Scout’s notebook: defensive review

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Observations and analysis from the ninth week of the college football season, including thoughts about some of the nation’s top defensive prospects.

ECU standout isn’t the pass-rushing specialist he’s cracked up to be

I got a good look last Tuesday night at East Carolina defensive end C.J. Wilson and came away less than impressed. Although Wilson does a nice job maintaining a low pad level, extending his arms into contact and creating a good push as a bull-rusher, he doesn’t display the kind of initial burst to reach the corner and threaten the edge. On top of that, he’s too much of a straight-line athlete who fails to cleanly changing directions and sidestep blocks underneath. He does possess above-average run/pass-recognition skills and can be stout at the point of attack, but if you’re looking for someone who can consistently rush the passer and create pressure off the edge, Wilson is not your guy.

Early season sacks look like a mirage

I wrote about Connecticut defensive end Lindsey Witten early in the season after he recorded seven sacks in his first two games. However, he has just 3

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