Hoo Preview ’09: Greer Set To Start

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Steve Greer is expected to start at inside linebacker.

When linebacker Steve Greer arrived at Virginia, he did so without much knowledge about Al Groh’s 3-4 defense. “Not much at all,” he says. But after a redshirt year with the Cavaliers, Greer has climbed the depth chart at inside linebacker in the 3-4 and is expected to be a starter when the season kicks off in early September.

“It was actually completely new to me, but it’s a lot of the same stuff. I mean linebacker is linebacker,” Greer said. “It’s just different reads. You’re just looking for different things.”

Those different things go beyond the linebacker position. Part of the job for the ILBs is to help get the whole defense set up and to help make any checks needed to deal with a particular offense formation or scheme. All in all, though, Greer has adjusted to his role on the inside and the vocal components that come with it. In fact, he says he adapted fairly comfortably thanks to Al Groh and Bob Trott’s coaching.

“There’s definitely a learning curve coming into any system, but with the coaches and the guys on the team, it’s pretty easy to just pick up on stuff and to work together,” Greer said. “I think it made it pretty easy with a lot of the veteran guys we’ve got and last year and the coaches, it became pretty easy to be acclimated to the defense.”

Wait a second. Adjusting to the 3-4 has been easy?

“I think it’s just that I love football. It’s kind of fun to learn and watch yourself improve,” Greer said. “With Coach Groh and now since the spring with Coach Trott, they’re good teachers. It’s like any kind of other teachers – some people know it and some people are good at teaching it. I’d say Coach Groh and Coach Trott are just really good teachers and make it easy for you to understand.”

Of course, Greer also served an apprenticeship year of sorts under former