Allison & Pelluer adding up to rare WSU feat

JEREMIAH ALLISON and Peyton Pelluer sit atop Washington State's tackling chart after three games with 29 and 27 total stops, respectively. If they continue to hold those top two places they'll accomplish something no linebacking duo at WSU has been able to achieve in more than a decade.

Indeed, the last time the top two tacklers on the WSU defense were both linebackers was way back in the echo of the glory days, in 2004, when Will Derting (above right) and Scott Davis (second from right) were knocking heads to the tune of 93 and 86 total tackles, respectively.

Allison was No. 2 on the Cougs in total tackles last season, but the top position belonged to cornerback Daquawn Brown. In 2013 and 2012, safety Deone Bucannon was the No. 1 tackler, with linebackers (Justin Sagote in '13 and Darryl Monroe in '12) taking second.

The last linebacker to lead the Cougs in stops was Alex Hoffman-Ellis in 2011.

The unwritten rule of football traditionally has been that if your leading tacklers are defensive backs it suggests you're not winning a lot of games because opposing offenses are getting to the second and third levels early and often. That probably holds true to a certain degree, but with the pass-heavy offenses that have developed over the years the old adage wouldn't seem to be quite as ironclad as before.

Nonetheless, seeing two linebackers, Allison and Pelluer, at Nos. 1 and 2 on Washington State's tackles list has to be a sight for the older football-watching eyes among us. If you're wondering, safety Shalom Luani is currently No. 3 on the 2015 WSU tackles list with 22 total stops.

Here's a refresher of who all was knocking heads most frequently for the Cougs over the years:

DB Daquawn Brown 82
LB Jeremiah Allison 78
LB Darryl Monroe 70

DB Deone Bucannon 114
LB Justin Sagote 106
LB Darryl Monroe 94

DB Deone Bucannon 106
LB Darryl Monroe 80
LB Travis Long and LB Justin Sagote 61

LB Alex Hoffman-Ellis 88
DB Deone Bucannon 80
DB Tyree Toomer 60

DB Deone Bucannon 84
LB Alex Hoffman-Ellis 81
DB Tyree Toomer 61

LB Alex Hoffman-Ellis 84
DB Xavier Hicks 81
LB Andy Mattingly 70

LB Greg Trent 88
DB Xavier Hicks 79
DB Romeo Pellum 65

DB Husain Abdullah 93
LB Andy Mattingly 91
LB Greg Trent 89

DB Eric Frampton 100
LB Greg Trent 77
LB Steve Dildine 70

DB Eric Frampton 87
LB Greg Trent 69
LB Steve Dildine 68

LB Will Derting 93
LB Scott Davis 86
DB Hamza Abdullah 70

LB Don Jackson 101
DB Erik Coleman 90
LB Will Derting 86

DB Erik Coleman 86
LB Mawuli Davis 78
DB Marcus Trufant and DB Virgil Williams 74

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