Devastating pass-rushing defensive end who finished his career as the Notre Dame recordholder for career sacks (24.5) despite seeing just three seasons of action (sacks have been recorded at Notre Dame since 1982) ... graduated in 2005 with a degree in management, but elected not to apply for a fifth year of eligibility ... selected in the third round (74th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft by the New York Giants ... had a breakout season as a junior in 2003, shattering the Notre Dame single-season sacks record with 13.5 ... posted 43 career tackles for loss, the third-most in Notre Dame history, behind Ross Browner (77 from 1973-77) and Kory Minor (44.5 from 1995-98) ... led the team in sacks and tackles for loss in both of his final two seasons ... finished career with 164 tackles, seven passes broken up and four forced fumbles in 36 games ... extremely quick and agile player ... is deceptively strong and able to take on much larger blockers ... played for head coaches Bob Davie (2001) and Tyrone Willingham (2002-04) ... was a relative unknown when he signed at Notre Dame in 2001 ... named a third-team freshman All-American by The Sporting News in 2002 when he moved from linebacker to defensive end ... voted the team's MVP by his teammates as a senior in 2004.
2004 (SENIOR): Voted the Notre Dame Monogram Club Most Valuable Player by his teammates ... led the team in sacks (6) and tackles for loss (14) ... led defensive linemen in total (47) and solo (27) tackles ... tied the Notre Dame career record of 22.5 quarterback sacks (done by Kory Minor from 1995-98) against Boston College and broke the mark the following game against Tennessee, eventually finishing career with 24.5 ... accomplished all of this while dealing with double-teams and offensive game plans designed to reduce his impact as a pass rusher and defensive force ... started all 11 regular-season games at defensive end, but missed the Insight Bowl vs. Oregon State due to injury ... had best game of season at #9/11 Tennessee, posting a season-high eight tackles (three for loss), including five solo stops and two sacks, in helping the Irish to a 17-13 upset ... registered two sacks in season opener against BYU ... notched seven tackles against Navy ... registered five tackles against BYU, Purdue, Boston College and USC ... had four tackles vs. Pittsburgh ... credited with 3.5 tackles for loss (0.5 sacks) against BC ... had two tackles for loss against BYU, as well as 1.5 vs. Washington and Stanford ... posted three tackles, including a sack of Michigan's Chad Henne, in Notre Dame's 28-20 upset of the #8/7 Wolverines ... combined with a teammate for a sack of Purdue's Kyle Orton ... played career-high 263:13 and made six special teams appearances.
Played in all 12 games at defensive end, earning 10 starting assignments ... finished the season with 73 tackles (43 solos) to rank third on the team ... led the Irish with a school-record 13.5 sacks (106 yards) and 19 tackles for loss (117 yards) ... ranked among the national leaders in sacks per game ... tallied four tackles versus Washington State (including one sack for a loss of 12 yards), broke up a pass and forced a fumble ... recorded five tackles against Michigan ... saw limited action against Michigan State due to a shoulder injury, but made two tackles in 7:20 against the Spartans ... posted seven tackles against Purdue, including 1.5 sacks of Kyle Orton for a total loss of 13 yards ... led the team in tackles against Pittsburgh with a then career-high 10 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for a loss...had then career-high 3.5 sacks versus the Panthers for a total loss of 26 yards ... also forced a fumble and broke up a pass against Pittsburgh ... made eight tackles versus Southern California, including a sack of Matt Leinart for a loss of six yards ... recorded two tackles against Boston College, including one tackle for a loss of five yards ... helped hold BC running back Derrick Knight to a season-low 43 yards on 23 carries ... Knight came into the game as the nation's leading rusher, averaging better than 133 yards per game ... tallied five tackles versus Florida State, including two tackles for a total loss of three yards ... led the Irish in tackles versus Navy with a career-high 14, including 1.5 sacks for a total loss of 14 yards ... also forced a fumble against the Midshipmen ... registered eight tackles versus Brigham Young, including one sack for nine yards ... led Notre Dame against Stanford with seven tackles, including a career-high four sacks for 22 yards ... the four sacks gave him 13.5 sacks for the season to set a school single-season sacks record, breaking the previous mark of 10 set by Bert Berry in 1996 and Mike Gann in 1984 (sacks have been recorded at Notre Dame since 1982) ... played 225:22 and made five teams special appearances on the season.
2002 (SOPHOMORE): Played in all 13 games, starting one contest (Rutgers) ... finished the season with 44 tackles (33 solos), 10 tackles for loss (36 yards) and five quarterback sacks (26 yards) while breaking up five passes and forcing a fumble ... he finished seventh on the team in tackles, despite playing on a part-time basis ... was a reserve defensive end behind starter Kyle Budinscak ... served as a pass-rush specialist in nickel and dime defenses ... named a freshman All-American by The Sporting News in 2002 ... in his first career game, he recorded two tackles versus Maryland ... had three tackles and his first career pass break-up against Michigan ... registered his first career sack against Michigan State ... had five tackles versus Stanford, including two tackles for a loss ... posted six tackles against Pittsburgh, including two sacks for a total loss of nine yards ... also had his first career forced fumble and broke up a pass against Pittsburgh ... tied for second on the team with career-high nine tackles versus Navy ... made his first career start against Rutgers and recorded four tackles, including one sack for a loss of eight yards ... had six tackles against Southern California, including one tackle for a loss ... had six tackles (four solos) against North Carolina State in the 2003 Gator Bowl ... posted two tackles for loss against the Wolfpack ... played 180:24 and made 71 special teams appearances on the season.
2001 (FRESHMAN): Did not see action as a rookie outside linebacker in 2001.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA:
Central Coosa County High School in Kellyton, Ala. ... named the Alabama Class 4A player of the year as a senior in 2000 ... helped his team to a 10-2 record in 2000 (after 0-10 mark his freshman season) with 167 tackles, nine sacks, eight fumble recoveries, seven caused fumbles and two interceptions at middle linebacker ... also caught 19 passes at tight end for 324 yards and four touchdowns ... career totals included 492 tackles, 37 sacks, 26 caused fumbles, 17 fumble receivers, 115 receptions for 2,106 yards and 17 touchdowns ... first-team Alabama all-state at tight end in 1999 ... captain as both a junior and senior ... earned Alabama all-state honors as a senior ... selected for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game ... averaged 17.6 points and 11.3 rebounds as a senior in basketball on a state title team that finished 23-6 ... a four-year letterman and two-time captain in basketball ... two-time MVP of the Alabama 4A state championship basketball team with a 28-2 record as a junior ... won three letters in baseball as a first baseman and leftfielder ... a cousin, Adalius Thomas, played football at Southern Mississippi and now is with the NFL's Baltimore Ravens ... name is Justin Lee Tuck ... second youngest of seven children ... a sister, Tiffany, played basketball at Lincoln ... born March 29, 1983 ... graduated in May 2005 with a degree in management from the Mendoza College of Business.
Tuck's Career Statistics
| ||G-GS||Solo||Asst. ||Tot. ||TL||Sacks||PBU ||FF|
| 2002||13-1||33||11|| 44||10-36||5.0-26||5||1|
| 2003||12-10||43||30||73||19.0-117||13.5-106|| 2||3|
| 2004||11-11||27||20||47||14.0-57||6.0-38|| 0||0|