The NFL Draft wrapped up Sunday and several former Utes were selected in the two day event. Paul Kruger and Sean Smith were selected in the second round, Brice McCain in the sixth, and Freddie Brown in the seventh and final round. Several other former Utes have signed free agents contracts with NFL...[details]
2007 (Freshman): Sporting News and Scout.com second-team Freshman All-American ... CollegeSportsReport.com first-team Redshirt Freshman All-American ... honorable mention all-MWC ... played in all 13 games and started the last 11 at right end ... 63 tackles was the most among league's freshman linemen and the second-best freshman total at any position ... 63 tackles ranked fourth on the team ... also had 7.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, five pass breakups, three fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and an interception ... two double-figure tackle games (10 vs. Utah State and Navy) ... career-tying effort in bowl win over Navy included 10 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack ... eight tackles and a pass breakup versus UNLV ... six tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery against New Mexico ... returned an interception 24 yards against UCLA.
2004 (Redshirt): Redshirt
Personal: Son of Paul and Jennifer Kruger ... both parents played sports at Oregon State (father football; mother track and field) ... one of six children ... brother Dave is a freshman defensive lineman at Utah ... enjoys skiing (snow and water), snowboarding and rock climbing ... undecided on a major ... born Feb. 15, 1986 in Rexburg, Idaho.
The Good: A tough, hard-working defensive end with a long frame and impressive straight-line speed for his size. Has a good first step off the edge and uses his length and strong upper body to shed blocks and chase the ball from the backside. Has a nose for the quarterback and showcases impressive closing speed in pursuit of the ball. The Bad: Gets a bit high at times off the edge, which causes him to struggle shedding blocks. Looks a bit lean and could stand to add some weight and power in his lower half.