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Derrek Shank
Derrek Shank

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Glendale, Ariz.

High School:
Apollo

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 194

Position:
Safety

Birthdate:
12/16/1981

Experience:
3L

Quickly: Has started games in each of his first three years, starting in all 11 last season... Should be a leader in the secondary this year.

2002 (Jr.): Started all 11 games at safety... Was third on the team in tackles with 65 stops... Had one tackle for loss... Recorded an interception in season finale against Middle Tennessee... Added four passes broken up on the year and forced a fumble against New Mexico... Had a season-high 10 tackles against New Mexico... Record eight tackles in three different games as well (Nebraska, BYU, Middle Tennessee).

2001 (So.): Started the first four games of the year before playing as a reserve the rest of the season... Registered 31 tackles on the season... Had two tackles for loss, including one sack... Recorded an interception against Central Florida... Also broke up one pass and forced one fumble... Opened the year with a season-high nine tackles at Utah... Had seven tackles in the next game against LSU... Closed the year with six stops at Fresno State.

2000 (Fr.): Started the final six games of the season at free safety... Recorded 39 tackles and shared the team lead with two interceptions... Also registered five passes broken up... Was credited with a season-high 13 tackles at New Mexico State... Had six stops against Idaho.

High School: A three-year letterwinner at Apollo High School... Was an all-region selection on defense and on special teams, while earning second-team accolades on offense as a senior... Was an honorable mention all-region choice as a sophomore... Played cornerback and wing back... Team won two regional championships and advanced to the state playoffs three times... Also lettered in basketball and baseball and was an honorable mention all-region outfielder.

Personal: Born Dec. 16, 1981 in Philadelphia, Pa... Wants to major in communications... Likes to watch television and play video games... Son of Gordon and Helen Shank... Has one sister... Made the honor roll three straight semester in high school.

Defensive Stats

Year	G/GS	UT	AT	Total	TFL	PBU	INT
2000	  10/6	19	20	  39	0.0-0	  5	2-45
2001	  10/4	14	17	  31	2.0-9	  1	1-15
2002	11/11	37	28	  65	1.5-1	  4	1-0
Totals             31/21	70	65	135       3.5-10	10	4-60
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