Over at Football Study Hall I talk about new Wisconsin DC Jim Leonhard, a former walk-on and 3x All-B1G safety who then had a nice run in the NFL working with Rex Ryan. It stands to reason that Wisconsin would eventually be coordinated by a former walk-on since they have a few of them starting and serving as “coaches on the field” virtually every year. This past year it was Leonhard’s adopted son Leo Musso, another tiny but athletic and scrappy safety.
Their walk-on program tends to unearth a lot of versatile linebackers in particular and they’re really maximizing them with their new zone-blitz heavy schemes. Read up here. Incidentally, new Texas DC Todd Orlando comes out of this same kind of defensive system although he’s preferred the 3-3-5 over the 2-4-5 thus far in his career.