With the lack of depth at LB due to Katoa-Duren, etc. and the lack of real size at DL behind the "Big 3" Nicolas, Hypolite, and Goree it seems natural to make this shift. We don't have any big DL recruits coming in this fall either. Cunningham is talented, but not very "big", and no DE. Not to mention more of the Big XII running pass happy offenses. In this formation, depending on the type of 3-4 they run, it would make sense to have Obi, Brace, and Hudgins move to WOLB (Buck) spot and provide the pass rush needed from the outside. This would allow Burton and Stengel to provide more depth at the more tradition LB spots which would be needed if the went to a 3-4 alignment. Nicolas-Hypolite-Lucas-Goree-Lawson would be solid at the 3 DL spots. Smart would then be definitely way too undersized for the Mike spot, and would probably need to move to the Will or Sam spot. Just a thought, any others... or is this just a temporary formation wrinkle???