The skinny on Justin Bannan

Wrap-up tackler with explosiveness behind his hits…Has a sharp burst to close on the quarterback once he gets past the blocker…

JUSTIN BANNAN

Defensive Tackle

University of Colorado Buffaloes

6:02.6-300

Fair Oaks, California

 

Recognizes the plays and shows awareness getting to the ball…Holds his ground firmly at the point of attack and shows the power to get through blocks…Uses his arms to defeat blocks…All-out effort type with good power…Four-year starter who played in every game his final three seasons…The recipient of the 2001 Regiment Award, given by the coaches to the player who gave the greatest contribution with the least recognition, Justin closed out his career with 158 tackles (103 solos) with six sacks for minus 40 yards and 26 stops for losses of 87 yards in 44 games…Lined up as a tight end vs. Missouri and caught a 12-yard touchdown.

 

2001 SEASON

All-Big Twelve Conference first-team selection by the league's coaches, adding second-team honors from the Associated Press…Started every game at strongside defensive tackle…Saw action in 690 plays, recording 36 tackles (27 solos) with two sacks for minus 18 yards and eight stops for losses of 31 yards…Had three quarterback pressures and three third-down tackles… Caused a fumble and deflected a pass.

Colorado State…Collected 4 solo tackles, including one on a third-down play and had a stop for a 2-yard loss.

Kansas…Registered 6 tackles with a stop behind the line of scrimmage, a forced fumble and a tackle on a third-down play.

Kansas State…Recorded 3 hits, a stop for a 1-yard loss and a pass deflection.

Texas A&M…Posted 5 tackles with a 2-yard sack and two stops for losses of 12 yards.

Texas…Had 3 solo tackles and a 10-yard sack of QB Chris Simms.

Nebraska…Delivered 5 solo tackles with 2 stops for losses of 5 yards.

Texas (Big Twelve Championship)…Had an assisted tackle and a pressure.

Oregon (Fiesta Bowl)…Recorded 5 tackles (4 solos).

 

2000 SEASON

Selected as a third-team All-Big Twelve Conference performer by the league's coaches, despite facing double-teams the entire season…Started all 11 games (660 snaps, the fifth most on defense) at nose tackle, recording 39 tackles (30 solos) with a 5-yard sack and five stops for losses of 17 yards…Had five quarterback pressures and four third-down hits…Caused two fumbles.

Southern California…Made 4 tackles (3 solos) with 3 stops for minus 11 yards.

Washington…Collected 6 solo tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage.

Texas A&M…One of his 5 tackles (4 solos) was a third-down stop.

Kansas…Had 5 hits (4 solos)…Chased receiver Roger Ross seven yards downfield after a pass catch and stripped him of the ball.

Missouri…Registered a 5-yard sack and 3 solo tackles, including a third-down stop…caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Craig Ochs when he lined up as a tight end, the first offensive stat of his career.

Oklahoma State and Nebraska…Delivered 4 tackles in both games.

 

1999 SEASON

Second-team All-Big Twelve Conference selection by the league's coaches and second-team choice by the Associated Press…Started every game at nose tackle, earning CU's defensive lineman player-of-the-game honor four times (Missouri, Iowa State, Kansas State, Nebraska) …Recorded 46 tackles (27 solos), including six stops for losses of 18 yards…Credited with five quarterback pressures and three third-down tackles…Also deflected a pass.

Preseason…Won the Dan Stavely Award as the outstanding defensive player in spring drills.

Kansas and Iowa State…Had 5 tackles in both games…Added a stop behind the line of scrimmage vs. the Cyclones.

Missouri…Credited with a 7-tackle performance.

Texas Tech…Had a stop for a 4-yard loss.

Kansas State…Registered 10 tackles (8 solos) with 2 stops for losses of 15 yards.

Nebraska…Posted 5 tackles (3 solos) with a third-down hit and two stops for losses of 7 yards.

Boston College (Insight.com Bowl)…Had 3 tackles and a 7-yard sack.

 

1998 SEASON

Appeared in ten games, starting five contests…Recorded 37 tackles (19 solos) with three sacks for minus 17 yards and seven stops for losses of 21 yards…Had three quarterback pressures and a third-down stop.

Baylor…Collected 7 tackles with two sacks for minus 11 yards.

Kansas State…Had 5 hits with 2 stops behind the line of scrimmage.

Texas Tech…Credited with a 6-yard sack and 4 tackles (3 solos).

Kansas…Delivered 4 solo tackles with 2 stops for minus 2 yards.

 

AGILITY TESTS

4.99 in the 40-yard dash…29-inch vertical jump…431-pound bench press…650-pound squat…31 1/8-inch arm length…9 ¾-inch hands.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

As a senior, when he played a grand total of eight different positions, he earned SuperPrep and PrepStar All-American honors at Bella Vista (Fair Oaks, Cal.) High…Prep Football Report selected him to it's All-West squad and he was a member of the prestigious Tacoma News-Tribune's "Western 100" team….First-team All-State selection (Cal-Hi Sports) on defense, and the Sacramento Bee selected him first-team All-Metro and the Area's Defensive Player-of-the-Year….Also earned All-Capital Athletic League honors in being named the league's most valuable player, and was named to the Optimist All-Star and California Shrine All-Star teams…As a junior, he was a second-team all-state pick on the defensive line, earning first-team all-metro and first-team all-league honors as well…. Honorable mention all-metro as a tight end, and was named his team's offensive lineman-of-the-year…Three-year team captain and named the team's defensive lineman-of-the-year as a sophomore after playing organized football for the first time as a freshman…As a senior, he made 90 tackles (38 solos), including 28 for losses and 12 quarterback sacks, five forced fumbles, two recoveries, 30 hurries and three blocked kicks…He also made 4-of-5 field goal attempts (45 long), 16-of-18 PAT kicks and averaged 44 yards per punt…Had 21 catches for 307 yards and six touchdowns on offense, with another 50 yards and two touchdowns rushing. As a junior, he made 86 tackles (48 solos), with 35 stops behind the line and 15 sacks with 32 hurries and seven forced fumbles, and he averaged 38 yards per punt and caught eight passes for 140 yards….Had 89 tackles as a sophomore with 14 sacks, and caught 18 passes for 311 yards with a 38-yard punting average…A starting defensive tackle as a freshman, he made 70 tackles, with 10 sacks…Overall, he had 51 quarterback sacks in his prep career…Also lettered twice in basketball at center and forward, being named the team's MVP as a junior and serving as the squad's captain his senior campaign.

 

PERSONAL

Communications major…Older brother (Jason) was a two-time all-conference offensive tackle at Sacramento State (1991-95)…Born 4/18/79 in Sacramento, California.

 

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

STATS

GP

GS

TK

SO

AS

FR

FC

INT

TFL

PBU

SACK

PRES

1998

10

05

  37

  19

  17

  0

  0

0-0

  7-21

   0

  3.0-17

     3

1999

11

11

  46

  27

  19

  0

  0

0-0

  6-18

   1

  0.0-  0

     5

2000

11

11

  39

  30

    9

  0

  2

0-0

  5-17

   0

  1.0-  5

     5

2001

11

11

  36

  27

    9

  0

  1

0-0

  8-31

   1

  2.0-18

     3

TOTAL

43

38

158

103

  55

  0

  3

0-0

26-87

   2

  6.0-40

   16

 

ADDITIONAL STATISTICS…Had a 12-yard touchdown reception in 2000.


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