Nebraska's Lavonte David makes so many tackles that his teammates jokingly complain he never gives anyone else a chance to make a play.
David laughs at them and says, ''You gotta beat me to it.''
The 6-foot-1, 225-pound senior from Miami plays very big for a linebacker who showed up at Nebraska last year a bit undersized. He's made 229 tackles in 22 games, an average of 10.4. His teammates call him the tackle machine.
''Every time he tackles somebody, he doesn't let anybody come in and get an assist. He makes sure they go down quick,'' cornerback Alfonzo Dennard said.
David's 77 stops this season are 24 more than the next man on the Cornhuskers' tackle chart. He doesn't blink when asked if his productivity amazes him.
''It's what they expect out of me,'' he said. ''They expect me to do my best like everybody on the field. Fortunately, I end up getting those double-digit tackles.''