Run Stopping ILB Look To Shine In 08

Production, production, and more production is the trademark of this year's next-level inside linebackers. Which ones have the tools to rise and join their counterparts in the top level is still anyone's guess, but Tom Marino has some thoughts and shares them today with the readers at Scout.com.

A professional inside linebacker prospect flat-out has to make plays every game. Look for people with "take-on" skills, playing leverage, instincts, toughness, tackling skills and range. Pass coverage skills are a plus, but in most sub-package defenses, inside and or middle backers are often substituted.

Thomas Korte from Hillsdale College (MI), Carroll College (Montana)'s Owen Koeppen, Montana State's Bobby Daly and Montclair State's (the alma mater of the late and great Sam Mills) Cornell Hunt, are four small college players who have put up some very impressive numbers.

Glenn Cook of Miami returns after red-shirting in 2007 due to injury and could factor with a solid senior season. James Bryant of Louisville is a former teammate of Cook, but transferred after the Hurricanes moved him to the fullback position. He gets his chance to prove them wrong in 2008.

Duke University ILB Mike Tauiliili heard his named called many times during the 2007 season. Let's hope for the Blue Devils sake, he and his defensive teammates can spend a little more on the sidelines in 2008. Former Clemson player Antonio Clay got it done on the field, but off-the-field issues have ended his playing career for the Tigers. Look for him to resurface somewhere in 2008.

Grade Last First School 2007 Stats
Solo - Assist - Total - Sack - TFL
D Palmer Ronnie Arizona U 55-28-83-0-4-0
D Owens Ben Arkansas St 46-50-96-0-6-0
D Koeppen Owen Carroll College (MT) 82-37-119-8-13-1
D Manalac Ryan Cincinnati U 50-26-76-1-5.5-1
D Clay Antonio Clemson U 15-11-26-0-1-0
D Vincent Cortney Clemson U (ex) 32-24-56-2-7.5-0
D Horinek Jeff Colorado St 46-48-94-0.5-4.5-0
D Tauiliili Mike Duke U 53-55-108-4-13-3
D Korte Thomas Hillsdale College 67-42-109-1.5-9.5-5
D Lubojasky Cody Houston U 16-43-59-0-2-1
D Phipps Ryan Idaho St 56-60-116-4-11.5-1
D Jackson Terrence Indiana (PA) U 44-43-77-2-13-2
D Walker Reggie Kansas St 28-37-65-3-5-1
D Bryant James Louisville U No 2007 stats - Transfer
D Hudson Joey Miami (OH) 50-49-99-2-8-2
D Cook Glenn Miami U No 2007 stats - Injury
D Panter Austin Michigan U 5-2-7-0-1-0
D Hightower Deon Minnesota U 53-17-70-0-9.5-0
D Christopher Brock Missouri U 57-48-105-1.5-7.5-1
D Daly Bobby Montana State U 76-60-136-5-15.5-0
D Hunt Cornell Montclair St 68-59-127-1.5-9-2
D McCarthy Tim Northern Illinois U 4-12-16-0-1-0
D Curtis Terry Ohio St No 2007 stats - Injury
D Bacon John Oregon U 18-24-42-0-1.5-1
D Schantz Andy Portland St 38-47-85-3-9-0
D Mulitalo Cyrus Sacramento St 36-52-88-4-13.5-1
D Sapp Marvin So Carolina U 50-11-61-0-1-0
D Maynor Patrick Stanford U 51-37-88-6-16.5-0
D Flaherty Jake Syracuse U 45-50-95-1-6.5-0
D Vincent Adam Texas-El Paso 50-31-81-1-5.5-0
D Hutton Jake Utah St 58-44-102-1-3.5-1
D Warren Brett Virginia Tech 23-20-43-3.5-5.5-1
D Trent Greg Washington St 46-43-89-4-5.5-0

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