Suh earned first-team All-PIL honors on both offense and defense as a junior and was an honorable-mention All-state pick.
In his senior year, he collected 65 tackles , including 10 sacks and recovered four fumbles, which earned him Parade magazine high school All-America honors, the Portland Interscholastic League Defensive Player of the Year, and a Class 4A first-team all-state selection.
He also played in the U. In basketball , he earned honorable-mention All-League honors as a junior and senior. He was the district shot put champion in , and won the OSAA Class 4A shot put title in with a school-record throw of Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.
Suh attended the University of Nebraska , where he played for the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team from to As a true freshman in , Suh played in the first two games and had an assisted tackle against Wake Forest before missing the remainder of the season after undergoing knee surgery.
He received a medical redshirt. In , Suh played in all 14 games as a backup defensive lineman and earned freshman All-Big 12 honors from The Sporting News.
As a junior in , Suh recorded a team-high 76 tackles, 7. He became the first Nebraska defensive lineman to lead the team in tackles since Suh earned First-team All-Big 12 honors in , the first Nebraska interior defensive lineman to earn those honors since Steve Warren in He was also an honorable mention All-American.
In , Suh registered 85 tackles, 12 quarterback sacks, 28 quarterback hurries, 24 tackles for loss, 10 pass breakups, 3 blocked kicks, and 1 interception.
He helped Huskers defense rank first nationally in scoring defense On December 7, , Suh was named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.
Suh was widely considered to be one of the best prospects available in the draft. This caused moderate concern for many teams who were hoping to draft him, as this was the same agent who represented Michael Crabtree.
Crabtree had even threatened to re-enter the NFL Draft. Despite the concerns, Suh was selected second overall in the NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions, becoming the first defensive lineman selected by the team in the first round since Luther Elliss in Suh was the highest selected Cornhusker defender since Neil Smith in Louis Rams , he recorded his only career interception to date off of Sam Bradford.
However, Suh missed the extra point when the ball hit the right upright. For the season, Suh led the Lions, all rookies, and all defensive tackles in sacks with His rookie year saw the beginning of what would take Suh to a league record amount of fines for on-the-field behavior.
All of this took place after the whistle was blown. Suh was penalized for unnecessary roughness and ejected from the game.
The Packers would score a touchdown two plays later, giving them a 14—0 lead and an eventual 27—15 victory. Initially, Suh denied stomping on Dietrich-Smith, saying he was only trying to get his balance back.
During a Thanksgiving game on November 22, , Suh was involved in a play in which he kicked Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin.
He appealed the fine but the ruling was later upheld by the NFL. During a Thanksgiving game against the Packers on November 28, , Suh sacked Matt Flynn in the end zone, forcing a safety for the first time of his career.
Suh racked up 53 tackles and 8. In , Suh started all 16 games with 72 tackles, 5 sacks, and 6 passes defended. During Thursday Night Football against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 8, Suh committed two unnecessary roughness penalties, including one moment where he attempted to choke Ryan Mallett and shove him out of reach.
He was selected first team All-State Class AAAA in each of his final two seasons, and compiled 63 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, and 11 sacks as a senior.
He also started at offensive guard. Considered a three-star prospect by Rivals. As a true freshman, Donald played in all 13 games as a reserve defensive end.
He recorded 11 tackles, including three for loss, and two sacks. In , as a sophomore, Donald moved into the starting lineup, and turned in a breakout campaign.
He recorded 47 tackles, including 16 for loss, 11 sacks and one forced fumble, and was named a second-team All- Big East selection.
As a junior, he recorded 64 tackles, including In his senior season, he became one of the most productive defensive players in the entire NCAA. He posted 59 tackles, including a career best At the NFL Combine , Donald set the record for fastest yard dash time for a defensive tackle previously held by Tank Johnson , who ran a 4.
He drew comparisons to John Randle afterwards. The following week, he recorded three tackles and his first NFL sack during a 19—17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
On October 13, , he was given his first career start against the San Francisco 49ers and finished the game with four solo tackles.
After recording 47 tackles, nine sacks, and two forced fumbles, Donald was one of five rookies selected to the Pro Bowl. During the season opener against the Seattle Seahawks , he recorded a career-high nine total tackles and two sacks, helping the Rams win 34—31 in overtime.
On December 13, , Donald made five tackles and a career-high three sacks against the Detroit Lions. Donald started all 16 games and ended the season with 69 tackles, 11 sacks, a pass defended, and a fumble recovery.
He was a Pro Bowl selection for the second consecutive season. These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems.
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