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Karl Klug
DL #97
Height:
6-3
Weight:
278
Age:
26
College:
Iowa
Experience:
4

Quick Stats (2014):

TCKL
5
SCK
1.0
FF
0
INT
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Biography

 
PRO: The Titans used their fifth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft on Iowa’s Karl Klug (pronounced KLOOG).  A largely unheralded selection at the time, Klug proceeded to assemble one of the top seasons in franchise history by a rookie defensive lineman. A blue-collar athlete who plays with tremendous effort and quickness, he led the Titans in 2011 with seven sacks, which also tied for sixth among all NFL rookies and tied for fourth among all NFL defensive tackles.  His 3.5 sacks during his second season gave him more total sacks (10.5) than any other Titans defender during that time period.  He followed with a two-sack season in 2013.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    In 2013, Klug played in all 16 games for a third consecutive season and set a career high with three starts.  He saw time in defensive tackle and defensive end in the team’s 4-3 scheme.  
•    Against the N.Y. Jets on Sept. 29, 2013, he strip-sacked Geno Smith for a 16-yard loss and recovered the loose ball in the end zone for his first career touchdown.
•    In 2012, Klug played in all 16 games for a second consecutive season.  His 3.5 sacks gave him a team-high 10.5 total sacks from 2011–2012.
•    As a rookie in 2011, Klug compiled a team-high seven sacks.  The total tied for sixth place in sacks among all NFL rookies, tied for fourth among all NFL defensive tackles, and led all NFL rookie defensive tackles.
•    During his four-year career at Iowa, Klug appeared in 40 games with 26 consecutive starts to end his career.  Tallied 140 tackles, including 31 stops for loss, 9.5 sacks, eight quarterback pressures, eight passes defensed, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.  

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    Klug has an identical twin brother, Kevin, who played linebacker at Minnesota State University, Mankato.  As high school teammates, Kevin played fullback, opening holes for Karl, the team’s running back.  They have an older sister, Kelsey.
•    Klug’s small hometown of Caledonia calls itself the “Wild Turkey Capital of Minnesota” and “The Heart of Quilt Country.”
•    Klug arrived on Iowa’s campus as an undersized defender who weighed only 207 pounds at the time.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Caledonia, Minn., native was selected by the Titans in the fifth round (142nd overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.  

COLLEGE:
•    During his four-year career at Iowa, Klug appeared in 40 games with 26 consecutive starts to end his career.  Tallied 140 tackles, including 31 stops for loss, 9.5 sacks, eight quarterback pressures, eight passes defensed, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.  
•    As a senior (2010), started all 13 games at defensive tackle and led team with 13 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.  Posted 57 total tackles en route to earning second-team All-Big Ten honors from league coaches and media and second-team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele’s College Football.  Honors also included Roy J. Carver Most Valuable Player Award on defense, Iron Hawk Award and Hayden Fry “Extra Heartbeat” Award.  Was named a permanent team captain on defense and was selected to participate in East-West Shrine Game.  Was one of seven seniors named to 2010 Leadership Group.
•    As a junior (2009),  started all 13 games at defensive tackle, recording 65 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, four sacks, five passes defensed and two forced fumbles.  Named first team All-Big Ten by Sporting News and honorable mention All-Big Ten by league coaches.  Received the Hustle Team Award for defense.  
•    As a sophomore (2008), played in 12 games and posted 17 tackles, five tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble.  
•    As a redshirt freshman (2007), suffered foot injury during pre-season drills and appeared in just one game (vs. Minnesota) and posted one tackle.   
•    Redshirted in 2006.
•    Graduated in December 2010 with a degree in recreational management.

PERSONAL:  
•    Lives in Franklin, Tenn., with his wife, Stacy, and son, Rylan.
•    Named first-team All-State as a senior at Caledonia (Minn.) High School after recording 77 tackles and 20 sacks at defensive end.  Also had 1,212 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns.  Also named to the Minnesota Vikings All-State team, LaCrosse Tribune Player of the Year and was a two-time first-team All-Conference player, including Player of the Year as a senior.
•    Notched 89 tackles and 18 sacks as a junior.  
•    Was a three-year wrestling and two-year letterman in track.  
•    List of favorites: (movie) “Dumb and Dumber”; (TV shows) “SportsCenter” and “Everybody Loves Raymond”; (actor) Will Smith; (music artist) Red Hot Chili Peppers; (school subject) math; (car) 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass; (book) “Heaven is For Real” by Todd Burpo; (video game) Halo; (food) steak and potatoes; (childhood sports hero) John Randle; and (sports teams as a child) “all the Minnesota teams.”
•    Born Karl Rainer Klug on March 31, 1988 in La Crosse, Wis.
 
PRO: The Titans used their fifth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft on Iowa’s Karl Klug (pronounced KLOOG).  A largely unheralded selection at the time, Klug proceeded to assemble one of the top seasons in franchise history by a rookie defensive lineman. A blue-collar athlete who plays with tremendous effort and quickness, he led the Titans in 2011 with seven sacks, which also tied for sixth among all NFL rookies and tied for fourth among all NFL defensive tackles.  His 3.5 sacks during his second season gave him more total sacks (10.5) than any other Titans defender during that time period.  He followed with a two-sack season in 2013.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    In 2013, Klug played in all 16 games for a third consecutive season and set a career high with three starts.  He saw time in defensive tackle and defensive end in the team’s 4-3 scheme.  
•    Against the N.Y. Jets on Sept. 29, 2013, he strip-sacked Geno Smith for a 16-yard loss and recovered the loose ball in the end zone for his first career touchdown.
•    In 2012, Klug played in all 16 games for a second consecutive season.  His 3.5 sacks gave him a team-high 10.5 total sacks from 2011–2012.
•    As a rookie in 2011, Klug compiled a team-high seven sacks.  The total tied for sixth place in sacks among all NFL rookies, tied for fourth among all NFL defensive tackles, and led all NFL rookie defensive tackles.
•    During his four-year career at Iowa, Klug appeared in 40 games with 26 consecutive starts to end his career.  Tallied 140 tackles, including 31 stops for loss, 9.5 sacks, eight quarterback pressures, eight passes defensed, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.  

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    Klug has an identical twin brother, Kevin, who played linebacker at Minnesota State University, Mankato.  As high school teammates, Kevin played fullback, opening holes for Karl, the team’s running back.  They have an older sister, Kelsey.
•    Klug’s small hometown of Caledonia calls itself the “Wild Turkey Capital of Minnesota” and “The Heart of Quilt Country.”
•    Klug arrived on Iowa’s campus as an undersized defender who weighed only 207 pounds at the time.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Caledonia, Minn., native was selected by the Titans in the fifth round (142nd overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.  

COLLEGE:
•    During his four-year career at Iowa, Klug appeared in 40 games with 26 consecutive starts to end his career.  Tallied 140 tackles, including 31 stops for loss, 9.5 sacks, eight quarterback pressures, eight passes defensed, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.  
•    As a senior (2010), started all 13 games at defensive tackle and led team with 13 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.  Posted 57 total tackles en route to earning second-team All-Big Ten honors from league coaches and media and second-team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele’s College Football.  Honors also included Roy J. Carver Most Valuable Player Award on defense, Iron Hawk Award and Hayden Fry “Extra Heartbeat” Award.  Was named a permanent team captain on defense and was selected to participate in East-West Shrine Game.  Was one of seven seniors named to 2010 Leadership Group.
•    As a junior (2009),  started all 13 games at defensive tackle, recording 65 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, four sacks, five passes defensed and two forced fumbles.  Named first team All-Big Ten by Sporting News and honorable mention All-Big Ten by league coaches.  Received the Hustle Team Award for defense.  
•    As a sophomore (2008), played in 12 games and posted 17 tackles, five tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble.  
•    As a redshirt freshman (2007), suffered foot injury during pre-season drills and appeared in just one game (vs. Minnesota) and posted one tackle.   
•    Redshirted in 2006.
•    Graduated in December 2010 with a degree in recreational management.

PERSONAL:  
•    Lives in Franklin, Tenn., with his wife, Stacy, and son, Rylan.
•    Named first-team All-State as a senior at Caledonia (Minn.) High School after recording 77 tackles and 20 sacks at defensive end.  Also had 1,212 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns.  Also named to the Minnesota Vikings All-State team, LaCrosse Tribune Player of the Year and was a two-time first-team All-Conference player, including Player of the Year as a senior.
•    Notched 89 tackles and 18 sacks as a junior.  
•    Was a three-year wrestling and two-year letterman in track.  
•    List of favorites: (movie) “Dumb and Dumber”; (TV shows) “SportsCenter” and “Everybody Loves Raymond”; (actor) Will Smith; (music artist) Red Hot Chili Peppers; (school subject) math; (car) 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass; (book) “Heaven is For Real” by Todd Burpo; (video game) Halo; (food) steak and potatoes; (childhood sports hero) John Randle; and (sports teams as a child) “all the Minnesota teams.”
•    Born Karl Rainer Klug on March 31, 1988 in La Crosse, Wis.
 
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 46 33 13 13.5 0 7 0 0 -- 0 0 4 1
2014 TEN 4 0 5 3 2 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2013 TEN 16 3 14 8 6 2.0 0 2 -- -- -- -- -- 2 1
2012 TEN 16 1 7 4 3 3.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2011 TEN 16 1 20 18 2 7.0 -- 4 -- -- -- -- -- 2 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 @KC W 26-10 1 1 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 DAL L 10-26 2 1 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 @CIN L 7-33 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
4 @IND L 17-41 2 1 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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