69   Alex Krutsch
Alex Krutsch

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Schaumburg, IL

High School:
Schaumburg

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 265

Position:
DT

Experience:
3L


Member of the Football Team Council.

2008: Made 22 tackles, including 7 solo stops, while starting all 13 games of the 2008 season. Tallied a season-high four tackles versus Minnesota, Ball State and Louisiana Tech. Combined with Brandon Bice on a four-yard sack in the Independence Bowl game for his lone sack of the season. Recorded three tackles, including two solo stops, against Bowling Green. Assisted on a pair of tackles in the regular-season finale against Navy. Earned tackles-for-loss versus Eastern Michigan, BGSU and Louisiana Tech.

2007: Enjoyed a career year as a junior. A third-team All-MAC selection by Phil Steele. Won the team's Jawan Jackson Award, given annually to the former walk-on who makes the greatest impact on the team. Started 11 of 12 games played as one of NIU's most durable defenders. One of only 10 defensive players to play in all 12 games in 2007. Ranked fourth on the team, second among defensive linemen, with 6.5 tackles for loss. Led all Huskie interior linemen with 44 stops. Totaled five or more tackles in four games, including the season's final three outings. Forced one fumble and made at least one tackle in every game. On the field for over 80 percent of the Huskies' defensive snaps. Opened the year with two tackles vs. Iowa (9-1). Made two stops at Idaho (9-22). Registered six tackles, four solo and one for loss, and forced a fumble at Central Michigan (9-29). Recorded a career-high two tackles for loss in four-tackle outing at Temple (10-6). Credited with four tackles, three solo, vs. Western Michigan (10-13). Totaled six tackles, three solo and 1.5 for loss, and was in on a sack at Toledo (10-27). Had five tackles, one for loss, vs. Kent State (11-10). Racked up a career-high eight stops, including seven solo, at Navy (11-17). Made four tackles, including one for loss, vs. Ball State (11-24).

2006: Starter in six of seven games played. Missed final six regular season contests with injury. Totaled 13 tackles, 10 solo, with one for loss, one sack and a blocked kick. Made first career start at Ohio State (9-2). Blocked extra point in three-tackle performance vs. Buffalo (9-16). Credited with two tackles against Indiana State (9-23). Racked up five tackles, including 10-yard sack, at Ball State (9-30). Made two stops before leaving game with injury at Miami (10-8). Saw action as reserve and was credited with one tackle vs. TCU in Poinsettia Bowl (12-19).


2005: Appeared in seven games. Totaled six tackles, including four solo, and one quarterback pressure. Made collegiate debut with seven plays at Michigan (9-3). Had three tackles, including two solo, against Tennessee Tech (9-17). Credited with two tackles and a quarterback pressure at Kent State (10-22). Had one tackle at Central Michigan (11-5).

2004: Redshirted.

High School: Named second team Mid-Suburban League, All-West Division, honorable mention Daily Herald Northwest All-Area during senior season. Entered final prep campaign on Chicago Tribune Player to Watch list. Two-time football letterwinner.

Personal: Born July 20, 1985. Communications major. Honored as a Huskie Scholar for 2007-08 with a cumulative GPA above 3.0. Parents are Mike and Lynn Krutsch. Hobbies include playing the drums. Fan of Walter Payton.

KRUTSCH'S CAREER STATISTICS

Year G/GS Solo Assist Total TFL-Yds. Sk.-Yds. FF/FR Int/PBU
2005 7/0 4 2 6 0-0 0-0 0/0 0/0
2006 7/6 3 10 13 1-10 1-10 0/0 0/0
2007 12/11 22 22 44 6.5-16 .5-3 1/0 0/0
2008 13/13 7 15 22 3-3 .5-2 0/0 0/0
Career 38/29 36 49 85 14-29 2-15 1/0 0/1

KRUTSCH'S CAREER GAME HIGHS
Tackles: 8, at Navy, 11-17-07
TFLs: 1, four times; last vs. Louisiana Tech, 12-28-08
Sacks: 1, at Ball State, 9-30-06