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#16 Makiri Pugh
Position: Safety
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 200
Year: Junior
City/State: Charlotte, N.C.
High School: Independence/Georgia
Experience: Transfer
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AT COLORADO: This Season (Jr.)-Enters the fall listed third at left cornerback.

2010 (Soph.)-He transferred to Colorado in June 2010 from Georgia; he was thus ineligible to play as he had to sit the year out per NCAA transfer rules.  He practiced on the scout team in the fall and earned the Defensive Scout Team Award for the Colorado State and Georgia games.

AT GEORGIA (2008/2009; Fr./Fr.-RS)-He played in nine games but did not letter in 2009 after redshirting as a true freshman the previous year.   He recorded two tackles (one solo) in limited action, the reason he left UGA as he desired more playing time; the tackles came against Tennessee Tech and Texas A&M in the Independence Bowl.  He was released from the school on April 21, 2010 after spring practice was finished.

HIGH SCHOOL-He earned SuperPrep All-Mid-Atlantic honors as a senior, when Scout.com ranked him as the No. 22 overall prospect in North Carolina and the 66th best safety in the national high school ranks (ESPN.com ranked him as the No 22 cornerback in the nation).  He was on the Charlotte Observer Top 25 list for the state, ranked as the 13th overall player.  He played in the High School Offense-Defense All-American game at Miami's Orange Bowl, where he recorded four tackles and made an interception.   As a senior, he was in on 36 tackles in six games, as he missed part of the season with an injury.  He had 89 tackles (59 unassisted) as a junior, with 18 passes broken up, three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), six forced fumbles and a recovery.  He had 12 tackles and three PBU's as a sophomore, when he rushed 12 times for 60 yards and three scores.   He was active as a freshman, with 42 tackles (30 solo), 10 pass deflections, five interceptions (one TD) and five forced fumbles on defense; on offense, he rushed 28 times for 285 yards and four scores.  A four-year letterman, Independence was 13-13 his senior season and 16-0 his junior year under coach Tom Knotts; HIS was 12-1 his sophomore and 12-0 his freshman years under coach Bill McGregor.  Combined, his teams won one state title (2006), two league, one two city and one region title.  He also lettered in track (400-meter dash, long jump); he was the only freshman to score points on the varsity in individual and team events.

ACADEMICS-He is majoring in Psychology at Colorado (he was a Business major at Georgia, where made the Southeastern Conference's All-Academic Team).  He was an Honor Roll student his junior and senior years in high school.

PERSONAL-He was born May 14, 1990 in Washington, D.C.   He lists writing, poetry and reading among his hobbies (in fact, he has written three books of poetry).

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