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Justin Beriault

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 204 | College: Ball State
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Positives: Well-built athlete with good upper body muscle definition, strong arms, tight waist, good bubble and thickness in his lower frame. … Team leader who works hard in his offseason conditioning program. … Has good hip flexibility and quick feet, showing the ability to change direction smoothly. … Smart and instinctive player who reacts quickly and makes proper reads, especially in run support. … Shows adequate vision in the passing game, doing a decent job of sniffing the ball out in front of him. … Makes plays on the ball in the air and while not an explosive tackler, he is reliable to wrap and secure. … Tough and aggressive in run support, squeezing through trash to quickly plug the rushing lanes. … Stays low in his pads and drives hard with his legs to push the fullback back through the hole. … Shows good field smarts in zone coverage, flowing quickly to the ball. … Has good strength for his position, but could use additional bulk and power to compete effectively at the next level. … His instincts and ability to break down plays allows him to take good angles in order to compensate for a lack of top-end speed.

Negatives: Needs to improve his speed, as he might not be quick enough to cover receivers in the deep zone at the pro level. … Little stiff in his hips and does not have the short area explosion to be relied too much in man coverage. … Has good range, but needs to build up to top speed. … Struggles to adjust to the ball with his back to it and is better making plays in front of him. … Will not usually bit on a receiver's double moves, but if they get by him, he does not have the recovery speed to make the play. … Effective with his hands to keep blockers off his body, but they are not natural enough to get good production on the interception. … Not a quick-twitch type, but is reliable getting to the ball.

2004 Season

All-MAC first-team choice and winner of the Mark Hays Inspirational Award. … Started 11 games and played in all 12. … Had a string of 25 straight starts snapped vs. Central Michigan when he sat out part of the first defensive series due to a hit he received as a member of the kickoff team. … Returned to the starting lineup at Boston College the next week. … Led the team with a career-high 145 tackles (71 solo), including six stops for losses of 33 yards. … Intercepted a pass and deflected six others. … Caused two fumbles, recovered a fumble and blocked a field goal attempt.

2003 GAME Analysis

Indiana State: Opened the season with eight tackles, a stop for a 20-yard loss and a forced fumble.

Missouri: Followed with 16 tackles and a pass deflection.

Pittsburgh: Produced 10 hits (7 solo).

Boston College: Totaled 15 tackles (14 solo) and broke up a pass.

Kent State: Followed with 13 tackles (6 solo) and a pass deflection.

Toledo: Returned an interception 6 yards and made 11 tackles (7 solo). … Also had a fumble recovery.

Northern Illinois: Posted 15 tackles (9 solo) and batted down a pass.

Western Michigan: Registered 14 tackles with a stop behind the line of scrimmage and blocked a field goal.

Eastern Michigan: Posted 15 tackles (5 solo) with two stops for losses of 2 yards.

Bowling Green: Caused a fumble, delivered 15 tackles (6 solo) and had a pair of stops for minus-10 yards.

2003 Season

Started every game, finishing second on the team with 121 tackles (55 solo), including six stops for losses of 11 yards. … Intercepted a pass and deflected two others. … Also caused two fumbles.


Clemson and Connecticut: Made 11 tackles in each game.

Toledo: Posted 10 tackles with two stops behind the line of scrimmage.

Northern Illinois and Eastern Michigan: Registered 12 hits in each contest.

Bowling Green: Deflected two passes, intercepted another and produced seven tackles.

Western Michigan: Was in on 14 tackles.

2002 Season

Earned Freshman All-American honors from the Football Writers Association (first-team) and The Sporting News (third-team). … Named Ball State's John Hodge Award winner as the team's most outstanding freshman. … Ranked third in the country in tackles among freshmen with 117 tackles (77 solo), including two stops for losses of 10 yards. … Had an interception and three pass deflections. … Tallied a season-high 15 tackles vs. Central Michigan. … Added 14 hits vs. Northern Iowa, 12 vs. Western Michigan and had 13 tackles at Auburn in his collegiate debut.

2001 Season

Redshirted as a freshman. … Twice named Ball State's Defensive Scout Team Player of the Week.

Injury Report

No injuries reported.


Criminal Justice major. … Son of Greg Beriault and Teresa Clark. … Born Arthur Justin Beriault on 8/23/81. … Resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.

High School

4.59 in the 40-yard dash … Bench presses 225 pounds 11 times … 38.5-inch vertical jump … 4.15 20-yard shuttle … 30 -inch arm length … 8 1/8-inch hands … Right-handed … Wears contact lenses … 22/29 Wonderlic score.


Attended Warren Central High (Indianapolis), playing football for coach Dave Shelbourne. … Earned three letters in football, three in basketball and one in baseball. … 2000 Biomet Indiana North-South All-Star, 1999 Indiana Football Coaches Association-Reebok Top-50, 1998 IFCA Junior All-State, 1999 Associated Press All-State, 1999 The Indianapolis Star Super Team, 1999 & 2000 The Indianapolis Star Marion County Player of the Year. … Two-time All-Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference, All-County and Warren Central Most Valuable Player. … Recorded 112 tackles, four interceptions and one fumble recovery as a senior. … Tallied 242 tackles, seven interceptions and four fumble recoveries during his career. … Also had 21 catches for 468 yards with five touchdowns as a senior and 35 catches for 710 yards and seven scores during his career.


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