.

"We're very crisp I guess is the word in the way that we're handling things and the way that we're practicing and taking care of our business on and off the field," said defensive tackle Isaiah Buehler.

Kickoff between Mercer and Jacksonville is set for 7:00 Thursday night. Catch "Gameday" on WGXA News starting at 5 p.m. on FOX24.

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