August 24, 2006

Linebackers: A Rebel strong suit!

A consensus All-American, a four-star recruit from California, a former Mississippi high school player of the year, a four-star recruit from Florida, and a former Mississippi four-star recruit who was a junior college All-American last year have one thing in common.

The group brings a big smile to first year linebackers coach David "Sarge" Saunders.

Saunders replaced former linebackers coach Shawn Slocum earlier this year and he inherited a position on the team where talent and experience abound.

The leader, of course, is All-American Patrick Willis, who happens to have been the lowest rated recruit among the aforementioned group with three stars, but Willis will continue to be the catalyst on the defense, at least until some newcomers and young veterans grow into a leadership role.

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