Fifth-year senior who looks to cap an outstanding career with the Blue Hens' defensive unit this fall • returns at full strength after missing the final seven games of the 2013 season with an injury • All-Colonial Athletic Association candidate who teams with fellow senior Derrick Saulsberry to give Delaware one of the top end units in the league • three-year letterwinner • versatile performer and one of the team's strongest and most physical players • one of six players on defensive line who have experience • adept at blocking field goal and extra point attempts and owns Delaware career record with six total blocks • has played in 26 career games with 20 starts and contributed 87 tackles (42 solo stops) • also has 14.5 tackles for loss (48 yards), three sacks (19 yards), and one forced fumble • honor student • one of five current Blue Hens who earned their degrees this past May, 2014.
Started the first five games of the season at defensive end and was off to solid start before suffering a season-ending injury vs. James Madison on Sept. 28 • injury was a tough setback for him and the team as Delaware went 3-4 without him and held just one opponent under 24 points the rest of the season • collected 18 tackles on the season, including 10 solo stops • also had 4.5 tackles for loss (seven yards) and a half-sack to go with a forced fumble and two blocked kicks • had a half-sack vs. JMU and recorded two tackles for loss in season opener vs. Jacksonville • had a season-high four tackles in four of his five games, reaching that total vs. Jacksonville, Delaware State, Navy, and James Madison • blocked field goal attempts vs. Delaware State and Wagner to set UD career record in that category with six • named to CAA Academic Honor Roll for the third time.
Once again one of the team's top defensive linemen as a sophomore • saw action in all 11 games and started 10 games at left end • ranked No. 8 on the team in tackles with 46, including 21 solo stops • third on the team with 7.5 tackles for loss for 30 yards • had two sacks for 14 yards • blocked three kicks on the season, one shy of the UD single season record • posted a career-high nine tackles vs. Towson and had seven vs. West Chester and Old Dominion, six vs. Villanova, and five against New Hampshire • registered sacks vs. William & Mary, Old Dominion, and Richmond • had two tackles for loss vs. Towson • blocked field goal attempt vs. William & Mary that was returned 90 yards for a touchdown by Travis Hawkins • also blocked field goal attempts vs. Delaware State and Maine • defensive line unit ranked second in the Colonial Athletic Association in rushing defense, allowing just 134.2 yards per game • recorded three tackles in spring game • member of CAA Academic Honor Roll.
Saw first action of career at Delaware as a redshirt freshman and played a key role on the defensive front • saw action in 10 games and started five contests at defensive tackle • missed season opener vs. Navy with injury but returned to play in final 10 games • started five of the final six games of the season, including each of the final four games • registered 23 tackles, including 11 solo tackles • had 2.5 tackles for loss • blocked a field goal attempt vs. Richmond • had season-best six tackles in late-season win over CAA champion Towson • also had four tackles vs. Maine and three vs. Rhode Island and Villanova • recorded first career sack against William & Mary and had other tackles for loss against Rhode Island, West Chester, and Maine • named Blue Hen Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Week for performance against Towson • member of CAA Academic Honor Roll • enjoyed an outstanding spring as he was named the Blue Hen Touchdown Club Most Improved Defensive Player for spring drills.
Moved up the depth chart during the season but did not see game action and retained freshman eligibility • was considered one of the team’s top scout players in practice • team went 12-3 and advanced to the FCS national title game.
Standout defensive lineman and tight end at St. Stephens and St. Agnes School under head coach Dave Holm • first team All-State selection as both a defensive end and tight end • named first team all-conference as a defensive end • honored as team’s Most Valuable Player • posted 21 sacks as a senior to break the school single-season record • recorded 112 tackles, 46 tackles for a loss, four forced fumbles, and five recoveries in nine games as a defensive end • caught 15 passes for 423 yards as a tight end • also blocked a punt and field goal, and led the team in special teams tackles • St. Stephens and St. Agnes went 16-12 during his three seasons and advanced to the 2007 state playoffs • also was a member of the basketball, track, and baseball teams.
Laith Andrew Wallschleger (“wall-shlay-gur”) • born March 15, 1992 • graduated with honors as a finance major in May, 2014 • currently enrolled in the MBA program at Delaware • son of Kurt and Mayla Wallschleger • enjoys dancing in his spare time.
CAREER STATISTICS AT DELAWARE
|Year||G/S|| Tackles (Solo)
Tackles: 9 vs. Towson, 2012