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72   Doug Thacker
Doug Thacker

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Sanford, Fla.

High School:
Seminole

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 268

Position:
Noseguard

Birthdate:
11/03/1987


At Florida State: A player with an enormous amount of talent who begins the 2007 season listed as the back-up to Andre Fluellen at the nose guard position...played in nine games and earned two starts at the defensive tackle position during his true freshman season in 2006...gained valuable experience all along the interior defensive line as he worked at all four positions during the season...is learning to play with more explosion and power off of the ball...named the most improved defensive tackle by the coaching staff following spring practice in 2007...also earned the Second Effort Award from the coaching staff following spring practice in 2007...expected to see a great deal of playing time...one of the Seminoles' best interior linemen in short yardage situations.

Freshman Year (2006): Played in nine games on the defensive front while earning two starting assignments at the defensive tackle position against Boston College and Maryland...also earned playing time at the noseguard position during the season...was one of three true freshman to start at least one game on the defensive side of the ball...did not play in the first three games of the season but played in nine of the final 10 games with extensive playing time coming because of the number of injuries to players on the interior of the defensive line...recorded 14 tackles, 2.5 tackles for minus yardage and one sack in his first season as a Seminole...earned career-high of five tackles against Wake Forest with a career-high three initial hits against the Demon Deacons...two tackles against Virginia, Western Michigan and Florida...had a tackle for minus yardage against Wake Forest and Florida and a half tackle for minus yardage against Boston College as a starter...first career quarterback sack came against Florida.

High School: Graduated from Sanford High School in 2006...a four-star prospect by Rivals.com...ranks as the No. 11 strong-side defensive end in the country...ranked as the 17th overall player on Rivals.com's Postseason Florida Top 100...a preseason all-region selection by PrepStar magazine...named all-state second team in Class 6A by the Florida Sports Writers Association after a senior season that saw him rack up 120 tackles and six sacks...earned all-state honorable mention honors as a junior...represented Team Florida in the CaliFlorida Bowl and was named the No. 8 player on Rivals.com's Florida Hot 11 list following the week of practices and the all-star game...received high praise for a dominating performance in the CaliFlorida Bowl where he registered seven tackles, two tackles for minus yardage and two sacks...an all-conference performer in weightlifting throughout his high school career...appeared at the Miami Nike Camp as a senior and placed second among more than 250 participants with 45 reps on the bench press...earned the Edith Gibbs Vaughan Award for Leadership during his high school academic career...father, Doug, was a defensive end and linebacker at Virginia Tech in the early 1970's...he was the Hokies' co-captain in 1975...chose Florida State over Virginia Tech, Maryland and West Virginia.

Personal: Born Nov. 3, 1987...enrolled in undergraduate studies...his sister (Jj) plays in a band called "Seminole County" - the band play at halftime of Florid State's Emerald Bowl game against UCLA in 2006.

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