Saturday, August 28, 2010

Missouri's defensive tackles take pride in power

COLUMBIA — One word best describes the Missouri football team's defensive tackles: powerful.

Both are 6-foot-5, 300-pound athletes that look more like the Terminator than the sumo wrestlers many teams use to clog running lanes.

Sure they’re agile enough to perform spin moves and quick enough to swim over offensive lineman, but Terrell Resonno and Dominique Hamilton both favor the same move. The bull rush.

It’s rather simple. They explode into the offensive lineman in front of them and try to get their inside hand on the opponent’s chest. From there, it’s no more than a pushing game.

“I want to overpower the guy,” Hamilton said. “Of course, swimming and ripping is going to come in handy, but the bull rush, that’s just my thing. I’ve been doing that since middle school.”

Despite his experience with the move, Hamilton is constantly working to improve his bull rush.

“I work it every day in practice,” he said. “I’m trying to get better at it. If I can perfect it out here on the practice field, I can perform it in the game definitely.”

While improved technique makes an impact, for Resonno, it all still boils down to power.

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