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#18 Oliver Aaron
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 205
Year: Redshirt Sophomore
Hometown: Gainesville, Fla.
High School: Gainesville
Experience: 4 Letters


Oliver Aaron gets his shot (Azcentral/Sept. 22, 2010)

ASU: Five-year member of the Sun Devil football team...four-year letterman...finished his career with 116 total tackles, including 17 for loss (57 yards) and three sacks...added four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries...played in 45 games, starting eight...scored his first and only career touchdown on a blocked punt at Cal on Oct. 23, 2010...incredibly athletic and versatile defender with impressive speed from sideline-to-sideline.2011: Appeared in all 13 games, making four starts...set career-highs in tackles, tackles-for-loss and sacks...was the team's fifth-leading tackler...finished the season with 57 tackles, two forced fumbles and fumble recovery...also added eight tackles-for-loss, including a pair of sacks...earned College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Linebacker Performer of the Week after recording a team-high eight tackles, including two for losses, and a forced fumble against Cal on Nov. 25...collected five tackles, including two solo and one for loss, in the 2011 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas...earned Hard Hat player recognition for his work in ASU's offseason strength and conditioning program.

2010: Breakout year in terms of games and contribution...appeared in all 12 games, starting the Oregon, Oregon State, and Washington games...Had a career high eight solo tackles vs No. 11 Wisconsin...five times throughout the season had tackles for loss...recorded first career sack Nov. 13 vs No.6 Stanford for minus 11 yards...caused key fumble and recovery at start of 4th quarter to help secure Territorial Cup for ASU...five times throughout season had games in which he had tackles for loss...earned another Hard Hat recognition award for his work in the Winter Developmental Program.

2009: Appeared in eight games as a reserve linebacker...finished the season with four tackles (two solo)...collected a season-high two tackles (one solo) vs. Cal on Oct. 31... had one tackle against USC on Nov. 7.

2008: Played in all 12 games as a reserve linebacker and as part of the kickoff coverage unit on special teams...finished with eight tackles (seven solo) and a half tackle for loss on the season...recorded his first career tackle at No. 8 USC on Oct. 11...had two solo tackles against Oregon on Oct. 25...collected a tackle in team's victory over Washington on Nov. 8...posted a season-high three tackles (two solo) and shared a tackle for loss in win over UCLA on Nov. 28...had one tackle at Arizona on Dec. 6...earned Hard Hat player recognition for his work in ASU's offseason strength and conditioning program.

2007: Redshirted as a member of ASU's scout team...earned the Glen Hawkins Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year Award at the team's year-end banquet.

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2007 graduate of Gainesville (Fla.) High School...played linebacker and defensive end in high school...listed as the No. 24 outside linebacker in the nation, the No. 12 outside linebacker in the south and the No. 6 outside linebacker in the state of Florida by Scouts, Inc....ranked as the No. 44 weak side linebacker in the nation by Scout.com...totaled 240 tackles over the course of his junior and senior seasons...as a senior, he totaled 126 tackles, eight sacks, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery...earned All-Area and All-State honors in 2006...was named The Gainesville Sun's Defensive Player of the Year and was named as one of Florida's top-50 players by the same publication...was recognized as Gainesville High's Linebacker of the Year as a senior...playing at defensive end as a junior, he recorded 114 total tackles, 10 sacks and seven additional tackles-for-loss, earning him first-team All-Area and second-team All-State honors...one of the most impressive physical standouts at Scout.com's 2006 Jacksonville Combine, he recorded a 39-inch vertical leap and a 10-foot, 4-inch broad jump, the top marks in those events by any camp participant...his broad jump and vertical leap scores were the fifth- and ninth-best among participants in all 13 combines held during the year...at other scouting combines, he recorded a 4.41 40-yard dash time and a 4.37 shuttle time...was named to the All-Combine Team at Scout.com's Jacksonville Combine...was named Gainesville High School's Defensive Lineman of the Year as a junior...recorded a 37-inch vertical leap at the Gainesville NIKE Training Camp in May, 2006, which ranked second among linebackers and third among all positions...lettered in football and track at Gainesville High School and also participated on the school's weightlifting team...coached by Eddy Moore at Gainesville High School.

PERSONAL: Majoring in BIS with a focus on African American Studies and Sociology at ASU...parents are Oliver and Delma Aaron of Gainesville, Fla....has one brother, Ulysses...enjoys sports and playing video games...born Oct. 21, 1988 in Virginia...full name is Oliver James Aaron.

Oliver Aarons Career Statistics

YearG/GSUT/ATTTTFL/YdsSacks/YdsPBFFFRInt
2007Redshirted-/---/--/-----
200812/07/181.5/10.0/00000
20098/02/240/00.0/0000
201012/331/16477.5/271.0/110210
201113/439/18578.0/272.0/141210
Career45/879/3711617.0/573.0/251420

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