|14 Justin Abt
Rice -- Valuable veteran on both defense and special teams who took moved into a starting role in his senior year due to injuries in the defensive backfield.
After 23 career appearances as a reserve, started in seven of the last 10 games in his senior season... Finished sixth on the team with 44 tackles, including 37 during conference action....Came into the season with just eight career tackles.. Opened the season with two tackles against Nicholls, matching his career-high, set as a freshman in 2004 vs. UTEP....Credited with his first career tackle for loss...Credited with a solo tackle against Baylor...Made his first career start against Texas Tech after 23 games as a reserve and also served as a game captain...credited with a pair of tackles... also credited with two tackles in his second career start at Texas... Credited with a career- best six tackles (all assists) against Houston, then raised that mark with eight at Marshall.... followed that with six against UTEP ... and added seven more against Tulane.
2006: Limited to six games because of nagging injuries... Missed a stretch of five games in the middle of the year (Florida State, Army, Tulane, UAB and UCF) before returning to play in three of the final four.
2005: Played in 10 games as a backup at rover and on special teams... Credited with four tackles (two primary) as a sophomore to earn his second letter... Had singles tackles in four games: at Texas, at UAB, vs. Tulsa and vs. UCF.
2004: Played in 10 games on special teams and as a reserve at rover... Had four tackles (one primary) on the season... Assisted on two tackles against Fresno State.
High School -- 2003 graduate of Tom C. Clark High in San Antonio... Two-year all-District 28-5A free safety... Coached by Lloyd Alexander as a senior... Named the league's most valuable defensive player in 2002... First team on the San Antonio Express-News' all-city super team... Totaled 330 tackles with seven interceptions, 13 pass deflections and five caused fumbles in three years as a Cougar starter... Helped Clark to an 8-4 record and reach the Division I area finals as a senior... Cougars went 10-2 and made the Division II area finals during his junior season... Also competed on basketball, baseball and track teams... Two-year starter in basketball... Academic honors and activities include National Honor Society, English Honor Society, Who's Who Among American High School Students, Young Life and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Personal -- Full name: Justin Michael Abt... Born: July 18, 1985, at San Antonio... Parents: Frank and Charlene Abt, San Antonio (one sister)... Rice Major: sports management...