Former junior college transfer... regarded as one of the squad's better "pure" linebackers... listed with the second team unit at the Will linebacker position entering the spring behind Shaq Wilson... expected to be more of a contributor in 2010 after gaining a better knowledge of the defensive schemes... has made three career starts.
2009: Junior college transfer who enrolled at Carolina in January... played in 10 of 13 games, making three starts... recovered a fumble on kick coverage at Georgia... earned his first career start against Florida Atlantic and responded with a season-best five tackles... added three solo tackles against both Kentucky and Vanderbilt... also started at Arkansas and vs. Florida when Carolina opened in a three-man front.
2007-08: Played linebacker for coach Bert Williams at Georgia Military College... logged 44.5 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in 2008... named to the first-team JC Gridwire All-America team... helped lead the Bulldogs to a 9-1 regular-season finish and a spot in the Mississippi Bowl... had 10 tackles, including three for loss, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the bowl game, earning Defensive Player of the Game honors... as a freshman he recorded 30 tackles in 10 games... was a Rivals.com four-star prospect and given three stars by Scout.com.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Madison County High School in Florida in 2007.
PERSONAL: Tony Straughter was born November 2, 1988... majoring in sociology.