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Justin Tuggle
OLB #57
Kansas State
TOTAL 42 71 44 27 0 0 2 1 0 8 -- 8
2015 HOU 11 18 11 7 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2014 HOU 16 39 21 18 0 -- 2 1 0 8 8 8
2013 HOU 15 14 12 2 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --

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Twitter: @Takeover_Tuggle

TRANSACTIONS: Signed by the Houston Texans on May 10, 2013.

TRANSACTIONS: Signed by the Houston Texans on May 10, 2013.

Former college quarterback and undrafted college free agent
Has played in 31 games with nine starts

2014 (Houston 16/7):
Started in seven of 16 games and made 36 tackles
Started at inside linebacker and recorded a tackle in Week 1 against Washington (9/7)
Started and made three tackles at Oakland (9/14) in Week 2
Made a career-high four tackles at the New York Giants (9/21) in Week 3
Made three tackles vs. Buffalo (9/28) in Week 4
Recorded his first career fumble recovery in the first quarter at Dallas (10/5), falling on DeMarco Murray’s fumble at the Houston 14-yard line. Finished with career-best four tackles and made a special teams tackle
Recorded the first interception of his career in the second quarter vs. Indianapolis (10/9), picking off Andrew Luck at the Indianapolis 34-yard line. Finished with a career-high nine tackles and also had two passes defensed
Registered five tackles at Pittsburgh (10/20) in Week 7
Made three tackles at Tennessee (10/26) in Week 8
Played linebacker and on special teams at Cleveland (11/16) in Week 11 and vs. Cincinnati (11/23) in Week 12
Played at Jacksonville (12/7) in Week 14, at Indianapolis (12/14) in Week 15 and vs. Baltimore (12/21) in Week 16 and had a special teams tackles vs. Jacksonville (12/28) in Week 17

2013 (Houston 15/1):
Played in 15 games and led the team with 11 special teams tackles
Started at linebacker vs. Oakland (11/17) and played inside and outside linebacker throughout the season
Saw action on special teams in his NFL debut at San Diego (9/9) 
Inactive at Baltimore (9/22)
Recorded a career-high two tackles (one solo) at San Francisco (10/7)
Notched two special teams tackles vs. Jacksonville (11/24) 

Career Notes:
Played only one full season on defense after spending nearly three seasons as a quarterback
Made the switch to linebacker late in his junior season of 2011 after starting his collegiate career as a quarterback at Boston College
Transferred to Blinn College as a sophomore, where he earned all-conference recognition as the team’s starting quarterback

2012 (Senior):
Played in 13 games with six starts in his first full season on defense
Totaled 19 tackles (13 solo), including 4.5 for a loss...Ranked third on the team with 3.0 sacks and had one pass breakup and forced fumble
Recorded sacks against Miami, Oklahoma and Texas
Registered career highs with four tackles against Miami and Kansas

2011 (Junior):
Transferred to Kansas State and switched to outside linebacker from quarterback prior to the team’s Cotton Bowl appearance against Arkansas
Appeared in four games on special teams and made one tackle against Texas A&M
Served most of the season as the team’s third-string quarterback

2010 (Sophomore):
Transferred to Blinn College and played quarterback, throwing for 2,015 yards and 17 touchdowns while rushing for 733 yards and 12 scores
Rated as a three-star quarterback by Rivals.com and the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback among JUCO players
Led Blinn to a win in the 10th annual C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl and was named the game’s most valuable player after passing for 140 yards and running for another 78 yards
Named all-league on offense for the Southwest Junior College Football Conference (SWJCFC)
Named the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Offensive Player of the Week on Nov. 1 when he completed 17-of-24 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for another 137 yards on 10 carries and three touchdowns

2009 (Freshman):
Appeared in four games and started three as a quarterback at Boston College and completed 13-of-37 passes for 229 yards and four touchdowns with three interceptions
Ran the ball 11 times for 35 yards

High School:
Passed for 3,675 yards, ran for 1,300 yards and had 44 touchdowns in his career
Earned Greater Atlanta All-Area honors as a senior captain at Northview High School for head coach Don Savage
Threw for 1,310 yards and 12 touchdowns and ran for 563 yards and six touchdowns as a senior, earning All-North Fulton County recognition
Set school career records in passing yards and passing touchdowns
Set school single-game records in passing yards, total yards and touchdowns scored
Played in the second annual Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Miami’s Orange Bowl in January 2008
Captured North Fulton second-team accolades in 2007

Is the son DuJuan and Jessie Tuggle, who played 14 seasons in the National Football League
His father was selected to five Pro Bowls and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007
Has a younger sister, Jessica
Majored in political science

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  • Highlights: Tuggle's recovery

    (0:25) Posted Oct 5, 2014

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