Player Bio

Geno Hayes
OLB #58
Height:
6-1
Weight:
226
College:
Florida State
Experience:
5
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 101 401 313 88 10 0 21 6 1 109 -- 41
2014 JAC 16 51 34 17 2 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2013 JAC 14 77 58 19 1 -- 4 2 0 39 19.5 28
2012 CHI 15 16 14 2 0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- --
2011 TB 16 64 45 19 0 -- 2 1 0 8 8 8
2010 TB 16 82 72 10 4 0 6 1 1 41 41 41
2009 TB 15 98 80 18 3 -- 6 2 0 21 10.5 20
2008 TB 9 13 10 3 0 0 1 -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

PRO CAREER: In 4 seasons in Tampa Bay (2008-11), started 42-of-56 contests played... Registered 248 tackles (200 solo), 29.5 tackles for losses, 7 sacks, 4 interceptions, 1 INT return touchdown, 4 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery... Added 7 special teams tackles and 2 blocked punts, one of which he returned for a TD... Has 29.5 stuffs – a tackle of a rusher for negative yards – according to STATS, second most in the NFL since entering the league in 2008... Led the NFL with 11 stuffs in 2009 and finished tied for second with 11.5 in 2010.
PRO CAREER: In 4 seasons in Tampa Bay (2008-11), started 42-of-56 contests played... Registered 248 tackles (200 solo), 29.5 tackles for losses, 7 sacks, 4 interceptions, 1 INT return touchdown, 4 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery... Added 7 special teams tackles and 2 blocked punts, one of which he returned for a TD... Has 29.5 stuffs – a tackle of a rusher for negative yards – according to STATS, second most in the NFL since entering the league in 2008... Led the NFL with 11 stuffs in 2009 and finished tied for second with 11.5 in 2010.   

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Entered NFL as a sixth-round pick (175th overall) by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2008 NFL Draft... Signed 4-year contract with Tampa Bay (6/22/08)... Signed 1-year contract with Chicago (4/19/12). SIGNED through 2012

2011 SEASON: Started 13 of 16 games played at WLB for Tampa Bay... Finished third on the team with 63 tackles and 7 tackles for losses... Added 1 INT, 2 forced fumbles and 2 pass break-ups... Had 1 special teams stop... Collected 7 stuffs. GAMES PLAYED-STARTED: 16-13

PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2010 - Started all 16 contests at WLB and finished second on the team with 104 tackles and career-high 4 sacks... Paced Bucs with career-high 11.5 TFLs... Added 1 interception which he returned 41 yards for a TD, 6 pass break ups and 1 forced fumble... Tied for second in the NFL with 11.5 stuffs. 2009 - Started 13 of 15 games played at WLB for Tampa Bay and finished second on team with career-high 98 tackles... Paced Bucs with 11 TFLs... Added 3 sacks,  2 INTs, 6 pass break ups, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery... Only Buccaneer to record a statistic in every defensive category in 2009... Led NFL with 11 stuffs. 2008 -  Saw action in 9 contests in rookie season, recording 5 tackles, 1 pass break up and 6 special teams stops... Blocked punt and returned it 22 yards for a TD vs. CAR (10/12)... Suffered knee injury in Week 11 vs. MIN... Placed on Injured Reserve due to knee injury (11/19).

COLLEGE: Played in 35 games with 21 starts in three seasons at Florida State, leaving after junior year for NFL... Collected 156 tackles with 8 sacks, 29.5 stops for losses, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery and 7 pass deflections... An all-ACC second team selection by The Sporting News... Majored in undergraduate studies.

PERSONAL: Attended Madison County (Greenville, FL) High School, where he was rated the third-best linebacker
in the country according to Tom Lemming of ESPN.com... Rated a four-star player, the nation's third-best outside linebacker and the fifth-best overall prospect in the state of Florida by Rivals.com... Added second-team-All USA Today All-American
honors and was a first-team choice by Parade Magazine.

Recent Articles

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    Posted Aug 17, 2012

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