Seventh round pick has battled injuries

Packers finish draft by selecting defensive end

Defensive end Dave Tollefson finished his collegiate career on a high note, but in between he struggled with injuries that kept him away from playing football.

Tollefson spent three years from 2001-03 out of football due to shoulder and foot injuries, in addition to joining the work force. But in the last two seasons, or the final 26 games, Tollefson had 106 tackles (47 solos) and ranks second in school history with 21 sacks for minus 129 yards. He added 29.5 stops for losses of 151 yards, five pressures and six pass break-ups. He caused two fumbles, recovered another and blocked one kick.

Tollefson, who turns 25 on May 19, had 12.5 quarterback sacks in 2005, breaking the school season-record of 11.5 by Matt Uhde in 1995. As a result, Tollefson was named to the All-Mid American Intercollegiate Athletic Association first-team and earned the league's Defensive MVP award.

If Tollefson can avoid the training room, he may have a good chance of making the Packers roster as a backup defensive end. But if he continues to be injury prone, his stay in Green Bay will be short.


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