"Everything works so much easier [in the 3-4]," he said. "You can be so much more patient."
The defensive game plan for pass-happy Big 12 teams, Bruce said, is to stop the run and make the opponents one-dimensional. The addition of Petteway to the Sam position (from Star) clearly helps with that and challenges Bruce's playing time. But it does bolster the unit.
"In the spring, we didn't have much depth - especially at my position," Bruce said. "It was just me and [Nick] Kwiatkoski and it was very tiring and hurtful to your body. But with Shaq coming in it's really good. He had some playing time last year. That experience helps."
So does the scheme for the inside linebackers.
"They keep it simple for the inside guys," Bruce said. "They like to mess with the line with the Buck and the Star. For the insiders, it's pretty straightforward."
For Bruce, it's straightforward as well.
Simply make the play. And await the chant.
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