Rashaan Evans 6-3 225 4.51
Christian Miller 6-4 215 4.52
Keith Holcombe 6-3 215 4.46
Adrian Hubbard 6-6 252 4.69
HUNH uses speed to burn big pro style linebackers outside with screens and sweeps. It's a mismatch that has to be accounted for. I watched teams run around Adrian Hubbard too many times last season. I do think smaller linebackers and the 4-3 is the way to attack the HUNH. I think you'll see SEC defenses evolve and do a better job in stopping them. The real advantage of the HUNH seems to be to get 4-6 yards quickly on 1st down and keep yourself ahead of the chains. You can continue to go hurry up or you can slow it down on 2nd and 4 and draw up something really nice. Everybody likes 2nd and 4 - except defenses.
Agreed. SC has had pretty good success against the HUNH while running a 4-2-5. Pretty much the same point you're making as far as having more mobile LBs(our Spur is basically a LB/safety hybrid). You need that speed on the field and you need depth. That seems like an obvious step, but I wonder how much size Saban is willing to give up on the D-line. He loves to use those mammoths in the middle(like every other 3-4), but they get winded fast. At SC we use the more conventional sizes on the line, and even had a rabbit package with 4 DEs on the line at one time. There are different ways to account for the different things you'll see, so it'll be interesting to see how people balance out their roster to accommodate for it all. The many different styles you'll see from week to week is one of the things I love about college football...like I said though it may get more difficult to have packages and lineups that'll allow you to be ready for anything you might see.