Under the Radar...Texas State's Bryan London

It's easy to follow the Power 5's, the Alabama's, Clemson's, and Ohio State's of the world. You'll hear about Heisman candidates, they'll all come from those schools, they're the poster boys for college football. At the Roundup we want to introduce you to under the radar Texas players that if you don't know, you should. Allow us to introduce you. We start with sophomore linebacker Bryan London from Texas State.

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Bryan London

6-2 215 RS Sophomore

Randolph High School

Awards & Stats

  • Honorable Mention All-Sun Belt 2016
  • Led Team with 95 solo tackles 
  • Led team with 141 total tackles 
  • Led team in tackles for loss with 8 
  • Led team in forced fumbles with 2
  • First in Sun Belt in solo tackles.
  • Second in Sun Belt in total tackles. 

Background

Meet Bryan London, the Converse native that isn't from power house Judson, but instead played his high school ball at tiny Randolph, right there on east side of the 1604 Loop, home of the Ro-Hawks. London was the first Ro-Hawk to sign to play FBS football since 2005. 

London was a four year starter at Randolph at linebacker and a two year starter at running back, earning All-District accolades for both his junior and senior seasons. London led the Ro-Hawks in tackles three straight years and was the 14-3A District Defensive MVP as a senior. London also played basketball, ran track, and was on the power lifting team and Randolph. 

Texas State was his first and only FBS offer. 

Why You Should Know Him...

London erupted on the scene for the Bobcats after his redshirt season. A starter from game one, London was the most consistent Bobcat defender in 2016. Right out of the gate, London made twelve stops including two tackles for loss against Ohio in the season opener. That was just a preview of coming attractions. London finished with double digit tackles in ten of his twelve games, including 19 tackles against Idaho and a two game stretch against Power 5 opponents Arkansas and Houston with 21 total tackles. 

When you watch London play you see a prototypical linebacker: an instinctual, physical, downhill, run fitting, thumper. He and fellow linebacker Gabe Lloyd combined for 243 tackles last season and were the bright spot on a Texas State defense that didn't have many of them.

London led the Bobcats in tackles(141), tackles for loss (8), and forced fumbles (2). More than that, as a redshirt freshman, London finished second in the Sun Belt in total tackles but led the league in solo stops. London finished 3rd in the FBS in total tackles and 3rd in  solos. He averaged 11.8 tackles per game in 2016. He was also top twenty in the league in tackles for loss, playing in a scheme and behind a line that didn't exactly present opportunities to get into the opponent's backfield.

On film you notice right off that London feels right at home in the wash and clutter that is linebacker play. He's nimble enough to work his way through traffic and then brings his pads once he arrives at the ball carrier. London does a very good job closing distance in coverage and handles himself pretty well in zone drops, usually a challenge for young linebackers. 

Against Arkansas' mammoth offensive line, London did didn't get lost, but instead worked his way to the ball, relentlessly, never giving up on a play. In the season finale against Arkansas State, London was once again all over the field, making plays in what NBA players would have referred to as a Cancun game. London didn't care, he came to play with eighteen tackles, a forced fumble, and a tackle for loss.

With another offseason in the weight room, look for London to put on good weight while maintaining his mobility. He should be a focal point of Texas State's defense and you should get to know him. 

Posted on March 8, 2017 and filed under Southwest Round-Up, Texas State.