On the other hand, if you have a DL that can win the point of attack and withstand double teams you buy time for speedy linebackers and safeties to check off their assignments and still arrive in time to make the tackle before the runner has picked up a major gain. Or, if you can get an extra guy in the box you can tip the scales back in your own favor. Generally you need both to really shut down one of the better Big 12 running games.
Last week we talked about what life without Hassan Ridgeway could look like in 2016 and it wasn’t a particularly exciting topic. Pending the signing and development of more DL, Texas has a fairly thin depth chart in terms of players that are ready to play as a 5- or 4i-technique strongside end, double team-eating nose tackle, or disruptive 3-technique.
Texas took another offseason hit when defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway declared for the NFL draft this month. It’s easy to get caught up in what Ridgeway wasn’t (a worthy heir to a tradition of DT dominance) and miss out on what he did bring over the last two seasons.