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Ljubomir Stamenich
Ljubomir Stamenich

Hometown:
Great Falls, Va.

High School:
Langley H.S.

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 262

Position:
DE

Birthdate:
11/04/1978

Experience:
4L



PRONUNCIATION: Loo ba meer STAM en itch

WORTH NOTING: Three-year starter at defensive end ... outstanding pass rusher and run stopper ... finished his career with 13 quarterback sacks, tied for 12th in school history ... 26 career tackles for loss were 14th in school history ... started 35 of the final 36 games of his career ... the only start he missed was the 2000 O'ahu Bowl due to a sprained knee ... ninth in school history among defensive linemen in tackles ... competed as a first-year graduate student during the 2001 season ... played one season for the Albany Conquest in the af2 (Arena Football 2) and another for the Columbus Destroyers in the Arena Football League ... a shoulder injury ended his playing career after two seasons and he returned to the Northern Virginia area ... died Aug. 17, 2005, following a short battle with leukemia.

HONORS: 2001--Named to All-ACC Academic Football Team. 2000--Named to All-ACC Academic Football Team.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:: 2001--Third year as a starter ... started all 12 games ... led the team's defensive ends in tackles with a career-high 77 (30 solo, 47 assist) ... fourth on the squad with eight tackles for loss ... had at least five tackles on nine occasions ... three games with two tackles for loss ... had four tackles in the opener vs. Wisconsin ... eight tackles vs. both Richmond and Clemson ... two tackles for loss vs. Clemson ... career-high 11 tackles and a caused fumble vs. Maryland ... seven stops, including two behind the line, against North Carolina ... nine tackles vs. Florida State ... had his first sack of the season against N.C. State ... six tackles, with two behind the line, vs. Wake Forest ... seven tops against Georgia Tech ... three tackles, including one sack, in the final game of his career against Penn State ... lettered for fourth time.

2000--Started every regular season game for the second year in a row ... missed the Jeep O'ahu Bowl game against Georgia due to a sprained knee ... was the team's leading pass rusher ... led the team with four quarterback sacks ... was third on the team with five tackles for lost yardage ... led UVa's defensive linemen with 47 tackles ... tied for second on the team with 10 quarterback hurries ... also broke up one pass ... opened the season with four tackles against Brigham Young ... had quarterback sacks on back-to-back plays late in the first quarter ... made a season-high 10 tackles vs. Richmond ... his 10 tackles were the most by a UVa defensive lineman during the season ... posted seven tackles against Clemson and also recovered a fumble ... four tackles against North Carolina, including a quarterback sack ... was in on six tackles in the win over N.C. State and had a quarterback sack ... earned his third letter.

1999--The only member of UVa's defensive line to start every game ... 49 tackles, second among team's linemen and sixth overall ... second on squad with nine tackles for lost yardage and five quarterback sacks ... 13 quarterback hurries led the team by six ... caused three fumbles and recovered two ... had at least five tackles on six occasions ... made seven tackles, including one sack, in the first start of his career against North Carolina ... also had seven tackles against Clemson ... made things rough for Brigham Young quarterback Kevin Feterik ... had five tackles in the game and sacked Feterik twice ... also had a season-high four quarterback hurries ... tied the school record by causing two fumbles against N.C. State ... both occurred in the third quarter and were recovered by UVa ... the Cavaliers scored touchdowns following each in a 30-point quarter ... had season-high eight tackles, all solo, in the upset win over #7 Georgia Tech ... sacked Joe Hamilton once ... had two tackles for loss, including one sack, among his three tackles in the Buffalo game ... six tackles against Maryland ... recovered a fumble deep in Maryland territory that led to a UVa touchdown ... five tackles, including four solo stops, in the Micronpc.com Bowl vs. Illinois ... had UVa's only sack in the game ... lettered.

1998--Back-up defensive end behind All-American Patrick Kerney ... played in eight regular season games (Auburn, Maryland, Clemson, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Florida State and North Carolina) and against Georgia in the Peach Bowl ... missed the Duke and San Jose State contests due to an injury ... also did not play in regular season finale against Virginia Tech ... had seven tackles on the season (five solo, two assists) ... four of his seven tackles were for losses, including two quarterback sacks ... had three tackles against Auburn, all for lost yardage ... sacked Tiger quarterback Ben Leard twice for 14 yards in losses ... caused Leard to fumble deep in Auburn territory while back to pass ... Monsanto Pope recovered for Virginia ... his only tackle in UVa's next game against Maryland resulted in a one-yard loss ... made two tackles vs. N.C. State and one vs. Florida State ... lettered for the first time.

1997--Red-shirted ... did not play in a game ... dressed against Auburn and Florida State.

HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year starter in football at Langley High School ... played as an offensive and defensive lineman for head coach Bill Renner ... received All-State honors ... named a first-team All-Metro selection by the Washington Post ... also chosen first-team All-District and All-Region ... had 60 tackles (13 for losses), including six quarterback sacks, as a senior ... also deflected three passes and recovered two fumbles ... played in every game as a senior, despite separating the same shoulder twice ... compiled 135 career tackles (24 for lost yardage), including 12 quarterback sacks, and recovered nine fumbles ... rated one of the top 25 football prospects in Virginia by the Roanoke Times ... named to the Charlottesville Daily Progress/Lynchburg News & Advance "Gold List" ... also lettered in basketball.

PERSONAL: Ljubomir Dragomir Stamenich ... nicknamed "Lube" ... born 11-4-78 in Fairfax, Va. ... son of Zlatan and Yelena Stamenich ... has two siblings, Milica (20) and Draza (18) ... his parents immigrated to the United States from Serbia ... received his undergraduate degree in sociology in May of 2001.

Stamenich Defensively

Year GP Plys. S A Tot TFL QBS FR FC PBU Int. Blk
1998 8 91 5 2 7 *4/-16 2/-14 0 1 0 0 0
1999 11 753 33 16 49 *9/-50 5/-36 2 3 1 0 0
2000 11 643 19 28 47 *5/-21 4/-20 1 0 1 0 0
2001 12 805 30 47 77 *8/-26 2/-9 1 0 1 0 0
Career 42 2292 87 93 180 *26/-113 13/-79 4 4 3 0 0
*includes sacks