Wednesday afternoon marked the first full scrimmage for Stanford during this 2006 training camp. …
All in a Rush
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 than a college linebacker. With a dearth of depth on the defensive line, Christoff transformed the Cardinal such that Alston was always on the field at a fourth new "rush" outside linebacker position in place of what used to be a fourth defensive lineman. The "rush" position in Stanford's defense plays on the weak side of the field, away from the tight end. Operating in space, Alston was able to terrorize quarterbacks and run to the ball. Despite some injury and a transition to a new defensive coordinator and altered scheme in 2005, Alston racked up 16.5 sacks and 24 tackles for loss...
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