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23  Ghaali Muhammad
Ghaali Muhammad


St. Joseph, Mo.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 221




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UW This Season: Ghaali Muhammad will make his return to the UW defense at linebacker after playing in 2011 as a running back. He will begin fall camp as the No. 2 strong-side linebacker.

2011: After making the move to the offensive side of the ball, Muhammad was UW's leading rusher before suffering a season-ending injury on Nov. 5 against TCU. His best rushing game of the season came Sept. 10 against Texas State. Against the Bobcats he rushed for 123 yards on 10 carries and one touchdown including a season-long run of 56 yards. Muhammad also showed his versatility returning kicks for UW. He returned 12 kickoffs for the Cowboys gaining 252 yards for an average of 21.0 yards per return. Before being injured he was the Pokes' leading rusher with 379 yards and two touchdowns. He accumulated 683 yards of all-purpose yards, averaging 85.4 per game in his eight games for the Pokes. He is a three-time letter winner.

2010: Muhammad earned the starting nod at outside linebacker and made eight starts in 11 appearances, despite being hampered late in the season by an injury. He finished fourth on the team with 75 tackles, including 44 solo stops. His six tackles for loss for a total of 15 yards was good for third on the squad. He also was credited with one sack, forced one fumble and had two pass breakups. Muhammad notched three double-digit tackle games during the season, including a season-high 12 tackles against Southern Utah. Another top performance of the season saw him make 10 tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack and saw him force a fumble versus Toledo.

2009: Muhammad made a dramatic entrance into college football when, in the second week of his true freshman season, he scored a touchdown on a blocked punt versus No. 2 ranked Texas. Muhammad picked up a punt blocked by fellow true freshman Luke Ruff, and ran it into the end zone from six yards out. Muhammad also concluded the regular season with another dramatic play, picking off a Colorado State pass to seal Wyoming's 17-16 win in the "Border War." For the season, Muhammad played both on special teams and at linebacker on defense. He earned two starts late in the 2009 season -- at San Diego State and versus TCU. His best single-game performance came against TCU as he recorded eight tackles. He was credited with 21 tackles on the season, including 1.5 tackles for a losses, 0.5 sacks, one interception and one pass breakup. At the team's awards banquet, Muhammad shared the Hammer Award, for the most big hits during the season, with 2009 senior John Fletcher.

High School: Muhammad earned All-City, All-Conference and All-District honors both his junior and senior seasons at Central High School in St. Joseph, Mo. He rushed for over 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns, while recording 246 receiving yards and two receiving TDs. He was selected his team's Offensive Player of the Year. His high school football coach was Tony Dudik.

Personal: Born Dec. 29, 1990, he is the eldest of two children of Jamma and Marcell Jackson. He was also recruited by Kansas, Missouri, Northwestern and Wisconsin. His cousin Martin Rucker was an outstanding tight end at Missouri from 2004-07. His cousin Mike Rucker was a talented defensive end, who played for Nebraska from 1995-98. Muhammad is majoring in sociology at UW.

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