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2010 (Freshman): 12 games, four tackles (three solo, one for loss) and one pass broken up.
2011 (Sophomore): 13 games, 35 tackles (17 solo, five for loss), three sacks and one forced fumble.
2012 (Junior): 11 games, 30 tackles (19 solo, eight for loss), six sacks, two forced fumbles, one interception and one touchdown
Kruger played primarily on special teams as a freshman in 2010. He recorded just four tackles in limited playing time on the defensive side of the ball. Once Christian Cox graduated following the 2010 season, Kruger took over as Utah's primary backup defensive end behind Derrick Shelby. He proceeded to record 35 tackles and three sacks as a part-time player.
It wasn't until this past season that the talented pass-rusher really made his name known on a national stage. He took over for Shelby along the right side of the line and lined up next to fellow 2013 NFL draft prospect Star Lotulelei as well as his older brother Dave Kruger.
He helped anchor the second-best rush defense in the PAC-12 in 2012 and showed everyone that he had the ability to be an NFL-caliber player. In the end, Kruger finished his junior season with honorable mention All-PAC-12 honors and finished first on the team with six sacks.
All statistics provided by CFB Stats.