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  Joe Kruger
Joe Kruger

Player Profile
Hometown:
Orem, Utah

High School:
Pleasant Grove HS

Height / Weight:
6-7 / 280

Position:
DE

Birthdate:
06/04/1992

Experience:
3VL

UTAH: Opted to forego his senior season to enter the 2013 NFL draft ... two-year starter at end ... played in 37-of-38 games from 2010-12 with 14 starts.

2012-Honorable mention All-Pac-12 ... played in 11 games with seven starts at right end ... missed the ASU game with an ankle injury ... 30 total tackles included eight tackles for loss and a team-high six sacks ... had a 24-yard interception return for a touchdown vs. Northern Colorado ... 2 forced fumbles ... blocked a field goal against Colorado ... season-high five tackles against BYU included two TFL, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble ... four tackles against Oregon State and Cal.

2011-Played in all 13 games with seven starts at left end ... 35 tackles includes 5.0 TFL and three sacks ... six tackles (one TFL) against USC ... five tackles against Arizona ... four tackles and a sack with a pass breakup against Cal ... four tackles with 1.5 TFL (one sack) against UCLA ... 7-yard sack and a forced fumble against Pittsburgh.

2010-Played as a true freshman in all 13 games, mostly on special teams ... four total tackles ... two tackles against UNLV ... tackle for loss against San Jose State ... pass breakup vs. New Mexico ... Academic all-MWC.

HIGH SCHOOL: First-team all-state and all-conference as a senior in 2009 ... ranked in the nation's top 25 defensive ends by Rivals.com ... led the state in sacks (15) and had 51 tackles his senior season ... lettered four years in football and basketball

PERSONAL: Son of Paul and Jennifer Kruger ... father played football for Oregon State ... three brothers and two sisters ... brother Paul, an all-conference defensive end for Utah in 2008, was a second-round draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens where he is now in his fourth season ... brother Dave is a Ute senior defensive tackle ... brother-in-law Tony Bergstrom, an all-Pac-12 offensive lineman for the Utes in 2011, was a third-round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders ... enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding, hunting and fishing ... economics major ... full name is Jonathan Wells Kruger ... born June 4, 1992.

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