One of the pleasant surprises of the 2015 season was the emergence of rookie linebacker Nick Dzubnar (duh-ZOOB-nar). Undrafted out of Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, Dzubnar was one of just four undrafted rookies to make the active roster out of training camp. He played in all 16 games and led the team with 13 special teams tackles. He made a solid impression on coaches during the preseason when he recorded 25 tackles, second in the NFL among all rookies.
A Southern California native from Mission Viejo, Dzubnar grew up surfing, wrestling and playing hockey. The skills he acquired from those three sports 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 takes an old-school approach when playing, doing so without gloves or elbow pads.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed with Chargers May 12, 2015.
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.