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Lester Towns
Lester Towns

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Pasadena, CA

High School:
Pasadena High School

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 245

Position:
ILB

Experience:
3L

Washington: Should be in much better playing shape for his senior year than he was in 1998 ... slowed all year by foot surgery from spring of 1998 ... never recovered his speed and lateral movement during the year ... was not expected for spring drills but turned out for every practice ... feels much better after having screws removed from his foot following the 1998 season ... one of two returning starters at inside linebacker along with Marques Hairston ... one of the strongest athletes on the UW campus. 1998: One of the hardest-hitting linebackers in the Pac-10 ... served as a co-captain on the squad as a junior ... played injured all season long battling foot and ankle injuries ... was second on the team with 63 tackles ... recorded season-best 12 tackles against California ... was in on five sacks and 10 tackles for loss ... registered two sacks against Oregon State ... had three tackles for loss against BYU ... named ABC Sports UW Player of the Game for efforts vs. USC ... honorable mention All-Pac-10 ... off-season weight room accident forced him out of spring practice and did not allow him to participate in fall two-a-day drills ... accidentally dropped a 45-pound weight plate on his foot.1997: Took over as a starter at inside linebacker and was responsible for calling the defenses for the Huskies ... finished the season as UW's top tackler with 89 ... tackle total ranked him sixth in the Pac-10 ... was third on the team with 16 tackles for loss ... his tackle total ranked sixth among all Pac-10 defensive players ... an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection ... managed five sacks during the season ... had 14 tackles vs. Washington State to earn ABC Sports Player of the Game honors ... had four tackles for loss, including two sacks, vs. Oregon ... earned the Texaco Star Performer award for his performance vs. the Ducks ... received a Big Hit Award for his play vs. USC. 1996: Appeared in all 11 games and started vs. UCLA and Oregon when John Fiala went down with knee problems ... special teams player who often came up with the big play ... finished the year with 38 tackles ... top outing came in first game at Arizona State where he recorded six tackles and caused a pair of fumbles ... later caused a fumble in USC contest ... recorded a tackle for loss for a safety at Oregon ... totaled 4.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks during the year ... intercepted a pass in '97 Spring Game. 1995: Redshirted the season ... topped the White Team with seven tackles in the ’96 Spring Game.

High School and Personal: Born Aug. 28, 1977 ... credited with 80 solo tackles, six sacks and four caused fumbles his senior year ... he blocked five kicks as a senior .. also ran for 900 yds. and 10 TDs ... missed three games ... an all-conference performer ... named to Cal-Hi Sports California All-State team ... a two-time all-state selection ... one of four players to receive an eight in the Long Beach Press-Telegram’s “Best in the West” poll ... rated the No. 5 prospect in Southwest by SuperPrep ... a Blue Chip Illustrated and SuperPrep All-American ... majoring in sociology with a minor in communications.

Year    G-S    Solo  Asst.  Tot.   Loss      FC   FR   PD   Int.    Sacks
1996    11-2    28    10     38   4.5-14.5    3    0    1   0-0    1.5-4.5
1997    11-11   61    28     89   16-65       2    1    4   0-0    5-40
1998    10-7    38    25     63   10-41       2    0    1   0-0    4.5-24
Totals  32-20  127    63    190   30.5-120.5  7    1    6   0-0    11-68.5 
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