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Big 12’s Twelve Players To Watch In `09: No. 12 - Ndamukong Suh

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Sacks Interceptions Tackles
G Sacks YdsL Int Yds IntTD Solo Ast Total
2008 - Ndamukong Suh 13 7.5 67 2 79 2 39 37 76


In 2008 Ndamukong Suh led the Nebraska defense with 76 total tackles. It marked the most tackles by a Husker defensive lineman since 1992 and the first time a lineman led the team in tackles since 1973. He was rewarded for his efforts by being named First Team All-Conference and the Nebraska Defensive MVP.


Suh earned the Big 12’s Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Kansas Jayhawks last season. In that game he recorded 12 total tackles, including five solo stops. He had 2.5 sacks for 18 yards in losses and four tackles for loss totaling 19 yards. His 12 tackles were the most by a defensive lineman in three seasons while the 2.5 sacks were the most by any Husker since 2003 and the four tackles for loss were the most by an NU defender in 38 games.

 

In 2008 Nebraska finished second in the conference in total defense, allowing 349.8 yards. The play of Suh was a huge part the resurgence of the Blackshirts last fall and for the Huskers to continue moving forward in 2009 they’ll need him to reproduce last season’s heroics. Suh enters his senior year with 33 career tackles for loss, five shy of the Nebraska career top 10 and within reach of second on that list. He also has 12 career sacks, and could make a push for the top five in school history.

 

In addition to playing along the defensive line, Suh also lined up as fullback in short yardage situations. He caught a touchdown pass in the Kansas game.