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Sam Knight
Sam Knight

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Fort Pierce, FL

High School:
Central High School

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 190

Position:
Free Safety

Birthdate:
01/19/1978


1999: Participated in eleven games, starting eight ... Led all defensive backs with 58 stops ... Accumulated 32 solo tackles and assisted on 26 others ... Chipped in three sacks and two interceptions ... tallied 12 tackles for losses, 3 quarterback hurries, and two defensed passes.

1998: Led Green Wave secondary with 68 tackles, including a team-high 56 solo stops, despite missing most of the last two regular-season games with a sprained knee ... Started first 10 games at free safety after starting a pair at strong safety last year ... Left Houston game early with a knee injury and did not play against Louisiana Tech or BYU ... Had a career-high 14 tackles, 12 solo, and a fumble recovery at Army ... Had 12 tackles, including 10 solos, and forced a fumble against Louisville ... Had seven stops against both Southern Miss and Memphis ... Had at least five tackles in first nine games.

1997: Played in six games, earning starts at strong safety against Army and Louisville ... Had 27 tackles, 23 unassisted ... Made over-the-shoulder interception against Syracuse ... Had season-high eight stops in each of his starts ... Returned from injury to make five tackles against Houston ... Big-play man in spring drills, with three returns for touchdowns ... Member of Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.

1996: Medical redshirt ... Injured ankle on opening kickoff of season opener against Cincinnati and was out for the year.

HIGH SCHOOL: Central High School, Fort Pierce, Fla ... Had 56 tackles and two interceptions as a senior ... All-county and all-area selection as a junior, when he had 124 tackles and five interceptions ... Rated in Florida's top 75 by SuperPrep magazine and in state's top 100 by Orlando Sentinel ... Named to Tom Lemming's All-Southeast team ... Preseason All-Southeast selection by Pigskin Preps ... Also a member of basketball and baseball teams ... Coached by Joey Wiles.

PERSONAL: Samuel Tirrell Knight ... Born Jan. 19, 1978 in Fort Pierce, Fla. ... Son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Knight ... Majoring in social science.

Knight's Career Defensive Stats

YEARG/GSTTUTATTFL-YDSQBS-YDSFF/FRPDINT-YDS
1997 6/2272340-00-00/010-0
199810/106856120-00-01/130-0
199911/958322612-513-241/122-24
Totals27/211531114212-513-242/262-24