Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 12/23/11
With emerging stars shining across the field, it's becoming clearer with each week that a youth movement is transforming the Cardinals' defense. One group in particular, though, has emerged quite noticeably this season. Led by the young trio of Sam Acho, Daryl Washington and O'Brien Schofield, the Cardinals' linebacker corps appears poised as any to take a place among the league's elite. "We're setting ourselves up for a great future," Acho said Thursday. "What we've done this year has been great. We've still got a couple games to go, but it's set up for something big." Rookie cornerback Patrick Peterson may be the most well-known of the young pieces -- thanks primarily to his return-game talents -- but the linebacker trio forms a foundation to be built upon. Youngest among them is Acho, a rookie drafted in the fourth round out of Texas. Circumstance thrust the 23-year-old into the starting lineup when former All-Pro Joey Porter needed knee surgery. Acho has more than seized the ...
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