Tribute to Vanderbilt's Tim Fugger

Nine Vanderbilt seniors make up the first class to ever play in two bowl games during their Commodore careers. Leading up to the Liberty Bowl, will look back on each senior's career. In this segment Tim Fugger is featured.


Tim Fugger

Hometown: Oak Brook, Ill.

High school: Montini Catholic

Position: DE

HT: 6-4 WT: 250

Chose Vanderbilt over: Akron.


Vandy coaches envisioned Tim Fugger as a another H-back ala Steven Bright when they recruited him back in 2006. Ironically, former head coach Bobby Johnson joked of Bright that if he got any bigger he'd make him a defensive end and that's the position at which Fugger has excelled. Fugger was redshirted during the 2007 season and then saw some playing time in 2008 including the Music City Bowl in mostly a backup role. He finished the season with 14 tackles. In 2009 he stepped in for an injured Steven Stone and played well finishing the season with 21 tackles and a sack. Fugger continued to improve in 2010 when he notched 22 tackles including 5 for losses and 3 sacks. Fugger turned into a D-line beast in 2011. The Illinois native currently has 6 1/2 sacks, eighth best in the SEC. Tim also excells in the classroom where is was a a 2010 SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient.


Arkansas game, 2011. Fugger finishes with four tackles including three for losses, two sacks and one forced fumble.


"This year should be a lot different for us. We kind of have a lot more attacking mentality. We got a lot of guys healthy; coming back after the spring we were kind banged up... I'm anticipating a lot more stats and production from our defensive line." Fugger on the VU defense, August 5, 2011.


2011 All-SEC 2nd Team (Coaches); 2011: All-SEC honorable mention (AP)


Tackles: 86
Tackles for loss (assist): 5
Tackles for loss (solo): 17
Sacks (assist): 5
Sacks (solo): 8
Pass breakups: 5
Force fumbles: 8
QB Hurries: 5



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