DT - BJ Raji
Washington Twp., NJ
6-1 / 323
Looks to return as an anchor of the BC defensive line after sitting out the 2007 season for academic reasons...received All-ACC second-team honors following his junior season in 2006...finished the 2006 season with 63 career tackles (37 solos), 16.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 quarterback sacks and four pass breakup...had started 24 of the team's previous 25 games...started 12 games at defensive tackle...had 23 tackles, including 16 solo stops...made 8.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, forced one fumble and had three pass breakups... made one tackle in season opener against Central Michigan...recorded three tackles (two solo) including one tackle for loss against Clemson...had two tackles (one solo) in win over BYU...made one tackle and had one pass breakup at North Carolina State...had three tackles (two solo) including 1.0 sack, 3.0 tackles for loss and one forced fumble against Maine...made three stops (three solo) including 1.0 sack and one pass breakup against Virginia Tech...recorded three tackles (two solo) and had one pass breakup at Florida State...had one assisted stop at Wake Forest...made two solo tackles against Maryland...at Miami, had one solo stop...had three solo stops, including 2.0 tackles for loss in the Meineke Car Care Bowl against Navy.
Started all 12 contests at right defensive tackle...registered 27 tackles (20 solos), 1.5 sacks, 6.5 tackles for loss and one pass breakup...recorded two tackles (one solo), including one tackle for loss (for one yard), at Brigham Young...made two tackles (one solo), including 1.5 tackles for loss (for eight yards) and 0.5 quarterback sack, against Florida State...recorded three tackles (one solo) at Clemson...had one solo tackle and one assisted tackle against Virginia...made a season-high six stops (three solos), including one tackle for loss (for four yards), against Wake Forest...recorded three unassisted tackles at Virginia Tech...tallied two solo tackles, including one tackle for loss (for two yards), at North Carolina...tallied four unassisted tackles and one assisted tackle against North Carolina State; had two tackles for loss (for five yards), including one quarterback sack...notched one solo stop at Maryland...recorded one unassisted tackle against Boise State in the MPC Computers Bowl.
Worked his way into the rotation at defensive tackle as a true freshman...registered 13 tackles (6 solos) and 1.5 tackles for loss...was listed at number two on the depth chart (behind Tim Bulman) at left tackle...saw his first collegiate action in home opener against Penn State; notched one solo tackle against the Nittany Lions...worked his way onto the two-deep as the No. 2 right tackle for the Connecticut game; was credited with one tackle for loss and one assisted tackle in the game...made two solo stops at Wake Forest...made one unassisted tackle against Massachusetts and one solo stop against Rutgers...recorded three tackles (one unassisted) at West Virginia...made three assisted tackles, including 0.5 tackle for loss, at Temple... registered 0.7 tackle for loss against Syracuse.
Earned All-State, All-North Jersey and All-County honors as a senior at Westwood Regional High School ... was a two-time All-Bergen County Scholastic League choice ... was a three-year starter ... played on both the offensive and defensive lines ... recorded 75 tackles, 7.5 sacks and four forced fumbles in 2003 ... played for head coach Joe Gambardella ... was selected to play in the 2004 Governor's Bowl, which pits the top high-school seniors in New Jersey against their New York counterparts ... played on Westwood's basketball team as a freshman and sophomore.