6’3” – 237 lbs. – 4.75e
2009: 23 – 0.0 0.0, 1 QBH, 2 FR, 1 PD
2010: 99 – 9.0 – 3.5, 3 FR, 4 PD, 1 INT
2011: 18 – 1.5 – 0.0, 1 FR (Redshirt)
2012: 95 – 13.5 – 5.5, 2 QBH, 4 FF, 1 FR, 3 PD, 1 INT
2013: 100 – 5.5 – 2.0, 1 QBH, 1 FF, 3 FR, 5 PD, 3 INT, 1 BK
Contributed in a special-teams capacity as a true freshman, where he was very effective. Started all eleven games as a sophomore, finishing second on the team in tackles. Ended up redshirting in 2011 after injuring his shoulder in the third game of the season. Again finished second on the team in tackles upon returning in 2012. Started all thirteen games in 2013, being named to the all-conference first-team.
• Was a decorated four-year starter at Montana, also played well on special teams units.
• Listed at 6’3 ½“, also possesses adequate bulk for a weakside linebacker prospect.
• Athleticism is adequate as a coverage man, footwork controlled if somewhat robotic.
• Rangy, persistent enough to be involved in plenty of plays, is usually around the ball.
• Displays some pop on contact versus blockers, willing to take on opposing linemen.
• Patient in his zone, refrains from pursuit of quarterbacks until they’ve run past the line.
• Defensive positioning is often similar to middle linebacker, may ultimately be best there.
• Worked as Montana’s long snapper, could potentially save a team a roster spot there.
• Spent his career in the FCS; must adjust to a dramatic increase in level of competition.
• Would need to add additional bulk in order to match up against tight ends in coverage.
• Overall movement skills are adequate but a bit below the typical weakside candidate.
• Plays a bit out of control, takes some sharp angles and will overrun ballcarriers at times.
• Seems satisfied to make a hit rather than breaking down and wrapping up runners.
• Occasionally ends up being washed down the line and past the runner’s cutback lane.
• Season-ending shoulder injury sustained in 2011 will require further medical inspection.
Over four years, Tripp has executed various different assignments at Montana, typically making zone drops in coverage when he’s not defending the run. While his tools suggest that he could potentially play any of the three linebacker positions in a four-man front, he’s also not an ideal candidate for any of them, being a bit tighter than a typical Will, a bit smaller than a typical Sam, and not having played too many snaps inside. However, he’s a fairly instinctive player with decent measurables all around who should interest teams as a swing reserve and special-teams contributor; if he can win a snapping job in the NFL, he could save a team a roster spot.