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2   Josh Jennings
Josh Jennings

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
New Britain, Conn.

High School:
New Britain H.S./Bridgton Acad.

Last College:
Dean College (Mass.)

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 220

Position:
LB

Birthdate:
01/07/1986


Honors:

•2008 CAA All-Conference FirstTeam •2008 ECAC All-Star •CAA Defensive Player of Week, Nov. 3, 2008 •CAA Defensive Player of Week, Oct. 6, 2008 •UMass/Dinn Bros Athlete of Week, Oct. 6, 2008 •CAA Co-Def. Player of Week, Aug. 31, 2008 • 2007 CAA Academic All-Conference

On Jennings: All-American candidate ... Starting middle linebacker, who is explosive ... Will be looked upon to continue his achievement as a junior ... A complete playmaker ... Just piles up tackles ... Always seems to be around the ball ... Tremendous athlete makes an impact ... Powerful and fast athlete ... Has great football intuition and plays with great intensity ... Strong pass rusher.

As a redshirt senior in 2009: Missed the entire season with a back injury.

As a redshirt junior in 2008: Earned first team CAA All-Conference honors and was an ECAC All-Star ... Three-time CAA Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Aug. 31, Oct. 6 and Nov. 3. ... Ranked seventh in CAA in tackles per game (8.2), which ranked 71st in the NCAA ... Fifth in tackles among all linebackers in CAA ... Second on UMass with 90 tackles, including team-best 62 assisted stops. Led team until 11th week ... Tied for UMass lead with three interceptions (for 44 yards), which was tied for 12th in CAA with 0.3 per game ... Tied for team best in TFLs with 7.0 TFLs for 21 yards, a sack, starting first 11 games game ... Led UMass in tackles four times with 10-plus each time ... Two tackles in limited action at #13 New Hampshire (11/15) ... Racked up eight tackles and a 0.5TFL vs. Maine (11/8) ... Named CAA Defensive Player of the week for third time on Nov. 3 after huge game at Rhode Island (11/1). Had two interceptions including a 40-yard return for touchdown (his first career score). Also five tackles. It was UMass' first two-interception game since Brandon Smith (9/1/05 at Rich.) ... In early action, five tackles against Bryant (10/25) ... Led UMass with 14 tackles and a TFL vs. #9 Richmond (10/18) ... After his father's death missed most the week of practice and made three tackles at Northeastern (10/11) ... Named CAA Defensive Player of the Week for second time after a career-high 16 tackles vs. #16 Delaware (10/4), along with career-best 3.5 TFLs ... Led UMass with 11 tackles at #11 FBS Texas Tech (9/20). That included 100th career tackle at UMass ... Seven stops at #7 James Madison (9/13) ... Six tackles and 12-yard sack on a blitz at Holy Cross (9/6) ... Opened the season with a game-best 13 tackles against Albany (8/30). Also picked off first-career interception.

As a redshirt sophomore in 2007: CAA Academic All-Conference pick ... Third on team in tackles with 69 (41 assisted) in 13 games, including five starts in 3-4 formations ... Had 6.0 sacks for 33 yards and 9.5 TFL for 46 yards ... Posted four pass break-ups ... Third on the team in sacks with 6.0 ... Career-best two sacks for 14 yards as he made five tackles at #4 Southern Illinois (12/1) in NCAA Quarterfinals ... Four tackles in NCAA First Round vs. #25 Fordham (11/24) ... Racked up four tackles with 1.5 sacks at #22 Hofstra (11/17) ... Had one of UMass' eight sacks in win over #14 New Hampshire (11/10), finishing with five tackles ... Racked up 10 tackles including a TFL at Rhode Island (11/3) ... Two tackles at William & Mary (10/27) ... Two pass break-ups and two tackles vs. Northeastern (10/20) ... Made a career-best 12 tackles vs. Villanova (10/13) ... Three tackles at Boston College (9/29) ... Racked up six tackles including 2.0 TFLs at Maine (9/22) ... Started for second time at UMass as a fourth linebacker (in a 3-4 set) vs. #23 Towson (9/15) and made nine tackles including a half-sack and a TFL for four yards ... Opened year with five tackles vs. Holy Cross (9/1).

As a sophomore in 2006: Medical redshirt season as he recovered from an injured back most of the season ... Played in first two games of the season including a start at Navy (9/9), where he made two tackles ... Played in season-opener in UMass debut vs. Colgate (9/2) and made a tackle.

As a freshman in 2005 (At Dean College): Played at Dean College in Franklin, Mass., named Northeast Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year ... Honorable Mention NJCAA All-American ... Led the Northeast Football Conference in tackles with 94, tackles for loss with 30 and tied for league lead in sacks with 10 ... Named to the NFC First Team All-Conference ... Helped Dean to a 6-4 record.

Before College: Played one season of prep ball at Bridgton Academy in Maine, where he picked up 11 sacks and two forced fumbles ... Graduated from New Britain High School, in 2004 ... Named the 2003 Connecticut Defensive Player of the Year ... All-Time state record holder in career sacks with 64 ... Set the state record for sacks in a single-game with five ... Stands second on the chart for most sacks in a single-season with 27 ... Two-time All-State player and two-time All-Herald honoree ... named to the all-conference team on three occasions ... Was a preseason All-American by CBS Sportsline ... As a senior, in addition to his 27 sacks, also had 116 tackles, six forced fumbles, three blocked punts and three touchdowns.

Personal: Joshua M. Jennings ... Born January 7, 1986 in New Britain, Conn. ... Guided by mother Tammy Clark ... Majoring in Sociology.

Career Statistics at UMass (Defense)

Year	GP	UT	AT	TT	Sacks	TFL	Int	PD
2006	2/1	0	3	3	0-0	0-0	0-0	0
2007	13/5	28	41	69	6-33	9.5-46	0-0	4
2008	11/11	28	62	90	1-12	7-21	3-44	3
Totals	26/17	56	106	162	7-45	16.5-67	3-44	7

CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 16 vs. Delaware (10/4/08)
Sacks: 2 at Southern Illinois (12/1/07)
Interceptions: 2 at Rhode Island (11/1/08)
Touchdowns: 1 at Rhode Island (11/1/08)
Passes Defended: 2 vs. Northeastern (10/20/07)
Tackles For Loss: 3.5 vs. Delaware (10/4/08)
10-Tackle Games: 6 (last vs.Richmond, 10/18/08), UMass 3-3

Game-By-Game

2007 	UT-AT-TT, Other
9/1	H. Cross	2-3-5
9/8	Colgate	0-1-1
9/15	Towson	2-8-10, 1.5sk, 2tfl
9/22	Maine	5-1-6, pd
9/29	BC	1-2-3, pd
10/13	Vill.	4-8-12
10/20	NU	0-2-2, 2 pd
10/27	W&M	2-0-2
11/3	URI	3-7-10, tfl
11/10	UNH	1-4-5, sk, tfl
11/17	Hofstra	2-2-4, 1.5sk, 1.5tfl
11/24	Ford.	1-3-4
12/1	SIU	5-0-5, 2sk, 2tfl, pd

2008 UT-AT-TT, Other 8/30 Albany 1-12-13, int 9/6 HC 6-0-6, sk, tfl 9/13 JMU 0-7-7, 0.5tfl 9/20 TTU 10-1-11 10/4 Del. 3-13-16, 3.5tfl 10/11 NU 3-0-3 10/18 Rich. 4-10-14, tfl 10/25 Bryant 0-5-5 11/1 URI 1-4-5, 2int (TD), 0.5tfl 11/8 Maine 0-8-8, 0.5tfl 11/15 UNH 0-2-2

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