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Defensive linemen a priority on recruiting scene

By: Magnolia Tribune - June 6, 2008

Defensive linemen a priority on recruiting scene

Over the past few seasons, the spread offense has revolutionized college football.
Few teams operate two-back base offenses anymore, as many coaches always are looking to spread defenses with four- or five-wide receiver formations.
As a result, coaches also have changed their approach to recruiting.
Many college football teams no longer seek quarterbacks who can simply drop back and throw the football 50 yards down the field. Instead, many teams want quarterbacks who run as well as they throw in order to spread defenses even farther across the field.
More and more, college football teams also are looking for faster, slimmer players who can defend the spread attack. Coaches want 275-pound tackles who can stop the run and rush the passer. They want 250-pound ends who can sack the quarterback and drop into pass coverage.

Ends have become tackles. Linebackers have become ends. Safeties have become linebackers

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