FBS Statistics

Career and Season
Statistical Records and Leaders

             Career Tackles (Since 1975)

Rank REC* RTC^ Name School Tackles Years
1 1 1 John Offerdahl Western Michigan 696 1982 - 1985
2 2 1 Greg Garnica Ball State 689 1986 - 1989
3 1 1 Mike Singletary Baylor 662 1977 - 1980
4 1 1 Putt Choate SMU 649 1975 - 1978
5 2 2 Jack Lazor Kent State 645 1975 - 1978
6 6 1 Phil Dunn Akron 634 1991 - 1994
7 5 2 Willie Pless Kansas 633 1982 - 1985
8 4 2 Jim Collins Syracuse 624 1976 - 1980
9 3 1 Frank Lewandoski Northern Illinois 616 1976 - 1979
10 6 1 Tony Romano Syracuse 578 1980 - 1983
11 10 1 Curt McMillan Miami (Oh) 575 1989 - 1992
12 7 2 Ricky Hunley Arizona 566 1980 - 1983
12 11 1 Barron Wortham UTEP 566 1990 - 1993
14 3 3 Michael Jackson* Washington 565 1975 - 1978
15 15 2 Dana Howard* Illinois 557 1991 - 1994
16 11 1 Byron Evans Arizona 552 1983 - 1986
17 9 3 Russ Hedderly Kent State 548 1980 - 1983
18 18 1 Tim McGarigle Northwestern 545 2002 - 2005
19 7 1 Darrell Patterson TCU 544 1979 - 1982
20 5 2 Dan Bass Michigan State 541 1976 - 1979
21 14 3 Rudy Reed Syracuse 536 1982 - 1985
22 6 3 Robert Wallace Kent State 534 1976 - 1979
23 17 2 Tyronne Stowe Rutgers 533 1983 - 1986
24 23 1 Dan Morgan Miami (Fl) 532 1997 - 2000
24 24 1 Luke Kuechly Boston College 532 2009 - 2011
26 4 4 Gordy Ceresino Stanford 529 1975 - 1978
27 8 4 Freddie Smith Auburn 528 1976 - 1979
27 19 1 Jeff Herrod Mississippi 528 1984 - 1987
27 19 1 David Rill* Washington 528 1984 - 1987
27 24 1 DeShone Myles Nevada 528 1994 - 1997
31 5 5 Mark Hatgas Miami (Oh) 526 1975 - 1978
31 29 1 Rod Davis Southern Miss 526 2000 - 2003
33 13 2 Marcus Marek* Ohio State 525 1979 - 1982
33 24 2 David Ortega California 525 1986 - 1989
35 17 1 Lee Blakeney Washington State 524 1980 - 1984
35 30 3 Stephen Boyd Boston College 524 1991 - 1994
35 30 1 Johnnie Williams Miami (Oh) 524 1992 - 1995
38 27 3 Doug Morgan UTEP 523 1986 - 1989
39 6 6 Tom Cousineau* Ohio State 522 1975 - 1978
40 7 7 Jim Kovach Kentucky 521 1975 - 1978
40 13 1 Bob Crable Notre Dame 521 1978 - 1981
42 8 8 Mike Zele Kent State 519 1975 - 1978
43 39 1 Dat Nguyen Texas A&M 517 1995 - 1998
44 22 2 Mike Mangen Ohio 513 1981 - 1984
44 27 3 Mike Junkin Duke 513 1983 - 1986
46 31 3 Chirs Spielman* Ohio State 512 1984 - 1987
46 34 1 Dwight Hollier** North Carolina 512 1988 - 1991
48 9 9 Carl McGee Duke 511 1975 - 1978
48 32 1 Darryl Ford New Mexico State 511 1984 - 1988
50 14 5 Clump Taylor Southern Miss 510 1976 - 1979
50 46 1 Tyrone Carter Minnesota 510 1996 - 1999
50 50 2 Marcus McGraw Houston 510 2008 - 2011
53 1 1 Aaron Bivins Toledo 508 1975 - 1977
53 50 1 Justin Beriault Ball State 508 2001 - 2004
55 42 2 Ryan McCoy Houston 507 1990 - 1993
56 18 3 Chuck Kern Northwestern 503 1977 - 1980
57 33 4 Hardy Nickerson California 501 1983 - 1986
58 25 4 Andy Ponseigo Navy 500 1980 - 1983
58 53 1 Lawrence Flugence Texas Tech 500 1999 - 2002
60 16 6 Kevin Motts* Purdue 499 1976 - 1979
60 39 2 Britt Hager Texas 499 1984 - 1988
62 29 3 Mark Blosch Utah 495 1981 - 1984
62 58 2 Ryan Fowler Duke 495 2000 - 2003
64 11 10 John Sullivan Illinois 493 1975 - 1978
64 37 5 Barry Remington Colorado 493 1982 - 1986
66 22 2 Steve Conjar Temple 492 1978 - 1981
66 34 4 Burnell Dent Tulane 492 1982 - 1985
66 59 1 Levar Fisher N.C. State 492 1998 - 2001
66 62 3 Grant Wiley West Virginia 492 2000 - 2003
70 44 4 George Mira Jr. Miami (Fl) 490 1984 - 1987
70 61 2 Brian Leigeb Central Michigan 490 1997 - 2000
72 21 4 Kent McCormick Miami (Oh) 488 1977 - 1980
72 50 1 Mark Sander Louisville 488 1987 - 1990
74 61 2 Phillip Curry Cincinnati 487 1994 - 1997
75 12 11 Daryl Hunt* Oklahoma 486 1975 - 1978
75 18 7 John Corker Oklahoma State 486 1976 - 1979
77 28 3 Mike Green Oklahoma State 485 1979 - 1982
77 74 2 Matt Pusateri Miami (Oh) 485 2001 - 2004
79 20 8 Otis Wilson Louisville 484 1977 - 1979
79 29 4 Darryl Talley West Virginia 484 1979 - 1982
81 38 4 Johnny Jackson New Mexico 483 1981 - 1984
82 21 9 Bubba Brown* Clemson 482 1976 - 1979
82 54 3 Chris Chenault Kentucky 482 1985 - 1988
84 40 5 Eric Wilson Maryland 481 1981 - 1984
84 67 4 Mike Staid Tulane 481 1991 - 1994
86 50 6 Brad Hastings Texas Tech 480 1983 - 1986
87 2 2 Gary Spani Kansas State 479 1975 - 1977
87 13 12 Bob Golic Notre Dame 479 1975 - 1978
89 30 3 Doug Shankle Texas 478 1978 - 1981
89 65 2 Robert Jones East Carolina 478 1989 - 1991
89 72 5 Vince Palko Bowling Green 478 1991 - 1994
92 92 1 Keith Smith San Jose State 476 2010 - 2013
93 28 5 David Little Florida 475 1977 - 1980
93 54 7 Terry Maki Air Force 475 1983 - 1986
93 58 5 Jeff Kremer Kentucky 475 1984 - 1987
96 81 3 Blake Irwin New Mexico 474 1994 - 1997
96 93 1 Thomas Keith Central Michigan 474 2004 - 2007
98 3 3 Harold Randolph East Carolina 473 1975 - 1977
98 24 10 Ron Simpkins* Michigan 473 1976 - 1979
98 67 4 Sam Dickey New Mexico State 473 1986 - 1989
98 73 3 Danton Barto Memphis 473 1990 - 1993
98 88 2 E.J. Henderson Maryland 473 1999 - 2002
103 51 5 Pete Najarian* Minnesota 472 1982 - 1985
103 63 6 Gary McGuire Houston 472 1984 - 1987
103 77 4 Sean Patterson Kent State 472 1990 - 1993
103 100 1 Nick Bellore Central Michigan 472 2007 - 2010
107 65 7 Fred Strickland* Purdue 470 1984 - 1987
108 4 4 Rick Razzano Virginia Tech 469 1975 - 1977
108 16 13 Tom Foertsch Air Force 469 1976 - 1978
108 86 6 Jerrott Willard California 469 1991 - 1994
111 5 5 Ben Zambiasi Georgia 467 1975 - 1977
111 28 11 Scot Brantley Florida 467 1976 - 1979
111 93 4 Keith Brooking Georgia Tech 467 1994 - 1997
114 63 8 Chuck Faucette Maryland 466 1983 - 1986
114 106 4 Dexter Reid North Carolina 466 2000 - 2003
116 113 2 Greg Jones Michigan State 465 2007 - 2010
116 115 1 Travis Freeman Ball State 465 2009 - 2012
118 51 6 Tim Colleran Miami (Oh) 464 1982 - 1984
119 112 2 Jimmy Cottrell New Mexico State 463 2002 - 2005
120 87 5 Marty Moore Kentucky 462 1990 - 1993
120 94 2 Benny King Ohio 462 1992 - 1995
120 98 5 Kevin O'Neill Bowling Green 462 1994 - 1997
123 38 4 Ricky Young Oklahoma State 461 1978 - 1981
123 57 6 Tim Griffin* Northern Illinois 461 1982 - 1985
125 108 2 Pernell Griffin East Carolina 460 1998 - 2001
125 121 3 Davonte Shannon Buffalo 460 2007 - 2010
127 43 5 Dennis Fowlkes West Virginia 459 1979 - 1982
128 39 5 Andrew Coleman Vanderbilt 458 1978 - 1981
128 48 5 Jackie Shipp* Oklahoma 458 1980 - 1983
128 48 5 Raymond Morris UTEP 458 1980 - 1983
128 60 7 Brian Mays Ohio 458 1982 - 1985
128 68 9 Dave Wyman Stanford 458 1982 - 1986
128 99 1 Omar Stoutmire Fresno State 458 1993 - 1996
128 118 3 Derrick Johnson Texas 458 2001 - 2004
135 35 6 Eddie Johnson Louisville 457 1977 - 1980
135 51 7 Chris Washington Iowa State 457 1980 - 1983
135 80 8 Galand Thaxton* Wyoming 457 1984 - 1987
135 102 7 Damien Covington N.C. State 457 1991 - 1994
139 36 7 Scott Nichols Miami (Fl) 456 1978 - 1980
140 47 6 Gary Moten SMU 455 1979 - 1982
140 67 8 Troy Dawson Bowling Green 455 1982 - 1985
140 76 10 Johnny Holland Texas A&M 455 1983 - 1986
143 37 8 Michael Thomas Memphis 454 1977 - 1980
143 48 7 Ken Driscoll* Washington 454 1979 - 1982
143 141 3 Carmen Messina New Mexico 454 2008 - 2011
146 63 7 Greg Carr Auburn 453 1981 - 1984
146 81 11 Tim Inglis* Toledo 453 1983 - 1986
146 120 6 Greg Bright Georgia 453 1994 - 1997
146 137 3 Abdul Hodge Iowa 453 2002 - 2005
150 38 9 Reggie Herring Florida State 452 1977 - 1980
150 50 8 Al Richardson LSU 452 1979 - 1982
150 99 2 Darrick Brownlow* Illinois 452 1987 - 1990
150 123 7 Anthony Simmons* Clemson 452 1995 - 1997
150 124 2 Barry Gardner* Northwestern 452 1995 - 1998
155 74 9 Larry Station* Iowa 451 1982 - 1985
155 130 2 Dustin Cohen Miami (Oh) 451 1996 - 1999
157 44 6 Jack Laraway* Toledo 450 1978 - 1981
157 101 5 Bill Garrett Ohio 450 1986 - 1989
157 120 3 Reese McCaskill Eastern Michigan 450 1992 - 1995

 

*REC = the player's rank upon graduation

^RTC = the player's rank in his graduating class

* indicates that that player's stat is not official as his school included bowl games prior to 2002 when those games became official statistics. Therefore, his record is approximated by subtracting his per game average for each bowl in which he participated. 

 

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