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Thomas Davis
LB #58
Height:
6-1
Weight:
235
Age:
31
College:
Georgia
Hometown:
Shellman, Ga.
Experience:
10

Quick Stats (2014):

TCKL
19
SCK
0.0
FF
0
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 647 484 163 15.0 0 33 6 22 -- 24 0 11 4
2014 CAR 3 3 19 11 8 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2013 CAR 16 16 123 85 38 4.0 -- 7 2 -2 -1 0 0 1 --
2012 CAR 15 12 105 70 35 0.0 -- 3 1 0 -- 0 0 2 1
2011 CAR 2 2 12 6 6 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1
2009 CAR 7 7 61 48 13 1.5 0 5 2 24 12 24 0 0 --
2008 CAR 16 16 113 92 21 3.5 -- 6 -- -- -- -- -- 2 1
2007 CAR 16 16 88 72 16 3.0 -- 5 1 0 -- 0 0 2 1
2006 CAR 14 14 88 69 19 1.5 -- 6 -- -- -- -- -- 2 --
2005 CAR 16 1 38 31 7 1.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 2 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 @TB W 20-14 4 3 1 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 DET W 24-7 12 7 5 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 PIT L 19-37 3 1 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
4 @BAL L 10-38 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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Bio

TRANSACTIONS
Placed on injured reserve with an injured right knee by Carolina (9/19/11)...Signed to contract extension by Carolina (7/30/11)...Placed on reserve/physically unable to perform with an injured right knee by Carolina (8/31/10)...Placed on injured reserve with an injured right knee by Carolina (11/10/09)...Selected by Carolina in the first round (14th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft (4/23/05).

GP/GS
Career (102/84) [5/2]; 2013 (16/16) [1/1]; 2012 (15/12); 2011 (2/2); 2010 (PUP); 2009 (7/7); 2008 (16/16) [1/1]; 2007 (16/16); 2006 (14/14); 2005 (16/1) [3/0].

2013
SEASON NOTES: Started 16 games at outside linebacker for Carolina...Set career highs with 151 tackles - his third career 100-tackle season, four sacks and eight passes defensed...Posted seven quarterback pressures, one forced fumble and two interceptions...Compiled 10 or more tackles in a game four times and led or tied for the team high in tackles six times...Ranks second in franchise history with 702 tackles...Key member of unit that ranked second in the NFL in total defense and points allowed and led the league in sacks while finishing second in rushing defense and sixth in passing defense...POSTSEASON: Started at outside linebacker in NFC Divisional Playoff versus San Francisco (1/12)...Recorded nine tackles and two quarterback pressures...PLAYER OF THE MONTH: Named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for November...Totaled 38 tackles, one sack, one quarterback pressure, one forced fumble, one interception and two passes defensed as Panthers went 4-0 during month...PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week for performance in Week 6 at Minnesota (10/13)...Produced 10 tackles, two sacks, one quarterback pressure and one pass defensed in Panthers' 35-10 win.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS - Vs. Seattle (9/8): Collected a team-high 14 tackles to move into third place in team history with 565 tackles, surpassing the 558 tackles tallied by Chris Gamble from 2004-12...Vs. New York Giants (9/22): Sacked Giants quarterback Eli Manning for an 11-yard loss...Part of defensive effort in which the Panthers became the first NFL team since 2002 to post a shutout victory of 38 points or more, register at least seven sacks and three turnovers and hold an opponent to 150 total net yards or less...At Minnesota (10/13): Established a single-game career high with two sacks...Hauled down Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel for losses of seven and 10 yards...Vs. Atlanta (11/3): Grabbed a pass deflected by safety Quintin Mikell for an interception of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan...At San Francisco (11/10): Dislodged the ball from 49ers running back Kendall Hunter to force a fumble...Contributed to defense that limited 49ers to 151 total net yards and 46 net passing yards, recorded six sacks and forced two turnovers...Vs. New England (11/18): Gathered a game-high and season-high 17 tackles...At Miami (11/24): Pressured Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill for an eight-yard sack...Vs. New Orleans (12/22): Leaped high to spear pass by Saints quarterback Drew Brees for an interception...Panthers scored a touchdown on the next play...At Atlanta (12/29): Made eight tackles to move into second place in team history with 702 tackles, surpassing the 701 tackles accumulated by Jon Beason from 2007-13.

2012
Played in 15 games with 12 starts for Carolina...Started the last 12 games at weakside linebacker when Luke Kuechly moved to middle linebacker following a season-ending injury to Jon Beason...Completed comeback from tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in 2009, 2010 and 2011...Became the first known NFL player to return and play a full season after having three ACL surgeries on the same knee...Finished second on the team with 118 tackles, his second career 100-tackle season...Registered two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception, two passes defensed and three quarterback pressures...Contributed to unit that ranked 10th in the NFL in total defense...Notched two special teams tackles...Inactive with an injured hamstring versus the New York Giants (9/20)...Vs. Dallas (10/21): Forced a fumble by Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin...Takeaway led to a touchdown...Vs. Tampa Bay (11/18): Tied career high with 18 tackles, equaling the third-highest single-game total in team history...Caused a fumble to prevent a touchdown by jarring the ball away from Buccaneers running back Doug Martin at the goal line...Panthers converted takeaway into a touchdown...At Philadelphia (11/26): Recovered a fumble by Eagles running back Bryce Brown to set up the game-winning field goal...Vs. Kansas City (12/2): Tied for the team lead with 16 tackles...Vs. Atlanta (12/9): Intercepted Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in Panthers territory to end a fourth-quarter drive and seal the victory...At San Diego (12/16): Collected a team-high nine tackles.

2011
Started the first two games at strongside linebacker for Carolina before being placed on injured reserve with an injured right knee (9/19)...Collected 17 tackles, two quarterback pressures and one fumble recovery...At Arizona (9/11): Returned to action for first time since tearing right anterior cruciate ligament at New Orleans (11/8/09) and then re-injuring knee during organized team activities (6/8/10)... Responded with a team-high 11 tackles...Recovered a fumbled pitch from Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb to running back Beanie Wells at the Panthers' 12-yard line in the second quarter to end Arizona scoring threat...Vs. Green Bay (9/18): Suffered a torn right anterior cruciate ligament for the third time in less than two years...Made the initial stop on a screen pass to running back James Starks in the third quarter and was injured in the ensuing pileup.

2010
Suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during an organized team activity (6/8) and spent the entire season on the physically unable to perform list.

2009
Started seven games at weakside linebacker...Missed final nine games after injuring right knee at New Orleans (11/8) and being placed on injured reserve (11/10)...Posted 71 tackles, 1.5 sacks, six quarterback pressures, two interceptions and three passes defensed...Contributed to defense that finished fourth in the NFL in pass defense, eighth in total defense and ninth in scoring defense...Vs. Philadelphia (9/13): Tied Panthers single-game record with a career-high 18 tackles...At Dallas (9/28): Gathered a 10-yard sack of Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo...Vs. Washington (9/13): Combined with defensive end Tyler Brayton to sack Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell for a 10-yard loss...At Tampa Bay (10/18): Picked off Buccaneers quarterback Josh Johnson and returned theft 24 yards to set up a touchdown...At Arizona (11/1): Intercepted Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner at the Panthers' 24-yard line to stop a scoring opportunity...At New Orleans (11/8): Suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in right knee when foot got caught in the ground while dropping into pass coverage.

2008
Started all 16 games for the second consecutive season and recorded a career best 136 tackles...Notched double figure tackles in five games and nine tackles in four others...Recorded career high 3.5 sacks along with two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery...Increased consecutive game played streak to team-best 32...Vs. Chicago (9/14): Forced a fumble at the 25-yard line to stop a Bears scoring drive and combined with Julius Peppers on a fourth-and-one stop at the 50-yard line with 1:52 remaining while recording 11 tackles...At Minnesota (9/21): Led team with 11 tackles...Vs Kansas City (10/5): Tied for team lead with six tackles while contributing to fourth shutout in team history...Vs. Arizona (10/19): Recovered a fumble at the 18-yard line to set up game tying touchdown...At Oakland (11/9): Tied career high with 12 tackles, including first sack of season...Vs. Detroit (11/16): Forced a fumble that led to touchdown while recording a team-high 11 tackles and combined with Damione Lewis for a half sack...Vs. Tampa Bay (12/8): Recorded 10 tackles to help shut down running game...Vs. Denver (12/14): Recorded a sack of Jay Cutler and had nine tackles against NFL's second ranked offense...At New York (12/21): Had 11 tackles and a sack to establish personal high of 3.5...NFC Divisional Playoffs vs. Arizona (1/10): Started at weakside linebacker and led team with 11 tackles, including one for loss.

2007
Started all 16 games for the first time in career...Finished fourth on team with 85 tackles...Recorded a career-high three sacks, 10 quarterback hurries, one interception, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and six passes defensed...Efforts contributed to defense that finished the season 11th in the NFL in yards per play and fourth in rushing yards per attempt...Helped defense limit opponents to fewer than 100 yards rushing in seven contests...Vs. Tampa Bay (9/30): Recovered a fumble by Buccaneers wide receiver Ike Hilliard in the second quarter...At Tennessee (11/4): Sacked Titans quarterback Vince Young in the first quarter...Forced fumble by Titans running back LenDale White that was recovered by Jon Beason...Vs. San Francisco (12/2): Corralled 49ers quarterback Trent Dilfer for a four-yard sack...Vs. Seattle (12/16): Sacked Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and forced a fumble that was recovered by cornerback Richard Marshall with 1:44 remaining in the fourth quarter to seal the victory...Vs. Dallas (12/22): Collected first interception of career when he picked off Dallas quarterback Tony Romo in the fourth quarter.

2006
Started 14 games and was inactive for two contests...Finished second on the Panthers with 96 tackles in his first season as a starter at outside linebacker...Recorded 1.5 sacks, 11 quarterback hurries, four passes defensed and one forced fumble...Posted five tackles on special teams...Efforts contributed to defense that allowed only 3,000 net passing yards, which rank as the second-fewest ever surrendered in team history behind the team record of 2,993 given up in 2002...Key member of a defensive unit that finished seventh in the NFL in total defense and tied for eighth in scoring defense, allowing 19.1 points per game...Helped unit rank 11th in the League in rushing yards per game, third in third-down efficiency and seventh in sacks per pass play...41 sacks by defense is the fourth-highest amount in team history...Helped defense limit opponents to less than 100 yards rushing in nine contests...Member of punt coverage unit that helped punter Jason Baker lead the NFC, rank third in the NFL and establish a team record for the second consecutive year with a 39.0 net average...Left game at Baltimore (10/15) with injured ribs that caused him to be inactive at Cincinnati (10/22)...Inactive for the season finale at New Orleans (12/31) with an injured shoulder...At Tampa Bay (9/24): Ranked second on defense with seven tackles, one quarterback hurry and two passes defensed...Vs. Cleveland (10/8): Led defense with 11 tackles...Vs. Dallas (10/29): Established a single-game best with 12 tackles...Vs. Tampa Bay (11/13): Tied for team lead with nine tackles and notched three quarterback hurries...Vs. St. Louis (11/19): Sacked Rams quarterback Marc Bulger in the second quarter for a six-yard loss...Teamed with Chris Draft to sack Bulger for an eight-yard loss in the third quarter.

2005
Appeared in all 16 contests with one start...Tallied 28 tackles, 1.5 sacks, five quarterback hurries and one forced fumble on defense...Registered 10 tackles and one forced fumble on special teams...Key reserve on defense that finished third in the NFL in yards allowed per game, the team's second-highest ranking ever behind the 2002 unit that ranked second...Member of punt coverage unit that ranked fifth in opponents' punt return average...Split time between safety and linebacker...POSTSEASON: Played in all three contests...Contributed four tackles and one sack...Notched one special teams tackle...Vs. New Orleans (9/11): Made first NFL start in season opener...Started at strong safety...Only rookie starter...Vs. New England (9/18): Tackled Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for first NFL sack...At Arizona (10/9): Forced fumble by Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin...Fumble recovered and returned 24 yards by Ken Lucas to set up touchdown that narrowed Cardinals lead to 20-17...At New Orleans (12/18): Forced fumble on special teams...Vs. Atlanta (12/4): Received significant action on defense...Registered a half-sack of Falcons quarterback Michael Vick...NFC Wild Card at New York Giants (1/8): Produced sack of Giants quarterback Eli Manning...Part of defensive effort that held scoreless a Giants offense that ranked third in the NFL in points per game...Panthers became the first team to register a shutout on the road in the playoffs since 1980 when the Los Angeles Rams posted a 9-0 victory at Tampa Bay (1/5/80) in the 1979 NFC championship...Carolina shutout was third in team history, matching 24-0 victory versus Tampa Bay (12/1/96) and 13-0 win at New Orleans (10/19/97).

COLLEGE
Versatile performer played in 39 games with 25 starts at free safety and linebacker for Georgia...Entered the draft following junior season...Ended career with 272 tackles, 10.5 sacks and three interceptions...Helped the Bulldogs post 10 or more victories in three consecutive seasons and win three bowl games...2004 (Jr.): First-team All-SEC selection and first-team All-America by The Sporting News and the American Football Coaches Association...Started 10 games at free safety...Led the team in tackles for the second consecutive season with 81...Gathered three sacks, three forced fumbles and one interception...Semifinalist for the Bednarik Award, given to the nation's top defensive player...Registered seven tackles and forced two fumbles versus LSU...Notched eight tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble against Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl...2003 (So.): Entered season at linebacker but injuries in the secondary forced him to shift to safety before the season opener...Ranked first on the Bulldogs with a career-high 138 tackles...Recorded 4.5 sacks and 12 quarterback pressures...Recipient of the team's Iron Man Award, presented to a player who shows up every day for work, is never late and strains his potential in every endeavor...Contributed to defense that finished second nationally in scoring defense, fourth in total defense and sixth in passing defense...Corralled 11 tackles and one sack versus South Carolina...Posted seven tackles, two sacks and one fumble recovery and returned a blocked punt for a touchdown versus Alabama...2002 (Fr.): Appeared in all 14 contests with four starts, two at free safety and two at outside linebacker...Totaled 61 tackles, three sacks, 11 quarterback pressures, three fumble recoveries and one interception...Made first career start versus Clemson and responded with seven tackles...Collected his first career interception at Alabama...2001: Redshirted as a true freshman.

PERSONAL
Attended Randolph-Clay HS in Shellman, Ga....Majored in consumer economics at Georgia.

TRANSACTIONS
Placed on injured reserve with an injured right knee by Carolina (9/19/11)...Signed to contract extension by Carolina (7/30/11)...Placed on reserve/physically unable to perform with an injured right knee by Carolina (8/31/10)...Placed on injured reserve with an injured right knee by Carolina (11/10/09)...Selected by Carolina in the first round (14th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft (4/23/05).

GP/GS
Career (102/84) [5/2]; 2013 (16/16) [1/1]; 2012 (15/12); 2011 (2/2); 2010 (PUP); 2009 (7/7); 2008 (16/16) [1/1]; 2007 (16/16); 2006 (14/14); 2005 (16/1) [3/0].

2013
SEASON NOTES: Started 16 games at outside linebacker for Carolina...Set career highs with 151 tackles - his third career 100-tackle season, four sacks and eight passes defensed...Posted seven quarterback pressures, one forced fumble and two interceptions...Compiled 10 or more tackles in a game four times and led or tied for the team high in tackles six times...Ranks second in franchise history with 702 tackles...Key member of unit that ranked second in the NFL in total defense and points allowed and led the league in sacks while finishing second in rushing defense and sixth in passing defense...POSTSEASON: Started at outside linebacker in NFC Divisional Playoff versus San Francisco (1/12)...Recorded nine tackles and two quarterback pressures...PLAYER OF THE MONTH: Named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for November...Totaled 38 tackles, one sack, one quarterback pressure, one forced fumble, one interception and two passes defensed as Panthers went 4-0 during month...PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week for performance in Week 6 at Minnesota (10/13)...Produced 10 tackles, two sacks, one quarterback pressure and one pass defensed in Panthers' 35-10 win.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS - Vs. Seattle (9/8): Collected a team-high 14 tackles to move into third place in team history with 565 tackles, surpassing the 558 tackles tallied by Chris Gamble from 2004-12...Vs. New York Giants (9/22): Sacked Giants quarterback Eli Manning for an 11-yard loss...Part of defensive effort in which the Panthers became the first NFL team since 2002 to post a shutout victory of 38 points or more, register at least seven sacks and three turnovers and hold an opponent to 150 total net yards or less...At Minnesota (10/13): Established a single-game career high with two sacks...Hauled down Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel for losses of seven and 10 yards...Vs. Atlanta (11/3): Grabbed a pass deflected by safety Quintin Mikell for an interception of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan...At San Francisco (11/10): Dislodged the ball from 49ers running back Kendall Hunter to force a fumble...Contributed to defense that limited 49ers to 151 total net yards and 46 net passing yards, recorded six sacks and forced two turnovers...Vs. New England (11/18): Gathered a game-high and season-high 17 tackles...At Miami (11/24): Pressured Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill for an eight-yard sack...Vs. New Orleans (12/22): Leaped high to spear pass by Saints quarterback Drew Brees for an interception...Panthers scored a touchdown on the next play...At Atlanta (12/29): Made eight tackles to move into second place in team history with 702 tackles, surpassing the 701 tackles accumulated by Jon Beason from 2007-13.

2012
Played in 15 games with 12 starts for Carolina...Started the last 12 games at weakside linebacker when Luke Kuechly moved to middle linebacker following a season-ending injury to Jon Beason...Completed comeback from tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in 2009, 2010 and 2011...Became the first known NFL player to return and play a full season after having three ACL surgeries on the same knee...Finished second on the team with 118 tackles, his second career 100-tackle season...Registered two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception, two passes defensed and three quarterback pressures...Contributed to unit that ranked 10th in the NFL in total defense...Notched two special teams tackles...Inactive with an injured hamstring versus the New York Giants (9/20)...Vs. Dallas (10/21): Forced a fumble by Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin...Takeaway led to a touchdown...Vs. Tampa Bay (11/18): Tied career high with 18 tackles, equaling the third-highest single-game total in team history...Caused a fumble to prevent a touchdown by jarring the ball away from Buccaneers running back Doug Martin at the goal line...Panthers converted takeaway into a touchdown...At Philadelphia (11/26): Recovered a fumble by Eagles running back Bryce Brown to set up the game-winning field goal...Vs. Kansas City (12/2): Tied for the team lead with 16 tackles...Vs. Atlanta (12/9): Intercepted Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in Panthers territory to end a fourth-quarter drive and seal the victory...At San Diego (12/16): Collected a team-high nine tackles.

2011
Started the first two games at strongside linebacker for Carolina before being placed on injured reserve with an injured right knee (9/19)...Collected 17 tackles, two quarterback pressures and one fumble recovery...At Arizona (9/11): Returned to action for first time since tearing right anterior cruciate ligament at New Orleans (11/8/09) and then re-injuring knee during organized team activities (6/8/10)... Responded with a team-high 11 tackles...Recovered a fumbled pitch from Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb to running back Beanie Wells at the Panthers' 12-yard line in the second quarter to end Arizona scoring threat...Vs. Green Bay (9/18): Suffered a torn right anterior cruciate ligament for the third time in less than two years...Made the initial stop on a screen pass to running back James Starks in the third quarter and was injured in the ensuing pileup.

2010
Suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during an organized team activity (6/8) and spent the entire season on the physically unable to perform list.

2009
Started seven games at weakside linebacker...Missed final nine games after injuring right knee at New Orleans (11/8) and being placed on injured reserve (11/10)...Posted 71 tackles, 1.5 sacks, six quarterback pressures, two interceptions and three passes defensed...Contributed to defense that finished fourth in the NFL in pass defense, eighth in total defense and ninth in scoring defense...Vs. Philadelphia (9/13): Tied Panthers single-game record with a career-high 18 tackles...At Dallas (9/28): Gathered a 10-yard sack of Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo...Vs. Washington (9/13): Combined with defensive end Tyler Brayton to sack Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell for a 10-yard loss...At Tampa Bay (10/18): Picked off Buccaneers quarterback Josh Johnson and returned theft 24 yards to set up a touchdown...At Arizona (11/1): Intercepted Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner at the Panthers' 24-yard line to stop a scoring opportunity...At New Orleans (11/8): Suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in right knee when foot got caught in the ground while dropping into pass coverage.

2008
Started all 16 games for the second consecutive season and recorded a career best 136 tackles...Notched double figure tackles in five games and nine tackles in four others...Recorded career high 3.5 sacks along with two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery...Increased consecutive game played streak to team-best 32...Vs. Chicago (9/14): Forced a fumble at the 25-yard line to stop a Bears scoring drive and combined with Julius Peppers on a fourth-and-one stop at the 50-yard line with 1:52 remaining while recording 11 tackles...At Minnesota (9/21): Led team with 11 tackles...Vs Kansas City (10/5): Tied for team lead with six tackles while contributing to fourth shutout in team history...Vs. Arizona (10/19): Recovered a fumble at the 18-yard line to set up game tying touchdown...At Oakland (11/9): Tied career high with 12 tackles, including first sack of season...Vs. Detroit (11/16): Forced a fumble that led to touchdown while recording a team-high 11 tackles and combined with Damione Lewis for a half sack...Vs. Tampa Bay (12/8): Recorded 10 tackles to help shut down running game...Vs. Denver (12/14): Recorded a sack of Jay Cutler and had nine tackles against NFL's second ranked offense...At New York (12/21): Had 11 tackles and a sack to establish personal high of 3.5...NFC Divisional Playoffs vs. Arizona (1/10): Started at weakside linebacker and led team with 11 tackles, including one for loss.

2007
Started all 16 games for the first time in career...Finished fourth on team with 85 tackles...Recorded a career-high three sacks, 10 quarterback hurries, one interception, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and six passes defensed...Efforts contributed to defense that finished the season 11th in the NFL in yards per play and fourth in rushing yards per attempt...Helped defense limit opponents to fewer than 100 yards rushing in seven contests...Vs. Tampa Bay (9/30): Recovered a fumble by Buccaneers wide receiver Ike Hilliard in the second quarter...At Tennessee (11/4): Sacked Titans quarterback Vince Young in the first quarter...Forced fumble by Titans running back LenDale White that was recovered by Jon Beason...Vs. San Francisco (12/2): Corralled 49ers quarterback Trent Dilfer for a four-yard sack...Vs. Seattle (12/16): Sacked Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and forced a fumble that was recovered by cornerback Richard Marshall with 1:44 remaining in the fourth quarter to seal the victory...Vs. Dallas (12/22): Collected first interception of career when he picked off Dallas quarterback Tony Romo in the fourth quarter.

2006
Started 14 games and was inactive for two contests...Finished second on the Panthers with 96 tackles in his first season as a starter at outside linebacker...Recorded 1.5 sacks, 11 quarterback hurries, four passes defensed and one forced fumble...Posted five tackles on special teams...Efforts contributed to defense that allowed only 3,000 net passing yards, which rank as the second-fewest ever surrendered in team history behind the team record of 2,993 given up in 2002...Key member of a defensive unit that finished seventh in the NFL in total defense and tied for eighth in scoring defense, allowing 19.1 points per game...Helped unit rank 11th in the League in rushing yards per game, third in third-down efficiency and seventh in sacks per pass play...41 sacks by defense is the fourth-highest amount in team history...Helped defense limit opponents to less than 100 yards rushing in nine contests...Member of punt coverage unit that helped punter Jason Baker lead the NFC, rank third in the NFL and establish a team record for the second consecutive year with a 39.0 net average...Left game at Baltimore (10/15) with injured ribs that caused him to be inactive at Cincinnati (10/22)...Inactive for the season finale at New Orleans (12/31) with an injured shoulder...At Tampa Bay (9/24): Ranked second on defense with seven tackles, one quarterback hurry and two passes defensed...Vs. Cleveland (10/8): Led defense with 11 tackles...Vs. Dallas (10/29): Established a single-game best with 12 tackles...Vs. Tampa Bay (11/13): Tied for team lead with nine tackles and notched three quarterback hurries...Vs. St. Louis (11/19): Sacked Rams quarterback Marc Bulger in the second quarter for a six-yard loss...Teamed with Chris Draft to sack Bulger for an eight-yard loss in the third quarter.

2005
Appeared in all 16 contests with one start...Tallied 28 tackles, 1.5 sacks, five quarterback hurries and one forced fumble on defense...Registered 10 tackles and one forced fumble on special teams...Key reserve on defense that finished third in the NFL in yards allowed per game, the team's second-highest ranking ever behind the 2002 unit that ranked second...Member of punt coverage unit that ranked fifth in opponents' punt return average...Split time between safety and linebacker...POSTSEASON: Played in all three contests...Contributed four tackles and one sack...Notched one special teams tackle...Vs. New Orleans (9/11): Made first NFL start in season opener...Started at strong safety...Only rookie starter...Vs. New England (9/18): Tackled Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for first NFL sack...At Arizona (10/9): Forced fumble by Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin...Fumble recovered and returned 24 yards by Ken Lucas to set up touchdown that narrowed Cardinals lead to 20-17...At New Orleans (12/18): Forced fumble on special teams...Vs. Atlanta (12/4): Received significant action on defense...Registered a half-sack of Falcons quarterback Michael Vick...NFC Wild Card at New York Giants (1/8): Produced sack of Giants quarterback Eli Manning...Part of defensive effort that held scoreless a Giants offense that ranked third in the NFL in points per game...Panthers became the first team to register a shutout on the road in the playoffs since 1980 when the Los Angeles Rams posted a 9-0 victory at Tampa Bay (1/5/80) in the 1979 NFC championship...Carolina shutout was third in team history, matching 24-0 victory versus Tampa Bay (12/1/96) and 13-0 win at New Orleans (10/19/97).

COLLEGE
Versatile performer played in 39 games with 25 starts at free safety and linebacker for Georgia...Entered the draft following junior season...Ended career with 272 tackles, 10.5 sacks and three interceptions...Helped the Bulldogs post 10 or more victories in three consecutive seasons and win three bowl games...2004 (Jr.): First-team All-SEC selection and first-team All-America by The Sporting News and the American Football Coaches Association...Started 10 games at free safety...Led the team in tackles for the second consecutive season with 81...Gathered three sacks, three forced fumbles and one interception...Semifinalist for the Bednarik Award, given to the nation's top defensive player...Registered seven tackles and forced two fumbles versus LSU...Notched eight tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble against Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl...2003 (So.): Entered season at linebacker but injuries in the secondary forced him to shift to safety before the season opener...Ranked first on the Bulldogs with a career-high 138 tackles...Recorded 4.5 sacks and 12 quarterback pressures...Recipient of the team's Iron Man Award, presented to a player who shows up every day for work, is never late and strains his potential in every endeavor...Contributed to defense that finished second nationally in scoring defense, fourth in total defense and sixth in passing defense...Corralled 11 tackles and one sack versus South Carolina...Posted seven tackles, two sacks and one fumble recovery and returned a blocked punt for a touchdown versus Alabama...2002 (Fr.): Appeared in all 14 contests with four starts, two at free safety and two at outside linebacker...Totaled 61 tackles, three sacks, 11 quarterback pressures, three fumble recoveries and one interception...Made first career start versus Clemson and responded with seven tackles...Collected his first career interception at Alabama...2001: Redshirted as a true freshman.

PERSONAL
Attended Randolph-Clay HS in Shellman, Ga....Majored in consumer economics at Georgia.

 

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