Alabama has a powerful rushing attack. It was demonstrated last week against Arkansas and last season in the SEC Championship game and BCS Championship Game; you can ask Florida and Texas how good the Alabama rushing game is and how good Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson are. So, how will Florida stop Alabama? The AP has a few details.
According to the AP story that you can read below, “It started in spring practice, when new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin and defensive line coach Dan McCarney unveiled the “Heavy Package.” A more fitting name might have been the ‘Bama Bundle. After all, it was tailor made to stem the Tide. The scheme essentially moves 250-pound defensive end Duke Lemmens to strong-side linebacker and 295-pound defensive tackle to end. Lemmens then lines up as a fifth lineman, staying away from bigger tight ends and offensive linemen but remaining in position to help stop runs between the tackles.”
Of course there is a downside: “The downside is it takes one of Florida’s speedy linebackers off the field, leaving the Gators vulnerable to perimeter rushes and passes.”
And Urban Meyer went further. “How do you stop a great running back? You load the box, plus-one them and you don’t miss a tackle,” Meyer said. “Unfortunately, when you do that, you’re now leaving your corner on an island with probably the first receiver going to be picked in the NFL draft. That’s the issue.” Read more information on Florida’s work to stop Alabama in the AP in the story below.
Will the Heavy Package work? How can Alabama attack it? Does it mean Greg McElroy and the Crimson Tide receivers must play a major role in attacking the Gators?