Defending the spread warrants new needs with ILBs

Originally Published: September 2, 2008
By Billy Tucker | Scouts Inc.

One major question we had when configuring the 2009 ESPNU 150 was where were the inside linebackers? The position was solid in 2008 with 10 middle 'backers represented in the 150, but just three inside guys made the cut this year and a paltry four earned a grade of 80 or higher. It could be chalked up as just a down year for ILBs, but it may be more than that if you look closer.

The position itself is changing at the college level, and we may be in a transitional year for finding prototypical ...

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