9 Jovan Belcher
9 Jovan Belcher
Height: 6-2
Weight: 228
Year: Senior
Hometown: West Babylon, N.Y.
High School: West Babylon
Position: Defensive Line
2008 PRESEASON: Named one of two senior co-captains ... earned Second-Team Preseason All-America honors from Lindy's Publications in its national college football preview magazine ... should receive strong consideration for the Buck Buchanan Award, which is presented annually to the top defensive player in the nation at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision level.

2007: Named to the Associated Press All-America Second-Team ... named to the Sports Network All-America Third-Team ... became the 32nd player in program history to be named an All-American ... named to the All-CAA First-Team ... named to the ECAC All-Star Team ... named to the New England Football Writers Association All-Star Team ... led the CAA in sacks (10.0) and tackles for loss (17.0) ... ranked seventh nationally in sacks and 16th in TFLs ... ranked 22nd in the CAA in tackles per game (7.7) ... was named the CAA Defensive Player of the Week on back-to-back weeks (11/5 and 11/12) ... started all 11 games at defensive end, after switching to the position from linebacker where he played the past two seasons ... marked the third-straight season he was a regular starter on the defensive side of the ball ... recorded a career-high 85 tackles (36 ST, 49 AT) (2nd on the team) ... made double-digit tackles in four games ... recorded at least seven tackles in seven contests ... made at least one tackle for loss in six games, including the final four of the season ... made a combined 11.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage during the final four contests of the season ... made a career-high 13 tackles, including 1.5 for loss (-2 yards) in the season opener versus Monmouth (9/1) ... made a pair of solo tackles at Connecticut (9/8) ... had three sacks and four solo tackles at Villanova (9/15) ... was in on seven tackles versus Massachusetts (9/22) ... had five tackles at Hofstra (10/6) ... made 10 tackles, including one for loss against William & Mary (10/13) ... totaled 11 hits at Stony Brook (10/20) ... led the team with 12 tackles (8 ST), including three tackles for loss (-25 yards) and two sacks (-18 yards) at Northeastern (10/27) ... totaled seven tackles, 2.0 for loss (-13 yards), 1.0 sacks (-11 yards) and forced a fumble versus Towson (11/3) ... made five stops (4 ST), including two for loss, forced a fumble and broke up a pass against Rhode Island (11/10) ... made nine tackles and had four sacks (-28 yards) against New Hampshire (11/17) ... had an additional 0.5 tackles for loss in the contest ... won the Harold Westerman Most Valuable Player Award ... won the "Maine Man" Strength & Conditioning Award.

2006: Started all 11 games at outside linebacker ... marked the second-straight season he started every game he played in ... finished fourth on the team with 52 tackles (24 ST, 28 AT) ... was the second-straight season he finished fourth on the team in total tackles ... had at least 50 tackles in each of his first two seasons ... made 3.5 tackles for loss for minus-nine yards ... made 0.5 sacks for minus-four yards ... forced one fumble ... ranked second on the team in special teams tackles with six ... made at least five tackles in five games, including three of the final four contests ... made nine tackles at Youngstown State (9/9) ... was in on five stops (4 solo) at William & Mary (9/16) ... totaled four hits (3 solo) at Boston College (9/30) ... had six tackles at Rhode Island (10/28) ... had eight tackles versus Northeastern (11/4) ... recorded eight tackles at Massachusetts (11/11).

2005: Started all 10 games he played in at linebacker ... finished fourth on the team with 58 tackles (25 ST, 33 AT) ... recorded 6.0 tackles for loss (-14 yards), which was fifth best on the team ... broke up a pass, forced two fumbles and blocked a kick ... ranked 32nd in the Atlantic 10 in tackles per game at 6.4 ... finished with the fourth most tackles in the conference for a freshman ... tied for sixth in the league with the two forced fumbles ... led the team in tackles in one game (Hofstra) ... made at least six tackles in five games, including two double-digit performances ... started in his collegiate debut at Nebraska (9/3) and made six tackles, including one for loss for minus-three yards ... recorded 1.5 tackles for loss (-3 yards) versus William Penn (9/10) ... made seven tackles, including two behind the line of scrimmage for minus-three yards at James Madison (10/8) ... recorded first-career double-digit tackle effort with 12 at Hofstra (10/15) ... also blocked a kick versus the Pride ... made six hits (5 solo) at Northeastern (11/5) ... also made one tackle for loss (-3 yards) against the Huskies ... posted a career-high 13 tackles (8 solo), made one stop for loss (-2 yards) and forced a fumble versus Rhode Island (11/12).

BEFORE MAINE/PERSONAL: Played linebacker, offensive tackle, nose guard, fullback and special teams for coach Albert Ritacco at West Babylon H.S. ... served as captain of the team for two years ... helped lead team to a pair of playoff appearances ... led 2004 team to an undefeated regular season for the first time in school history ... earned Second-Team All-Long Island honors and was a two-time all-county and all-league selection ... also wrestled and was a three-time All-American ... born July 24, 1987 ... son of John Belcher and Cheryl Shepard ... a child development and family relations majors.

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