Some are known for their ability to sack the quarterback. Others are known for their instinct to read routes and pick-off passes. Yet others just always seem to be at the right place at the right time, making an impact on every play.
Yes, this is the linebacker position. And to be honest, this might be my favorite position on either side of the ball.
Depending on what defensive formation is called, a team has anywhere from 1-4 linebackers on the field at any given time. But for the sake of this article I'm going to limit the linebacker position to three spots.
So who are the best three college linebackers of all-time?
This was one of the hardest positions to fill when I first started this series.
Lavar Arrington is certainly a notable candidate from recent years. And who can forget that instinctively great timing against Illinois when he single-handily sealed the game for Penn State on that fourth-and-short play. He was after all the Butkus Award winner in '99.
Oklahoma has boasted four Butkus Awards by three players: Brian Bosworth (85 & 86), Rocky Calmus (01), and Teddy Lehman (03).
Penn State, Ohio State, Florida State, Colorado, and Illinois all have two Butkus winners each. So it seems like there is some consensus as to where the best linebackers can be found.
So here it is—the next round in this rodeo.
Which three will you choose to join the All-Time College Football Team at the linebacker position?