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#99 McKenzie Tilmon
Position: Defensive Tackle
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 310
Year: Senior
City/State: Irving, Texas
High School: MacArthur/NE Oklahoma A&M
Experience: 1 Letter

AT COLORADO: This Season (Sr.) -- He enters the fall listed third at nose tackle, but could work his way into the rotation CU prefers to utilize among the two tackle positions.  He had six tackles, including four solo, with two for losses and one quarterback sack in the three main spring scrimmages. 

 

2003 (Jr.) -- He played in five games (no starts), as he missed four games over the second half of the year with an injured hand.  In his limited playing time (71 snaps), he was in on four tackles, including two solo stops. He had one tackle in four different games, registering solo stops in the Washington State and Baylor affairs.

 

JUNIOR COLLEGE -- A PrepStar JUCO Top 125 performer, he was primarily a nose guard as a sophomore, with his main duties to clog the middle against the run.  He was in on 20 tackles, five for losses with two quarterback sacks, to go with 20 hurries, a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal (NEO rotated in eight DL’s all season).  He made 32 tackles as a freshman (23 solo), with six for losses, two sacks, two forced fumbles and one recovery playing both defensive end and tackle.  NE Oklahoma A&M was 11-1 his sophomore year and 6-4 his freshman year under coach Dale Patterson.  NE Oklahoma was the Southwest Junior College champion and defeated Erie (N.Y.) Community College, 27-21, in the Red River Bowl to finish No. 2 in the nation his sophomore season.

 

HIGH SCHOOL -- He earned both Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Houston Chronicle Texas Top 100 honors as a senior, also when Prep Football Report named him to its all-Southwest team and PrepStar to its all-Midlands squad.  He was one of 14 defensive lineman on the Chronicle’s list, while PFR ranked him as the No. 75 player overall in the southwest and the ninth D-lineman.  He was a three-time, first-team all-district selection at defensive end, as he started his sophomore through senior seasons.  As a senior, he was in on 64 tackles, with 17 for losses including seven quarterback sacks; he blocked three punts, had three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and three passes broken up.  As a junior, he was in on 84 tackles, 20 for losses (10 sacks), along with forcing six fumbles, three recoveries, two blocked punts and two PBU’s.  He had 68 tackles as a sophomore, including eight TFL’s and four sacks, adding three forced fumbles (two recoveries), two passes broken up and a blocked punt.  He also occasionally played tight end, usually going in for blocking situations.  His top career game came in a narrow loss to L.D. Bell his senior year: his assignment was to shoot the gap every play, and he finished with 11 tackles, seven for losses including five sacks, and two passes broken up.  MacArthur was 3-7 his senior year, 4-6 his junior year and 6-4 his sophomore campaign under coach David Visentine.  He also lettered once in basketball (played center as a junior), and threw the discus in track, finishing second in the district as a junior; his career best throw was 175-0.

 

ACADEMICS -- He is majoring in ethnic studies at Colorado, and is currently on schedule to graduate during the 2005-06 school year.

 

PERSONAL -- Born February 2, 1982 in Brownwood, Texas.  An accomplished drag racer, he belongs to a racing club that participates annually in the “Texas Drag Wars.”  He also collects Deion Sanders memorabilia, ranging from cards and photos/posters to figurines, and got meet him as a gift on his 16th birthday.  An “adopted older brother,” Akin Ayodele, played defensive end at Purdue (he’s one of the Boilermakers’ all-time sack leaders), and in now with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the NFL; Ayodele, one of the best friends of Tilmon’s older brother, lived with his family since the younger Tilmon was nine, and he views as a true brother.  He signed with Colorado out of high school, but when he didn’t qualify academically, he attended NE Oklahoma A&M (junior college).  He held firm with his commitment to return to Colorado once he earned his A.A. degree. 

 

                                                TACKLES

Season   G  Plays  UT  AT-TOT   TFL  Sacks  3DS  Hurr FR FF PBU  Int

2003        5    71      2    2- 4       0-0      0-0      0       0     0   0     0     0

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