A capsule look at Denzel Devall's freshman season at Alabama:
2012 (FRESHMAN): Played in all 14 games as a true freshman, with emerging role in third-down pass-rush situations ... Freshman All-American by Sporting News … Recorded 18 tackles, with seven solo stops ... had two sacks (-15 yards), three tackles for loss (-28) and three quarterback hurries. Arkansas: Came off the bench to record four tackles, including a sack for seven yards and a fumble recovery. Florida Atlantic: Totaled two tackles, including a solo stop in the win against the Owls. Tennessee: Assisted on two tackles in the win against the Volunteers. Mississippi State: Had his best game to date in the crimson and white ... made two solo tackles, both for loss, and two quarterback hurries ... rocked the Bulldogs quarterback for second sack of the season (8 yards) and posted another tackle for loss (13 yards). Texas A&M: Assisted on one tackle against the Aggies. Western Carolina: Made three tackles with one solo stop, plus a quarterback hurry. Auburn: Assisted on two tackles in the Iron Bowl shutout win. Notre Dame: Assisted on one tackle in 42-14 victory over the Fighting Irish in the BCS National Championship game.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: A physical linebacker with good size and skill, Devall wa ranked as the nation's 111th-overall prospect by 247sports.com and No. 122 in the Rivals250 ... A consensus four-star player ... Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 2 player in Louisiana and the country's No. 5 linebacker prospect ... 247sports.com rated him as the No. 3 player in the state and the ninth-best inside linebacker target ... Scout.com listed him at No. 8 among middle linebackers nationally ... A SuperPrep All-American and the publication's No. 5 linebacker nationally ... SuperPrep's No. 3 player in Louisiana ... ESPNU ranked Devall as the No. 98 player in the southeast and the No. 22 defensive end ... No. 48 in the Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... No. 131 on the PrepStar Dream Team ... PrepStar All-American and All-Southeast Region choice ... PrepStar's No. 11 defensive end ... 2011 Louisiana Sports Writers Association 4A All-State selection ... Recorded 73 tackles as a senior at Bastrop High School, logging 53 solo stops, two sacks, three pass breakups, one fumble forced and one fumble recovery … Amassed 88 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, four sacks in 2010 for state quarterfinalist team. … Totaled 73 tackles, 21 for negative yardage with four sacks as sophomore in 2009. … Coached by Brad Bradshaw and Thomas Bachman. … Won state championship in discus as a senior and was state runner-up as a junior. … Earned second-team All-District basketball honors as a senior. … Lettered in baseball as a freshman. … Chose Alabama over LSU, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Arkansas and TCU. … Son of Jessie and Terry Devall.