By Jim Baird | AM Football Briefing | Monday, December 19
Freshman Landers Making Surprising Impact: Raise your hand if you thought redshirt freshman defensive lineman Robert Landers would have more tackles for loss than Sam Hubbard, Nick Bosa or Raekwon McMillan at this point in the season. For those with their hands up (not related to Robert Landers), I don’t believe you. This season has been full of surprises and one of them has been Landers, whose 7.5 tackles for loss is the fourth best on the team — and best among freshman. At 6’1, the undersized nose tackle has made the most of his time — even though he’s had to hear taunts from opponents on the field, “They say, ‘You might be a little too short,’ or, ‘You might want to go back to the sidelines, little dude’…I just smile at them (like) ‘I got you. We’ll see how this goes.’ I’m not the type of person to do much talking. I just go out and play my game,” Landers said. Bill Rabinowitz with more on how the little dude is continuing to make a big impact.
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