Mike Hull won the Butkus-Fitzgerald LB of the year award, amassed 218 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, intercepted 1 pass and had 5 pass breakups in only 23 starts at Penn State. He was an academic All-America candidate and the heart and soul of the defense.
The Dallas Cowboys are in dire straights at the LB position. Rolando McClain and Bruce Carter are both unrestricted free agents and Sean, as a result of not being able to stay healthy, has only played in 17 games over the last 3 seasons. They need some depth at the Mike.
Cas started “The Guys No One Is Talking About” series years ago and it has become one of the trademarks of Your Daily Cowboys Football Fix. We pride ourselves in providing our readers with the best scouting reports on the net. This series has produced numerous players who have gone on to have illustrious NFL careers. This post will feature ILB Mike Hull.
Will all of the players we profile in this series go on to be starters in the NFL? Absolutely not. Some may not make final cuts, some may be special team players, some complimentary players and or backups. However, the goal is to not only find those sleepers that 32 NFL GM’s missed on, but get these guys some recognition.
Some of the recent success stories include: Justin Houston, Vontaze Burfict, Henry Hynosky, Arian Foster, Wes Welker, Cole Beasley, Tyrone Crawford, Buster Skrine and Kyle Arrington to name a few. All of the players from this series went from the middle rounds to undrafted.
With all of that being said, we believe in Tom Landry’s three year rule. So, before you knock one of these guys because they were not 1st year starters, exhibit a little bit of patience. Some guys need a few years to develop. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Our philosophy is: anyone can write about all of the big-name media hyped players, but where is the challenge in that? We want to find the next stars who were “The Guys No One Is Talking About.”
ILB MIKE HULL
“Mike Hull’s as good as anyone I’ve ever been around. As far as fans, scouts and awards committees are concerned, they base it all on the eye test. They expect them to be 6-3 and 250 lbs. I meet with the press about 3 times a week and they’re probably sick of hearing me talk about Mike Hull.”
“It’s “NOT” just his physical traits! It’s everything. I mean, I don’t know if I can find something that I would say in terms of his preparation, and his demeanor, or that I would want more from,, um, how he is in meetings, um, how he is out at practice, um, you know, his focus, his attention to detail, his work ethic, how coachable he is. From day one, he’s just embraced everything we’ve asked him to do as a team as a leader, um, in the defensive scheme, in the defensive technique, which isn’t always hard to do as a senior.”
“Um,, I mean he’s, he’s a model, of everything we want them to do. The only thing he maybe needs to do is be a little more vocal, but that’s not really who he is. And when he does speak, people listen; and that’s power, it’s true to who he is. Um you know, I think he’s special.”
“I remember during the spring, I saw the whole offense, all their faces drop: because uh, we faked an inside zone, handed a reverse, and he was there to make the tackle on the inside zone and it looked like it was gonna be a big play on the reverse and then next thing ya know, the same guy that stopped the inside zone was also making the tackle on the sideline stopping the reverse. It was Mike Hull.”
“And at that moment, I think we,,, all the coaches, knew we had a special guy. Um,,, and every day he’s proved that. Um in the class room, in the community, and on the football field. Um,, I’m trying to appeal to the NCAA so we can get a few more years out of him. We’ve convinced his parents to have a few more children. I don’t know if that’s going to happen though.”