26  Dustin Lopez
Dustin Lopez

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Hopkinsville, KY

High School:
Hopkinsville HS

Last College:
Minnesota West JC

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 192

Position:
Defensive Back

Experience:
3L


Career Summary: Played three seasons in the Tiger secondary after transferring from Minnesota West JC...Started 18 of the 31 contests he played in...Joined the starting lineup in the seventh game of his career and ended the 2004 season as the leader in interceptions with four and pass breakups with 11...Registered a career-high seven tackles versus Bowling Green in the GMAC Bowl...Also logged a career-best two interceptions in 2004 against East Carolina...Credited for a career-best four pass breakups in 2005 against UTEP.

2006: Started the first four games of the season at cornerback...Suffered a turf toe injury that sidelined him for four games...Saw limited action against Southern Miss and missed the UCF contest...Started the final two games against Houston and UTEP...Had two pass breakups and two tackles against the Miners.

2005: Returning starter at corner back who played in 11 of 12 games in 2005...Started the first five games of the season...Opened the 2005 season with three tackles and two pass breakups against Ole Miss...Saw limited action against Chattanooga with an illness...Returned for the Tulsa game and logged on assisted tackle against the Golden Hurricane...Credited with three tackles and four pass breakups in the win over UTEP... Logged two tackles against UCF and one stop and a pass breakup versus East Carolina...Equaled his season high with three tackles against UAB...Returned to the starting lineup for the Southern Miss meeting and added one tackle in the victory...Finished the season with 14 tackles and seven pass breakups.

2004: Came to the University of Memphis as a junior college transfer from West Minnesota JC in the spring of 2004, and participated in spring drills...Steadily improved, and moved into the starting lineup seven games into the season, replacing senior Cameron Essex...Became a starter at corner for the Cincinnati game and never relinquished the position...Worked with the Tiger special teams in the season-opening victory over Ole Miss...Played both defensive back and special teams in the Tigers' victory over Chattanooga...Credited with three tackles, including two solo stops in the win over the Mocs...Came in for injured starter Tristan Thomas against Arkansas State and took over at corner...Registered five tackles, one tackle for lost yardage and one pass breakup versus the Indians...Had one tackle in the win over Houston...Saw extended duty at cornerback in the win over Tulane ... Registered one tackle against the Green Wave, and recorded his first career pass interception as a Tiger...Returned his interception for 37 yards to set up a Tiger touchdown...Registered four tackles, including three solo stops in his first start against Cincinnati...Totaled four tackles against the Louisville Cardinals...Starter in the Southern Mississippi game and credited with two tackles, three pass breakups and one pass interception which came in the Tiger end zone and stopped a USM drive...Credited with six tackles, including five solos, in the Memphis win over East Carolina...Also tallied two tackles for lost yardage, two pass breakups and two pass interceptions which were returned for 35 yards...His first interception against ECU set up a Memphis touchdown...Had four tackles and two pass breakups in the Memphis win over USF in Tampa...Tallied a season-high seven tackles in the GMAC Bowl against Bowling Green...Completed the 2004 season with 37 total tackles, three tackles for lost yardage, four pass interceptions returned for 72 yards and 11 pass breakups...Was second in Conference USA in pass breakups, and third in interceptions.

2003: Played one season at Minnesota West Junior College...Led his BlueJay squad in pass interceptions with eight and had 90 yards in returns...Led the team in punt returns with 14 for 176 yards and one touchdown...Also led team in kickoff returns with 16 for 391 yards and two touchdowns...Averaged 24.4 yards per return and had a long return of 89 yards...Was ranked second on the team in all-purpose yards with an average of 71.7 yards per game...Was ranked seventh in tackles with 40, including 27 solo stops...Had four tackles for lost yardage, nine pass breakups, one fumble recovery returned for 60 yards and one forced fumble...Was an all-state selection at West Minnesota Junior College in 2003.

Prep: Lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track at Hopkinsville High and Todd County Central High...Transferred to HHS as a senior and helped his squad to an 11-4 record...Was a second team all-state selection as a senior and was named to the all-area team...Had 44 pass receptions for 938 yards and 10 touchdowns, and was credited with seven pass interceptions as a senior...Set a Todd County Central High record with seven touchdowns scored in a single game.

Personal: Dustin Michael Lopez is the son of Mike Lopez and Tracy Everett...Born January 9, 1985 in Hopkinsville, Ky.

LOPEZ'S CAREER STATISTICS
Tackles	G/S 	UT 	AT 	Tot. 	FR 	Int 	TFL	Sack
2004	12/6	21	16	37	0	4-72	3-8	0-0
2005	11/6	8	6	14	0	0-0	0-0	0-0
2006	8/6	10	4	14	0	0-0	2-8	0-0
Totals	31/18	39	26	65	0	4-72	5-16	0-0

LOPEZ'S CAREER HIGHS Most Tackles/Game: 7 vs Bowling Green St. (`04) Most Solo Tackles/Game: 5 vs East Carolina (`04) Most Assisted Tackles/Game: 5 vs Bowling Green St. (`04) Most Interceptions/Game: 2 vs East Carolina (`04) Most Tackles for Loss/Game: 2 vs East Carolina (`04) Most Pass Breakups/Game: 4 vs UTEP (`05)
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