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    Ranking the Big Ten Linebackers Legends Division

    Ranking the B1G Linebackers: Legends Division

    Came across this. Another view of things. From article:

    4. Iowa
    Starters: Anthony Hitchens, Christian Kirksey, James Morris

    Backups: Quinton Alston, Marcus Collins, Shane DiBona, Cole Fisher, Palmer Foster, Dakota Getz, Macon Plewa, Travis Perry, Jim Poggi, Laron Taylor*

    The Iowa linebackers will be looked upon to lead the Hawkeye defense this year, and they should prove quite capable. James Morris had 110 tackles as a sophomore in the middle last year, but battled injuries over the second half of the season. We have yet to see exactly what he's capable of. Christian Kirksey also finished with 110 tackles on the outside, and brings speed enough to go from sideline to sideline. Anthony Hitchens will be the third linebacker, and they also like his ability to run, though size (6-1 224) is a concern for some.

    With a new defensive coordinator calling plays for Iowa this year in Phil Parker, the promise of linebacker blitzes has pleased everyone. Morris, Kirksey and Hitchens combined for just one sack last season, and with a completely unproven defensive line, they will need to be called upon to get after the quarterback routinely this season. Aside from the three starters, however, there are serious depth issues. If there are injury problems, the Hawkeyes could be in trouble.

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    Re: Ranking the Big Ten Linebackers Legends Division

    At #4, I'm wondering if I'm the only one who feels this way. I think our linebackers are overrated.
    Stats don't tell the whole story as our D has always been designed to funnel most of the tackles to the linebackers. I'm just not that impressed with our LB talent right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawkdrummer1 View Post
    At #4, I'm wondering if I'm the only one who feels this way. I think our linebackers are overrated.
    Stats don't tell the whole story as our D has always been designed to funnel most of the tackles to the linebackers. I'm just not that impressed with our LB talent right now.
    I'm torn on this. I think the vast majority of the fanbase tends to overrate our LBs, especially Morris since he's a local kid and everyone wants him to be really good.

    On the other hand, the B1G blog at ESPN had our LB corps all the way down at 8th in the league, which is absurd.

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    Has us ranked dead last at running back, and that's with Canzeri, Johnson & White.
    I think we'd be close to dead last in the MAC at running back, with what we have right now.

    http://theozone.net/football/2012/of...Legends-12.htm
    Im fresh out of smart *** remarks for now.

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    Re: Ranking the Big Ten Linebackers � Legends Division

    Linebackers are underrated in my opinion....i think we will be pleasently surprised...

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    Re: Ranking the Big Ten Linebackers Legends Division

    ....but we're in trouble if another linebackerpocalypse happens.

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    Re: Ranking the Big Ten Linebackers Legends Division

    Quote Originally Posted by MoseSchrute View Post
    ....but we're in trouble if another linebackerpocalypse happens.
    Hopefully 2010 won't happen anytime soon at linebacker.
    Im fresh out of smart *** remarks for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AreWeThereYet View Post
    Hopefully 2010 won't happen anytime soon at linebacker.
    2011 called and is offended by your slight.

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    I think the top 3 are good to very good. Depth is a concern, but Alston also good.

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    Re: Ranking the Big Ten Linebackers Legends Division

    I agree with the assessment that Morris overrated. Dude did not have a good year last year, and his freshman year was only good in the context that he was a freshman.

    Alston and Kirksey are both real deal LB's though, so as a unit, I think 4 is about right.
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    Re: Ranking the Big Ten Linebackers Legends Division

    They will be able to run, but not hold up at point of contact unless they have a head of steam. Best method might be to stunt like crazy. These guys will not be able to shed blocks, so they will need to beat the blocker to the hole. Also, they will give up ground on the tackle, so they need to be meeting the ball carrier at or before the line of scrimmage.

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    I am guessing that we all could care less about the rankings if we are winning games.

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    Re: Ranking the Big Ten Linebackers Legends Division

    Morris played hurt most of the season last year. Not over rated. Look at his stats over a two year period. Iowa has changed directions on line backers due to the use of the spread offenses in the league. They are now leaner and faster...of course, you cannot have it both ways...they will give up some bulk and physical presence inside. I recall many comments on this board a couple of years ago that were critical of our linebackers because they were weak in pass coverage. We shall see, but I think they will be a strength of this team.

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    Everything I've heard from insiders is that Morris was really limited by his injury last year. If he isn't impressive this fall, then you can criticize him.

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    Re: Ranking the Big Ten Linebackers Legends Division

    Quote Originally Posted by doclee View Post
    Morris played hurt most of the season last year. Not over rated. Look at his stats over a two year period. Iowa has changed directions on line backers due to the use of the spread offenses in the league. They are now leaner and faster...of course, you cannot have it both ways...they will give up some bulk and physical presence inside. I recall many comments on this board a couple of years ago that were critical of our linebackers because they were weak in pass coverage. We shall see, but I think they will be a strength of this team.
    This is just it. Everyone cries like crazy when spread teams come in and pass all over us. So the options are to put in a Nickel look (smaller players on the field) or play faster smaller LB. You have to pick your poison, you only get 11 players on the field. If I have a LB that is maybe 10 lbs under ideal weight, but can cover the field in the passing game, I'm all for it.

    It isn't like Angerer was playing at 250 lbs people. He was listed at 235 his Senior year. Morris is listed at 230 lbs.

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