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More teams turning to 3-4 defense

Updated: August 11, 2010, 5:48 PM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

The 3-4 defense has been around college football about as long as the modern-day helmet.

Sports equipment company Riddell started marketing its plastic suspension helmet in 1946, shortly before legendary Oklahoma coach Bud Wilkinson devised his innovative "Okie" defense. Wilkinson's defense -- which actually began as a 5-4 alignment before morphing into a 3-4 -- helped the Sooners win 14 league and three national championships, as well as an NCAA-record 47 consecutive games from 1953 ...

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