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2016 NFL DRAFT

Anthony Hitchens, OLB

School: Iowa  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Lorain, OH
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 240 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
35531-
Career Notes
Has totaled 260 career tackles to tie for 27th... ranks sixth in the Big Ten in tackles per game (8.5) and eighth in tackles for loss (1.08)... led Big Ten and ranked fifth in the nation in tackles per game (11.2) in 2012... recorded 10 or more tackles in seven of 11 games in 2012 and five games in 2013... one of six seniors named to 2013 Leadership Group... one of nine true freshmen to see action in 2010...Roy J. Carver Most Valuable Player, Defense... Hayden Fry "Extra Heartbeat" Award, Defense... second team all-Big Ten by league coaches... honorable mention all-Big Ten by league media... named CFPA honorable mention Linebacker of the Week vs. Michigan... selected by College Sports Madness as Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for his play in win at Iowa State... named second team mid-season All-Big Ten by Phil Steele... named honorable mention mid-season All-Big Ten by BTN.com...Named to Butkus Award and Rotary Lombardi Award preseason watch list... named preseason third team all-Big Ten by Phil Steele and College Sports Madness.
2013 Season
Listed as first team weakside linebacker following spring practice...started at weakside linebacker in 30-27 opening loss to Northern Illinois... recorded 13 tackles vs. NIU, including six solo stops and seven assists, a shared tackle for loss and one QB pressure... started at weakside linebacker in 28-14 win over Missouri State as defense held MSU to 197 yards total offense... led team with eight tackles vs. Missoui State, including two solo stops, six assists... also collected career-best two tackles for loss, one QB sack and one pass break-up... started at weakside linebacker in 27-21 win at Iowa State as defense allowed just 59 net rushing yards... recorded 10 tackles vs. ISU, including six solo tackles and four assists, and one shared tackle for loss... started at weakside linebacker in 59-3 win over Western Michigan as defense allowed just 209 yards total offense... recorded three solo tackles and three assists vs. WMU, including one tackle for loss... started at weakside linebacker in 23-7 win at Minnesota as defense allowed just 165 yards total offense and 30 net rushing yards... led team with 10 tackles at Minnesota, including two solo tackles, eight assists and a shared tackle for loss.Started at weakside linebacker in 26-14 loss to Michigan State... recorded 12 tackles vs. MSU, including four solo stops, eight assists and one tackle for loss... started at weakside linebacker in 34-24 loss at Ohio State... recorded 11 tackles at OSU, including three solo stops and eight assists... started at weakside linebacker in 17-10 OT win over Northwestern... recorded nine tackles vs. Northwestern, including six solo tackles and two tackles for loss, along with a forced fumble... started at weakside linebacker in 28-9 loss to Wisconsin... recorded seven tackles against the Badgers, including 1.5 tackles for loss... started at weakside linebacker in 38-14 win at Purdue, recording one solo tackle for loss, as defense allowed just 53 net rushing yards... started at weakside linebacker in 24-21 win over Michigan as defense allowed just 60 net rushing yards and 158 yards total offense... shared team lead with eight stops vs. Michigan, including five solo tackles and three assists... also had three tackles for loss, two QB pressures and forced and recovered Michigan fumble in final two minutes to secure the victory... started at weakside linebacker in 38-17 win at Nebraska as defense allowed just 89 net rushing yards... recorded seven tackles, including five solo stops and two assists, along with first career interception for 18 yards and a pass break-up and a QB pressure.
2012 Season
Honorable mention All-Big Ten by league coaches and media ... second team All-Big Ten by CollegeSports Madness.com ... named by CollegeSportsMadness.com as Big Ten defensive Player of the Week for his play in win at Michigan State ...started all 11 games in which he played, missing one game due to injury ... led team with 124 tackles, including 56 solo stops and 68 assists ... collected 5.5 tackles for loss and one QB sack ... started at weakside linebacker in 18-17 win over Northern Illinois ... recorded eight tackles vs. NIU, including four solo stops and four assists ... started at weakside linebacker in 9-6 loss to Iowa State ... collected career-best 19 tackles vs. ISU. including six solo stops and one tackle for loss ... started at weakside linebacker in 27-16 win over Northern Iowa ... led team with 10 tackles vs. UNI, including four solo stops and six assists ... started at weakside linebacker in 32-31 loss to Central Michigan ... led team with 14 tackles vs. CMU, including six solo stops and eight assists, including one tackle for loss ... started at weakside linebacker in 31-13 win over Minnesota as defense allowed just 299 yards total offense and collected four turnovers.Recorded four solo tackles and eight assists vs. Minnesota, including one QB sack ... started at weakside linebacker in 19-16 win at Michigan State ... led defense with 15 tackles in win at MSU, including six solo stops, nine assists and one tackle for loss ... started at weakside linebacker in 38-14 loss to Penn State ... recorded eight tackles vs. PSU, including three solo stops and five assists ... started at weakside linebacker in 28-17 loss at Northwestern ... recorded four solo tackles and two assists at Northwestern ... started at weakside linebacker in 24-21 loss at Indiana ... led team with 14 tackles vs. Hoosiers, including career-best eight solo tackles ... added six assists and 1.5 tackles for loss ... started at weakside linebacker in 27-24 loss to Purdue, recording five solo tackles and three assists ... did not see action in 42-17 loss at Michigan due to injury ... started at weakside linebacker in 13-7 loss to Nebraska, recording six solo tackles and four assists.
2011 Season
Saw action in eight games, recording 14 solo tackles, 11 assists and one recovered fumble ... saw action in 34-7 opening win over Tennessee Tech, recording seven assisted tackles ... saw action in triple-overtime loss at Iowa State, recording two solo tackles and two assists ... saw action in 31-27 win over Pittsburgh ... recorded six solo tackles and one assist vs. Pitt ... saw action in 45-17 win over Louisiana-Monroe, recording one solo tackle as defense allowed just 59 net rushing yards ... did not see action in 13-3 loss at Penn State due to injury ... did not see action in 41-31 win over Northwestern due to injury ... did not see action in 45-24 win over Indiana due to injury ... did not see action in 22-21 loss at Minnesota due to injury ... did not see action in 24-16 win over 13th-ranked Michigan due to injury ... returned to action in 37-21 loss to Michigan State, but had no statistics in limited playing time ... saw action in 31-21 win at Purdue as defense allowed just 282 yards total offense ... recorded three solo tackles and recovered fumble on Purdue KO return, the first of his career ... saw action in 20-7 loss at Nebraska, but had no statistics ... saw action in Insight Bowl loss to Oklahoma, recording two solo tackles and one assist as the Iowa defense allowed just 275 yards total offense.
2010 Season
Saw action in 10 games, recording one solo tackle and eight assists ... saw first action of career in 45-0 win over Ball State as defense allowed just 112 yards total offense ... recorded two assisted tackles vs. Ball State ... saw action on special teams in 24-3 win over Penn State, but had no statistics ... saw action in 38-28 win at Michigan, recording one assisted tackle ... saw action in 31-30 loss to Wisconsin, but had no statistics ... saw action in 37-6 win over fifth-ranked Michigan State, recording one assisted tackle as defense allowed just 31 net rushing yards and 258 yards total offense ... saw action in 18-13 win at Indiana, recording two assisted tackles as defense allowed just 91 net rushing yards ... saw action in 21-17 loss at Northwestern, but had no statistics ... saw action in 20-17 loss to Ohio State, recording one assisted tackle ... saw action in 27-24 loss at Minnesota, but had no statistics ... saw action in 27-24 Insight Bowl win over 12th-ranked Missouri, recording one solo tackle and one assist.
High School
Named first team all-state, all-county and all-conference as a junior and senior ... earned Lorain County Golden Helmet Award ... named area Player of the Year by Lorain Morning Journal ...earned four varsity letters as a linebacker, running back, kick returner and punt returner ... team captain as a junior and senior ... holds school records for points in a season and career and most career yards ... collected 154 career tackles, including 12 QB sacks ... recorded five interceptions, forced six fumbles, recovered six fumbles and scored four defensive touchdowns ... collected 76 tackles and eight QB sacks as a junior ... had 76 tackles, with three QB sacks, as a senior ... also had 3,864 career rushing yards and 52 touchdowns on 519 rushing attempts ... collected 16 career pass receptions for 213 yards and four touchdowns ... scored two touchdowns on kickoff returns ... led high school team to a 10-1 record and a state championship as a junior ... also lettered in basketball and track.
Personal
Born 6/10/92 ... leisure studies major ... Merit and Honor Roll member ... parents are Norma and Anthony Hitchens ... high school coach was Mike Collier.
 
Player News
05/11/2014 - A closer look at the Cowboys' picks: Round 4/119 -- Anthony Hitchens, OLB, 6-0, 240, Iowa...Seems to be a bit of a reach as he could have been available later in the draft but he was very productive in college and likes to hit. He led Iowa in tackles in 2013 and was the defensive MVP. Will have an immediate impact on special teams and could push Bruce Carter at weak-side linebacker. - The Sports Xchange
 

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