As a rookie in 2012, playing in Rob Ryan’s 3-4, linebacker Tyrone Crawford’s prime objective was to gum up the works of the opposing offensive line and create havoc at the line of scrimmage. As a result, he finished with a respectable 33 tackles but no sacks.
Under Monte Kiffin, Crawford will return to defensive end--where he played at Boise State--and the league sophomore is excited by the prospect of putting his hand back on the ground and having a better shot at getting into the backfield and making plays.
“I loved it in college, loved paying on the outside in college,” Crawford said, per ESPN Dallas. “I’m happy we got into it this year and doing it.”
Even after his position move as a rookie, Crawford believes he could have contributed more than he did in 2012 when, in addition to the aforementioned 33 tackles, he was credited with five quarterback pressures.
“I felt like I had more in me,” he said. “I could’ve made a lot more plays and helped this team out a lot more.”
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