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Colin McCarthy






222 lbs.




Clearwater, Fla.

High School

Clearwater Central Catholic HS




CAREER: Started 35 games for the Hurricanes at strongside linebacker before moving to middle linebacker during senior season … Played in 49 games in his career (2006-2010), tied for the sixth-most in school history and only three less than all-time leader Brandon Meriweather (2002-06) … Finished his career with 308 tackles, including 165 solo stops … Registered 34 tackles for loss for 118 yards during his career … Two-time All-ACC honoree … Graduated from the University of Miami in December.

2010 (SENIOR): Led team in tackles with 119 on the season … Also led the team in quarterback hurries with four … Ranked fourth among all Hurricanes in tackles for loss with 10.5 for 38 yards … Named to the All-ACC honorable mention team as voted by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association … Third among ACC defensive players in tackles … Tied for 21st in the nation in total tackles … Recorded a career-high 18 tackles against Virginia … Set a career best in solo stops at Georgia Tech with 10 … Logged double-digit tackles on six occasions … Had five or more stops in each game … Averaged 9.9 tackles per game … Assisted on quarterback sacks at Pittsburgh and at Georgia Tech … Recorded his third career interception at Virginia with a 13-yard return … Pressured the opposing quarterback four times … Forced a fumble versus USF and recovered a fumble at Clemson … Led the team in assisted tackles with 68 … Played in 12 games and started 11 … Earned his degree in December, playing in the Sun Bowl as a Miami graduate … Was awarded the Plumer Award for Leadership, Motivation and Spirit as voted on my his teammates and earned the Hard Hitter Award at the team’s annual awards banquet on December 12.

2009 (JUNIOR): Ranked second on UM’s defense in total tackles (95) and unassisted tackles (53) … Also ranked second among all Hurricane defenders with 10.5 tackles for a loss … Ranked third among all ACC defenders with a 8.6 tackle per game average in league play … Named to the All-ACC Second Team by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association and after ranking 10th in the league with a 7.2 tackle per game average overall … Also named to Third Team All-ACC by Phil Steele … Recorded double-digit tackles on four occasions, including a career-high tying 13 at Virginia Tech and at North Carolina … Also recorded 11 stops in back-to-back weeks versus Clemson and at Wake Forest … Recorded his second career interception in win over UCF in Orlando … Played in all 13 games and started 10 … Was awarded the Training Room Comeback Player of the Year (along with TE Dedrick Epps) at the team’s annual awards banquet on Dec. 6 … Recorded his only sack of the season in the regular season finale at USF … Tallied a season-high nine solo stops at UNC … Forced a fumble and had a season-high 2.5 tackles for a loss against Clemson … Led the team with 42 assisted stops.

2008 (JUNIOR): Started the first four games against Charleston Southern, Florida, Texas A&M and North Carolina before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury … Tallied 21 tackles (14 solo, seven assisted) … Had a season-high eight tackles (five solo, three assisted) at Florida and also forced a fumble … Added six tackles at Texas A&M … Awarded a medical hardship and has two more seasons of eligibility.

2007 (SOPHOMORE): Earned a starting role at strongside linebacker and ranked fifth on the team with 74 tackles (50 solo) … Led the team with 12 tackles for loss … Added two sacks, three QB pressures, one interception, one fumble recovery for a touchdown, one forced fumble and five pass breakups … Made the first start of his career at strongside linebacker against Marshall and played on 43 downs, tallying nine tackles (six solo), with a sack for minus-three yards … Started at strongside linebacker on 64 plays at Oklahoma, making nine tackles (seven solo), with one tackle for loss … Started at strongside linebacker and played 51 downs, making seven tackles (five solo), adding one QB pressure versus FIU … Started at strongside linebacker against Texas A&M and played 49 snaps, making eight tackles (six solo) and one QB pressure and also made the first interception of his career, returning it 30 yards … At Florida State, started at strongside linebacker and totaled eight tackles (five solo), adding one tackle for loss and a QB pressure … Recovered a fumble and scored on a 27-yard touchdown with 1:04 remaining to clinch a 37-29 come-from-behind victory … Against NC State, started at strongside linebacker and played 66 snaps, making 12 tackles (seven solo), with one sack, two tackles for loss and a pass breakup … At Virginia Tech, started at strongside linebacker and played 43 downs, making six tackles (three solo), with three tackles for loss … At Boston College, started and made two solo tackles, a half tackle for loss, one forced fumble and one pass breakup.

2006 (FRESHMAN): Played in nine games … Stellar special teams player who had the team’s only blocked punt of the season … Team’s backup at strongside linebacker most of the year … Played linebacker in two games … Tied for third on the team with six tackles on special teams … Played on special teams in his first collegiate game in the opener against Florida State … Saw action on four plays as a reserve strongside linebacker vs. Florida A&M, making one assisted tackle … Saw action on 10 plays at strongside linebacker (one solo tackle) against North Carolina … Also played on special teams and blocked a punt that eventually led to a touchdown.

HIGH SCHOOL: All-State linebacker … As a senior in 2005, played linebacker, tight end and wide receiver … Finished senior year with 133 tackles, four sacks, one interception and 25 tackles for loss on defense … On offense, caught 38 passes for 644 yards and seven touchdowns … Played in the CaliFlorida Bowl … As a junior, played linebacker and tight end, making a school-record 163 tackles, five sacks and five interceptions … As a sophomore, played both quarterback and linebacker, passing for 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns, and on defense making 50 tackles … Started high school in 2002 as a backup freshman quarterback but asked to play defense so he could see some action, ending the season with more than 100 tackles … Rated the No. 24 outside linebacker prospect by and the No. 54 prospect in Florida … Ranked the No. 36 linebacker by … Ranked the No. 5 linebacker on the Florida Times-Union Super 75 … Attended the same high school as A.J. Trump … Coached by Mike Jalazo.

Total Tackles: 18 (at Virginia, 2010)
Solo: 10 (at Georgia Tech, 2010)
Assists: 13 (at Virginia, 2010)