March 16, 2007
It’s a far cry from last season when the Bears were looking, hoping for one of their young linebackers to step up next to Nick Moore, and help replace the departure of another pair of departing linebackers.
Redshirt freshman middle linebacker Joe Pawelek took the challenge head on and emerged as not only a solid linebacker but one of the best young players in the Big 12 and the country. He was named Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year, All-Big 12, and several Freshman All-America honors after leading the Bears in tackles (86), solo tackles (46), and quarterback hurries (9).
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