Senior defensive tackle Jared Crick heads into 2011 after two seasons as one of the nation's most dominant defensive linemen. The 6-6, 285-pound Crick has earned first-team all-conference honors each of the past two seasons, and earned first-team All-America mention from Rivals.com and second-team recognition from the Associated Press, SI.com and CBSSports.com in 2010. Crick was also a semifinalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award last year and figures to contend for national honors this fall. Crick is among three returning starters on the defensive front for the 2011 season, and his presence helps provide the foundation for a defense that expects to rank among the nation's best for a third straight season. Crick's combination of size, strength and quickness has made him a disruptive force up front and put him in a position to earn a permanent place in the Nebraska record books.
The Cozad, Neb., native has recorded 9.5 sacks each of the past two seasons and he stands in seventh place in Nebraska history with 19 career sacks. Crick is 10.5 sacks from the Nebraska career record and just five sacks from cracking the career top five. He also has 32 career tackles for loss and is poised for a move into the top 10 on that career chart. A starter in all 28 contests the past two seasons, Crick could put his name in elite company as a three-time all-conference selection. Just 21 players in school history are members of that club, and no player has been so honored since 1997-99. A history major, Crick is on track to earn his degree this August.
Senior Jared Crick entered the 2011 season as one of the nation's most decorated defensive players. Crick was a leader of the Nebraska defense in the first half of the season, but suffered a torn pectoral muscle against Ohio State, ending his senior year prematurely. Crick made 22 tackles in 2011, including three tackles for loss and a sack, pushing his career totals to 167 career tackles, 35 tackles for loss and 20 sacks. Crick's rehabilitation is on schedule and he is expected to be able to participate in the NFL Combine in February. The injury prevented Crick from earning honors on the field this season, but he was one of 11 FBS Division players named to the Allstate Good Works Team, Crick also received Nebraska's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. Crick completed his degree in history in August and is one of 13 Nebraska seniors who have already earned their undergraduate degree.
First-Team All-American (Rivals.com). Second-Team All-American (AP, CBSSports.com, SI.com). Rotary Lombardi Award Semifinalist (1 of 12). Lott Trophy Quarterfinalist (1 of 23). First-Team All-Big 12 (Unanimous). Crick started all 14 games for a Nebraska defense that ranked among the top 12 nationally in scoring defense, total defense and pass defense. Crick led the team with 9.5 sacks and 17 tackles for loss and his sack total was second in the Big 12. Crick recorded a total of 70 tackles, including 36 solo stops, and his 5.0 tackles per game were the most among all Big 12 defensive linemen. He had six games with at least five tackles and had a tackle for loss in nine games, including seven of the season's final eight contests. Crick posted his first big game of the year against Idaho, racking up 2.5 sacks for 30 yards and four tackles for loss. In a win at Oklahoma State, Crick had four tackles and a 10-yard sack as the Huskers corraled the high octane OSU offense in the second half. Crick had eight tackles, a seven-yard sack, two tackles for loss and two hurries as the Blackshirts dominated in a key win over seventh-ranked Missouri. In a win at Iowa State, Crick had a tackle for loss and forced a fumble that stopped a Cyclone threat. He had a season-high nine tackles, including a pair of sacks in a 20-3 win over Kansas when NU limited the Jayhawks to less than 100 total yards. Crick had seven tackles, including three tackles for loss and split a pair of sacks as NU held Texas A&M to just nine points. He broke up two passes in the regular-season finale against Colorado. Crick recorded his third multi-sack game of the season against Oklahoma, racking up two sacks for 22 yards as part of a three-tackle day while also adding a pass breakup. He finished the year with seven solo tackles, including a tackle for loss in the Holiday Bowl.
First-Team All-Big 12 (Coaches). Walter Camp and Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week (NU Single-Game Records for Sacks (5) and TFLs (7) at Baylor). Crick posted 73 tackles, including 15 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. His sack total ranked second on the team behind Suh and sixth in the Big 12, while his 15 tackles for loss were third on the team. Crick also had 16 quarterback hurries, four breakups and forced a pair of fumbles. In the conference statistics, Crick was second only to Suh in tackles per game among interior defensive linemen, averaging 5.2 per contest. His most memorable game came at Baylor when Crick made a Nebraska record five sacks and tied the school record with seven tackles for loss. His sacks total was the most in the country in 2009, edging out Suh's 4.5 sacks against Texas. For his effort in that game, Crick was the national and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week. Crick opened the year with three tackles, his first career TFL and a blocked field goal against Florida Atlantic. He made five tackles and had his first career sack against Arkansas State. At Virginia Tech, Crick helped the front four dominate the Hokie offense with seven tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry.
In the Big 12 opener at Missouri, Crick had seven tackles, a nine-yard sack and recovered a fumble. He had five tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack against Texas Tech, while also posting three quarterback hurries. He added eight tackles and three quarterback hurries against Iowa State before his record-setting day at Baylor. In addition to his school record sack and tackle for loss totals, Crick also had a careerhigh 13 tackles, the most by an NU defensive tackle in seven seasons. He also had a fumble recovery and a pass breakup.
Crick made eight tackles, two tackles for loss, shared a sack and had three hurries in a 10-3 win over Oklahoma. He posted five tackles against Kansas State, and had three tackles, shared a sack and added two hurries in the Big 12 title game against Texas. Crick capped the year with three tackles in the Holiday Bowl shutout of Arizona.
Crick and fellow redshirt freshman Terrence Moore supplied depth behind Suh and senior Ty Steinkuhler at tackle. Crick played in nine games and made a pair of tackles, with a solo stop against New Mexico State and an assisted tackle at Oklahoma. Crick added a pass breakup against Western Michigan. The play of the front four keyed a Nebraska defense that ranked second in the Big 12 in total defense. The Huskers also improved their sack total from 13 in 2007 to 35 last fall.
The 6-6, 260-pound Crick earned second-team All-Nebraska honors from the Omaha World-Herald and second-team Super State honors from the Lincoln Journal Star as a senior, while earning first-team Class B honors from both papers. His performance helped Cozad and Coach Ron Bubak compile an 8-3 record and reach the second round of the Class B state playoffs in 2006. Crick made 68 tackles from his defensive end position, including six tackles for loss.
On offense, Crick played tight end and caught 15 passes for 284 yards and four touchdowns. During his junior season, Crick recorded 75 tackles and five sacks en route to Class C-1 all-state honors from the Omaha World-Herald and honorable-mention all-state accolades from the Lincoln Journal Star.
Crick was ranked as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, who placed him as the No. 4 overall prospect in the state of Nebraska and the No. 45 strongside defensive end nationally. SuperPrep ranked him as the No. 46 defensive line prospect in the country and the 27th-best player in its Midlands Region, while Scout.com ranks him as a three-star recruit. Crick participated in the East Meets West All-American Game in Florida in January.
In addition to football, Crick threw the shot put for Cozad, and finished second in the state, to his teammate Luke Pinkleman with a throw of 60 10-1/4 in the state track and field championships. Crick was also a key member of the Haymaker basketball team, leading the team in scoring at 12 points per game and rebounding with eight per contest.
Crick was born on Aug. 21, 1989, and is the son of David and Cindy Crick. Jared committed to the Huskers in the summer of 2006 and only visited Nebraska, but did receive numerous other scholarship offers.