Jerry Tillery
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Tillery with Los Angeles Chargers in 2021
Personal information
Born: (1996-10-08) October 8, 1996 (age 26)
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)
Position:Defensive end
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28
Career history
Career NFL statistics as of Week 7, 2022
Total tackles:106
Sacks:10.5
Forced fumbles:3
Fumble recoveries:1
Pass deflections:2
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Jerry Tillery (born October 8, 1996) is an American football defensive end who is a free agent. 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]

College statistics

Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Season Class Pos GP Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Solo Ast Cmb TfL Sck Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
2015 FR DL 6 9 3 12 2.0 1.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 SO DL 11 19 18 37 3.5 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 JR DL 13 25 31 56 9.0 4.5 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2018 SR DL 12 17 11 28 8.5 7.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Career 43 60 63 123 23 12.5 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 3

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]

The Chargers declined the fifth-year option on Tillery's contract on May 2, 2022, making him a free agent after the season.[12] Tillery was waived on November 10, 2022.[13]

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.
  12. ^ "Fifth-year option tracker for first-round picks from the 2019 NFL Draft". NFL.com.
  13. ^ Chargers Communications (November 10, 2022). "Los Angeles Chargers Waive Defensive Lineman Jerry Tillery". Chargers.com. Retrieved November 11, 2022.