Big Man in the Middle: College Football’s Top 10 Defensive Tackles

Posted by Mitch at on August-8-2009 Add Comments

The key to a good football team at any level starts right in the middle of the defensive line. If you look at just about any championship-winning team, the common denominator is usually a sturdy interior defense.

It's a pretty simple formula. If the defensive tackle occupies several blockers, it allows the linebackers to run free. If the linebackers can run free, it makes running nearly impossible and forces teams to throw.

If the defense knows the offense is going to throw, they can pin back their ears rushing the passer, creating jump balls, fumbles, and miscues, which results in their offense getting a short field to work with. Offenses operating on a short field usually results in points.

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