Author Archives: Paul Wadlington

Spring Game Thoughts: Defense

Chris Brown, Moro Ojomo, Jordan Whittington (Will Gallagher/IT)

In lieu of Ambien, I watched the Spring game again and wanted to share a few thoughts on players and positions. Injured starters sitting, wind conditions, zero sum games and stripped down playbook disclaimers are all mentioned now in obligatory fashion, which won’t prevent someone in the comments from reminding us all the same.

What Clemson can teach us about evaluating DL

Myron Warren during his visit to UT. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Clemson won the national championship for myriad reasons: the best program culture in FBS, outstanding team quickness, a phenom freshman QB, terrific coaching that exploited Alabama’s systemic weaknesses… but most of all they won the national title because they fielded the best defensive line in college football.

Building A Backer Part I: The Big 12’s Best

Gary Johnson (Will Gallagher/IT)

Linebacker is one of the hardest positions to project from high school to college. The position requires agility, short area quickness, recognition, instincts, physicality and the ability to “play fast” (which is about the head as much as the legs). Those traits are then paired with technical and fundamental requirements that sometimes even gifted athletes can never quite master. Some linebackers are born, some are manufactured, but as offenses and rules change, the position itself is being redefined.