45  DeMorrio Shank
DeMorrio Shank

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
LaGrange, GA

High School:
LaGrange HS

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 225

Position:
Linebacker

Experience:
3L


Moved to inside linebacker to replace Kamal Shakir and locked down the starters role in spring drills ...Gives the Tiger defense a veteran player to replace Shakir ... Had four tackles in the Blue-Gray game ...

2000: Suffered a broken bone in his right foot during fall camp and missed the entire 2000 season ... Was able to redshirt during the season and has one year of eligibility remaining ... Spent the fall working in the training room and in the weight room to maintain conditioning for the 2001 season ... Returns to his "sam" linebacker spot after having started all 11 games of the 1999 season ... Had eight tackles and two quarterback sacks in the spring scrimmages ...

1999: Started all 11 games for the Tigers at outside linebacker in 1999 ... Was the team's fifth leading tackler in 1999 ... Registered 65 total tackles, including 31 solo stops, two tackles for lost yardage, one quarterback sack, one fumble recovery, four pass breakups and five quarterback hurries ... Had five stops in the opening game of the season against Ole Miss ... Produced eight tackles and one tackle for lost yardage in the Mississippi State contest ... Recorded 10 tackles and a fumble recovery in the Missouri game ... Was credited with six tackles and a quarterback sack in the win over UAB and also had six tackles against Southern Mississippi ... Top performance of the season was an 11 tackle effort in Memphis' win over Army ... Was listed as the starter at Stinger linebacker this fall ... Will work with Michael Boatman and James Bailey ... Was credited with 11 tackles and one quarterback sack in spring drills ...

1998: A starter at outside linebacker in all 11 games for the Tigers in 1998 ... Was the squad's fifth leading tackler with 63 total tackles ... Opened the season with five tackles against Ole Miss and also tallied five tackles against Mississippi State and Minnesota ... Had nine hits in the Houston game, blocked a kick and recovered two fumbles ... Both recoveries led to Tiger scores ... Was credited with nine tackles in the Tulane game and ended the season with 11 tackles in the East Carolina contest ... Had a season high seven solos against the Pirates ... Was also credited with two quarterback sacks against ECU ... Finished the season with 63 tackles including 35 solo stops, two sacks, two fumble recoveries, three pass breakups and one blocked kick ...Worked as the backup to Caspor Stiles this fall ... Was credited with 10 tackles in spring scrimmages ...

1997: Earned his first letter as a true freshman ... Became a regular member of the Tiger special teams at the start of the season ... Had his first career tackle as a linebacker in the Michigan State game ... Also registered one stop in the win over Houston as a linebacker ... Was forced into action in the season finale against Southern Mississippi due to injuries to Pat Stiles and Kamal Shakir ... Recorded a team-leading 14 tackles against the Golden Eagles ... Had five tackles, one assist and one caused fumble as a member of the Tiger special teams ...

Prep: A three-year starter at linebacker at LaGrange High School ... Was a four-year letterwinner at LaGrange ... Recorded 98 tackles in 1996 to lead the defensive unit ... Helped his team to an 11-1 record in 1996 ... Defense gave up just 67 points in 10 games ... Rated by Forrest Davis Recruiting Magazine as an impact player ... Was named to the all-area team in 1996 ... Was also named to the All-Columbus team ... Twice won the school's Iron Man Award ... Was clocked at 4.5 in the 40-yard dash ... Also lettered in wrestling and baseball ... Was the region wrestling champion in 1996 ... Played for coach Steve Pardue ...

Born: 5/26/79 ... Is the son of George and Vinnie Shank.

Shank's Statistics

Defense G/S UT AT Tot. FR Int Loss Sack
1997 11/0 5 14 19 0 0 0-0 0-0
1998 11/10 35 28 63 2 0 2-14 2-14
1999 11/11 31 34 65 1 0 2-10 1-3
2000 - - - - - - - - - - redshirted - - - - - - - - - -
Total 33/21 71 76 147 3 0 4-24 3-17

Shank's Career Highs

Most Tackles/Game: 14 vs Southern Mississippi ('97)
Most Solo Tackles/Game: 7 vs East Carolina ('98)
Most Assisted Tackles/Game: 13 vs Southern Mississippi ('97)
Most Fumble Recoveries/Game: 2 vs Houston ('98)
Most Tackles for Lost Yardage/Game: 1 twice ('99)
Most Quarterback Sacks/Game: 1 vs UAB ('99)

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