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Mike Newkirk

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 285 | College: Wisconsin
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2007 Season

Earned third letter … started at DE in first 10 games and then started at DT in the 2008 Outback Bowl (four tackles, including three TFLs for four yards), win at Minnesota on Nov. 17 (three tackles, including two TFLs vs. Golden Gophers) and in upset win over 13th-ranked Michigan on Nov. 10 (four tackles and a one-yard TFL vs. Wolverines) … co-winner of UW's Jay Seiler Coaches Appreciation Award … had five solo stops, a TFL and blocked field goal attempt at No. 1-ranked Ohio State on Nov. 3 … three tackles, including a 10-yard QB sack, in win over Northern Illinois on Oct. 20 … three tackles at Illinois on Oct. 6 … two tackles, including a half TFL, in win over 23rd-ranked Michigan State on Sept. 29 … made three tackles, including 0.5 TFL in win over Iowa on Sept. 22 … registered five tackles, including a three-yard TFL, in win over The Citadel on Sept. 15 … assisted on pair of stops at UNLV on Sept. 8 … made four tackles (including 0.5 TFL) in win over Washington State on Sept. 1 (named UW's co-defensive player of the week).

2006 Season

Earned second letter … played in all 13 games and had 29 tackles … made five tackles, including a one-yard TFL, in Capital One Bowl win over 12th-ranked Arkansas … registered three tackles, including a three-yard QB sack, vs. Buffalo on Nov. 18 … also forced a fumble and recovered a fumble vs. Bulls … had 0.5 TFL at Iowa on Nov. 11 … first QB sack (for eight yards) of season came at Purdue on Oct. 21 … registered one-yard TFL at Indiana on Sept. 30 … career high-tying six tackles in win over San Diego State on Sept. 16 … knocked down a pass vs. Western Illinois on Sept. 9.

2005 Season

Earned first letter after playing in all 13 games, including five starts … Academic All-Big Ten … racked up 23 tackles, five TFLs, three sacks, one quarterback hurry, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery … accumulated career-high six tackles vs. Purdue … registered QB sack in Capital One Bowl win over seventh-ranked Auburn.

2004 Season

Redshirted … scout defense player of the week vs. Minnesota and Georgia.

High School

All-Midwest Region choice of PrepStar … first-team all-state selection as a running back and defensive lineman … named state's 2003 Offensive Player of the Year by Wisconsin Football Coaches Association after rushing for school records of 2,409 yards and 40 touchdowns … ranked as eighth-best player in Wisconsin by Rivals.com … school record-holder for rushing yards (4,412) and TDs (77) … made 185 career tackles, including 23 TFLs and 22.5 QB sacks … three-time team MVP … lettered in football, wrestling and track … first wrestler from his county to win a state title (heavyweight, 42-0 record as a junior) … school record-holder in discus and shot put … won Division 2 shot put state title as a senior … football coach was Bruce Stewart.


Born 8/12/86 … parents are Chris and Christine … father played football at Mt. Senario College from 1985-88 … major is agricultural education

Latest News
04/27/2009 - The Rams put the finishing touches on their rookie additions Monday afternoon, coming to terms with 15 undrafted free agents to add to the roster. Wisconsin's Newkirk is 6'3, 264 pounds and was an effective pass rusher for the Badgers in 2008, coming up with four sacks and nine tackles for loss as a senior. - St Louis Rams

04/20/2009 - Former Wisconsin defensive tackle and Ladysmith grad Mike Newkirk is one week away from finding out if his childhood dream of being selected in the NFL Draft will come true. Newkirk, a three-year varsity letterwinner at Wisconsin, was not invited to the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. Instead, Newkirk has gone another route. He worked out for scouts at the Badgers pro day, and has been training with former NFL defensive lineman Chuck Smith at his camp outside Atlanta. Newkirk recently made a visit to the Cincinnati Bengals, and has also been contacted by the San Francisco 49ers. Newkirk says he would love to hear his name called during the draft. If that happens, most scouts say it would likely be on the second day in the late rounds. However, the long-term goal for Newkirk is to make a 53-man roster for the 2009 season. - WEAU 13 NEWS

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