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Klug Turning in one of NFL’s Top Rookie Performances of 2011

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 14, 2011 – 10:44 pm

Defensive tackle Karl Klug continued his impressive rookie season last Sunday when he notched a pair of sacks against New Orleans Saints perennial Pro Bowl QB Drew Brees, giving him a team-high six sacks in 2011.

Klug downplayed his accomplishments to reporters during Wednesday’s open locker room session, giving credit to his teammates for keeping plays alive. But Klug certainly has had something to do with his success.

The numbers don’t lie.

His six sacks are the most by a Titans/Oilers rookie defensive tackle since sacks became an official NFL statistic in 1982.

Klug’s performance on Sunday moved him into a tie for fifth place in sacks among all NFL rookies, while placing him atop the leader board of all rookie defensive tackles.

Here’s a look at the numbers:


1 – Von Miller (LB) Denver – 11.5

2 – Aldon Smith (LB) San Francisco – 10.5

3t – Adrian Clayborn (DE) Tampa Bay – 6.5

3t – Ryan Kerrigan (LB) Washington – 6.5

5t – Karl Klug (DT) Tennessee – 6.0

5t – Pernell McPhee (DE) Baltimore – 6.0

5t – Brooks Reed (LB) Houston – 6.0

8 – Jabaal Sheard (DE) Cleveland – 5.5

9t – Sam Acho (LB) Arizona – 5.0

9t – Robert Quinn (DE) St. Louis – 5.0


1t –  Geno Atkins Cincinnati – 7.0

1t – Henry Melton Chicago – 7.0

3 – Tommy Kelly Oakland – 6.5

4t – Karl Klug (Rookie) Tennessee – 6.0

4t – Richard Seymour Oakland – 6.0

6 –  Cullen Jenkins Philadelphia – 5.5

7t – Phil Taylor (Rookie) Cleveland – 4.0

7t – Amobi Okoye Chicago – 4.0

9t –  Ahtyba Rubin Cleveland – 3.0

9t – Cam Thomas (NT) San Diego – 3.0


1 – Karl Klug – 6.0 (2011)

2 – John Thornton – 4.5 (1999)

3 – Ray Childress – 3.5 (1985)

4t – Pratt Lyons – 2.5 (1997)

Posted in titansonline.com Blog | 5 Comments »

5 Responses to “Klug Turning in one of NFL’s Top Rookie Performances of 2011”

  1. By mmvp on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    Great job, Karl! Keep it up!

  2. By netnut on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    KLUG!!!!!! Me and the wife YELL “KLUG” every great play he makes!!!

  3. By Caledonia Fan on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    Karl has been a sackmaster since highschool. His motor never stops. He was fun to watch in highschool as much as he is in the pros! Keep up the good work and never stop working hard.

  4. By mnmark on Dec 16, 2011 | Reply

    Karl is a an ispiration to many young kids in our town. Congrat’s to a Caledonia Warrior Highschool team that has produced 5 State consecutive appearences as well as 4 State Champ teams. Isaac Fruechte may be the next Klug of Caledonia!
    Great work Karl and the squirrels, deer and turkeys are still out there for you when your journey in the NFL is done which of course will be after a ring or two!!

  5. By Anthony on Dec 16, 2011 | Reply

    KLUUUUUG On His Way To Becoming A Top DT In The NFL Klug Casey Clayton Really Really Like That Young LIne

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