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#33 T.J. Lally
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 225
Year: Senior
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
High School: Marmion Academy
Major: Economics
Experience: 3 Letters
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T.J. has been a mainstay in the Jackrabbit defensive lineup and enters his third season as the starting middle linebacker ... three-time member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference Honor Roll for academics ... elected as a team captain during both the 2014 and 2015 seasons

Earned second-team all-Missouri Valley Footbal Conference honors for the second time in his Jackrabbit career ... started all 14 games ... led team with 117 total tackles and 9.5 tackles for loss ... recorded double figures in tackles five times, starting with 11-tackle performance at Missouri in season opener ... set Jackrabbit single-game standard in the Division I era with 20 tackles, including a sack, in regular season meeting at North Dakota State ... tallied 10 tackles in home win over Missouri State to share team's Defensive Player of the Week award ... also honored with weekly defensive award in games against Cal Poly and Wisconsin-Oshkosh ... recorded 10 tackles in road win at Indiana State ... registered eight tackles, including two for loss, broke up a pass and returned fumble 11 yards to set up late Jackrabbit field goal in Football Championship Subdivision playoff victory at Montana State ... closed season with 14-tackle performance in playoff loss at North Dakota State

Started all 14 games ... ranked second on team with 89 tackles and two fumble recoveries ... recorded season-high 10 tackles, including two for loss, and recovered a fumble in Beef Bowl victory over Southeastern Louisiana ... registered nine tackles in games at Nebraska and versus Northern Iowa ... tallied seven tackles, including one for loss, in road win at Western Illinois ... turned the momentum in team’s favor by recording go-ahead safety midway through third quarter of Football Championship Subdivision playoff game at Northern Arizona ... finished game with six total tackles, including two for loss with a sack ... notched seven tackles and recovered a fumble in playoff defeat at Eastern Washington   ... recipient of MVFC Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award

Received conference and national notoriety after earning the starting nod at middle linebacker ... second-team all-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection and member of the MVFC All-Newcomer Team ... started all 13 games and ranked second on team with 107 tackles ... recorded double figures for tackles five times ... shared team lead with six sacks ... was a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in the Football Championship Subdivision and named to College Sports Journal All-Freshman Team ... earned MVFC Newcomer of the Week honors three times, starting with 10-tackle, four-sack performance in home opener against UC Davis ... also named team’s Defensive Player of the Week and Sports Network Freshman of the Week honors versus UC Davis ... opened league play by earning MVFC Defensive Player of the Week and Newcomer of the Week honors after notching 10 tackles, intercepting a pass and breaking up two other passes in win at Indiana State ... honored as squad’s Defensive Player of the Week after registering 10 tackles, a forced fumble and two sacks in win at Southern Illinois ... tallied career-high 11 tackles in FCS playoff game at North Dakota State

Redshirted ... honored as Scout Defense Player of the Week prior to matchup with Northern Iowa and shared Scout Offense Player of the Week honors leading up to game versus North Dakota State

Developed into one of the top all-around players in the Chicagoland area, earning first-team all-state honors from the Chicago Tribune, as well as player of the year honors from the Aurora Beacon and Kane County Chronicle ... defensively, he recorded 152 tackles in 2010 for Marmion Academy, including 16 tackles for loss and six sacks, along with four forced fumbles and an interception ... was named to the Illinois Coaches Association All-State Team two times ... coached by Dan Thorpe, he  also averaged 9.4 yards per carry en route to 1,389 yards and 17 touchdowns out of the backfield ... added to his all-around athletic accomplishments by competing in track and field, where he clocked a time of 11 seconds in the 100-meter dash and threw the shot put 52 feet ... honor roll student