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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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10 vs. Bucknell, Old Dominion, 2012