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TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Houston Texans with the 41st pick in the seventh round (256th overall) of 2014 NFL Draft.
• Played in 42 total games over his four-year career with the Tigers
• Named to Phil Steele’s College Football Preview All-American Athletic Conference Fourth-Team Defense during the preseason
• Following junior season was named All-Conference USA Honorable Mention
• Awarded one of the Iron Tiger awards for his strength and conditioning work during 2011 spring drills
• Among his 176 total tackles were 2.5 tackles for loss (-4 yards) and a quarterback sack
• Credited with two fumble recoveries and 13 pass deflections
• Recorded three interceptions as a Tiger for a total of 14 yards
• Two of his three interceptions were against UT Martin in 2012
• Career-best of 15 tackles against Arkansas State as a junior in 2012
• Started all 12 games of his final season as a Tiger and ranked fifth on the team in tackles
• Credited with 37 unassisted tackles and 58 total tackles to go along with five pass break-ups
• One of seven Tigers to record a tackle in every game of the
• Had a game and season-high nine tackles against Temple in second to last game of the season
• Memphis’ leading tackler in the secondary, finishing the season with 66 total tackles (40 solo stops) and ranked fourth on the team
• Had three interceptions, five pass breakups, a fumble recovery and a quarterback sack
• Picked off two passes in season opener against UT Martin
• Posted a career-high 15 tackles at Arkansas State and had a pass breakup
• Credited with a sack at East Carolina
• In addition to four tackles, recovered a fumble in the second quarter against Southern Miss to set up a 35-yard touchdown drive that gave the Tigers a 21-3 lead
• Saw action in 11 games, despite playing the entire season with a nagging hamstring injury
• Posted 35 total tackles with 21 solo stops and 14 assists to go along with a pass breakup and 1.5 TFL (2 yards)
• Recovered his first collegiate fumble in the end zone to end the first half against Southern Miss
• One of 11 true freshmen to log action in 2010 and one of six true freshmen to earn a start in at least one game
• Played in seven games with one start and logged 17 total tackles with nine solo hits and eight assists
• Recorded multiple tackles in four games and posted two pass breakups and 0.5 TFL (1 yard)
• Missed the first two games vs Mississippi State and East Carolina
• Made his collegiate debut in the third week of the season vs Middle Tennessee
• Played for Coach Cedric Miller at Southwind High School
• Graduated early from high school, finishing his studies as a junior
• Logged 45 tackles, six interceptions and 12 pass breakups in 2009 as a team captain
• Tallied 800 all-purpose yards as a junior
• Rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com
• Named all-region first team
• Listed on the Super 24 Dream Team
• Selected to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA) All-State first team and All-Shelby Metro
• Invited to participate in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl All-Star Game
• Also ran track and played basketball for the Jaguars
• Member of the 400M relay team that captured the Tri-State Invitational Meet championship in April of 2010
• Transferred to Southwind after two years at Hamilton High School
• Son of Lonnie Ballentine and Sheila Smith
• Born April 23, 1993 in Memphis, Tenn.
• Is married, and he and his wife, Brittany, have two children
• His mother, Sheila, played college basketball at Murray State and later played professionally in France
• Majored in sports and leisure management
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