The 3-4 defense (which uses 3 defensive linemen and a linebacker) is a rarity in college football but prevalent in the NFL. Interestingly, one of the major factors in why NFL teams run a 3-4 is cost. That is, the defensive ends needed to run 4-3 defenses (4 linemen and 3 backers) command big salaries, whereas the ends and linebackers that are used to run a 3-4 are relatively cheap. So in a salary cap league, the 3-4 is simply more efficient cost-wise allowing teams to spend more money elsewhere on their team. But college has no salary cap. And while a great defensive end for the 4-3 may be hard to come by, serviceable ones abound. Which begs the question then, why would Tech choose to run the 3-4 under new coach Tommy Tuberville if it might just as easily run a 4-3?

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