Florida State’s leading tackler Reggie Northrup takes pride in the way he takes down opposing ball carriers.
“I take a lot of pride in it,” Northrup said. “I know it’s a skill set that I continue to work on and get better at.”
The junior linebacker from Jacksonville, Fla., credits some of his tackling prowess to wrestling in high school.
“I used to watch that WWE stuff, but I was interested in the real kind of wrestling” Northrup said. “I tried it out and I happened to be pretty good at it. Your leverage, it helps make your hips better. Your pad level, your able to get lower and being able to grab and wrap up.”
Not only was he a two-time Florida state qualifier on the mat, but he immediately saw dividends on the football field.
“Wrestling in high school took my game play to a whole other level,” Northrup said. “Especially being a linebacker I’d just go out there in games and start doing things better. My fundamentals, I was able to stay low and read stuff.”