Football 101: 3-3-5 Stack defense

Updated: November 7, 2003, 1:52 PM ET
By Bob Davie | Special to
In this week's class we will study the 3-3-5 stack defense that is somewhat of a new trend in college football. Several schools around the country, including West Virginia, Wake Forest, Air Force, New Mexico and BYU, are using this unorthodox scheme as their base defensive package.

It is a unique combination of an 8-man front and the standard 3-4 defense. It causes confusion for offensive football teams to attack because it is something they don't normally see on a weekly basis.

Bob Davie

College Football
Bob Davie, a veteran college football coach of 25 years, most recently as head coach at the University of Notre Dame, serves as an analyst on college football game telecasts and select studio shows.