You often hear analysts compare football to a game of chess, but I prefer to compare it to a game of Nintendo’s Ice Hockey. There are big guys (strong, but slow), medium sized guys (faster, but not as strong), and skinny guys (fastest, but also weakest) in the video game and the person controlling the game has to select the right combination of those players to match up against the other team.
In that way, it’s not that much different than football. Big guys are going to be able to match up with big guys, but have trouble matching up with smaller guys in the speed department while smaller guys will have trouble handling the strength of big guys. A lot of big guys on the field on offense calls for a lot of big guys to play against them on defense (eg short yardage packages). When the offense substitutes big guys for small guys, the defense needs to adjust accordingly (eg nickel packages).
So how the heck does any of this relate to Malik Lovette? Well, Lovette has position versatility. He is someone who can take advantage of being matched up against a linebacker or a safety. Remember, small guys are faster than the medium sized guys.
This is all just a long way of saying that Lovette is tough match up for a lot of players on defense and it will be exciting to see how he is used on offense at the college level.
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