General: Closed career on a strong note, earning first-team Academic All-America honors and Pro Football Weekly first-team All-America honors ... Became just the fourth player in NU history to garner a first-team All-America and Academic All-America in the same season ... Bonafide NFL Draft pick ... Entering his senior season, coaching staff said he was as good as any other interior defensive linemen in the Big Ten ... Slowed a bit by an elbow injury his senior year, but did not miss a start ... Possessed great work ethic, tremendous attitude and good strength level ... Finished career with 34 starts (31 in succession) at defensive tackle ... 251 career tackles and 19.5 career TFL's.
2004: CoSIDA first-team Academic All-American ... Pro Football Weekly first-team All-American ... Consensus second-team All-Big Ten selection ... Academic All-Big Ten ... National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete and Ronnie Lott Impact Player of the Year Award nominee ... Recipient of one of NU's Wildcat Warrior Awards ... Rated fifth-best among defensive tackles by Scouts, Inc. -- an NFL prospect service ... Finished fourth on team (first among all defensive linemen) with 75 tackles ... Led squad with 8.5 TFLs ... Notched one of his top career performances vs. Indiana on Oct. 9: personal-best 11 tackles (nine solos), which included three TFL's and a QB hurry ... Had nine tackles (seven solos) and a six-yard sack at Michigan ... Totaled five tackles (three solos) vs. TCU ... Three tackles, including one TFL, against ASU ... Earned team's co-Defensive Player of the Game honors with seven tackles (four solos) vs. Kansas ... Earned team's Defensive Player of the Game honor for second straight week with seven tackles (six solos) vs. Minnesota ... Five tackles (three solos), including a TFL, vs. Ohio State ... Had five tackles, including a TFL, at Wisconsin ... Notched eight tackles, a key forced fumble and a QB hurry vs. Purdue .. His forced fumble (a Kyle Orton fumble) led directly to NU's first touchdown ... Five tackles at Penn State ... Has earned team's defensive player of the game honor four of the last nine weeks ... Totaled nine tackles (six solos) and a TFL vs. Illinois ... Notched one tackle at Hawaii before leaving the game in the first half with broken ribs.
2003: Recipient of the Motor City Bowl's United Auto Workers (UAW) Lineman of the Game Award ... Registered eight tackles (five solos), including a 0.5 TFL, vs. Bowling Green in the MCB ... Named a first-team Academic All-District defensive lineman ... Academic All-Big Ten ... NU's Carnig Minasian Citizenship Award recipient ... True junior ... Started all 13 games, which extended his string to 20 consecutive starts ... Totaled four tackles, a pass breakup and two quarterback hurries vs. Kansas ... Had five tackles (four solos) vs. Air Force ... Registered three tackles vs. Miami ... Also had a blocked kick vs. Miami ... Missed most of practice during the week of the Duke game due to the death of his grandmother, but came back to total four tackles (1.5 sacks), a pass breakup and a hurry vs. the Blue Devils ... Named team's defensive player of the game for his effort at Ohio State: season-high eight tackles (five solos), which included two TFL's, and a hurry ... Four tackles, including a sack, vs. Minnesota ... Eight tackles (four solos), including 1.5 TFLs, and a hurry against Wisconsin ... Four tackles at Purdue ... Six tackles, including a TFL, and a hurry vs. Penn State ... Four tackles vs. Michigan ... Five tackles, including a TFL, at Illinois ... Led all NU defensive linemen with 70 hits ... Second on team with 7 TFLs ... 176 career tackles.
2002: CoSIDA Academic All-District second-team and Academic All-Big Ten selection ... A leg injury hindered his progress during preseason ... Played at Air Force and then earned season's first start vs. TCU ... Started last seven games ... Ranked fifth on team and led all linemen with 84 tackles ... Equaled a career high with 10 tackles vs. Indiana ... Against Ohio State, totaled nine tackles (four solos) as well as a fumble recovery ... Eight tackles at Minnesota ... Totaled seven tackles at Air Force ... Had five tackles and a 1/2 TFL vs. TCU ... Seven tackles and a pass deflection vs. Duke ... Racked up 10 tackles at Navy, despite hurting his knee in the first half ... Eight tackles (five solos) at Michigan State ... Six hits at Penn State ... Six tackles vs. Purdue ... Six tackles at Iowa ... Two tackles and a pass breakup vs. Illinois.
2001: True freshman who made his collegiate debut at Purdue ... In five games, totaled 22 tackles, including four tackles-for-loss ... Notched a season-high eight tackles (seven solos) at Indiana, with two going for losses ... Six tackles vs. Iowa ... Scout player of the week once before getting call to action against Purdue.
High School: PrepStar Super 30 All-Eastern Region ... SuperPrep All-American ... Tom Lemming All-Region ... Rated third-best defensive line prospect in New Jersey by the McCarthy Report ... Newark Star Ledger first-team all-state ... Associated Press All-State ... First-team all-county his junior and senior years ... First team all-league his sophomore, junior and senior years ... Third-team all-state as a junior ... Team MVP and captain ... Recorded 89 tackles, eight sacks, five forced fumbles his senior year ... Recorded 159 tackles and 18 sacks in his high school career ... Lettered eight times as a prep (three--football, three--track, two--wrestling) ... State's top-ranked heavyweight wrestler ... Member of the Math Honor Society, National Honor Society and the Honor Roll ... High school football coach was Steve Mucha.
Personal: Born Luis Alberto Castillo on 8/4/83 ... Son of Maria Castillo ... Played against fellow NU classmate John Pickens in high school ... Chose NU over N.C. State, Duke, Minnesota and Iowa ... Economics major and business institutions minor.
The Castillo File
Q: A song that best describes you is...
A: Eye of the Tiger -- Survivor
Q: If you could have a starring role in any film already made, which movie would you pick?
A: The Last Samuri
Q: If you could choose the title of your autobiography, what would it be?
A: From a Fat and Lazy 10-year-old, to a Millionaire Business Mogul and NFL All-Pro. How in the
world did that happen?
Q: What is the greatest lesson in life that you have learned?
A: Nothing that comes easy is worth keeping
Q: If you had to choose the best television show ever made, which one would you pick?
Q: Something people would be surprised to know about me is...
A: I'm half Greek.
Q: My favorite pregame ritual is...
A: The few minutes just before a game I spend taping up my fingers
Q: My favorite opposing stadium to play in is...
A: Penn State -- I usually have family members at the game since it is the closest to my home
Q: My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be...
A: A game ending sack against Ohio State in the closing seconds of a game that we are winning by five
Q: My favorite place to visit is...
A: The Dominican Republic
Q: The person that inspires me the most is...
A: My mother for her amazing work ethic and personal drive
Q: My favorite food is...
A: Sancocho -- a Dominican stew
Q: When I played football as a kid, I pretended to be...
A: Leon Lett
Q: In five words or less describe Coach Walker...
A: Strict, emotional, passionate and devoted
Q: Which current NU football player is the biggest jokester?
A: Demetrius Eaton
Q: If you could suddenly possess an extraordinary talent in one of the arts, what would you like it to be?
Castillo's Career Statistics
TACKLES G UA A Total TFL Yds PD FF FR
2001 5 13 9 22 4.0 4 1 0 0
2002 12 31 53 84 0.5 2 2 0 1
2003 13 38 32 70 6.5 20 2 0 0
2004 12 51 24 75 8.5 25 0 1 0
TOTALS 42 133 118 251 19.5 51 5 1 1
SACKS G UA A Total Yds
2001 5 0 0 0.0 0
2002 12 0 0 0.0 0
2003 13 1 3 2.5 8
2004 12 2 0 2.0 11
TOTALS 42 3 3 4.5 19