26 Cory Hanson
Member of Coach Kill's Leadership Council.
2008: Appeared in nine games, with seven starts. Totaled 37 tackles. His six tackles for loss to ranked sixth on the team. Tied his career-high and led the Huskies with nine stops against Louisiana Tech (12-28) at the Independence Bowl. Recorded one tackle for loss, one quarterback hurry and broke up two passes in that game. Collected two takeaways to go with six tackles, two for loss, against Indiana State (9-20). Added an interception and forced a fumble. Garnered team defensive lineman of the week honors after that game. Set a season-high with six unassisted tackles at Western Michigan (9-6). Made three stops, including one sack, against Eastern Michigan (9-27). Started the first five games of the season before suffering a knee injury. Missed the Miami (OH) (10-11), Toledo (10-18), Bowling Green (10-25) and Ball State (11-5) games before returning to action against Central Michigan (11-12) and working his way back into the starting line-up against Navy (11-25).
2007: Started six games and appeared in eight at weakside linebacker. Sat out four games, two at the beginning and two at the end of the year, with injury. Totaled 55 tackles, three for loss, with a sack, one interception, two pass break-ups and one fumble recovery. Ranked ninth on the team in tackles and was fifth in assisted stops. Recorded four tackles, one-and-a-half for loss, one sack and one pass break-up vs. Iowa (9-1). Hit double figures in tackles three times. Led the team with a career-high 11 tackles and had one pass break-up against Eastern Michigan (9-15). Credited with 10 tackles at Idaho (9-22). Made 10 stops with a tackle for loss at Temple (10-6). Had seven tackles against both Western Michigan (10-13) and Wisconsin (10-20). Also picked off a pass and returned it 18 yards in that game. Recovered a fumble versus Central Michigan (9-29) to go with six stops.
2006: Started 12 of 13 games played and ranked fifth on the team with 72 tackles. Recorded three tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, one sack, one interception, one pass break-up and one hurry. Made first collegiate start and racked up eight tackles and one fumble recovery vs. Ohio (9-9). Totaled seven tackles, including first collegiate sack, against Buffalo (9-16). Had six tackles, one for loss, and broke up a pass vs. Indiana State (9-23). Made seven stops at Ball State (9-30). Intercepted a pass and tallied two tackles at Miami (10-8). Registered eight tackles at Western Michigan (10-14). Credited with nine stops, including a tackle for loss, at Iowa (10-28). Made six tackles against Toledo (11-7). Recovered fumble in eight-tackle outing vs. Central Michigan (11-17). Totaled eight tackles vs. TCU in the Poinsettia Bowl (12-19).
High School: Named team captain and MVP, first team All-Tri-Metro Conference, first team KARE-TV All-Metro, and honorable mention Minneapolis Star-Tribune All-State as a senior. Tabbed finalist (20 candidates) for state's Mr. Football during his final season. Completed 32-of-79 passes for 578 yards and 14 TDs and totaled 801 yards and 10 TDs on 75 rushing attempts as QB. Added 54 tackles, five sacks and two interceptions on 10-1 league champion and playoff qualifier as a senior. Produced 2,540 yards of total offense and 36 TDs in last two seasons after collecting 169 tackles, 14 sacks, and seven interceptions in four years on defense. Three-year all-league selection. Named team captain and first team All-TMC after completing 23-of-51 passes for 552 yards and six TDs, and adding 609 ground yards and six TDs on 78 attempts during junior campaign. Caught six passes for 100 yards at wide receiver and posted 54 tackles at strong safety on league champion as a sophomore. Earned four letters in football, three in track and one in basketball.
Personal: Born Feb. 1, 1987. Communication studies major. Son of Jennifer Hanson. Enjoys watching movies and listening to music.
HANSON'S CAREER STATISTICS
HANSON'S CAREER GAME HIGHS
Tackles: 9, twice, last vs. Louisiana Tech (Independence Bowl), 12-28-08
TFLs: 2, vs. Indiana State, 9-20-08
Interceptions: 1, twice, last vs. Indiana State, 9-20-08