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Jovan Belcher

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 243 | College: Maine
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2008 Season

2008 CAA Football Defensive Player of the Year … named to the All-CAA First-Team for the second-straight season … needs 12 more tackles to reach 300 for his career … recorded a career-high 16 tackles versus Hofstra … made 3.0 tackles behind the line of scrimmage at Rhode Island … made 2.0 takles for loss versus New Hampshire, including one sack … was named the CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week and Sports Network National Defensive Player of the Week for his dominating performance in the win at Delaware … recorded seven tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles … the first forced fumble led to the eventual game-winning touchdown … has recorded at least eight tackles in five games this season … has recorded a game-high in tackles in three games (9 at Iowa; 10 at Monmouth; 13 vs. James Madison) … leads all CAA defensive linemen in tackles with 93 … has recorded at least one tackle for loss in 13 of his last 16 games dating back to the end of last season … has recorded multiple sacks in two games this season … ranks 11th in the CAA in tackles and 97th nationally … ranks 2nd in the CAA in sacks and 35th nationally … ranks 1st in the CAA in tackles for loss and 38th nationally.

Named to the 2008 Buck Buchanan Award "Watch List" … named the 2008 CAA Football Preseason Defensive Player of the Year … named to the Preseason All-CAA Team … named a preseason first-team All-American by the Sporting News, and its top defensive player in the CAA … a Sports Network Preseason First-Team All-American … a Phil Steele First-Team Preseason All-American … a Lindy's Second-Team Preseason All-American … named a Phil Steele First-Team Preseason All-CAA selection … named one of the top five best defensive linemen in the nation by SME … senior co-captain … earned multiple All-America honors in 2007, including second-team honors from the Associated Press and third-team accolades from the Sports Network … earned 2007 All-CAA First-Team honors after leading the league in sacks and TFL … earned 2007 ECAC All-Star and New England Football Writers Association All-Star awards … ranked seventh nationally in sacks.

2007 Season

First team All-CAA.

2006 Season

Started all 11 games at outside linebacker … marked the second-straight season he started every game he played in … finished fourth on the team with 52 tackles (24 ST, 28 AT) … was the second-straight season he finished fourth on the team in total tackles … had at least 50 tackles in each of his first two seasons … made 3.5 tackles for loss for minus-nine yards … made 0.5 sacks for minus-four yards … forced one fumble … ranked second on the team in special teams tackles with six … made at least five tackles in five games, including three of the final four contests … made nine tackles at Youngstown State (9/9) … was in on five stops (4 solo) at William & Mary (9/16) … totaled four hits (3 solo) at Boston College (9/30) … had six tackles at Rhode Island (10/28) … had eight tackles versus Northeastern (11/4) … recorded eight tackles at Massachusetts (11/11).

2005 Season

Started all 10 games he played in at linebacker … finished fourth on the team with 58 tackles (25 ST, 33 AT) … recorded 6.0 tackles for loss (-14 yards), which was fifth best on the team … broke up a pass, forced two fumbles and blocked a kick … ranked 32nd in the Atlantic 10 in tackles per game at 6.4 … finished with the fourth most tackles in the conference for a freshman … tied for sixth in the league with the two forced fumbles … led the team in tackles in one game (Hofstra) … made at least six tackles in five games, including two double-digit performances … started in his collegiate debut at Nebraska (9/3) and made six tackles, including one for loss for minus-three yards … recorded 1.5 tackles for loss (-3 yards) versus William Penn (9/10) … made seven tackles, including two behind the line of scrimmage for minus-three yards at James Madison (10/8) … recorded first-career double-digit tackle effort with 12 at Hofstra (10/15) … also blocked a kick versus the Pride … made six hits (5 solo) at Northeastern (11/5) … also made one tackle for loss (-3 yards) against the Huskies … posted a career-high 13 tackles (8 solo), made one stop for loss (-2 yards) and forced a fumble versus Rhode Island (11/12).

High School

Played linebacker, offensive tackle, nose guard, fullback and special teams for coach Albert Ritacco at West Babylon H.S. … served as captain of the team for two years … helped lead team to a pair of playoff appearances … led 2004 team to an undefeated regular season for the first time in school history … earned Second-Team All-Long Island honors and was a two-time all-county and all-league selection … also wrestled and was a three-time All-American …


Born July 24, 1987 … son of John Belcher and Cheryl Shepard … a resource and agribusiness management major.


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