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 yards of 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.
Upshaw developed into the Crimson Tide's most dangerous pass rusher as the season progressed after recovering from an early season high right ankle sprain ... started 11 games and saw action in all 13 ... started the opener against San Jose State and made one tackle before injuring an ankle ... was limited and did not start against Penn State and Duke due to the injury ... returned to the starting lineup at Arkansas ... finished the season with 52 tackles, including 51 in the final 10 games ... led the team with 14.5 tackles for a loss of 69 yards, including a team-high seven sacks (-40) ... in the last two games of the season against Auburn and Michigan State, Upshaw recorded an astounding 15 tackles, including six tackles for loss (-48 yards) and five sacks (-36 yards) while forcing three fumbles ... named SEC Defensive Player of the Week following the Florida game. San Jose State: Started and made one assisted tackle before spraining an ankle and leaving the game. Penn State: Played on a few passing situations to aid the Tide's pass rush but did not have a tackle. Duke: Saw limited action due to a sprained ankle. Arkansas: Returned to the starting lineup against the Razorbacks after an ankle injury slowed him dating back to the Penn State game ... made six tackles with four solo stops and his first sack of the season ... also forced a fumble.Florida: Was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week as well as garnering honors from the UA coaching staff ... made seven tackles with five solo stops and a career-best four tackles for loss (-7 yards) ... forced one fumble and broke up two passes in a 31-6 victory over the Gators. South Carolina: Made one solo tackle and one assisted in the loss to the Gamecocks ... started at jack linebacker. Mississippi: Registered four tackles, including one and a half tackles for loss (-5 yards) ... recorded a quarterback hurry. Tennessee: Tallied two solo tackles, including one for a loss of five yards. LSU: Registered six tackles, including three solo stops against the Tigers. Mississippi State: Totaled eight tackles, including three solo stops ... registered his second sack on the season for a loss of three yards. Georgia State: Earned the start at the jack linebacker spot ... assisted on one tackle. Auburn: Produced a career game against the rival Tigers ... was named one of the Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week by the coaching staff ... registered career highs in tackles (10), sacks (3) and forced fumbles (2) ... his three sacks were an individual season high for the Crimson Tide and seven of his 10 tackles were solo stops. Michigan State: Was virtually unblockable in the Crimson Tide's 49-7 victory over the Spartans in the Capital One Bowl ... led the team with five tackles, including three tackles for loss (-29 yards), two sacks (-17 yards) and a forced fumble as Alabama limited Michigan State to -48 yards rushing and 171 total yards.
Arrested for domestic assault for August altercation on campus with his girlfriend, which police happened to witness; charges dropped by both parties ... he made one start and appeared in all 14 games for the Crimson Tide in 2009 ... his first-career start came at Kentucky at jack linebacker ... made 15 total tackles with four quarterback hurries ... returned one fumble recovery 45 yards for a touchdown, recovered another fumble that sealed the Citi BCS National Championship Game and recorded one sack. Virginia Tech: He made first appearance of the season on special teams ... recorded one tackle. Florida International: Upshaw recorded one tackle on special teams and saw time at linebacker. North Texas: He came off the bench to record one solo tackle. Arkansas: Upshaw recorded one assisted tackle in his SEC season debut. Kentucky: He had a career game against the Wildcats ... tallied four solo tackles and had a sack for a loss of a yard ... returned a fumble 45 yards for a key touchdown at the end of the first half against the Wildcats.
Added a quarterback hurry. Mississippi: Upshaw was a reserve linebacker at the jack for the Crimson Tide ... did not make a tackle. South Carolina: He tallied one solo tackle coming off the bench at the jack linebacker position. Tennessee: Upshaw came off the bech at linebacker but did record any statistics. LSU: He came off the bench but did not record any statistics. Mississippi State: Upshaw came off the bench and tallied two tackles. Chattanooga: He assisted on two tackles and tallied one quarterback hurry. Auburn: Made one assisted tackle on special teams in the Tide's 26-21 win. Florida: Came off the bench to tally one quarterback hurry ... helped hold the Gator attack to just 88 yards rushing and a season low 13 points. Texas: His recovery of a Garrett Gilbert fumble on an Eryk Anders sack with just 3:08 remaining in the BCS National Championship Game sealed the win for the Crimson Tide ... also made one assisted tackle against the Longhorns in a 37-21 victory.
Upshaw was one of 16 true freshmen to see playing time in 2008 ... played in the final 13 games of the season ... was a reserve at jack linebacker and started on the kickoff coverage team ... had 22 tackles - 12 solo - on the year ... also had three TFL (-3) with two pass breakups and a quarterback hurry ... led the team with 18 special teams tackles, all coming on kickoff coverage ... earned UA Special Teams Player of the Week honors vs. Western Kentucky and Auburn. Clemson: Upshaw did not see playing time in the opener. Tulane: He saw his first playing time of his career on special teams. Western Kentucky: Upshaw had a career-high six tackles on both special teams and as a reserve jack linebacker that ranked third on the team ... had a bone-crushing hit on the Crimson Tide's second kickoff of the game against the Hilltoppers ... also notched his first tackle for loss (-1) and added a quarterback hurry ... named the UA coaching staff special teams player of the week. Arkansas: He saw his most extensive playing time at jack linebacker in the second half against the Hogs.
Recorded two tackles, including one solo stop, with one TFL (-1) and broke up one pass. Georgia: Upshaw had two solo tackles on special teams and limited duty at jack linebacker against the No. 3 Bulldogs. Kentucky: He made two tackles including a solo stop against the Wildcats ... also knocked down a Mike Hartline pass. Mississippi: Upshaw registered two assisted tackles in the 24-20 win over Mississippi. Tennessee: He once again was a kickoff coverage warrior with three tackles, including two solo stops. Arkansas State: Upshaw played but did not record any statistics. LSU: He made two solo tackles on the kickoff coverage team against the Tigers. Mississippi State: Upshaw logged one assisted special teams tackle in a 32-7 win over the Bulldogs in Tuscaloosa. Auburn: He was all over the field on kickoff coverage, logging one solo tackle on a big hit in the first half ... also saw time as a reserve at linebacker. Florida: Upshaw played on the kickoff team, but did not have any tackles against the Gators in the SEC Championship Game. Sugar Bowl vs. Utah: He garnered quality playing time at linebacker and on special teams ... made one solo tackle behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of a yard.
He was the Alabama Class 5A Lineman of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association and ASWA Class 5A All-State selection in 2007 ... ranked as the No. 4 defensive end prospect in the country and the No. 29 player overall on the ESPN.com 150 list ... No. 35 on The Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120 ... the No. 7 player on The Mobile Press-Register Elite 18 list ... The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super South 100 member ... ranked as the No. 12 outside linebacker nationally and the ninth-best overall player on the Alabama Top 35 list by Rivals.com ... the No. 18 defensive end prospect by Scout.com ... ranked the No. 10 prospect in Alabama by SuperPrep magazine and the No. 38 defensive lineman nationally... No. 73 player on the Scout.com Southeast 150 list ... had 45 solo tackles, 20 assists, including 13 for loss and seven sacks to go with three fumble recoveries as a senior ... also had 20 receptions for 296 yards and three touchdowns as a receiver on offense ... ScoutSouth.com Star of Alabama selection ... All-Southern team member selection by The Orlando Sentinel ... had 96 tackles and three interceptions as a junior ... played for head coach Dan Klages.