Spring top 12: Jon Major

Colorado enters the Pac-12 Conference this year, which leads one to wonder who the first Buff will be to earn All-Conference honors in the new league. Junior linebacker Jon Major has to be one of the favorites based on the strength of his performance this spring. Major is No. 5 on our list of the best Buffs of spring ball.

Jon Major needs to stay healthy as much as any member of the Colorado defense in 2011 as the Buffs attempt to navigate one of the toughest schedules in the nation that will require them to play 13 straight weeks without a bye.

Major has had a tough time staying healthy so far in his career, suffering a torn ACL as a true freshman in 2008 and missing the second half of the season in 2010 with a sprained MCL in his knee.

When Major is healthy, he is probably the Buffs best defender. He was leading the team in tackles, averaging more than eight per game when he suffered the injury last season. He still managed to finish fifth on the team in tackles, despite the time he missed.

This spring, Major picked up where he left off in terms of making plays. He moved between the Will and outside linebacker positions and finished the spring atop the depth chart on the outside.

Defensive coordinator Greg Brown referred to Major as "a cornerstone" of the defense during an interview in the final week of spring ball, which tells you what a high opinion coaches have of him.

Major is one of those players who seems to find a way to make a play when his teammates need him to. He demonstrated that in the spring game by making third down tackles that prevented first downs three times.

It would not be a surprise if Major is voted a team captain as a junior this fall, despite the fact there are 27 seniors on the roster. There are few players on the roster who command the same respect.

Want to read past editions of the Spring top 12?

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