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#17 A.J. Tarpley
Position: Inside Linebacker
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 238
Year: 5th Year Senior
Hometown: Plymouth, Minn.
High School: Wayzata
Major: Science, Tech. and Society
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As a Fifth-Year Senior (2014)
• Bednarik Award watch list
• Nagurski Award watch list
• Phil Steele preseason All-America third team
• Athlon preseason All-Pac-12 second team
• Phil Steele preseason All-Pac-12 first team

As a Senior (2013)
• All-Pac-12 honorable mention
• Preseason All-Pac-12 third team by Phil Steele
• Phil Steele All-Pac-12 third team
• Stanford's co-Defensive Player of the Game vs. Arizona State (Sept. 21)
• Stanford's co-Defensive Player of the Game at Oregon State (Oct. 26)
• 14 games played
• Second on team with 93 tackles (52 solo)
• 5.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, one interception, three pass breakups, one forced fumble
• Five tackles (four solo) vs. San Jose State
• Six tackles (five solo) at Army
• Six tackles (four solo) vs. Arizona State
• Eight tackles, red-zone interception returned 15 yards vs. Washington
• 12 tackles (one for loss) at Utah
• Seven tackles (one for loss) vs. UCLA
• 13 tackles (eight solo), one pass breakup at Oregon State
• Four solo tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one pass breakup vs. Oregon
• Six tackles at USC
• Seven tackles (four solo), one pass breakup vs. Notre Dame
• Seven tackles at Arizona State in Pac-12 Championship Game
• Six tackles (three solo) vs. Michigan State in Rose Bowl

As a Junior (2012)
• Most underrated Stanford defender
• Played in all 14 games, starting the opener and final 10 games at inside linebacker
• 66 tackles (40 solo) including seven tackles for loss and two sacks
• One interception and five pass breakups
• Game-high nine tackles (six solo) in Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin
• Seven tackles (five solo) at Notre Dame
• Six-yard sack of Notre Dame’s Everett Golson to set up ensuing defensive touchdown
• Five tackles (four solo), one sack and pass breakup at Oregon
• Interception at Oregon ended final offensive possession of the first half
• Seven tackles (four solo), two tackles for loss and one sack at UCLA
• Seven tackles (four solo) against UCLA in Pac-12 Football Championship Game
• Seven tackles (three solo) and in overtime win vs. Arizona
• Five tackles (three solo) and one tackle for loss vs. Washington State
• One pass breakup and six tackles (three solo) at Cal
• Recovered one fumble at Colorado

As a Sophomore (2011)
• Appeared in all 13 games, starting seven of last eight at inside linebacker
• Team’s third-leading tackler (57)
• 1.5 sacks, four tackles for loss
• One interception and one fumble recovery, both against USC
• Came off the bench for first five games, rotating with Max Bergen and Jarek Lancaster
• Seven tackle at Duke
• Three tackles in each of next three games against Arizona, UCLA and Colorado
• First career start at Washington State
• Season-high nine tackles at USC with first-quarter interception
     • Recovered Curtis McNeal’s fumble in the end zone to end triple-overtime win
• Eight tackles against Cal
• First solo sack against Notre Dame
• Four tackles against Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl

As a Freshman (2010)
• Did not see action

The Tarpley File
• Graduated from Wayzata (Minn.) and played for head coach Brad Anderson
• Three-year varsity letterwinner
• Nation’s 62nd-best outside linebacker by Scout, 68th by Rivals
• Associated Press first team all-state as a senior
• Pioneer Press and Minnesota Vikings all-state
• Minneapolis Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year
• Minnesota Gatorade Football Player of the Year
• 168 tackles, 36 tackles for loss, four sacks and six interceptions during career
• 85 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, three sacks and two forced fumbles as a senior
• Interception returns of 56 and 74 yards for touchdowns
• 12 catches for 217 yards and six touchdowns as a tight end
• 72 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and four interceptions as a junior
• Invited to “USA vs. the World” all-star game
• Helped team to Classic Lake Conference and section 5A titles as a senior
• Born in Torrance, Calif.
• Full name is Aubrey Joseph Tarpley
• Son of Audie and Karen Tarpley
    • Father played football at Georgia Tech (1976-79)
• Older brother, Matt, played football at Ole Miss and Pace
• Majoring in science, technology and society (information science and technology in society)

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