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Corey Liuget
DT #94
Height:
6-2
Weight:
300
Age:
25
College:
Illinois
Hometown:
Miami, Fla.
Experience:
4

Quick Stats (2014):

TCKL
57
SCK
4.5
FF
2
INT
--
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 169 127 42 18.0 0 15 0 0 -- 0 0 5 4
2014 SD 16 16 57 45 12 4.5 0 2 -- -- -- -- -- 2 2
2013 SD 16 16 42 32 10 5.5 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2012 SD 16 16 51 36 15 7.0 -- 9 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
2011 SD 15 13 19 14 5 1.0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 @ARI L 17-18 5 4 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 SEA W 30-21 2 1 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 @BUF W 22-10 6 4 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
4 JAC W 33-14 2 2 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
5 NYJ W 31-0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
6 @OAK W 31-28 2 2 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
7 KC L 20-23 6 4 2 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
8 @DEN L 21-35 4 4 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
9 @MIA L 0-37 5 5 0 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
11 OAK W 13-6 1 1 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
12 STL W 27-24 2 2 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
13 @BAL W 34-33 6 5 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
14 NE L 14-23 7 4 3 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
15 DEN L 10-22 5 3 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
16 @SF W 38-35 2 2 0 -- 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 2
17 @KC L 7-19 2 2 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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Bio

The Chargers’ first-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the soft-spoken Liuget has emerged as the team’s top play-maker on the defensive line. Liuget was San Diego’s 2012 Defensive Player of the Year and had another solid season in 2013, leading the team in sacks, tackles for loss, quarterback pressures and quarterback hits. He played some of his best football down the stretch in helping the Chargers reach the playoffs for the first time since 2009. He collected six of his team-leading 10 tackles for loss in the last six games. In the Chargers’ Wild Card Playoff win in Cincinnati, he led the line in tackles, while also contributing a sack, a tackle for loss, a pass defensed and a quarterback hit.

Liuget’s rise on the field is all the more impressive when looking back at the obstacles he faced early in his career. After being drafted in 2011, the NFL Lockout wiped out what would have been Liuget’s first offseason with the team. Instead of working out with teammates and studying with coaches, he was forced to go it alone. After the lockout ended and the season rolled around, injuries took a toll on the Chargers’ defensive line and Liuget was pressed into immediate duty. He played in 15 games and made 13 starts, but by season’s end, his weight had ballooned to more than 325 pounds, due in large part to an extended visit from his mom, Lorene, and her home cooking. Rather than continuing to pack on pounds, Liuget made a decision to travel back to Florida where he could train at his alma mater, Miami’s Hialeah High School. The move paid dividends as Liuget lowered his weight to 300 pounds and it set the wheels in motion for a breakthrough 2012 season in which he led San Diego’s defensive line in sacks, tackles, tackles for loss and passes defensed.

Work ethic is one trait that was drilled into Liuget at an early age. His father, DeJa, was killed while visiting Corey’s grandmother in Haiti in 1993. It left Lorene to raise Corey and his four older brothers and sisters as a single parent in Miami’s housing projects. When her kids were young, Lorene enlisted their help to make ends meet. She would boil peanuts, and make candy apples, conch fritters and sweet potato pies, which Corey and his brothers and sisters would sell. It worked as it taught all of the Liuget kids about work ethic and discipline.

Liuget went on to have a standout career at Hialeah High. Despite hailing from a close-knit family that tops 100 in number and a strong recruiting push from the big in-state schools, he opted to chart his own path and enroll at the University of Illinois. After a couple of years in Champaign, Ill., Liuget grew homesick and contemplated returning home after his sophomore season. Some tough love from his mom persuaded him to stick it out and instead of moping over the situation, Liuget used it as motivation. He lost 25 pounds between his sophomore and junior seasons, and feeling re-invigorated, had a career year for the Fighting Illini in 2010. Liuget chose to leave school a year early and apply for the 2011 NFL Draft. The Chargers loved the toughness, tenacity and relentless approach to the game that he showed and made him their first-ever first-round pick from Illinois.

Liuget appreciates living in San Diego, a city with a strong military history, as his two older sisters, Ideidre and Latronika, both serve our country in the Army.

Liuget enjoys traveling. In 2013, he took a vacation to the Dominican Republic where he learned learned to surf and scuba dive. And this year, he and his girlfriend, Faven, visited Ethiopia, Dubai, Costa Rica and The Bahamas.

TRANSACTION HISTORY: First-round pick (18), April 28, 2011...agreed to contract, Aug. 4, 2011.

2014: Led defensive line with sack and five tackles Week 1 at Arizona...also led team with three quarterback pressures and tied for team high with three quarterback hits, including big hit on Carson Palmer on opening series of game...in second quarter, six-yard sack on 2nd-and-8 helped force punt that was blocked by Jerry Attaochu, leading to Chargers field goal...AFC Defensive Player of Week after outstanding all-around effort Sept. 21 at Buffalo...led team with three pressures and four quarterback hits...in fourth quarter, shared 17-yard sack with Reggie Walker on 3rd-and-5 play, while also forcing fumble...led defensive line with six tackles in game...had another apparent forced fumble taken away earlier in game when officials ruled runner was down by contact and late in fourth quarter, pressure led to throwaway by Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel from end zone that was ruled intentional grounding and resulted in safety for final points in 22-10 win...led team with two tackles for loss Sept. 28 vs. Jacksonville...first led to Jaguars’ second series of game ending on downs, followed by Chargers kicking field goal for 3-0 lead...late fourth quarter pressure Oct. 12 at Oakland nearly led to interception by Jarret Johnson and helped create three-and-out to give offense ball back for game-winning drive in 31-28 win...forced first-quarter punt with thirddown pass defensed and had second quarter sack Oct. 19 vs. Kansas City... two tackles for loss in third quarter Nov. 2 at Miami...also forced second quarter field goal try by batting pass at line of scrimmage on 3rd-down play in second quarter...led defensive line with six stops vs. Dolphins... third quarter seven-yard sack and forced fumble vs. St. Louis Nov. 23 was scooped up by Andrew Gachkar and returned 13 yards for touchdown and 20-10 lead...earlier in game, drew hands to face penalty that negated 51- yard touchdown for Rams...led team with four tackles for loss in 34-33 win at Baltimore Nov. 30...led defensive line with seven tackles Dec. 14 vs. Denver...scored first-career touchdown on fumble recovery in end zone Dec. 20 at San Francisco...score brought Chargers to within 28-21 in third quarter of game Bolts would win 38-35 in overtime...was second fumble recovery of game...also recovered fumble at Bolts’ own two-yard line to prevent potential touchdown on 49ers’ second possession of game...finished contest with team-high two tackles for loss...three-yard sack in Dec. 28 season finale at Kansas City to finish season as team leader with 4.5.

2013: First sack of season and drew critical fourth-quarter holding penalty in Sept. 29 win over Dallas...penalty negated Cowboys first down and forced punt two plays later...Bolts countered with touchdown for final points in 30-21 win... season-high two sacks in 24-6 win at Jacksonville Oct. 20...blocked 59-yard field goal attempt at end of first half Nov. 3 at Washington...first-quarter sack in 41-38 win at Kansas City Nov. 24...combined with Thomas Keiser for fourthdown, 11-yard sack to end Monday Morning Quarterback’s Defensive Player of Week after tackle for loss and two key pressures in 27-20 win over 11-2 Denver Broncos Dec. 12...first pressure led to 12-yard sack and second led to late fourth-quarter interception that Chargers converted into field goal for 10-point lead...early sack to force three-and-out in playoff-clinching win over Kansas City Dec. 29...third-down sack in third quarter of Jan. 5 wild card playoff game at Cincinnati set up touchdown on ensuing drive that gave Bolts 14-10 lead...tackle for loss on 3rd-and-2 play in Jan. 12 divisional playoffs at Denver contributed to Broncos missing 47-yard field goal on next play.

2012: Chargers Defensive Player of Year (David Griggs Memorial Award)...USA Today All-Joe...Sept. 30 at Kansas City,  ended Chiefs’ second drive of game with tackle for loss and forced fumble that was recovered by Shaun Phillips... Bolts scored touchdown on ensuing possession to take 17-0 lead...team-leading three passes defensed and first sack of season Oct. 7 at New Orleans...third-down sack and pair of passes defensed Oct. 28 at Cleveland...sack, two tackles for loss and overtime pass defensed Nov. 25 vs. Baltimore...season-high two sacks in Dec. 23 win at New York Jets...fourth-down sack late in game was team’s 11th, tying franchise mark. 2011: Led team with two tackles for loss in first-career game Sept. 11 vs. Minnesota...helped close out NBC Sunday Night Football win over Baltimore Dec. 18 with late fourth-quarter sack.

COLLEGE: Honorable mention All-America by Pro Football Weekly and second-team All-Big Ten as junior in 2010...also team captain and Fighting Illini Outstanding defensive lineman...ranked seventh in Big Ten in tackles for loss (12.5) and eighth in sacks (4.5) in ’10...Big Ten Defensive Player of Week after 1.5 tackles for loss vs. Fresno State...finished career with 125 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 25.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 13 quarterback hurries ...played at Illinois from 2008-10...left school after junior season...sociology major.

PERSONAL: Born in Miami, Florida...first-team all-state and all-area at Hialeah (Fla.) High...also wrestled...invited to play in 2008 Offense-Defense All-American game in Miami.

The Chargers’ first-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the soft-spoken Liuget has emerged as the team’s top play-maker on the defensive line. Liuget was San Diego’s 2012 Defensive Player of the Year and had another solid season in 2013, leading the team in sacks, tackles for loss, quarterback pressures and quarterback hits. He played some of his best football down the stretch in helping the Chargers reach the playoffs for the first time since 2009. He collected six of his team-leading 10 tackles for loss in the last six games. In the Chargers’ Wild Card Playoff win in Cincinnati, he led the line in tackles, while also contributing a sack, a tackle for loss, a pass defensed and a quarterback hit.

Liuget’s rise on the field is all the more impressive when looking back at the obstacles he faced early in his career. After being drafted in 2011, the NFL Lockout wiped out what would have been Liuget’s first offseason with the team. Instead of working out with teammates and studying with coaches, he was forced to go it alone. After the lockout ended and the season rolled around, injuries took a toll on the Chargers’ defensive line and Liuget was pressed into immediate duty. He played in 15 games and made 13 starts, but by season’s end, his weight had ballooned to more than 325 pounds, due in large part to an extended visit from his mom, Lorene, and her home cooking. Rather than continuing to pack on pounds, Liuget made a decision to travel back to Florida where he could train at his alma mater, Miami’s Hialeah High School. The move paid dividends as Liuget lowered his weight to 300 pounds and it set the wheels in motion for a breakthrough 2012 season in which he led San Diego’s defensive line in sacks, tackles, tackles for loss and passes defensed.

Work ethic is one trait that was drilled into Liuget at an early age. His father, DeJa, was killed while visiting Corey’s grandmother in Haiti in 1993. It left Lorene to raise Corey and his four older brothers and sisters as a single parent in Miami’s housing projects. When her kids were young, Lorene enlisted their help to make ends meet. She would boil peanuts, and make candy apples, conch fritters and sweet potato pies, which Corey and his brothers and sisters would sell. It worked as it taught all of the Liuget kids about work ethic and discipline.

Liuget went on to have a standout career at Hialeah High. Despite hailing from a close-knit family that tops 100 in number and a strong recruiting push from the big in-state schools, he opted to chart his own path and enroll at the University of Illinois. After a couple of years in Champaign, Ill., Liuget grew homesick and contemplated returning home after his sophomore season. Some tough love from his mom persuaded him to stick it out and instead of moping over the situation, Liuget used it as motivation. He lost 25 pounds between his sophomore and junior seasons, and feeling re-invigorated, had a career year for the Fighting Illini in 2010. Liuget chose to leave school a year early and apply for the 2011 NFL Draft. The Chargers loved the toughness, tenacity and relentless approach to the game that he showed and made him their first-ever first-round pick from Illinois.

Liuget appreciates living in San Diego, a city with a strong military history, as his two older sisters, Ideidre and Latronika, both serve our country in the Army.

Liuget enjoys traveling. In 2013, he took a vacation to the Dominican Republic where he learned learned to surf and scuba dive. And this year, he and his girlfriend, Faven, visited Ethiopia, Dubai, Costa Rica and The Bahamas.

TRANSACTION HISTORY: First-round pick (18), April 28, 2011...agreed to contract, Aug. 4, 2011.

2014: Led defensive line with sack and five tackles Week 1 at Arizona...also led team with three quarterback pressures and tied for team high with three quarterback hits, including big hit on Carson Palmer on opening series of game...in second quarter, six-yard sack on 2nd-and-8 helped force punt that was blocked by Jerry Attaochu, leading to Chargers field goal...AFC Defensive Player of Week after outstanding all-around effort Sept. 21 at Buffalo...led team with three pressures and four quarterback hits...in fourth quarter, shared 17-yard sack with Reggie Walker on 3rd-and-5 play, while also forcing fumble...led defensive line with six tackles in game...had another apparent forced fumble taken away earlier in game when officials ruled runner was down by contact and late in fourth quarter, pressure led to throwaway by Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel from end zone that was ruled intentional grounding and resulted in safety for final points in 22-10 win...led team with two tackles for loss Sept. 28 vs. Jacksonville...first led to Jaguars’ second series of game ending on downs, followed by Chargers kicking field goal for 3-0 lead...late fourth quarter pressure Oct. 12 at Oakland nearly led to interception by Jarret Johnson and helped create three-and-out to give offense ball back for game-winning drive in 31-28 win...forced first-quarter punt with thirddown pass defensed and had second quarter sack Oct. 19 vs. Kansas City... two tackles for loss in third quarter Nov. 2 at Miami...also forced second quarter field goal try by batting pass at line of scrimmage on 3rd-down play in second quarter...led defensive line with six stops vs. Dolphins... third quarter seven-yard sack and forced fumble vs. St. Louis Nov. 23 was scooped up by Andrew Gachkar and returned 13 yards for touchdown and 20-10 lead...earlier in game, drew hands to face penalty that negated 51- yard touchdown for Rams...led team with four tackles for loss in 34-33 win at Baltimore Nov. 30...led defensive line with seven tackles Dec. 14 vs. Denver...scored first-career touchdown on fumble recovery in end zone Dec. 20 at San Francisco...score brought Chargers to within 28-21 in third quarter of game Bolts would win 38-35 in overtime...was second fumble recovery of game...also recovered fumble at Bolts’ own two-yard line to prevent potential touchdown on 49ers’ second possession of game...finished contest with team-high two tackles for loss...three-yard sack in Dec. 28 season finale at Kansas City to finish season as team leader with 4.5.

2013: First sack of season and drew critical fourth-quarter holding penalty in Sept. 29 win over Dallas...penalty negated Cowboys first down and forced punt two plays later...Bolts countered with touchdown for final points in 30-21 win... season-high two sacks in 24-6 win at Jacksonville Oct. 20...blocked 59-yard field goal attempt at end of first half Nov. 3 at Washington...first-quarter sack in 41-38 win at Kansas City Nov. 24...combined with Thomas Keiser for fourthdown, 11-yard sack to end Monday Morning Quarterback’s Defensive Player of Week after tackle for loss and two key pressures in 27-20 win over 11-2 Denver Broncos Dec. 12...first pressure led to 12-yard sack and second led to late fourth-quarter interception that Chargers converted into field goal for 10-point lead...early sack to force three-and-out in playoff-clinching win over Kansas City Dec. 29...third-down sack in third quarter of Jan. 5 wild card playoff game at Cincinnati set up touchdown on ensuing drive that gave Bolts 14-10 lead...tackle for loss on 3rd-and-2 play in Jan. 12 divisional playoffs at Denver contributed to Broncos missing 47-yard field goal on next play.

2012: Chargers Defensive Player of Year (David Griggs Memorial Award)...USA Today All-Joe...Sept. 30 at Kansas City,  ended Chiefs’ second drive of game with tackle for loss and forced fumble that was recovered by Shaun Phillips... Bolts scored touchdown on ensuing possession to take 17-0 lead...team-leading three passes defensed and first sack of season Oct. 7 at New Orleans...third-down sack and pair of passes defensed Oct. 28 at Cleveland...sack, two tackles for loss and overtime pass defensed Nov. 25 vs. Baltimore...season-high two sacks in Dec. 23 win at New York Jets...fourth-down sack late in game was team’s 11th, tying franchise mark. 2011: Led team with two tackles for loss in first-career game Sept. 11 vs. Minnesota...helped close out NBC Sunday Night Football win over Baltimore Dec. 18 with late fourth-quarter sack.

COLLEGE: Honorable mention All-America by Pro Football Weekly and second-team All-Big Ten as junior in 2010...also team captain and Fighting Illini Outstanding defensive lineman...ranked seventh in Big Ten in tackles for loss (12.5) and eighth in sacks (4.5) in ’10...Big Ten Defensive Player of Week after 1.5 tackles for loss vs. Fresno State...finished career with 125 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 25.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 13 quarterback hurries ...played at Illinois from 2008-10...left school after junior season...sociology major.

PERSONAL:  Born in Miami, Florida...first-team all-state and all-area at Hialeah (Fla.) High...also wrestled...invited to play in 2008 Offense-Defense All-American game in Miami.

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