Levon played for the Steelers at 280/290# without losing much of his speed. Check out his pro videos. He was on a mid 90's Steeler LB Corp that rated 7th best all time. The only other one I remember was Greg Lloyd.
Peter Thom Willis at FSU in 1989 and taking it to the house about 80 yds. It still sticks in my mind how athletic he was making that interception. Then he ran like a gazelle carrying the ball like a loaf of bread in his palm. And he was just a freshman if I’m not mistaken. Man what a group of linebackers that was!
That was the end of a dominant era. Recruiting tanked when Hatfield came in. I’m convinced we would’ve won at least another championship if Ford had stayed at the helm through the 90’s. He really had built a juggernaut.
Clemson basically played a 50 defense (5 man front) except they had the athletic outside linebackers (defensive ends) playing in defensive end positions on the los but upright. You are reading Hammond as an end but really he was a hand in the dirt interior lineman. The outside backers were more in an end alignment at the snap but could come or drop into coverage. Often the field side backer was in flat coverage/contain and the boundary side was coming, functionally more like a 4-3. Our outside backers were so athletic though they could play that 5 man front look but functionally be playing a 4-3 or even a 3-4, when both outside ends/backers played coverage. That was a stout versatile bunch and a good scheme.