Career Summary: Enrolled at Memphis in Aug. `05 as a transfer from Ole Miss...Used `05 season as a redshirt year...Started in 10 of 11 games in `06...Registered four tackles and forced a fumble against Tennessee...Had six tackles against ASU, including assisting on two sacks...Began having problems with shoulder and totaled five tackles in next four games...Ended season ranked 10th in tackles...Played in all but the Jacksonville St. game in `07, and started against Marshall at left end...Registered 23 tackles, one interception, a fumble recovery and a sack in `07...Logged first career fumble recovery against ASU...Recorded first career INT versus UAB at Memphis 34, and made a 9-yd return...Registered season-high five tackles against SMU, with a career-best four solos...Received one of the spring MVP awards prior to `08 Blue-Gray Game.
2008 Highlights Played in all 13 games, with 11 starts at left end...Served as one of the team captains, and started against Ole Miss...Assisted on a sack for a loss of a yard...Logged a season-high five tackles versus ASU...Assisted on a sack in the 1st quarter...Posted three tackles on third down to force ASU punts...Matched a season-high with five tackles and four assisted stops against UCF.
Notable:Earned his bachelor's degree in finance in May `08...Was working on his master's degree in finance during his final year of eligibility.
2007: Played in all but the Jacksonville State game and started against Marshall at left end...Aggressive defender who registered 23 tackles, one interception, a fumble recovery and a sack in 2007... Assisted on one tackle in the season opener with Ole Miss...Injured his shoulder in the game and missed the Jacksonville State contest the following week...Made two solo tackles, including a tackle for a loss of eight yards against UCF...Dropped UCF's Phillip Smith for a loss of eight yards in the third quarter to bring up 2nd-and-18...Knights turned the ball over on a fumble the next play...Credited with three tackles, including a sack, against Arkansas State...Came up with the key sack late in the second quarter to force ASU to turn the ball over on downs the next play...Logged his first career fumble recovery when he landed on the ball jolted by Greg Terrell at the ASU 49 in the third quarter...Made his first start of the season against Marshall and had one tackle...Registered two tackles against Middle Tennessee and a pass breakup against Rice...The breakup led to a Rice punt two plays later...Tallied three assisted tackles versus Tulane...Aided Quinton McCrary in a stop that led to a loss of four yards for the Green Wave...Tallied two stops versus East Carolina and one against Southern Miss...Logged his first career interception against UAB at the Memphis 34-yard line and made a nine-yard return...Registered a season-high five tackles against SMU, which included a career-best four solo stops...Credited with two assisted tackles in the New Orleans Bowl.
2006: A steady defender who was a key component in the Tiger defensive front...Started in 10 of the 11 games he played in 2006...Faced some of his former teammates in the season opener versus Ole Miss and logged two tackles and a pass breakup...Credited with one tackle, which was for a loss of a yard against Chattanooga...Also tallied a quarterback hurry in that meeting...Tallied a solo tackle and a pass breakup in the following game versus East Carolina...Registered four tackles, three of which were solo stops, versus Tennessee...Forced a fumble that was recovered by Rubio Phillips in the second quarter against the Vols...Credited with five tackles in the UAB meeting...Continued to up his season high with a six-tackle effort against Arkansas State...Assisted on two sacks of ASU's Corey Leonard that resulted in losses of 16 total yards...Began having problems with his shoulder and totaled five tackles in his next four games...Struggled with a nagging shoulder injury throughout the latter part of the season...Was a defensive spark against Houston with five tackles, a sack and a forced fumble...Sacked Houston signal caller Kevin Kolb on 2nd-and-8 for a loss of six yards that took the Cougars out of the redzone...Forced UH's Roy Otis to cough up the ball on Houston's first drive of the third quarter...Fumble was recovered by Clinton McDonald...Did not make the trip with the team to UTEP because of shoulder injury and had surgery on November 30 to repair damage...Ended the season ranked 10th for the Tigers in tackles with 29 and tied for the lead with two forced fumbles...Continued his rehabilitation with the athletic training and strength staffs during spring workouts.
2005: Enrolled at Memphis in August 2005 and was unable to practice with the team...Joined the Tigers for spring workouts and provided much-needed depth to the defensive line...Used the 2005 season as his redshirt year.
Academic Highlights Named to Tiger 3.0 Club for both fall and spring semesters in 2006.
Ole Miss: Played in two games as a freshman in 2004, but was hampered by a groin injury...Also was a member of the Rebel track team...Chose to leave Ole Miss in August 2005 and transferred to Memphis.
Prep: A three-year letterwinner for Coach Kevin Locastro at Christian Brothers High School...Earned SuperPrep All-America honors as a defensive lineman as well as PrepStar All-America accolades as one of the nation's Top 300 players...Selected Tennessee Top 12 by Forrest Davis Football Recruiting Annual...Made SuperPrep Dixie Team, ranking No. 2 in the state of Tennessee...Rated 35th among the nation's defensive tackles by Rivals.com...Rated No. 3 on Rivals.com Tennessee Top 10...Named the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association Division 2 Mr. Football Lineman of the Year...Selected as an Associated Press First-Team All-State selection and Super Southern 100 choice by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a senior...Named the West Tennessee Prep Player of the Year after completing his final season... Was the only player from the state of Tennessee to be named to the Orlando Sentinel's 2003 All-Southern Football Team...Ranked by Tom Lemming, of ESPN.com, as the nation's 15th-best "outside rusher"... Also tabbed as a 2003 Mobile Register Super Southeast Top 120 honoree...Ranked No. 1 on The Commercial Appeal's Shelby-Metro Area "Most Wanted" list...Led Christian Brothers to a 9-2 record and a Tennessee state semifinals appearance during his senior season...Registered 72 tackles his senior year, including 18.5 tackles for loss yardage and eight sacks...Also logged three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and an interception...As a junior, was selected Defensive Player of the Year by The Commercial Appeal...Completed his prep career with 137 tackles and 21 sacks...Also lettered four years in track...Was a two-time state champion in the discus and was the state champion in the shot as a junior.
Personal: Corey Michael Mills is the son of Herbert and Lisa Bridges...Born May 21, 1986.
Mills' Career Highs Most Tackles: 6 vs. Arkansas State (`06) Most Solo Tackles: 4 vs. SMU (`07) Most Assisted Tackles: 5 vs. Arkansas State (`06) Most Pass Breakups: 1 three times, last vs. Rice (`07) Most Interceptions: 1 vs. UAB (`07) Most Fumble Recoveries: 1 vs. Arkansas State (`07) Most Tackles For Loss: 1, five times, last vs. ASU (`07) Most Forced Fumbles: 1 vs. Tennessee, Houston (`06)