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  Joe Jiannoni
Joe Jiannoni

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
La Quinta, Calif.

High School:
La Quinta HS

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 235

Position:
LB

Experience:
2VL

UTAH: All-conference candidate figures to be the top returning middle linebacker in the league ... will start for a third season ... playmaker can cover a lot of ground ...strong, fast, aggressive and active ... extremely hard-hitting tackler.

2006- Second-team all-Mountain West Conference selection played in and started 11 games at middle linebacker ... Utah's second-leading tackler had 92 total stops, despite missing two games (Northern Arizona and Utah State) with a foot injury ... named Utah's Top Linebacker ... 8.4 tackles per game ranked fifth in the MWC and 48th in the nation ... totaled 8 tackles for loss and 4 sacks ... also had 3 pass breakups, a fumble recovery, interception and forced fumble ... named MWC Defensive Player of the Week on Nov. 20, after tying a career-high with 15 tackles (11 solo), 2.5 tackles for loss, and a sack against Air Force ... also posted 15 tackles against Wyoming ... another double-digit tackle game came against Boise State (11).

2005- Played in all 12 games, starting the last 11 at middle linebacker ... finished fourth on the team in total tackles with 73 ... 2.5 tackles for a loss and 1 assisted sack ... season-high 9 tackles at TCU (8 solo) ... 8-tackle games against UNLV, New Mexico and BYU ... 7 tackles against Utah State and San Diego State ... recovered a fumble vs. Arizona.

2004- Saw action in eight games ... 17 tackles, 4 solo and 13 assisted ... 1.5 tackles for loss ... season-best 8 tackles vs. UNLV, including 1.5 for a loss of 4 yards ... 3 tackles against both Texas A&M and Utah State.

2003- Redshirt.

HIGH SCHOOL: Three-time all-Desert Valley League (first-team in 2001) ... 2001 all-CIF ... La Quinta High School (Calif.) Most Valuable Linebacker in 2001, Most Valuable Offensive Back in 2002 and team MVP in 2002 ... La Quinta won Division VIII CIF and Desert Valley League championships in 2000 and 2001 ... also wrestled ... National Honor Society ... President's Award.

PERSONAL: Son of Michael and Tracey Jiannoni (pronounced jee-a-no-nee) ... three brothers and one sister ... mass communication major ... full name is Joseph Michael Jiannoni ... born Dec. 27, 1984.

YEAR	G/GS	UT	AT	TOT	TFL	SACKS
2004	8/0	4	13	17	1.5-4	0
2005	12/11	34	39	73	2.5-12	0.5-5
2006	11/11	48	44	92	8.5-27	4.0-17
Totals	31/22	86	96	182	12.5-43	4.5-22
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