5  D.A. Griffin
D.A. Griffin

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Millbrook, AL

High School:
Stanhope Elmore HS

Last College:
Itawamba CC

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 200

Position:
DB

Birthdate:
01/09/1988

Experience:
2L


Career & 2010 Highlights:


Signed with the Tigers in mid-March 2008 after transferring from Itawamba CC...Selected as a 2008 All-Conference USA Honorable Mention...Played in all 13 games, starting at corner in the final 11 straight meetings...Ended the season ranked 53rd nationally in punt return average, with a mark of 8.3 yards per return...Ranked second in C-USA in punt return average...Closed out the season ranked fourth on the team in tackles with 64, and was tied for second on the team in pass breakups with four...Returned at least one punt in eight games and registered at least one kickoff return in five games...Credited with a tackle in all 13 games, and tallied at least five tackles in six games...Logged his first 100-yard return game with 107 yards on six kickoff returns versus USF in the bowl game...Totaled 100-plus all-purpose yards in the final three games of the season...Opened the 2009 season as a first-team selection on the preseason All-C-USA Team as a kick returner...Played in eight of 12 games, with eight starts in the secondary...Missed the final four games of the season with an injury...Finished second on the team in pass breakups (6)...Ranked second on the team in punt return yards (19), punt returns (6) and punt return average (3.2)...Tied for fourth on the team in special teams tackles with five, and fourth in kickoff return tackles with five...Tied for eighth on the team in tackles with 42...Also had 28 solo tackles and a forced fumble...Had a 19-game starting streak end against Tennessee when he missed the game with an injury...Logged a pass breakup in five of his last nine games played and totaled seven in the span...Ranks second in school history in career kickoff returns with 59 and fourth in return yards with 1,162...Although only returning kicks in seven of 12 games, his 39 kickoff returns and his 748 return yards in 2010 ranks second in the school's season record books...Had five 100-yard kickoff return games in 2010 (Southern Miss-128, Houston-145, Marshall-100, UAB-118, UCF-100)...Tied for second in school history with eight kickoff returns against Houston...As a senior, led the team with six pass breakups and passes defended...Also led the team with 39 kick returns for 748 yards and averaged 19.2 yards per return...Ranked second on the team with 748 all purpose yards and averaged 62.3 yards per game (748 kr)...Posted five or more tackles in 14 of 33 career games...Finished career with 33 punt returns for 209 yards, as well as 59 kick returns for 1,162 yards...Was presented the Black and Blue Award at the 2010 team banquet.

2009:


Opened the season as a first-team selection on the preseason All-C-USA Team as a kick returner...Played in eight of 12 games, with eight starts in the secondary...Missed the final four games of the season with an injury...Finished second on the team in pass breakups (6)...Ranked second on the team in punt return yards (19), punt returns (6) and punt return average (3.2)...Tied for fourth on the team in special teams tackles with five, and fourth in kickoff return tackles with five...Tied for eighth on the team in tackles with 42...Also had 28 solo tackles and a forced fumble...Had a 19-game starting streak end against Tennessee when he missed the game with an injury...Logged a pass breakup in five of his last nine games played and totaled seven in the span...Started in the season opener against Ole Miss at cornerback and finished with seven tackles, including five solo stops...Made a career best two pass breakups against the Rebels...One of his breakups came on third down in the third quarter to force a punt...Racked up six solo tackles and a pass breakup on third down against MTSU...Matched his career high in pass breakups with two against UT Martin along with six tackles...Entered the game on offense in the second quarter and had his first career pass completion for 14 yards to Duke Calhoun...Made five tackles against Marshall, including four solo stops...Forced a Darius Marshall fumble in the second quarter that was recovered by Memphis...Registered four tackles with three solo stops against UCF...Also had his first kick return of the season for 17 yards...Had one pass breakup and a solo tackle against UTEP...Also returned one kick for 14 yards...Made four tackles against Southern Miss with all four on stops of five yards or less...Recorded a season high nine tackles against East Carolina...Two of his assisted tackles held the Pirates short of the first down marker on third down...Did not play against Tennessee, UAB, Houston and Tulsa due to an injury...Had surgery on his ankle following spring practice.

2008:


Signed with the Tigers in mid-March 2008 as a transfer from Itawamba Community College...Selected as a 2008 All-Conference USA Honorable Mention...Played in all 13 games, starting at corner in the final 11 straight meetings...Ended the season ranked 53rd nationally in punt return average, with a mark of 8.3 yards per return...Ranked second in C-USA in punt return average...Closed out the season ranked fourth on the team in tackles with 64, and was tied for second on the team in pass breakups with four...Returned at least one punt in eight games and registered at least one kickoff return in five games...Credited with a tackle in all 13 games, and tallied at least five tackles in six games...Logged his first 100-yard return game with 107 yards on six kickoff returns versus USF in the bowl game...Totaled 100-plus all-purpose yards in the final three games of the season...Made his Memphis debut in the season opener against Ole Miss on the defense and had three tackles...Registered three solo tackles on both special teams and in the Tiger secondary against Rice...Made his first career start versus Marshall at cornerback, and led the team with nine tackles, including eight assisted stops...Made his second career start at cornerback in the Nicholls State game, and registered one solo tackle in the game...Tied for the team lead with nine tackles, four of which were solo stops, against Arkansas State...Combined with Corey Mills in the third quarter for a tackle for a loss of three yards on 3rd-and-3...Broke up a pass on third down in the third quarter...Forced a Corey Leonard fumble that was recovered by Memphis to open the fourth quarter...Returned his first career punt for seven yards against the Red Wolves...Against UAB, tied for second on the team with eight tackles, including five solo stops...Assisted on a tackle to stop the Blazers on 3rd-and-goal and forced a field goal in the first quarter...Broke up a pass in the end zone in the second quarter...Made two tackles on third down short of the first down marker...Returned one punt for a season high 20 yards...Had a career-high five punt returns for a total of 26 yards versus Louisville...Credited with five tackles, including an assisted stop for a loss of four yards against East Carolina...Recovered a fumble forced by Lester Lawson in the second quarter, and returned it 10 yards to the ECU 28...Returned kickoffs for the first time and had 95 yards on four returns, with a long of 28...Registered a career-high 10 tackles, seven of which were solo stops, against Southern Miss...Returned four punts for 46 yards with a season-long 30-yard return...Averaged 11.5 yards per punt return...Broke up an Austin Davis pass in the fourth quarter...Registered five kick returns for 89 yards, with a long of 33 yards, versus UCF...Also returned five punts for 38 yards and a 7.6 yard return average...One of his three tackles in the game was on third down in the first quarter for no gain to force a punt...Totaled 109 all-purpose yards on special teams against Tulane...Returned two kickoffs for 75 yards and had four punt returns for 34 yards...Also recovered a blocked Green Wave field goal in the second quarter and returned it 19 yards...Returned a Memphis season long kick 50 yards to the Tulane 45 in the third quarter that resulted in a Tiger touchdown on the ensuing drive...Totaled three solo tackles in a start at cornerback...Credited with six tackles, including five solo stops, in the St. Petersburg Bowl...Also logged a pass breakup in the game...Registered five kickoff returns of double digit yardage, including long returns of 19, 24 and 25 yards en route to his first 100-yard return game...Tallied 107 yards on six kick returns against USF.

Junior College:


Lettered two seasons as a wide receiver and kick returner for coach Jeff Terrill at Itawamba Community College...Had his 2007 season cut short when he broke his sternum in the second game of the season versus Co-Lin...Caught a game-high eight passes for 110 yards before leaving the game...ICC finished the season at 8-2 and advanced to the MACJC playoffs for the fourth straight season...Totaled 15 receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown in his first two games...Played in seven games as a freshman and was in the top 10 nationally in receiving yards...Named an honorable mention All-American and was an all-state honoree while at ICC...Ended the 2006 season with 25 receptions for 331 yards and a touchdown.

Prep:


Prepped at Stanhope Elmore High School for coach Jeff Foache...Was a four-year starter as a receiver and defensive back...Squad advanced to the state semifinals twice...Was an all-state and all-metro honoree...One of his top performances was against Heweytown High when he logged eight receptions for 250 yards and three touchdowns...Also played baseball at SEHS and helped his squad to a state championship his senior season...Was an all-state pick as an outfielder.

Personal:


D.A. Griffin is the son of Maurice and Audrey Griffin..Born January 9, 1988, in Dayton, Ohio.

Griffin's Career Defensive Statistics
YR G/S UT AT TOT PD FR FF TFL SK INT
2008 13/11 37 27 64 4 1-10 1 2.5-7 0-0 0-0
2009 8/8 28 14 42 6 0-0 1 0-0 0-0 0-0
2010 12/10 16 18 34 6 0-0 0 1.5-4 0-0 0-0
TOTAL 33/29 81 59 140 16 1-10 2 2.5-7 0-0 0-0

Griffin's Career Punt Return Statistics
YR G NO YDS TD LG AVG
2008 13 23 190 0 30 8.3
2009 8 6 19 0 16 3.2
2010 12 4 0 0 4 0.0
TOTAL 33 33 209 0 30 6.3

Griffin's Kick Return Statistics
YR G NO YDS TD LG AVG
2008 13 18 383 0 50 21.3
2009 8 2 31 0 17 15.5
2010 12 39 748 0 35 19.2
TOTAL 33 59 1162 0 50 19.7

Griffin's Career Highs
Tackles 10 (vs. Southern Miss, 2008)
Solo Tackles 7 (vs. Southern Miss, 2008)
Assisted Tackles 8 (at Marshall, 2008)
Tackles For Loss 1.5 (at Marshall, 2008)
Fumble Recoveries 1 (at East Carolina, 2008)
Forced Fumbles 1 (2x; last vs. Marshall, 2009)
Pass Breakups 2 (2x; last vs. UT Martin, 2009)
Punt Returns 5 (2x; vs. UCF, 2008)
Punt Return Yards 46 (vs. Southern Miss, 2008)
Long Punt Return 30 (vs. Southern Miss, 2008)
Kick Returns 8 (vs. Houston, 2010)
Kick Return Yards 145 (vs. Houston, 2010)
Long Kick Return 50 (vs. Tulane, 2008)

Griffin's Game-By Game Defense
Defense Opponent UT AT TT TFL SK FR PBU INT
8/30/08 Ole Miss 2 1 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
9/6/08 Rice 3 0 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
9/13/08* Marshall 1 8 9 1.5-3 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
9/20/08* Nicholls State 1 0 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
9/27/08* Arkansas St. 4 5 9 0.5-2 0-0 0-0 1 0-0
10/2/08* UAB 5 3 8 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0-0
10/10/08* Louisville 1 1 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
10/18/08* East Carolina 2 3 5 0.5-2 0-0 1-10 0 0-0
10/25/08* Southern Miss 7 3 10 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0-0
11/8/08* SMU 2 0 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
11/22/08* UCF 1 2 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
11/29/08* Tulane 3 0 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
12/20/08* USF 5 1 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0-0
9/6/09* Ole Miss 5 2 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 0-0
9/12/09* MTSU 6 0 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0-0
9/19/09* UT Martin 4 2 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 0-0
9/26/09* Marshall 4 1 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
10/3/09* UCF 3 1 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
10/10/09* UTEP 1 0 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0-0
10/17/09* Southern Miss 2 2 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
10/27/09* East Carolina 3 6 9 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
11/7/09 Tennessee Injured-Did Not Play
11/14/09 UAB Injured-Did Not Play
11/21/09 Houston Injured-Did Not Play
11/27/09 Tulsa Injured-Did Not Play
9/4/10* Mississippi St. 2 3 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 0-0
9/11/10 East Carolina 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0
9/18/10 MTSU 1 1 2 .5-0 0-0 0 1 0-0
9/25/10* UTEP 1 2 3 1.0-4 0-0 0 1 0-0
10/2/10* Tulsa 1 4 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 0-0
10/9/10* Louisville 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0
10/16/10* Southern Miss 4 0 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 0-0
10/30/10* Houston 1 3 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0
11/6/10* Tennessee 1 0 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0
11/13/10* Marshall 3 1 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0
11/20/10* UAB 0 1 1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0-0
11/27/10* UCF 2 3 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0

Griffin's Game-By-Game Punt Return
Punt Return Opponent NO YDS TD LG AVG
9/27/08 Arkansas St. 1 7 0 7 7.0
10/2/08 UAB 1 20 0 20 20.0
10/10/08 Lousiville 5 26 0 12 5.2
10/18/08 East Carolina 1 3 0 3 3.0
10/25/08 Southern Miss 4 46 0 30 11.5
11/8/08 SMU 2 16 0 15 8.0
11/22/08 UCF 5 38 0 15 7.6
11/29/08 Tulane 4 34 0 14 8.5
12/20/08 USF 0 0 0 0 0.0
9/6/09 Ole Miss 2 19 0 16 9.5
9/12/09 MTSU 3 0 0 3 0.0
9/19/09 UT Martin 1 0 0 0 0.0
10/9/10 Louisville 1 0 0 0 0.0
11/13/10 Marshall 2 1 0 4 0.5
11/27/10 UCF 1 -1 0 0 -1.0

Griffin's Game-By-Game Kick Return
Kick Return Opponent NO YDS TD LG AVG
10/18/08 East Carolina 4 95 0 28 23.8
10/25/08 Southern Miss 1 17 0 17 17.0
11/22/08 UCF 5 89 0 33 17.8
11/29/08 Tulane 2 75 0 50 37.5
12/20/08 USF 6 107 0 25 17.8
10/3/09 UCF 1 17 0 17 17.0
10/10/09 UTEP 1 14 0 14 14.0
10/9/10 Louisville 3 68 0 29 22.6
10/16/10 Southern Miss 5 128 0 32 25.6
10/30/10 Houston 8 145 0 26 18.1
11/6/10 Tennessee 6 89 0 19 14.8
11/13/10 Marshall 5 100 0 11 20.0
11/20/10 UAB 6 118 0 35 19.6
11/27/10 UCF 6 100 0 22 16.7
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