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Joshua, our new LB


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May 1, 2002
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Here is some information on our "new" linebacker:

Joshua Symonette, Strong Safety-- Tennessee Tech
(6'-0", 210 pounds)

"Joshua is the leader of our secondary. He understands the game and has a nose for the ball."--head coach, Tennesee Tech.

Chosen the permanent team captain for the 1999 campaign for the Eagles.
Symonette was a three-time all-OVC selection for the Golden Eagles and earned third-team All-America accolades from both and the Associated Press in 1999. He finished his career ranked fourth in career tackles with 349, and also recorded six interceptions and 17 pass breakups. He played in all 43 games during his career, and started 34 straight.

As a sophomore, he made 100 tackles and set a school record with a 98-yard interception return. As a junior, Symonette led the team with 108 tackles and was the named the "hardest hitter" in the OVC by The Sporting News. Last fall, he was second on the squad with 85 tackles and was named OVC Defensive Player of the Week once.

1998: Played rover where he has started 24 consecutive games. He enjoyed a tremendous junior campaign in 1998, earning first team all-OVC honors and becoming the first player other than a linebacker to lead the team in tackles in 16 years. He posted over 100 tackles for the second year in a row and his 108 stops ranked him third in the league. He tallied double figures in tackles in six games including a career-high 20 hits against Samford. Joshua recorded 14 tackles and intercepted a pass at Eastern Illinois and had 13 stops at Murray State. He needs 28 tackles to climb into the career top 10 in total tackles at Tech. A second-team all-OVC selection.

Symonette made 100 tackles in 1997, including four double-digit efforts. He notched 15 stops in Tech's win over Southeast Missouri, and he was named OVC Defensive Player of the Week after making 14 stops against Eastern Illinois. He also made 14 tackles against Eastern Kentucky and had a dozen tackles against Chattanooga. Joshua set a school-record with a 98-yard interception return for a touchdown in Tech's win over Austin Peay.

Symonette made 56 tackles in 1996, including 13 against Eastern Illinois. He had nine tackles against Middle Tennessee and seven in Tech's win over Austin Peay. He had interceptions in Golden Eagle wins over UT Martin and Southeast Missouri and also had a pick against Murray State. He was an honorable mention all-OVC selection. HIGH SCHOOL - Joshua earned three letters under coach Matt Fligg at Stone Mountain High School and was an all-county selection. As a senior he totaled 104 tackles and two interceptions. A three-year starter, he had 130 solo tackles and seven interceptions during his career. A Beta Club and National Honor Society member, he was named a Georgia Merit Scholar.

The son of Michael and Sharron Symonette, Joshua was born May 8, 1978. He is majoring in computer science

Most interesting information and causes you to see why he is catching the eye of the coaching staff.

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