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Michael Pinckney






220 lbs.




Jacksonville, Fla.

High School


Michael Pinckney - Football - University of Miami Athletics


2018 (Junior): Delivered another standout season, starting all 12 games in which he participated…Earned All-ACC Honorable Mention recognition…Ranked third on team with 74 total tackles (35 solo)…Added 11.0 tackles for loss…Had 3.5 sacks and one interception…Had two PBUs and credited with five quarterback hurries…Started and finished with four total tackles and 0.5 TFLs in season opener vs. LSU (Sept. 2)…Had four tackles in start vs. Savannah State (Sept. 8)…Posted one tackle for loss vs. Tigers…Recorded five total tackles in start at Toledo (Sept. 15), including two tackles for loss…Had one sack for 11 yards vs. Rockets…Started and finished with three tackles against FIU (Sept 22)…Credited with four tackles in start vs. North Carolina (Sept. 27)…Had five tackles and key interception in start vs. Florida State (Oct. 6)…Had one tackle for loss vs. Seminoles…Had career-high 12 tackles in start at Virginia (Oct. 13), including career high-tying 2.5 tackles for loss…Totaled 12 yards on 1.5 sacks against Cavaliers…Posted another double-digit tackle performance in start at Boston College (Oct. 26), finishing with 10 tackles – including 0.5 TFLs…Had five solo tackles in start vs. Duke (Nov. 3)…Started and finished with nine tackles at Georgia Tech (Nov. 10), including one tackle for loss..Missed game at Virginia Tech (Nov. 17)…Had eight total tackles in start vs. Pittsburgh (Nov. 24) in home finale…Added one tackle for loss vs. Panthers…Started New Era Pinstripe Bowl vs. Wisconsin (Dec. 27) and finished with five tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack.

2017 (Sophomore): Saw action in all 13 games with 11 starts…Finished third with 68 tackles…Added 11.0 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks…Had one interception and two pass breakups…Recorded one fumble recovery…Was among Miami’s top defensive contributors…All-ACC Honorable Mention recognition…Earned one ACC Linebacker of the Week honor…Posted three tackles (two solo) and 1.0 TFL (three yards) in season opener against Bethune-Cookman (Sept. 2)…Missed first half of game against Wildcats due to targeting penalty incurred in second half of 2016 Russell Athletic Bowl…Started and posted four tackles (two solo) in win over Toledo (Sept. 23)…Delivered dominant performance in start at Duke (Sept. 29), finishing with career-best 10 tackles (five solo), 1.0 sack (11 yards), 1.5 TFLs and first interception of season…Started and had five tackles (two solo) with 0.5 TFLs and one PBU in win at Florida State (Oct. 7)…Finished with two tackles in start against Georgia Tech (Oct. 14)…Delivered dominant performance in win over Syracuse (Oct. 21), finishing with a team-best nine tackles (six solo) and career-high marks in tackles for loss (3.5) and sacks (2.5)…Earned Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against Orange…Named ACC Linebacker of the Week after game against Syracuse…Had five tackles (two solo) in win at North Carolina (Oct. 28)…Finished with five tackles in win over Virginia Tech (Nov. 4)…Totaled three tackles (two solo) in win over Notre Dame (Nov. 11)…Finished with six tackles and 1.0 TFL (one yard) in win over Virginia (Nov. 18)…Had three tackles, 2.0 TFLs (five yards) and one fumble recovery at Pittsburgh (Nov. 24)…Had eight total tackles and 0.5 TFLs in start in ACC Championship Game against Clemson (Dec. 2)…Started Capital One Orange Bowl against Wisconsin (Dec. 30) and finished with five tackles (two solo) and one tackle for loss (two yards).

2016 (True Freshman): Delivered dominant freshman season, starting all 13 games and finishing with 61 tackles (33 solo)…Earned Freshman All-America recognition from ESPN…Totaled 7.5 tackles for loss (29 yards) and 2.5 sacks (19 yards)…Added two pass breakups, two quarterback hurries and one interception…Started and made career debut in season opener against Florida A&M (Sept. 3) and totaled three tackles (two solo)…Led team and tied for game high with nine tackles (six solo) in start vs. FAU (Sept. 10)…Added first 1.5 sacks of career vs. Owls…Started and totaled four tackles in road win at Appalachian State (Sept. 17)…Dominant start against Georgia Tech (Oct. 1) included four tackles (three solo), one sack (eight yards) and first career interception…Added one PBU against Yellow Jackets…Credited with five tackles (four solo), 1.0 TFLs and one PBU against Florida State (Oct. 8)…Totaled six tackles (two solo) and added 1.0 TFLs (two yards) in start against North Carolina (Oct. 15)…Recorded four tackles (three solo) in start at Virginia Tech…Had three solo tackles and 1.0 TFL (one yard) in start at Notre Dame (Oct. 29)…Started and had two tackles and 0.5 TFL in win over Pittsburgh (Nov. 5)…Added four tackles in start at Virginia (Nov. 12)…Started and totaled six tackles (four solo) in win at NC State (Nov. 19)…Totaled seven tackles (one solo) in regular season finale win over Duke (Nov. 26)…Started and finished with four tackles (three solo) and 1.0 TFL (three yards) in Russell Athletic Bowl victory over West Virginia (Dec. 28).

High School: Consensus three-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports and Scout…Enrolled in January 2016…19th-best inside linebacker in nation according to 247Sports…Rated No. 20 inside linebacker nationwide by both ESPN and Rivals…Ranked fifth-best inside linebacker in state of Florida by Scout…Named to Florida Times-Union’s Super 24, recognizing top players in region…Two-time All-First Coast selection by Times-Union…Had 85 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, eight sacks and one interception in final season at Raines…Chose Miami over offers from Arkansas, Florida, Louisville, LSU, Nebraska and South Carolina, among others.