Jerry Tillery
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Tillery with Los Angeles Chargers in 2021
No. 99 – Los Angeles Chargers
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1996-10-08) October 8, 1996 (age 25)
Shreveport, Louisiana
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:295 lb (134 kg)
Career information
High school:Evangel Christian Academy (LA)
College:Notre Dame (2015–2018)
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2021
Total tackles:96
Sacks:9.5
Forced fumbles:2
Fumble recoveries:1
Pass deflections:2
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Jerry Tillery (born October 8, 1996) is an American football defensive end for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Notre Dame.

Early years

Tillery attended Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport, Louisiana. As a senior he had 93 tackles and seven sacks. He committed to the University of Notre Dame to play college football.[1]

College career

Tillery with the Notre Dame in 2018
Tillery with the Notre Dame in 2018

Tillery was originally going to play offensive tackle as a freshman at Notre Dame in 2015, but it was later decided he would play defensive tackle.[2][3] That season, he played in 12 games with three starts and recorded 12 tackles and a sack.[4] As a sophomore in 2016, he started 11 of 12 games, recording 37 tackles. As a junior in 2017, Tillery started all 13 games, finishing the season with 56 tackles and 4.5 sacks.[5] He returned to Notre Dame for his senior year in 2018.[6][7]

Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Year Class Position GP Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Solo Ast Total Loss Sack Int Yards Avg TD PD FR Yards TD FF
2015 Freshmen DL 6 9 3 12 2.0 1.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 Sophomore DL 11 19 18 37 3.5 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 Junior DL 13 25 31 56 9.0 4.5 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2018 Senior DL 12 17 11 28 8.5 7.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 2

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press Wonderlic
6 ft 6+12 in
(1.99 m)
295 lb
(134 kg)
34+14 in
(0.87 m)
10+58 in
(0.27 m)
4.93 s 1.69 s 2.88 s 4.33 s 7.45 s 32 in
(0.81 m)
9 ft 7 in
(2.92 m)
23 reps 31
All values are from the NFL Combine[8][9]
Tillery in 2019
Tillery in 2019

Tillery was drafted by the Los Angeles Chargers 28th overall in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.[10]

In Week 9 of the 2020 season against the Las Vegas Raiders, Tillery recorded a strip sack on Derek Carr that he also recovered during the 27–25 loss. This was Tillery’s first forced fumble and fumble recovery in the NFL.[11]

References

  1. ^ "Jerry Tillery affirms commitment to Notre Dame, shuts down recruitment".
  2. ^ "Evangel's Jerry Tillery set to switch to defensive tackle at Notre Dame".
  3. ^ "Notre Dame coach: Jerry Tillery far and away the story".
  4. ^ "Why Jerry Tillery is Notre Dame football's most interesting player".
  5. ^ Tribune, Tom Noie South Bend. "Noie: Having lived and learned, Notre Dame DT Jerry Tillery ready to be better".
  6. ^ "Travels and tribulations have shaped Irish DL Jerry Tillery". Associated Press. October 4, 2018.
  7. ^ "Tillery an explosive part of Irish 'D' - Notre Dame - Journal Gazette". www.journalgazette.net.
  8. ^ "The Wonderlic Scores for NFL Draft's Top Prospects Have Leaked". April 22, 2019.
  9. ^ "Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame, DT, 2019 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football".
  10. ^ Miller, Jeff (April 26, 2019). "Chargers take Notre Dame DT Jerry Tillery with 28th pick in NFL draft". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  11. ^ "Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers - November 8th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 13, 2020.