Inside LB Countdown: Kendricks’ Career Notes

Here is a look at the statistical milestones and career accolades of UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks, the top-ranked inside linebacker according to the latest rankings compiled by the NFL's head scout, Dave-Te' Thomas.

Highlights from UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks’ career:


Kendricks appeared in 52 games, starting his final 41 appearances at weak-side inside linebacker…Holds the school record with 482 tackles (307 solos), adding ten sacks for minus 60 yards, 26.0 stops for losses of 92 yards and a pair of quarterback pressures, as he also caused four fumbles and recovered four others, advancing two for touchdowns…

Deflected eleven passes, blocked two kicks and intercepted five throws for 71 yards in returns, including one touchdown.

NCAA Career-Record Results: Kendricks became the tenth player in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision history to record 475 tackles during a career, ranking ninth with 482 hits…Is one of just six FBS players to register at least 300 solo tackles (307), joining Rod Davis of Southern Mississippi (360; 2000-03), Tim McGarigle of Northwestern (319; 2002-05), Matt Pusateri of Miami, Ohio (313; 2001-04), E.J. Henderson of Maryland (308; 2000-02) and Dexter Reid of North Carolina (304; 2000-03)…Among active FBS performers, Kendricks leads that group with 482 total tackles and 307 initial hits…His average of 5.9 solo tackles per game is second-best and his average of 9.27 total tackles per game is seventh.

NCAA Season-Record Results: Kendricks’ 101 solo tackles in 2014 tied Nick Greisen of Wisconsin (2001), Michael Boley of Southern Mississippi (2003), Orie Lemon of Oklahoma State (2010), Taylor Reed of Southern Methodist (2010) and Ryan Shazier of Ohio State (2013) for 25th on the FBS season-record list.

Pac-12 Conference Career-Record Results: Kendricks’ 482 total tackles rank 11th on the conference all-time record list…Has three defensive touchdowns in his career, one shy of the school record held jointly by Alterraun Verner (2006-09) and Spencer Havner (2001-05).

School Career-Record Results: Kendricks’ 482 tackles topped the previous UCLA record of 468 by Jerry Robinson (1975-78). The only other UCLA players to record 400 tackles were Don Rogers (405; 1980-83) and Spencer Havner (402; 2002-05)…

School Season-Record Results: Kendricks ranks third and fourth on the UCLA annual record list with 150 tackles in 2012 and 149 more in 2014, topped by only Jerry Robinson (161 in 1978 and 159 in 1976)…With a team-best 106 tackles in 2013, Kendricks became just the third Bruin to lead the team in tackles three times, joining safety Don Rogers (143 in 1983; 124 in 1982; 133 in 1981) and linebacker Jerry Robinson (161 in 1978; 147 in 1977; 159 in 1976) as the only Bruins to ever lead the team in tackles three seasons. Only six other UCLA players managed to lead the team twice in tackles during a career.


2014: The team’s all-time tackle leader became the first Bruin to be named the winner of the Butkus Award, given to the nation’s top linebacker…The consensus All-American and unanimous All-Pac 12 Conference first-team selection was also the recipient of the Lott Trophy…The team co-captain was presented the N.N. Sugarman Award for Best Leader-ship, Jerry Long "Heart" Award, Henry R. Red Sanders Award for Most Valuable Player, Bobby Field UCLA Captains Award and Bruin Force Award at the team's annual banquet…

Just the third Bruin to record 100 tackles three times during a career, he also became the third UCLA player to lead the team in tackles three times, as his 149 hits rank fourth on the school season-record list and was good for second in the league…Set the school record with 101 solo tackles, the top figure in the FBS, as his average of 11.46 tackles per game ranked sixth in the country…Had four sacks for minus 29 yards and 11.5 stops for losses of 45 yards…Caused and recovered a fumble…Deflected two passes and intercepted three others for 58 yards in returns, including one touchdown…Established a school record with eleven double-digit tackle games to finish second on the UCLA all-time list with 25 career double-digit tackle games...Named National Defensive Player of the Week by Nagurski, Walter Camp, Athlon and Pac-12 Player of the Week for his performance vs. Virginia.

2013: The Academic All-Pac 12 Conference selection was presented the N.N. Sugarman Award for Best Leadership on defense, the UCLA Captains Award and the Bruin Force Award at the team banquet…The team co-captain was limited to eleven starting assignments due to an assortment of nagging injuries, but still managed to lead the team with 106 tackles (62 solos), adding a pair of sacks among four stops for losses of ten yards, as he caused one fumble, blocked a kick, intercepted a pass and deflected two others…Ranked third in the Pac-12 in tackles average with a 8.8 per game mark.

2012: Named honorable mention All-Pac-12 Conference by the league’s coaches, Kendricks received the Donn Moomaw Award for Outstanding Defensive Player vs. USC at the annual team awards banquet...Was also an honorable mention academic all-conference…Started all fourteen games at weak-side inside linebacker, as his 150 tackles (92 solos) rank third on the school season-record chart…Had two sacks and six stops for losses of 21 yards, as he caused two fumbles and recovered three others, returning two for touchdowns… Deflected four passes and intercepted another…Also blocked a kick…Became the first Bruin since Spencer Havner in 2004 to lead the Pac-12 in tackles…His total of 150 tackles was the most by a Bruin player since Jerry Robinson registered a school-record 161 stops in 1978..Kendricks returned fumbles for touchdowns vs. Houston and at Washington State, as he blocked a punt vs. Southern California and made his first career interception in the USC clash...Recorded nine games with double-digit tackles, including in each of the last seven games of the season...Had a best of 17 tackles at Arizona State and made 15 stops in games at Washington State and vs. Stanford...Forced a fumble vs. USC and in the Holiday Bowl vs. Baylor.

2011: The Freshman All-American and Academic All-Pac 12 Conference honorable mention was the recipient of the John Boncheff Jr. Memorial team award for Rookie of the Year at the annual team banquet…Saw action in all fourteen games and started the final three, as he ranked second on team with 77 tackles (52 solos), tied for second with two sacks and tied for fourth with 4.5 stops for losses of 16 yards, as he also deflected three passes.

2010: Kendricks did not see game action in his first year in the program...Was named the defensive winner of UCLA's Charles Pike Memorial Award for Outstanding Scout Team Player.


2014 Season: A hamstring pull during his 40-yard dash agility test at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine prevented Kendricks from competing in shuttle and alternate drills.

2013 Season: Kendricks dealt with nagging injuries throughout the season, including a shoulder sprain, ankle injury and back bruise…Did not play vs. Colorado due to a back injury and underwent surgery on his right ankle at the end of the regular season, forcing him to miss the Sun Bowl vs. Virginia Tech.


4.61 in the 40-yard dash…1.57 10-yard dash…2.64 20-yard dash…4.07 20-yard shuttle…6.98 three-cone drill…38-inch vertical jump…10’04” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 19 times…31-inch arm length…9 5/8-inch hands…76-inch wingspan.

Bill Huber is publisher of Packer Report magazine and and has written for Packer Report since 1997. E-mail him at, or leave him a question in Packer Report’s subscribers-only Packers Pro Club forum. Find Bill on Twitter at

Packer Report Top Stories