2005 - All-Big 12 Conference Honorable Mention ... active in the backfield this season with a team-leading eight and a half tackles for loss ... also had three sacks from his linebacker position ... closed the regular season with three tackles against Oklahoma ... forced a fumble by OSU quarterback which was recovered for Tech's game-tying touchdown ... finished game with five tackles and two sacks ... assisted on a tackle against A&M ... two tackles in the win at Baylor ... two tackles at Texas ... three tackles for loss and four overall tackles against Kansas State ... good outing at Nebraska with five tackles, including two for loss and a sack ... sack was first since 2003 ... recovered a fumble in the endzone for a score against Kansas ... also had four solo tackles, a tackle for loss and forced fumble ... had a pass breakup against Indiana State ... made four stops in the opener against FIU ... also assisted on a tackle for loss ... registered a quarterback hurry.
2004 - All-Big 12 Honorable Mention by the coaches ... teamed with Mike Smith and Brock Stratton in the middle as three of the team's top five tacklers ... 52 tackles this season and five tackles for loss ... missed the bowl game with an injury ... had six tackles, including one for loss, in regular-season finale against Oklahoma State ... forced OSU field goal after stuffing Cowboy running back on 3rd-and-goal from the Tech 5 ... had four tackles, including a tackle for loss, and a pass breakup against the Aggies ... second on the team with six solo tackles against Baylor ... tremendous effort with 10 tackles and a tackle for loss in win over Kansas State ... seven tackles against the Longhorns ... most since recording 10 in season opener at SMU ... had three tackles in the win at Kansas ... turned in solid game with three tackles, including one for loss of two yards in win over TCU ... three tackles against the Lobos ... Tech's other double-digit tackler in game one against SMU ... had 10 tackles, including five solo ... also had a tackle for loss.
2003 - Associated Press All-Big 12 Honorable Mention ... finished the season with 52 tackles, including five and a half for loss ... 35 tackles unassisted ... Navy - logged seven tackles, including two for loss and sack ... also forced a fumble ... Oklahoma - four tackles against the Sooners, including two solo ... Texas - two tackles against the `Horns ... Baylor - three tackles, including one for a one-yard loss ... Colorado - solid effort against the Buffaloes with three solo and two assisted tackles ... Missouri - five tackles at Mizzou ... Oklahoma State - grabbed second-career interception at Oklahoma State ... Iowa State - five tackles, including four solo and two for loss, in win over Iowa State ... Texas A&M - had four tackles, including three solo against the Aggies ... Mississippi - two tackles at Mississippi ... N.C. State - had two tackles, including a half-tackle for loss at N.C. State ... New Mexico - five tackles against UNM ... SMU - tied second on the team with seven tackles against SMU ... also had a sack for six lost yards and a tackle for loss ... knocked down two Mustang passes.
2002 - The Sporting News All-Big 12 Freshman Team ... All-Big 12 Coaches Honorable Mention ... Clemson - MAZDA Tangerine Bowl Team Defensive MVP ... dominating performance against Clemson with five tackles, one for loss, an interception, four pass breakups and a sack ... Oklahoma - had four tackles in regular-season finale at Oklahoma ... Texas - totaled 11 tackles (6 UA and 5 AS) against No. 3 Texas including one tackle for a loss ... Oklahoma State - totaled 13 tackles against Oklahoma State with eight of them coming unassisted ... Baylor - had a stellar game against Baylor by logging eight unassisted tackles and four tackles for a net loss of 13 yards and one pass breakup ... Colorado - totaled five tackles against No. 20 Colorado ... Missouri - logged eight total tackles against Missouri ... Iowa State - got his first start of the season against Iowa State after playing in a reserve role for most of the season ... had shown great skill and versatility at the position and shows promise to be a very solid player in the future.
2001 - Redshirt season.
High School - Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas ... TSWA first-team all-state ... all-area and all-district first teams ... district newcomer of the year ... district defensive player of the year ... 153 tackles, including 18 for loss, for Southlake Carroll also had four interceptions, four forced fumbles and five sacks ... Fort Worth Star-Telegram Second-Team All-State ... had one of the top senior seasons on defense of any player in the state of Texas ... chose Texas Tech over Nebraska, South Carolina and TCU ... High School Coach: Todd Dodge.
Personal - John Saldi ... born June 14, 1982, in Dallas ... son of Bee and Jay Saldi ... has two younger brothers, Zac and Bryce ... Zac is on the squad at West Texas A&M ... father played professional football for the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears and played collegiately at South Carolina ... mother graduated from Tech ... majoring in corporate communication studies ... working on a minor in restaurant, hotel and institutional management.