7  Alton Starr
Alton Starr

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Decatur, GA

High School:
McNair HS

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 205

Position:
DB

Birthdate:
12/08/1986

Experience:
3L


2009:


Played in all 12 games in the Tiger secondary with 10 starts...Finished the season third on the team in forced fumbles (2)...Sixth on the team in tackles with 45 and fourth in solo stops with 32... Ranked tied for third on the team in sacks (2)...Recorded at least one tackle in his last 38 consecutive career games...Averaged 4.3 tackles per game...Also had three TFLs for a loss of 19 yards, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup...Saw limited action on special teams and the Tiger secondary in the season opener against Ole Miss after returning from an injury suffered against USF in the magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl last season...Assisted on one tackle against the Rebels...Made five solo tackles against Middle Tennessee and forced his first career fumble in the second quarter on a Phillip Tanner rush...Started his first game of the season at free safety against UT Martin and served as one of the team captains...Finished second on the team with seven tackles, including four solo...Forced a fumble for the second-straight game when he popped Cade Thompson for a sack of minus seven yards in the second quarter...Sack is a career first and the forced fumble is the second in his career...Recovered the fumble at the Memphis 34 for his second career fumble recovery and first of the season...Tigers scored three plays later...Started and had three tackles against Marshall...Made four tackles against UCF with three solo stops and a pass breakup on third down to force a Knights' field goal...Third on the team with six tackles against UTEP...Made three tackles against Southern Miss...Had six tackles against East Carolina...Had four tackles against Tennessee...Finished second on the team with a season best seven solo tackles against UAB, including one for a loss of three yards...Made two tackles against Houston...Logged three solo tackles against Tulsa, including a sack of G.J. Kinne for a loss of nine yards.

2008:


Was a 2008 All-Conference USA Honorable Mention selection...Started all 13 games at free safety...Finished the season ranked 17th in C-USA in tackles...Led the team in tackles with 90, and tied for second in pass breakups with four...Logged six TFL for minus 15 yards...Credited with an interception and a fumble recovery...Made 71 tackles in the last nine games, averaging 7.8 stops per game during the stretch...Registered five or more tackles in nine games, and logged double-digit stops in two contests...Has recorded at least one tackle in his last 26 consecutive career games...Started the season opener against Ole Miss at free safety and had seven tackles, including an assist on a tackle for loss...Credited with five tackles, including three solo stops, versus Rice...Had a pass breakup in the third quarter...Logged three solo tackles and a quarterback hurry versus Marshall...Had three solo tackles and one assisted tackle against Nicholls State...Was also credited with one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of two yards...Against Arkansas State, had eight tackles, including four solo stops...Made his second career interception on a Corey Leonard pass in the fourth quarter that led to a Memphis field goal...Logged 10 tackles, five of which were solo stops, versus UAB...Posted a tackle for a loss of three yards in the third quarter...Logged a career-best 14 tackles, with nine solo stops, in the Louisville game...Two tackles came on third down with one resulting in a punt and the other in a missed field goal...Eleven of his 14 tackles held Louisville to under 10 yards and four were gains of three yards or less...Recorded three solo stops versus East Carolina...Broke up a Patrick Pinkney pass on third down in the first quarter, forcing an ECU punt...Recovered a fumble on a Memphis punt at the ECU 7 that led to a Memphis touchdown...Logged eight tackles against Southern Miss...Six of the eight tackles came on gains of nine yards or less...Tied for the team lead with seven tackles, six of which were solo stops, versus SMU...Tackled quarterback Justin Willis for a loss of five yards on third down in the second quarter to force SMU to kick a 40-yard field goal...Broke up a pass on third down in the second quarter to force a punt...Four of his six tackles on defense were for gains short of a first down...Tied for the team lead in tackles with nine versus UCF, and had a career-high two TFL...Assisted on a tackle for a loss of three yards on third down in the fourth quarter to force a punt...Seven of his nine tackles were for gains of four yards or less...Had his third pass breakup in the last four games...Led the team in the Tulane game with seven tackles, including six solo stops and two quarterback hurries...Registered four tackles in the St. Petersburg Bowl, and three of his four stops denied first-down yardage.

2007:


Played in all 13 games and started the first seven games of the season...Started four games at right corner and three games at strong safety...Ranked fourth on the team in tackles with 58...Led the team in passes defended with eight...Credited with six or more tackles in five games...Started in the season opener against Ole Miss and was second on the team with eight tackles, while leading the Tigers with two pass breakups...Brought up fourth down and forced a Rebel punt in the second quarter with his first pass breakup...Logged his second pass deflection in the third quarter that brought up 3rd-and-goal from the Memphis 3-yard line...Rebels had to settle for a field goal two plays later...Had five solo tackles and a season high three pass breakups against Jacksonville State...Two of his pass breakups forced JSU into a punt situation on the very next play...Four of his six tackles in the game also denied first-down yardage...Credited with three tackles against UCF, all of which were solo strikes...Had four tackles against Arkansas State and notched eight stops against Marshall...Registered four tackles versus Middle Tennessee...Tallied three tackles, including one for lost yardage, against Rice...Dropped Tyler Smith for minus two yards to bring up 2nd-and-12 from the Memphis 43...Hauled in his first career interception against Tulane that resulted in a Memphis touchdown and recorded four tackles in the game...Intercepted Anthony Scelfo in the second quarter at the Memphis 44-yard line and made a five-yard return on the pick...Credited with two pass breakups and had three tackles against UAB...Recorded his third game of the season with five solo tackles against SMU and finished the contest with seven total stops...Closed out the season with six tackles, three of which were solos, in the New Orleans Bowl versus Florida Atlantic...Five of his six tackles denied first-down yardage, including his TFL for minus one yard in the second quarter.

2006:


Made the transition from receiver to defensive back during the early stages of fall camp...Move proved beneficial as he played in all 12 games in 2006...Saw action in the secondary and as a member of the Tiger special teams unit...Was in on one tackle against Chattanooga in the first quarter...Registered a solo tackle on Memphis' opening kickoff against East Carolina...Credited with three solo tackles on defense and one assisted stop on a Tiger kickoff versus Arkansas State...Logged his first career start in the Tulsa meeting, lining up at strong safety...Did not have a tackle in that contest...Posted two tackles and a pass breakup versus Marshall...Entered the starting lineup at free safety in the Southern Miss meeting...Responded with seven tackles and a pass breakup against the Golden Eagles...Credited with a single tackle in the Tigers' last home contest with Houston...Finished the season with 16 tackles and two pass breakups.

2005:


Redshirted as a true freshman receiver in 2005.

Academic Highlights:


Graduated in May 2009 with a bachelor's degree in management...Named to the Tiger 3.0 Club for four semesters...Honored to the U of M Dean's List for the spring 2006 semester.

Prep:


Coached by Johnny Gilbert at McNair High...Totaled eight interceptions as a senior, and led the county in tackles...Helped his team to a 10-1 record in 2004...Was an honorable mention Class 3-A selection by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution...Named all-state and first team all-county...Also selected to the all-city and all-area teams as a senior...Saw action as a defensive back, a kick returner and a wide receiver...Recorded 18 catches for 392 yards and five TDs as a senior...On defense, totaled 47 solo tackles, 16 assisted tackles and four interceptions...Tallied two fumble recoveries and 15 pass breakups...Returned five kicks for 165 yards...Selected to play in the Georgia All-Star Game...Totaled 26 receptions for 768 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior...Finished his prep career with 66 receptions for 1,740 yards and 20 TDs...Received the Student-Athlete Award...Was an honor roll student...Listed as one of the top 10 defensive backs in Georgia...Also listed as one of the top 20 recruits in DeKalb County.

Personal:


Alton Starr Jr., is the son of Alton and Annette Starr...Born December 8, 1986, in Decatur, Ga.

Starr's Career Defensive Statistics
YR G/S UT AT TOT PD FR FF TFL SK INT
2006 12/2 7 9 16 2 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
2007 13/7 34 24 58 8 0 0 2-3 0-0 1-5
2008 13/13 52 38 90 5 1 0 6-15 0-0 1-0
2009 12/10 32 19 51 1 1 2 3-19 2-16 0-0
TOTAL 50/32 125 90 215 16 2 2 11-37 2-16 2-5

Starr's Career Highs
Tackles 14 (Louisville 2008)
Solo Tackles 9 (Louisville 2008)
Assisted Tackles 7 (Ole Miss 2007)
Pass Breakups 3 (Jacksonville State 2007)
Tackles For Loss 2 (UCF 2008)
Interceptions 1 (Tulane 2007, Arkansas State 2008)
Fumble Recoveries 1 (2 games, last vs. UT Martin 2009)
Sacks: 1 (2 games, last at Tulsa 2009)
Forced Fumble 1 (2 games, last vs. UT Martin 2009)

Starr's Game-By Game
Defense Opponent UT AT TT TFL SK FR PBU INT
9/1/07* Ole Miss 1 7 8 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 0-0
9/15/07* JSU 5 1 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 3 0-0
9/22/07* UCF 3 0 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
9/27/07* Arkansas St. 3 1 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
10/2/07* Marshall 5 3 8 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
10/13/07* MTSU 2 2 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
10/20/07 Rice 2 1 3 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
10/27/07 Tulane 2 2 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1-5
11/3/07 East Carolina 0 1 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
11/10/07 Southern Miss 1 0 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
11/17/07 UAB 2 1 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 0-0
11/24/07 SMU 5 2 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
12/21/07 Florida Atlantic 3 3 6 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
8/30/08* Ole Miss 1 6 7 .5-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
9/6/08* Rice 3 2 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0-0
9/13/08* Marshall 3 0 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
9/20/08* Nicholls State 3 1 4 1.5-2 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
9/27/08* Arkansas St. 4 4 8 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1-0
10/2/08* UAB 5 5 10 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
10/10/08* Louisville 9 5 14 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
10/18/08* East Carolina 3 1 4 0-0 0-0 1-0 1 0-0
10/25/08* Southern Miss 4 4 8 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
11/8/08* SMU 6 1 7 1-5 0-0 0-0 1 0-0
11/22/08* UCF 4 5 9 2-5 0-0 0-0 1 0-0
11/29/08* Tulane 6 1 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
12/20/08* USF 1 3 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
9/6/09 Ole Miss 0 1 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
9/12/09 MTSU 5 0 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
9/19/09* UT Martin 4 3 7 1-7 1-7 1-0 0 0-0
9/26/09* Marshall 2 1 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
10/3/09* UCF 3 1 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0-0
10/10/09* UTEP 3 3 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
10/17/09* Southern Miss 1 2 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
10/27/09* East Carolina 2 4 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
11/7/09* Tennessee 1 3 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
11/14/09* UAB 7 0 7 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
11/21/09* Houston 1 1 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
11/27/09* Tulsa 3 0 3 1-9 1-9 0-0 0 0-0

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