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#7 Ali Highsmith
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 223 lbs.
Class: Senior
Experience: 4 Letters
City/State: Miami, Fla.
High School: Central HS
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Ali Highsmith Bio
Courtesy: LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Release: 04/28/2008

2007 First-Team All-American (CBSSports.com)
2007 Second-Team All-American (AP)
2007 First-Team All-SEC (SEC Coaches)
2007 Butkus Award Semifinalist
2006 Second-Team All-SEC (SEC Coaches)
2006 Butkus Award Semifinalist
2005 SEC Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 15 vs. Florida)

CAREER
Played in 52 games, starting 38 times ... Started final 28 games of his career ... For career, racked up 260 total tackles, 26 tackles for losses and 11 sacks ... Also added three fumble recoveries, 13 PBUs and an interception ... Key member of an LSU defense that ranked among the top five in the nation in total defense from 2005-07 ... Played in Senior Bowl and was named the South’s Defensive MVP in that contest ... Graduated in December of 2007 with a degree in general studies.

SENIOR SEASON (2007)
Played and started in all 14 games during LSU’s national championship season ... Tied with Craig Steltz for team-high honors in total tackles with 101 ... Added nine tackles for losses, three sacks, nine quarterback pressures and eight PBUs ... Also forced two fumbles and recovered another ... Had perhaps the best game of his career against Ohio State in the BCS National Championship Game as he registered a team-best eight tackles to go with 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble ... Had career-best 19 tackles, including 15 solo, in triple-overtime contest against Arkansas ... Also had double-figure tackle games vs. Auburn with 11 stops and 10 against South Carolina.

JUNIOR SEASON (2006)
A leader on the defensive side of the ball, he was named a second-team All-SEC selection by the league’s coaches ... Was one of the Tigers’ top tacklers with 63 on the year ... Was also credited with 5.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, four pass breakups, two forced fumbles and a quarterback hurry ... Tied his career-high tackles total against Ole Miss, registering 10 in the overtime win over the Rebels ... Had eight tackles, including three for losses, and a career-high tying two sacks in the Tigers’ victory over Fresno State ... Also had eight tackles against Alabama ... Was all over the field against Florida, recording seven tackles (six solo), a sack, a forced fumble and a pass breakup ... Forced another fumble, broke up two passes and had five stops (four solo) in the Tigers’ win over Tennessee ... Also registered five tackles in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2005)
LSU’s starter at the outside (will) linebacker spot ... Played in 13 games with nine starts ... Ranked second on team with 75 tackles, 36 of which were solo ... Ranked second on team with 9.5 tackles for loss ... Led all LSU linebackers with four sacks ... Forced three fumbles ... Returned a fumble 22-yards for a touchdown against Vanderbilt ... Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week against Florida after recording eight tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks in the 21-17 win over the Gators ... Had eight or more tackles in five games ... Forced fumbles in three of LSU’s first four games.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2004)
Played in all 12 games with two starts ... Had starts at sam linebacker against Mississippi State and Georgia ... Also played on special teams ... Finished with 21 tackles ... Had five solo tackles and 16 assists ... Recorded two tackles for loss to go along with a sack for an 11-yard loss ... Intercepted a pass and forced a fumble against Arkansas State ... Posted a season-high six tackles against Mississippi State and five vs. Arkansas State.

HIGH SCHOOL
A blue-chip linebacker rated among the best in Florida and the Deep South in 2003 ... Leader of the top defense (3.9 points per game) in Dade County in 2002 ... Had 90 tackles, seven sacks, eight caused fumbles and six fumble recoveries, including three for touchdowns during his senior season in 2002 ... Recorded two consecutive fumble recoveries for touchdowns during a Sept. 4 game vs. 6A powerhouse Killian ... Recorded 90 tackles, seven sacks and two interceptions as a junior in 2001 ... Clocked at 4.50 in the 40-yard dash ... A four-year letterman at Central High School ... Coached by Tony Saunders.

PERSONAL
Full name is Arlington Louis Highsmith ... Born Jan. 20, 1985, in Miami ... Parents are Elvis and Venus Highsmith ... Cousin is Alonzo Highsmith, a former standout with the Miami Hurricanes and seven-year NFL veteran ... Originally signed with Miami (Fla.) in 2003 ... Never enrolled at Miami.

CAREER HIGHS   
Total tackles: 19 vs. Arkansas, 2007
Tackles for loss: 4 vs. Florida, 2005
Sacks: 2, three times
Interceptions: 1 vs. Arkansas State, 2004

HIGHSMITH’S CAREER DEFENSIVE STATS

Year
G-GS
UT
AT
TT
TFL
Sacks
INT

PBU

QBH

FR

FF
2004
12-2
5
16
21
2-11
1-11

1-10

0

0

1-0

0
2005
13-9
36
39
75
9.5-43
4-36

0

1

1

1-22

3
2006
13-13
26
37
63
5.5-16
3-13

0

4

4

0

2
2007

14-14

57

44

101

9.0-39

3-27

0

8

9

1-0

2

Totals
52-38
124
136
260
26-109
11-87

1-10

13

14

3-22

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