One of three returning starters on the Lumberjack defensive line ... Has played in 30 games, earning 16 starts during his career ... Enters his senior year with 88 career tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, and 3.5 sacks.
2008 (Junior): Played in and started all 12 games at defensive end ... Recorded a career year with 47 tackles, including 21 solo stops ... Posted 8.5 tackles for 35 yards in losses, and 3.5 sacks ... Recovered a fumble against Central Arkansas ... Notched a career-high eight tackles, including two for losses (one sack) in the victory over Southeastern Louisiana ... Posted a sack in each of the next two games ... Had six tackles against South Dakota State ... Had two five-tackle games and two four-tackle performances.
2007 (Sophomore): Played in all 11 games, earning four starts on the defensive line ... Recorded 29 tackles and was third on the team with 7.5 tackles for losses ... Also was credited with a sack, a fumble forced and recovered, and a pass deflection ... Posted a season-high seven tackles, including six unassisted stops, at Central Arkansas ... Also had two tackles for losses and a pass breakup against the Bears ... Followed up that game with a seven-tackle performance at Northwestern State ... Recorded 2.5 tackles for losses against the Demons ... Recorded two tackles for a loss, including a sack against Tarleton State ... Was credited with four tackles at North Dakota State and South Dakota State ... Made three tackles and caused a fumble at Southeastern Louisiana.
2006 (Freshman): Played in seven games ... Recorded 12 tackles, including four solo stops on the season ... Was also credited with a tackle for a loss ... Posted three tackles at Tulsa and at Texas State ... Had two stops, including one for a loss in the win at Southeastern Louisiana.
High School: A three-year letterwinner ... A first-team All-Greater Houston underclassmen selection ... Was named CBS Sportsline second-team all-district as a junior ... Also earned all-region honors that same season ... 2005 team captain ... A first-team all-district selection as a junior ... Guided Hightower to a 25-8 (.758) record during his three seasons ... National Honor Society ... Four-time academic excellence award recipient.
Personal: Son of Lloyd and Ladessa Hicks ... Born Dec. 13, 1987, in Houston, Texas.