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Aaron Strader
Aaron Strader

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Pittsburgh, Pa.

High School:
Westinghouse

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 200

Position:
Defensive Back

Birthdate:
06/08/1986



2007 First Team All-MAAC
2006 Don Hansen Second Team FCS Mid-Major All-American
2006 First Team All-MAAC
2005 MAAC Defensive Rookie of the Year

Highly-decorated defensive back enters his senior season with the most career solo tackles (60) of all DU returnees ... was named MAAC Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2005 and followed that by being named second team All-American by Don Hansen and first team All-MAAC in his first full year as a starter in 2006 ... repeated as a first team All-MAAC pick in 2007 ... has nine interceptions in 27 career games ... has started 18 times.

as a junior (2007):
Started nine of nine games played at cornerback ... missed the week seven Robert Morris game with a shoulder injury ... had 38 tackles (26 solo) including 1.5 tackles for loss ... posted team highs for both interceptions (four) and passes broken up (seven) ... ranked 19th nationally with an average of .44 interceptions per game ... had a career-high eight tackles (six solo) in the opener against Bucknell ... shook off a fourth-and-eight pass interference penalty to make one of the biggest plays of the 2007 season by picking off a pass in the end zone on the next snap to preserve Duquesne's 30-23 overtime win at Sacred Heart ... finished the game with five solo tackles to earn MAAC Player of the Week (Sept. 24) ... the win both prevented an 0-3 start and started a five-game winning streak for the Dukes ... picked off a pass that led to a field goal to help DU jump out to a 9-0 first quarter lead in a 37-10 win over Frostburg State the next week ... preserved the 24-17 win at Saint Francis with a leaping interception at the SFU nine-yard line with 2:19 left ... finished the Saint Francis game with six tackles.

as a sophomore (2006):
Played in all 10 games ... moved into the starting lineup in week six at Fordham ... started the final five games at the cornerback spot ... finished eighth on the team in tackles with 41 (28 solo) ... tied for the team lead with three interceptions ... tied for second with five passes broken up ... set a new school record (broken later in the season by linebacker Greg Hough) with a 96-yard return for a score at Robert Morris ... the momentum-changing touchdown gave the Dukes a 24-7 lead late in the third quarter ... had six tackles (five solo) versus West Liberty State ... totaled seven stops and picked off a pass at Saint Peter's ... followed that with an interception the next weekend against Marist ... added seven more tackles (six solo) versus Iona.

as a freshman (2005):
Played in eight games with four consecutive starts to finish the season ... was second on the team with six passes broken up despite not seeing extensive playing time until the second half of the season ... picked off a pass and returned it 23 yards in his first career start at Marist ... followed that with his second interception the next week at Iona ... earned MAAC Rookie of the Week honors following the Marist game ... posted a season-high six tackles and broke up four passes in a 56-14 win over La Salle in the second-to-last game of the season.

personal:
Was a two-time Pittsburgh City League 171-pound wrestling champ at Westinghouse ... has boxed in the Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Tournament ... major: economics ... date of birth: 6/8/86.

Strader's Career Statistics
Defense
Year     G/GS    TT (solo)  Sacks     TFL   Int-Yds    PBU    FF/FR
2005      8/4    11 (6)     0.0-0   0.0-0      2-25      6     0/0
2006     10/5    41 (28)    0.0-0   2.0-5     3-100      5     0/0
2007      9/9    38 (26)    0.0-0   1.5-3       4-2      7     0/0
Totals  27/18    90 (60)    0.0-0   3.5-8     9-127     18     0/0

Top Tackle Games TT (solo) Opponent Year 8 (6) Bucknell 2007 7 (6) Iona 2006 7 (3) at Saint Peter's 2006 6 (4) at Saint Francis 2007 6 (5) West Liberty State 2006 6 (4) La Salle 2005

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