Counting Down the Big 12's Top Players

One by one, we're counting down the Big 12's top players. Today, it's Texas A&M defensive lineman Tony Jerod-Eddie.

43) Tony Jerod-Eddie, senior DL, Texas A&M

One of the "problems" with a 3-4 defense is that it can at times be difficult to gauge the effectiveness of linemen. After all, the job of a good 3-4 lineman is to disrupt the offensive line with length and bulk enough to allow the linebackers to flow to the ball and make plays. In short: it's an unglamorous position that isn't built to put up big statistics.

It's in that role that Jerod-Eddie, a versatile defensive lineman who has seemingly played at Texas A&M for 10 years, thrives. He had 49 tackles a session ago, with 2.5 of those stops coming for loss. He didn't make a sack, but he was a big part of the reason other Aggies found their way to the quarterback 30 times.

At 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, Jerod-Eddie has the size of an ideal defensive tackle, and he started 12 games at tackle prior to moving to the "outside" in Tim DeRuyter's scheme. But Jerod-Eddie likely has DeRuyter to thank for the move: he fits what NFL scouts are looking for in a 3-4 end, more than what they look for as a tackle.

2010 Stats: 49 tackles, 2.5 for loss, two passes broken up, one kick blocked

No. 44: Kansas RB James Sims

No. 45: Texas Tech S Cody Davis

No. 46: Iowa State CB Leonard Johnson

No. 47: Kansas State S Ty Zimmerman

No. 48: Baylor DE/LB Tevin Elliot

No. 49: Kansas State DE Brandon Harold

No. 50: Kansas DE Toben Opurum

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