MARCUS ABRAHAM, Indian Trail Metrolina Christian, LB, So., 6-0, 220 — Had 101 tackles, one tackle for loss, 1 1/2 sacks, three hurries, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, two breakups and one interception. NCISAA D3 all-state pick.

KEION ADAMS, Salisbury, LB, Sr., 6-3, 230 — Had 129 tackles, six interceptions, 10 breakups, three forced fumbles, 18 tackles for loss and eight sacks. Also scored six touchdowns on offense. All-conference pick.

CHARLES ANTWI, Harrisburg Hickory Ridge, LB, Sr., 5-8, 200 — Had 115 tackles, six fumble recoveries and 25 tackles for loss. All-conference pick.

JEREMIE BOLOBIONGO, Garner, LB, Sr. , 6-0, 230 — Led team to 14-1 season as leading tackler and defensive leader. Had power to play inside and speed to run down opposing backs and receivers. Garner coach Nelson Smith calls him one of the best he has ever coached.

GRANT BREWER, Greensboro page, OLB, Sr. — Had 87 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and six sacks. All-conference pick. Three-year starter led the team in sacks the last three years.

LARENZ BRYANT, Charlotte Vance, LB, Sr., 6-1, 215 — Had 84 tackles, nine sacks, six pass deflections, two fumble recoveries and an interception return for a touchdown. Also ran for 1,694 yards on offense and scored 22 total touchdowns with four 2-point conversions. Runner up for Charlotte Observer defensive player of the year. Top 50 national recruit by many. Recruited by South Carolina. AP all-state pick in 2011.

JERRY BURK, Concord, LB, Jr., 6-5, 220 — Had 105 tackles, six tackles for loss, two sacks and an interception.

ASHAD BYRD, Monroe, LB, Jr., 5-11, 180 — Had team-high 122 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and three sacks. Also had three interceptions, with one returned for a touchdown. Forced three fumbles. Led defense that had four shutouts. All-conference pick.

RUBIN CROSBY, High Point Central, LB, Sr., 6-1, 190 — Totaled 146 tackles, four sacks, two blocked punts, two blocked field goals and a safety. Helped team go 9-3 and finish second in the conference.

DAISHON DAVIS, Belmont South Point, LB, Jr., 6-0, 210 — Had 199 tackles, three forced fumbles, 10 quarterback hurries, seven pass breakups and two interceptions. League defensive player of the year. Led team to unbeaten record until falling in third round of state playoffs.

KALEN ELKINS, Charlotte Ardrey Kell, LB, Sr., 6-1, 210 — Had 107 tackles, eight tackles for loss and seven sacks. Team captain and two-year starter. Recruited by VMI and Campbell.

JALEN FORREST, East Forsyth, LB, Sr., 6-0, 200 — Had 121 tackles with 19 1/2 tackles for loss with five sacks. Had 14 hurries, five passes defended, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Three-time all-county and all-conference pick. Three-year starter. Became the school's all-time leader in tackles and tackles for loss.

D.J. FREEMAN, Harrisburg Hickory Ridge, LB, Sr., 6-2, 215 — Had 272 career tackles. Two-time all-conference pick. Recruited by The Citadel, Charlotte, Mars Hill and Catawba.

PATRICK GREEN, North Forsyth, LB, Sr., 6-3, 210 — Had 61 tackles, six quarterback hurries, 13 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. Had an interception, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, two pass breakups and a defensive touchdown. Three-time all-conference pick. League defensive player of the year. Committed to East Carolina.

JARRIN HOGUE, Northwest Cabarrus, LB, Sr., 5-11, 205 — Had 131 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and an interception. Two-time all-conference pick.

JAYLIN JEFFRIES, Burlington Williams, LB, Jr., 6-1, 220 — About 70 solo tackles and two interceptions.

RYAN JOHNS, Mt. Pleasant, LB, 6-0, 190 — Had 111 tackles, two forced fumbles and an interception. Also ran for three touchdowns.

RAHEEM JOHNSON, Reidsville, LB, Sr., 5-10, 180 — Had 89 solo tackles, 14 tackles for loss and 5 1/2 sacks. Conference defensive player of the year.

DEION JONES, Belmont South Point, LB — Had 160 tackles, two interceptions, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

RENARDO JONES, Charlotte Garinger, LB, 6-0, 185 — Conference player of the year.

PETER KALAMBAYI, Matthews Butler, LB, Sr., 6-4, 240 — See player of the year nominations.

KEVIN KIRCHMER, Charlotte Catholic, LB, Sr., 6-1, 200 — Had 138 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble return for a touchdown, two interceptions and three breakups. Returned an interception for a touchdown. All-conference pick. Committed to Navy.

RAYSHAWN MAYFIELD, Greensboro Grimsley, LB, Sr., 6-3, 205 — Had 80 solo tackles, 50 assisted tackles, eight sacks and two forced fumbles. All-conference linebacker.

TOMMY MCCRIMMON, Mt. Pleasant, LB, 6-0, 205 — Had 129 tackles, four fumble recoveries, one sack and five tackles for loss. Ran for three touchdowns. All-conference pick.

TRISTAN MUMFORD, Statesville, LB, Sr., 6-1, 240 — Had 70 tackles, five sacks, one interception return for a touchdown and a 99-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Threw for 1,904 yards and 16 touchdowns while rushing for 677 yards and 18 scores. Conference offensive player of the year. Two-year all-conference pick. Shrine Bowl pick. Committed to East Carolina.

C.J. NASH, Charlotte Christian, LB, Jr. — Had 113 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, five sacks, two pass deflections, two forced fumbles and an interception. All-conference and private schools all-state pick.

CARLIS PARKER, Statesville, LB/QB, Sr., 6-4, 180 — Had 44 tackles. Threw for 1,201 yards and 11 touchdowns. Ran for 959 yards and 10 scores. Two-time all-conference pick. Selected for Offense-Defense All-American Bowl. Shrine bowl pick. Committed to Virginia Tech.

EVAN PATRICK, Charlotte Olympic, LB, Sr., 6-0, 225 — Had 94 tackles, six tackles for loss, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. All-conference pick.

TERRENCE PEARSON, South Mecklenburg, LB, Jr., 6-1, 200 — Had 100 tackles and two interceptions. All-conference pick. Had a TD catch as a tight end.

CHRIS REGISTER, Greensboro Dudley, LB, Jr., 6-4, 210 — Led team with 110 tackles. Had seven sacks, one interception and five forced fumbles. Has offers from North Carolina, N.C. State, Clemson, Tennessee and Indiana.

ROBBIE RUCHO, Charlotte Providence Day, LB, Sr., 5-10, 175 — Had 109 tackles and an interception. Private schools all-state pick.

LOGAN SEDERGREN, Concord, LB, Jr., 6-1, 190 — Had 121 tackles, six tackles for loss, four sacks and an interception. Helped team reach 3-A final. Team's top defensive player.

DANIEL STACK, Charlotte Providence Day, LB, 6-1, 210 — Had 115 tackles. Also played tight end.

LOGAN STOODLEY, West Rowan, LB, Sr., 6-0, 225 — Had 152 tackles, two interceptions, three breakups, two forced fumbles, 14 tackles for loss, seven sacks, 11 hurries and two defensive touchdowns. Conference player of the year.

NICK VAGNONE, Indian Trail Porter Ridge, LB/QB, 6-0, 190 — Had 115 tackles, three interceptions, four forced fumbles, five sacks, six breakups and 10 tackles for loss. Two-time all-conference pick. Has a 3.5 GPA. Also threw for 700 yards, ran for 200 yards and scored 11 touchdowns.

SEAN WIGGINS, Matthews Butler, LB, Sr., 6-3, 235 — Had 187 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, three recovered fumbles and four interceptions. Conference co-defensive player of the year. Committed to Ball State.

BLAKE WILLIAMS, Wake Forest-Rolesville, LB, Sr., 5-11, 195 — Leading tackler for 9-3 team. Has 4.0 GPA and was leader on and off the field.