Position: Defensive Back
Height /Weight: 5-11 / 185
Hometown: Neptune Beach, Fla.
High School: Fletcher HS
Major: Business Management
At Delaware: One of the most athletic players on the team...second-year player who is not expected to see action in 2011 and will most likely redshirt after suffering a knee injury in the national championship game loss to Eastern Washington…will work hard to rehab injury and be ready for spring drills in 2012…has outstanding speed and quickness...can be used as a return man for both kickoffs and punts...a key cog on the punt protection team...did not take part in spring drills due to the injury.
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 like 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 ligaments in his knee 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 under head coach K.C. Keeler.
High School: Played cornerback for head coach Joe Reynolds at Fletcher High School...was a high school teammate of fellow UD recruit Jamaul Christopher...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 Camp in June.
Personal: Jacob Dean “Jake” Giusti (“justy”)…international business major with a minor in Italian at Delaware...son of Larry and Mikie Giusti...born May 25, 1992....related to former Pittsburgh Pirates major league baseball pitcher Dave Giusti.
Career Defensive Statistics at Delaware
Career-High Tackles: 5 vs. Towson, 2010Back To Football Home Football Story Archive