| Cedric Griffin
6-2 · 205
San Antonio, Texas (Holmes)
Athletic, big and speedy veteran defensive back who started 38 consecutive games at cornerback over the last three seasons ... has the ability to play any of the defensive backfield positions ... also a standout on special teams ... played in 51 career games, including 44 starts, while compiling 275 tackles, three interceptions, 32 PBU, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries ... named first-team All-Big 12 by the league's coaches and The Associated Press in 2005 ... started all 12 games in 2005 ... notched 86 tackles, 15 PBU and two forced fumbles ... started all 13 games in 2004 and registered 68 tackles, three TFL, two INTs, six PBU, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery ... recorded 48 tackles with seven PBU and an interception in 2003 ... saw action at strong safety and as UT's top nickelback as a redshirt freshman in 2002 ... played in all 13 games in 2002, starting six (three at SS/three at nickelback), and led the defensive backs with 73 tackles ... became the first Longhorn ever to return a blocked field goal for a TD, when he took one back 56 yards at Tulane that year ... led the Horns with 15 tackles against No. 2 Oklahoma as a freshman ... worked primarily at corner during his redshirt season in '01 ... drafted with the 16th pick in the second round (48th overall) by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2006 NFL Draft.
Started all 13 games at right cornerback ... named first-team All-Big 12 by the league's coaches and The Associated Press ... notched 86 tackles, 15 PBU and two forced fumbles ... also returned a blocked punt for a TD against Texas A&M ... his 15 PBU were a team high ... a key member of a pass defense that ranked eighth in the nation (172.0 ypg) and fourth in pass efficiency (96.7 rating) ... had six tackles and one PBU at No. 4 Ohio State ... made two tackles against Rice ... recorded two tackles and three PBU at Missouri ... set his season high with 14 tackles against Oklahoma ... set a career high with four PBU against No. 24 Colorado with seven tackles and one forced fumble ... tallied nine tackles and two PBU against No. 10 Texas Tech ... recovered a fumble and made 11 tackles at Oklahoma State ... posted six tackles and a PBU at Baylor ... had five tackles, one PBU and one TFL against Kansas ... scored on an 11-yard blocked punt return and added eight tackles and a PBU at Texas A&M ... recorded seven tackles and one forced fumble against Colorado in the Big 12 Championship ... tallied eight tackles, including six solo tackles, in Texas' 41-38 victory over USC for the National Championship.
Started all 12 games in 2004 at right cornerback ... tabbed honorable mention All- Big 12 by the conference coaches ... registered 68 tackles, three TFLs, two INTs, six PBUs, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery ... played on special teams and recorded six tackles ... was part of a defense that allowed just 320.1 yards per game (23rd NCAA) and 17.9 points per game (18th NCAA) ... opened the season with one tackle and one PBU versus North Texas ... had six tackles, an INT and a fumble recovery at Arkansas ... the interception on a deep pass late in the fourth quarter helped Texas preserve its 22-20 lead ... made six tackles each against Rice and Baylor ... tallied eight tackles, one TFL, one PBU and forced a fumble versus No. 2 Oklahoma ... recorded eight tackles against Missouri ... had four tackles and one PBU at Texas Tech ... registered five tackles and an INT at Colorado ... the interception came in the fourth quarter at the Texas three-yard line and Griffin returned it 29 yards ... made six tackles against No. 19 Oklahoma State ... recorded eight tackles, a TFL and a PBU at Kansas ... tallied seven tackles versus No. 22 Texas A&M ... had three tackles and a PBU versus No. 13 Michigan in the Rose Bowl.
Started all 13 games at cornerback and on special teams ... recorded 48 tackles with seven PBUs and an interception ... key member of a pass defense that ranked ninth in the nation (177.3 ypg) ... tallied four tackles in the season-opening win against New Mexico State and five against Arkansas ... recorded three tackles and a TFL at Rice ... made his first career interception versus No. 16 Kansas State ... had back-toback five-tackle games at Baylor and versus No. 12 Nebraska before registering four solo tackles at Oklahoma State and adding another five-tackle performance versus Texas Tech ... blocked the first punt of his career in the fourth quarter at Texas A&M to go along with four tackles ... recorded two tackles and a PBU versus No. 15 Washington State in the Holiday Bowl.
REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2002)
Appeared in all 13 games and started six (three at SS/three at nickelback) ... shared UT's Most Improved Defensive Player Award ... ranked fourth on the team with 73 tackles and added three TFLs, a sack, four PBUs, a pair of forced fumbles and four QB pressures ... also returned a blocked field goal 56 yards for a TD at Tulane (first blocked FG returned for a score in UT history) ... key member of a Longhorns defense that led the Big 12 and ranked eighth in the NCAA in pass defense (165.2 ypg) ... UT also finished second in the conference and seventh in the nation in pass efficiency defense (96.1 rtg) ... recorded a career-high 15 tackles (10 solo) against No. 2 Oklahoma ... posted eight tackles and returned a blocked field goal attempt 56 yards for a TD at Tulane ... had seven stops, including a TFL, two QB pressures and a forced fumble against Texas A&M ... tallied seven tackles, two QB pressures and a PBU at Texas Tech ... tallied six tackles against No. 17 Iowa State ... registered five tackles (four solo) and helped UT limit Baylor to 127 total yards of offense ... posted four tackles at No. 17 Kansas State and at Nebraska ... tallied a pair of tackles and a forced fumble at North Carolina ... had a career-high three PBUs in UT's seasonopening shutout of North Texas ... redshirted in 2001.
Coached by David Sanchez at Holmes High ... an all-state defensive back who also starred at wide receiver ... tabbed second-team all-state (5A) in 2000 ... posted 26 tackles and seven interceptions at cornerback and caught eight passes for 202 yards and two TDs as a senior ... also rushed for 198 yards ... had a 90-yard kickoff return and returned a pair of punts for 95 yards against Taft ... posted 76 tackles, 14 PBUs and three interceptions (two returned for TDs) as a junior ... lettered three times as a sprinter/hurdler in track ... won the District 26-5A title in the 300-meter hurdles as a junior.
Born 11/11/82 in Natchez, Miss. ... full name is Cedric Leonard Griffin ... lived in Baton Rouge, La., until he was nine ... moved to California for a year before relocating to San Antonio when he was 10 ... a youth and community studies major ... very active in the Longhorns' community service program ... serves as a mentor at local elementary and middle schools.
Year G/GS TT (Solo) Sacks TFL INT (Yds-TD) PBU FC FR High
2005 13/13 86 (48) 0 (0) 1 (-2) 0 (0-0) 15 2 1 14/OU
2004 12/12 68 (53) 0 (0) 3 (-5) 2 (29-0) 6 1 1 8/3x
2003 13/13 48 (31) 0 (0) 1 (-2) 1 (0-0) 7 0 0 5/5x
2002 13/6 73 (39) 1 (-13) 3 (-18) 0 (0-0) 4 2 0 15/OU
Career 51/44 275 (171) 1 (-13) 8 (-27) 3 (29-0) 32 5 2 15/OU
Year G TT (Solo) FC FR PBLK KBLK
2005 13 2 (1) 0 0 0 0
2004 12 7 (6) 0 0 0 0
2003 13 2 (0) 0 0 1 0
2002 13 3 (2) 0 0 0 0
Career 51 14 (9) 0 0 1 0
Tackles: 15 vs. Oklahoma (Fr.)
PBU: 4 vs. Colorado (Sr.)
INTs: 1 vs. Colorado (Jr.); at Arkansas (Jr.); vs. Kansas State (So.)