Ack's Insights (7/15/02)

This week's edition includes my top defensive units in the country, Summer workouts, some hoops talk and of course, the latest dose of snippets and tidbits.

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Bob Stoops (and brother in photo) won a National title twice in five years with great defense.  More and more teams are adjusting and trying new schemes to be successful.  The common thread among the best is defensive line and they are first up in my rankings.

Top 5

Defensive Lines


Easy choice… by far the deepest and most talented in the country.  William Joseph (photo below) is a top ten pick today and Jerome McDougle is a first-rounder..The backups are Vince Wilfork, Santonio Thomas, Andrew Williams and Cornelius Green.  They are the sixth best defensive line in the country.

2) Oklahoma

Stoops got a bonus with the addition of Lynn McGruder (who transferred from Tennessee).
Tommie Harris and Jimmy Wilkerson are an unstoppable inside-out combo.


3) Michigan

The entire line returns and the defense was much improved last season.  Michigan's problem has been the back seven.  Grant Bowman is a run stuffer and Dan Rumishek had seven sacks a year ago.


4) Alabama

They lack depth and have a horrible secondary behind them.  Jarret Johnson, Kenny King and Kindal Moorehead are a strong top three.


5) Ohio St

Jim Tressel's squad is a bona fide sleeper pick for the title this year.  Four starters back from a rough crew.  Tim Anderson at tackle is only a junior but may be gone after this year and end Darrion Scott is a big time talent. 


Next group is Florida and Florida State.  The Semioles need Eric Moore to be a star, but Darnell Dockett and Jeff Womble are tough.  The Gators have Ian Scott and Bobby McCray (photo below) will be a star this year… as will Clint Mitchell, if he stays out of trouble.


1) Colorado

Experience in Sean Tufts and Drew Wahlroos with Tufts having a shot at the Butkus.


2) Texas A&M

In a 3-4 scheme they return three starters including Jarrod Penright.  They have no depth and Jared Morris is coming off an injury.


3) Auburn

One thing this unit has is athletic ability.  Lermacus Rowell along with Dontarrious Thomas make a nice duo.


4) Florida

Bam Hardman and Mike Nattiel (photo below) are leaders with Matt Farrior a rising star.  It is also nice to have backups like Travis Harris, Reid Fleming and Todd McCullough.

5) Miami

Jonathan Vilma could win the Butkus and D.J. Williams is going to have a big year.


Next group in are Florida State, LSU and Tennessee. The ‘Noles have great outsiders in Kendyl Pope and Michael Boulware and the Bengal Tigers have the best in the SEC in Bradie James.  Keyon Whiteside, Kevin Burnnet and Eddie Moore are very athletic.



1) Oklahoma

They have the best secondary coach in the nation in Stoops and incredible experience and talent with Derrick Strait, Andre Woolfork and Brandon Everage.


2) Oregon St

Strong safety Calvin Carlyle returns after

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