Tuitt has started all 12 games this season and leads all defensive linemen in tackles with 45, tackles for loss with 7.5 and sacks with 6.0. He registered an interception return for touchdown against Michigan, forced a fumble against Arizona State and totaled 13 quarterback hurries. Tuitt has recorded 20.0 career sacks, which ranks fifth in single-season school history.
Turned in sensational sophomore campaign at defensive end, tallying 47 tackles, including 13 for loss, a team-high 12 sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one pass breakup and one blocked kick ... started all 13 games for the Irish.Returned a fumble 77 yards for a touchdown against Navy (Sept. 1) ... the touchdown was the first of his career ... also tallied four tackles and two sacks for nine yards against the Midshipman ... had four more tackles each against Purdue (Sept. 8) and Michigan State (Sept. 15) ... recorded two sacks for 12 yards against the Boilermakers and one sack against the Spartans ... had two tackles and a sack for 10 yards against Michigan (Sept. 22) ... had seven tackles and a key half sack against Stanford (Oct. 13).Recorded five tackles and two sacks for a loss of 25 yards against BYU (Oct. 20) ... notched six tackles and 1.5 sacks for six yards in a three-overtime win over Pittsburgh (Nov. 3) ... had one sack each against Boston College (Nov. 10) and Wake Forest (Nov. 17) ... forced two fumbles against Boston College ... totaled five tackles in BCS National Championship Game vs. Alabama.
Talented freshman who saw action in nine games, while starting three ... started vs. Navy, Wake Forest and Maryland ... did not play vs. Michigan, Purdue, Boston College or Stanford ... showed steady improvement throughout the season, tallying 26 of 30 tackles over final six games played ... had season high in tackles with seven in games against USC and Navy.Notched five tackles and a pass breakup in a win vs. Air Force ... turned in most disruptive game in a win at Wake Forest, compiling four tackles, with two going for a loss of 14 yards ... also had an 11-yard sack ... tallied two tackles each in wins against Michigan State and Pittsburgh ... registered three tackles to go along with a seven-yard sack in the Champs Sports Bowl against Florida State.
Rated 38th nationally on Sports Illustrated list of top players from 2010 ... Georgia Class 3A all-state first-team defense selection for 2010 by Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... one of four Georgia players to be named to all-Southern team by Orlando Sentinel ... second on Rivals strong-side defensive end list ... ranked 22nd overall on Rivals 100 lists ... 23rd on Sporting News Top 100 list and 90th on ESPN 150 list ... ranked 42nd nationally on MaxPrep Top 100 list ... landed 13th spot on Atlanta Journal-Constitution Fab 50 breakdown and SuperPrep defensive line rankings.Rated 35th on The Kickoff Top 150 Prospects list ... played in U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio and Team USA vs. The World All-Star Game in Austin, Texas ... led Monroe Area High School in Monroe, Ga., to 11-2 record and third-round appearance in the Georgia Class AAA state playoffs during senior season in 2010, after Monroe Area had finished a combined 0-20 the previous two seasons ... also played as tight end ... first-team all-Georgia Region 8-AAA for 2010 by vote of area coaches ... recorded 56 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumbles recovered as junior in 2009 ... played for coach Matt Figg at Monroe Area High School.
Son of Tamara Tuitt ... enrolled in College of Arts and Letters, with a major in anthropology.
05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Steelers' picks: Round 2/46 - Stephon Tuitt, DE, 6-5 1/2, 312, Notre Dame...He fills a major hole at end after the departures of Ziggy Hood, Al Woods and the loss of Brett Keisel. He should become the rare exception as a regular starter as a rookie in Dick LeBeau's defensive line, the first since Casey Hampton in 2001. - The Sports Xchange