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    Billy Silva
    Billy Silva

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    San Diego, Calif.

    High School:
    St. Augustine

    Height / Weight:
    6-3 / 248

    Position:
    LB

    Birthdate:
    06/25/1980

    Eligibility:
    Sr.



    General: Finished 10th on NU's all-time tackle list with 330 stops ... 28 career starts ... A 2001 Bronko Nagurski Trophy (Outstanding Defensive Player) Semifinalist (one of 12 players nationally).

    2001: An honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the coaches ... Missed final collegiate game (at Illinois) after suffering a posterior cruciate ligament tear and a posterior lateral capsular disruption on his right knee vs. Bowling Green ... Underwent surgery Friday, Nov. 23 ... 2001 Bronko Nagurski Award (top defensive player) semifinalist ... One of team's top defenders ... Ranked fourth in Big Ten and 17th nationally with 12.0 tackles per game ... Ranked second on team in tackles (121) ... Notched a team-best 16 tackles (nine solos) at Purdue ... Also had a TFL and a pass deflection against the Boilermakers ... 16 tackles (seven solos) vs. Penn State ... Was held under 10 tackles in Big Ten contests just twice -- nine each vs. Minnesota and Indiana ... Team co-leader with two interceptions, both of which came in the Duke game ... Averaged 13.3 tackles per game in Big Ten games only, which ranked third among league players ... Notched a career-high 18 hits (11 solos) at Ohio State ... 14 tackles vs. Michigan State ... 12 tackles at Duke.

    2000: Named first-team All-Big Ten by the media and honorable mention All-Big Ten by the coaches ... Named second-team All-Big Ten by the Sporting News ... Started all 12 games at middle linebacker ... Led the team and had the second-most tackles in the Big Ten with 124 stops, 67 solo ... Had six games with double-figure tackles ... Intercepted a pass vs. Nebraska in the Alamo Bowl ...Had 17 tackles at Wisconsin ... Also had nine tackles for loss and two sacks ... Intercepted a pass vs. Northern Illinois ... Recovered a fumble vs. Indiana ... Broke up five passes and forced one fumble ... Academic All-Big Ten.

    1999: Played in all 11 games, starting the first three at outside linebacker and the last three at middle linebacker ... Finished fourth on the team with 83 tackles, including a season-high 14 against Miami (Ohio) ... Recorded his first career sack against Michigan State ... Had three TFLs ... Recipient of the Northwestern Gridiron Network newcomer award on defense ... Earned championship performance recognition once ... Academic All-Big Ten.

    1998: Played in all 12 games as a true freshman, mostly on special teams ... Recorded two tackles ... Intercepted a pass at Hawaii ... Named rookie champion for the Illinois game.

    High School: SuperPrep All-American ... SuperPrep All-Far West Team ... Prep Star All-American ... Prep Star All-Western Region ... Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report All-West Team ... Union Tribune first-team all-county ... First-Team All-Western League ... First-team All-CIF ... Union Tribune first-team all-county all-academic team ... Union Tribune Scholar Athlete Award after his junior and senior seasons ... National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar-Leader-Athlete award winner of the San Diego chapter ... Team captain his junior and senior years ... Team Linebacker of the Year as a junior ... Second-team All-Western League as a junior ... Recorded 18 sacks, four blocked kicks and 114 total tackles (48 unassisted) his senior year, also 20 receptions at tight end ... High school coach was Joe Medina ... First honors five semesters ... Principal's list two semesters.

    Personal: Born William Samuel Silva on 6/25/80 ... Son of Frank and Lynn Silva ... Grandfather was one of the founders of the Holiday Bowl ... Communication studies major.

    Silva's Career Stats

    Year	GP	ST	AT	TT	TFL	INT	PBU	FR	FF	SAk
    1998	10	1	1	2	0/0	1/11	1	0	0	0/0
    1999	11	36	47	83	3/8	0/0	1	0	0	1/6
    2000	12	67	57	124	9/22	2/3	6	1	1	2/6
    2001	10	65	56	121	1/5	2/5	6	0	0	0/0
    CAREER	43	169	161	330	13/35	5/19	14	1	1	3/12