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Courtney Upshaw

Linebacker | Alabama

Upshaw entered the 2011 season as one of the most feared linebackers in the SEC and he ended the year with the same moniker. Upshaw made his home in the backfields of opposing teams, registering 17 tackles for loss and 11 quarterback hurries. SEC opponents got it the worst when Upshaw was on the field, as 12.5 of his tackles for loss came in league games. Upshaw didn't rack up a ton of tackles, but it was hard to find a more relentless linebacker out there. Offenses had to make it a point to account for him on every play and try to move the ball away from him, if he'd let them.

-- Edward Aschoff