48  Kamal Shakir
Kamal Shakir

Hometown:
Norcross, GA

High School:
Meadow Creek HS

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 235

Position:
Linebacker

Experience:
3L


A top honors candidate for the Tigers in 2000 ... Received the Glenn Jones 12th Man Award for the 1999 season ... Was the second leading tackler in Conference USA last season ... Enters fall camp as the starter at "mike" linebacker ... Had five tackles and two quarterback sacks in the first spring scrimmage ... Had seven stops, four tackles for lost yardage and one sack in the second scrimmage ... Had two tackles and two sacks in the Blue-Gray game in very limited action ...

1999: Was the Tigers' number one defensive player in 1999 ... Led the team in tackles and was ranked second in Conference USA in total tackles ... Finished the 1999 season with 143 total tackles, which included 87 solo hits, 12 tackles for lost yardage (-67 yards), six quarterback sacks, 15 quarterback hurries and three forced fumbles ... His 143 tackles are the seventh highest single season total in school history ... Started all 11 games at inside linebacker for the Tigers ... Logged double digit tackles in nine of the team's 11 games ... Opened the season with a team high 16 tackles in the Ole Miss game ... Had 10 tackles in the Mississippi State game and registered 13 tackles, two tackles for lost yardage and one quarterback sack in the win over Arkansas State ... Was named the team's Defensive Player of the Week for the ASU game ... Was credited with 11 tackles and a pass breakup in the Missouri contest and also tallied 11 tackles and a sack in the win over UAB ... Had perhaps his finest game of the season against Louisville ... Had 18 tackles (11 solos), three quarterback sacks (-37 yards) and six quarterback knockdowns against the C-USA foe ... Had a season and career high 20 tackles in the victory over Army and closed out the season with 17 tackles, three tackles for lost yardage and one sack in the win over Cincinnati ... Was second on the team in tackles for lost yardage and tied for second in quarterback sacks ... For his play was named to the All-Conference USA second team defense ... A returning all-American who is listed as number one at inside linebacker for the second consecutive year ... Was the Tiger starter in all 11 games last season ...

1998: Came back from Freshman all-America honors to start at middle linebacker for the Tigers ... Earned his second letter and became a leader on the Tiger defensive unit ... Was the team's leading tackler in 1998 ... Started at linebacker in all 11 games ... Opened the season with eight tackles in the Ole Miss game ... Was credited with seven hits in the Mississippi State game and logged two tackles for lost yardage (-15 yards) ... Had 10 stops in the win over Cincinnati and recovered his first fumble of the season ... Logged double-digit tackles in the final two games of the year ... Had 11 tackles in the Southern Mississippi game and had a season high 12 stops against East Carolina ... Had a season best eight solo tackles against ECU ... Had a team high eight quarterback hurries in 1998 and was credited with five pass blocks ... Finished the year with 87 total tackles including 54 solo stops, four tackles for lost yardage, one fumble recovery, eight quarterback hurries and five pass breakups ... Finished the spring with 16 tackles and one quarterback sack ...

1997: A redshirt freshman who became a starter at inside linebacker and earned national honors ... For his play he was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team and to The Sporting News Freshman All-America Team (1st team) ... Finished the season as the team's fourth leading tackler ... Was credited with 67 tackles, including 35 solo hits ... Also registered six tackles for lost yardage (-10 yards) and two pass breakups ... Was a starter in six games ... Missed the final game of the year with a severe ankle sprain ... Was also injured for the Louisville game but put himself into the contest after replacement Pat Stiles was hurt ... Opened the season with three tackles against Mississippi State ... Came in for Stiles in the Michigan State game and had six stops ... Was a starter for the first time in the Minnesota game and responded with eight tackles ... Had a season high 15 tackles in the Cincinnati contest ... Registered double-digit tackles in the Houston and Tulane games with 11 in each contest ...

1996: Was redshirted ... Spent the fall of 1996 working as a member of the defensive scout team ... Was named the co-Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year at the 1996 football banquet ...

Prep: A three-year starter at Meadowcreek High School ... Registered 154 tackles in ten games as a senior ... Averaged 15.4 tackles per game as a senior ... Registered 86 unassisted hits, 59 assisted stops and nine tackles on special teams ... Had five quarterback sacks, caused five fumbles and recovered one fumble ... Had two games in 1995 with more than 20 tackles ... Played outside linebacker and was used as a blocking back on offense ... Was twice named to the All-Gwinnette County all-star team ... Was also named to the All-Atlanta Metro Team in 1995 ... Also lettered in basketball and track ... Played forward on the basketball team and ran the 400 meters for the track team ... Was named the school's Outstanding Student for three consecutive years ... Was also a member of the Student Resolution team at Meadowcreek High School ...

Born: 4/17/78 ... Is the son of Ronnie Shakir ... Played for coach Tom Lozano.

SHAKIR'S STATISTICS

DefenseG/S UT AT Tot. FR Int Loss Sack
199710/6353267006-100-0
199811/11543387104-180-0
199911/1187571430012-676-54
Total32/281761222971022-956-54

SHAKIR'S CAREER HIGHS
Most Tackles/Game: 20 vs Army ('99)
Most Solo Tackles/Game: 12 vs Army ('99)
Most Assisted Tackles/Game: 8 three times ('99)
Most Tackles for Loss/Game: 3 vs Minnesota ('97) & Louisville (`99)
Most Quarterback Sacks/Game: 3 vs Louisville (`99)

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