Intense McKillop works to perfect his gift

Updated: March 20, 2008, 11:35 AM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

It's a defender's version of nature vs. nurture. Are good tacklers born or are they made? Good tackling may be all about technique. Ask any safety who has to listen to a coach berate him for lunging at a tailback. But if the player doesn't have "a nose for the ball," as coaches are wont to say, it doesn't matter how good his technique is.

Take the case of Scott McKillop, the Pittsburgh senior linebacker who, in his first season as a starter, led his team in tackling. He led every ...

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