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Fifty-Six Wolverines Named to 2011 Fall Academic All-Big Ten Team
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Tackles: 5, vs. Delaware State (Oct. 17, 2009)
Solos: 4, twice (last at Purdue, Nov. 13, 2010)
Asst: 3, at Penn State (Oct. 30, 2010)
TFLs: 2, vs. Purdue (Nov.7, 2009)
FR: 1, vs. Nebraska (Nov. 19, 2011)
At Michigan ... four-year letterman ... three-time Academic All-Big Ten ... appeared in all 50 games during his career, making three starts
Senior (2011)... earned fourth varsity letter ... Academic All-Big Ten ... appeared in all 13 games; played in eight games as a reserve linebacker and all 13 on special teams ... VIRGINIA TECH (Jan. 3) ... forced fumble on kickoff that led to U-M field goal ... made two solo tackles ... NEBRASKA (Nov. 19) ... recovered first career fumble on kickoff coverage ... SAN DIEGO STATE (Sept. 24) ... tied season high with three tackles ... EASTERN MICHIGAN (Sept. 17) ... set season high with three tackles ... NOTRE DAME (Sept. 10) ... honorary senior game captain.
Junior (2010) ... earned third varsity letter ... Academic All-Big Ten ... appeared in all 13 games and made three starts ... made 22 tackles, three tackle for loss and a sack ... played on special teams units vs. Connecticut (Sept. 4), assisting on a tackle ... saw special teams action at Notre Dame (Sept. 11) ... made his first appearance at outside linebacker this season and played on special teams vs. Massachusetts (Sept. 18), posting one solo tackle ... recorded one solo tackle as a reserve at outside linebacker and special teams vs. Bowling Green (Sept. 25) ... appeared at outside linebacker and special teams units in Big Ten opener at Indiana (Oct. 2) ... made one solo tackle as a reserve outside linebacker and on special teams vs. Michigan State (Oct. 9) ... played as a reserve at outside linebacker and on special teams vs. Iowa (Oct. 16) ... recorded three assisted tackles as a reserve defensive end and on special teams at Penn State (Oct. 30) ... made one solo tackle in first career start at outside linebacker vs. Illinois (Nov. 6) ... notched four solo tackles, including one for a loss, in start at outside linebacker against Purdue (Nov. 13) ... tallied four stops as a backup outside linebacker vs. Wisconsin (Nov. 20) ... appeared at outside linebacker and on special teams against Ohio State (Nov. 27) ... set a career high for tackles (six), tied his career high for tackles for loss (two) and recorded his first career sack in start at outside linebacker vs. Mississippi State (Jan. 1) in the Gator Bowl.
Sophomore (2009) ... earned second varsity letter ... Academic All-Big Ten ... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement ... played in all 12 games ... registered 16 tackles and four tackles for loss ... saw action at linebacker and on special teams vs. Western Michigan (Sept. 5), making one tackle ... contributed on special teams vs. Notre Dame (Sept. 12) ... assisted on one tackle at linebacker and played special teams vs. Eastern Michigan (Sept. 19) ... made one special teams tackle vs. Indiana (Sept. 26) ... played special teams at Michigan State (Oct. 3) ... assisted on a special teams stop against Iowa (Oct. 10) ... posted a team- and career-high five tackles and one TFL at linebacker and on special teams against Delaware State (Oct. 17) ... played linebacker and on special teams vs. Penn State (Oct. 24), assisting on a tackle ... contributed on special teams at Illinois (Oct. 31) ... matched career high with five tackles at weakside linebacker vs. Purdue (Nov. 7) ... recorded career-high two TFLs against the Boilermakers ... played special teams at Wisconsin (Nov. 14) and vs. Ohio State (Nov. 21) ... made one TFL against the Buckeyes ... has appeared in 24 straight games.
Freshman (2008) ... earned first varsity letter ... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement ... appeared in all 12 games ... amassed eight tackles ... tallied six of his eight stops on special teams ... recorded two special teams tackles in his collegiate debut vs. Utah (Aug. 30) ... assisted on one special teams tackle vs. Miami (Sept. 6) ... assisted on one special teams stop at Notre Dame (Sept. 13) ... contributed on special teams vs. Wisconsin (Sept. 27) ... assisted on one special teams tackle vs. Illinois (Oct. 4) ... contributed on special teams vs. Toledo (Oct. 11) and at Penn State (Oct. 18) ... posted two special teams stops vs. Michigan State (Oct. 25) ... contributed on special teams at Purdue (Nov. 1) ... made defensive debut at middle linebacker at Minnesota (Nov. 8) ... contributed on special teams vs. Northwestern (Nov. 15) ... recorded one tackle playing middle linebacker at Ohio State (Nov. 22).
Prep ... attended West Windsor Plainsboro High School (2007) coached by Todd Smith ... carries a 3.4 grade point average ... Key Statistics ... posted 308 tackles, 11 sacks, four interceptions, 10 fumble recoveries and 10 forced fumbles in three varsity seasons ... amassed 125 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions and six fumble recoveries as a senior ... totaled 112 tackles, five sacks and two interceptions during his junior season ... hauled in 23 passes for 383 yards and two touchdowns during junior year ... recorded 71 tackles and four sacks as a sophomore ... caught 17 passes for 310 yards and scored two TDs sophomore year ... Honors and Rankings ... 2007 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of New Jersey ... PrepStar Magazine All-American ... four-star prospect and the No. 10 linebacker by Scout.com ... recognized as a four-star athlete and No. 18 player at his position by Rivals.com ... No. 2 prospect from New Jersey as selected by Rivals.com ... rated as the No. 141 overall player in the country on the ESPN 150 rankings ... tabbed as the 14th-best outside linebacker in the nation by ESPN.com ... listed as the No. 9 player in the Northeast by G&W Recruiting Report ... picked by Tom Lemming as a top-300 player in the country ... received all-conference, all-area and third-team All-South Jersey honors at linebacker as a junior and senior.
Personal ... Joshua Brandon Fitzgerald was born Nov. 13, 1989 ... enrolled in the School of Kinesiology, majoring in sport management.
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