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

Gary Johnson (Will Gallagher/IT)

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.

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