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Zach Brown Moving up Rookie Tackle Charts

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 14, 2012 – 4:43 pm

Titans, ColtsTitans rookie linebacker Zach Brown has played in all 13 games this season and has spent the majority of the campaign as the team’s starting weak-side linebacker. A second-round pick from North Carolina, his 71 total tackles already rank among the top rookie performances in the “Titans era” (since 1999).

In the franchise’s 14 years as the Titans, only five defensive rookies have produced more tackles than Brown, and four of those players are in their second or third NFL seasons.

As a rookie in 2010, cornerback Alterraun Verner made 103 tackles, the high among all Titans rookies in that time span.

In 2011, the Titans had three rookies starting regularly on defense: Jurrell Casey, Akeem Ayers and Colin McCarthy. Ayers, the club’s starting strongside linebacker, led his class with 88 total tackles. McCarthy, a middle linebacker, produced 76 tackles, and Casey tallied 74 stops as a rookie defensive tackle.

The only defender in the top six on the list that is not currently on the roster is Jevon Kearse (85 tackles in 1999).

Most tackles by a Titans rookie, 1999–2012:

103 (76 solo) – CB Alterraun Verner (2010)
88 (66 solo) – LB Akeem Ayers (2011)
85 (59 solo) – DE Jevon Kearse (1999)
76 (61 solo) – LB Colin McCarthy (2011)
74 (41 solo) – DT Jurrell Casey (2011)
71 (52 solo) – LB Zach Brown (2012)
70 (43 solo) – DE Carlos Hall (2002)
69 (55 solo) – S Tank Williams (2002)
58 (52 solo) – CB Andre Dyson (2001)
57 (47 solo) – CB Cortland Finnegan (2006)
55 (31 solo) – DT Albert Haynesworth (2002)

NOTES: Tackle statistics for the Titans are compiled from coaches’ film study after each game. They sometimes differ from the “press box statistics” tallied during a game.

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