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Nate Bussey
LB #59
Height:
6-2
Weight:
220
College:
Illinois
Hometown:
Washington D.C.
Experience:
1

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NFL CAREER – The club’s last draft pick in 2011 spent the entire regular season on the Saints practice squad, before being signed to the active roster for the postseason, where he appeared in one game. Bussey will look to take advantage of an offseason to continue to progress on defense and special teams.
NFL CAREER – The club’s last draft pick in 2011 spent the entire regular season on the Saints practice squad, before being signed to the active roster for the postseason, where he appeared in one game. Bussey will look to take advantage of an offseason to continue to progress on defense and special teams.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Activated from practice squad, 1/4/12; Signed to practice squad, 9/4/11; Waived, 9/3/11; Agreed to terms, 7/28/11; Chosen by New Orleans (243rd overall) of 2011 NFL Draft.

2011 – After spending the entire regular season on the practice squad, was signed to the active roster for the postseason and saw special teams action in NFC Wild Card Playoff vs. Detroit, 1/7/12…Inactive for NFC Divisional Playoff at San Francisco, 1/14/12…In the preseason, recorded six tackles (five solo), one interception, one pass defense, one forced fumble and one assisted special teams stop.

COLLEGE – In four years at Illinois, he posted 156 stops (96 solo), 1.5 sacks, one interception, five pass defenses, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one blocked punt, starting the final 18 games of his career… Started all 13 games at Sam linebacker as senior when he was an All-Big Ten honorable mention selection as he finished second on team with 83 tackles (48 solo) and third with 8.5 tackles for losses and tied for the Big Ten lead with three fumble recoveries and added one interception, two pass defenses and one blocked punt…Played in all 12 games and started five as a junior, when he totaled 43 tackles (30 solo), including a half sack and an assisted stop for a loss…Played in all 12 games as a sophomore and started opener at S as he recorded 21 tackles (12 solo) and two pass defenses…Played in all 13 games primarily on special teams and finished with nine tackles (five solo)…Majored in Communications

PERSONAL – Played QB and S at Dunbar HS (Washington, D.C.) as well as returning kicks...First-team All-Met by The Washington Post in 2006 and honorable mention in 2005...Totaled over 8,000 passing yards for his career and 102.7 QB rating...Defensively, recorded six interceptions, two returned for TDs...Threw for 2,473 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2006 as well as rushing for a team-high 553 yards and 12 TDs and recorded four interceptions as a senior...Passed for 2,543 yards and 37 TDs, also running for over 700 yards as a junior...High school teammate of former Illini teammates and current NFL players Arrelious Benn (WR, Tampa Bay) and Vontae Davis (CB, Miami)…Nathan Lee Bussey...Born Feb. 20, 1989.

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