Erik Lorig

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Erik Lorig
No. 41     New Orleans Saints
Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-11-17) November 17, 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth: Rolling Hills, California
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school: Rolling Hills (CA) Palos Verdes Peninsula
College: Stanford
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 7 / Pick: 253
Debuted in 2010 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Career history
Roster status: active
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Receptions 30
Receiving Yards 193
Touchdowns 1
Stats at NFL.com

Erik Lorig (born November 17, 1986) is an American football fullback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL).

He played defensive end in college football at Stanford. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft, converted to fullback in his rookie season, and played for the team for four years. In March 2014, the New Orleans Saints signed Lorig to a four-year contract.

Early years[edit]

Lorig was born in Rolling Hills, California. He is Jewish, and of Jewish (on his father's side) and Scandinavian (on his mother's side) descent.[1][2][3][4]

He graduated from Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in California, where as a two way player he earned Cal-Hi Sports, Parade Magazine, PrepStar, and SuperPrep All-America honors as a senior and was a two-time Cal-High Sports all-state selection. He earned All-Bay Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Daily Breeze all-area and all-section honors as a junior and senior, and was ranked as the seventh-best tight end prospect in the nation by Rivals.com as a senior and ranked as the No. 8 tight end in the nation and 15th-best overall recruit in California by Scout.com, and a "Super Recruit" by CollegeSports.com.[5]

He finished his senior season with 130 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 20 tackles-for-loss. and 4 interceptions, as well as 550 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns as a tight end.[5]

There are the two other players from Lorig's high school team that are currently playing in the NFL: Tight End Craig Stevens and Center Collin Baxter.

College career[edit]

He played defensive end in college football at Stanford.[6] At 6-foot-4, 280 pounds, he ran the 40-yard (37 m) dash in 4.76 seconds, and was known for having a quick burst off the line. Lorig did not workout while at the combine due to injury. In his first two years at Stanford, Lorig played tight end and wore number 80. In his freshman campaign, Lorig played in all 12 games where he contributed on special teams and served as the offense's blocking TE, often lining up in the backfield as an H-back/Fullback. He recorded 10 catches for 100 yards. He was then asked by the new coaching staff to switch to defensive end his Junior year and proceeded to record 39 tackles, including 6 tackles for loss and 3 sacks in 2008, and had 37 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 2 sacks in 2007.[7] His NFL prospect status took a severe hit in 2009, when he sat out most of the season because of a torn pectoral muscle.[8][9][10]

In his five years at Stanford he started 25 of 29 games, and had 95 tackles, 16.5 tackles for a loss, and 4.5 sacks, earning Honorable Mention All-Pac 10 as a junior, and All-Pac All-Academic team twice (2008, 2009).[7][11]

As an undergraduate at Stanford, Lorig majored in Public Policy, a sub-department within the School of Economics, with an emphasis in Technology Policy and minored in Film and Media Studies. He currently is pursuing a Masters degree in Digital Media Interaction at Stanford during his off-seasons.[11]

Professional career[edit]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2010–2013)[edit]

Lorig was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the seventh round (253rd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. He was signed to a four-year contract for $1.8 million on June 18, 2010.[12]

Lorig switched from defensive end to fullback/tight end on October 3, 2010.[13] He made his NFL debut at Cincinnati a week later, and had his first NFL start against Carolina on November 14, 2010, starting at fullback.[13] In 2010 he played in 9 games, starting 1, and in 2011 he played in 16 games, starting 7.[14]

On September 9, 2012, he tied for first on the team with a career-high four receptions.[13] He had his first career touchdown reception at Minnesota on October 25, 2012.[13] In 2012 he played in all 16 games, starting 7.[14] In 2013 he played in 15 games, starting 9.[14]

In his four seasons with the Buccaneers, he played in 56 games (starting 24 at fullback and tight end), and was the lead blocker for two 1,000-yard rushers, Doug Martin in 2012 and LeGarrette Blount in 2010, while catching 30 passes for 193 yards and a touchdown.[6][7]

Lorig became a free agent in 2014.[15] As of February 2014, reportedly the Buccaneers wanted to re-sign him, in part because of his versatility as a tight end, but talks were in a preliminary stage.[15]

New Orleans Saints (2014–present)[edit]

Lorig signed a four-year contract with the New Orleans Saints on March 18, 2014.[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Erik Lorig, Green Yogi of The Month". Thegreenyogimb.com. February 28, 2013. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Kaplan's Korner". Jweekly.com. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ "2011 NFL Football Preview". Jewish Sports Review 8 (87): 6–7. September/October 2011, accessed September 15, 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help);
  4. ^ "Jews in the News: Erik Lorig, Jonah Hill & Jeffrey Goldberg". Letmypeoplegrow.org. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Player Bio: Erik Lorig – Stanford University's Official Athletic Site". Gostanford.com. Retrieved September 15, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "New Orleans Saints, free agent fullback Erik Lorig agree to 4-year deal". Fox News. October 1, 2006. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c "New Orleans Saints agree to terms with fullback Erik Lorig on four-year contract". Neworleanssaints.com. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ Carroll, Chuck (June 18, 2010). "Bucs Sign Two Draft Picks, Release Crowell and Two Others". Footballnewsnow.com. Retrieved September 22, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Former USF Bulls star Matt Grothe excited about first day of Tampa Bay Buccaneers minicamp". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved September 22, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Erik Lorig, Stanford, NFL Draft". CBS Sports. Retrieved September 22, 2010. 
  11. ^ a b Campbell, Charlie (March 18, 2011). "Lorig Works on Mastering Fullback and Masters Degree". pewterreport.com. Retrieved March 23, 2011. 
  12. ^ Biggs, Brad (June 18, 2010). "Bucs sign 7th rounder Lorig, cut two". nationalfootballpost.com. Retrieved June 18, 2010. 
  13. ^ a b c d Erik Lorig. "Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Erik Lorig". Buccaneers.com. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b c "Erik Lorig, FB for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers". Nfl.com. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "Buccaneers want to re-sign Erik Lorig and Jonathan Casillas". Bucs Nation. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  16. ^ Mike Triplett, "Saints to sign new fullback Erik Lorig", ESPN, March 18, 2014.

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