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Justin Trattou

DE

Height
6' 3"
CLASS
SO
Hometown
Ramsey, N.J.
Weight
265 lbs.
Experience
2L
School
Don Bosco Prep
Justin Trattou

CAREER: Played in 52 games at Florida, including 31 starts…Recorded 121 tackles (75 solo, 47 assisted)…Also recorded 26.0 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, three interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one pass breakup and three pass deflections.

 

2010: Named to the 2010 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll…Played and started all 13 games in 2010…Was fourth on the Gators with 57 tackles, 35 solo, and is first on the team with 12.0 tackles for loss…Had a tackle for loss in nine out of the Gators’ last 11 games…Contributed one solo tackle and one pass breakup in Florida’s win over Penn State in the Outback Bowl…Had six tackles and two for loss versus Florida State…Graded out a Champion in all of Florida’s games but one…Recorded four tackles, including one for loss versus Appalachian State…Contributed four tackles versus South Carolina…Recorded two tackles and a sack for a loss of three yards in Florida’s defeat of Vanderbilt…Contributed eight tackles, seven solo and one tackle for loss in UF’s win over Georgia…Matched his career-high with nine tackles, including 1.5 for loss versus Mississippi State…Had a career-high nine tackles, including one for loss, against LSU…Recorded two tackles and a tackle for a loss of four yards in the Gators’ game versus Alabama…Had three tackles and two tackles for a loss of two yards and graded out a Champion versus Kentucky…Was named one of Florida’s defensive players of the game for his performance against Tennessee…Teamed up for a sack for a loss of two yards in UF’s win over Tennessee. Also recorded three tackles in the victory…Had three unassisted tackles and one interception for a 35-yard touchdown versus USF. His interception gave him three for his career, the eighth-most by a defensive end since 1996 and tied for first in the SEC for interception return touchdowns…Was one of two defensive players that graded out a Champion in Florida’s victory over USF…Recorded one solo and two assisted tackles in the season opener, when he started at defensive end and graded out a Champion.

 

2009: Played in 13 of UF’s games in 2009, including four starts against Troy, Kentucky, Alabama in the 2009 SEC Championship Game and versus Cincinnati in the 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl…Collected 17 total tackles, including 11 solo and six assisted, 4.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 quarterback sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery his junior season… Notched two tackles, including a quarterback sack for a loss of seven yards as the Gators defeated Cincinnati, 51-24, in the 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl…Started his third game of the season against Alabama in the SEC Championship and recorded two tackles in the game at the Georgia Dome…Had one of the biggest plays of the year against South Carolina, a momentum-changing 53-yard interception return, his second career INT, that allowed UF to pull off a 24-14 win over the Gamecocks…Also grabbed a tackle on the defensive side of the ball against South Carolina…His 53-yard INT return against USC was the longest return by a Gator defensive lineman since at least 1996 and longest by a defensive lineman in the SEC since 1999…Grabbed three tackles and teamed up with teammate Carlos Dunlap for a tackle for a loss of three yards in UF’s win over Vanderbilt…Helped UF’s stellar defensive efforts in the win over Arkansas on Homecoming and collected a tackle in the process…Collected a key quarterback sack for a loss of eight yards in UF’s 13-3 win over LSU…Had one tackle for a loss of eight yards in the win over Kentucky on the road…Grabbed one tackle in UF’s first SEC victory over Tennessee…Also lined up at the tight end position in the goal line-situation package against the Vols…Secured the starting position at defensive tackle against Troy, rallying for three tackles, a tackle for loss, one fumble recovery and a pass deflection in

the 56-6 win over the Trojans…Picked up two unassisted tackles in the season opener against Charleston Southern.

 

2008: One of two football representatives on UF’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee…Saw action in all 14 of Florida’s games during the season, including 13 starts…Recorded 27 tackles, including 17 solo and 10 assisted, while tallying 4.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 quarterback sacks and a pass break up…Played a role in the defensive charge against Oklahoma in the 2009 FedEx BCS National Championship Game and recorded a tackle in the 2008 SEC Championship Game…Collected his first quarterback sack of the season against The Citadel…Graded out a Champion for his performance in Florida’s winning effort against LSU…Season-best game came against South Carolina, where he recorded five tackles and half a quarterback sack.

 

2007: Selected to the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll…One of the most talented freshman on the squad who played a pivotal role at defensive end and defensive tackle…Saw action in 12 games and did not play against Ole Miss…Made his first career start in the Capital One Bowl against Michigan…Led all Florida freshmen defensive linemen with 20 tackles (12 solo and eight assisted)…Ranked fourth on the team in tackles for loss with 6.5 for a loss of 30 yards…Was third on the team in sacks with 3.5 for a loss of 25 yards…Added to his impressive resume with an interception, a pass deflection, two quarterback hurries and one forced fumble…In his starting debut, had three tackles, including one for a loss of two yards, and forced a fumble in the second quarter against the Wolverines…Had a career day against Florida Atlantic, racking up seven tackles, including three for a loss of 16 yards…Also had two sacks for a loss of 13 yards in that contest…In his second career game, had one tackle and one interception against Troy…The pick was the first by the Gators on the season…Registered one tackle and one sack for a loss of nine yards at Kentucky…Tallied two tackles versus Auburn.

 

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Helped lead Don Bosco to a perfect 12-0 record and its first state title since 2003 during his senior year with 82 tackles and 17 sacks…Rated No. 4 among New Jersey’s Top 30 prospects by Rivals.com…Rated fourth among defensive ends by Scout.com…Selected to be on the ESPN150 list…Was chosen as a U.S. Army All-American and was also honored at the High School Heisman ceremony…Named all-state during both his junior and senior years…Led Don Bosco to the state final his junior year by recording 96 tackles and totaling 11 sacks…Collected 65 tackles, eight sacks and an interception as a sophomore…Chose Florida over Notre Dame…High school coach was Greg Toal.

 

MAJOR: Sports Management.

 

TRATTOU’S CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 9 (2x, last vs. Mississippi State, 2010)

QB Sacks: 2 (Florida Atlantic, 2007)

Forced Fumbles: 1 (Michigan, 2008)

Interceptions: 1 (3x, last vs. USF, 2010)

 

CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

Year

UT-AT

TT

TBL

QBS

FF

FR

PD

INT

2007

12-8

20

6.5

3.5

1

0

1

1

2008

17-10

27

4.0

1.5

0

0

1

0

2009

11-6

17

4.5

2.0

0

1

1

1

2010

35-22

57

10.0

1.5

0

0

1

1

Totals:

75-46

121

25.0

8.5

1

1

4

3

 

PROFILE

·         One of Florida’s football representatives on the 2008-09 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee alongside teammate Lorenzo Edwards

·         Enjoys studying economics

·         Fans following SEC Media Days’ live feed voted him best-dressed athlete

·         Visited roommate Duke Lemmens in California over the summer and was amused by “weirdos” and oddities of Venice Beach

·         His favorite Gator tradition is the Gator Walk

·         His favorite vacation spot is Aruba

·         Long time friend and former high school teammate (New Jersey’s Don Bosco Prep) of Tennessee QB Matt Simms who is son of former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms and brother of Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ former quarterback Chris Simms

QUOTES

“One of Florida’s most inspirational players a year ago on defense might end up being one of the Gators’ most important players in 2010.” (7/22/10)

Chris Low, ESPN.com

 

“He has shown during his career that while he might not possess the elite athleticism of past Gator ends, he's got just as much drive and heart (if not more).” (6/28/10)

Edward Aschoff, Gainesville Sun

 

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