T.J. Greenstone 74
T.J.  Greenstone
RS Senior

Lawrenceville, Ga.

High School:
Collins Hill

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 290




Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll announced

Forty Vanderbilt student-athletes recognized.


Senior class looks to cement history

By Ryan Schulz


Vanderbilt at Tennessee (Howell)

Vanderbilt played at Tennessee on Nov. 19, 2011. Photos by Joe Howell/Vanderbilt University.


Vanderbilt at Alabama 10/8/11 (Stan Jones)



Ole Miss at Vanderbilt, 9/17/11 (Howell)



Ole Miss at Vanderbilt, 9/17/11 (Russell)


A junior captain, Greenstone struggled with a leg injury for much of his senior season, but returned for the closing regular season games to provide a lift to the Commodore defensive front... Greenstone played in eight games, earning starting assignments in final four games... Credited with 12 tackles on the season, including three stops resulting in losses... Posted quarterback sacks against Kentucky and Tennessee... Recorded sacks against Kentucky and Tennessee. 2010
Lower leg injuries limited the production of the co-captain and starting defensive tackle... A troublesome ankle sprain kept Greenstone out of three games, and severely hindered his performance for reminder of season... Earned eight starts at DT... Finished the year with 28 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, one quarterback sack and two QB hurries... Opened with three tackles and a blocked field goal vs. Northwestern, helping earn Greenstone the team's Specialist of the Week honors... Followed season-opening effort with three tackles - and a QB sack - vs. LSU... After suffering the injury in Ole Miss game, Greenstone notched just three total tackles in following month... Impact was felt in final month of season Greenstone was able to play effectively on hurt ankle... Contributed at least four tackles in last four games, including a season-high seven-tackle performance at Kentucky.

Active and productive defensive tackle who walked away with team's postseason Most Valuable Defensive Lineman Award... Considered a starter by coaches along with Greg Billinger and Adam Smotherman, but earned just one actual start (LSU)... Played in every game... Ended season with 19 solo tackles and 38 total tackles, both single-season career highs... Also had 4.5 tackles for loss, a pair of quarterback sacks, a forced fumble and recovery, and two deflected passes... Earned team's Defensive Player of the Week honors after performances against Western Carolina and Mississippi State... Posted nine tackles (a career high) and sack against Mississippi State; and 5-tackle/sack/fumble recovery vs. WCU... Forced fumble came against Army.

Developed into key contributor along Commodore defensive front in redshirt freshman season... Played in every game, getting starts against South Carolina and Ole Miss... Named to First Team All-SEC Freshman squad by coaches... Finished the regular season with 33 total tackles, including 16 solo stops... Displayed quickness off the ball and ability to pentrate opposing offense, tallying six tackles for loss... Played well in Vanderbilt's bowl victory over Boston College, matching a career high with four tackles, including one tackle for loss... Also came up with fumble recovery against Duke... In first game of career, posted two tackles for loss and four total tackles in win at Miami (Ohio)... Contributed 1.5 tackles for loss in solid effort at Mississippi State, earning team's Defensive Player of the Week honors... Also had season high of four tackles against Ole Miss and Duke.

Did not play as a first-year defensive lineman... Used campaign to add bulk... Impressed coaches as a practice squad defensive tackle, earning the team's postseason Defensive Scout MVP award... Also recognized as team's Defensive Scout of the Week after victory over Miami (Ohio).

High School
Senior captain and two-year starter at defensive tackle for Eagles... Squad advanced to AAAAA state playoffs in junior and senior campaigns... In 2006, Eagles went 7-4, losing to eventual co-state champion in first round... Two-time defensive MVP and defensive lineman of the year for team... Two-time all-district recipient... Named to Atlanta Journal Constitution's Gwinnett Super 11 Team... Atlanta Touchdown Club Lineman of the Week pick... Played in postseason Georgia North-South All-Star Game... In three-year varsity career, posted 194 tackles, 19.5 quarterback sacks, 57 quarterback pressures and three forced fumbles... Notched 12 sacks as senior... Has earned two letters as a thrower in track & field... Member of IDEALS leadership class and served two years on football team council.

Thomas Julius Greenstone Jr... Son of Thomas and Mary Beth Greenstone... Born Sept. 27, 1989 in Houston, Texas... Dad played football at Edinboro University; mom played basketball at Edinboro... Older sister, Mindy, plays basketball for North Greenville (S.C.) University... Dad works in restaurant supply sales; mom is regional marketing manager... Seeking career in physical therapy or sports medicine... On Feb. 22, 2006, lost best friend and classmate Jarrett Boston to cancer... Working toward degree in Human and Organizational Development... Three-time All-SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient.

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