Overview
Zack Follett is a linebacker for the Detroit Lions, who selected him with the 236th pick in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Follett played four seasons at Cal, where he was a three-time All-Pac-10 selection. Follett is 6-feet, 1-inch tall and weighs 238 pounds.
Prep Career
Follett suffered a broken foot during his junior season at Clovis High School in Clovis, CA. However, Rivals.com still rated him as the No. 11 linebacker recruit in the class of 2005. He returned healthy as a senior, recording 135 total tackles (7.0 for loss), seven forced fumbles and three sacks. He committed to Cal in November of 2004, choosing the Bears over Oregon so he could stay close to home.
Freshman Year
Follett played in every game for Cal in 2005, recording 32 total tackles and 2.0 sacks as a true freshman. He also had two forced fumbles, including one in the Las Vegas Bowl against BYU.
Sophomore Year
As a sophomore, Follett earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors, despite starting just once in 13 games. Coming off the bench, he led Cal with 12.5 tackles for loss and tied for the team lead with 5.5 sacks. He also led the Pac-10 with four forced fumbles. His first career start came in the regular-season finale against Stanford, when he recorded 10 total tackles and forced a fumble.
Junior Year
Despite missing two games due to a neck stinger as a junior, Follett matched his tackle for loss and sack numbers from 2006. He earned second team All-Pac-10 honors, recording a career-high 64 total tackles.
Senior Year
As a senior, Follett led the Pac-10 with 23.0 tackles for loss and was fourth in the conference with 10.5 sacks. His 23 tackles for loss ranked third in the nation, earning him first team All-Pac-10 honors. In his last collegiate game, Follett earned MVP honors at the Emerald Bowl, finishing with nine total tackles, four tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks. His last sack forced a fumble, setting up Cal for the winning touchdown. After the 2008 season, Follett was invited to participate in the Senior Bowl, where he recorded four total tackles in a losing effort for the North team.
NFL Career
Zach Follett was selected in the seventh round (235th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. He was waived by the Lions on Sept. 5, 2009, but re-signed to the practice squad a day later. He was re-added to the active roster on Oct. 6, 2009.
Personal
Zach Follett earned the nickname "Tenacious Z" for his on-field intensity. Follett cites woodcutting as a hobby; in fact, he created life-sized replicas of his teammates out of plywood.
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