He’s done something that only ten players in the history of the NCAA have accomplished.
Now, he’s ready to take his talents to the NFL.
San Jose State junior linebacker Frank Ginda will forgo his senior year of college eligibility and declare for the 2018 NFL Draft following the Spartans season finale against the Wyoming Cowboys on Saturday, the NFL Draft Bible has learned.
The FBS leading tackler, Ginda has registered 163 tackles this season, averaging 13.5 tackles per game — only nine other FBS players in the history of the NCAA have recorded that many tackles in a single season.
The 6-foot-1, 244-pound swarming linebacker was snubbed by the coaches who select the All-Mountain West Conference Team last season, after starting 11 games and accumulating 98 tackles, including 11.5 tackles for loss, to go along with six and a half sacks. This year, he has ten games in which he registered ten or more tackles in a game and has matched his season total of 11.5 tackles for loss from a year ago.
“The first moment I knew that I wanted to be a NFL player is when my dad sat me down and talked to me about it…and then the next hour or two, we’re riding 15 miles up to the mountain and doing a bike ride workout,” Ginda told the NFL Draft Bible Player Spotlight Show during a November interview.
A native of Los Banos, California and growing up in a community that has been stricken by gang violence, Ginda has been fighting the odds his entire life.
“I knew this is what I wanted to do. This is my dream. Coming from a small town where people didn’t really make it out, I really wanted to make it out and impact the community, I wanted to help my family through all the hard work they put throughout my entire life.”
Despite his success, the recent struggles of the San Jose State football program, combined with playing on the west coast, has buried Ginda from the national headlines but that hasn’t prevented dozens of NFL scouts from making the trip on campus to get an up-close look at his skillset.
“I’m very good in space, I’m very good in open field tackling,” when asked to provide a scouting report of himself. “I’m a really, really good player in coverage. I’m really good in shedding blocks, engaging and throwing the blocker off.”
After playing in a 4-3 scheme during his first two seasons, the Spartans hired Brent Brennan prior to this season. With a new head coach, came a new defensive scheme. Ginda has since thrived in leading the Spartans 3-4 defense, while displaying the ability to anticipate plays and being a sure-fire wrap up tackler.
The next challenge will be convincing NFL scouts to invest a draft pick on him.
“People just need to realize that there’s a lot of great players at San Jose State and a lot of us get overlooked,” Ginda said. “It reminds me of Los Banos but there’s a lot of diamonds in the rough here.”
*To listen to the entire interview with San Jose State linebacker Frank Ginda, click here.