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#11 Jake Giusti
Position: Defensive Back
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 190
Year: Senior
Hometown: Neptune Beach, Fla.
High School: Fletcher
Major: Leadership
Experience: 4 Letters

AT DELAWARE
Veteran defensive back and the most experienced player on the Blue Hen defense • strong leader who returns for his fifth season of college competition after being granted an additional year of eligibility by the NCAA during the off-season • will strengthen a UD secondary that struggled in his absence a year ago when he missed the final nine games with an injury • slated to regain starting spot free safety this fall while also contributing on special teams • four-year letterwinner • has appeared in 39 career games with 13 starts • has recorded 108 career tackles (78 solo) to go with three fumble recoveries, one interception, and 10 pass breakups • one of the most athletic players on the team • outstanding speed and quickness • one of five current Blue Hens to earn their degrees this past May, 2014.

2013 SEASON
Earned fourth letter but had season cut short early due to an injury • started first two games of the season vs. Jacksonville and Delaware State but was injured in the Navy game and missed the remainder of the season • loss was a big blow to an inexperienced secondary that had two first-year starters • had five tackles in the season-opening win over Jacksonville and had two stops in the win over Delaware State • selected by coaching staff to carry out the U.S. flag in game vs. Delaware State.

2012 SEASON
Enjoyed his finest season for the Blue Hens as he played a key role for an experienced secondary • played in all 11 games and started eight contests at free safety, including each of the final seven games • ranked fourth on the team in tackles with 63, including 44 solo stops • led team with nine pass breakups and also added two tackles for loss, one fumble recovery, and one forced fumble • ranked No. 6 in the Colonial Athletic Association with 10 passes defended • recorded a career-high 10 tackles twice, leading the way for the Hens vs. Bucknell and Old Dominion • named Blue Hen Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Game vs. Bucknell • also had six stops each vs. West Chester, Delaware State, Rhode Island, Towson, and Richmond • forced and recovered the fumble in season finale vs. Villanova • intercepted first career pass in season opener vs. West Chester • also returned two kickoffs for eight yards.

2011 SEASON
Made an impressive comeback to see action and make big contribution to defense as a sophomore • underwent knee surgery following the 2010 national title game and was expected to miss most of the season • recovered quickly and was back in the lineup by the second week of the season vs. West Chester • appeared in 10 games during the season and started in the Blue Hen secondary vs. Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Towson • recorded 18 total tackles and made 15 solo stops • made season-best eight tackles vs. Towson • had three tackles each against Massachusetts and Rhode Island • recovered a fumble and ran it back 32 yards for a touchdown in early season 45-0 win over Delaware State • named CAA Defensive Player of the Week and Blue Hen Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Week for performance against Delaware State.

2010 SEASON
Enjoyed an outstanding first season at Delaware • one of only four true freshmen to see playing time • played in all 15 games, primarily on special teams • collected 20 tackles, including 14 solo stops • had season-high five tackles vs. Towson and three vs. Rhode Island • returned three kickoffs for 66 yards, including a season-best 30-yarder against Georgia Southern in the national semifinal game • made a number of outstanding plays while covering punts • recovered a muffed punt inside the James Madison five-yard line that set up Delaware's first score of the game in a 13-10 victory • most memorable play of the season came against Rhode Island when, in an attempt to keep the punt from rolling into the end zone, he made a diving back flip and threw the ball between his legs back into the field of play • suffered torn knee ligaments while covering a kickoff in the national championship game vs. Eastern Washington • Delaware defense led the nation in scoring defense at 12.1 points per game and ranked No. 5 in total defense (280.7 yards per game) • team went 12-3 and advanced to the FCS national title game.

HIGH SCHOOL
Played cornerback for head coach Joe Reynolds at Fletcher High School • led team to three-year record of 27-6 • team won conference titles in 2007 and 2008, district titles in 2008 and 2009, and advanced to the state playoffs all three years • named to North Florida Super 24 team as a senior when he was named the North Florida District Defensive Player of the Year and First Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year • three-time first team all-conference and all-district selection • collected 114 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, five blocked kicks, 25 pass breakups, two fumble recoveries, and three interceptions as a senior • scored five defensive touchdowns as a senior • had 12 career blocked kicks • averaged 31 yards per punt return • named Florida “Buddy of the Year” for the Tops Soccer Association for developmentally challenged youths • attended Delaware Football Camp in June.

PERSONAL
Jacob Dean “Jake” Giusti (“justy”)  • organizational and community leadership major with a minor in public health at Delaware • son of Larry and Mikie Giusti • born May 25, 1992 • related to former Pittsburgh Pirates major league baseball pitcher Dave Giusti.

CAREER STATISTICS

Year G/S Tackles (Solo)
Sacks/TFL
FR/FF
Int./PD
2013 3/2 7 (5) 0/0
0/0
0/0
2012 11/8 63 (44)  0.5-5/2-7 1/1 1/9
2011 10/3 18 (15) 0/0 1/0 0/1
2010 15/0 20 (14) 0/0.5-1 1/0 0/0
TOTALS 39/13 108 (78)
0.5-5/2.5-8
3/1
1/10

CAREER-HIGH TACKLES
10 vs. Bucknell, Old Dominion, 2012

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