Position: Outside Linebacker/Strong Safety
Hometown: South Pittsburg, Tenn.
Career Notes | Agility | High School | Personal | Stats
Positives: Has good quickness and instincts ΓΆβ‚¬Β¦ Undersized for linebacker, but has the speed and transition agility to make the move to safety at the next level ΓΆβ‚¬Β¦ Plays with reckless abandon ΓΆβ‚¬Β¦ Has the ability to change direction and stay on his feet working through traffic ΓΆβ‚¬Β¦ Reads and recognizes the plays quickly ΓΆβ‚¬Β¦ Very fluid runner with the range to cover ground ΓΆβ‚¬Β¦ Despite his slight frame, he has that short-area burst around the edge that consistently allows him to defeat the linemen into the backfield ΓΆβ‚¬Β¦ Shows no hesitation in his moves, using his hands well to shed.
Negatives: Left shoulde problem in 2001 needs further examination, as the injury caused him to lose weight and adapt his work load in order to protect the shoulder from further damage ΓΆβ‚¬Β¦ Has a tendency to drop his head and pick a side when tackling, possibly to compensate for his shoulder problem ΓΆβ‚¬Β¦ Gets engulfed by the larger blockers in run support ΓΆβ‚¬Β¦ Needs to refine his pass coverage technique, as he tends to eye the quarterback too much, resulting in receivers gaining separation ΓΆβ‚¬Β¦ More of a cut tackler than a secure wrap-up type ΓΆβ‚¬Β¦ Inability to maintain weight is a concern.
Two-year starter whose big play ability had the coaches comparing him to former Vol standout, Al Wilson (Denver) ΓΆβ‚¬Β¦ One of three team captains, he battled through shoulder problems to finish his career with 219 tackles (145 solos), six sacks, 17 stops behind the line of scrimmage, 13 pass deflections, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.