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© February, 2010
Overcoming a Size Disadvantage on the Line

by Kenny Ratledge
Defensive Coordinator, Sevier County High School (TN)

How does a defense which is outweighed by an average of fifty pounds on the defensive line slow down or stop an offense that makes its living pounding the ball with a power running game? 

  The blueprint was demonstrated by the Florida State defense led by defensive  coordinator Mickey Andrews in the 2008 Champs Sports Bowl game against the Big 10s Wisconsin Badgers. The Badgers were led by an offensive line which averaged 66 in height and weighed an average of 319 pounds. The offensive line wa ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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