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The 2020 linebacker room is down its best player from the 2019 team. Joseph Ossai is playing “jack LB,” but the responsibilities of the position fall more in line with that of a defensive end than of a linebacker.
An advantage the 2020 linebacker corps may have over the 2019 squad is the man leading it. This site opined often last year that Todd Orlando the linebackers coach hurt the efforts of Todd Orlando the defensive coordinator. Orlando has been replaced by Coleman Hutzler, who spent the previous four seasons with Will Muschamp at South Carolina.
Hutzler has already drawn positive reviews while at Texas, keeping in mind the team didn’t take the field for a single spring practice. The prospects of the position may not be as promising as those of the defensive line or backfield, but there are still good players at Hutzler’s disposal. At the same time, there are several players who will test Hutzler’s ability to develop after the previous linebacker coach struggled in that department.
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