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Tiger Camp 2018: Day 19 - Linebackers
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Tiger Camp 2018: Day 19 - Linebackers


NASHVILLE --- The front seven of the defense provides the biggest question with the departure of six starters from the last time the Tigers took the field. Chris Collins and Justin North were a large part to the puzzle at linebacker for the last three seasons.

Collins leaves TSU as the seventh most prolific tackler in program history, leading the team in stops for three years. Collins was the field general for the Big Blue and also led the team with 58 solo tackles and 13.0 for loss in 2017.

North produced a stellar career and tallied 59 tackles a season ago with 9.5 for loss, two forced fumbles, a recovery and an interception.

The lone returner from the starting three, is senior Blair Edwards. The two-year starter matched North for third on the team with 59 tackles. Edwards made six stops behind the line of scrimmage, two for sacks, a forced fumble, two recoveries, two breakups, two pass deflections and two quarterback hurries.

Illinois transfer Christion Abercrombie along with freshmen Jahsun Bryant, Terry Straughter and Michael Crawford will look to step in to replace the departing graduates.

 LINEBACKERS  HT   WT   YR   Gms Played   Tackles   Solos   TFL 
 Blair Edwards   6-1     202    Sr.  31 112 63 7.5
 Christion Abercrombie   6-1 230 R-So. Illinois 11 6 0
 Michael Crawford 6-1 210 R-Fr. -- -- -- --
 Antowan Malone  5-11 225 R-Fr. -- -- --  -- 
 Terry Straughter  6-0 215 Fr. -- -- --  -- 
 Jahsun Bryant 6-2 220 Fr. -- -- --  -- 
 Daniel Bonner   6-1   215   Fr.  -- -- -- --

Redshirt Sophomore Christian Abercrombie
- On defense’s improvements throughout camp
“We’ve been listening to the coaches each and every day, learning new things, working on our plays and I believe we’ve had a good camp. Guys have been flying around and improving each and every day.”

- On individual improvements
“I was trying to improve on getting to the ball more, learning the defense more and leading.”

- On ultimate goal for the season
“My goal is to win the OVC Championship, then we’re going after the national.”

Freshman Terry Straughter
- On defense
“I think we’ve had a good camp. Showing more effort and coming together as a team made the chemistry strong.”

- On bonding off the field
“We’re sharing stories and trying to get to know each other – not just saying our name and where we’re from.”

- On individual improvements
“I’ve been trying to improve on being vocal and finishing.”

Freshman Jashun Bryant
- On playing in your home city
“Putting on for my city feels really good. My family is here and the rest live in Memphis, so they’ll come down for games, and all of the people who supported me at Cane Ridge get to support me here.”

- On the progression of the defense throughout camp
“I think has been really great for the defense, especially the backer group we’ve been growing as a unit. The defensive line and the defensive backs have been working every day. I think defense had the better camp.”

- On the depth
“I’ll talk about the D-Line because they’re in front of me and I can’t do anything without them. They’re stacked. They’re amazing. I think we have three lineups and all of them get play.”

Michael Crawford
- On the depth
“There are a good amount of us coming out, working hard, working on our keys, flying around and getting to the ball.”

- On the improvements made throughout camp
“Throughout camp we’ve improved the most at learning the plays and keying and knowing where to go and where to be when it comes time for the ball to be snapped.”