25 Top 25 lists on Alabama Football: Linebackers
For college sports fans, Mondays are about rankings.
There's the Associated Press, the coaches poll, the College Football Playoff rankings, and then power rankings by just about every media service imaginable, whether they cover the sport or not.
Rankings provide a sense of perspective, inspire debate and are above all else meant to be fun.
But currently, there are no rankings ... in anything. So to help Alabama fans fill the void we’re going to do 25 Top 25 lists, ranking everything we can think of regarding the Crimson Tide.
First up, linebackers.
Of all the great players Alabama has had at the position, and there have been a bunch, one clearly stands out.
He was known as "Sackman" during his collegiate days.
Derrick Thomas could singlehandedly change the course of a game, which is extremely rare for a defensive player. Aa a senior, he notched 27 sacks, which would have been an NCAA record had it been considered an official statistical category.
The came on the heels of 18 sacks as a junior in 1987. Thomas finished his Crimson Tide career with an amazing 52.
Among the other players near the top of the list include some who have had Alabama spring awards named after them (for “Headhunter,” most improved linebacker and community service awards), plus also finished strong in Heisman Trophy voting.
For those wondering just how good Lee Roy Jordan was, he placed fourth for the award in 1962.
Woodrow Lowe was a three-time All-American and is Alabama's all-time leader in tackles. Cornelius Bennett was also a three-time All-American and won the Lombardi Trophy. Both are in the College Football Hall of Fame along with Thomas and Jordan.
Much tougher in determining the top 25 is the other end of the list. Just to be considered, one had to have been an All-SEC selection and/or drafted:
1. Derrick Thomas
2. Lee Roy Jordan
3. Cornelius Bennett
4. Woodrow Lowe
5. C.J. Mosley
6. Rolando McClain
7. Reuben Foster
8. Keith McCants
9. Barry Krauss
10. Dont’a Hightower
11. DeMeco Ryans
12. Thomas Boyd
13. Reggie Ragland
14. Dwayne Rudd
15. Rashaan Evans
16. Mike Hall
17. Courtney Upshaw
18. Ryan Anderson
19. Mack Wilson
20. Wayne Davis
21. Anfernee Jennings
22. Saleem Rasheed
23. Derrick Pope
24. Terrell Lewis
25. Tim Williams
Also: Tim Bates; George Bethune; Thomas Boyd; Phillip Brown; Paul Crane; Brooks Daniels; Trey DePriest; Xavier Dickson; Conley Duncan; Cecil Dowdy; Lemanski Hall; Shaun Dion Hamilton; Paul Harris; Nick Johnson; Robbie Jones; Emanuel King; Antonio London; John Mitchell; Derrick Oden; Robin Parkhouse; Derrick Pope; Freddie Roach; Randy Rockwell; Jeff Rouzie; Randy Scott;Ralph Staten; Chuck Strickland; John Sullins; Tom Surlas; John Walters; Rich Wingo; Cornelius Wortham.
Active player who can make list: Dylan Moses
(Note: The following video was taken right before Moses suffered a season-ending torn ACL near the end of fall camp:)
This is the first story in a series of 25 that will appear while college football and sports are shut down during the novel coronavirus crisis.