32   Jeff Fontana
Jeff Fontana

RS Senior

Libertyville, IL

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 205



2007: Played in 11 games, continuing his role on special teams and as a backup safety. Made a special teams tackle in the season-opener vs. Iowa (9-1). Credited with two tackles vs. Southern Illinois (9-8). Had two special teams stops in the Eastern Michigan game (9-15). Credited with one tackle in five consecutive games: at Temple (10-6), vs. Western Michigan (10-13), at Wisconsin (10-20), at Toledo (10-27), and in NIU's win over Kent State (11-10).

2006: Played in all 13 contests, including bowl game, as special teams performer and reserve safety. Totaled 11 tackles, including one for loss. Made collegiate debut at Ohio State (9-2). Registered three tackles vs. Indiana State (9-23). Credited with a tackle at Ball State (9-30). Had special teams stop at Western Michigan (10-14). Recorded a tackle against Temple (10-21) and another at Iowa (10-28). Totaled three tackles, including one for loss, against Central Michigan (11-17).

2005: Redshirted.

High School: First team North Suburban Conference All-Lake Division, first team Pioneer Press All-Area and Area Player of the Year, first team Waukegan News-Sun Lake County All-Area, first team Daily Herald Lake County All-Area, first team Chicago Sun-Times All-Area and Large Schools All-State, first team Champaign News-Gazette All-State, first team Chicago Tribune All-State, and first team IHSFCA Class 7A All-State as senior. Rushed for 1,163 yards and 14 touchdowns on 153 carries (7.6 avg.) as fullback and recorded 96 tackles, five pass deflections, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery as free safety for 14-0 state champions during senior season. Rushed for 69 yards and one TD and made seven tackles in 2004 state title game. Set school record for longest touchdown run with 94-yard scamper as a senior. Entered senior campaign as preseason Chicago Sun-Times Top 100 Area Player, plus Chicago Tribune league Player to Watch and Top 100 Player. Lettered on 13-1 conference titlist and state runner-up as junior. Had seven tackles, two for loss, and one sack in 2003 state championship game. Two-time football letterwinner and earned four letters in track. First team all-conference in 100-meter dash as senior. Recruited by Northwestern and Kansas.

Personal: Born March 26, 1987. Marketing major. Son of Raymond and Sandra Fontana. Michael Vick fan. Hobbies include fishing and lifting weights.


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Tackles: 3, vs. Indiana State, 9-23-06

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