Courtney Upshaw

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Courtney Upshaw
Courtney Upshaw Navy Stadium 2012 Practice.jpg
Upshaw during Ravens practice at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in August 2012.
No. 91     Baltimore Ravens
Outside linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-12-13) December 13, 1989 (age 24)
Place of birth: Eufaula, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 272 lb (123 kg)
Career information
High school: Eufaula (AL)
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 35
Debuted in 2012 for the Baltimore Ravens
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Tackles 90
Sacks 3.0
Interceptions 0
Stats at NFL.com

Courtney Upshaw (born December 13, 1989) is an American football linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens. Upshaw was picked 35th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft.

High school career[edit]

Upshaw attended Eufaula High School, where he played for the Eufaula Tigers high school football team under head coach Dan Klages. In his junior season, Upshaw posted 96 tackles and three interceptions as he led Eufala to a 14–1 season record, including the Tigers first state championship finale appearances since 1981.[1] They lost 10–7 to Athens.[2] As a senior Upshaw had 95 solo tackles, 65 assists, including 22 for loss and seven sacks to go with three fumble recoveries. He also had 20 receptions for 496 yards and three touchdowns as a tight end. He was the Alabama Class 5A Lineman of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association and ASWA Class 5A All-State selection in 2007. Upshaw was ranked as the No. 29 player overall on the ESPN.com 300 list.[3]

College career[edit]

After playing in all 13 games of his freshman season, Upshaw saw his playing time increase in his second season at Alabama. He made one start and appeared in all 14 games for the Crimson Tide in 2009.[4] Upshaw made the most of his first career start against Kentucky, as he tallied four solo tackles, one sack and returned a fumble 45 yards for a key against the Wildcats.[4][5] In the 2010 BCS National Championship Game Upshaw recovered a Garrett Gilbert fumble on an Eryk Anders quarterback sack with just 3:08 remaining in the game, that sealed the title for the Crimson Tide.[4][6]

In his junior season Upshaw started 11-of-13 games for the Crimson Tide. He accounted for 52 total tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks, and four forced fumbles.[7] In the 2011 Capital One Bowl against Michigan State, Upshaw led the defense for the Crimson Tide, who won 49–7, with a pair of sacks, five tackles, including three for a loss as well as forcing a fumble, and was voted the game's MVP for his effort.[8]

In his senior season, Upshaw started all 13 games for the Crimson Tide. He accounted for 51 total tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles.[9] For his on-field performance, Upshaw was named first team All-America by the Football Writers Association of America and The Sporting News.[10][11] He was also recognized as second team All-America by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and the Associated Press.[12][13] In the 2012 BCS National Championship Game, Upshaw was named the defensive MVP with his seven tackle performance, which included one sack and one tackle for a loss.[14]

College statistics[edit]

Year GP–GS Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Fumbles Blocked
Solo Ast Total Loss–Yards No–Yards Int–Yards BU PD QBH No–Yards FF Kick
2008[15] 13–0 12 10 22 3–3 0–0 0–0 2 2 1 0–0 0 0
2009[16] 14–1 7 8 15 1–1 1–1 0–0 0 0 4 2–45 0 0
2010[7] 13–13 32 20 52 14.5–69 7–40 0–0 2 2 2 1–0 4 0
2011[9] 13–13 37 15 52 18-90 9.5–62 1–45 12 13 10 0–0 2 0
Total 87 53 140 35.5–157 17.5–103 1–45 5 5 18 3–45 6 0

Professional career[edit]

2012 NFL Draft[edit]

Upshaw was taken by the Baltimore Ravens with the third pick of the second round (35th overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft.[17]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 12 in 272 lb 4.74 s 1.67 s 2.72 s 4.60 s 7.32 s 27 in 9 ft 1 in
All values from Alabama Pro Day[18]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

On May 10, 2012, he signed a four year, $5,296,698 contract (with $3,587,000 guaranteed) with the Ravens.[19] During the regular season, he was noted for his solid play against the run. He also recorded 1.5 sacks. In Super Bowl XLVII, Upshaw recorded his first forced fumble against San Francisco 49ers running back LaMichael James, which the Ravens recovered and scored on the ensuing possession.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Seniors' final game: Athens, Eufaula play for Class 5A marbles". Decatur Daily. December 8, 2006. 
  2. ^ "Athens edges Eufaula for Class 5A state championship". The News Courier. December 9, 2006. 
  3. ^ "ESPNU - 2008 ESPN 300". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c Rogers, Ken (August 15, 2010). "Courtney Upshaw now a leader for Tide linebackers". Dothan Eagle. Retrieved January 30, 2012. 
  5. ^ Goodbread, Chase (October 4, 2009). "Upshaw in right place, right time for fumble return". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved January 30, 2012. 
  6. ^ Rosner, Mark (January 8, 2010). "Anders' sack of Gilbert is play of the game". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved January 30, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. "2010–11 Cumulative Season Statistics: Overall Defensive Statistics". RollTide.com. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  8. ^ Deas, Tommy (January 2, 2011). "Alabama defense harassed Michigan State quarterbacks". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved January 30, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. "2011–12 Cumulative Season Statistics: Overall Defensive Statistics". RollTide.com. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  10. ^ "FWAA names 2011 All-America Team". Football Writers Association of America. December 10, 2011. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Sporting News All-American team". Sporting News (aol.sportingnews.com). December 14, 2011. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  12. ^ "122nd edition of the Walter Camp All-America Team announced". Walter Camp Football Foundation. December 8, 2011. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  13. ^ Gould, Izzy (December 14, 2011). "Alabama places six on Associated Press All-American team". AL.com. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  14. ^ Johnson, Jon (January 9, 2012). "Eufaula native Courtney Upshaw named BCS title game Defensive MVP". Eufaula Tribune. Media General News Service. Retrieved January 30, 2012. 
  15. ^ University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. "2008–09 Cumulative Season Statistics: Overall Defensive Statistics". RollTide.com. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  16. ^ University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. "2009–10 Cumulative Season Statistics: Overall Defensive Statistics". RollTide.com. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  17. ^ Gribble, Andrew (April 27, 2012). "At last, Courtney Upshaw goes to the Baltimore Ravens with 3rd pick in 2nd round". AL.com. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  18. ^ http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=84728&draftyear=2012&genpos=DE
  19. ^ Rapoport, Ian (May 10, 2012). "Courtney Upshaw, Baltimore Ravens agree to contract". NFL.com. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 

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