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Cincinnati 125 for 125 | # 13 Derek Wolfe

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Defensive Line | Letters 2008-11

When Terrill Byrd hung up the 95 jersey I was very confident that it would be some time before the Bearcats had another defensive tackle who was as disruptive as he was. The weight was all of 8 months. UC changed schemes to a 3-4 and Wolfe became the man at Nose Tackle as a Sophomore. The NT in a 3-4 is the most thankless position in Football and yet Wolfe shined from the offing. He posted 8 TFL and 5 Sacks. As a nose tackle.

When the Bearcats went back to a 4-3 in 2011 I expected big things. Massive things from that massive man. I was right, I just had to wait a year until Wolfe unleashed one of the greatest individual seasons you will see from a Defensive Tackle 70 stops, 21.5 TFL and 9.5 sacks, 6 hurries and a couple forced fumbles for good measure. He was a man possessed and though the bias of what we just saw is hard to ignore in this pick Wolfe is arguably the best DT in Cincinnati history.

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