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Justin Crooks 46

Justin  Crooks


Round Rock, Texas

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2004: Baylor's top linebacker and one of the team's best leaders, Justin Crooks will challenge for All-America and All-Big 12 honors in his final season with the Green and Gold ... The Bears' second-leading returning tackler was credited with 72 stops as a junior and has started 13 consecutive games dating back to the 2002 campaign ... In 11 career games against ranked (Associated Press) teams, Crooks has recorded five or more tackles nine times with a pair of double-digit performances to his credit.

2003: Started all 12 games for Baylor at linebacker ... Finished second on the team in total tackles with 72, including 45 solo stops ... Ranked second on the squad in tackles for loss with 9.5 for 21 yards ... Also had one quarterback sack for four yards lost, six quarterback hurries, a team-high three fumble recoveries, two pass breakups and a forced fumble ... Had just seven tackles in BU's first two games, but made five or more stops in each of his final 10 appearances ... Credited with a career-high tying 10 tackles, including nine solos, against No. 19 Texas ... Also had nine tackles (five solo) at Kansas State ... His performance against the Wildcats included a career-high five tackles for loss totaling 10 yards ... Recorded seven tackles versus Sam Houston State and had six four other times ... In Baylor's 42-30 win over two-time defending Big 12 North champion Colorado, Crooks had six tackles, one fumble recovery, a tackle for loss (of two yards) and a pass breakup ... His third quarter fumble recovery set up the Bears' fifth touchdown four plays later ... In the fourth quarter against CU, he teamed with Maurice Lane to stop the Buffs' Brian Calhoun for a two-yard loss on a fourth and goal play at the one-yard line with the Bears holding a 35-30 lead ... Earned third varsity letter.

2002: Played in 11 games, missing only the Tulsa contest ... Started season finale at Oklahoma State ... Tallied 45 tackles with four tackles for loss and two sacks ... Had a season-high eight tackles at No. 4 Texas ... Credited with seven stops against Samford and six against both No. 23 Colorado and Oklahoma State ... Recorded sacks against both Colorado and Oklahoma State ... Made a pair of tackles for loss versus Samford ... Received second letter.

2001: Appeared in all 11 games as a true freshman and started at weakside linebacker against No. 5 Texas and at Missouri ... Led Baylor true freshmen with 53 total tackles, including 30 solos and 23 assists, to earn first letter ... Also credited with four tackles for loss, four quarterback hurries and two pass breakups ... Had a season-high 10 tackles, including two for loss, at No. 2 Oklahoma ... Made eight stops both at No. 24 Texas A&M and at Missouri.

High School: McNeil High School, Round Rock, Texas ... All-district pick was named Area Defensive Player of the Year ... Recorded over 130 tackles and seven sacks as a senior ... Also blocked three punts ... Named second-team 5A all-state by the Texas Sports Writers Association ... 2000 preseason second-team selection on the Texas Football Super Team ... Rated the state's fifth-best linebacker by Texas Football magazine and a member of the Texas Top 300 ... Listed among the state's top 100 prospects by the Waco Tribune-Herald ... Named the Central Texas Defensive Player of the Year as a junior after recording 165 tackles and seven sacks ... Coached by Jim Loerwald at the District 14-5A school.

Personal: The son of Rick and Julie Crooks, Justin Sean Crooks was born Aug. 10, 1982, in Austin, Texas ... Financial services and planning major.


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