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UND M Football BIO
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Taj Rich
Player Profile:
Taj Rich 823173
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 230
Year: Senior
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.
High School: Robbinsdale Cooper High School
Major: Kinesiology

2015 Game-by-Game Stats

2014 Game-by-Game Stats

2015 (Junior): Started the first five games of the season before a knee injury suffered in road win at No. 15 Portland State (Oct. 3) sidelined him for final six games ... Registered 28 tackles in those five contests, finishing with 4.5 tackles for a loss and two sacks ... Opened the season with four tackles and a sack in win at Wyoming (Sept. 5) ... Added second sack and six more tackles in home opener vs. Drake (Sept. 12) ... Had seven tackles at No. 2 North Dakota State (Sept. 19) ... Added a season-high eight tackle in Big Sky opener vs. UC Davis (Sept. 26) ... Made three tackles and forced a fumble agains the Vikings before suffering season-ending injury ... Earned third letter.

2014 (Sophomore):
Started all 12 games at middle linebacker and finished second on the team with 82 total tackles and 11.0 tackles for loss ... Registered first double-digit tackle total with 10 at Missouri State (Sept. 13) ... Set a UND Division I single-game record with 19 total tackles in home win over Stony Brook (Sept. 20) ... Had a stretch of seven straight games to open the season with at least six tackles ... Totalled six tackles in first career start in season opener at San Jose State (Aug. 28) ... Posted first career sack in upset of No. 22 Northern Arizona (Nov. 15) ... Earned second letter. 

2013 (Redshirt Freshman): Appeared in all 11 games as a special teams contributor and reserve linebacker ... Made first career tackle in season-opening win vs. Valparaiso (Aug. 29) ... Also had a tackle in regular-season finale at UC Davis (Nov. 16) ... Earned first letter.

2012: Redshirt season ... Recipient of the 2012 Athletics Director Award of Merit.

BEFORE UND:
Earned All-North Suburban Conference honors as a senior after leading team with 131 tackles ... Voted team defensive MVP ... Team captain as a senior ... Also led team in tackles as a junior with 120, including 10 tackles for a loss, en route to earning All-North Suburban Conference honors ... Earned All-Minneapolis honors as a sophomore.

PERSONAL: Son of Melanie Rucker and Taj Rich, Sr. ... Majoring in Kinesiology.

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