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Zack Follett
LB #49
Height:
6-1
Weight:
236
College:
California
Hometown:
Clovis, Calif.
Experience:
3
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 17 31 18 13 0 0 1 0 0 0 -- 0
2010 DET 5 21 12 9 0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2009 DET 12 10 6 4 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
Kick Return
YearTeamGRetYdsAvgLngTD20+40+FCFUM
TOTAL 17 2 12 6 10 0 0 0 0 0
2010 DET 5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 DET 12 2 12 6 10 0 0 0 0 0

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Biography

TRANSACTIONS:

  • Re-signed with the club as an exclusive rights free agent March 16, 2010.
  • Signed to the Detroit Lions active roster October 6, 2009.
  • Released by the Detroit Lions September 5, 2009 and signed to the Lions practice squad September 7, 2009.
  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the seventh round (235th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.

PRO: Follett was a key contributor on special teams cover units while serving as a backup linebacker as a rookie. Was named the starting middle linebacker after a strong training camp and preseason.

  • Played in 12 games during his rookie season and recorded 2 tackles and 8 special teams stops.

2010: Serves as the team’s starting middle linebacker and on special teams.

  • Recorded a solo tackle in season opener at Chicago (9/12).
  • Notched 4 tackles (2 solo), 1 pass defensed and 1 special teams tackle vs. Philadelphia (9/19).
  • Inactive at Minnesota (9/26) after suffering a concussion against Philadelphia.
  • Returned to action at Green Bay (10/3) and collected five tackles (3 solo).
  • Left game with neck injury at the New York Giants (10/17).
  • Listed on injury reserve against Washington (10/31).

2009: Aggressive special teams player. After being released September 5, 2009 at the end of training camp, he was signed to the team’s practice squad September 7, 2009. Signed to the Lions active roster October 6, 2009.

  • Made a punishing hit on the Rams’ kick returner following the Lions first scoring drive of the game vs. St. Louis (11/1). Finished with a career-high 2 special teams tackles.
  • Recovered his first career fumble on a muffed punt vs. Arizona (12/20) while also making a career-best three special teams tackles.

COLLEGE: A versatile defender, Follett began his Cal career as a middle linebacker, shifting to weak-side linebacker as a sophomore before finding a home on the strong-side his junior campaign. He closed out his career starting in 24 of 49 games and finished 10th on the school's tackle list with 245 hits, as his 13 forced fumbles set the school all-time record and tied the Pac-10 Conference mark. He also placed fifth in Cal annals with 51.0 stops behind the line of scrimmage that included 23.5 sacks, the sixth-best career total by a Golden Bears defender.

2008: Started all 13 games at strong-side linebacker, ranking second on the team with a career-high 87 tackles (58 solos), adding four QB pressures. Led the team with 10.5 sacks for minus 99 yards (tied for eighth on the school season-record list) and 23 stops for losses totaling 138 yards (tied for third in school season annals), as that totalled the Pac-10 and ranked third in the nation.

• All-American third-team choice by The NFL Draft Report. AII-Pac 10 Conference first-team pick.
• Semi-finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the country's best defensive player and was a quarterfinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy.
• Named Pac-10 Player of the Week vs. Oregon and selected team Defensive MVP.
• Led the league with a school season-record five forced fumbles.
• Also recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown vs. Washington State.
• Deflected four passes. Named Game MVP vs. Stanford and in the Emerald Bowl vs. Miami.

2007: Started 10 of the 11 games he played in at strong-side linebacker. Recorded 64 tackles (39 solos) with three pressures, as the hard-hitting junior still managed to lead the team with 5.5 sacks for minus 36 yards and 12.5 stops for losses of 59 yards.

• All-Pac 10 Conference second-team selection.
• Recovered a fumble and caused two others. Also deflected six passes.

2006: Earned All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention, despite starting just the Stanford clash at weak-side linebacker. Recorded 62 tackles (34 solos) while leading the Bears with 5.5 sacks for minus 28 yards and 12.5 stops for losses of 53 yards. Led the Pac-10 with four forced fumbles and registered one QB pressure. Also intercepted one pass and deflected two others.

2005: Earned first-team Freshman All-America honors from Rivals.com. Saw action in every game, playing behind Desmond Bishop at middle linebacker. Accumulated a total of 32 tackles (25 solos), including three behind the line of scrimmage for losses of 16 yards and two sacks for minus 11 yards. Caused two fumbles, recovered another and had three pass deflections.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Clovis (Cal.) High School, where he was rated the ninth-best inside linebacker in the country by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report during his senior year. For his career, he registered 360 tackles, 28 behind the line of scrimmage, 13 forced fumbles and seven sacks in his three seasons. After his senior season, he competed in the Cali-Florida Bowl.

• Rivals.com rated him the 11th best inside linebacker in the country and 41st best overall prospect in the state of California.
• Named to The Fresno Bee's All-Valley first-team and chosen the Tri River Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year during his final campaign.
• That year, the first-team All-State choice recorded 135 tackles, nine quarterback pressures, seven tackles for loss, seven forced fumbles, five' passes broken up, four fumble recoveries and three sacks.
• As a junior, registered 74 tackles and return an interception for a touchdown.
• As a sophomore, Follett was named All-Area and All-League first-team, as he delivered 151 tackles, 13 for loss, four forced fumbles, two sacks and two interceptions.

PERSONAL:

• American Studies major.
• Has a wood-cutting hobby in which he has shaped plywood into life size replicas of teammates.
• Son of Naomi and Bob Follett.
• Born July 3, 1987.
• Resides in Clovis, California.

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