65  Artis Hicks
Artis Hicks

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Jackson, TN

High School:
Central Merry, HS

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 295

Position:
Offensive Tackle

Experience:
3L


A returning three-year starter and letter-winner ... Will help anchor the offensive line this fall ...

2000: Lettered for the third consecutive season while starting every game for the Tigers during the 2000 season ... Started at left tackle and opened the season working 63-of-76 snaps in 120 degree field level heat against Mississippi State ... Played 71-of-75 snaps in the Tigers' win over Louisiana-Monroe ... Worked all 66 snaps in Memphis' road win over Arkansas State ... Did not miss a snap in the Southern Mississippi, East Carolina and UAB games ... Came out for one play in the Houston contest ... Played every snap in the Tennessee, Cincinnati and Tulane games to end the season ... Worked a total of 762 of the team's 785 offensive plays in 2000 ... A veteran lineman for the Tigers ... Returns to his left offensive tackle slot after starting all 11 games last year ... Battled with ankle injuries in the spring ...

1999: Was the Tigers' starter at tackle in all 11 games of the 1999 season ... Did not miss a snap during the first two games of the season ... Played all 62 snaps of the Ole Miss game ... Also played all 59 snaps against Mississippi State ... Sat out the final 12 plays of the Arkansas State win ... Played every play of the Tennessee, Missouri and UAB contests ... Also played every offensive down of the Southern Mississippi and Army games ... Finished the season playing 685 of the team's 734 total snaps ... Was moved from last year's position of offensive guard to a tackle position in the spring of 1998 ... Enters the fall as the starter at quick tackle ... Started 10 games in 1998 as a strong guard ...

1998: Earned his first varsity letter while becoming a starter as a freshman ... Was the starter at quick guard for 10 of the Tigers 11 games ... Opened the season as a starter against Ole Miss anad played 48 of 59 total snaps in the Ole Miss game ... Went 56 plays in the Mississippi State contest ... Went 66 plays against Minnesota ... Was in on 58 of 60 total plays in the Arkansas game and appeared in a season high 77 snaps in the Louisville contest ... Started every game but the Houston game ... For his play in 1998 was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team in 1998 ... Was named to The Sporting News Freshman All-America team in 1998 ...Moved into a starting guard slot in spring drills ... Was very impressive in spring practice and was a regular this fall ... Showed impressive speed and blocking ability in spring practice ...

1997: Was redshirted ... Spent the fall working with the offensive scout team against the number one defense ... Also worked in the weight room during the off-season to gain in size and strength ... Practiced behind Travis Whitaker and Ben Gleason at right guard in the fall of 1997 ... Was used as an offensive guard in spring practice ...

Prep: Played both offensive and defensive tackle at Central-Merry ... Played for Jackson Central-Merry for four years and started for three seasons ... Helped team to a record of 7-4 in 1996 ... Was named to the All-West Tennessee Team (2nd) as an offensive tackle ... Was named to the All-Tennessee 5A (2nd) team as an offensive tackle in 1996 ... Was named to the All-Region 7-5A Team (honorable mention) as an offensive lineman ... Also lettered in track ... Threw the shot put and discus for the track team ... Played for coach Rick Collins ...

Born: 11/28/78 ... Is the son of Jean and Artis Hicks.

Hicks' Statistics

Year Games/Starts Snaps/Total Snaps
1997 - - - - - - - - redshirted - - - - - - - -
1998 11/10 569/716
1999 11/11 685/734
2000 11/11 762/785
Totals 33/32 2016/2235
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