The Blind Side. Tough, fast, agile outside linebackers changed football, and along with the blazing offense, they made Oregon into a Top Five team. You can't run an attacking 3-4 defense without linebackers who can run and hit and rush the quarterback.
You want Lawrence Taylor without the cocaine. Fast and a little angry. Able to blow by a defensive tackle or just stand him up and push him off as he stuffs the ball carrier. He has to be tenacious, want the football more than anyone on the field.
Photo left: Jordan Hoiem takes aim on a rival quarterback, and his future (Rodney Yap, mauinow.com photo).
Maybe you heard this story. June of 2012, and Jordan Hoiem is at the end of his sophomore year. He gets invited to the Nike Football Training Camp in Eugene, one of just three kids from Hawaii to earn a spot. 350 to 400 athletes are there. For a kid from the tiny island of Maui, it's a chance to impress scouts and coaches, nab some offers and an opportunity to play college f...