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Ross Dzuris
Player Profile:
Ross Dzuris 804603
Position: Defensive End
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 245
Year: Redshirt Freshman
Hometown: Plattsmouth, Neb.
High School: Plattsmouth
Major: Business Administration

Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Most Improved Player (2015)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012, 2014; Spring 2016)

2016 Season Notes
» Career-high two sacks and a career-high three TFLs against Fresno State, nearly topping the 2.5 sacks he had as a junior in 2015.
» Recovered first career fumble against Wyoming, returned it to the one-yard line, setting up a touchdown on the next play.
» Matched a career high with five tackles against Oregon.
» Notched a sack on NU’s final defensive play against Purdue, pushing his team leading total to 4.5 sacks. Also leads NU with 8 TFLs.

2016 Outlook
Ross Dzuris was a breakthrough player for the Nebraska defense in 2015. Dzuris did not play in a game in his first three seasons in the program, but became a regular at defensive end in 2015, and led the team in tackles for loss.

Dzuris’ emergence was critical for a defensive line that was crippled by injuries in 2015. He returns for his senior season as one of two defensive ends with extensive experience, joining sophomore Freedom Akinmoladun. The 6-3, 255-pound Dzuris originally joined the program as a walk-on, but earned a scholarship prior to his junior season. He is on track to earn his degree in business administration in December.

2015 (Junior)
Dzuris was one of four defensive ends to see extensive action, as he played in every game with four starts during Big Ten Conference play. Dzuris led the Huskers with nine tackles for loss, including 2.5 sacks and finished with 24 overall tackles, including 14 solo stops. He had at least one tackle for loss in eight games, and also added five quarterback pressures.

Dzuris had two tackles, including a tackle for loss against Southern Miss. In his first career start against Wisconsin, Dzuris had four tackles. He added four tackles and two tackles for loss against Northwestern, including a shared sack with Jack Gangwish that resulted in a first-quarter safety. Dzuris had a season-high five tackles, including a sack and four solo tackles at Purdue. He added his second solo sack of the season at Rutgers and totaled three tackles against the Scarlet Knights.

2014 (Sophomore)

Dzuris added depth at defensive end, but did not play in a game.

2013 (Redshirt Freshman)
Dzuris was a reserve defensive end, but did not appear in a game.

2012 (Redshirt)
Dzuris walked on and redshirted in his first season in the program.

Before Nebraska (Plattsmouth HS)
Dzuris was a force on the defensive line for Plattsmouth High School, leading the Blue Devils to consecutive playoff berths during his junior and senior seasons. As a senior, Dzuris earned second-team All-Nebraska honors from the Omaha World-Herald and was part of the Lincoln Journal Star Class B all-state football team after collecting 103 total tackles, including 45 solo stops.

Dzuris had 52 tackles and four sacks as a junior, and was named a first-team all-state selection by HuskerlandPreps.com and was a first-team all-area selection from the Omaha World-Herald. Dzuris earned honorable-mention all-state recognition as a junior in basketball, and competed in track and field. Dzuris participated in the Nebraska Shrine Bowl in June of 2012. He chose to walk on at Nebraska over scholarship offers from North Dakota and South Dakota.

Personal
The son of Bob and Leesa Dzuris, Ross was born on Oct. 13, 1993. Dzuris was married to the former Noelle Campbell in the summer of 2016. Noelle also attended Plattsmouth High School. Dzuris is majoring in business administration, and has been named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll three times. He has volunteered time with the Husker Heroes, Husker Hotline, Uplifting Athletes and local hospital visits.

Dzuris' Career Statistics

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G/S

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TFL

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2012           Redshirt          
2013           DNP          
2014           DNP          
2015 13/4 14 10 24 9-19 2.5-10 0-0 0 0 0 5

Totals

13/4 14 10 24 9-19 2.5-10 0-0 0 0 0 5

 Single-Game Highs

» Tackles - 5 at Purdue (2015)
» Tackles for Loss - 2 vs. Northwestern (2015)
» Sacks - 1.0 vs. Purdue, at Rutgers (2015)

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