I know. Not a player. Three players. I understand.
Much like the offensive line, the outside linebacker position as a whole needs to step up in 2010.
As you know, the outside linebackers in the 3-4 are responsible for a lot of the pass rush. They are really just small, speedy defensive ends who are athletic enough to play linebacker.
As is the case with Ethan Johnson, Notre Dame is pretty lucky that the 3-4 could be a perfect fit for the talents of Filer, Neal, and Fleming.
Filer and Fleming were recruited when the Irish ran the 3-4 a couple years ago and now should produce this year. Neal was always slated to be the weakside pass rushing terror and has shown glimpses in previous years. However, this offense should be perfectly suited for him now.
They are all nicely sized at 6'1", 240 lbs for Fleming, 6'2æ, 250 lbs for Neal, and 6'3æ, 240 lbs for Filer. They provide the 3-4 some depth at outside linebacker, as well as speed and athleticism.