42 John Tranchitella
2008: Appeared in 11 games as a back-up linebacker. Totaled 15 tackles, with 12 solo, two tackles for loss, and a half-sack. Added one fumble recovery and one pass break-up. Had his best outing of the year at Tennessee (10-4), where he totaled a season-high four tackles with two TFL, was in on a sack, and recovered a fumble, leading to the Huskies' first score of the game. Named team defensive lineman of the week after that game. Collected three tackles, all solo, in the season-opener at Minnesota (8-30). Had two tackles each against Miami (OH) (10-11) and Ball State (11-5). Tallied one stop and one pass break-up against Eastern Michigan (9-27). Made at least one tackle in eight games.
2007: Played in all 12 games. One of only 10 defensive players to play in all 12 games in 2007. Made five starts at weak side linebacker and four in the middle. Made 58 tackles to rank eighth on the team, while his seven tackles for loss were third. Had at least one TFL in six games. Led Northern Illinois with six pass break-ups and two interceptions. Recovered a fumble in the Toledo game (10-27). Credited with 10 stops, including three tackles for loss, in the season-opener vs. Iowa (9-1). Set a career-high with 11 tackles vs. Eastern Michigan (9-15). Had three pass break-ups, an interception and two tackles for loss at Idaho (9-22). Made eight tackles, seven solo, with one tackle for loss, at Navy (11-17). With Kent State (11-10) driving for a potential game-winning score, picked off his second pass of the season. Game-saving play came with 1:14 remaining at the NIU 24-yard line. Also broke up a pass in that game and had a tackle for loss. Totaled five stops and broke up a pass vs. Ball State (11-24). Versus Central Michigan (9-29), came up with six stops, including one for loss. Knocked down a pass and collected five tackles in the SIU game (9-8).
2006: Saw action in all 13 games, including the bowl game, as reserve linebacker and on special teams. Totaled five tackles, two for loss, during the season. Made two TFLs against Indiana State (9-23). Had a solo tackle vs. Temple (10-21). Returned a blocked punt 32 yards to record NIU's only score, and made two tackles vs. TCU in the Poinsettia Bowl (12-19).
High School: Rated No. 28 on state prospect list by Rivals.com in 2006. Named team captain, first team All-Suburban Catholic Conference, first team Daily Herald DuPage All-Area, first team Chicago Sun-Times Class 1A-4A All-State, and first team Illinois Football Coaches Association Class 4A All-State as a senior. Led team in scoring with 110 points on 18 touchdowns, in receiving with 38 catches for 643 yards and nine TDs, and ranked second in rushing with 744 yards and nine TDs on 95 attempts on 13-0 conference and Class 4A state champions during his senior year. Scored three touchdowns and totaled 95 receiving and 66 rushing yards in 2005 state title game. Entered final prep campaign among league's top five players by Chicago Sun-Times and Area Top 100 players by Chicago Tribune. First team All-SCC and special mention Daily Herald DuPage All-Area as a junior. Scored 14 touchdowns, rushed 24 times for 207 yards and four TDs and caught 18 passes for 507 yards and six scores on 12-2 Class 3A state titlist. Totaled 151 all-purpose yards with one touchdown and picked off a pass in the 2004 state championship game. Lettered on 14-0 Class 4A state champion as a sophomore. Three-time letterwinner in football and earned one letter in basketball and track. Helped set school records in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays.
Personal: Born June 1, 1987 in Elmhurst, Ill. General studies major. Parents are Terry and Sherie Tranchitella. Has five older brothers.
TRANCHITELLA'S CAREER STATISTICS
TRANCHITELLA'S CAREER GAME HIGHS
Tackles: 11, vs. Eastern Michigan, 9-15-07
TFLs: 2, twice, last at Tennessee, 10-4-08
INTs: 1, twice, last vs. Kent State, 11-10-07