Position: Defensive Back
Height /Weight: 5-11 / 190
Hometown: Neptune Beach, Fla.
High School: Fletcher HS
Major: Business Management
At Delaware: Third-year member of the team as a junior • two-year letterwinner • will once again play a key part in a Delaware secondary that ranks among the best in the nation with all four starters back • projected as the team's No. 2 strong safety behind senior Tim Breaker to start season • will also play a vital role on special teams • one of the most athletic players on the team • has outstanding speed and quickness despite knee injury • a key cog on the punt protection team • has appeared in 25 career games with three starts and contributed 38 tackles (29 solo stops) and one pass breakup.
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 k32 yards for a touchdown in early season 45-0 win over Delaware State • named Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week and Blue Hen Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Week for performance against Delaware State • team went 7-4 under head coach K.C. Keeler.
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 Keeler.
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 Camp in June.
Personal: Jacob Dean “Jake” Giusti (“justy”) • business management major 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