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AJ Highsmith

position

Qb

Height

6-0

Weight

195 lbs.

Class

Sophomore

Hometown

Missouri City, Texas

High School

Hightower HS

2013 HURRICANE MEDIA “GOOD GUY” AWARD

2013 (Senior): Played in all 13 games at safety, making four starts … Registered 23 tackles, one sack, one INT and three PBUs … Totaled two tackles, PBU and interception in win over Savannah State … Recorded two tackles against Florida, USF, North Carolina, Duke and Virginia … Racked up season-high four tackles and career-first sack in road loss at Florida State … Made one tackle vs. Louisville in Russell Athletic Bowl … Recipient of Hurricane Media “Good Guy” Award at end-of-season team awards show … Earned letter.

2012 (Junior): Played in all 12 games at safety and on special teams, making seven starts … Finished season with 32 tackles, one INT, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery … Made five straight starts at safety … Made career-first start at safety against Bethune-Cookman … Posted career-high eight tackles (five solo), recovered fumble and had interception in home win over NC State … Had five tackles and forced fumble in home loss to Florida State … Broke up two passes against Virginia Tech … Had four tackles in road loss at Virginia … Broke up pass against USF and Duke … Graduated in December 2012 … Earned letter.

2011 (Redshirt Sophomore): Made position switch from quarterback to defensive back for junior campaign and saw action in 11 games … Finished season with 12 tackles (eight solo, four assists) … Earned letter.

2010 (Sophomore): Played in two of first three games of season, completing 4-of-7 passes … Sat out remainder of year with injury.

2009 (True Freshman): True freshman quarterback, who played in three games … Completed 4-of-6 passes for 53 yards, including career-first touchdown to Kendal Thompkins from 15 yards out against Virginia … Completed 3-of-3 passes for 38 yards against Florida A&M … Earned letter.

High School: Rated No. 24-best quarterback by ESPN.com, No. 47-best quarterback by Scout.com and No. 87-best QB by Rivals.com … Father, Alonzo Highsmith, played at Miami from 1983-86 and in NFL for seven years … Full name is Alonzo Highsmith Jr. … As senior at Hightower, threw for 2,192 yards with 28 passing touchdowns with just four interceptions and ran for 360 yards and seven more touchdowns … Helped lead team to 13-1 record in 2008 and appearance in Class 5A Division I state championship game … As junior, threw for 2,400 yards with 22 touchdowns and 11 interceptions and ran for five touchdowns … Passed for 2,300 yards with 21 touchdowns and six interceptions as sophomore and added four rushing TDs … Finished career with 6,673 passing yards and 70 touchdowns … Houston Chronicle 2008 District MVP and second-team All-Texas as senior … Named to Houston Chronicle‘s 2006 and 2007 all-district first team as sophomore and junior … Named to 2008 All-Greater Houston Chronicle Team … Class 5A All-State Honorable Mention … Lettered four years in football and one year in track … Coached by Shane Hallmark.

 HIGHSMITH CAREER STATISTICS
SEASON G-GS UT AT TT TFL YDS SACK YDS FF FR PBU INT YDS
2009 3-0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010 2-0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 11-0 8 4 12 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 12-7 18 14 32 0.0 0 0.0 0 1 1 4 1 0
2013 13-4 10 13 23 1.0 4 1.0 4 0 0 3 1 20
CAREER 41-11 36 31 67 1.0 4 1.0 4 1 1 7 2 20