BRR Profile: Will Compton

With Lavonte David gone, Will Compton could be in store for a 100+ tackle season.

Will Compton

Position: Linebacker

Height/Weight: 6-foot-2, 230 pounds

High School: North County (MO.)

Year: Senior

2011 Review:

Will Compton finished last season strong, recording 26 of his 82 tackles in the Huskers' last three regular season games.

Recording double digit tackles in three contests, the Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten linebacker had 13 stops against Penn State on the road, helping hold the No. 12 Nittany Lions to just 14 points.

His late surge placed him second on the team in tackles, behind the one and only Lavonte David. A total of seven of his 82 tackles were for loss.

2012 Outlook

Make no doubt about it, with the departure of David, Compton is the clear cut leader at the linebacker position. Teammates say it is nothing new.

Will Compton
"Will has always been a leader," said fellow senior linebacker Alonzo Whaley in the spring. "I mean Lavonte has always been, but the leadership was always there for Will."

Phil Steele says Compton is the No. 15 senior inside linebacker in the country, while multiple other publications feel he could be in line for a breakout season.

But the Missouri native isn't worried about personal accolades. His focus is on helping the Nebraska defense improve on last season. After spring practices, Compton feels they are on their way.

"Its night and day difference," said the senior. "Even the first day of (spring) practice and the communication happening all the way down to the threes and fours, people last year wouldn't of had a clue, even the twos last year wouldn't of had a clue."

How he ended up in Lincoln:

Compton made his way to Lincoln after recording 70 tackles as a safety his senior year at North County high school in 2007. He also played running back, rushing for 455 yards on 64 attempts, while catching 41 passes out of the backfield for 855 yards.

The former four-star prospect (No. 13 MLB) chose the Huskers over Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Notre Dame.

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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