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All in a Rush

Outside linebacker Clinton Snyder

Some of the biggest shoes to fill for Stanford in the 2006 defense are those vacated by Jon Alston, who started all 22 games in the history of the "rush" outside linebacker position for the Cardinal. Now two exciting but brand new faces try to take over. Also: the "Sam" OLBs, Edwards' streak ends, Moore returns, Mattran in the middle, Kimble shreds, Lorig leaps forward and more from fall camp.

You could argue that the single most compelling factor that induced A.J. Christoff to change Stanford to a 3-4 defense in the winter of 2004 was Jon Alston.  The then-redshirt junior was the odd man out as the fourth linebacker for the Cardinal, but his explosive speed and athleticism were screaming to get onto the field.  Alston unfortunately was a smaller athlete, built more like a safety...

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