Number: #97 | Hometown: Memphis, TN | Forty: 4.95E | Height: 6034 | Weight: 311 | Hand: 0938 | Arm: 3318 | Class: 2018 | Agency: ProSource Sports | Twitter: @frankherron_jr
Who doesn’t like an interior defensive lineman who carries a chip on his shoulder at all times? He flashed a much quicker first step in person at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl than he did on film and shows nice burst coming off the line of scrimmage—he improved his draft stock with his one-on-one matchups during his week in Pasadena for the all-star event. He possesses violent hands, a strong rip move and wide stance, making him hard to move. He understands the leverage battle, constantly fights until the end of the whistle on every play and knows how to sniff out the football. A fiery player who also demonstrates great leadership on the field. Smart player who has been praised for his film room studies and the ability to identify mistakes; has stated a desire to get into coaching after his playing days. Was suspended the season opener of his junior campaign—he also missed the Citrus Bowl to end the season due to academics. Was suspended for the first six games of 2017. Graduated in August 2017 with a degree in interdisciplinary studies. The biggest knock however is his reputation to take plays off. A father of two daughters, he’s the first in his immediate family to graduate from college. He wants to get into coaching once his playing days are over. Finished his Tigers career with 67 total tackles, two sacks, with three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Possesses the skill-set to play 3-4 end or 4-3 tackle.
2017 (Sr.): LSU Graduate (Interdisciplinary Studies): Possesses great quickness and burst for his size … Versatile lineman who can play out on the end or on the inside … Poised to compete for a starting defensive end spot as a senior … . Graduated in August of 2017 with a degree in interdisciplinary studies.
2016 (Jr.): Registered 20 tackles in 20 games at defensive end … Matched his career high in tackles for loss with one against Southern Miss and Alabama … Recorded his first forced fumble against Alabama when he sacked the QB … Totaled three tackles in back-to-back games against Mississippi State and Auburn. Ended the game against Auburn with two solo tackles.
2015 (So.): Played in all 12 games with most action coming at defensive tackle … Accumulated 23 tackles, 2.0 tackles for a loss, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery … Second-leading tackler for the Tigers with a career-best eight stops against Texas A&M … Finished with a career-high five tackles and a tackle for loss vs. Arkansas … Blew up the backfield on one play against Auburn where he sacked the QB, forced a fumble and recovered it at the Auburn 5-yard line to set up an LSU touchdown in the 45-21 rout.
2014 (Fr.): Transitioned to defensive tackle from end … Saw action in four games, registering three tackles … Posted two solo stops at Auburn.
2013 (rFr.): Redshirted as a true freshman in 2013.
High School: Rated as a five-star recruit by Rivals.com and PrepStar and as a four star by ESPN.com, 247Sports, and Scout.com … Named to the PrepStar Top 150 Dream Team … Recorded 57 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, and seven sacks in his junior season at Memphis Central High School … Tallied 26 tackles, six tackles for loss, two and a half sacks, and forced one fumble in his senior campaign … Rated as the No. 2 player in Tennessee by Rivals and 247sports and No. 6 by ESPN … Rated as the No. 5 defensive end by Rivals and Scout, while being rated as the No. 7 defensive end by 247sports … Participated on the East Team in the U.S. Army All-American Game where he recorded one sack for a 10 yard loss … Coached by Lynord Crutchfield.
Personal: Mother is Wanlisha Hawkins … Born September 9, 1994, in Centerville, Ill. … Has three siblings – Carrie, Ashley and DeMarcus.
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