Tim McGarigle, Northwestern (2002-05): 545
Rod Davis, Southern Miss (2000-03): 526
Justin Beriault, Ball State (2001-04): 508
Ryan Fowler, Duke: (2000-03): 495
Grant Wiley, West Virginia (2000-03): 492
Matt Pusateri, Miami (Ohio) (2001-04): 485
Dexter Reid, North Carolina (2000-03): 466
Derrick Johnson, Texas (2001-04): 458
Abdul Hodge, Iowa (2002-05): 453
John Leake, Clemson (2000-03): 443
Player No. 8, Derrick Johnson, is the only one who has made a name for himself in the NFL. Take your tackle numbers and put them on your college awards shelf. They don't matter when evaluating a prospect for the NFL.
Showing an ability to flow to the football, fight through traffic and read an offense is far more important. Kuechly struggles to get through blockers and to the point of contact. He'll be a two-down middle linebacker in a 4-3 scheme, while guys like Manti Te'o and Vontaze Burfict become stars at the position.