Second-year starter has moved from left to right end ... 6-7, 275-pounder has 4.78 40 speed ... has played in all 26 games since his true freshman season.
The 6-foot-7, 280-pound junior played in 37 of 38 games for the Utes from 2010 to 2012, with 14 starts. He led Utah with six sacks in 2012 and had eight tackles for loss. Joe is the youngest of three Kruger brothers. Paul plays linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens and Dave just finished his Utah career as a four-year starting defensive tackle.
Played in all 13 games with seven starts at left end ... 35 tackles includes 5.0 TFL and three sacks ... six tackles (one TFL) against USC ... five tackles against Arizona ... four tackles and a sack with a pass breakup against Cal ... four tackles with 1.5 TFL (one sack) against UCLA ... 7-yard sack and a forced fumble against Pittsburgh.
Played as a true freshman in all 13 games, mostly on special teams ... four total tackles ... two tackles against UNLV ... tackle for loss against San Jose State ... pass breakup vs. New Mexico ... Academic all-MWC.
First-team all-state and all-conference as a senior in 2009 ... ranked in the nation's top 25 defensive ends by Rivals.com ... led the state in sacks (15) and had 51 tackles his senior season ... lettered four years in football and basketball.
Son of Paul and Jennifer Kruger ... father played football for Oregon State ... three brothers and two sisters ... brother Paul, an all-conference defensive end for Utah in 2008, was a second-round draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens where he is now in his fourth season ... brother Dave is a Ute senior defensive tackle ... brother-in-law Tony Bergstrom, an all-Pac-12 offensive lineman for the Utes in 2011, was a third-round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders ... enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding, hunting and fishing ... economics major ... full name is Jonathan Wells Kruger ... born June 4, 1992.
- 2013 NFL DRAFT RANG'S GANG: DE: Joe Kruger, Utah, 6-6, 269, 4.81...Considering that he played alongside Star Lotulelei, it is easy to understand why Kruger hasn't received more attention. Furthermore, he's often been cast off as the younger brother of former Baltimore Raven and new Cleveland Browns' outside linebacker Paul Kruger. A passionate player who possesses a very intriguing skill-set of powerful long arms (34 3/8), surprising get-off and good overall athleticism, Joe, like his older brother, could surprise at the next level. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
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