One of the Chargers’ top special teams performers, Nick Dzubnar (pronounced duh-ZOOB-nar) is looking to make a comeback after a knee injury cut short his second NFL season. A former undrafted rookie out of Cal Poly–San Luis Obispo, Dzubnar was limited to just four games in 2016.
As a rookie in 2015, Dzubnar led the Chargers with 13 tackles on special teams.
A Southern California native from Mission Viejo, Dzubnar grew up surfing, wrestling and playing hockey. The skills he acquired from those helped prepare him for football. At Cal Poly, he became the second-leading tackler in school history with 414 career stops, including a single-season school record 167 as a senior in 2014. Dzubnar’s father, Michael, also attended Cal-Poly and Dzubnar’s brother-in-law is former Chargers tackle Cory Lekkerkerker
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed with Chargers May 12, 2015.
2017: Began the season on the team’s practice squad before being signed to the active roster on Sept. 23 as the corresponding move to CB Jason Verrett being placed on injured reserve…Appeared in 13 games and was inactive for one, tallying a team-high 21 special teams tackles with 13 on kickoff coverage and eight on punt coverage…vs. Kansas City (Sept. 24): Made his season debut, appearing on five special teams plays, registering a special teams tackle on punt coverage…vs. Philadelphia (Oct. 1): Inactive (healthy scratch)…at New York Giants (Oct. 8): Appeared on 17 plays on special teams, registering two special teams tackles on kickoff coverage and one on punt coverage…at Oakland (Oct. 15): Saw action on 15 special teams plays, netting a special teams tackle on kickoff coverage and one on punt coverage…vs. Denver (Oct. 22): Played on 20 snaps on special teams, registering two special teams tackles on punt coverage, including one that forced Denver to start the ensuing drive inside the 20-yard line…at New England (Oct. 29): Appeared in the 25th game of his career, playing on 19 special teams snaps and registering a special teams tackle on punt coverage…at Jacksonville (Nov. 12): Saw action on 28 special teams plays…vs. Buffalo (Nov. 19): Registered a season-high five special teams tackles on kickoff coverage with one pinning the Bills inside their 20…Appeared on 20 plays on special teams…at Dallas (Nov. 23): Saw action on 12 plays on special teams, totaling a special teams tackle on kickoff coverage…vs. Cleveland (Dec. 3): Appeared on 13 special teams snaps…Downed a punt by P Drew Kaser at the four-yard line in the fourth quarter on the team’s first punt in over seven quarters…vs. Washington (Dec. 10): Appeared in the 30th game of his career, totaling three special teams tackles on kickoff coverage, including one that pinned the Redskins inside their 20…Added another special teams tackle on punt coverage…at Kansas City (Dec. 16): Registered 16 special teams snaps…at New York Jets (Dec. 24): Posted a special teams tackle on punt coverage for his 20th of the season…Played 24 special teams snaps…vs. Oakland (Dec. 31): Appeared on 14 special teams snaps, posting a special teams tackle on kickoff coverage.
2016: Season-high four tackles Sept. 25 at Indianapolis...inactive Oct. 9 at Oakland (knee)...placed on “Reserve-Injured” Oct. 10.
2015: Tied team high with two special teams stops Oct. 18 at Green Bay...two tackles in first regular-season action at linebacker Oct. 25 vs. Oakland.
COLLEGE: All-America, first-team All-Big Sky and team MVP as senior in 2014 after setting school record with 167 tackles...sixth in voting for Buck Buchanan Award as FCS’ top defensive player in FCS...third-team All-Big Sky as junior and honorable mention as sophomore...finished career with 414 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, four sacks, seven forced fumbles, five interceptions and 15 passes defensed...redshirted in 2010...played at Cal Poly from 2011-14...construction management degree.
PERSONAL: Born in Anaheim, California...All-Orange County and All-CIF at Mission Viejo (Calif.) High School...team captain, first-team all-league and league defensive MVP...wrestled at 215 pounds and helped school to first league title since 1972...senior class president and four-year ASB member.