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Justin Francis, DE

School: Rutgers  |  Conference: BIGE
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Opa-Locka, FL
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 268 lbs.
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2011 Season
Versatile defensive lineman who can play either end or tackle...Starter at defensive tackle (3-technique)...Four tackles and equaled a career-high with two sacks in the 48-0 victory over North Carolina Central (Sept. 1)...Snatched the second interception of his career after sniffing out a screen play in the 19-16 double overtime victory at Syracuse (Oct. 1)...Made eight tackles and 4.0 tackles-for-loss (20 yards lost) in the 34-10 win vs. Pitt (Oct. 8)...Rivals.com BIG EAST Conference Player of the Week (Oct. 9) and BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll member for his performance vs. Pitt...Recorded six tackles, including 0.5 tackle-for-loss at Louisville (Oct. 21) ...Led team in tackles with 10 stops, including 1.5 tackles-for-loss, vs. West Virginia (Oct. 29)...Set a career high with 11 tackles in the 20-17 overtime win vs. USF (Nov. 5) and matched career bests with 4.0 tackles-for-loss and 2.0 sacks en route to being named Rivals.com BIG EAST Player of the Week ...Made seven tackles in the 27-12 victory over Army at Yankee Stadium (Nov.5), including a half tackle-for-loss...Recorded two pass breakups and a fumble recovery along with two tackles in the 20-3 victory over Cincinnati (Nov. 19)...Blocked a PAT, broke up a pass and made three tackles at UConn (Nov. 26).
High School
One of the top prospects in Broward County ... two-year starter for head coach Rodney Gray at Miramar, who played tight end, defensive end and linebacker ... ranked as the No. 13 recruit in Broward County by the Miami Herald ... selected to play in the Broward-Dade All-Star game ... named First Team All-Broward on defense by the Miami Herald ... impressive senior season included 137 tackles, four sacks and four interceptions ... ranked as the No. 100 defensive end prospect in the nation by Scout.com.
Born 2/8/89.
Latest News
04/05/2012 - As Justin Francis has spoken to NFL scouts and coaches, at the league's scouting Combine in Indianapolis and through the weeks of waiting before the draft, one attribute of his has come up in just about every conversation. Francis was a starting defensive tackle for Rutgers last season, but he previously played at defensive end and also has experience standing up as a linebacker. "I played all three of the positions, and played a fair amount," Francis said by phone last week. "That's the one thing a lot of teams talk about with me, is my versatility. I can play with my hand on the ground, and stand up and cover ground as well." The Jets are among the teams that have given Francis positive feedback, and the Rutgers product will be one of the local players visiting Florham Park this month. NFL teams can schedule an unlimited number of local pre-draft visits, in addition to a quota of 30 non-local visits. Francis said he has had conversations with a few members of the Jets organization, including new defensive line coach Karl Dunbar. He said they discussed him playing both defensive line and outside linebacker. "They were saying nothing but great things about me," Francis said of the Jets. "They were talking about fundamental things, and how they run their organization and their club. I was sitting back and listening, taking in whatever knowledge I could." - Jenny Vrentas, The Star-Ledger

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