Reggie Northrup suffered an ACL injury against Oregon in the inaugural College Football Playoff semifinal, but he didn't let that setback be a dream killer.
The linebacker came back for his senior season at Florida State, played in all 13 games (11 starts) and for the second straight season, led the Seminoles in tackles with 94.
Even though Northrup – an All-ACC second (media) and third (coaches) teamer last season - wasn't part of this year's draft class, his hard work and determination was still rewarded, as the Washington Redskins signed him on Monday.
Redskins' defensive coordinator Joe Barry and linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti want to have the most rugged defense in the NFL, and Northrup should be able to come in and assist with that, purely based off his ability to bounce back from the ACL injury and the numbers he was able to put up over his four-year career (272 total tackles in 54 games).
Northrup is more than just a thumper. When he wasn't active on defense for the Seminoles, Northrup was a starter on both kickoff and punt coverages.
Being physically and mentally tough, plus being able to handle multiple roles should serve Northrup well with the Redskins.