Position
Defensive End
Height
6'3
Weight
239 lbs.
Class
Senior
Hometown
Baton Rouge, La.
High School
Glen Oaks HS

1995 AP All-SEC (First Team)
1995 Coaches’ All-SEC (First Team)
1995 Football News All-Southeastern Conference
1995 Defensive MVP of Independence Bowl
1995 SEC Academic Honor Roll
Sec Defensive Player of the Week (vs. Arkansas 1995)
1995 Hitachi/CFA Scholar-Athlete Team
1995 CFA Good Works Team
1995 SEC Good Works Team
1995 Charles Coates LSU Scholar-Athlete of the Year
1994 AP All-SEC (First Team)
1994 Coaches’ All-SEC (First Team)
1994 SEC Good Works Team
1994 SEC Academic Honor Roll
Street & Smith’s Sec Player of the Week (vs. Florida 1994)
1994 SEC Good Works Team

One of the most exciting LSU defenders to come along in years and one of the top defenders in the SEC as a junior and senior in 1994-95 … Two-time consensus All-SEC choice … He proved to be a big-play maker as he set LSU records for most quarterback sacks and most tackles for losses in a season in 1994 … Named AP and SEC Coaches All-SEC in 1994 and 1995 … His 21 career sacks ranks as third best in LSU history . . . His contributions reach beyond the playing field: he was a two-time member of the SEC Good Works Team for his contributions to the community and was selected to the CFA’s National Good Works Team his senior sea9on; he was elected by the student body as a representative on the LSU Athletic Council; he is a member of the Athletic Department’s Student-Athlete Advisory Board … An outstanding student, he recorded a perfect 4.0 GPA during the 1995 spring semester … Moved to defensive end midway through the 1993 campaign from middle linebacker and immediately took to the position … Good mobility, he moves to the football well … Played mostly on special teams in 1992, but began to see plenty of action from scrimmage in 1993 as he played in all 11 games and started 2 as a sophomore . . . Did not redshirt true freshman season.

SENIOR SEASON (1995)
Named first-team All-SEC by the SEC coaches, Associated Press and The Football News in 1995 … Led SEC in sacks as a junior and was among the league leaders in sacks again in 1995 Capped his career by being named defensive most valuable player in the Independence Bowl, a game in which he recorded 7 tackles, including 2 QB sacks . . . Also returned a fumble for a TD in that bowl win . . . Finished 1995 season with 9 sacks and 21 on his career … Also an outstanding performer off the field, Northern was a member of the 1995 Hitachi/College Football Association Scholar-Athlete Team, one of only 24 players nationwide to earn the honor … Also named to the CFA and SEC “Good Works” Team for community involvement … Sacked North Texas quarterbacks 3 times and had 2 sacks each at South Carolina and vs. Arkansas . . . High tackle game of 8 vs. Rice … Recorded 6 tackles at South Carolina, at Alabama, vs. Arkansas Forced and recovered a fumble from USC QB Steve Taneyhill … gabe northern-senior season (cont.) Forced UK QB Billy Jack Haskins to fumble, which was recovered and returned to the UK five, led to a Tiger FG … Earned SEC defensive player of the week honors for his effort vs. Arkansas Recorded a perfect 4. 0 GPA in the spring 1995 semester … A member of the SEC 1994 and 1995 Good Works Team . . . Co-founder and president of the LSU chapter of Men Against Violence organization . . . Also named to the 1995 SEC Academic Honor Roll for his 4.0 in communications … Received the first Charles Coates LSU Scholar-Athlete Award given by the LSU coaching staff.

JUNIOR SEASON (1994)
Had one of the most outstanding seasons for an LSU defensive player in years . . . Consensus first-team All-SEC … Led team with 11 sacks, breaking single-season record set by Rydell Melancon in 1981 … Also set LSU record for most tackles behind the line of scrimmage in a season with 23 … Easily led all DEs/OLBs in the SEC in QB sacks … Totaled 63 tackles, with 23 TBLs for 125 yards in losses … Made at least 1 QB sack in 7 straight games (from 2nd game to 8th game of season) … Started all 11 games at right defensive end … 12 tackles, including 6 for losses, and 2 sacks in outstanding game at Ole Miss … 6 tackles, including 2 for losses, and a sack vs. Kentucky … Earned Street & Smith’s Sports Weekly’s SEC Player of the Week for his outstanding game against Florida: 11 solo tackles, 3 TBLs, 1 QB sack, in addition to pressuring Florida QB Terry Dean throughout the game … Made 6 tackles (4 solos) vs. Texas A&M … also forced a fumble on a punt return to set up LSU’s first TD in that game, and had 2 PBU’s … made 2 tackles, including 1 for a loss, against Miss. State … Made 3 tackles, recorded a sack and caused a fumble on the sack vs. Auburn … Recorded 6 tackles, including 2 for losses, and 1 sack against South Carolina … Made 6 tackles vs. Alabama … 7 tackles vs. Southern Miss … 2 tackles and a sack at Tulane … 2 tackles and a sack at Arkansas.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (1993)
Played all 11 games and started 2 at left defensive end starts came in wins over Ole Miss and Alabama … finished season with 41 tackles (24 solos), including 1 QB sack and 3 TBLs caused 1 fumble and knocked down 3 passes played middle linebacker first 6 games of season before moving to defensive end for remainder of year … played backup end at Kentucky before starting the following game vs. Ole Miss … high tackle game of 10 vs. Auburn … 6 tackles in win over Ole Miss, 5 at Kentucky . . . QB sack carne in win over Alabama for loss of 6 yards … knocked down 2 passes vs. Tulane.

FRESHMAN SEASON (1992)
Played in 10 games true freshman who saw action mostly on special teams … did not play in opener vs. A&M played backup OLB vs. Miss. State, at Florida, vs. Kentucky, at Ole Miss, vs. Alabama, at Arkansas 5 tackles as backup OLB vs. Kentucky … 4 tackles each at Ole Miss and Arkansas.

HIGH SCHOOL
Caught 36 passes for 576 yards and 4 touchdowns … made 79 tackles, 3 QB sacks and 2 interceptions his senior season … caught 58 passes for 1,018 yards and 11 TDs during career; made 137 tackles, 10 QB sacks and 3 interceptions … president of high school senior class … played tight end and linebacker under coach Nolan Gill at Glen Oaks for 2 seasons and played defensive end under coach Grover Perkins at Southern Lab for 2 seasons lettered once in track at Glen Oaks and twice at Southern Lab … all-district and all-parish tight end … second team all-state tight end … honorable mention all-academic team.

PERSONAL
Father: Lloyd Northern; Mother: Veronica L. Northern Brothers and sisters: Heishma, Candice Full name: Gabriel O’Kara Northern Born: June 8, 1974 at Baton Rouge, La.

NORHTERN’S CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

Year
G-GS
UT
AT
TT
TFL
Sacks

INT

FR
1992

10-0

12 9 21 0-0 0-0 0 0
1993 11-2 24 17 41 3-11 1-6 0 0
1994 11-11

47

16

63

23-125 11-80 0 0
1995 11-11

38

15

54

14-55 9-50 0 1

Totals

43-24
121 58 179 40-202 21-136 0 1
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