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This is a change that will not come easy. Size cannot be taught, and the weight room can only do so much for strength and agility. Regardless, Nebraska must find some quality at the defensive tackle positions.
When the center was anchored by future NFLers Ndamukong Suh and Jared Crick, the rest of the defense was allowed to shine even brighter. Linebackers did not have to fight through as many blocks and the secondary was able to rely on the front four for a dependable pass rush.
However, upon the departure of those two stars, the Huskers have struggled to fill their giant shoes. Throughout the 2012 season, quarterback pressure was non-existent without blitzing, and the middle of the defensive line was carved up by better opposing offensive lines.
Baker Steinkuhler came on strong as the season progressed, but the Huskers need more consistency up front. It is time for next-generation players like Chase Rome to step up and carry the torch. Because despite its lack of glamour, the defensive line is what sets the tone for the entire Blackshirt defense.