2011 ALL-Big Ten Second Team (Coaches)...13 games played...40 total tackles/18 solo...7.5 tackles for loss...6.5 sacks...6 passes broken up in 2011.
With the departure of co-captain and defensive tackle Ollie Ogbu, defensive end Jack Crawford will join defensive tackle Devon Still as seniors expected to provide leadership and productivity for the defensive line. A mid-season foot injury slowed Crawford last year and he underwent surgery in January. He is expected to be 100 percent prior to the start of preseason practice. Crawford has 20 starts the past two seasons, including seven last year. Playing in 10 games, Crawford made 14 tackles, with 4.5 TFL and two sacks last season. He made three tackles against Youngstown State, including a minus-yardage hit for three yards, and had two stops at No. 1 Alabama. He made three hits in the 24-0 win over Kent State, including 1.5 TFL, with a sack for minus-seven yards. Crawford missed the Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan games with a foot injury. He returned in the comeback win over Northwestern, making one tackle, and recorded a sack at Ohio State. Crawford returned to the starting lineup in the victory over Indiana. He made two stops, with 0.5 TFL for minus-three yards against Michigan State. He played on 395 snaps last year, topped by 70 against Florida in the Outback Bowl.
Crawford started every game at defensive end and was among the Big Ten leaders in minus-yardage plays. He was ninth in the Big Ten in tackles for losses (14.5 for minus-67 yards) and 10th with 5.5 sacks (minus-44). He was second on the team in minus-yardage hits, earning honorable-mention all-conference honors. Crawford made 31 tackles, was tied for the team lead with two fumble recoveries, had one forced fumble and three pass breakups. He made at least one minus-yardage play in 10 games. Crawford had a memorable first career start in the win over Akron, recording two tackles, both for a loss, including his first career sack. He had a big game against Temple, posting three tackles, including 2.5 TFL, and a sack. Crawford registered a career-best five tackles, with 1.0 TFL, and combined on a sack against Iowa. In the win at Illinois, he was very productive, totaling four tackles, including 1.5 sacks, and recovering a fumble at the Illinois 14 to set up a touchdown. His third sack of the year was big, as he dropped Juice Williams for a 15-yard loss late in the first half. Crawford's pressure also forced Williams into an intentional grounding penalty, pushing the Illini out of field goal range. Against Eastern Illinois, Crawford had two tackles, one of which was a sack that resulted in a loss of 15 yards. In the 35-10 thumping of Michigan, Crawford made three solo tackles, all for a loss (minus-9 yards). His standout performance included a sack and a forced fumble. In the 34-13 win at Northwestern, he made two solo tackles, including one for a loss of five yards, and recovered a fumble on the game's opening drive that led to a field goal. Crawford made two stops and had two pass breakups in the Senior Day win over Indiana. In the big Capital One Bowl win over LSU, he recorded one TFL. He saw action on 677 snaps, the sixth-highest total among 2010 returnees, topped by 68 against Iowa and 65 at Northwestern.
Crawford joined Brandon Beachum and Michael Mauti as the only true freshmen to play in every game. He saw action at defensive tackle and tight end during the course of the season and made four tackles (three solo) with two pass breakups. Crawford was inserted into the season-opener with Coastal Carolina and he recorded a season-high three tackles, two of which were solo stops. He also made one solo hit in the win at Syracuse. He was on the field for 127 plays, led by 27 each against Coastal Carolina and Indiana.
As a junior at St. Augustine Prep in 2006, Crawford joined the football team and found immediate success. During his senior season, he emerged as a standout, being rated the No. 15 defensive end in the nation by Scout.com, while also playing tight end. Playing for Coach Dennis Scuderi, Crawford earned all-area and All-Parochial honors. He made 12 touchdown receptions his senior season. Crawford also played basketball and soccer at St. Augustine.
Full name is Jack Justin Crawford. Crawford is the son of Janet and Lincoln Crawford. He has two older brothers, Douglas and Paul, a younger brother, Mostyn, and one younger sister, Ella. Born September 7, 1988 in London, England.