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Akron abandons 3-3-5 defense

By mrasor Published: February 26, 2009

It seemed like this day would never come.
Akron's coaching staff formally decided to implement the 3-4 defense, a source told me.
The unpopular, gimmicky 3-3-5 had a few proud moments. For the most part, though, it was ineffective. A week ago, 59 percent of you voted that Akron use a 3-4 defense, 40 percent of you voted for a 4-3 scheme, and only 1 percent voted that Akron retain a 3-3-5 defense.
Now that fan disdain has hit a crescendo and the Zips' personnel does not match the 3-3-5, the coaches have finally settled on moving to a 3-4. It is likely that J.D. Brookhart and Jim Fleming wanted input from their new linebackers coach, Vince Okruch, before telling players of the decision.
The coaches had been watching tape of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens -- pro teams that use the 3-4. Only a handful of college teams use the 3-4, including Al Groh's Virginia Cavaliers.
What does this mean for the players? I have to believe that Almondo Sewell moves back to his natural position of outside linebacker. Shawn Lemon also will man a linebacker position.
I feel like Brookhart has given fans a gift for every week of February with the recruiting class, Shane Montgomery, Walt Harris and now the resurrection of the defense through an impressive linebackers coach and abandonment of the 3-3-5.

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