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A.J. Klein
LB #56
Height:
6-1
Weight:
245
Age:
23
College:
Iowa State
Hometown:
Kimberly, Wis.
Experience:
2

Quick Stats (2013):

TCKL
21
SCK
2.0
FF
0
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 21 18 3 2.0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 0 0 0
2013 CAR 16 2 21 18 3 2.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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Bio

TRANSACTIONS
Selected in the fifth round (148th overall) of the NFL Draft by Carolina (4/27/13).

GP/GS
Career (16/2) [1/0]; 2013 (16/2) [1/0].

2013
Selected in the fifth round (148th overall) of the NFL Draft by Carolina...Played in 16 games with two starts at outside linebacker...Posted 24 tackles and two sacks...Contributed to unit that ranked second in the NFL in total defense and points allowed and led the league in sacks while finishing second in rushing defense and sixth in passing defense...Notched four special teams tackles...Started in place of an injured Chase Blackburn at San Francisco (11/10) and versus New England (11/18)...POSTSEASON: Played in NFC Divisional Playoff versus San Francisco (1/12)...At San Francisco (11/10): Made first NFL start...Responded with a career-high six tackles and first career sack, dropping 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for a 14-yard loss...Part of defense that limited 49ers to 151 total net yards and 46 net passing yards, recorded six sacks and forced two turnovers...Vs. Tampa Bay (12/1): Sacked Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon for a seven-yard loss.

COLLEGE
Played in 51 games with 38 starts at Iowa State...Three-time All-Big 12 Conference choice made 21 starts at middle linebacker, 12 at strongside linebacker and five at weakside linebacker and produced at least 110 tackles in each of three seasons as a starter...Finished career with 361 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, three sacks, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, five interceptions and nine passes defensed...Tied NCAA career record for linebackers with a school-record four interception returns for touchdowns...Set Big 12 Conference record with a 53.0-yard interception return average...2012 (Sr.): First-team All-Big 12 Conference selection...Started 13 games with seven starts at middle linebacker, five at weakside linebacker and one at strongside linebacker...Led the Cyclones for the second consecutive season with 117 tackles in addition to recording 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one interception and two passes defensed...2011 (Jr.): Co-Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year with current Panthers and former Oklahoma defensive end Frank Alexander...First-team All-Big 12 Conference choice...Named the team's most valuable player...Started 13 games with nine starts at strongside linebacker and four at middle linebacker...Ranked second in the conference with a team-leading 116 tackles to go along with 7.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception and six passes defensed...2010 (So.): Big 12 Conference honorable mention...Started 12 games with 10 starts at middle linebacker and two at strongside linebacker...Collected 111 tackles, eight tackles for loss, one fumble recovery, three interceptions and one pass defensed...2009 (Fr.): Played in 13 games...Notched 17 tackles, one tackle for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

PERSONAL
Attended Kimberly (Wis.) HS...Majored in kinesiology-physical therapy at Iowa State.

TRANSACTIONS
Selected in the fifth round (148th overall) of the NFL Draft by Carolina (4/27/13).

GP/GS
Career (16/2) [1/0]; 2013 (16/2) [1/0].

2013
Selected in the fifth round (148th overall) of the NFL Draft by Carolina...Played in 16 games with two starts at outside linebacker...Posted 24 tackles and two sacks...Contributed to unit that ranked second in the NFL in total defense and points allowed and led the league in sacks while finishing second in rushing defense and sixth in passing defense...Notched four special teams tackles...Started in place of an injured Chase Blackburn at San Francisco (11/10) and versus New England (11/18)...POSTSEASON: Played in NFC Divisional Playoff versus San Francisco (1/12)...At San Francisco (11/10): Made first NFL start...Responded with a career-high six tackles and first career sack, dropping 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for a 14-yard loss...Part of defense that limited 49ers to 151 total net yards and 46 net passing yards, recorded six sacks and forced two turnovers...Vs. Tampa Bay (12/1): Sacked Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon for a seven-yard loss.

COLLEGE
Played in 51 games with 38 starts at Iowa State...Three-time All-Big 12 Conference choice made 21 starts at middle linebacker, 12 at strongside linebacker and five at weakside linebacker and produced at least 110 tackles in each of three seasons as a starter...Finished career with 361 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, three sacks, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, five interceptions and nine passes defensed...Tied NCAA career record for linebackers with a school-record four interception returns for touchdowns...Set Big 12 Conference record with a 53.0-yard interception return average...2012 (Sr.): First-team All-Big 12 Conference selection...Started 13 games with seven starts at middle linebacker, five at weakside linebacker and one at strongside linebacker...Led the Cyclones for the second consecutive season with 117 tackles in addition to recording 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one interception and two passes defensed...2011 (Jr.): Co-Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year with current Panthers and former Oklahoma defensive end Frank Alexander...First-team All-Big 12 Conference choice...Named the team's most valuable player...Started 13 games with nine starts at strongside linebacker and four at middle linebacker...Ranked second in the conference with a team-leading 116 tackles to go along with 7.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception and six passes defensed...2010 (So.): Big 12 Conference honorable mention...Started 12 games with 10 starts at middle linebacker and two at strongside linebacker...Collected 111 tackles, eight tackles for loss, one fumble recovery, three interceptions and one pass defensed...2009 (Fr.): Played in 13 games...Notched 17 tackles, one tackle for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

PERSONAL
Attended Kimberly (Wis.) HS...Majored in kinesiology-physical therapy at Iowa State.

 

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