#9 didnt do shite. none of them did. frick game did you watch
#9 was doing alright until they realized they didn't need to do shite to block Te'o or ND's ILBs. Te'o was terrible at diagnosing plays, was slow to the point of attack, and most of the time just got caught-up in the trash thus they started double-teaming #9.
When they tried to let Jones block #9 one-on-one it wasn't that pretty. Do you not remember him trying to reach block #9 on that inside zone when #9 blew his arse up? No one is saying he won the Heisman with his performance, but #9 was the only one on their defense with a pulse last night. He was pushing guys all over the place, but there were no Notre Dame LBs filling the gaps.
Also, if you think Te'o did even a reasonable job last night you're insane. He showed horrible
gap disciple on numerous occasions. Also, you talk abou Alabama OGs swallowing him up, that's because he caught the blocks 5 yards down the field. If you're an ILB in the 3-4 you have to attack OGs and meet them in the hole. You catch blocks 5 yards downfield and you just give the RB options to cut off of.
I can easily think of 15 defenders off the top of my head I'd take over Te'o.