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    Justin Staples
    54 Justin Staples
    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Lakewood, Ohio

    High School:
    St. Edward

    Height / Weight:
    6-4 / 240

    Position:
    DL

    Birthdate:
    12/10/1989

    Experience:
    1-1

    01/13/2013

    Illini Excel in Classroom During Fall Semester

    42 Illini Earned at Least a 3.0 GPA and Five Graduated Following Fall 2012

    12/09/2012

    Seniors, Award Winners Honored at Annual Banquet

    Pocic, Williams Voted 2012 Captains

    11/20/2012

    Illini Pay Tribute to 20 Seniors

    Teammates Write Tributes to 2012 Senior Class

    11/19/2012

    Game 12 Notes: Illinois at Northwestern

    Illini Close 2012 Season with Rivalry Game in Evanston

    11/15/2012

    20 Illini Seniors Will Play Final Home Game on Saturday

    Senior Day Recognition Will Take Place Prior to Illinois-Purdue Game

    11/17/2012

    Illinois vs. Purdue

    Illinois vs. Purdue @ Memorial Stadium Nov. 17, 2012.

    11/15/2012

    2012 Illinois Football Seniors

    Individual and group photos of the 20 2012 Illinois Football Seniors.

    10/27/2012

    Illinois vs. Indiana

    Illinois vs. Indiana 10/27/2012 @ Memorial Stadium

    09/29/2012

    Illinois vs. Penn State

    Illinois vs. Penn State @ Memorial Stadium 9/29/12

    09/15/2012

    Illinois vs. Charleston Southern

    9/15/2012 Illinois vs. Charleston Southern @ Memorial Stadium

    2011 - Junior: Played in all 13 games, making one start ... Had 16 tackles, one sack and two PBUs on the season ... Had two tackles against Minnesota, Michigan, Western Michigan, Arizona State and Arkansas State ... Had a sack at Indiana ... Had PBUs against Western Michigan and South Dakota State.

    2010 - Sophomore: Played in all 13 games, making three starts at the bandit position ... Had 26 tackles, 4.5 TFLs, 1.0 sack, two forced fumbles, one PBU and one hurry on the season ... Posted three tackles and 1.5 TFLs in victory over Purdue ... Tallied a career-high two TFLs and forced a fumble in win over Indiana ... Recorded first career QB hurry against Michigan State ... Posted two tackles and one PBU in win at Penn State ... Tallied a career-high six tackles in victory over Northern Illinois ... Recorded first career QB sack, tackle for loss and forced fumble in win over Southern Illinois ... Earned team's Best Effort Defense award during 2010 spring drills.

    2009 - Redshirt Freshman: Played in 10 games, primarily on special teams ... Forced a fumble against Ohio State.

    2008 - Freshman: Redshirted the 2008 season.

    High School: PrepStar Magazine All-American ... Rated the 19th-best recruit in the state of Ohio by Rivals.com ... Ranked No. 30 among outside linebackers nationally according to Rivals.com ... Named to the Cleveland Plain Dealer All-State team ... Recorded 92 tackles, seven sacks, one interception, 11 pass break-ups, six forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles as a senior ... Listed as the No. 33 weakside linebacker nationally by Scout.com ... Named to the Midwest Hot 100 list by Scout.com ... Picked for the Big 33 All-Star game (featuring the best Pennsylvania and Ohio seniors) ... Posted 52 tackles, four sacks and four fumble recoveries as a junior, and 28 tackles and two sacks as a sophomore ... High school coach was Scot Niedzwiecki.

    Personal: Full name is Justin Ikeem Staples ... Son of Shelley and Lenson Staples ... Born Dec. 10, 1989 ... Majoring in sociology ... Chose Illinois over Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan State.

    CAREER HIGHS
    Tackles: 6 vs. Northern Illinois, 9/18/10
    Solos: 2, twice (last time vs. Indiana, 10/23/10)
    Forced Fumble: 1, twice (last time vs. Indiana, 10/23/10)
    Fumble Recovered: 1 at Ohio State, 9/26/09
    QB Sacks: 1, twice (last time vs. Indiana, 10/8/11)
    QB Hurry: 1 at Michigan State, 10/16/10
    TFL: 2 vs. Indiana, 10/23/10
    PBU: 1, three times (last time vs. Western Michigan, 9/24/11)

    Staples' Statistics:

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    (updated 5/23/12)

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