On Meggett: Starting strong safety after spring football ... Led team in interceptions in spring football ... Has a solid understanding of the defensive system ... Was a major on special teams last season and expected to do the same this year ... A hard working player ... Transfer from West Virginia, who joined UMass prior to spring 2005.
As a redshirt sophomore in 2006: Played in the final 10 games of the season as reserve defensive back and special teams contributor ... Made one start... Sat our first five for violation of team rules ... Made 19 tackles, 11 solo and eight assisted ... 12 of 19 tackles came in four NCAA Tournament games ... Made three tackles in NCAA Final vs. #1 Appalachian State (12/15) ... Two stops at #2 Montana (12/8) in NCAA Final ... Career-high six tackles against #9 New Hampshire (12/2) in NCAA Quarterfinal win, also forced a fumble in the fourth quarter ... Started in a nickel package and recovered a fumble in the third quarter of NCAA First Round win over Lafayette (11/25) ... In first game of the season at Towson (10/14), made three tackles.
As a redshirt freshman in 2005: Played in eight games on special teams and as a reserve in the secondary ... Made nine tackles ... Racked up three tackles at Delaware (11/5) ... Recovered a fumble in a kickoff at Maine (10/22) leading to an immediate touchdown ... Career-high four tackles vs. Northeastern (10/8).
As a freshman in 2004 (at West Virginia): Did not see action in any games with the Mountaineers after enrolling at the school in January due to a torn ACL.
Before College: Earned first team All-City and All-State honors his junior and senior years ... First-Team All-State as a senior at free safety ... Played for Head Coach Vince Laino at Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. ... Produced 251 career solo tackles and 11 interceptions on defense, and caught 71 passes for 1,499 yards and 10 touchdowns as a wide receiver on offense ... Was named to the Heisman Tri-State All-Star team and was the Iron Horse Player of the Year for New York City ... Rivals.com listed him as the nation's 57th-best free safety and Insiders.com rated him the nation's 106th-best safety prospect ... Was considered one of the top 150 players in the East by PrepStars Magazine. Was recognized as one of the top 10 players in New York by SuperPrep.
Personal: Michael A. Meggett ... Born November 4, 1985 in Brooklyn, N.Y. ... grandson of Priscilla and Jimmy Knox ... Is a second cousin of former NFL standout returnman Dave Meggett ... Majoring in Criminal Justice.
CAREER STATISTICS (Defense) Year GP/GS UT AT TT Sacks TFL Int PD 2005 8/0 6 3 9 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2006 10/1 11 8 19 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 2007 13/13 36 26 62 2-12 4-16 2-23 8 Totals 31/14 53 37 90 2-12 4-16 2-23 9
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