Ohio State: Tied P.J. Smith and Eric Martin for the team lead in tackles with nine... produced three solo tackles on the night. Northwestern: Registered five tackles, including two solo stops... produced a pass break-up on the Wildcats' final possession to help secure NU's 29-28 comeback win. Michigan: Was held to just four tackles on the night, but helped hold the Wolverines to a season-low 188 yards of total offense... ended the game with 199 career tackles. Michigan State: Recorded 11 tackles to become the 32nd player in school history to record 200 or more career tackles... ended the game with 210 career tackles... added a fumble recovery and a pass break-up in the game. Penn State: Tied Ciante Evans for the team lead with 10 tackles... was his fifth double-figure tackle game of the season... recorded his third fumble recovery of the season, the most by a Husker since linebacker Stewart Bradley had four in 2006.
Minnesota: Led the Huskers with 10 total tackles, his sixth double-digit tackle game of the season. Iowa: Totaled five tackles, including two solo stops... moved up one spot to 16th on the Nebraska career tackles list, passing Jay Foreman (1995-98, 233)... helped NU hold Iowa to 200 total yards. Wisconsin (Big Ten Championship): Totaled three tackles to go over 100 stops on the season with 101 tackles. Georgia (Capital One Bowl): Made a team-high nine tackles, including six solo stops to push his season tackle total to 110... intercepted a first-quarter Georgia pass and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown to give Nebraska a 14-9 lead.
Compton had a career-high 15 tackles against Fresno State, including six solo stops. The 15 tackles more than doubled his previous career high of seven. Compton had four tackles and a hurry in NU?s win over Washington, and made five tackles at Wisconsin. He played a key role in the Huskers? win over Ohio State with 10 tackles, including four solo stops.
Compton had a tackle for loss in a 41-14 win at Minnesota, then had seven tackles, including five solo stops, a TFL and two quarterback hurries as the Blackshirts shut down No. 9 Michigan State. He made five tackles and recovered a fumble against Northwestern, then played one of the best games of his career in a win at No. 12 Penn State. Compton tallied a game-high 13 tackles in the 17-14 win, including a tackle for loss. Compton had six tackles at Michigan and seven stops against Iowa, including a tackle for loss in both games. He closed the year with five tackles and shared an eight-yard sack against South Carolina.
Compton made five tackles in his debut against Florida Atlantic, while adding a breakup. He posted a season-high seven tackles and a quarterback hurry at Virginia Tech. He had five tackles against Louisiana-Lafayette and six tackles against Missouri.
Compton was in on his first career sack against Texas Tech, and added four tackles against Iowa State. He had five tackles, including four solo stops at Colorado, then recorded two tackles against Arizona in the Holiday Bowl.
As a junior, Compton made 71 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and an interception, while rushing for 455 yards, and catching 51 passes for 855 yards. He earned first-team all-state honors as a receiver, while picking up all-district and all-conference honors as a linebacker. Compton was ranked among the top five players in Missouri and among the nation?s top 20 inside linebacker prospects. Compton was a defensive captain in the Offense-Defense Bowl all-star game at the 2008 Orange Bowl. Compton chose Nebraska over Missouri and Illinois.
After the workout, a Cincinnati Bengals scout took Compton upstairs in the Hawks Championship facility and had him design and break down defenses. Compton said he'd already received feedback from NFL linebacker Lavonte David that Nebraska's defenders were ahead of the game in understanding pro schemes. "The way Bo (Pelini) does things here, you're just so set up to succeed in the NFL," Compton said. "Lavonte said he was teaching guys right when he walked in (to the NFL)." Compton said he's heard he's likely a late-rounder or a preferred free agent target. - Sam McKewon and Rich Kaipust, World-Herald News