3  T.J. Pitts
T.J. Pitts

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Gainesville, GA

High School:
North Hall HS

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 215

Position:
RB

Birthdate:
04/07/1986

Experience:
2L


2009:


Played in 10 of 12 games with one start at running back...Ranks second on the team in rushing yards (343), carries (83) and third in average yards per rushing carry (4.1)...Averaging 34.3 yards rushing per game on 8.3 attempts...27 of his 83 rushes have been for first downs...Had two runs of 20 yards or more...Also had two receptions for eight yards...Returned in the season opener against Ole Miss after missing all of 2008 with an injury...Rushed six times for 16 yards against the Rebels with a long carry of 12 yards...Led the team with 40 yards rushing on nine attempts against Middle Tennessee...Second on the team with 50 yards rushing on 10 attempts against UT Martin...Served as one of the team captains in the game...Started for the first time since 9/15/07 against Marshall and was the team's second leading rusher in the game with 42 yards on nine attempts...Had two runs of 10 or more yards with a long of 12...Sat out the UCF and UTEP game with an injury...Returned against Southern Miss and had 33 yards rushing on seven attempts with a season long run of 21 yards...Second on the team with 22 yards rushing on six attempts against East Carolina...Had a season high 12 runs for 44 yards against Tennessee and also made an eight-yard reception...Had five of his 12 rushes go for first downs...Had one run for a yard against UAB...Had a season best 54 yards rushing on 12 attempts against Houston with a long run of 20 yards...Rushed for 41 yards on 11 carries against Tulsa.

2008:


Did not see action in games during the 2008 season while continuing to rehab a severe ankle injury suffered in the 2007 New Orleans Bowl...Was back out on the field fully in the spring, and is expected to add depth to the ground game during the 2009 season.

2007:


Played in 11 of 13 games and started against Jacksonville State for Joseph Doss who was injured...Finished the season second on the team in rushing yards with 481...Was one of just two Tigers with 100-plus carries in `07, totaling 106...Averaged 43.7 yards rushing per game and 9.6 carries...Tallied 10 or more rushing attempts in seven games... Totaled 50 or more yards five times in 2007...Opened the season with 10 carries for 39 yards against Ole Miss...Saw most of his action in the second half against the Rebels...Had a long run of 15 yards in the third quarter to extend a drive that ultimately led to a Tiger touchdown...Made his second career start against Jacksonville State and rushed 11 times for a then-career high 52 yards...Ran for 49 yards on 11 carries against Arkansas State...Registered a long run of 19 yards versus the Indians in the third quarter to get the Tigers past midfield...Totaled 14 carries in back-to-back games versus Marshall and Middle Tennessee....Led the team in rushing against Marshall with 57 yards...Also caught two passes in the MTSU game for two yards...Rushed for 13 yards on four carries against Rice...All four carries were in the Tigers' second drive of the game...Came up with a crucial one-yard gain on 4th-and-1 from the Rice 23-yard line to extend the drive...Moved Memphis to the Rice 13-yard line with a five-yard run...The Tigers scored a touchdown two plays later...Suffered an ankle injury and missed the Tulane and East Carolina games...Entered the game in the fourth quarter against Southern Miss and had an 11-yard carry...Registered career highs in yardage in consecutive games versus UAB and SMU...Totaled 71 yards on 13 carries against the Blazers...Logged his first 100-yard game with a career-high 112 yards in the triple overtime win over SMU...Rushed for his first TD of the season; the second of his career, when he broke loose up the middle on a 25-yard score with 4:50 left in the third quarter...The 25-yard run tied his career high for long runs...The 19 attempts in the game was also a career high...Helped the Tigers get in field goal range with an 11-yard carry in the first overtime period...Also came up with a crucial seven-yard gain in the final overtime period that gave Memphis 1st-and-goal from the SMU 10...Matt Reagan booted the 32-yard FG two plays later for the Tiger victory... Carried the ball just once for zero yardage in the New Orleans Bowl before leaving the game with a broken ankle...Had three surgeries to repair his ankle and was forced to miss spring practice.

2006:


A young running back who showed marked improvement through the 2006 season...Did not play in the season opener against Ole Miss because of a pulled hamstring...Came in as a reserve against Chattanooga...Totaled six carries for 18 yards against the Mocs...Entered the game in the second quarter and posted a one-yard run on his first carry...Caught an eight-yard pass from Will Hudgens midway through the third quarter...Rushed for no gain on the very next play...Rushed four times in a single series in the fourth quarter versus the Mocs...Tallied long runs of nine yards and seven yards on that drive to set up a Tiger touchdown...Registered his first kick return of the season in the first quarter and logged a 35-yard return...Opened the third quarter with a 27-yard kickoff return...Rolled off 57 yards on three kickoff returns against East Carolina...Had a long return of 24 yards in that meeting...Logged his only start of the season in place of Joseph Doss against Tennessee...Had two carries for zero yardage versus the Vols...Did not carry the ball against UAB and Tulsa, but did tally two kick returns for 36 yards in the UAB contest...Missed the Arkansas State game after suffering a concussion on a kick return versus UAB...Had a season-high eight carries for 30 yards at Marshall...Came in during the third quarter and rushed for nine yards on his first carry...Had a run of three yards on 1st-and-goal from the 8-yard line...Carried the ball three times in the Tigers' next offensive drive of the third quarter that ultimately led to a UM touchdown...Also had a pair of two-yard gains in the fourth quarter...Recorded two carries for 10 yards with a long run of nine yards against Southern Miss...Did not play in the UCF or Houston contests...Came in as a reserve in the road victory over UTEP and showed improved field vision...Rushed three straight times, which included a season-high 25-yard run on 2nd-and-one from the UTEP 35-yard line...Gained five yards on the next play to get the ball to the 5-yard line and set up a four-yard run by Earnest Williams...Punched the ball in from the one and scored his first touchdown on his 22nd career carry...Ended the season with 22 rushes for 98 yards and a touchdown...Was one of just five Tigers to score from the run in 2006.

2005:


Redshirted as a true freshman in 2005...Was presented Offensive Scout Team MVP honors at the team banquet.

Academic Highlights:


Named to Tiger 3.0 Club for 2006 spring semester.

Prep:


Hails from Gainesville, Ga., which is Coach Tommy West's hometown...Prepped at North Hall High under coach Bob Christmas...Transferred from Baldwin High in Milledgeville, Ga., midway through his sophomore year...Rushed for 2,422 yards and 29 touchdowns as a senior...Helped squad to a 12-1 record and a Region 7-AAA title in 2004...Squad advanced to the state quarterfinals and won its first playoff game in school history...Ranked as the 36th-best running back in the country by Scout.com...The Gainesville Times named him Area Football Player of the Year two-straight years...Rushed for more than 4,200 yards in two seasons, and totaled 24 straight 100-yard rushing games...Scored a rushing touchdown in 23-straight games.

Personal:


Travias Jamel Pitts is the son of Patricia Pitts and Tracy Harold...Born April 7, 1986, in Clarksville, Ga.

Pitts' Career Rushing Statistics
YR G/S NO YDS AVG TDS LG
2006 8/1 22 98 4.5 1 25
2007 11/1 106 481 4.5 1 25
2009 10/1 83 343 4.1 0 21
TOTAL 29/3 211 922 4.4 2 25

Pitts' Career Kick Return Statistics
YR G/S NO YDS AVG TDS LG
2006 8/1 7 155 22.1 0 35
2007 11/1 0 0 0.0 0 0
2009 10/1 0 0 0.0 0 0
TOTAL 29/3 7 155 22.1 0 35

Pitts' Career Highs
Rushes 19 (vs. SMU 2007)
Rushing Yards 110 (vs. SMU 2007)
Longest Run 25 (UTEP 2006, SMU 2007)
Rushing Touchdowns 1 (UTEP 2006, SMU 2007)
Kickoff Returns 3 (East Carolina 2006)
Kickoff Return Yards 62 (Chattanooga2006)
Longest Kickoff Return 35 (Chattanooga 2006)

Pitts' Game-By Game
Rushing Opponent NO YDS AVG TDS LG
9/9/06 Chattanooga 6 18 3.0 0 9
9/16/06 East Carolina 0 0 0.0 0 0
9/30/06* Tennessee 2 0 0.0 0 1
10/7/06 UAB 0 0 0.0 0 0
10/21/06 Tulsa 0 0 0.0 0 0
10/28/06 Marshall 8 30 3.8 0 9
11/5/06 Southern Miss 2 10 5.0 0 9
11/25/06 UTEP 4 40 10.0 1 25
9/1/07 Ole Miss 10 39 3.9 0 15
9/15/07* JSU 11 52 4.7 0 13
9/22/07 UCF 8 30 3.8 0 10
9/27/07 Arkansas St. 11 49 4.5 0 19
10/2/07 Marshall 14 57 4.1 0 13
10/13/07 MTSU 14 49 3.5 0 9
10/20/07 Rice 4 13 3.3 0 5
10/27/07 Tulane INJ
11/3/07 East Carolina INJ
11/10/07 Southern Miss 1 11 11.0 0 11
11/17/07 UAB 13 71 5.5 0 12
11/24/07 SMU 19 110 5.8 1 25
12/21/07 Florida Atlantic 1 0 0.0 0 0
9/6/09 Ole Miss 6 16 2.7 0 12
9/12/09 MTSU 9 40 4.4 0 14
9/19/09 UT Martin 10 50 5.0 0 13
9/26/09* Marshall 9 42 4.7 0 12
10/3/09 UCF INJ
10/10/09 UTEP INJ
10/17/09 Southern Miss 7 33 4.7 0 21
10/27/09 East Carolina 6 22 3.7 0 9
11/7/09 Tennessee 12 44 3.7 0 9
11/14/09 UAB 1 1 1.0 0 1
11/21/09 Houston 12 54 4.5 0 20
11/27/09 Tulsa 11 41 3.7 0 10

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