Alabama Four: Part I.
is an olde tyme ILB who let his weight get up to 259 last season. "To me, thatís not true,"
Bart Scott said. "Heís being labeled. Maybe they label him because he ran a 4.7. As he matures and he learns, I think heíll probably take some of that weight off. I mean, thatís not hard to do. College is a different game depending on what youíre asked to do. You can look to Ray Lewis and how Ray Lewis played at the Super Bowl, the first Super Bowl [in 2000], at 260. He played in the second Super Bowl
(2012) at 240. That's as the game adjusts. It's just like evolution. How animals change and evolve to
what's going on at the time, so do football players."
He has to keep his weight down a lot closer to 249. If he can get down to
the 240s he is a three down linebacker. I wish I had come up with
this, but his best comparison is Bart Scott.
you talk about Ragland you have to start with his being named the SEC
D-Player of the Year in 2015: The heartbeat of the Crimson Tideís powerful defense ... unanimous first team All-American ... named to the All-SEC first team by both the conference coaches and the Associated Press ... selected as the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year ... stepped into the starting role at will linebacker in 2014 and excelled, earning himself Butkus Award semifinalist recognition last season and finalist honors in 2015 ... also named a Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy finalist (Defensive Player of the Year) Ö a Lombardi Award semifinalist ... moved to the mike in 2015 and led the team with 102 tackles, including 60 solo stops, which was 29 more tackles than the next closest defender ... added 6.5 tackles for loss (-23 yards), 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, seven pass breakups and six quarterback hurries ... led the team in tackles in eight games in 2015 for a defense that led the nation in rush defense (75.7
ypg), was third in scoring defense (15.1 ppg), third in total defense (276.3
ypg) and eighth in pass efficiency defense.
is ready for the NFL. His experience in a Saban defense, and calling
signals put him a step ahead of most. "Heís more prepared for Rexís defense than pretty much any other defensive player in the league, in football,"
Bart Scott said. "It wonít take long for him to learn. Itís something that needs, and Iíve done this with anybody, I mentor a lot of people. If he needs to learn how to simplify it and put it into his own words, Iím available to talk to him, to tell him how I simplified and how I made it five defenses instead of the 150, 200 that are in the
book." He will
be an impact player against the run right away.
you talk about Ragland you have to start with toughness, leadership, and
physicality. "[He] epitomizes what weíre trying to build here in Buffalo, and thatís a
tough physical team," Whaley said. "No matter what happens, at the end of the day, when people come in to play us, theyíre going to tighten that chinstrap up a little tighter and theyíre gonna know they were in a fight when they
leave." He can
run straight down the seam with the big TE, and is better in zone coverage
than given credit for.
has excellent inside quickness, very underrated quickness. "[Physical], thatís what we said weíre going to bring here and thatís weíre used to thatís what we want,"
Sexy said. "Iíve been around the Bart Scott's of the world and things like that. This young man, his name is Reggie Ragland, it doesnít mean Bart Scott, but thereís a lot of similarities in his play. This guy will run and hit and his cover skills are I think a lot better than heís given credit for."
He can line up at the Sam, blitz into the backfield, and make the tackle
on a Smash to the other side.
was captain of
Alabamaís defense last season, Ragland is the type of leader and
communicator that you need at ILB. "I feel good about
it," Sexy said. "You know, they call things different obviously at Alabama, but itís still the same thing. Itís like, ďHey, by the way, Ďthisí means Ďthis coverageí here,Ē and all that, so, heís trying to filter all that stuff in right now. But he obviously did that at Alabama and we think heíll be able to do that here. Preston (Brown) will by our main signal caller, but heíll have to learn it also."
He won't be calling the signals right away, but he will
eventually move into that role.
has been doing a great job of getting into the backfield as he lined up
more and more at OLB and D-end. He is the guy who finds the RB in traffic
consistently when at ILB. "Itís easy," Bart Scott said. "Itís simple for me to learn it. Itís just understanding and learning how to speak
[Ryan's] language. You learn how he thinks, how he learns and you put it in his terms, to make him understand. I can look at his Alabama defense and I can tell him what defense this really is, or obviously, 'You used to play this,' or ĎYou used to play this fire zone.í Or, ĎThis fire zone is the same as here; you just said it a different way.í Thatís all it is. Itís the verbiage you have to understand, but the concepts are still exactly the same. Itís probably what he did in Alabama."
he just has to learn the lingo in Buffalo.
had his most productive season last year. He's another big downhill Alabama ILB.
"I see an aggressive player, a downhill player, a player that has made some plays in the passing game," Scott said. "When you watch him, you watch him strike ball carriers, you always see them going backwards. Thatís what I think the similarities between him and myself [are]. And thatís what Rex sees, is that aggressive nature. Never turning down a hit, never turning down a physical altercation. Rex can find a way to really use aggressive players, guys who are willing to sacrifice their bodies."
He garnered 102 tackles last season for a very talented defense.
backwards very nicely in coverage. "Thereís always going to be that transition. Would you say easier?"
Whaley said. "Maybe theyíre around the magnitude of what theyíre about to step into maybe more than a small-school guy but what intrigues us most is theyíre from intriguing programs so they know how to win. They expect to win. And thatís the type of attitude and type of belief we want players coming into Buffalo. Hey, those 16 years, that has nothing to do with us. Iíve come from winning programs that have won national championships. I know how to win, I know what it takes to win. So we want to infuse that feeling and that energy into this building."
He was playing the Sam in the playoffs
last year, and won the championship.
The Bills made their defense bigger and tougher, but not faster. "We'll have two guys that are defensive players that play football well," Whaley said. "I think a lot of people think
[Reggie] is a true 'Mike,' but we feel he can play 'Will.' And with Preston at 'Mike,' I think we've got two physical linebackers that fit our defensive scheme
that we're trying to build in Buffalo. And that's tough, physical players."
They certainly succeed in that plan with Ragland and Shaq Lawson.
is so good when he can go down hill and meet the RB in the hole. Nice job
covering the RB sneaking out of the backfield. Ragland let his weight get
out of control a little, but he has the speed to get outside and make
tackles. But he has to keep himself in the 240's or so. He has some
suddenness in his shoulder making quick CODs to get in front of the ball
carrier. I thought he looked more athletic. He was playing in the
Hightower role this past season. He plays ILB, and will line up at DE/OLB
in the Nickel. He has been doing it very well. He sets up the Alabama defense. He
is a fatter Hightower. Ran a 4.72 Forty. I still think he is a 3-4 ILB,
who can rush the passer a little on 3rd down. But he not a guy you line up
outside. But he should be a very effective blitzer in a 3-4 or hybrid
2014: Smooth and easy in the zone drop.
just want to show that I can cover and rush the passer," Ragland
said. "I want to show that I can do multiple things at the next
level. I know I can play inside, but I want to be able to show that I can
play outside too. If a guy goes down, I want to show I can go out there
and play it too and not miss a beat."
This guy can hit. He took the
helmet right off of #17 against Ohio ST. He dived into him, and stuck his
head in his chest and took him off his feet. Excellent at using his hands
to hold off traffic at the point. Plays a lot of ILB in two LB sets, and
gets to the sideline to knock the RB down. Needs to get lighter, but he
does make plays to the sideline. His best position is definitely
Bowl: He showed he could cover a little at the Senior
Bowl. He played OLB at the SB, which was a big switch for him. "I
know I can do it all, I just have to go out and prove it, so Iím not
worried about what other people play," Ragland said at the Senior
Bowl. "It went good today, I was just a little rusty. Itís still
new to me. But Iím going to go back and watch a little film on it, come
back tomorrow and hopefully Iíll be better." He is the top ILB prospect in this years Draft. He
showed up at the Senior Bowl at 259-pounds. He has to drop some weigh to
show his commitment to the NFL pass defense. He
really is starting to look like a Day Two pick. He
is such a terrific thumper. He uses his hands very well to fight off
like Hightower and rushing the QB.
He is playing better this season. When he hits
ball carrier they fly to the ground sideways. He will lineup at 9-tech and
rush the passer. He does a nice job pushing off the OLT's
inside arm and bursting through his inside shoulder. Once he sees the RB,
he gets there fast. Wow! When he
a guy in coverage he crushes all his hopes and dream right out of him.
He really hits like an old school middle linebacker in coverage: Georgia: Was a disruptive force in the second level of the defense, finishing tied for the team lead with eight total tackles ... also added one pass breakup and helped limit Georgia to just 299 yards of total offense, only 216 yards outside of one long run. Arkansas: Earned SEC and National Defensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts against the Razorbacks ... led the team in tackles with eight, including seven solo stops ... was all over the field with one sack, a forced fumble, pass breakup and two quarterback hurries ... his performance also led the Crimson Tide defense in production points with a season-high total.
He dropped because
he had an enlarged aorta in his heart. "The first pick of the draft, you get Shaq Lawson, we need that pass rusher to compliment, go with the guys that we already have, Jerry Hughes and Marcell
and Kyle," Rex said. "And so that landed perfect for us and then to have Reggie Ragland sitting back there, you know, really a top linebacking prospect to where we have a big hole. Thereís a big need there so it was perfect. We get to pair him up with Preston Brown, that will really give us a 1-2 combination right there. And then the young man from Ohio State is, heís got a ton of ability and when you put him in that rotation with the guys that we have, I think heís got a chance to really do some things. Really, all the picks have roles that you can envision guys coming in and contributing. So, yeah, was it exciting for me? Absolutely, one-hundred percent. And Iím having a tough time believing somebody had a better draft but it will be proved out as the years go on."
I dropped him because of his weight.
ILBs have to
be able to move backwards against the pass. "Well you hit it on the
head. 'physical'" Sexy said. "Thatís what we said weíre going to bring here and thatís weíre used to thatís what we want. Iíve been around the Bart Scottís of the world and things like that. This young man, his name is Reggie Ragland, it doesnít mean Bart Scott but thereís a lot of similarities in his play. This guy will run and hit and his cover skills are I think a lot better than heís given credit for. He played dime linebacker in Alabama, he played the WILL linebacker spot, sometimes plays MIC, in a very similar defense. The college version of our defense is really Alabama and I think he does a tremendous job. We had him in for a visit, he blew everybody away. All his teammates, if youíre going to choose one guy, every one of them said,
'I want Reggie Ragland with me.' That's what we're bringing to this football team. Heís a day-one starter and letís see what happens."
I'd say it will be fun to watch, but the Pats now have to play him twice a
year. I don't think I'm going to enjoy that.
He is a
great old school thumper. "Well, our system is a little different than
others," Sexy sad. "We, a lot of times, play two inside linebackers so you got to be able to punch, strike, knock some people off and with our outside guys, when you got Jerry Hughes and Shaq Lawson as your outside linebackers, these two guys inside, they ainít running outside anymore. So we like that, we want physical guys. Guys that can do both, blitz, cover, play zone, play man. Thatís what our two linebackers will be able to do."
He will be a great ILB in the Ryans' system.
was made to play ILB for the Ryans. "Well I am just excited," Sexy
said. "We are keeping that chip on our shoulder though. And so we are going to leave it on there and we will see at the end of the day. We feel good about the people we have added here. We feel great about the guys that are already on our roster. But when you add, especially the three young men at the top of our draft. These three guys will have major impact on our football team. I donít think there is any doubt about it."
There are going to be some titanic explosions next season in the hole. Mr.
Blount meet Mr. Ragland.
himself more valuable at Alabama by rushing on 3rd downs."
Nope," Rexy said when asked about drafting too much defense. "I have got, I feel, I see opportunity and that is what I canít wait for. You know I think, pressure whatever, we want to win. And we donít care how we win we want to get the job done. But I see opportunity for us and I am excited for this group, I donít think there is any doubt. We are going to be young, we are going to be explosive. Yeah there is talent and all that, the big thing is we are going to have 11 guys working as one, and when we do that I think we are going to be very successful."
Here's hoping he isn't.
Robinson, and Ragland Vs Tennessee:
is right on the Nose. He takes on the double, and gets overwhelmed by a
wave of blockers. But he holds up, and somehow comes up with the tackle.
That is an unbelievable play (:01). Robinson pushes off the OLT, and
slides over behind Reed, and helps him stop the wave. Ragland dances around
outside the traffic as he tries to find the RB, and then just tries to
push the pile back.
Reed slip inside the block of the ORT, and then punch off the ORG with
his inside arm. He gets pressure on the QB (:12). Robinson tries to hop
through the double and is stopped. So he punch it off to free himself.
Ragland is the right ILB. He shuffles inside, and then sees the QB's eyes
and heads back the other way.
stays at NT, with Robinson as the Blindside 5-tech. Both stack their
blockers, but can't shed. Ragland gets trapped inside as well (:20). Reed
gets trapped by the double, and swims over it too late (:42). Ragland is
lined up as the left ILB. Watch him slide to the right. Then give a shake
and avoid a blocker. Then he goes and makes the tackle.
gets stuck fighting the double. Robinson gets stuck on the OLT. Ragland
shuffles outside to cover the RB (:51). Reed uses some nice technique. He
uses the shoulder slap to get into the Rip, and starts to get up field so
the OC doubles him (:59). Robinson gets in a nice shoulder punch, and
watch how he grabs the OLT's arm and shoves it off. He needs to do more
with that. You get a good look at Ragland coming in late to pick up #1.
shows some speed getting outside to hit the RB but can't bring him down
(1:08). Watch this great push by Robinson and Reed. This is why they will
help their teams in the NFL. Reed gets doubled by the OG, and Robinson by
the RB. That is four blockers they occupied in that rush, and Robinson still
got up in the QB's face. Ragland reads the play action. Then Zone
drops, and gives a chuck to the TE flying by (1:20). This is a nice
play. Watch Robinson slice inside to the RB. He has him in his sights, and
then is chop blocked by the double team (1:36). Watch Reed use his
hands to hold off the double team and keep his feet free to go find the
RB. That is four blockers they occupied again, and this leaves Ragland
free destroy the RB at the LOS, and tackle him straight back on his butt.
takes on the double, which allows Reed to power through the outside shoulder
of the ORG, and knock his feet back into the QB's feet as he throws to
cause the bad pass. It also allows the DE next Robinson to find an inside
lane to the QB. Ragland takes away the RB sneaking out of the backfield in
coverage (1:46). Robinson
faces one blocker and makes the tackle (1:55). Reed faces one blocker
and slides over behind Robinson and catches the RB. Ragland uses his hands
and feet nicely to hold off the blocker and slides in front of the RB.
shows his speed to the outside, makes the TE miss his block, and takes the
QB down at the LOS (2:02). Ragland shifts outside a little as
the RB options behind the QB. Then watch the jolt forward as he goes and
gets the little scatback (2:21). You have to attack the edges
when Robinson and Reed are in the middle together.
has a sudden blast off sometimes, but mostly he is slow and steady to the
QB. He needs to get to the QB more to be great in the NFL. You get a good look
at Ragland's nice feet and COD zone dropping in coverage, as he dances
around the box eyeing the QB (2:28). Watch the quick swim by Robinson. That is
a great little move that forces the OC to double. Notice how he keeps his
eye on the QB and when the QB bails he goes and gets a hit on him (2:37). Watch
Ragland move around spying the QB. He keeps his eyes on him, and he shows
some suddenness changing direction twice.
Robinson split the triple team (2:48). Reed and Robinson look
like twins taking on the blockers at the point with their hands. Shoving
them up and going and getting the RB (2:58). Robinson on the
Nose. He gets outside and sets the edge, as the Alabama rushers are over
loading the other side. But when the QB takes off the other way he looses
the edge by just a fingernail (3:33). Again, Ragland shows more
quicks and COD than you'd think he has spying the QB. But he gets tricked
by the QB as well. However, he gets all the way across the field and forces
the QB out of bounds.
and Reed take on three blockers to stuff the middle of the field again.
Watch Reed stack the ORG inside, and shed him as he goes back outside to
catch the RB. That is great run defense at the point. And of course Ragland
plays his position perfectly. Uses his feet to hop around in front of the
RB, and gets in on the tackle (3:58). Just watch this tackle by
Robinson. A stack and shed DL cannot play it any better than that. Reed
also does a great job absorbing the double team hit and falling onto the
QBs legs (4:08). I mean, that is what those guys do. They do it
quarter after quarter, and game after game. They will bring that consistency
to the NFL.
Robinson use his great hands and feet to fight the OLG back into the QB (4:31). Ragland
uses his quicks to get outside (4:51). Ragland is one of those
guys who seems to play better in the 2nd half. Watch him use his feet to
move around the OG, find the RB and knock him down (5:09). Robinson, two or three times a game, shows some burst going up field. Watch
his great hands and feet and he skips inside and shoves the OLG away from
his shirt with great hand placement and heaviness (5:43). Then
he just misses that rascally rabbit again.
this is a great pay by Robinson. He takes on the double, but watch how he
subtle moves away from the OC
to open up a hole inside. The OC realizes he is too far out of position
and abandons the double. But Robinson has his eye on the QB the whole
time. So when he team mate slaps the ball out he is able to scoop it up
with one hand, and almost score. He is a freakish athlete who played
basketball in high school (6:46). Ragland, Robinson and
Reed are all olde tyme football players who still have to have a place in the
NFL. They are better against the run than the pass, but that doesn't mean
they can't be used on passing downs.
Vs Tennessee :
SENIOR (2015): The heartbeat of the Crimson Tideís powerful defense ... unanimous first team All-American ... named to the All-SEC first team by both the conference coaches and the Associated Press ... selected as the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year ... stepped into the starting role at will linebacker in 2014 and excelled, earning himself Butkus Award semifinalist recognition last season and finalist honors in 2015 ... also named a Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy finalist (Defensive Player of the Year) Ö a Lombardi Award semifinalist ... moved to the mike in 2015 and led the team with 102 tackles, including 60 solo stops, which was 29 more tackles than the next closest defender ... added 6.5 tackles for loss (-23 yards), 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, seven pass breakups and six quarterback hurries ... led the team in tackles in eight games in 2015 for a defense that led the nation in rush defense (75.7 ypg), was third in scoring defense (15.1 ppg), third in total defense (276.3 ypg) and eighth in pass efficiency defense ... named the Bednarik Awardís National Defensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts against Arkansas as well as SEC Defensive Player of the Week ... earned defensive player of the week recognition from the Alabama coaches for his efforts in the Wisconsin contest to open the season and then against ULM, Georgia, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Tennessee and Michigan State. Wisconsin: Made his first start as the general of the Crimson Tide defense and excelled, putting together a team-high 12 stops, including five solo stops and seven assisted tackles ... also added a quarterback hurry by nightís end ... helped limit the Badger offense to just 268 yards of total offense and 17 points ... was key in plugging up the middle to limit UW to just 40 yards rushing on 21 total attempts. Middle Tennessee: Led the defense once again with nine total tackles, six unassisted and three assisted ... also added one tackle for a loss (-3 yards) and one forced fumble to help add to the Tideís total of four on the day. Ole Miss: For the third straight week led Alabama with nine tackles ... added half of a tackle for loss and broke up a pass. ULM: Made four tackles including two solo stops as he anchored a defense that shut the Warhawks out and allowed just 92 yards of offense, including nine yards rushing. Georgia: Was a disruptive force in the second level of the defense, finishing tied for the team lead with eight total tackles ... also added one pass breakup and helped limit Georgia to just 299 yards of total offense, only 216 yards outside of one long run. Arkansas: Earned SEC and National Defensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts against the Razorbacks ... led the team in tackles with eight, including seven solo stops ... was all over the field with one sack, a forced fumble, pass breakup and two quarterback hurries ... his performance also led the Crimson Tide defense in production points with a season-high total ... limited Arkansas to just 220 total yards and only 44 yards rushing, more than 250 yards below total offense average entering the game and 160 yards below their rushing average. Texas A&M: Made a team-high nine tackles, including eight solo stops ... added his second sack of the season and recorded 1.5 tackles for loss (-8 yards) ... helped limit the Aggies to just 316 yards, which was 164 yards below their season average ... also held A&M to just 32 yards rushing, that was 156 yards below their season average. Tennessee: Made a season-high 12 tackles with eight solo stops ... added one tackle for loss (-2 yards) and helped limit the Volunteers to just 39 yards rushing. LSU: Directed a defense that limited LSUís Heisman Trophy front-runner to just 31 yards on 19 carries ... made three stops including half of a tackle for loss (-2 yards) and broke up a pass ... helped limit the Tigers offense, which entered the game averaging 309 yards per game, to just 54 yards rushing and only 184 total yards. Mississippi State: Second on the team in tackles with eight, including two solo stops ... broke up a pass and helped limit the Bulldogs to only 89 yards rushing. Charleston Southern: Made three solo tackles with one tackle for loss (-3 yards) Ö left the game in the second quarter as the Crimson Tide took a 49-0 halftime lead and went on to a 56-6 win Ö added a quarterback hurry Ö helped limit the Buccaneers to just 134 total yards, including just 85 on the ground. Auburn: Made five tackles with four solo stops as the Crimson Tide limited the Tigers to just 91 rushing yards (entered the game averaging over 200 per contest) Ö helped hold Auburn to just 260 yards of total offense. Florida: Helped limit the Gators to just 15 yards rushing and 180 total yards Ö had two quarterback hurries and one pass breakup. Michigan State: Led the team with seven tackles, including five solo stops ... added a pass breakup as the Tide shutout the Spartans 38-0 ... helped limit MSU to just 29 yards rushing. Clemson: Made five tackles with for solo stops in a 45-40 win over the Tigers to secure the programís 16th national championship ... the five tackles pushed him past the 100-tackle mark for the first time in his Alabama career.
JUNIOR (2014): Won the starting job at will linebacker, replacing C.J. Mosley ... semifinalist for the Butkus Award, which goes to the nation's best linebacker ... first team All-SEC by the Associated Press ... started his first career game against West Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game and had 13 starts on the season while playing in all 14 games ... recorded 95 tackles on the season, which ranked second on the team ... had 45 solo stops and four double-digit tackle games ... had at least seven tackles in eight of the final 11 games ... finished with 10.5 tackles for loss (-27 yards) and 1.5 sacks (-12 yards) ... had an interception, one forced fumble, a team-high three fumble recoveries, one quarterback hurry and three pass breakups ... named the Defensive Player of the Week by the Alabama coaching staff following the Ole Miss, Texas A&M, LSU and Western Carolina games ... named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his play in Baton Rouge. West Virginia: Made six tackles against the Mountaineers with one solo stop and one pass breakup. FAU: Led the team with five tackles including three solo stops ... notched his first career sack (-6 yards), had 1.5 tackles for loss and recovered a fumble ... helped limit the Owls to just 57 yards rushing and 145 total yards. Florida: Started and made a team-high eight tackles with five solo stops ... also recovered a Gator fumble and added a quarterback hurry. Ole Miss: Earned coaching staff Defensive Player of the Week honors after making nine tackles with three solo stops ... notched 1.5 tackles for loss (-3 yards). Arkansas: Led the team with a career-high 12 tackles which included seven solo stops ... recorded 0.5 tackle for loss (-1 yard) ... had one pass breakup. Texas A&M: Earned Alabama Defensive Player of the Week honors for his play against the Aggies ... made seven tackles with two solo stops, 1.5 tackles for loss (-7 yards) and half of a sack (-6 yards) ... intercepted his first career pass with a leaping pick ... helped limit the SEC's top-ranked offense to just 172 yards, 393 yards below its average and just 31 yards rushing. Tennessee: Recorded a team-high nine tackles in Knoxville, making six solo stops ... had 1.5 tackles for loss and forced a second-quarter fumble that set up the Tide's fourth touchdown ... also broke up his third pass of the season. LSU: Registered a career-high 13 stops en route to winning SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors ... notched four solo stops and nine assists ... had one tackle for loss (-3 yards) while helping limit the Tigers to just 76 yards passing and 3.3 yards per rush. Mississippi State: Limited one of the nation's best offensive attacks while slowing Heisman-candidate quarterback Dak Prescott in the Crimson Tide's victory over the then-No. 1 Bulldogs ... finished with 10 tackles, including seven solo stops while limiting MSU to just 138 yards rushing, which was 117 yards below their average. Western Carolina: Garnered Defensive Player of the Week honors from the Alabama coaching staff ... made four tackles with three solo stops and had one tackle for loss (-1 yard) ... helped limit the Catamounts to minus-eight yards rushing. Auburn: Made three tackles with a solo stop in the win over the No. 15 Tigers. Missouri: Recorded two tackles with a solo stop while helping limit the Tigers to a lowly 41 yards rushing in the SEC Championship Game. Ohio State: Registered seven tackles with two solo stops and two tackles for loss (-5 yards).
SOPHOMORE (2013): A backup inside linebacker and stalwart on special teams ... played in all 13 games ... his 17 tackles included 11 on kickoff coverage, which led all special teams players. Virginia Tech: Made two assisted tackles in win over the Hokies in Atlanta. Texas A&M: Notched two more assisted tackles in win over the No. 6 Aggies. Colorado State: Had a solo tackle and an assist. Georgia State: Made one assisted tackle as a reserve linebacker. Arkansas: Recorded one tackle on the kickoff coverage team. Tennessee: Made one assisted tackle as a reserve linebacker. LSU: Had one solo tackle on kickoff coverage. Chattanooga: Registered a career-high four tackles, including two solo stops ... earned Alabama Special Teams Player of the Week honors after recording two tackles on the kickoff coverage team. Auburn: Garnered UA Special Teams Player of the Week honors for the second straight week ... made two tackles with a solo stop. Oklahoma: Registered one solo tackle on kickoff coverage against the Sooners.
FRESHMAN (2012): Played in 11 games, primarily on special teams ... finished with eight tackles, including five solo stops with four tackles coming on kickoff coverage ... also forced a fumble. Michigan: Recorded a solo tackle on special teams. Tennessee: Assisted on three tackles in the win against the Volunteers. Mississippi State: Totaled two solo tackles in the victory over the Bulldogs. Western Carolina: Registered a solo tackle in the shutout win. Auburn: Was named one of the special teams players of the week by the Alabama coaching staff ... forced a fumble and had a solo tackle in the Iron Bowl shutout win.
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