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#31 D.J. Welter
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 235 lbs.
Class: Senior
Experience: 1 Letter
City/State: Crowley, La.
High School: Notre Dame HS
Major: General Business
Born: 08/30/1991
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D.J. Welter Bio
Courtesy: LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Release: 08/03/2014

Returning starter at middle linebacker for the Tigers heading into 2014 ... Took over as the starter in the middle of the LSU defense during spring practice and made progress each time he stepped on the field ... Played his best football late in the 2013 season, culminating with a his best all-around game in win over Iowa in the Outback Bowl (6 tackles, 1 sack) ... Veteran who will be expected to mentor a young group of linebackers in 2014 ... Very intelligent player who uses his football smarts to be a step ahead of the football ... Played in 21 games with 13 starts during his career ... Has 87 career tackles.

JUNIOR SEASON (2013)
Started all 13 games at middle linebacker for the Tigers ... Racked up 80 tackles, including 4.0 for losses and 2.0 sacks in helping the LSU defense rank among the top 25 units in the nation ... LSU ranked No. 15 nationally in total defense (340.7 yards per game) and No. 21 in the nation in scoring defense (22.0 points per game) ... Had career-best 11 tackles in October win over eventual national runner-up Auburn ... Had nine tackles in games vs. Georgia, Alabama and Arkansas ... Capped season with an outstanding all-around performance in 21-14 win over Iowa in Outback Bowl ... Had six tackles and a sack in helping an LSU defense limit Iowa to just 233 total yards (76 rushing, 157 passing), 11 first downs and one offensive touchdown in the Outback Bowl ... Registered six tackles in win over Texas A&M as the Tigers held Johnny Manziel and the Aggies to their lowest-scoring game of the season with only 10 points ... Had a sack for a 5-yard loss in September win over Kent State ... Had tackles for loss in back-to-back games vs. Furman and Alabama.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2012)
Played in one game after being ruled ineligible for academic reasons prior to the season-opener vs. North Texas ... Practiced with team, but was unable to participate in games ... Regained playing status in December and played against Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl ... Filled in for a cramping Kevin Minter against Clemson in bowl game and responded with two tackles.

REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON (2011)
Played in seven games with no starts ... Saw time on special teams and as a reserve linebacker ... Credited with three tackles at Ole Miss and two stops against Northwestern State.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2010)
Redshirted as a true freshman in 2010.

HIGH SCHOOL
One of the top linebacker prospects in Louisiana ... Ranked as one of the nation's top 50 outside linebackers by both Rivals.com and ESPN.com ... A member of the SuperPrep Southwest Team, the Times-Picayune Blue-Chip List, and the Baton Rouge Advocate Super Dozen ... Class 3A all-state selection in 2009 and honorable mention all-state in 2008 ... Class 3A Outstanding Defensive Player in 2009 ... Earned first-team all-district in 2008 and 2009 ... Won a state championship with Notre Dame High School in 2009 after finishing runner-up in 2008 ... Piled up 128 tackles in his junior season ... Improved upon that effort with 143 tackles in 2009 that included 12 tackles for loss, as well as three forced fumbles ... Coached by Lewis Cook.

PERSONAL
Full name is Donald J. Welter ... Goes by D.J. ... Born Aug. 30, 1991 ... Parents are Frederick and Tremayne Welter ... Has two brothers – Andy and Tom – and one sister – Caroline ... Majoring in general business ... Hobbies include hunting and fishing and enjoying the outdoors.

CAREER HIGHS 
Total tackles: 11 vs. Auburn, 2013  
Tackles for loss: 1.0 twice (Last: vs. Iowa, 2014 Outback Bowl)
Sacks: 1.0 twice (Last: vs. Iowa, 2014 Outback Bowl)

WELTER'S CAREER DEFENSIVE STATS

Year
G-GS
UT
AT
TT
TFL
Sacks
PBU
QBH
INT
FF
FR
2010
Redshirt Season
2011
7-0
1
4
5
0-0
0-0
0
0
0-0
0
0-0
2012 1-0 0 2 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 0-0
2013 13-13 25 55 80 4.0-11 2.0-8 1 3 0-0 0 0-0
Totals
21-13
26
61
87
4.0-11
2.0-8
1
3
0-0
0
0-0
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