Coming in at a lanky 6’6”, 225, with fast feet and long arms, it’s easy to see why folks are so keen to compare Amare Barno (#4) to recent Hokie standout Tremaine Edmunds. But looking beyond the measurables, Barno brings a distinctive set of skills to the field that doesn’t remind me of any Hokie linebacker I can recall. He comes from a school with an evolving defensive scheme; in the past few years, Butler CC has gone from a 3-3, to a 3-4, to a 4-3/4-2 look. You can see the influences in how Barno’s asked to play, with his work ranging from a contain-focused OLB to lining over the slot like a third safety. Here are his Hudl highlights:
0:28—The offense has a numbers advantage here, but Barno IDs the screen and gets under the block.
1:08—I like his closing speed here.
1:16—That’s a pop. Note how Barno lets this clip run a little long so you can sense how bad that hit was.
1:30—This is some good backfield pursuit on the QB.
1:53—That’s a good job sinking to his spot, then getting up field to make an open-field tackle on the swing.
3:12—That’s a good break on the quick out.
3:37—He has a clean and determined blitz path here.
4:13—I’d say there’s a little bit of hip extension on this tackle.
I think his speed and reach are...
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