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Damaso Munoz

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 221 | College: Rutgers
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2008 Season

Co-starter at strongside linebacker … started final five contests of the season … finished with 45 tackles, including several big hits on special teams … five tackles in the season opener vs. Fresno State (9/1) … contributed with three stops at Navy (9/20) … posted a season-high eight tackles and grabbed his first career interception and a sack against Morgan State (9/27) … his interception led to a Rutgers field goal just before halftime vs. the Bears … six tackles at West Virginia (10/4), including a key third-down stop late in the fourth quarter against the Mountaineers … posted two tackles and assisted on a key third-down sack to force a punt in the third quarter at Cincinnati (10/11) … two assisted stops, including a TFL vs. Connecticut (10/18)on UConn RB Donald Brown on the Huskies two-yard line to eventually force a punt … earned first start of the season, lining up at strongside linebacker, and had three tackles against Syracuse (11/8) … started second straight game at strongside linebacker and had five tackles (four solo) at USF(11/15) … three stops in third-straight start against Army (11/22) … made five tackles and a TFL in PapaJohns.com Bowl against NC State (12/29).

2007 Season

Moved over from strongside to middle linebacker during preseason camp and earned a starting role … played in all 13 games, including 10 starts … tied for third on team with 67 tackles … seven tackles for loss, including 2.5 sacks … four quarterback hurries on the year … made first career start in season-opener vs. Buffalo (8/30) … posted five tackles, including first career sack against the Bulls … in second career start, had a career-high 12 tackles against Navy (9/7) … had five tackles, including a key TFL on a 3rd-and-1 play in the first quarter against Norfolk St. (9/15) … also had a sack against the Spartans … posted second double-digit tackle performance of the season with 11 stops, including a TFL and two QB hurries against Maryland (9/29) … also had a big stop for no gain on a 4th-and-1 play in the 4th quarter to cause a MD turnover on downs … made three stops each at Syracuse (10/13)and against USF (10/18) … posted seven tackles and a TFLvs. West Virginia (10/27) … four tackles and a TFLfor the second-straight game at UConn (11/3) … registered 10 tackles (third double-digit tackle performance of the season), including a TFLand a forced fumble against Pitt (11/17) … two tackles and a sack in the International Bowl victory vs. Ball State (1/5).

2006 Season

Played in 12 games, missing only the Navy game (10/14) … seven tackles, including 1.5 for loss, on the season … in Rutgers' home opener, tallied one tackle as the Scarlet Knights posted a shutout win over Illinois (9/9) … season-high four tackles in the Scarlet Knights' win over Howard (9/23), including two solo stops … 1.5 TFL against the Bison … one solo tackle in Rutgers' win over No. 3 Louisville (11/9).

2005 Season

Redshirted his true freshman season while practicing with the linebackers.

High School

Totaled 88 tackles, eight forced fumbles, five sacks, and an interception as a junior at Southridge High School … also finished second in the state at 160 pounds in wrestling … earned All-Dade honors from the Miami Herald and South Florida Sun-Sentinel in 2004 … registered 55 tackles as a senior … saw time at linebacker and running back … played in Dade-Broward All-Star game … four-year starter at linebacker.


Born 7/10/86.

Latest News
03/15/2010 - Munoz ran the 40-yard dash in a smoking 4.49-seconds to highlight a day in which he posted above-average times in the 20-yard shuttle (4.15), 3-cone drill (6.91) and the 60-yard shuttle (11.49). He also benched 225-pounds 25 times, measured a 35-inch vertical and a 9.9 broad jump. Still, his 40-yard sprint was what had several scouts buzzing afterward. Had the 4.49 been posted at the NFL Combine, it would've topped all linebackers who ran in Indianapolis earlier this month. Of course, pro-day conditions (not to mention reported times) tend to be more favorable than the NFL Combine, but consider no other linebacker clocked under 4.5 in Indianapolis. ""I'm happy with that (40 time)," Munoz said after his workout Wednesday afternoon inside the Rutgers bubble. ""Down where I was (training) I was running a 4.4. So as long as I was in the 4.4s I'm happy with it." The issue Munoz will have to get past in the eyes of NFL teams willing to invest a late-round pick on him is whether he's big enough to play linebacker in the NFL. Considering the average size of the linebackers who posted the top-3 40-times at the NFL Combine is 6-1 and 241 pounds, it's no wonder why the 5-10 5/8 and 221-pound Munoz participated in both safety and linebacker drills before the 35 scouts in attendance. ""I definitely can play safety," Munoz said. ""They say I move well. I'm versatile and I've played safety before so if a team wants me to play safety, I'll do that." Munoz, who said he spoke with representatives from Atlanta, Chicago, New England and Philadelphia and received ""good feedback," expects to be invited for individual workouts in preparation for what he hopes is a late-round pick. - Keith Sargeant, My Central Jersey

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