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Tyler Russ

Player Profile

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Stetsonville, Wis.

High School:
Medford Area

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 221

Position:
LB

Experience:
4L

2006: Started all 14 games ... Named second-team All-MAC by the league's coaches ... Was an Academic All-MAC selection ... Rated as the fifth-best linebacker in the league by Collegefootballnews.com ... Named MAC East Division Defensive Player of the Week after recording 12 tackles and an interception against Western Michigan ... Led the Bobcats with 93 tackles ... Reached the 200-tackle mark for his career ... His 263 career tackles was second among active Ohio players ... Had 5.5 tackles for loss ... Second on the team with three interceptions ... Broke up another two passes ... Had a fumble recovery and a forced fumble ... Recorded three double-digit tackle games, including a season-high 13 stops at Rutgers ... Also intercepted a pass against the Scarlet Knights ... Made 11 tackles against Bowling Green ... Had an interception against Western Michigan ... Recovered a fumble against Illinois that set up Ohio's game-winning field goal with five seconds remaining ... Intercepted his third pass of the season against Akron ... Picked up another nine tackles in the GMAC Bowl.

2005: Started all 10 games he played in ... Missed the Bowling Green game due to an abdominal strain ... Ended the season second on the team in total tackles with 88 ... Ranked ninth in the MAC with 8.8 tackles per game ... Finished the season with six tackles for loss, two sacks, and one interception ... Notched a career-best 16 tackles against Toledo, the second-best single-game total in the MAC ... Had a career-best 10 solo stops, including two tackles for loss and a sack at Buffalo.

2004: Started in all five of his appearances ... Was hampered by a broken collar bone suffered in preparation for the Kentucky game ... Had 31 tackles, including 28 solos ... Credited with four tackles for loss and two sacks ... Had an interception and an fumble recovery ... Recorded four tackles, one sack and recovered a fumble for a touchdown in season opener versus VMI ... Made six tackles, three for a loss, including one sack at Pittsburgh ... Registered four tackles against Miami ... Credited with ten tackles versus Buffalo ... Also returned an interception for a touchdown against the Bulls ... Made six tackles versus Kent State.

2003: Started the first seven games of the season before suffering a near-career-ending knee injury at Kentucky ... At the time of the injury, was the third-leading tackler on the team ... Finished the year with 51 stops, 35 of which were solos ... Registered eight tackles for loss and one sack ... Posted his only double-digit tackle game against Western Michigan when he had seven solos and three assists ... Two of those were behind the line of scrimmage ... Had nine stops against the Wildcats before his injury ... Two of his nine tackles against Iowa State went for a loss ... Credited with one sack and two tackles for loss among his six stops against UCF ... Had seven tackles against Northern Illinois ... Recovered fumbles against Southeast Missouri State and Kentucky ... Tied for the team lead in quarterback hurries with nine ... Broke up three passes during the year ... Had his first career interception and blocked a field goal attempt in the season opener vs. Southeast Missouri State.

2002: Redshirted.

HIGH SCHOOL: A three-time all-state selection at Medford Area High School ... Also earned all-region honors three years ... Named conference MVP and conference offensive MVP ... Recorded 33 touchdowns his senior season to finish his career with 72 ... Amassed over 7,000 all-purpose yards over his career ... Helped his team to a 9-2 record as a senior ... The Red Raiders won three straight conference championships and ended 2001 as the seventh-ranked team in the state ... Earned four letters each in football, basketball and track ... A member of the National Honor Society who ranked in the top 20 percent of his class.

PERSONAL: Dual major in integrated mathematics and business administration major ... Son of Steve and Mary Glenn Russ ... Brother, Steve, is a former Bobcat assistant coach and is currently on the coaching staff at Syracuse.