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Atari Bigby

Atari Bigby

Class:
Graduate Student

Hometown:
Miami, Fla.

High School:
Miami Senior

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 220

Position:
Strong Safety

Birthdate:
09/19/1981

A punishing hitter with a nose for the football ... two-time first team all-MAC defensive back (2001, 2002) ... 10th in school history with 254 career tackles ... able to provide sideline-to-sideline coverage ... has exceptional quickness and great size, making him highly effective at providing run support ... named to the 2003 preseason Bronko Nagurski Watch List, an award given to the top defensive player in the country.

2004: As a senior Bigby started in 7 games after being forced to miss some time with injury... accumulated 42 tackles, 28 of them solo... finishing 7th on the UCF all time list with 296 tackles... finished the year tied for the lead with one interception... after starting the year out very strongly with nine tackles against Wisconsin Bigby was forced to the sideline for a majority of the first half of the season... he returned week 7 and finished the season strong racking up 11 tackles against Marshall, seven against Ball State, and six solo in the season finale against Kent State... Bigby went undrafted in the 2005 before being sign by the Miami Dolphins to later be traded to the New York Jets... Bigby found a home with the Green Bay Packers after being waived by the Jets.

2003: Named to the all-MAC first team defense for the second straight season ... finished the season second on the team in total tackles (112) ... tallied over 100 tackles for the second straight year ... led team with 80 solo stops ... played in 11 games, starting 11 ... finished with a team-high 17 tackles at No. 9 Virginia Tech (Aug. 31) ... recorded 10 solo stops and one tackle for loss ... the 17 tackles tied a career high ... 11 tackles, including eight solo stops vs. Florida Atlantic (Sept. 13) ... also broke up two passes ... eight total tackles, including seven solo stops at Syracuse (Sept. 20) ... made a key tackle on fourth down and one to prevent Syracuse from earning the first down ... 12 tackles, including six solo stops at Kent State (Sept. 27) ... third game of the year with 10-plus tackles ... broke up a career-high three passes vs. Buffalo (Oct. 4) ... also totaled seven tackles vs. the Bulls ... 10-tackle performance at Ohio (Oct. 11) ... one tackle for loss vs. the Bobcats ... six solo tackles at Akron (Oct. 18) ... big-time performance at West Virginia (Nov. 1) ... 12 tackles (eight solo) and forced two fumbles ... seven total tackles at Eastern Michigan (Nov. 8) ... 12 tackles and a sack vs. Marshall (Nov. 19) ... nine of the 12 stops were solos ... missed the Miami game (Nov. 28) due to an injury.

2002: Named first team all-MAC ... one of three players to finish with over 100 tackles (104) despite missing one game to injury ... 15th in the MAC in tackles ... registered double-digits in stops in five games, (Marshall 12, Western Michigan 10, Toledo 11, Akron 17 and Buffalo 10) including a season-high 17 tackles against Akron (11 solo, 6 asst.) ... ended the season tied for fourth on the team by recording five tackles-for-loss ... had one interception against Toledo, which he returned for 11 yards ... also had four pass breakups and a forced fumble to his credit ... was named winner of the Big Stick award following both the Arizona State and Toledo games and was also chosen as the team's Big Stick award winner at the end of the season.

2001: Named the team's co-Special Teams Player of the Year ... saw action in all 11 games, finishing the year with 38 tackles, 27 of them unassisted, while splitting time equally at strong safety. ... forced one fumble, broke up three pass plays and also had an interception ... two tackles behind the line of scrimmage for five yards lost ... best game came against Tulane when he registered 12 total tackles, including eight solo stops.

2000: Bigby redshirted while practicing with the defensive secondary.

High School: Bigby graduated from Miami Senior High School in 2000 ... played for coach Nigel Dunn ... finished the 1999 season with 72 tackles, four forced fumbles, and one interception on defense to go along with 500 yards receiving, 315 yards rushing and nine touchdowns on offense ... earned second-team Class 6A all-state honors in addition to being named all-Dade County ... played in the Dade-Broward All-Star Game. ... also played soccer and ran track ... comes from the same Miami Senior High School program that produced former UCF players Vic Penn and Patrick Jenrette.
Personal: Bigby is a liberal studies major ... was born Sept. 19, 1981, in Jamaica ... son of Holly Henlon.

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