I check this thing more than any sane person should. I have no idea why it's taken me so damn long to actually sign up. Anyway, it's an excellent forum, with insightful posts, and a general sense of class that I think is great. I'm thrilled to be here and participate.
I was just watching Coaches Spotlight, and I think Tom Luginbill made a great point. He was talking about the trend towards the spread and pass-happy offenses, and how that has made teams in the SEC start to recruit players on defense that are smaller and faster, in order to protect against those short passes, and who don't need to rotate in and out as much. That allows a more traditional team that is strong up front, runs between the tackles, and focuses on running and ball control to have success against defenses that aren't necessarily built to stop that kind of offense.
I don't know if he's necessarily right as far as whether or not SEC teams are recruiting these players on purpose, but more and more it's what they're used to defending in high school. That's what they excelled against, and garnered recognition for, so that's why they were recruited in the first place.
It's hard not to be smug when you know you're going to run the ball, they know you're going to run the ball, and they still can't stop you running the ball.
Guys...looking forward to it.