Go Utes!
Go Utes!


  Justin Taplin-Ross
Justin Taplin-Ross

Player Profile
Hometown:
Murietta, Calif.

High School:
Vista Murietta HS

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 214

Position:
DB

Birthdate:
03/26/1989

Experience:
4VL

UTAH: Started at free safety as a senior and played in every game on defense the last two years of his career ... moved to safety from linebacker in 2008 ... tested at a 39" vertical jump and 4.54-second 40 speed.

2010-Started all 13 games at free safety ... 62 tackles, 4.5 TFL and one sack ... two interceptions ... career-high eight tackles in each of his last two games against BYU and Boise State ... four six-tackle games: UNLV, New Mexico, TCU and San Diego State ... 52-yard interception return at Iowa State ... one pass breakup (vs. New Mexico) ... three kickoff returns for 67 yards ... two kick returns for 53 yards against Boise State.

2009-Played in 13 games, making one start at strong safety ... 29 tackles included 2.5 tackles for loss (four yards) ... three pass breakups ... season-high six tackles against Wyoming ... two pass breakups with three tackles vs. Louisville ... four tackles against Air Force ... two tackles and a fumble recovery vs. Oregon ... three solo tackles against Cal in the Poinsettia Bowl ... Academic all-MWC.

2008-Played in 12 games, mostly on special teams ... four tackles ... forced a fumble on a kick return by Utah State that led to a Ute touchdown ... two tackles against the Aggies ... Academic all-MWC ... made the Athletic Director's Honor Roll.

2007-Played in 10 games, mostly for special teams ... five tackles included season-high three stops against UCLA ... Academic all-MWC ... made the Athletic Director's Honor Roll.

YEAR	G/GS	UT	AT	TOT	TFL	SACK	PBU	INT
2007	10/0	3	2	5	0-0	0-0	0	0
2008	12/0	3	1	4	0-0	0-0	0	0
2009	13/1	18	11	29	2.5-4	0-0	3	0
2010	13/13	41	21	62	4.5-9	1.0-3	1	2-49
Totals	48/14	65	35	100	7.0-13	1.0-3	4	2-49
Utah.edu Pac-12 Utah Utah Sports Properties