|| AJ Tarpley
Feature Stories: 10/12/11 on Patch.com
AT STANFORD: One of the anchors of a deep inside linebacking corps and on several of the special teams.
2011 (SOPHOMORE): Appeared in all 13 games and started seven of the last eight games at inside linebacker...finished as the team's third-leading tackler with 57 stops...also had 1.5 sacks among his 4.0 tackles for loss...had one interception and a fumble recovery, both against USC...came off the bench for the first five games, rotating with Max Bergen and Jarek Lancaster...showed positive signs with a seven-tackle effort at Duke in Week Two...had three tackles in each of the next three games against Arizona, UCLA and Colorado...made his first career start at Washington State...had a season-high nine tackles at USC...intercepted a Matt Barkley pass in the first quarter...also recovered Curtis McNeal's fumble in the end zone to end the triple-overtime thriller...had eight stops against Cal in the Big Game...recorded his first solo sack against Notre Dame....credited with four tackles against Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl.
2010 (FRESHMAN): Did not see action.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Graduated from Wayzata High School in Plymouth, Minn....played for head coach Brad Anderson...listed as the 62nd best outside linebacker in the nation by Scout.com and 68th by Rivals.com...three-year varsity letterwinner...credited with 85 tackles, 15 tackles-for-loss, three sacks and two forced fumbles as a senior...had interception returns of 56 and 74 yards for touchdowns... also caught 12 passes for 217 yards and six touchdowns as a tight end...totaled 168 tackles, 36 tackles-for-loss, four sacks and six interceptions over his three-year varsity career...finished with 72 tackles, 20 tackles-for-loss and four interceptions as a junior...earned Associated Press first team all-state honors as a senior...also picked up all-state accolades from the Pioneer Press and Minnesota Vikings...named Minneapolis Star Tribune's Metro Player of the Year...also earned Minnesota Gatorade Football Player of the Year honors...was invited to participate in "USA vs. the World" all-star game...helped the Trojans to Classic Lake Conference and Section 5A titles as a senior...parents are Audie and Karen Tarpley...has one older brother, Matt, who plays football at Ole Miss...father played football at Georgia Tech from 1976-79...born in Torrance, Calif....full name is Aubrey Joseph Tarpley...majoring in science, technology & society (information science & technology in society).
Tackles: 9 at USC, 2011
Tackles for Loss: 1.0, three times; last vs. Notre Dame, 2011
Sacks: 1.0 vs. Notre Dame, 2011
Interceptions: 1 vs. USC, 2011