54 Nathan Royster
Nathan  Royster


San Leandro, Calif.

High School:
San Leandro

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 262

Defensive Tackle



Quickly: Has steadily improved every year... Provides the defensive line with size and talent while providing veteran experience and leadership to defensive unit.

2009 (Jr.): Played in all 12 games, starting 10 ... Posted 15 total tackles (six solo, nine assists) with two sacks... Added one forced fumble and a QB hurry... Top outings of the season were three stops each against New Mexico State and Fresno State... Logged forced fumble in Idaho game.

2008 (So.): Played in all 12 games, starting first 11 games before yielding starting spot to a senior in season-finale... Posted 17 tackles (eight solo, nine assists), including three tackles for loss with two sacks... Added one pass break-up, one forced fumble and one QB hurry... Had season-high three tackles in three games, while recording sacks in UNLV and Louisiana Tech games.

2007 (Fr.): Played in 11 games and made six tackles (three solo, three assists) on the season... Tallied one fumble recovery... Top tackle total was two at Oklahoma, the same game in which he logged his fumble recovery.

2006 (RS): Redshirted his first year at USU.

High School: Was a first-team all-league and second-team all-east bay selection... Recorded 40 tackles, nine sacks, forced one fumble and had one interception... Team went 12-1 with the loss to De La Salle in the NCS Championship game... Played on the offensive and defensive lines... Also competed in track and was third in the league in the discus and fourth in the shot put.

Personal: Born March 31, 1988 in Raleigh-Durham, N.C... Son of Leanora and Nathan Royster... Is an only child... An exercise science major... Likes to play video games and lift weights... A member of USU Student-Athlete Mentors Program (SAMs)

Defense G/GS UT AT Total TFL Sacks PBU FF FR 2007(Fr.) 11/0 3 3 6 0-0 0 0 0 1 2008(So.) 12/11 8 9 17 3.0-20 2.0-19 1 1 0 2009(Jr.) 12/10 6 9 15 2.0-11 2.0-11 0 1 0 Totals 35/21 17 21 38 5.0-31 4.0-30 1 2 1

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