21 Byron Gruendl
2011: ALL-GREAT WEST CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM... Appeared in all 11 games, starting eight at linebacker... Tied for the team lead in total tackles, finishing with 68 (36 solos, 32 assists)... Posted 7.5 tackles for losses of 29 yards... Had 2.0 sacks for 17 yards and one forced fumble... Recorded one pass breakup and one pass defended for the season... Had an impressive game at Sacramento State to end the season, tallying nine tackles (5-4-9), 1.0 sack for a nine-yard loss and 2.0 tackles for losses in the game... Added a forced fumble at the Causeway Classic in a win for the Aggies... Had a career high 11 tackles (6-5-11) vs. North Dakota... Had a strong finish to the season, recording tackles for losses in the final three games.
2010: ALL-GREAT WEST CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION... Won T. PALMER MOODY AWARD as team's outstanding sophomore... Played in all 11 games, starting final 7... Finished 4th on team with 57 tackles (36 solos, 21 assists)... Made 7.0 stops for losses of 38 yards, including 2.5 sacks for 22 yards... Also intercepted 2 passes (no yards), forced 2 fumbles, and added a pass breakup and a fumble recovery... Compiled 3-3-6 tackles chart in first four games, then exploded for 33-18-51 across final seven... Named GWC Defensive Player of the Week, tallying game-high 9 tackles (4-5-9) plus a pick vs. Tony Smith to start 3rd quarter vs. Cal Poly... Had season-best 9 tackles on two other occasions: 4-5-9 with 2.0 TFLs of 13 yards at San Jose State, and 7-2-9 with 1.5 TFLs of 8 yards vs. Sacramento State.
2009: Appeared in all 11 games, earning first start at Portland State... Led all Aggie true freshmen with 23 tackles (13 solos, 10 assists)... Also had 1.0 tackles for losses of 4 yards... Had season-best 7 stops (3-4-7) at Portland State, including a share (with Dozie Amajoyi) of a 9-yard sack against Connor Kavanaugh... Shared team's Defensive Player of the Week award after that game... Also broke up a pass to Titus Young at Boise State... Posted 2-2-4 tackles chart at Sacramento State.
SAN RAMON VALLEY HS '09: Caught 54 passes for 964 yards and 8 touchdowns on offense while posting five sacks and three interceptions on defense as a senior... Earned All-East Bay Athletic League honors on each side of the ball... Also selected to All-Metro third team... Helped SRV to 12-1 record and North Coast Section title... Named to Contra Costa Times' "Cream of the Crop" squad... Also lettered in swimming, earning NISCA All-America honors in two freestyle relays.
PERSONAL: Born in Redwood City, Calif.... Majoring in economics.. Parents are John & Darlene Gruendl... Career highlight was winning seven straight swimming championships.