IN the PIT: OL – Brandon Linder v. DL – Josh Shirley
IN The PIT – 2009 Third Edition:
In our two previous IN the PIT segments we had a running back go up against a linebacker. Then we had a wide receiver take on a defensive back. It seems only fitting now that we let the big boys have some fun. Afterall, this is called “IN the PIT” which means you have to get some big boys in this thing.
This time we have some East Coast vs. West Coast action. St. Thomas Aquinas’ Brandon Linder is the anchor of the offense for the #1 team in the country, Ft. Lauderdale’s St. Thomas Aquinas. Linder swats defensive linemen like flies. Don’t believe me, check the eye in the sky. A big part of the success enjoyed by St. Thomas’ offense that seemed to put up 45 points every game was Linder opening holes for the backs and keeping the QB upright. Linder will be a 3 year starter this fall and is on his way to whatever school he wants come signing day. However, the question is, for 48 minutes on a hot Friday Night, can Linder keep the Beast Josh Shirley off of his quarterback? Can he stop him from penetrating in the backfield and smashing the running back?
Fontana’s Kaiser High School has a one man wrecking crew. If you are a thirty something, you remember Tecmo Bowl and all the curse words you used when Lawerence Taylor kept jumping on your QB’s back and ruining your plays. That’s Josh Shirley. Few, if any players at the defensive end position are as explosive as Shirley. He shoots off the line like water out of fireman’s hose and runs down quarterbacks like special presentations on the National Geographic channel. Shirley recorded 17 sacks in 2008 playing against some good California talent. Shirley has the speed to play linebacker but he would much rather terrorize the front line with his array of moves and skilled position speed.
So, the question is, if we put them IN the PIT, could Brandon Linder keep Josh Shirley off his quarterback? Would he dominate Shirley like he has so many other defensive linemen? Would Shirley’s quickness be a nightmare for Linder or would Shirley be neutralized by Linder strength and technique?
Who would win this matchup? Brandon Linder or Josh Shirley. We want to know. Tell us here…..