July 9, 2012
This is part of a series spotlighting the players attending C-USA Football Media Day, July 25 in Dallas. Interviews from the event will be streamed live on ConferenceUSA.com.
Tulane senior LB Trent Mackey has made a mark during his first two seasons in a Green Wave uniform as one of the nation's top tacklers. This season, he and his teammates will look to new head coach Curtis Johnson to help guide the program to a winning campaign.
20 TRENT MACKEY, TULANE
Senior LB 5-11 227 (Port Sulphur, La./Carencro HS/Duke Univ.)
Career Notes: Two-year Tulane and three-year college letterman has 279 tackles (162 solo, 117 assists), 21.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two interceptions - including one returned for touchdown - and one pass break-up on defense while running once for a one-yard loss and catching one pass for a three-yard touchdown...played in 35 games with 24 starts...became the first Tulane player since Anthony Cannon in 2005 to surpass the 100-tackle plateau when he tallied 124 as a sophomore, and is one of just nine players in Tulane history to post consecutive 100-stop seasons after recording 145 as a junior...his 145 stops in 2011 ranks tied for 10th in Tulane single-season history as does his 96 solo stops a year ago...his 61 assisted stops in 2010 ranks tied for seventh in the program's annals...listed atop the depth chart at middle linebacker entering preseason practice where he is expected to start for the third consecutive season.
2011: Started all12 games he played in at middle linebacker as a junior...named first-team All-Conference USA, first-team All-Louisiana and earned a spot on the Rotary Lombardi Watch List after leading the team with 145 tackles (96 solo, 49 assists) and tackles for loss (14.0)...finished tied for second on the squad in fumble recoveries, third in sacks (4.5) and tied for third in interceptions (1)...ranked second in C-USA in tackles per game (12.1), sixth in tackles for loss per game (1.17) and 14th in sacks per game (0.38)...sat fourth nationally in tackles per contest and tied for 44th in tackles for loss per outing...had double-digit tackle totals on eight occasions, including a career-high 18 (16 solo, 2 assists) vs Syracuse (10/8)...twice named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week: after posting 16 stops (13 solo, 3 assists), including his first career sack, vs Southeastern Louisiana (9/3) and following a nine-tackle (4 solo, 5 assist), 0.5 tackle-for-loss, one-interception performance at UAB (9/17)...returned pick against Blazers 39 yards for a touchdown...added a score on offense with a three-yard touchdown reception against Southeastern...had four multiple tackle-for-loss contests, including a career-high 3.0, including a sack, at SMU (11/5)...recorded 15 tackles (4 solo, 11 assists), a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery returned 20 yards at East Carolina (10/29)...also had single-sack outings vs. Memphis (10/22) and at Rice (11/19) while adding a half a sack among 1.5 tackles for loss vs Tulsa (9/10).
2010: Started all 12 games at middle linebacker as a redshirt-sophomore...named Louisiana Newcomer of the Year and first-team All-Louisiana, first-team All-Conference USA by Phil Steele Publications and second-team All C-USA by a vote of league coaches and media after leading the team with 124 tackles (63 solo, 61 assists)...also tied for the team lead in forced fumbles (3), while ranking tied for third in fumble recoveries (1), fourth in tackles for loss (7.5), tied for fourth in interceptions (1) and tied for eighth in pass break-ups (1)...ranked fourth in C-USA and 17th in the NCAA in tackles per game (10.3), and tied for fourth in the league in forced fumbles per game (0.25)...had double-digit tackle totals on eight occasions, including a season-best 17 (10 solo, 7 assists) vs Army (10/9)...had 14 tackles (10 solo, 4 assists) to go with a tackle for loss vs Ole Miss (9/11)...earned C-USA Defensive Player of the Week honors after tallying 13 stops (5 solo, 8 assists), 2.0 tackles for loss and forcing a fumble vs Southeastern Louisiana (9/2)...also had 13 tackles (3 solo, 10 assists) at Marshall (11/27)...returned one fumble for 15 yards and picked off a pass for a six-yard return to along with eight tackles (6 solo, 2 assists) vs. Rice (11/13).
2009: Sat out the season due to NCAA transfer rules...redshirted the year.
Prior To Tulane: Played in 11 games as a true freshman at Duke in 2008...finished with 10 tackles (3 solo, 7 assists), primarily as a special teamer...tallied a season-best two tackles vs. Virginia (9/27) and at Clemson (11/15)...also recorded single-tackle outings vs. James Madison (8/30), vs. Northwestern (9/6), vs. Miami (10/18), at Wake Forest (11/1), vs. North Carolina State (11/8) and at Virginia Tech (11/22)...did not play at Vanderbilt (10/25).
High School: Four-year letterman at Carencro high for coaches Cyril Crutchfield and Lance Guidry...listed as the No. 36 inside linebacker in the country and No. 34 overall prospect from Louisiana by Rivals.com...ranked as the No. 91 inside linebacker in the nation by ESPN.com...named the LSWA Class 5A Defensive Most Valuable Player as a senior...tabbed 5A All-State selection in each of his final two prep seasons...chosen as a 2007 PrepNation 101 All-American...as a senior, recorded 103 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, five sacks, one interception, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries...also rushed for 636 yards and 10 touchdowns as Carencro went 7-4...posted 161 tackles, 12 sacks, six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries as a junior...compiled 105 tackles and eight sacks as a sophomore...three-time all-district choice...helped Carencro to three consecutive state playoff berths...also lettered in track and field, soccer and bowling.
Personal: Born Trent Darell Mackey, Jr., on November 10, 1989, in Gretna, La...one of two children of Trent D. Mackey, Sr., and Sinderlyn Dillard-Mackey...majoring in sociology.