The addition of UCF linebacker Tatum Bethune was one of the biggest recruiting wins for the staff once the 2021 season concluded.
Not only did they beat out Miami for his services, but Bethune had a previous relationship with linebackers coach Randy Shannon and fit a huge position of need for the Noles. Bethune had 108 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks, and three QB hurries in 12 games for UCF last season.
He’s someone that will likely start at linebacker alongside Kalen DeLoach and instantly upgrade that position. It means better depth overall as DJ Lundy has elevated his game, not to mention Bethune is an upgrade in pass coverage, which is an area the Noles struggled in 2021.
Bethune is adept at triggering downhill against the run, and we could see his production increase behind a better defensive line in 2022.
UCF’s defensive line wasn’t great, which likely hampered Bethune’s ability to shoot gaps and make splash plays.
He’ll contend for the team lead in tackles, as we saw DJ Lundy and Kalen DeLoach tie for third overall in 2021. His experience and ability to cover in space should be a big difference in the middle of the defense.