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Corey Liuget

| | College: Illinois
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Although Liuget (pronounced "legit") appeared to come out of nowhere as a top prospect in the team's 2010 bowl win over Baylor in the Texas Bowl, he was highly-recruited as one of the top prospects from the Miami area and quite productive with the Illini throughout his career despite losing playing time due to veteran depth at the position.

As a true freshman Liuget started two of the 11 games in which he played, making 26 tackles, five for loss and 1.5 sacks. He received only four starting nods in 2009, but still managed eight tackles for loss (of 36 stops), 2.5 sacks and three pass break-ups. His performance in the 2010 Texas Bowl win was certainly impressive (5 tackles, 2.5 TFL, sack), but he already been named second-team All-Big 10 for his play during the regular season. He finished with 63 tackles, 12.5, 4.5 sacks and 10 quarterback hurries on the year.

The Miami native's versatility may be what puts him among the top defensive tackle prospects in this class. His ability to get consistent pass rush from the three-technique and nose spots will excite teams using four-man fronts. His experience at the five-technique and nose tackle positions his season should intrigue 3-4 teams, as well.


Pass rush: Tough for many college interior linemen to handle one-on-one in pass protection. Quick enough to beat lesser linemen off the snap at three-tech, uses his hands to free himself from block when there is enough space to do so. Gets his man on skates or pushes through a block (or double) to the quarterback to get pressure. Also strong and quick enough to play on the nose in obvious passing situations. Recovers from strong punch to run through a gap immediately. Does not have elite closing speed, but his hustle and ability to stay low make him difficult to escape within or outside the pocket.

Run defense: Stout defender who plays with a strong base. Penetrates into the backfield with quickness. Lines up at three and five-technique spots. Capable of stack-shed inside or outside. Gets past reach blocks on inside runs with quick feet and strength to keep blocker on his shoulder. Usually keeps his head up to find the ball. Lacks acceleration to keep outside containment as a five-technique. Not consistent defeating cut blocks with his hands.

Explosion: Not elite in his first step, but has enough to be a pass rush and penetrating run-stopper inside. Ballcarriers feel every bit of his strength when he tackles them, and blockers are bruised up with his punching and swiping throughout the game.

Strength: His ability to play multiple positions not only comes from his quick feet, but also his strength. Lands a big punch into the chest of his man, swipes with aggression to move the blocker aside. Uses his low center of gravity to his advantage, getting leverage to stack one-on-one and shed to either direction when playing two-gap at nose tackle. Senses zone block, uses blocker's inertia against him with a strong push to get into the backfield. Usually anchors well against single and double blocks, but can get moved by NFL-caliber linemen.

Tackling: Strong upper body, hustle, and good length make him an excellent tackler. Engulfs running backs in the backfield when able to penetrate. Built low to the ground, displays excellent change of direction ability to stay in front of backs cutting against the grain. Hustles 10-15 yards downfield to make or help on tackles. Adds himself to piles when able. Lacks elite closing speed to chase down backs from behind. Tends to run out of steam when playing a lot at the end of games.

Intangibles: Coaches say Liuget is a leader in the locker and meetings rooms. Chose Illinois over southern schools because of head coach Ron Zook. Wished to transfer after two years in Champaign due to home sickness; mother said he would not be welcome home if he transferred.

--Chad Reuter

2010 Season

Liuget had a career year in 2010, earning second-team All-Big Ten accolades after recording 63 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 10 quarterback hurries and three passes broken up. He was a force in Illinois' 38-14 win over Baylor in the 2010 Texas Bowl, recording five tackles, 2.5 TFLs and a sack, earning him recognition on ESPN.com's 2010 All-Bowl Team. During the Oct. 16 game at Michigan State, Liuget collected a career-high 11 tackles, the most by an Illini defensive tackle since 1996. During his three-year Illinois career, Liuget had 125 tackles, 25.5 TFLs and 8.5 sacks.

2009 Season

Played in all 12 games, making four starts … Posted five tackles, including a career-best three solo stops in the season finale against Fresno State … Had one tackle for a loss of a yard against No. 5 Cincinnati … Posted a career-best seven tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss against Northwestern … Recorded three tackles in win over the Gophers … Had four tackles, including a career-best 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 quarterback sacks, while also recovering a fumble in win over Michigan … Posted a career-best six tackles and a tackle for loss against Michigan State … Missed three quarters of the Penn State game with an ankle injury … Recorded three tackles against Ohio State … Posted two tackles, one sack, a forced fumble, two passes broken up and a quarterback hurry against Illinois State … Registered five tackles, including 1.5 for loss and a quarterback hurry in the season opener against Missouri.

2008 Season

Ranked fifth in the Big Ten in fumbles recovered … Played in 11 games and started two at defensive tackle as a true-freshman … Finished the season with two stops at Northwestern … Totaled four tackles and a career-high two TFLs against Ohio State … Had the best game of his freshman season against Indiana, tying his career high with five tackles (three solos), recording a PBU, and recovering a fumble … Had a QB sack and fumble recovery against Minnesota … Forced the first fumble of his career at Penn State, also recording three tackles … Had four tackles, including 0.5 TFLs and a QB?hurry against Louisiana Lafayette … Recorded a career-high five tackles, including two solos, against Eastern Illinois … Also had 1.5 TFLs and assisted on a QB sack against the Panthers … Saw the first action of his career versus Missouri.

Agility Tests

Combine: 4.97 40-yard dash; 27 bench reps at 225 pounds; 8'6" broad jump; 27 1/2-inch vertical; 4.68 short shuttle; 7.48 3-cone drill.

High School

Four-star recruit by Rivals.com … Rated No. 80 on Rivals' Top-100 list … Four-star recruit by Scout.com … Ranked as the 25th-best recruit in the state of Florida and the seventh-best defensive end by Rivals.com … Listed as the No. 8 defensive end nationally by Scout.com … Listed among Florida's Top-25 by the Miami Herald … Named to Scout's Florida Top-50 team … Rated the No. 17 defensive end by ESPN.com … Earned first-team 6A All-State honors … First-team All-Area by the Miami Herald … Registered 59 tackles and 11 sacks in 2007 … Named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Super Southern 100 as the seventh-best defensive end … SuperPrep All-American … Recorded 55 tackles and six sacks as a junior and 59 tackles and 11 sacks as a sophomore … Played in the Offense-Defense All-American game in Miami, coached by Chris Carter … Also a member of the wrestling team … Chose Illinois over Miami, LSU and Florida State … High school coach was Steve Smith.


Majoring in sociology … Born March 18, 1990 … Full name is Corey Devon Liuget.


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