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THE TERMINATORS
Kelley King
August 12, 2002
The Sooners aren't the only team with defensive players boasting otherworldly combinations of speed, strength and athleticism. A slew of players have arisen who can single-handedly kill off drives and wreak havoc on game plans. Who'll be this year's LaVar Arrington or Roy Williams? Here are five dominant defenders who don't wear Oklahoma crimson.
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August 12, 2002

The Terminators

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TROY POLAMALU, SAFETY SOUTHERN CAL, SENIOR

THE NUMBERS: 5'10", 215; First All-America DB at USC since '89; 98 tackles, three picks, three blocked punts in '01.

THE QUOTE: "A lot of safeties are strong against the run but not always effective in pass defense," says Arizona coach John Mackovic. "He's physical, arrives quickly and reads the play very well."

CORY REDDING, END TEXAS, SENIOR

THE NUMBERS: 6' 5", 270; 57 tackles, including five sacks and nine other tackles for loss last year; returned one interception for a TD, somersaulting into the end zone.

THE QUOTE: "He has great mobility and excellent pass-rushing skills," says Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum. "His size and quickness make him special."

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