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#43 Daniel Graff
Position: Defensive Back
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 179 lbs.
Class: Senior
Experience: 1 Letter
City/State: Metairie, La.
High School: Rummel HS
Other College: New Orleans
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies
Born: 11/13/1986
Daniel Graff Bio
Courtesy: LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Release: 01/25/2011

CAREER
A hard-hitting defensive back who has developed into LSU's top playmaker on special teams coverage ... Played in 39 games with no starts in four years with the Tigers ... Played in all 13 games for the Tigers on special teams from 2008-10 ... Had the unique role of player-coach in 2010 ... Would practice with special teams during the early part of practice then help assist the scout squad defense during the team portion of the workout ... Three-year letterwinner ...  Granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA in February of 2010 ... Began his career as a walk-on but  earned a scholarship after two years with the program ... Originally signed a partial scholarship to participate in track at Louisiana-Lafayette in 2005 ... Was only in school for a week when Hurricane Katrina destroyed his families' home in Metairie ... Left Louisiana-Lafayette and returned to Metairie following the hurricane to help rebuild the family home ... Never returned to Louisiana-Lafayette, instead enrolling at the University of New Orleans in the fall of 2006 ... After a year at UNO, transferred to LSU in August of 2007 where he earned a spot on the football team as a walk-on ... Graduated from LSU in December of 2010 with a degree general studies.

SENIOR SEASON (2010)
Served as a player-coach during the season, coaching the special teams units ... Played in all 13 games with no starts  in what was his second senior season with LSU ... A punishing hitter on special teams who led the Tigers with 18 tackles in 2010 ... Had four special teams tackles in win over Ole Miss ... Had three special teams tackles vs. West Virginia and Florida. 

SENIOR SEASON (2009)
Tremendous special teams starter who saw action in all 13 games, recording seven total tackles ... Registered the first blocked punt of his career against Tulane, and it marked LSU's first blocked punt since Oct. 7, 2006 at Florida ... The blocked punt set up a short field for LSU at the opposing 28-yard line and led to the Tigers' first score ... Committed a season-high three tackles in the win over Vanderbilt ... Voted a team captain for the Louisiana-Lafayette game ... Recipient of the team's Butch Duhe Award at the annual banquet, which goes to a player who demonstrates character, unselfishness and commitment.

JUNIOR SEASON (2008)
Made his mark on special teams, playing in all 13 games ... Ranked among the team leaders in special teams tackles with 11 to his credit ... Capped season with a two-tackle performance in win over Georgia Tech ... Named LSU's Special Teams Player of the Week against Tulane ... Recorded a pair of tackles in his first game in an LSU uniform vs. Appalachian State ... Other top performances on special teams came against Mississippi State and Troy as he finished with a pair of tackles in both of those contests.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2007)
Did not see any game action in what was his first year with the Tigers ... Joined the LSU squad in August of 2007 as a walk-on ... Made an immediate impact with the Tigers as he intercepted two Ryan Perrilloux passes during scout team work in his first practice in an LSU uniform.

REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON (2006)
Spent 2006 as a regular student at the University of New Orleans.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2005)
Spent just one week at Louisiana-Lafayette on a partial track scholarship before returning to Metairie due to destruction caused to family home by Hurricane Katrina ... Never returned to Louisiana-Lafayette, instead enrolled at the University of New Orleans in the fall of 2006.

HIGH SCHOOL
Two-sport letterwinner who earned all-district honors in football and all-state honors in track as a senior ... Captain of the track team his senior season ... Registered a personal-best of 10.48 in the 100-meter dash ... Coached in high school by Jay Roth.

PERSONAL
Full name is Daniel Michael Graff ... Goes by Dan ... Born on Nov. 13, 1986, in Metairie, La. ... Parents are Dave Graff and the late Ann Graff ... Has one brother, Mitch.

CAREER HIGHS
Total tackles: 4 vs. Ole Miss, 2010
Tackles for loss: 0
Sacks: 0
Interceptions: 0

GRAFF’S CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

Year
G-GS
UT
AT
TT
TFL
Sacks

PBU

QBH

INT

FF

FR
2006

Redshirt Season (student at Univ. of New Orleans)

2007

0-0

0

0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0-0

0

0-0

2008

13-0

6

5

11

0-0

0-0

0

0

0-0

0

0-0

2009

13-0

1

6

7

0-0

0-0

0

0

0-0

0

0-0

2010

13-0

10

8

18

0-0

0-0

0

0

0-0

0

0-0

Totals

39-0
17
19
36
0-0
0-0
0
0
0-0
0
0-0

 

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