Found March 03, 2013 on
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It's no secret that the Auburn defense has struggled mightily over the last two years. In 2011 they finished 11th in the SEC in scoring defense and in 2012 they finished 10th. In 2011 they finished 11th in total defense (408 ypg) and in 2012 they finished 13th (420 ypg). When Gus Malzahn was hired in December he brought in SEC veteran Ellis Johnson to install the 4-2-5 defense.
The 4-2-5 is commonly referred to as a nickel defense. It utilizes four down linemen, two inside linebackers and five defensive backs. They key to the formation is the fifth defensive back which some refer to as the STAR. This player is typically a combo LB/S who has size and speed. South Carolina has had success recently with guys like Antonio Allen and Devonte Holloman playing this position. A player like Alec Ogletree is somebody who would fit well in this position.
Johnson wants Auburn's four down linemen to get after the quarterback as their first priority. Auburn has recruited ve...
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