FBS Statistics

Career and Season
Statistical Records and Leaders

  Season Tackles for a Loss (Since 1980)

Rank RES* RTS^ Name School TFL's Year
1 1 1 Brian Pillman Miami (Oh) 40 1983
2 2 1 Derrick Thomas Alabama 39 1988
3 3 1 Ron Cox** Fresno State 37.5 1989
4 1 1 Kiki DeAyala Texas 33 1982
4 4 1 Chris Wing Boise State 33 1996
4 4 1 Keith Adams Clemson 33 1999
4 4 1 Jason Babin Western Michigan 33 2003
8 3 1 Zeke Gadson** Pittsburgh 32.5 1987
9 8 1 Terrell Suggs Arizona State 31.5 2002
9 9 1 George Selvie South Florida 31.5 2007
11 3 2 Bruce Smith Virginia Tech 31 1983
11 3 1 Al Noga Hawaii 31 1986
11 4 2 Chad Hennings Air Force 31 1987
14 9 1 Mitch Donahue** Wyoming 30.5 1990
15 10 1 Mark Byers** UNLV 30 1994
15 13 2 LaMarcus McDonald TCU 30 2002
15 15 1 Sammy Brown Houston 30 2011
18 1 1 Darren Wilson Appalachian State 29 1981
18 4 1 Daryl Knox** UNLV 29 1984
18 12 1 Tom Burke* Wisconsin 29 1998
18 13 2 Courtney Brown Penn State 29 1999
18 18 1 Scooby Wright III Arizona 29 2014
23 7 2 Jethro Franklin** Fresno State 28.5 1986
23 20 1 Johnathan Goddard Marshall 28.5 2004
23 21 2 Shawn Crable Michigan 28.5 2007
23 22 1 Aaron Donald Pittsburgh 28.5 2013
27 1 1 Hugh Green Pittsburgh 28 1980
27 1 1 Mike Gates Cincinnati 28 1980
27 2 2 Reggie Singletary Kansas State 28 1981
27 6 1 Bob Beemer Toledo 28 1985
27 10 3 John Roper** Texas A&M 28 1987
27 12 2 Joe Clausi Utah 28 1989
27 13 1 Jeff Zgonina Purdue 28 1992
27 13 1 Dan Williams Toledo 28 1992
27 18 3 Julian Peterson* Michigan State 28 1999
27 18 4 Corey Moore Virginia Tech 28 1999
27 18 1 E.J. Henderson Maryland 28 2001
38 12 3 Joe Campbell** New Mexico State 27.5 1986
38 21 1 Tedy Bruschi Arizona 27.5 1993
38 33 1 Mario Williams N.C. State 27.5 2005
41 5 3 Wilber Marshall Florida 27 1981
41 9 2 William Perry Clemson 27 1984
41 13 4 Daniel Stubbs** Miami (Fl) 27 1986
41 20 3 Rob Bodine Clemson 27 1991
41 22 3 Kevin O'Brien** Bowling Green 27 1992
41 30 5 Shaun Rogers Texas 27 1999
41 30 6 Chris Nofoaiga Idaho 27 1999
41 34 2 Leroy Hill Clemson 27 2003
41 34 2 Bo Schobel TCU 27 2003
50 9 3 Ron Rivera California 26.5 1983
50 19 4 Jeff Knapton** Wyoming 26.5 1987
50 30 1 Steve Foley UL-Monroe 26.5 1997
50 45 2 Dan Bazuin Central Michigan 26.5 2005
50 45 1 Anthony Spencer Purdue 26.5 2006
55 22 2 John Roper** Texas A&M 26 1988
55 24 3 Tim Ryan* USC 26 1989
55 31 1 Duane Clemons California 26 1995
55 31 1 Brady Smith** Colorado State 26 1995
55 32 2 Avery Brown Eastern Michigan 26 1996
55 33 2 Casey Dailey Northwestern 26 1997
55 34 2 Joey Porter Colorado State 26 1998
55 40 1 Bryan Knight Pittsburgh 26 2000
55 40 1 Wayne Rogers Houston 26 2000
55 41 2 Robert Thomas UCLA 26 2001
55 41 2 Larry Foote Michigan 26 2001
55 43 3 Jason Babin Western Michigan 26 2002
55 46 4 Kenechi Udeze USC 26 2003
55 52 1 Brandon Graham Michigan 26 2009
55 52 1 Da'Quan Bowers Clemson 26 2010
55 52 1 Ryan Kerrigan Purdue 26 2010
71 52 4 Dwight Freeney Syracuse 25.5 2001
71 60 2 Mathias Kiwanuka Boston College 25.5 2004
71 63 2 Ameer Ismail Western Michigan 25.5 2006
71 65 3 Derrick Harvey Florida 25.5 2007
75 7 2 Brian Pillman Miami (Oh) 25 1982
75 13 2 Jim Skow Nebraska 25 1985
75 31 4 Ron George Stanford 25 1992
75 35 3 Leonard Little Tennessee 25 1995
75 35 3 Cornell Brown Virginia Tech 25 1995
75 37 3 Keith Mitchell Texas A&M 25 1996
75 37 3 Canute Curtis* West Virginia 25 1996
75 49 3 Chris Johnson Kansas State 25 2000
75 53 5 LaMarcus McDonald TCU 25 2001
75 62 3 Jonathan Babineaux Iowa 25 2004
75 75 2 Hau'Oli Kikaha Washington 25 2014
86 6 4 Bob Overly San Jose State 24.5 1981
86 11 4 Ray Childress** Texas A&M 24.5 1983
86 13 3 Tim Green** Syracuse 24.5 1984
86 15 3 Mark Mraz** Utah State 24.5 1985
86 28 4 Greg Mark** Miami (Fl) 24.5 1989
86 46 3 Jermaine Benoit C Florida 24.5 1997
86 48 3 Lionel Barnes** UL-Monroe 24.5 1998
86 62 6 Kenny Philpot Eastern Michigan 24.5 2001
86 69 5 Adell Duckett Texas Tech 24.5 2003
86 69 5 Uyi Osunde Connecticut 24.5 2003
86 80 2 O'Brien Schofield Wisconsin 24.5 2009
86 83 1 Jarvis Jones Georgia 24.5 2012
98 3 3 Billy Jackson** Mississippi State 24 1980
98 3 3 James Walker Kansas State 24 1980
98 13 5 Reggie White Tennessee 24 1983
98 19 4 Jack Eaton San Diego State 24 1985
98 23 5 John Steed Air Force 24 1986
98 29 3 Mark Messner* Michigan 24 1988
98 29 3 Pat Rabold** Wyoming 24 1988
98 33 5 Mark Odom Hawaii 24 1989
98 34 2 Don Davey Wisconsin 24 1990
98 39 5 Mike McCrary Wake Forest 24 1992
98 39 5 Bryant Branigan Ball State 24 1992
98 39 5 Jason Carthen Ohio 24 1992
98 45 5 Mike Vrabel* Ohio State 24 1995
98 52 4 Jeff Kelly Kansas State 24 1997
98 52 4 JoJuan Armour Miami (Oh) 24 1997
98 55 4 Kelly Gregg Oklahoma 24 1998
98 61 7 Giradie Mercer Marshall 24 1999
98 64 4 Julius Peppers North Carolina 24 2000
98 73 4 Cory Redding Texas 24 2002
98 73 4 Brandon Kennedy North Texas 24 2002
98 79 7 Eric Henderson Georgia Tech 24 2003
98 91 3 Ndamukong Suh Nebraska 24 2009
98 93 3 Nick Fairley Auburn 24 2010
121 67 6 Lamanzer Williams Minnesota 23.5 1997
121 67 6 Roderick Coleman** East Carolina 23.5 1997
121 93 6 David Pollack Georgia 23.5 2002
121 93 6 Rod Davis Southern Miss 23.5 2002
121 113 4 Brian Price UCLA 23.5 2009
121 118 2 Jadeveon Clowney South Carolina 23.5 2012
121 118 2 Will Sutton Arizona State 23.5 2012
121 119 2 Trent Murphy Stanford 23.5 2013
129 11 3 Leonard Renfro Colorado 23 1982
129 16 6 Bob Beemer Toledo 23 1983
129 16 6 Kevin Egnatuk Central Michigan 23 1983
129 19 4 T.J. Turner Houston 23 1984
129 28 6 Clifford Charlton Florida 23 1986
129 36 5 Aaron Wallace** Texas A&M 23 1988
129 41 6 Joel Smeenge Western Michigan 23 1989
129 52 2 Henry Ford Arkansas 23 1993
129 53 2 Gabe Northern LSU 23 1994
129 58 6 Simeon Rice Illinois 23 1995
129 58 6 Tarek Saleh Wisconsin 23 1995
129 58 6 Steven Conley Arkansas 23 1995
129 69 8 Anthony Simmons* Clemson 23 1997
129 73 5 Jeff Kelly Kansas State 23 1998
129 73 5 Ebenezer Ekuban North Carolina 23 1998
129 73 5 Sekou Sanyika California 23 1998
129 73 5 Shawn Thomas Air Force 23 1998
129 80 8 Jamie Winborn Vanderbilt 23 1999
129 80 8 Andy Aracri Miami (Oh) 23 1999
129 84 5 Justin Smith Missouri 23 2000
129 90 7 Dewayne White Louisville 23 2001
129 97 8 Michael Haynes Penn State 23 2002
129 97 8 Keith Wright Missouri 23 2002
129 104 8 Shaun Phillips Purdue 23 2003
129 104 8 Phil Smith Miami (Oh) 23 2003
129 107 4 Greg Washington Army 23 2004
129 109 3 Charlton Keith Kansas 23 2005
129 109 3 Elvis Dumervil Louisville 23 2005
129 114 1 Zack Follett California 23 2008
129 127 3 Vic Beasley Clemson 23 2013
159 48 7 Huey Richardson Florida 22.5 1989
159 70 9 Tedy Bruschi Arizona 22.5 1995
159 99 10 Jeff Ulbrich Hawaii 22.5 1999
159 120 10 Dan Klecko Temple 22.5 2002
159 129 10 Michael Boley Southern Miss 22.5 2003
159 139 3 Antwan Barnes FIU 22.5 2006
159 142 4 Nick Reed Oregon 22.5 2007
159 147 5 Josh McNary Army 22.5 2009
159 151 2 Whitney Mercilus Illinois 22.5 2011
159 157 4 Ryan Shazier Ohio State 22.5 2013
159 159 3 Shane Ray Missouri 22.5 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

*RES = the player's rank at the end of the season

^RTS = the player's rank for that season

* 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.

** indicates that the player's school did not record TFL's for that season, therefore his season number has been approximated based on other stats available.

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This site has the most comprehensive list of all-time college football individual statistical leaders online. Every stat on this site is based on the NCAA official rules, not the school or conference rules (no bowl games prior to 2002). Defensive stats, not including interceptions, did not become official until 2000. That is why you will see two lists; one is the official one since 2000, the other is more inclusive with the start date based on when most schools began reporting defensive stats.

Some defensive stats are marked with a single asterisk (*). This means that bowl games were included in the statistics reported by the school, therefore, the player's per game average has been subtracted for each bowl game played.

Other defensive stats are marked with two asterisks (**). This means the value is only approximated, based on the statistics that could be found.