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Neiko Thorpe
Neiko Thorpe

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Tucker, Ga.

High School:
Tucker

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 195

Position:
DB

Major:
Liberal Arts

CAREER -- Has one return for touchdown, a 69-yard blocked FG vs. Kentucky (10/17/09).

2010 -- Coaches' Second-Team Preseason All-SEC ... Appeared in 14 games with 13 starts ... Third on team with 64 tackles with a team-best nine PBU's ... Started season opener vs. Arkansas State, totaling four tackles and one PBU ... In SEC opener at Mississippi State, totaled three tackles, with two solo, and one PBU ... Against Clemson, totaled five tackles with four solo stops ... Broke up a pass and totaled three tackles vs. South Carolina ... Saw limited playing time vs. ULM, totaling a pair of solo tackles ... Totaled four tackles vs. Kentucky ... Against Arkansas, recorded 10 tackles, all solo stops, and had one PBU ... Against LSU, broke up one pass and recorded six tackles, with four solo ... Against Ole Miss, led team with seven tackles with five coming on solo stops ... In limited snaps vs. UTC, broke up one pass and had two solo tackles ... Started vs. Georgia but did not have a tackle ... Against Alabama, led all tacklers with a season-high 12 stops ... Also had half a TFL (first of season) for minus 1 yard and two PBU's ... In SEC Championship Game vs. South Carolina, had four tackles, with three solo stops, and one PBU ... Against Oregon in BCS National Championship Game, had a pair of tackles, one solo.

2009 -- T-20th in SEC in tackles per game, 6.5 tpg ... T-12th SEC in passes defended per game, 0.75 ... Phil Steele's Third-Team Midseason All-SEC ... Started all 13 games ... Finished with third-most tackles on team with 84 ... Started at cornerback in season opener vs. Louisiana Tech ... Broke up one pass and recorded three solo tackles vs. Tech ... Totaled seven tackles, five solo, in victory over Mississippi State ... Intercepted a pass, broke-up two passes and had seven tackles vs. West Virginia ... The pick vs. WVA ended a scoring threat at the AU 25-yard line ... Against Ball State, totaled six tackles with five solo stops ... Registered seven tackles in win over Tennessee ... Against Arkansas, set a career high with 11 tackles ... Eight of 11 tackles were solo stops ... Recovered blocked field goal attempt and returned it 69 yards for TD against Kentucky ... Also broke up two passes and totaled four tackles vs. UK ... Against LSU, broke up pass and totaled eight tackles ... Forced a fumble and broke up one pass vs. Ole Miss ... Had a pair of solo tackles vs. Rebels ... In limited time vs. Furman, logged two tackles, one solo ... Against Georgia, had half a TFL (minus 1 yard) to go with five tackles ... Half a TFL vs. Bulldogs was first of career ... Broke up one pass and totaled eight tackles, seven solo, vs. Alabama ... Posted a career, team season and game high with 14 tackles vs. Northwestern in Outback Bowl ... Totaled 13 solo tackles ... Also had one interception vs. Northwestern ... Last tackle came on last play of game that prevented game-winning TD on fake field goal in overtime, with tackle coming just short of goal line.

2008 -- Coaches' All-SEC Freshman Team ... Played in 11 games with one start ... Finished tied for ninth-most tackles on team with 29, with 20 solo stops ... Tied for second-most interceptions on team with two and most return interception yardage with 101 yards ... Also totaled four pass break-ups ... In first collegiate action, led Tigers with seven tackles including five solo vs. Louisiana-Monroe ... Also broke up two passes vs. Warhawks ... Forced a fumble and had one solo tackle vs. Southern Miss ... Recorded four total tackles, three solo, against Tennessee ... Broke up two passes and had two tackles vs. Vanderbilt ... In first career start, recorded first career INT and returned it 59 yards vs. Arkansas ... The return is tied for 16th longest in AU history ... Also had seven tackles, three solo, vs. Razorbacks ... Left game in first half due to injury vs. West Virginia ... Did not play vs. Ole Miss due to injury ... Intercepted a pass and returned it 42 yards to seal victory over UT Martin ... Against Alabama, had four total tackles with three solo stops.

HIGH SCHOOL -- Had 64 tackles including six tackles for loss, 11 pass breakups, three interceptions and forced a fumble as a senior ... Named an Under Armour All-America as a senior ... Registered 18 sacks as a junior ... Was honorable mention all-county as a junior ... Rated as 11th best corner back in nation by Scouts.com ... Ranked 53rd best player in Georgia by SuperPrep ... He also ran track.

PERSONAL -- Born Feb. 11, 1990 ... Son of Glenn Thorpe and Nickie Lipscomb. ... Major: Philosophy.

THORPE'S CAREER DEFENSIVE STATS
YEARG/GS TT UT AT TFL-YDS QBS-YDS FF/FR PD I/YDS
2008 11/1 29 20 9 0.0-0 0.0-0 1/0 6 2-101
2009 13/13 84 56 28 0.5-1 0.0-0 1/0 11 2-22
2010 14/13 64 45 19 0.5-1 0.0-0 0/0 9 0-0
Totals 38/27 177 121 56 1.0-2 0.0-0 2/0 26 4-123

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