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#43 J.J. Raffelson
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 235
Year: Redshirt Freshman
Hometown: Lake Zurich, Ill.
High School: Lake Zurich

SOPHOMORE (2013): Preseason All-Missouri Valley Football Conference... started in all six games... despite playing just half a season still finished fifth on the team in tackles with 59... broke up a pass and had a quarterback hurry... missed the first two games with an injury... returned to the line-up at Minnesota, earning the start, and recorded a game-high 11 tackles... made nine tackles and broke up a pass at UNLV... season-high 12 tackles against South Dakota... led the defense making 11 tackles at Illinois State and shared on one for a loss... matched career-high of 13 tackles versus South Dakota State... three solo tackles and a quarterback hurry at Youngstown State... missed the remainder of the season following the YSU game due to an injury.

REDSHIRT-FRESHMAN (2012): Finished 15th in the final voting for the Jerry Rice Award (top freshman in country)... Honorable Mention All-Missouri Valley Football Conference... MVFC All-Newcomer Team... Third Team All-MVFC by College Sports Madness... voted program's Co-MVP...
became first Leatherneck freshman to lead the squad in total tackles... started in all 11 games... 105 total tackles (9.55 p/g tied for 32nd nationally), 4.0 TFL and two pass break-ups... earned the start in his debut against Butler... team-leading nine tackles in the win with a pass break-up and shared on a tackle for loss... team-leading 12 tackles versus Indianapolis... led the team with eight tackles (seven solos), and a tackle for loss, at Iowa State... team- and personal-high 13 tackles against Illinois State... heading into the bye week led the nation's freshmen in tackles (42)... three tackles at South Dakota... shared the team-lead making nine tackles (seven solos) at South Dakota State... matched a career-high with a game-high 13 tackles against Indiana State... shared team-high honors making seven tackles at Missouri State, inclduing sharing on a sack... recorded 11 tackles against UNI, including one for a loss... matched his season-high making 13 tackles against Youngstown State, recording 1.5 tackles for a loss... registered seven tackles at Southern Illinois.

FRESHMAN (2011):
Redshirted. 
Named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference Honor Roll.

CAREER-HIGH TACKLES: 13 on four occasions

HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year starter in football... named All-Conference and All-Area... First Team All-State honors by the Chicago Tribune... Pioneer Press and EdgyTim.com Defensive Player of the Year... voted team captain his senior year... during his senior year recorded 119 tackles, 23 tackles for a loss, 12 sacks, two interceptions and forced three fumbles... led his team with eight tackles in the class 7A state championship game, finishing the year 12-2... recorded five sacks in a game against Warren, in addition to his 10 tackles and forced fumble... team advanced to the semifinals in 2009... played for coach Bryan Stortz.

PERSONAL: Born July 27, 1992 in Hoffman Estates... No. 1 sports highlight was five sacks in a game against Warren HS, and playing in the state championship game... his parents have been a major influence, "They have kept me focused to always work hard."... most admires Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, "He's a great linebacker that plays with passion and is very dedicated."... enjoys sports, hanging with friends and boating in the summer... favorite professional team is the Chicago Bears... favorite musician is Eminem... son of Jim and Linda Raffelson.

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