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Plez Atkins
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Plez Atkins

Hometown:
Bartlett, TX

High School:
Bartlett HS

Weight:
180

Position:
Defensive Back

Records . . . Tied for 5th in career interceptions with 11 for 153 yards.

1997 Honors . . . First team All-Big Ten and honorable mention All-American by Football News . . . second team All-Big Ten by Big Ten coaches and honorable mention All-Big Ten by Big Ten media 1997 . . .Started all 11 games and started 26 straight over past three seasons . . . two interceptions for 13 yards and seven pass break-ups . . . 29 solo tackles and 14 assists, with two tackles for minus seven yards . . . five tackles, including one for loss, and an interception vs. Northern Iowa . . . three tackles vs. Tulsa . . . six tackles and three pass break-ups vs. Iowa State . . . seven tackles and pass break-ups vs. Illinois . . . five tackles and a pass break-up at Ohio State . . . two tackles, a pass break-up and second interception of the season at Michigan . . . three stops, including tackle for loss, vs. Indiana . . . three tackles vs. Purdue . . . one tackle at Wisconsin . . . one tackle and a pass break-up before suffering ankle injury in second quarter at Northwestern and missing remainder of the game . . . five solo tackles and two assists vs. Minnesota . . . 1996 Honors . . . Honorable mention all Big Ten by Big Ten media . . . defensive Mr. Hustle vs. Michigan State and Minnesota . . . 1996 . . . started all 12 games . . . started final three games as a freshman and 10 of 12 as a sophomore . . . 31 solo tackles and 18 assists, with nine pass break-ups and two interceptions 1995 Honors . . . All-Big Ten honorable mention by vote of league coaches and league meida . . . defensive MVP vs. New Mexico State and Minnesota . . . ranked fifth nationally and led theh Big Ten in pass interceptions with six 1995 . . . started first eight games of the season and 10 games overall . . . tied school record with two interceptions in win at Michigan State and two in win over Minnesota . . . 30 tackles, 11 assists and seven pass break-ups for the season 1994 . . . saw action in all 11 games and started final three games . . . had nine solo tackles and four assists . . . had fumble recovery in season-opening win over Central Michigan, that coming at the CMU three-yard line and leading to an Iowa TD . . . three tackles and two pass break-ups at purdue in first career start . . . named defensive Mr. Hustle at Purdue 1993 . . . redshirted . . .scout team offensive MVP vs. Iowa State.

High school . . . Named Texas player of the year for small-school Class A . . . only Texas player of any class who was an all-state selection on both offense (quarterback) and defense (free safey) . . . second team all-district and second team all-Centex as a sophomore . . . first team all-district and all-Centex as a junior . . . first team all-district, all Centex and all-state as a senior . . . team captain sophomore, junior and senior years . . . team MVP junior and senior years

Career . . . had 41 career interceptions, tying him for sixth among the nation's all-time high school leaders . . . led Bartlett HS to Texas Class A state championship . . . intercepted 11 passes as a senior and returned three for touchdowns . . . ran for 20 touchdowns, caught two touchdowns passes and three for three touchdowns, giving him 27 scores for the season . . . averaged 8.1 yards per carry, gained 1, 272 yards and passed for 1,058 yards . . . lettered four times in football (quarterback and defensive back) and track . . . three-year letterman in basketball . . . state qualifier in the mile relay as a freshman . . . regional qualifier in the 200 meters, mile relay and sprint relay as a sophomore . . . regional qualifier in 400 meters and mile relay as a junior . . . high school coaches were Ron Bickham (1989), Wayne Mahaffey (1990) and Terry Cron (1991-92).

Personal . . . born May 22, 1974 . . . physical education major . . . honor roll student all four years.

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