| Cory Redding
6-5 · 270
Houston, Texas (North Shore)
Big, strong, hard-working and athletic former prep linebacker who emerged as one of the nation's premier defensive ends ... combined the quickness and athletic ability of a linebacker with the strength of an end ... was also a tremendous leader ... played in 52 career games (with 38 starting assignments), including four bowl games (2000 & 2003 Cotton Bowls; 2000-01 Holiday Bowls) ... two-time first-team All-Big 12 (2001-02) ... 2003 Cotton Bowl MVP ... 2002 first-team All-American (WCFF) ... voted two-time second-team All-American by the Associated Press (2001-02) ... 2002 Lombardi and Hendricks Award finalist ... 2002 Playboy Preseason All-American ... 2002 UT Defensive MVP ... 2000 honorable mention All-Big 12 ... 1999 Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year ... three-time UT Outstanding Defensive End ... finished his career ranked second on UT's career TFL's list (57) and 10th on the sacks chart (22) ... registered 211 tackles (128 solo), 22 sacks (-192), 57 TFLs (-272), 77 QB pressures, seven forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries during his career ... was a key contributor on a UT defense that ranked among the nation's top 16 in each of his three years as a starter ... that unit ranked seventh nationally in total defense (278.3 ypg) in 2000, led the nation in 2001 (236.2 ypg/UT's lowest since 1983) and ranked 16th (307.7 ypg) in 2002 ... 1998 USA Today National Prep Defensive Player of the Year and a Parade All-American ... was selected in the third round (66th overall) by the Detroit Lions in the 2003 NFL Draft.
Started all 13 games ... UT's first Lombardi Award finalist since DT Tony Degrate won the trophy in 1984 ... earned first-team All-America honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation and CBSSportsline.com ... also a second-team selection by the Associated Press ... Collegefootballnews.com's Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year ... a consensus first-team All-Big 12 choice ... also a Hendricks Award finalist ... named UT's Mike Campbell Most Valuable Defensive Player, Outstanding Defensive End, Joseph W. Moore Award (for tenacity) winner and permanent team captain ... posted 76 tackles (50 solo) and led the team in TFLs (24/ranked third on UT's single-season list), sacks (8.5), QB pressures (37/ranked eighth on UT's single-season chart), forced fumbles (four) and fumble recoveries (two) ... led a UT defense that led the Big 12 and ranked eighth in the NCAA in pass defense (165.2 ypg.), third in the league and eighth in the country in scoring defense (16.3 ppg.), second in the Big 12 and 16th nationally in total defense (307.7 ypg.) and second in the conference and seventh in the nation in pass efficiency defense (96.1 rtg.) ... was a four-time recipient of UT's Mike Campbell "Across the Bow" Defensive Player of the Game award (vs. North Texas, at North Carolina, at No. 17 Kansas State and vs. Texas A&M) ... tallied four tackles, two QB pressures and one fumble recovery in the Longhorns' season-opening shutout of North Texas ... registered eight tackles, one TFL and a career-high eight QB pressures at North Carolina ... recorded six tackles, a pair of QB pressures and one forced fumble as UT limited Houston to 152 total yards of offense ... had five tackles, one TFL and five QB pressures against Oklahoma State ... registered seven tackles, two sacks, four TFLs, five QB pressures and one forced fumble at No. 17 Kansas State ... tallied seven tackles , one sack, two TFLs and two QB pressures against No. 17 Iowa State ... posted four tackles, including a sack and two TFLs, one QB pressure and one PBU at Nebraska and helped UT end the Huskers' national-leading 26-game home winning streak ... registered five tackles, including half a sack and three TFLs, and four QB pressures as UT limited Baylor to just 127 total yards and recorded its third shutout of the season ... recorded four tackles, including a sack, and three QB pressures at Texas Tech ... racked up seven tackles, including three TFLs and a sack, and forced and recovered a fumble against Texas A&M ... posted a career-high 10 tackles, a forced fumble, a TFL, one sack, and a QB pressure in the Cotton Bowl against LSU ... nabbed the 2003 Cotton Bowl Defensive MVP for his impressive performance in the 35-20 victory over the Tigers.
Started all 13 games, including the Holiday Bowl ... earned second-team All-America honors (AP) ... also a first-team All-Big 12 selection ... named UT's Outstanding Defensive End for the second consecutive season ... also shared the team's American Airlines D.X. Bible Spirit Award ... member of the preseason Lombardi Award watch list ... tabbed the Big 12 Conference's Most Feared Pass Rusher by The Sporting News... ranked fifth on the team with 57 tackles (33 solo), and second with five sacks (-43 yards), 14 TFLs (-68 yards) and 18 QB pressures ... led all Longhorns defensive linemen in tackles, sacks and TFLs ... also recorded two pass breakups and one interception, which he returned for a touchdowns ... a key contributor on a UT defense that led the nation in total defense (236.2 ypg) and ranked third in passing (146.7 ypg) and scoring defense (13.7 ppg), fourth in pass efficiency defense (88.0 rtg) and sixth in rushing defense (89.5 ypg) ... the Longhorns were one of only two defenses that ranked among the NCAA's top 10 in all five statistical categories (Virginia Tech was the other) ... posted a season-high seven tackles and three TFLs against No. 3 Oklahoma ... also had a seven-tackle effort at Houston ... registered six stops, two TFLs and a sack at Texas A&M ... posted six stops and a half sack at Baylor ... had six tackles and a pair of QB pressures at Missouri ... recorded five stops and three QB pressures against Texas Tech ... had three tackles, a sack, three QB pressures and a 22-yard interception for a TD against North Carolina ... shared UT's Mike Campbell Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in that contest ... had three tackles and a pair of sacks as the Longhorns limited Kansas to only 67 total yards (UT's best effort since 1988).
Appeared in all 12 games, including the Holiday Bowl, and started the final 11 contests ... tabbed honorable mention All-Big 12 by the league coaches ... named second-team All-Big 12 by the Austin American-Statesman and The Sporting News ... voted the team's Outstanding Defensive End ... registered 52 tackles (28 solo), led the defense with 6.5 sacks (-58 yards), tied for the team lead with 22 QB pressures and ranked second with 17 TFLs (-82 yards) ... also recorded three PBUs, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery ... helped lead a Longhorn defense that led the nation in pass efficiency defense (88.3), ranked seventh nationally in total defense (278.3 ypg), 11th in scoring defense (17.9 ppg), 12th in rushing defense (94.0 ypg) and 17th in passing defense (184.3 ypg) ... UT was one of only three schools that ranked among the top 17 nationally in all five of those categories ... posted six tackles and a TFL against No. 8 Oregon at the Holiday Bowl ... registered four tackles, a sack and two QB pressures at Kansas ... had four tackles, a sack and three QB pressures at Texas Tech ... set single-game career highs with 2.5 sacks (-15 yards) and five TFLs against Missouri ... named UTs' Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts at Colorado (six tackles, two TFLs, one sack, four QB pressures) ... tied for the team lead with eight tackles against No. 10 Oklahoma ... had three tackles, a sack, two PBUs, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery against Houston ... had a career-high nine tackles and a then-career-best three TFLs at Stanford in the second start of his career ... posted six stops in the season opener against UL-Lafayette.
Played in all 14 games, including the Cotton Bowl, at defensive end and on special teams ... started his first career game in the Cotton Bowl and had a sack ... voted Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year ... provided relief at both defensive end spots, mostly in pass rush situations ... posted 26 tackles and a pair of sacks (-17 yards) during the season ... ranked second on the team with 13 special teams tackles, including eight solo stops ... recorded a season-high three tackles in six different contests ... played a season-high 23 defensive snaps against Stanford and posted his first career sack in the 69-17 victory ... also recorded a sack at Iowa State.
Coached by David Aymond at North Shore High ... USA Today's 1998 National Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-USA selection at linebacker ... rated as the top LB on the 1998 Parade All-America team ... tabbed first-team Texas 5A all-state (AP/TSWA) as a senior ... named The Associated Press and Texas Sports Writers Association Texas 5A Defensive Player of the Year ... posted 215 tackles (103 solo), 15 sacks, 22 TFLs, 25 QB pressures, 10 hurries, forced six fumbles and recovered five fumbles as a senior ... also intercepted four passes and recorded a safety ... had 117 tackles, four INTs (three returned for TDs) and a safety as a junior ... a track standout who won the Texas 5A state title in the discus as a junior and senior ... posted a career-best throw of 193-9 in claiming the state discus title as a senior.
Born 11/15/80 ... full name is Cory B. Redding ... majored in youth and community studies ... was very active in UT's community service efforts ... served as a mentor and regularly spoke at local elementary and middle schools ... volunteered at the Children's Miracle Network telethon ... spoke at the TAAS pep rally at Cowan Elementary School ... was a keynote speaker at Covington Middle School's athletic awards banquet.
Year G/GS TT (Solo) Sacks TFL QBP INT PBD FC FR High
2002 13/13 76 (50) 8.5 (-74) 24 (-105) 37 0 1 4 2 10/LSU*
2001 12/12 57 (33) 5 (-43) 14 (-68) 18 1* 2 0 0 7/2x
2000 11/10 52 (28) 6.5 (-58) 17 (-82) 22 0 3 3 1 9/Stan.
1999 13/0 26 (17) 2 (-17) 2 (-17) 0 0 0 0 0 3/6x
Career 49/35 211 (128) 22 (-192) 57 (-272) 77 1 6 6 3 10/LSU*
Tackles: 10 vs. LSU (Sr.)*
Sacks: 2.5 vs. Missouri (So.)
Tackles for loss: 5 vs. Missouri (So.)
QB pressures: 8 at North Carolina (Sr.)
*returned for a TD; Cotton Bowl