Tulsa 30, UTEP 20 - October 27, 2006 (photos by James Walton Beazley)
Tulsa -- A three-year letterwinner and starter . . . has played in 41 career games and has 35 career starts . . . has 274 career stops which ranks 11th on the school's career tackles chart . . . enters the 2007 season needing nine tackles to move into 10th place on the school's all-time tackles list . . . has the sixth-most career tackles among returning NCAA players . . . has 10 career double-figure tackle games . . . 2006 -- Started all 13 games . . . earned first-team all-Conference USA honors by the media and second-team all-C-USA accolades by the coach's . . . led the team in tackles for the second straight year with 98 stops . . . added five stops for -20 yards and had three pass break-ups . . . had a season-best 15 tackles vs. Southern Miss . . . added 12 stops vs. BYU and 11 tackles vs. Houston . . . was named to the Butkus Award Preseason Watch List . . . 2005 -- Started all 13 games, and had a team-leading 117 tackles, including 64 solos . . . ranked eighth in Conference USA in tackles . . . also ranked 43rd nationally for solo tackles and 47th for total stops . . . named to the Conference USA second-team all-conference squad . . . had six double-figure tackle games . . . had 14 tackles and his first career interception against Fresno State in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl . . . totaled seven tackles, one sack for -7 yards, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery vs. UCF in the C-USA Championship Game . . . had 10 stops vs. Tulane . . . all of his 10 tackles vs. East Carolina were solos . . . totaled 12 tackles and one sack for -7 yards vs. SMU . . . had a career-best 19 stops vs. Rice, along with 1.5 stops for -6 yards . . . had 10 tackles vs. Houston . . . had six stops and recovered two fumbles vs. Memphis . . . shared the team-lead with nine stops vs. Oklahoma . . . named to C-USA Commissioners Honor Roll . . . 2004 -- Played in all 12 games and started seven contests . . . started the first four games . . . compiled 50 tackles and 2.5 stops for -4 yards . . . had a season-best 12 stops against Navy . . . also had nine stops and one pass breakup against Kansas . . . also had seven tackles each against Oklahoma State and Boise State . . . named to the all-WAC Academic team . . . 2003 -- Received a medical hardship . . . did play in the first three games . . . tallied nine tackles . . . had a season-best of five tackles against Arkansas . . . Overall -- Provides great leadership . . . an intelligent player who studies the game . . . possesses all the intangibles necessary to be a solid linebacker . . . plays solid against the run . . . gets off blocks well . . . has improved his pass coverage skills . . . has the ability to make big plays . . . has a knack of getting to the football.
High School -- Played only one year of varsity football as he earned one letter at Dallas Skyline High School . . . was a Rivals100.com all-region selection as a senior . . . had 120 tackles to lead the team his senior season . . . also added four quarterback sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception . . . was a first-team all-District 10-5A selection as a senior . . . was named to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex Coca Cola All-Star team . . . was team captain his senior season . . . received a two-star rating by TheInsiders.com . . . was ranked among the top-10 percent of his high school class academically . . . high school coach was Que Britton.
Personal -- Enjoys playing dominoes and Playstation . . . favorite NFL team is the Dallas Cowboys . . . his favorite NFL player is Ray Lewis . . . the one word that best describes him is "blessed" . . . the most memorable place he has visited is Hawaii . . . if he could play a position other than linebacker, it would be free safety or quarterback . . . if he could play for one NFL coach, it would be former Tulsa All-American Lovie Smith . . . his favorite musical group is Earth, Wind and Fire . . . favorite childhood game was monopoly . . . a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes . . . participates in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization . . . parents are Tommie and Melba Coleman . . . nickname is Nelly . . . his father played football at Prairie View A&M . . . earned his bachelor's degree in management in spring 2007.
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