Corey Liuget plays defensive end and defensive tackle for the San Diego Chargers. He previously played collegiately at the University of Illinois and earned Second-Team All-Big Ten honors as a junior in 2010.
Liuget was born in Miami, FL on March 18, 1990. He was raised by his mother after his father was murdered on a trip to see his mother in Haiti, and he began playing football at a young age. He starred as a defensive lineman for Hialeah High School in Miami, eventually accepting a scholarship offer from the University of Illinois.
University of Illinois
Liuget became a strong contributor for the Fighting Illini early, starting two games and playing in 11 total games as a true freshman in 2008. He continued to serve as a rotational player for Illinois as a sophomore, playing in all 12 games and making four starts at defensive tackle. He emerged as one of the best defensive linemen in the Big Ten conference as a junior, recording 63 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks. He was a Second-Team All-Big Ten selection, and despite only playing one season as a full-time starter, he declared early for the 2011 NFL Draft.
San Diego Chargers
Scout were initially concerned about Liuget’s lack of experience entering the draft, but a strong performance at the NFL Scouting Combine eased those doubts. The San Diego Chargers drafted him with the 18th overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, but a long lockout limited his ability to work with teammates and coaches. When the lockout ended, injuries forced him into the lineup immediately and he made 13 starts as a rookie.
With a full offseason under his belt, Liuget had a breakout year for the Chargers in 2012, leading the defensive line with 7.0 sacks and 61 total tackles. He was named Chargers Defensive Player of the Year following the season, and had another strong year in 2013, recording 42 tackles and 5.5 sacks.
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