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Roth determined to sack size concerns

Originally Published: January 26, 2005
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

MOBILE, Ala. -- Four years ago, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz convinced Matt Roth to turn down Nebraska by promising the suburban Chicago high school star that he wouldn't have to play defensive end. He could continue to play linebacker.

Roth, a two-time All-Big Ten defensive end, smiled Wednesday when asked about it.

"I love playing linebacker," Roth said. "Once they put my hand on the ground, it felt like a natural fit. I had a knack for it."

If 30 sacks over the last three years ...

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