2006 (Junior) - Started all 12 games ... finished third on the team in tackles with 64, including 26 unassisted ... recorded two pass breakups to tie for the team lead ... also had one interception, returning it 16 yards ... enters the season tops among all active players with 223 total tackles, including a team-best 106 solo ... leads all active players in career interceptions with five ... six tackles and an interception vs. Colorado State ... season-high eight tackles vs. BYU ... seven tackles and a pass breakup vs. UNLV ... six tackles and a pass breakup at Tennessee ... honorable mention All-MWC ... second-team All-Colorado by the National Football Foundation's Colorado chapter.
2005 (Sophomore) - Played and started in all 11 games ... honorable mention All-MWC ... tied for the team lead in tackles with nine vs. Washington ... recorded six tackles vs. SDSU ... had an interception, returning it 35 yards to set up the game-clinching TD ... recorded a career-high 14 tackles at Utah which was the most by a Falcon in a game in 2005 ... 14 tackles are the most by an AFA sophomore since Anthony Schlegel had 15 vs. Utah in 2002 ... tied for team lead in tackles with eight at Colorado State ... tied for the team lead with 10 tackles at Navy ... also forced two fumbles ... nine tackles, a pass break-up and his third interception of the season at BYU ... led the team in tackles on the year with 92, including a team-best 49 unassisted ... ranked fourth in the conference in tackles with an average of 8.4 per game ... led the team in tackles a team-best four times in 2005 (UW, Utah, CSU, Navy).
2004 (Freshman) - Played in 11 games, starting five times at free safety ... played both left and right Falcon ... starts came against Utah, Navy, Wyoming, San Diego State and Colorado State ... finished third on the team in total tackles with 67, leading all freshmen ... second on the team with 31 unassisted tackles ... had 1.5 tackles for loss for 12 yards and a quarterback sack for 11 yards ... recorded one interception and returned it four yards ... played perhaps his best game of the season against New Mexico ... recorded his sack and had six tackles, the biggest when he stopped running back DonTrell Moore at the goal line on fourth down to force a change of possession ... met Moore in midair on the stop ... eight tackles with an interception against BYU ... season-high 10 tackles vs. Wyoming to lead the team for the first time in his career ... had nine tackles vs. San Diego State to lead the team ... averaged 7.4 tackles per game during his five starts and 6.1 overall. High School - Lettered three years in football, two years in basketball and four years in track ... all-state, all-conference and all-area co-captain as a senior ... all-conference and all-area as a junior ... played in the city/suburb all-star game and was invited to the East-West all-star game ... named the football player of the year by the Pioneer Press as a senior ... high school football coach was Bill Mitz.
Personal - Born on Oct. 23, 1984 ... member of Squadron 8 ... parents are Dominic and Nancy Giannini ... has one brother, Anthony (29) ... attended the USAFA Prep School and played football ... majoring in social sciences ... worked at the USAFA sports camps in the summer of 2006 and 2007 ... completed Operation Air Force in the summer of 2005 and 2007 ... also recruited by New Mexico and Northwestern ... favorite TV show is 24 ... favorite food is pasta ... favorite NFL team is the Chicago Bears and his favorite player is Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher ... credits his brother, Anthony, as having had the biggest influence on his sports career ... would like to attend graduate school and go into sales.
Giannini's Career Statistics
Year G UT-AT TT TFL Sacks
2006 12 26-38 64 0.0-0 0.0-0
2005 11 49-43 92 2.5-4 0.0-0
2004 11 31-36 67 1.5-12 1.0-11
Total 34 106-117 223 4.0-16 1.0-11