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Competition The Buzzword For Linebackers

Curtis Terry

The Ohio State linebacker group has just about everything: talent, experience, play-making skill and depth. With that in mind, linebackers coach Luke Fickell said the most important thing is for his charges to improve in spring so that he can figure out what to do with them all come the start of the season.

It wouldn't be hard to believe if a lot of coaches around the country are jealous of Luke Fickell. The Ohio State linebackers coach doesn't have to worry too much about which players will fill his positions in 2008. Of course, Fickell has returning All-American and Butkus Award winner James Laurinaitis to lead the way, and returning along with Laurinaitis for his senior season is Big Ten second...

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