| Dustin Earnest
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6-3 / 232
· Career statistics
Five-year letterman who appeared in 50 games, including four starts ... also saw action on special teams ... worked at all three linebacker spots ... posted 84 tackles (43 solo), one sack, six TFL, one PBU, one pressure and one fumble recovery for his career ... had 18 special-teams tackles for his career ... played in all 12 games as a senior in 2010, making three starts ... recorded 39 tackles (19 solo), three TFL, one PBU and one pressure ... played in 13 games at linebacker, including one start, in 2009 ... compiled 26 tackles (17 solo), a sack and a pressure ... played in all 13 games in 2008 ... tallied 14 tackles and two TFL ... appeared in 12 games at linebacker and on special teams in 2007 ... a four-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection ... a six-time member of UT's Athletics Director's Honor Roll ... named a State Farm Scholar-Athlete as a senior ... graduated in May 2010 with a degree in finance and is working towards a master's degree in accounting.
Appeared in 12 games at linebacker and on special teams, including starts against Oklahoma, Nebraska and Iowa State ... named a State Farm Scholar-Athlete ... tabbed first-team Academic All-Big 12 ... helped the UT rank sixth nationally in total defense (300.2 ypg) and sixth in passing defense (161.6) ... tallied 39 tackles (19 solo), three TFL, one pressure and one PBU ... recorded one tackle at Rice ... registered two tackles and one PBU versus Wyoming ... logged one tackle at Texas Tech ... recorded three tackles versus UCLA ... registered three tackles (two solo) against No. 8 Oklahoma ... tallied two tackles at No. 5/4 Nebraska ... notched nine tackles (five solo), one TFL and one pressure versus Iowa State ... posted four tackles (two solo) and one TFL at Kansas State ... set a career high with 12 tackles against Florida Atlantic ... recorded two tackles and one TFL against No. 17/18.
Played in 13 games at linebacker, including one start at Baylor ... a first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection ... helped UT rank 12th nationally in scoring defense (16.7 ppg), third in total defense (251.9 ypg), first in rushing defense (72.4 ypg), 10th in pass efficiency defense (100.5 rating) and 19th in pass defense (179.6 ypg) ... UT also ranked first nationally in INTs (25) and tied for first in forced turnovers (37) ... notched 26 tackles (17 solo), a sack and a pressure ... tallied six special-teams tackles ... notched three tackles against ULM ... registered a career-high five tackles and his first career sack at Wyoming ... posted two tackles against Colorado ... tallied three tackles at Missouri ... equaled a career-high with five tackles at Oklahoma State ... notched two tackles versus UCF ... recorded three tackles in his first career start at Baylor ... registered a tackle at Texas A&M and in the BCS Championship game against No. 1 Alabama.
Appeared in all 13 games at linebacker and on special teams ... a first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection ... notched 14 tackles and two TFL ... posted five special-teams tackles ... opened the season by compiling three tackles and two TFL versus FAU ... notched two tackles at UTEP ... posted three tackles against Rice ... recorded two tackles versus Arkansas ... added two tackles at Colorado ... tallied a tackle against No. 1 Oklahoma ... posted a tackle versus No. 6 Oklahoma State.
REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2007)
Appeared in 12 games at linebacker and on special teams ... a first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection ... tallied five tackles and a fumble recovery ... recorded two tackles versus Rice ... posted a tackle and a fumble recovery at Iowa State ... added a tackle at Texas A&M and against No. 12 Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl ... redshirted in 2006.
Coached by Barry Norton at Texas H.S. ... a two-time all-state selection who competed in the 2006 U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... recorded 304 tackles, 24 TFL, seven sacks, five fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and scored five defensive TDs over his final two seasons ... named first-team 4A all-state by The Associated Press and earned second-team all-state honors from the Texas Sports Writers Association as a senior ... also earned first-team all-region and all-district honors ... named district 12-4A defensive MVP ... earned a spot on Dave Campbell's Super Team first team in the preseason ... registered 140 tackles, 11 TFL, three fumble recoveries, a forced fumble, five sacks and scored three defensive TDs ... helped Texas High to a 9-2 record ... played middle LB as a junior ... named second-team all-state and district MVP that year ... recorded 164 tackles, 13 TFL, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, two sacks and scored two defensive TDs ... also had four rushing TDs ... had 19 tackles versus North Lamar ... played strongside LB as a sophomore and was named all-district ... had 48 tackles, five TFL, three fumble recoveries and two sacks ... also competed in track and field and powerlifting ... ran hurdles as a freshman and sophomore ... advanced to regionals in the discus as a sophomore and junior.
Born in McAllen, Texas ... lived in San Antonio from ages 3-14 ... moved to Texarkana prior to high school ... graduated in May 2010 with a degree in finance ... is working towards a master's degree in accounting ... a four-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection ... a six-time member of UT's Athletics Director's Honor Roll ... named a State Farm Scholar-Athlete as a senior ... active in UT's community service program ... is part of a group of Longhorns that regularly visits patients at the Dell Children's Medical Center ... participated in the Texas Round Up to promote youth physcial activity ... a prep honor student who graduated magna cum laude and was a second-team academic all-state selection ... was a member of the National Honor Society ... was a member of a leadership class that heads the student council ... participated in community service projects, including Christmas caroling at hospitals and hosting a cookout for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
THE EARNEST FILE
During pregame, I like to: Think of big-hit scenarios, review gameplan
Favorite sports movie: Any Given Sunday
Favorite movie: 300
Favorite actress: Jessica Biel
Favorite channel: Discovery Channel
Sports hero: Earl Campbell
Favorite superhero: Ironman
Favorite CD: John Legend: Once Again
Favorite video game: Medal of Honor
Favorite cartoon character: Tazmanian Devil
Nobody knows I can: Prepare taxes
Pet: Dog (Avery)
I came to Texas because: I love the area, the people and winning