Making the case: Motta did not have much of a choice but to take on more of a leadership role in 2012. After all, the secondary eventually started three newcomers, and he was the only player in the group to have started his college career as a defensive back. But the senior rose to the occasion, emerging as a vocal presence for a group that outperformed any and all expectations. He finished second on the team in tackles, with 77. He added two tackles for loss, three pass break-ups, three passes defended and recovered a fumble. Motta did not miss a game during his college career, playing in all 51 contests and starting in 29.