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  Zack Follett
Zack Follett

Player Profile
Hometown:
Clovis, CA

High School:
Clovis HS

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 238

Position:
LB

Experience:
2005-08

Major:
American Studies

Zack Follett2008: One of the hardest hitters in the Pac-10, Follett ranked among the league leaders in several defensive categories ... led the league in tackles for loss with 23.0 and was fourth in the conference with 10.5 quarterback sacks ... also atop the Pac-10 with five forced fumbles and tied for 12th in total tackles (6.7 per game) ... third nationally in tackles for loss and tied for 17th in sacks ... a first-team All-Pac-10 selection ... chosen MVP of the Emerald Bowl after finishing with nine tackles (eight solo) vs. Miami with four tackles for loss (minus 33 yards) and two sacks (minus 27 yards) ... forced a fumble on his last sack, which set up the Bears' game winning touchdown ... named Cal's defensive MVP and the most outstanding defensive player in the Big Game vs. Stanford ... named a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award given to the country's best defensive player and was a quarterfinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy ... voted Pac-10 Player of the Week following his 11-tackle performance vs. Oregon, when he finished with eight solo stops, 3.0 tackles for loss and a quarterback sack ... had 10 tackles in back-to-back games at Oregon State and vs. Stanford ... finished with 3.5 TFLs and 2.5 sacks against the Cardinal ... has had at least 1 TFL in every game except vs. UCLA ... had a 12-yard sack at Maryland and a 15-yard sack vs. Arizona State.
Game-By-Game Stats

Aug. 30, 2008 Feature Story

2007: Hard-hitting junior earned All-Pac-10 Second Team honors ... has forced eight fumbles in his career, including a bone-jarring sack on the first drive against Tennessee causing a fumble which was recovered by Worrell Williams for a touchdown ... earned the Berkeley Breakfast Club Award as Cal's top defensive player in the Big Game after tallying seven tackles and two tackles for loss while forcing a key fourth-quarter fumble against the Cardinal ... tallied 64 tackles with a team-best 12.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks despite missing the second half of the Louisiana Tech game and all of the Arizona and Oregon games due to a neck stinger ... tallied seven tackles, including a pair of sacks, against Washington ... registered six tackles (one for loss) and a pass break-up against USC ... strong game against Washington State, sparking the defense with six tackles, three pass break-ups, a sack and constant pressure on the QB ... recorded a season-best 10 takedowns including three tackles for loss and a sack, against UCLA ... a Pac-10 all-conference selection as a non-starter in 2006 ... on the preseason Watch List for the Butkus Ward.

2006: An honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection despite starting just one game ... recorded 62 tackles with a team-best 12.5 tackles for loss and tied for the team-lead with 5.5 sacks ... led the Pac-10 with four forced fumbles ... came off the bench in the first 11 games of the year before earning his first career start against Stanford, when he responded with 10 tackles, three tackles for loss, including a sack, and a forced fumble which was scooped up for a touchdown by Syd'Quan Thompson ... also had a huge game against Arizona State with 10 tackles and pair of forced fumbles on sacks ... recorded eight tackles (six solo) and an acrobatic interception against Washington ... tallied eight stops (three solo) and a sack against Washington State ... collected four takedowns, including two for losses in the Holiday Bowl victory over Texas A&M ... added one-and-a half sacks in the Oregon State win.

2005: Earned first-team Freshman All-America honors from Rivals.com ... saw action in every game and accumulated a total of 32 tackles, including three behind the line of scrimmage and two quarterback sacks ... had a season-best five stops against Illinois and Oregon State ... registered tackles for loss against Sacramento State, Illinois and USC ... forced a fumble at Washington ... broke up passes against Oregon State and Oregon ... recovered a fumble vs. Stanford ... forced a fumble and broke up a pass against BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl.

High School: Listed as the No. 9 inside linebacker in the nation by ESPN.com's Tom Lemming ... Rivals.com named him the 11th-best inside linebacker in the USA and 41st-best overall player in California ... SuperPrep considered him the No. 54 linebacker in the country and the No. 44 overall player in California ... Scout.com listed him No. 91 on its West Hot 100 prospects ... garnered first team all-state honors and pocketed 135 tackles, nine quarterback pressures, seven tackles for loss, seven forced fumbles, five passes broken up, four fumble recoveries and three sacks as a senior ... played in the CaliFlorida Bowl ... The Fresno Bee selected him to its All-Valley first team ... also named the Tri River Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year ... played in only three-and-a-half games as a junior due to a fractured foot, yet still amassed 74 tackles and returned his lone interception for a touchdown ... stockpiled 151 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, two sacks and two interceptions as a first team all-league and all-area performer as a sophomore in 2002 ... amassed 360 tackles, 28 TFL, 13 forced fumbles and seven sacks in his three seasons.

Personal: Parents are Naomi and Bob Follett ... born July 3, 1987 ... undeclared major ... has a wood-cutting hobby in which he has shaped plywood into life size replicas of teammates.

Career Stats

Last Updated: May 1, 2009


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