The skinny on Saleem Rasheed

One of the finest linebackers to ever perform for the Crimson Tide, Saleem has also earned numerous honors for his excellence in the classroom…The Arthur Ashe, Jr., Sports Scholar and two-time Academic All-Southeastern Conference choice is only of only twelve players in school history to record over 100 tackles in a season…


Middle Linebacker

University of Alabama Crimson Tide


Birmingham, Alabama


Ranks seventh on the school's career-record list with 279 tackles while appearing in 34 games…Added five sacks for minus 35 yards, 19 stops for losses of 58 yards and 19 quarterback pressures…Quickly digests the plays, making instant decisions towards the ball…Shows proper hand placement to prevent blockers from attacking his feet…Moves well down the line, showing a good short area burst to close…Stays low in his pads, extending his arms to wrap and secure the ball carrier…Makes quick turns out of his backpedal and mirrors the tight end, doing a nice job of pressing the opponent at the line…Uses his rip-&-swim moves with force…Has great power for his lanky frame, setting four school lifting records for linebackers (clean, bench, incline, vertical)…Explosive hitter who closes incredibly quick in pursuit...Effective inside blitzer who backpedals smoothly in pass coverage...Does a nice job using his hands to avoid low blocks...Has fluid change of direction.



All-American third-team selection by The NFL Draft Report…Arthur Ashe, Jr., Sports Scholar second-team pick…Consensus All-Southeastern Conference and Academic All-SEC first-team choice…Winner of the team's Iron Man Award and Sylvester Croom Commitment to Excellence Award…Started every game at middle linebacker…Joined Brooks Daniel (1102) in becoming the first defensive tandem to register over 100 tackles each in a season since Marty Lyons and Barry Krauss in 1978…Led the team with 114 tackles (71 solos), including two sacks for minus 15 yards and seven stops for losses of 14 yards…Deflected five passes and caused two fumbles…Also had a quarterback pressure.

UCLA…Dragged down tailback DeShaun Foster twice behind the line of scrimmage and posted 7 tackles.

Vanderbilt…Made 5 tackles (4 solos) and deflected a pass.

Arkansas…Credited with an 11-tackle (8 solos) performance.

South Carolina…Followed with 5 tackles (4 solos).

Texas-El Paso…Made 6 tackles with a stop for a 2-yard loss.

Mississippi…Deflected a pass and registered 9 tackles (5 solos).

Tennessee…Took down tailback Travis Stephens twice for minus 3 yards and delivered a season-high 13 tackles.

Mississippi State…Posted 10 tackles, including one that stopped tailback Dicenzo Miller for a 2-yard loss and batted away a pass.

Auburn…Followed with 11 tackles (8 solos) and a stop behind the line of scrimmage.

Southern Mississippi…Came up with a 9-tackle effort.

Iowa State (Independence Bowl)…Closed out his career with 10 tackles, including one that brought down tailback Ennis Haywood behind the line of scrimmage.



All-Southeastern Conference second-team selection by the league's coaches…Academic All-SEC first-team choice…Winner of the team's Lee Roy Jordan Headhunter Award… Started every game, except vs. Auburn at weakside outside linebacker…Recorded 81 tackles (42 solos) with four stops for losses of 15 yards and eight quarterback pressures… Also had one pass deflection.

UCLA…Began the season with 6 tackles (4 solos).

Vanderbilt…Totaled 7 tackles (5 solos) and made a pair of stops for minus 3 yards…Also had 4 pressures.

Arkansas…Collected 6 hits (5 solos) with a stop for a 2-yard loss.

South Carolina…Was in on 11 tackles (6 solos).

Tennessee…Deflected a Casey Clausen pass near the goal line and posted 7 tackles.

Louisiana State…Followed with a 6-tackle performance.

Auburn…Made 9 tackles with a stop for a 3-yard loss.



Knoxville News-Sentinel Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year and SEC All-Freshman team pick…Started every game, lining up at strongside outside linebacker for the first nine contests before shifting to middle linebacker…Became the first freshman in school history to lead the team in tackles as he totaled 84 tackles (48 solos) with three sacks for minus 20 yards and eight stops for losses of 29 yards…Had six quarterback pressures and a pass deflection…Caused and recovered a fumble.

Vanderbilt…Became the first true freshman to ever start on the Tide's defense, responding with 4 tackles.

Houston…Followed with 10 tackles (5 solos).

Louisiana Tech…Registered 5 tackles and deflected a pass.

Florida…Recovered a fumble and had a stop behind the line of scrimmage.

Mississippi…Had his first career sack, dropping QB Romaro Miller for a 5-yard loss and delivered 5 solo tackles.

Tennessee…Had 8 stops (4 solos) and 2 pressures.

Southern Mississippi…Collected 6 tackles (4 solos) and a stop for a 3-yard loss.

Louisiana State…Delivered a pair of stops behind the line of scrimmage.

Mississippi State…Moved to middle linebacker…Blocked a punt, caused a fumble, batted away a pass and was in on 4 tackles with 2 stops for minus 4 yards.

Auburn…Made 7 tackles (5 solos) with 2 pressures.

Michigan (Orange Bowl)…Totaled 6 tackles.



4.66 in the 40-yard dash…37.5-inch vertical jump…Bench presses 225 pounds 26 times… 475-pound bench press…32-inch arm length…8 ½-inch hands…Right-handed.



Super Prep National 50, Parade All-American, Super Prep Dixie Defensive Player of the Year and Birmingham News Super All-State selection at Shades Valley (Birmingham, Ala.) High…Led the team in tackles four-straight years…Three-time All-Metro pick…Gatorade Alabama Player of the Year…All-South choice who recorded 157 tackles with 15 sacks and 17 stops behind the line of scrimmage as a senior…Added 142 tackles, six sacks, a blocked punt and a field goal as a junior…Rushed for 604 yards and 16 touchdowns that year.



Management major…Son of Murcelle Rasheed and Labeebah Abdullah…Brother, Dawud, was the 1994 Mr. Alabama Football and played fullback at Duke…Born 6/15/81…Resides in Birmingham, Alabama.


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