Auburn's premier defensive player, Dansby finished the year with 74 tackles to lead the Tigers and also added 12 tackles for losses and four sacks. This marks the second straight year that Dansby has been a first team choice by the coaches. Dansby has already been named a first team All-American.
Dontarrious Thomas (54) and Karlos Dansby (11) are shown at a practice during their senior season. Following final exams, the Tigers will resume practice on Dec. 18th to prepare for The Music City Bowl.
Joining Williams and Dansby on the first team is fellow linebacker Dontarrious Thomas. A honorable mention selection by the Associated Press, Thomas was second on the team with 71 tackles this season and is eighth in career tackles by an Auburn player with 347. Thomas is also an academic All-American and is picking up an $18,000 postgraduate honors student scholarship on Tuesday night at the National Football Foundation awards ceremony in New York City.
Earning second-team honors is senior defensive end Reggie Torbor. Auburn's most experienced and best pass rusher, Torbor finished the year with seven sacks and 31 tackles despite facing the opponent's best offensive lineman for much of the season. Torbor finished the year strong with seven tackles for losses and five sacks in the last three games of the year.