Will Eguavoen play same position as last year, or the one he really likes?

Texas Tech’s starting duo at inside linebacker figures to shake out one of two ways: with senior Sam Eguavoen at middle linebacker and senior incoming transfer V.J. Fehoko at weak inside or with Eguavoen at weak inside and junior Micah Awe in the middle.

“It’s going to be a three-linebacker rotation regardless,” Eguavoen said. “I’m going to be playing both, circling around.”

In Tech’s scheme, the weak inside linebacker plays to the tight side of the field and the middle linebacker to the wide side, making speed and range more important from the latter.

Will Smith played the weak side last year, and made a team-high 120 tackles with 101/2 behind the line and 41/2 sacks. Defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt said Eguavoen is faster and more athletic, whereas Smith made a lot of plays on effort and football savvy.

“I kind of like the (weak-side) position better, because it’s less ground to cover,” Eguavoen said. “You’re into the boundary. You get to blitz more. It’s really hard to make a mistake at that position. There’s no space. You don’t have to cover receivers as much.

“The (weak-side) position, that’s a glory position. Ask Will Smith. He knows. We always talk about it in the locker room.”

Playing the middle last season, Eguavoen was third on the team in tackles with 70 and made 61/2 stops behind the line.

 

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