Texas State’s Tackling Machine
By BJ Bennett
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Bryan London returns as college football's most productive defender.
What Texas State linebacker Bryan London did last season was almost unprecedented. He, as a redshirt freshman, ranked second nationally with 141 total tackles, recording 100 stops in conference play alone. Now with a year of experience boosting his efforts, and extra muscle on his frame, London returns as college football's most productive defender.
London burst onto the scene with 12 tackles and two tackles for loss in his first-ever college game, a triple-overtime win at Ohio. A high-standard, for London, was set and maintained; he reached double-figures in stops in each of his final seven outings, including 18 total tackles against Arkansas State and a career-high 19 versus Idaho. The end result was one of the most active efforts in Bobcat history.
Additionally, London showed a playmaking knack. He finished as Texas State's leader with eight tackles for loss and also forced fumbles in two of his final three games.
Setting the tone is nothing new for London, who paced his high school team in tackles three straight years.
Texas State's spring roster lists London at 232 pounds, up from his previous weight of 215. Having proven himself in a standout debut, London, still just a redshirt sophomore in San Marcos, is moving into a leadership role for the Bobcats this spring.