Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 9/1/09: #1 OLB, #13/750 Overall, Projected Rd: 1 2009 Senior Bowl Invite 2008: 14 GP; 14 GS; 76 Sol-155 TT, 18.5 TFL, 5 SK, 3 INT, 7 PBU, 6 QBH, 1 FF; Won 2nd-Team All-American honors from one national outlet, as he led the Big 12 Conference in tackles (11.07 per game), as well as being a Butkus Award Finalist and unanimous 1st-Team All-Big 12 selection Finished with gaudy numbers of 155 tackles (2nd-most in MU single-season history, 18.5 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions (2 of which he returned for touchdowns), all while leading the team with 7 passes broken up from his linebacker position Valero Alamo Bowl defensive MVP after registering 17 tackles, wasn't even credited for the crucial play where he and teammate William Moore got in the backfield simultaneously to force a fumble by the Wildcat quarterback that resulted in a nearly 25-yard loss Opened the year with a huge performance against Illinois, as he made nine tackles, intercepted two passes, running the second back 35 yards for a touchdown that essentially sealed the game in the fourth quarter; named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week Led the team with a career-high 20 tackles against Buffalo, including three TFLs for a loss of six yards; added a pass break-up and a half-sack and earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week Was second on the team with 12 tackles in the Big 12 Championship against Oklahoma Displayed his toughness during spring camp, when he suffered torn labrum in his shoulder toward the middle of the camp, but he chose to finish camp before getting surgery so that he could get the experience and help lead the Tiger defense. 2007: 14 GP; 14 GS; 75 Sol-127 TT, 9.5 TFL, 3 SK, 8 PBU, 1 FR, 2 FF; Second team All-Big 12 led the team, ranked 5th in the Big 12 in tackles Also broke up 8 passes on the year (2nd-most on the team), and had two more balls that he deflected on pass rushes that were intercepted by FS William Moore one of which Moore returned for a back-breaking touchdown in the Cotton Bowl against Arkansas Was second on the team with nine tackles in the Big 12 Championship against Oklahoma. 2006: 13 GP; 0 GS; 11 Sol-17 TT, 1 TFL, 1 BLK; Named Mizzou's special teams player of the year, as he led the team with 9 tackles on kickoff coverage Saw the field in reserve duty on defense, and was listed as the backup on the depth chart at middle linebacker to senior co-captain Dedrick Harrington Earned playing time with a strong fall camp, and showed coaches that he was ready to play right away, despite his youth In his collegiate debut versus Murray State, had 5 tackles and blocked a punt that went out of the endzone for a safety One of four true freshmen to play for the Tigers in 2006.
Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Falcons' picks: Round 1/19 -- Sean Weatherspoon, LB, 6-1, 241, Missouri: Led the Tigers in tackles for the past three seasons. Is expected to compete for the starting weakside linebacker position. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout Sean Weatherspoon News
01/04/13 - LB Sean Weatherspoon led the team with 11 tackles last week against Washington.
12/27/12 - LB Sean Weatherspoon opened the 2012 season with a strong performance at Kansas City. The third-year linebacker dropped QB Matt Cassel for an eight-yard loss, posted seven tackles, two tackles for loss, two quarterback hits, and one pass defensed against the Chiefs. Weatherspoon recorded sacks in back-to-back games, dropping Panthers QB Cam Newton in Atlanta's Week 4 win and stopping Redskins QB Robert Griffin III for a two-yard loss in a Week 5 win at Washington. According to coaches' film breakdown, Weatherspoon has totaled 101 tackles (73 solo) this season. He has also added five tackles for loss, three passes defensed, three sacks, one interception, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.
11/27/12 - LB Sean Weatherspoon has been one of the Falcons' most active defenders during his first three seasons in Atlanta. With 67 total tackles this season, Weatherspoon ranks second behind William Moore (97). He also ranks second on the team with three sacks.
11/27/12 - LB Sean Weatherspoon (ankle) was limited in practice. He is expected to play.
11/26/12 - LB Sean Weatherspoon returned after missing three games. He was second on the team with six tackles and helped to slow down Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin, who was held to 50 yards rushing on 21 carries and a 2.4 yard per carry average.