43   T.J. Griffin
T.J. Griffin

RS Senior

Carol Stream, IL

High School:
Wheaton North

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 230



2008: Finished the regular season with 16 tackles, 10 solo, while playing in all 13 games at linebacker and on special teams. Credited with three tackles-for-loss for minus six yards, including two versus Indiana State. Recorded his lone sack of the season at Kent State. Made his lone start of the season versus Toledo and tied his season-high with three tackles in that game. Also collected three tackles in the Indiana State and Ball State games, with all three of his stops versus ISU of the solo variety. His other tackle for loss came versus Central Michigan.

2007: Did not participate. Rejoined the team in January 2008.

2006: Played in one game before missing the remainder of the season due to injury. Saw time at Ohio State (9-2).

2005: Saw action in five games as reserve linebacker and on special teams. Totaled 18 tackles, including 12 solo. Made three tackles in collegiate debut at Michigan (9-3). Amassed eight stops, six solo, at Northwestern (9-10). Registered four stops against Tennessee Tech (9-17). Listed in preseason as a MAC "Newcomer to Watch" by The Sporting News.

2004: Redshirted.

High School: Team captain, Hardest Hitter, Best Back, and Most Desire awards recipient, second team All-DuPage Valley Conference, honorable mention Daily Herald DuPage All-Area, and Special Mention Chicago Sun-Times All-Area as a senior. Rushed for 720 yards and four touchdowns on 122 carries, (5.9 avg.) and caught seven passes for 68 yards as a running back. Added 40 tackles and five deflections at cornerback on Class 8A playoff qualifier during senior season. Team's Comeback Player of the Year in 2003. Named to postseason Area Top 100 Players list by Chicago Sun-Times after senior year. Entered senior campaign on Chicago Sun-Times preseason conference Top Five Player and Area Top 100 Players lists, and on the preseason Chicago Tribune league Player to Watch and Area Top 100 Players lists. Missed junior season because of ACL tears in both knees suffered during preseason. Ran for 586 yards and five TDs on 86 attempts (6.8 avg.), caught 30 passes for 201 yards and two TDs and posted 57 tackles on state semifinalist as sophomore. Collected 12 team player of the week accolades during career. Earned three letters in track and two in football. Won DuPage Valley Conference outdoor 110 high hurdles title in 2003.

Personal: Given name is Terrence Jermaine. Born Oct. 5, 1985 in Bellwood, Ill. Communications major. Admires Walter Payton and Jim Brown.


Year G/GS Solo Assist Total TFL-Yds. Sk.-Yds. FF/FR Int/PBU
2005 12/0 12 6 18 0-0 0-0 0/0 0/0
2006 1/0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0/0 0/0
2008 13/1 10 6 16 3-6 1-0 0/0 0/0
Career 26/1 22 12 34 3-6 1-0 0/0 0/0

Tackles: 8, vs. Northwestern, 9-17-05

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