Monday, February 11, 2013
Looking back at the SEC's top tacklers
By Edward Aschoff
During the offseason, we've looked at the SEC's 3,000-yard passers, 1,000-yard rushers and 1,000-yard receivers from the 2012 season. Now, we'll wrap things up by looking at the players who registered 100-plus tackles last fall. We didn't have any preseason predictions on who would be in this category in 2012, so we'll just look at each player who crossed the century mark.
Last fall, the SEC had eight players record 100-plus tackles, which was two more than in 2011.
Here's a look at the top tacklers in the SEC from 2012:
A.J. Johnson, LB, Tennessee: Johnson certainly didn't suffer a sophomore slump in Knoxville. He was all over the field for the Vols, leading the SEC with 138 total tackles. He notched 63 solo tackles and averaged 11.5 tackles per game.
Avery Williamson, LB, Kentucky: It seems like the Wildcats have had someone either near or at the top of the SEC when it comes to tackles the past few years, and it was Williamson's turn in 2012. He was second in the SEC with 135 tackles and led the league with 70 solo stops. He averaged 11.3 tackles per game.
Kevin Minter, LB, LSU: It was hard to find a busier defensive player in the SEC. Minter made all sorts of plays for the Tigers in 2012, and finished the year with 130 total tackles, including 55 solo. He averaged 10 tackles a game and racked up 17 solo tackles in LSU's 14-6 loss to Florida.
Cameron Lawrence, LB, Mississippi State: After ranking second in the SEC with 123 tackles in 2011, Lawrence registered 120 total tackles in 2012, including 54 solo. He averaged 9.2 tackles per game, but earned double-digit tackle totals in eight games.
Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia: Even though he was suspended for the first four games of the season, Ogletree ended the year near the top of the SEC in the tackles column. He finished the season leading the Bulldogs with 111 tackles and 63 solo stops.
C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama: Praised as one of Alabama's best and most complete defensive players last fall, Mosley registered 107 total tackles on the year and was second in the SEC with 66 solo stops.
Lamin Barrow, LB, LSU: Even with Minter running around all over the place, Barrow was still able to have a very productive fall with the Tigers. He grabbed 104 total tackles on the year, with 52 of them being solo stops.
Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State: He enjoyed a solid freshman campaign alongside Lawrence. He helped the veteran out by registering 102 tackles, with 45 of them being solo attempts.