UTAH: After an all-conference sophomore season in 2008, he decided to forgo his final two years of college eligibility to enter the NFL draft ... member of two undefeated teams ... signed with Utah as a quarterback in 2004 and was a redshirt on the 12-0, Fiesta Bowl champion team ... started at right end for Utah's 2008 13-0, Sugar Bowl champion team... served an LDS Church mission after his redshirt season ... switched to defensive end on his return and was named a second-team Freshman All-American in 2007.
2008-First-team All-MWC defensive lineman ... SI.com and College Football News honorable mention All-American ... played and started in all 13 games at right end ... led Utah and ranked second in the conference in tackles for loss (16.5) ... third in the league in sacks (7.5) ... 75 yards on tackles for loss is ninth all-time at Utah ... seven pass breakups ranked second on the team, as did two forced fumbles ... 61 total tackles ranked fifth on the team ... four sacks (all solo) against Utah State tied the school record and was best single-game total in the country ... five TFL against USU was the second-best mark in school history ... intercepted a pass against BYU and returned it 30 yards ... tipped balls resulted in interceptions against Wyoming and Colorado State ... season-high nine tackles (2.5 for loss) against Michigan ... seven tackles (1 TFL) and a pass breakup against CSU ... five tackles (1 TFL) against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.
2007-Sporting News and Scout.com second-team Freshman All-American ... CollegeSportsReport.com first-team Redshirt Freshman All-American ... honorable mention all-MWC ... played in all 13 games and started the last 11 at right end ... 63 tackles was the most among league's freshman linemen and the second-best freshman total at any position ... 63 tackles ranked fourth on the team ... also had 7.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, five pass breakups, three fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and an interception ... two double-figure tackle games (10 vs. Utah State and Navy) ... 10 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack against Navy in bowl win ... eight tackles and a pass breakup versus UNLV ... six tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery against New Mexico ... returned an interception 24 yards against UCLA.
HIGH SCHOOL: All-conference and preseason All-America quarterback as a senior in 2003 ... Timpanogos High (Utah) team captain lettered all four years ... ranked in the top 30 quarterbacks nationally by Student Sports ... honor roll. PERSONAL: Son of Paul and Jennifer Kruger ... both parents played sports at Oregon State (father football; mother track and field) ... one of six children ... younger brother Dave is a defensive lineman at Utah ... enjoys skiing (snow and water), snowboarding and rock climbing ... sociology major ... born Feb. 15, 1986 in Rexburg, Idaho.
YEAR G/GS UT AT TOT TFL SACK PBU INT 2007 13/11 24 39 63 7.5-33 3.0-22 5 1-24 2008 13/13 31 30 61 16.5-75 7.5-52 7 1-30 Totals 26/24 55 69 124 24-108 10.5-74 12 2-54