The story on Earl at ND was that he was a heavy hitter in the middle and could handle TEs and sometimes the 3rd receiver. One thing that folks over look is that he was pretty good in coverage, that was actually one of the bonuses to him (prior to knee injury) that sometimes was overshadowed by his ability to punish receivers. The other not on Earl was that he is a solid tackler...may seem obvious since he has a rep as a hitter, but there are quite a few guys who can deliver the hit but not finish the play or they whiff (ala Matt Stevens) trying to lay someone out.
Who's the Man?... J-Man, that's WHO!
Eat 'em Up, KATS!