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#47 TJ Ricks
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 230
Year: Redshirt Freshman
Hometown: Hampton, Va.
High School: Kecoughtan
Major: Computer Engineering
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2015: Second-Team All-Conference USA ... A semi-finalist for the Brandon Burlsworth Trophy given to the best player that started his career as a walk-on ... Started all 12 games at linebacker ... Led Conference USA and set an ODU single-season record with 123 tackles ... Finished 11th in the country in tackles per game with 10.2 ... Had six double-digit tackle games on the year ... Had a game-high 14 tackles and one tackle for loss in the season-opening win at Eastern Michigan ... Registered a season low five tackles and two pass breakups in the win over Norfolk State ... Recorded 10 tackles and a pass breakup versus NC State ... Totaled eight tackles, a pass breakup and a fumble recovery in the loss to Appalachian State ... Notched a game-high 13 tackles and a pass breakup at Marshall ... Set a school record with 18 tackles in the win over Charlotte ... Notched his first sack of the season, 2.0 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery that he returned 28 yards ... Was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week ... Had a game best nine tackles at FIU ... Finished the game versus WKU with seven tackles ... In the win at UTSA, had 10 tackles and half a sack ... Notched nine tackles, a tackle for loss and two pass breakups in the 31-21 win over UTEP ... Recorded six tackles at Southern Miss ... In the finale against FAU had 14 tackes, a sack and his first career interception ... Ranks fourth in school history with 221 career tackles.

 

2014: Played all 12 games, making 10 starts ... Finished second on the team with 80 tackles ... Also second on the team with seven tackles for loss ... Add 2.5 sacks, five quarterback hurries and a C-USA best four forced fumbles ... Notched 10 tackles in the win over Eastern Michigan ... Had five tackles in the C-USA opening win at Rice ... Secured nine tackles against MTSU ... Had 11 tackles at UTEP ... Had a career-best 14 tackles in the come-from-behind win against FIU ... Recorded eight tackles in the overtime triumph over LA Tech ... Had nine tackles in the win over FAU ... Led team in tackles three times.

 

2013: Played in all 12 games at linebacker and on special teams ... Produced 18 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, a pass breakup and a QB hurry ... Had season-best five tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss in win at Norfolk State.

 

2012: Redshirted.

 

HIGH SCHOOL: Preseason First Team Defense ... All-757 Preps Second Team Peninsula District ... All-District Honorable Mention ... Helped Kecoughtan to a 6-4 record as a senior in 2011, the Warriors to their first winning season since 2005 ... As a senior moved to defensive end where he recorded 89 tackles (53 solo, 36 assisted), 12 tackles for loss, four sacks, four forced fumbles, and one interception returned for a touchdown.

 

PERSONAL: Born July 18, 1994 ... Son of Michael and Beverly Ricks ... Has one brother, Michael, and one sister, Keyna ... Majoring in computer engineering.

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