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Any chance we could get you to speculate on how the 2013 recruiting class would breakdown in terms of the Skill/Big Skill/Power categories that Kelly and his staff have used in recent seasons?
Also, since it's your particular area of expertise, how do you see the defensive line shaping up? If we learned anything from the BCS Championship game, it's that the 3-4 guys with their hands on the ground during a given play have to be more disruptive. Clearly the situation is immediately stable with Nix and Tuitt returning next season, but what does the depth look like beyond the obvious playmakers in that group?
Is Sheldon Day's future at the end/tackle hybrid that Tuitt has manned? Or can he put on the weight to be an effective nose guard? Is Jarron Jones the heir apparent to Stephon Tuitt? Or is that wishful thinking by those who compare measurables and assume that because two guys are 6-6, 300 pounds that they must play similarly?
Going back to the Skill/Big Skill/Power discussion, who are the Big Skill and Power guys that could crossover between the offensive lines. Obviously not every offensive lineman is a capable defensive lineman, i.e. is Rochell really that kind of player? As a defensive end, he seems a little stiff and timid, lacking the technique to be a truly aggressive defensive end, like Tuitt for example.
Just curious how you see Notre Dame closing the gap in the trenches with teams like Alabama with the roster and recruits assembled.
Great questions John. I will bump this up in case Jason missed it,lol.
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Excellent questions John! It almost seems like you were once a journalist!
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Hey John, certainly not avoiding this thread -- I was traveling all day yesterday and we put the magazine to bed today, but will get something together on this.
Thanks for the questions.
This post was edited by Jason Sapp on 1/9/2013 at 9:58 PM
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