Signed by the Titans as an undrafted free agent on May 11, 2018…appeared in 59 games over five seasons at North Dakota State…totaled 329 career tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, seven interceptions for 93 yards and one touchdown and 17 passes defensed as a Bison…two-time nominee for the Butkus Award and a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award presented to the top defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision.
As a fifth-year senior (2017), appeared in 15 games with 13 starts…tallied 74 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and one interception…was part of a NDSU defense that finished No. 1 in total defense in the FCS with 237.4 yards per game, and finished No. 2 in scoring defense with 11.6 points per game…named Associated Press All-America first team, All-Missouri Valley Football Conference first team and finished 12th in voting for the Buck Buchanan Award…as a senior (2016), started three games before missing the remainder of the season due to shoulder surgery…totaled 26 tackles, two tackles for loss, two passes defensed and one interception for a 40-yard touchdown…was the only FCS player nominated for the Butkus Award…as a junior (2015), started all 15 games for the Bison…posted 135 total tackles, including a NDSU record-tying 59 solo stops…also notched 10.0 tackles for loss, three sacks, two interceptions, six passes defensed and two forced fumbles…named College Sporting News FCS Playoff MVP after making nine stops and causing two turnovers in the NCAA championship win over Jacksonville State (1/9/16)…named All-Missouri Valley Football Conference first team linebacker and finished second in voting for MVFC Defensive Player of the Year…as a sophomore (2014), saw action in 16 games with five starts…finished the season with 67 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and three interceptions for 48 yards…as a freshman (2013), appeared in 12 games for the Bison and tallied 27 tackles and a tackle for loss…posted a team-leading 15 special teams tackles…graduated from North Dakota State with a degree in university studies in 2017.
High school/personal: attended Millard North (Neb.) High School where he recorded 103 total tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks in leading Millard North to the 2012 state championship and a 13-0 record…also was a member of the 11-2 state title team in 2010…also played fullback and tight end…two-time all-conference and all-metro first team pick…also played baseball and earned second-team all-state honors at catcher…son of Michael and Chery DeLuca…@N_DeLuca49 on Twitter and @N_Dukes on Instagram…born Nicholas Alexander DeLuca on Jan. 27, 1995 in Omaha, Neb.