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#44 John Batinich
Position: Linebacker
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 220
Year: Senior
Hometown: Sunnyvale, Calif.
Other College: Butte College
Graduating Year: 2011
Major: Criminal Justice
Experience: 1 Letter

2013 (JUNIOR): NSIC Defensive Newcomer of the Year…a rock in the middle of the Cougar defense, registering a team-high 98 tackles for an average of 8.9 per game…his 98 stops tied for the sixth-most in the NSIC…ranked No. 1 in the league in solo tackles (60)…also tied for the team lead in TFL, recording nine stops for a loss for a total of 33 yards…was credited with three sacks for a loss of 17 yards…hit double-digits in tackles six times, including a career-best 16 stops versus Minnesota Duluth...had two tackles versus Northern State…recorded four tackles at U-Mary…registered seven stops versus Crookston…logged 10 tackles in three straight games (SMSU, Winona State and Concordia-St. Paul)…posted sacks against both SMSU and Concordia-St. Paul…had eight tackles, including 1.5 for-a-loss, versus Augustana…finished with ten stops with 1.5 TFL (4 yards) at Upper Iowa…recorded nine tackles against No. 1 Minnesota State…logged 12 tackles in the season finale at Wayne State.

2011-2012 (FRESHMAN & SOPHOMORE): NorCal All-Conference Linebacker at Butte Community College…was also named as the team captain for two years…two-time LB of the Year for the Roadrunners. 

HIGH SCHOOL: Prepped Homestead in Cupertino, Calif., where he played football, baseball, and basketball for the Mustangs…El Camino Conference Defensive MVP and MVP…two-time All-Mercury News linebacker.

PERSONAL: Son of John and Penny Batinich…has two brothers, Bobby (27) and Xavier (17)...born on April 5, 1992…criminal justice major.

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