SMU Seniors Tabbed To Second-Team
Senior DB One Of 48 Selected As Preseason Candidate
Acker Garners First-Team Nod
Line, Hunt, Davis Named First-Team All-Conference USA
Senior (2013): Played and started in all 12 games...Seventh on the team with 46 tackles, including 38 solo (fourth on the team)...Recorded 2.5 tackles for loss, including his first career sack...Team-high 3 interceptions for 27 yards to go along with a team-high 13 pass breakups for a total of 16 passes defended...3 INTs tied a career-high, as the senior had one pick in three different games (Rutgers, at Cincinnati and at Houston)...Returned punts at Cincinnati (1) and against Connecticut (4). AWARDS: American Athletic Conference Second Team, Thorpe Award Watch List, Preseason All-American Athletic Conference First Team (Athlon Sports).
Junior (2012): Named second-team All-Conference USA... Started all 13 games... Led the team with 12 PBUs and tied for team lead with three interceptions... Named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 10... Had two interceptions and scored two touchdowns - one on an interception return and one on a blocked field goal try - against SFA... Also had an interception in the win against Houston... Notched 50 tackles including two TFL... Returned six punts for 84 yards... Part of an SMU defense that posted two shutouts, tied an NCAA season record for pick-sixes, and tied for third in the country in total takeaways and second in fumble recoveries for TDs.
Sophomore (2011): Started all 13 games at corner... Recorded 63 tackles, 49 solo, including one tackle for loss... Notched six stops in SMU's bowl win... Had an interception against Navy... Tallied four pass breakups on the season... Made a career-high eight solo tackles versus UCF... Equaled career-high in total tackles in a game with eight against Rice... Had two kick returns for 25 yards.
Freshman (2010): Played in eight games... Returned kickoffs in five of the last six games... Totaled 13 returns for 315 yards on the year... Had a season-long return of 62 in the Marshall win.
Prep: A three-star Rivals.com recruit... Ranked as the sixth-best player in the state of Oregon by Scout... Lined up at quarterback, slot receiver, outside receiver, cornerback, punt and kick returner and kicker at various points as a prep... Generated nearly 3,000 all-purpose yards and 40 touchdowns as a senior... Had 11 kickoff/punt returns for touchdowns and four pick-sixes on the season (six interceptions overall)... Became the first player to be named both the Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year by the Portland Interscholastic League - and did so twice (2008 & 2009)... Also named first team All-State Class 6A at defensive back and second team at quarterback... Was a high school teammate of Mustang hoops standout Paul McCoy... Was a first-team All-State point guard as a junior... Had five scholarship offers including one from Hawaii.
Personal: Attended the same high school as SMU Coach June Jones... Brother, Karl, is a wide receiver at LSU.