17   Jovan Santos-Knox
Jovan  Santos-Knox


Middletown, Conn.

High School:
Xavier H.S. (Conn.)

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 241



Football Victorious in Season Finale at Buffalo, 31-26

Freshman Marquis Young paced the Minutemen with 240 yards on 35 carries for three touchdowns.


Football Finishes Out 2015 Season With Buffalo Road Trip

Minutemen face the Bulls at UB Stadium on Fri., Nov. 27 at 4:30 p.m.


Offense Stalled in 20-13 loss to Miami (Ohio)

The Minutemen will close out the 2015 season at Buffalo on Fri., Nov. 27.


UMass Closes Home Slate Against Miami (Ohio) Saturday

Minutemen host the RedHawks at 1 p.m. on Nov. 21 at McGuirk Stadium


Football Visits Eastern Michigan for Saturday Showdown

Minutemen and Eagles do battle in Rynearson Stadium on ESPN3 at 3 p.m., Nov. 14



FB VS. BUFFALO Photos by Thom Kendall '93



FB VS. BALL STATE Photos by Thom Kendall '93



FB vs. EASTERN MICHIGAN Photos by Thom Kendall '93



FB vs. BOWLING GREEN Photos by Thom Kendall '93



FB vs. COLORADO Photos by Thom Kendall '93

As A Senior In 2015: Game-By-Game Statistics
Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List (given to top defensive player nationally by the Maxwell Football Club) ... Bronko Nagurski Award Watch List (given to the top defensive player nationally by the Charlotte Touchdown Club) ... Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List (Top Lineman) ... Phil Steele Preseason All-MAC First Team Linebacker ... AthlonSports Preseason All-MAC First Team Linebacker

As A Junior In 2014: Game-By-Game Statistics
All-MAC First Team Linebacker ... Phil Steele First Team All-MAC Linebacker ... ECAC All-Star Linebacker ... Was tops among Minutemen with 143 tackles (53-90), including 8.5 TFLs for 30 yards lost ... Finished the year fourth in NCAA Division I FBS for tackles per game (11.9) and fifth in total tackles (143) ... His 143 stops were the eighth-most by one UMass player in a single season in program history ... Added six pass breakups, three forced fumbles, three quarterback hurries and a pair of sacks ... Averaged 11.9 tackles per game in 2014 after producing 2.7 per game in 2013 and 3.2 over 10 appearances in 2012 ... Led both sides and set a career high with 15 tackles (5-10) against Boston College (8/30), earning a TFL for a three-yard loss and one pass breakup ... Was the top tackler on both sides for the second consecutive week with 12 stops (3-9) when UMass battled Colorado (9/6) ... Had a 10-yard sack and finished the game against the Buffaloes with 1.5 TFLs ... Led both sides for the third consecutive week with 15 tackles (3-12), including the 100th of his UMass career, at Vanderbilt (9/13) ... Earned 15 stops (6-9) against Bowling Green (9/27), with a TFL going for a loss of two yards ... Tallied nine tackles (5-4) and a pass breakup at Miami (Ohio) on Oct. 4 ... Added another nine-stop (5-4) performance at Kent State during the 40-17 UMass win ... Made eight tackles (2-6), including an assisted sack, in the victory over Eastern Michigan (10/18) ... Led both teams with 12 tackles (6-6) at Toledo (10/25), including the 150th of his UMass career ... Had a pair of TFLs among his game-high 14 tackles (3-11) while he provided a pair of pass breakups and a forced fumble in the win over Ball State (11/12) ... Tied a season-best for the Minutemen with 19 tackles (11-8), which included 1.5 TFLs and a half-sack, at Akron (11/18) while he also had two forced fumbles against the Zips ... Tallied 14 stops (3-11) with a pass breakup against Buffalo (11/30), his eighth game with 10 or more in 2014.

As A Sophomore In 2013: Game-By-Game Statistics
Started four of the 12 games played ... Recorded 32 total tackles on the season, including three tackles for a total loss of 13 yards ... Assisted on a sack that went for a loss of five yards ... Added one interception ... Recorded a forced fumble and recovered one fumble on the season ... Recorded four tackles (1-3) as a starting linebacker at No. 23 Wisconsin (8/31) ... Intercepted a pass by Maine's Marcus Wasilewski in the endzone and assisted on two tackles against the Black Bears on Sept. 7 ... Appeared at linebacker when the Minutemen face Kansas State (9/14) ... Recovered a fumble and notched three tackles (1-2) against Vanderbilt (9/21) ... Earned a pair of solo stops at Bowling Green (10/5) ... Assisted on a trio of takedowns as a starting linebacker against Miami (Ohio) on Oct. 12 ... Had two tackles (1-1), including a TFL for a four-yard loss at Buffalo (10/19) ... Helped out on four tackles, including the 50th of his UMass career, with a nine-yard sack and a four-yard TFL, against Western Michigan (10/26) ... Added five tackles (1-4) against No. 17/21 Northern Illinois (11/2).

As A Freshman In 2012: Game-By-Game Statistics
Played in ten games, starting eight at linebacker ... Recorded 32 tackles (11-21), 4.0 TFLs for a loss of 12 yards, two pass breakups, one quarterback hurry and a recovered fumble ... Recorded three assisted tackles in his first game, against Indiana (9/8) ... Tallied four stops (1-3) at Western Michigan (10/6) ... Had six assisted stops and a fumble recovery vs. Buffalo (11/17) ... Notched three takedowns (2-1), including a TFL for three yards at Northern Illinois (11/3) ... Earned six stops (0-6) and a fumble recovery against Buffalo (11/17) ... Made a season-high seven tackles (2-5) to go with a pass breakup and an assisted TFL vs. Central Michigan (11/23).

Before UMass: Earned all-Connecticut honors as a linebacker after leading Xavier High School to a 13-0 record in 2011 ... Guided Xavier to a pair of Connecticut State Championships ... Played for head coach Sean Marinan.

Personal: Jovan Dimetri Santos-Knox ... Born July 5, 1994 in Waterbury, Conn. ... Son of Byron and Julia Knox ... Brother of Carli, Vienna and London.

Career Highs
Tackles: 19 (11-8), Akron (11/19/14)
TFLs: 2.0 (2-0), 2x, last vs. Ball State (11/12/14)
Sacks: 1.0 (1-0), vs. Colorado (9/6/14)
Fumbles Forced: 2, vs. Ball State (11/12/14)
Fumbles Recovered: 1, twice, last vs. Vanderbilt (9/21/13)
Interceptions: 1, vs. Maine (9/7/13)
Pass Breakups: 2, vs. Ball State (11/12/14)

Miscellaneous Statistics
10+ Tackle Games: 8, last vs. Buffalo (11/28/14)
15+ Tackle Games: 4, last vs. Buffalo (11/28/14)

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