Reached double figures in tackles three times in 2012 with a career-best 15 stops at Arizona, 12 at Kansas State and 10 at Baylor ... Also forced a fumble against the Bears ... Had nine stops against TCU and six at Kansas ... Did not play against Louisiana due to a minor injury and had just one tackle in brief action in OSU's 84-0 win over Savannah State ... Had quarterback sacks at Kansas and against TCU ... Had five tackles at Oklahoma and four in the win over West Virginia ... Had two tackles in the bowl win.
Finished the season with 90 tackles to rank second on the team, No. 16 in the Big 12 and tops among Cowboy linebackers ... Set a career high with 13 tackles in the Kansas State win, including two behind the line of scrimmage ... Closed the season with a 12-tackle effort in the Fiesta Bowl win over Stanford ... Had 10 tackles at Iowa State, along with a fumble recovery and his first career interception ... Against Oklahoma he had nine tackles, a quarterback sack and he caused a fumble that Jamie Blatnick returned 59 yards to set up a TD for the Cowboys ... Recorded nine solo tackles against Baylor ... Recovered a fumble against Louisiana.
Did not play high school football, but was a standout baseball player who touched 91 mph on the radar gun as a submarine sidearm pitcher ... Wrestled and played rugby as well, collecting team MVP honors on a state title-winning rugby squad ... Member of the leadership council.
William Alexander Elkins was born Aug. 27, 1990, in High Point, N.C. ... Son of Laura Adamson and Tim McCrory ... Education major.