Dansby, a 6-5, 235-pound outside linebacker, considered leaving college early for the 2003 NFL draft. However, in a joint announcement with fellow linebacker Dontarrious Thomas the duo announced that they would return for the 2003 season. Dansby said one of the reasons for his decision to return is that he believes the Tigers will have a strong team this year. A variety of preseason polls are ranking the Tigers in the Top 10 nationally and The Sporting News is listing the Tigers No. 1.
Karlos Dansby is known as a physical football player.
In his first season at linebacker in 2002 after moving from safety where he was also a standout, Dansby earned AP and Coaches All-SEC honors with 76 tackles, including a team-best 14 for losses. He was presented the Zeke Smith Award on A-Day as Auburn's top defensive player last season as voted on by the coaching staff.
"We moved Karlos to linebacker to give him a chance to make more plays," said Coach Tommy Tuberville, whose Tigers closed the 2002 season with a bowl victory over Penn State. "The moved worked out like we hoped it would," Tuberville added.
Other SEC players on the watch list include offensive lineman Shawn Andrews of Arkansas, offensive lineman Wesley Britt of Alabama, offensive lineman Antonio Hall of Kentucky, offensive lineman Stephen Peterman of LSU and defensive end David Pollack of Georgia.
Dansby is considered a key to Auburn's defensive success in 2003.
Dansby has also been named to the Watch List for the 2003 Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which is presented annually to the top defensive player in Division I football. Dansby is a preseason All-America pick by Playboy magazine and The Sporting News.
A native of Birmingham, Dansby was also a star basketball player at Woodlawn High School, but decided to concentrate on football in college.