48 Justin Zimmer
48 Justin Zimmer
Height: 6-3
Weight: 292
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Greenville, Mich.
High School: Greenville
Position: DT

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2015 Statistics (PDF)
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2015:
One of country's top defensive linemen
Capital One Academic All-America First Team laurels (Ferris State Football’s first Three-Time Academic All-American)
Named to 2015 D2CCA All-America Team (Two-Time All-American)
All-Super Region Four First Team Defense
All-GLIAC First Team (Three Time All-GLIAC First Team)

Broke single season school record for tackles for loss with 26 (-97 yds)
Tied single season school record for sacks with 13 sacks (-72 yds)
Finished 6th in career sacks on all-time leader list for FSU

Nominee for Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year Award
Nominee for Cliff Harris National Small College Defensive Player of Year Award
Recipient of Bill Scheible "In The Fold" Award
Academic All-District IV First Team (Three Time First Team)
Defensive National Player of the Week recognition for game versus Michigan Tech
GLIAC Defensive Player of the week for game versus Michigan Tech.

Broke Top Taggart Field single game record for sacks versus Michigan Tech with 4.5 (old record: 4.0; also ties FSU single game record he set in 2013)

Preseason All-America honoree
Team Captain 

Started all 12 games in 2015…Placed first on the team with 81 total stops ... Also had team-high 26 tackles for loss and 13 sacks ... Forced four fumbles, recovered one fumble, broke up five passes, and blocked one kick ... Helped lead Bulldogs to a second-straight GLIAC Championship & second-straight NCAA Playoff Berth ... Finished with 28 solo tackles

2014:
Earned All-America honors from multiple sources in 2014
Capital One Academic All-America First Team laurels (Two Time Academic All-American)
Finalist for the Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year Award
Finalist for the Cliff Harris National Small College Defensive Player of the Year Award
Consensus All-Region honoree
All-GLIAC First Team Defense (Two Time First Team)
Academic All-District IV First Team
GLIAC Commissioner’s Award winner for Excellence
GLIAC Academic All-Excellence Team (Two Time All-Excellence Team)
Ferris State University President's Award
Preseason All-America honoree
Team Captain

Started all 12 games in 2014…Placed third on team with 76 total stops ... Also had team-high 12 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks ... Forced three fumbles and broke up five passes ... Helped lead Bulldogs to the GLIAC Championship & NCAA Playoffs ... Finished with 31 solo tackles
 
2013:
Capital One Academic All-America Second Team laurels
All-GLIAC First Team Defense
Academic All-District IV First Team
National Player of the Week recognition for game versus Ashland
GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week for game versus Ashland
Broke FSU single game record for sacks versus Ashland with 4.5 (old record: 4.0)
GLIAC Commissioner’s Award winner for Excellence
GLIAC Academic All-Excellence Team
Ferris State University President's Award
 
Started all 11 games in 2013…Finished with 57 tackles, including 20 solo stops ... Among league leaders with 7.5 quarterback sacks ... Also had seven hurries and three breakups ... Scored TD on 20-yard interception return at Ashland ... Forced two fumbles ...
 
2012:
Played in seven games as a reserve during the 2012 campaign
Recorded two total tackles during the season ... Had an assisted stop versus Michigan Tech ... Also had a solo stop against Wayne State
 
2011:
Redshirted during the 2011 campaign


High School:
Played middle linebacker at the prep level … Won a regional wrestling championship as a junior and senior ….. Placed seventh at the state wrestling meet as a junior and fifth place as a senior …… Honored as a Meijer Scholar-Athlete …… Threw both the discus and shot put in track …… Was a regional champion in the shot put as a senior..... Helped Greenville to a state playoff appearance in 2010 …… Helped team to a 9-2 overall mark as a senior …… Earned Associated Press Special Mention laurels … Led the Yellow Jackets in tackles with 108 and finished with four interceptions along with two blocked kicks … Coached by Dave Moore … Also played tight end.