The Big 12 is increasingly an “outside-in” conference. The ball gets out of the quarterback’s hands quickly and the focal point rapidly shifts from the trenches, where games are normally determined, out to 1-on-1 matchups between skill athletes isolated in space.
The trenches still matter, especially if you can deny the quick throws and reads on defense and force offenses to do dirty work up front. The better you are up front the more margin you can create on the back end but the priorities for each are shifting, at least in some contests around the league. If you aren’t good enough on the DL to get pressure within three seconds then you can’t be bad at DB.
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