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    Linebackers in pass coverage

    In the past, our linebacker unit got absolutely abused in pass coverage. This includes when we had guys like Bowen, Dobbins, etc. Last year was no different and while Jesse Smith did good against the run, he was equally as bad against the pass.

    It's been a huge difference this year, especially with Jesse. And it's not just because of his interception and hit that attributed to another interception from Saturday. I think he's been getting better against the pass all season. IIRC, he had the redzone pick against KU too.

    I'm impressed with how this group has improved, Garrin has really stepped up for us as well. Starting to get some pressure on the quarterback certainly hasn't hurt.



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    Re: Linebackers in pass coverage

    You can blame this on Coach Wally Burnham!


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    Re: Linebackers in pass coverage

    It has also helped playing in the nickel package, taking less pressure off of our linebackers.

    Benton is a true defensive back, but was big enough to play against the run also, like a hybrid if you will.

    It will be interesting to see who steps up in his place.



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    Re: Linebackers in pass coverage

    The linebacking corps when dobbins was a senior was pretty solid in pass coverage...

    Also, this year we have been playing a lot of nickel in passing situations and in some run/pass situations.

    Still this thread is very irrevelant because our pass defense is terrible all together.



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    Re: Linebackers in pass coverage

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    In the past, our linebacker unit got absolutely abused in pass coverage. This includes when we had guys like Bowen, Dobbins, etc. Last year was no different and while Jesse Smith did good against the run, he was equally as bad against the pass.

    It's been a huge difference this year, especially with Jesse. And it's not just because of his interception and hit that attributed to another interception from Saturday. I think he's been getting better against the pass all season. IIRC, he had the redzone pick against KU too.

    I'm impressed with how this group has improved, Garrin has really stepped up for us as well. Starting to get some pressure on the quarterback certainly hasn't hurt.
    I think some of it is also due to Burnham not stubbornly insisting on Tampa 2 type coverage scheme all game long. The MLB has center zone coverage responsibility in that scheme, many times all the way from LOS to end zone. Simply not the best use of JS's talents.

    That pass rush effort on Saturday won't get the job done against A&M, OSU, or Missouri. We were fortunate that Lee has accuracy issues and his WR had a good case of the drops. He had enough time most of the day to carve us up.



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    Re: Linebackers in pass coverage

    Quote Originally Posted by DRCHIRO View Post
    It has also helped playing in the nickel package, taking less pressure off of our linebackers.

    Benton is a true defensive back, but was big enough to play against the run also, like a hybrid if you will.

    It will be interesting to see who steps up in his place.
    I noticed when the announcers on Saturday talked about Nebraska's "hybrid" D-back. I immediately thought about Benton being the same for us.

    Really sucks that he got injured. I assume he's done for the year?



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