2018 Linebackers

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I'll start with a couple of guys from Big Ten. Feel free to add on !

Michigan St. LB Joe Bachie is the next white Spartan great at linebacker! Recorded 100tkls last year and 2.5sks, 3ints! Nice article below.

https://www.landof10.com/michigan-state/michigan-state-football-joe-bachie-new-video-2018

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Next up are Wisconsin LB's Andrew Van Ginkel and Ryan Connelly .

Van Ginkel had a breakout JR. Campaign. 39tkls and 6.5 sks, 2ints, 2forced fumbles!


Ryan Connelly had 80tkls and 3sks last season! Both are due for big Senior season's!

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Joe Dineen (SR) 6'2" 230 Kansas- Led the FBS in solo tackles per game at 7.6, set the KU single season record with 25 TFLs, he had 137 total tackles, 25 TFLS, 2.5 sacks, 2 PBUS.
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Logan Wilson (JR) 6'2" 230 Wyoming- Led Wyoming in tackles with 119. He also added 1 sack, 1 INT and 2 FF.
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Cooper Edmiston (JR) 6'3" 237 Tulsa- He had 106 total tackles.

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Nice work CelticDB ...early last season watching Michigan State on TV Joe Bachie catches your eye immediately as an impact player w nose for the ball! Wisconsin duo are some play makers!

& solid additions Dolphins15..those are some Tackling machines...following Celticdb's post; Dineen would have been my first player mentioned too!

Some more quality LBers
ILB- Cameron Smith (Sr.) 6'-2" 250 USC....bypassed 18' NFL Draft...Intense...CAREER so far...273 tackles/ 19 for losses (with 2.5 sacks) + 10 deflections, 3 fumble recoveries and 4 INT's (with a TD) ... has appeared in 37 games in his career, with 35 starts.
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OLB- Porter Gustin
(Sr.) 6'-5" 255 USC...High Energy; freakishly strong...battled injuries Jr. year CAREER: 109 tackles/ 23 for losses (with 14 sacks), + 4 deflections... appeared in 31 games with 17 starts.
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ILB- Pat Jasinski (Sr.) 6'-1" 233 Central Florida....last season...105 tackles, which included 47 solo, 8.0 for loss...Voted Hardest Hitter in AAC by Street in Smith's
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ILB-Tuf Borland (RS Soph.) 6 '-1" 230 Ohio State...59 tackles & a Sack his freshman game; despite starting later in season
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Joey Alfieri
(Sr.) 6'-3" 236 Stanford....has 21 TFL in his Career & 10.5 Sacks
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MLB- Brant Mitchell (Sr.) 6'-2" 236 Georgia Tech....need some updated stats...ACC Defensive Player of the Week at least once
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Ben Humphreys
(Sr.) 6'-2" 225 Duke ...207 career tackles; 8 sacks; 2 INT's (one for TD) ; 4 pass deflections; 3 fumble recoveries
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Paddy Fisher (R. So) - 6'4" 245 Northwestern...113 total tackles, 9 TFLs, 4 PDs, 4 FFs, 1 FR, 1 INT as a redshirt freshman. He is an absolute beast and should become on of the best LBers in the nation.

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Ty Summers (Sr.) 6'-2" 235 TCU .....271 career tackles, 17 TFLs, 6.5 sacks, 9 Pass break-up's & 2 INTs...being touted as Nation's Most Under Rated LBer
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Cole Holcomb (SR) 6'1" 225 North Carolina. He has led North Carolina in tackles the last two seasons. He has 223 career tackles. A former walk on of course.

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Dylan Tonkery (SO) 6'0" 222 West Virginia. Former high school RB turned LB started 8 games last year. He had 43 total tackles with 6.5 TFL and 2 sacks.

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Cale Garrett (JR) 6'3" 235 Missouri. He led the team 105 total tackles. Also had 10 TFL, 3 sacks and 2 INTS.

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Jon Reschke who was a former starting linebacker for Michigan State is back on the team after being dismissed last year for using racist words talking about a teammate in a text. It looks like the team supports his return, interesting to see if he contributes to defense in his 1 last season or is just a backup/special teams guy. He had 75 tackles in 2015.
 

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Jon Reschke who was a former starting linebacker for Michigan State is back on the team after being dismissed last year for using racist words talking about a teammate in a text. It looks like the team supports his return, interesting to see if he contributes to defense in his 1 last season or is just a backup/special teams guy. He had 75 tackles in 2015.

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Colin Schooler (SO) 6'0" 226 Arizona. He was the Pac 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year. He had 95 total tackles, 13.5 TFLs, 4 sacks and 2 INTS. He is the brother of Brendan Schooler the WR at Oregon. Drew comparisons to Scooby Wright.


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Breckyn Hager (SR) 6'3" 255 Texas. He was Honorable Mention All Big 12 last season even though he only started 4 games. Of course it's a wonder why he hasn't started more games. He's on the Bednarik Watch list. He has 105 career tackles with 10 sacks. His dad played in the NFL for 9 years. He was all over the field in their bowl game.

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Connor Strachan (SR) 6'0 230 Boston College. Only played 2 games in 2017 after going down with a season ending injury, but has produced a good career total of 201 tackles with 28 tfl's, 8 sacks, and 3 int's! Had an amazing All-ACC selection sophomore campaign in 2016. Has really stuck out so far in 2018, with 26 tot tackles, and 2 sacks already!
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Ben Burr-Kirven (Sr) 6'0 221 Washington. Was named second team All PAC-12 in 2017, after notching 84 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and 1 int! He's the leader of the Huskies defense, and has gotten off to a hot start in 2018 as well already grabbing 33 tackles through 3 games! I havn't heard of any draft buzz on him, but I wont be surprised to see him land on an NFL roster.
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Through the quarter point of the season (for most teams) here are the top 5 LBs (solo tackles are what I am ranking them on):

1. Joe Dineen Jr. Kansas - 53 total tackles|37 solo|2.5 TFL|1 INT
2. Cameron Smith USC - 40 total tackles|30 solo|1 sack|5 TFL
4. Drue Tranquill Notre Dame - 33 total tackles|27 solo|1 sack|2 TFL
4. Evan Weaver Cal - 39 total tackles|27 solo|4 PBU **Only played 3 games
7. Ben Burr-Kirven - 53 total tackles|26 solo|2 FF
 
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Through the quarter point of the season (for most teams) here are the top 5 LBs (solo tackles are what I am ranking them on):

1. Joe Dineen Jr. Kansas - 53 total tackles|37 solo|2.5 TFL|1 INT
2. Cameron Smith USC - 40 total tackles|30 solo|1 sack|5 TFL
4. Drue Tranquill Notre Dame - 33 total tackles|27 solo|1 sack|2 TFL
4. Evan Weaver Cal - 39 total tackles|27 solo|4 PBU **Only played 3 games
7. Ben Burr-Kirven - 53 total tackles|26 solo|2 FF
Nice all of them should be NFL bound! Never heard of Evan Weaver, good to know about another elite LB!
 

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CAL LB Evan Weaver had a game winning pick 6 vs. the Huskies. He is a monster ILB list at 6'3 245lbs. He was named PAC 12 Defensive player of the week.

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