Meet Courtney Upshaw: Linebacker out of Alabama

Apr 24, 2012

 • One of the nation's most feared pass rushers

• First-team All-American (FWAA, Sporting News, SI.com, ESPN.com & Pro Football Weekly)

• First-Team All-SEC (AP & Coaches) • Finalist for the Lombardi Award

• Finalist for the Butkus Award

• Semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award

• Midseason All-American by SI.com, Sporting News, CBSsports.com, ESPN.com and Phil Steele

• Second in the SEC and tied for 14th nationally with 17 tackles for loss (-85 yards)

• Leads Alabama with 8.5 sacks (-57 yards) and has a team-best 11 quarterback hurries

• Defense ranks No. 1 in scoring defense (8.8 ppg), rush defense (74.9 ypg) & total defense (191.3 ypg)

• Has at least one sack in five of the last seven games

• Returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown at Florida

• 38 percent of his tackles are behind the line of scrimmage

                                         

2011 (SENIOR): Courtney Upshaw is one of the premier pass-rushing outside linebackers in college football ... first-team All-American by the FWAA, Sporting News, CBSsports.com, SI.com and ESPN.com ........... second-team All-American by Walter Camp and the Associated Press ......... finalist for the Lombardi Award, which goes to the nation's best linebacker or interior lineman and the Butkus Award, which goes to the nation's best linebacker .... semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award ........ ranks second in the SEC and tied for 14th nationally with 17 tackles for loss (-85 yards) ...... has a team-best 8.5 sacks (-57) yards, which ranks tied for fourth in the SEC and tied for 18th nationally ... has 16.5 career sacks and is a first-team midseason All-American by SI.com, Sporting News and ESPN.com while CBSsports.com and Phil Steele listed him as a second-team midseason All-American ... was a preseason first-team All-SEC selection ... has 45 tackles in 11 starts and a team-high 11 quarterback hurries ... a forced fumble on a sack in back-to-back weeks vs. Mississippi and Tennessee ... has multiple-sack games vs. Mississippi and Auburn ... has posted at least one sack in five of his last seven games ........ five-time Defensive Player of the Week by the Alabama coaching staff. Kent State: Had 1.5 tackles for loss and half of a sack as the Crimson Tide defense held KSU to just 90 yardsof total offense and minus-8 yards rushing .... totaled seven tackles with four solo stops. Penn State: Helped harass the Nittany Lion quarterback all game ........ finished with one assisted tackle in a 27-11 win at No. 23 PSU. North Texas: Registered three tackles for loss (-6 yards) and four solo tackles in the Tide's first shutout since the 2009 season ... also had a career-best three quarterback hurries. Arkansas: Harassed Hogs' quarterback Tyler Wilson with two quarterback hurries and several other hits after the ball left his hand ...... helped limit the Razorbacks to just 226 total yards, 291 yards below their season average entering the game. Florida: Was a one-man wrecking crew in the Swamp against the No. 12 Gators ... had four solo tackles with three coming behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of 21 yards... ... also had one sack (-10 yards) ... intercepted a John Brantley screen pass and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown ... also had one quarterback hurry. Mississippi: Did not start and sat out the first quarter due to disciplinary reasons...... ... came back to notch a season-high two sacks for a loss of 15 yards .... had another quarterback hurry and forced a fumble on his first sack that led to Jalston Fowler's first touchdown run of the night. Tennessee: Had one sack (-6 yards) and six tackles -- three solo -- while earning Alabama Defensive Player of the Week honors ... also forced his second fumble of the season on the sack as the Tide limited UT to just 155 total yards. LSU:   Recorded one sack and made six tackles ..... had two solo stops ..... harassed the Tigers with two quarterback hurries ... helped limit the top-ranked Tigers to just 239 total yards. Mississippi State: Notched a sack for the fourth    straight week ... had 1.5 tackles for loss (-9 yards) and made three total tackles ... helped limit the Bulldogs to just 131 total yards and just 12 yards rushing. Georgia Southern: Recorded four total tackles in a 24-point win over the Eagles ..... also notched his 10th quarterback hurry of the season. Auburn: Equaled his season-high with two sacks and three tackles for loss .... accounted for 19 lost rushing yards ... totaled six tackles with five solo stops ........ notched one quarterback hurry ....... helped limit the Tigers to just 140 total yards ... AU had just 44 yards --- 25 rushing ---- through three quarters and gained the rest after the Tide had already locked up the win in the fourth quarter.

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