Hopes to bounce back from a season-ending ankle injury and regain starting status at the center position ... Has been cleared by medical staff to resume playing career during preseason camp after missing the final four games of the 2007 campaign and the entire spring practice period ... Despite depth chart placement, will have to battle Sean Allen and Stephen Heis for top job honors ... A former two-year reserve defensive tackle who was moved to the center position prior to the start of spring drills in 2006 and then accepted a redshirt season to help development and acclimation to new location ... Unselfishly embraced move and quickly became absorbed in learning the offensive scheme and subsequent blocking assignments ... Remains a physical performer who has enjoyed gains made in the strength program.
2007: Started five of nine games played at center ... Missed the final four games after having season ending ankle surgery (UAB) ... Recorded 15 knockdown blocks in 316 plays ... Member of a line that produced five individual 100-yard ground and three 100-yard receiving games ... vs. Va. Tech (9/1): Helped the Pirates to 261 yards of total offense (148/rush and 119/pass) ... Logged 53 plays with two knockdowns ... vs. UNC (9/8): Helped on pass protection for quarterback Patrick Pinkney, who passed for 406 yards (second-highest single-game performance in school history) and three TDs ... Logged 76 plays with three knockdowns ... vs. USM (9/15): Helped Pirates to 300 yards of total offense (97/rush and 203/pass) ... Logged 47 plays with three knockdowns ... vs. WVU (9/22): Participated in 36 plays with no knockdowns ... vs. Houston (9/29): Logged seven plays from scrimmage with no knockdowns ... vs. UCF (10/6): Experienced action as a reserve lineman logging 24 plays from scrimmage with three knockdowns ... Helped offensive unit record 370 yards of total offense (160/rush and 210/pass) ... Provided pass protection for Rob Kass, who threw for 201 yards with three TDs (2/pass and 1/rush) ... vs. UTEP (10/13): Experienced action as a reserve lineman logging 36 plays from scrimmage with two knockdowns ... Helped the Pirates rack up a then season-high 507 yards of total offense (208/rush and 299/pass) ... Provided protection for Chris Johnson's sixth career 100-yard rushing performance (126) ... vs. N.C. State (10/20): Participated in 30 plays from scrimmage in a reserve role with two knockdowns ... vs. UAB (10/27): Helped offensive unit rack up 471-yards of total offense (216/rush and 255/pass), the third-most of season ... Logged seven plays from scrimmage... Left the game with an ankle injury ... vs. Memphis (11/3): DNP-INJ ... vs. Marshall (11/10): DNP-INJ ... vs. Tulane (11/24): DNP-INJ ... vs. Boise State (12/23): DNP-INJ.
2006: Redshirted to assist in development process and enhance strength work at center position.
2005: Remained in a backup role for the Pirates' defense after starting the first two games (Duke, Wake Forest) ... Credited with 15 tackles (eight solo), a pair of forced fumbles (WVU, Memphis), a fumble recovery (WVU) and a batted pass (Southern Miss) ... vs. Duke (9/3): Registered two stops (one solo, one assisted) from the starting tackle position ... vs. Wake Forest (9/17): Booked three tackles (one solo) as a starting defensive tackle ... vs. WVU (9/24): Notched two tackles in a reserve role and forced a first quarter fumble, a career first, by WVU quarterback Adam Bednarik that set up an ECU field goal ... vs. USM (10/1): Recorded two tackles (one solo) as well as swatting down an attempted pass by Dustin Almond ... vs. Rice (10/8): Did not record any statistics ... vs. SMU (10/15): Made one solo tackle vs. Mustangs ... vs. Memphis (10/22): Stripped Tigers' running back DeAngelo Williams to log second forced fumble of the season ... Tied a season-high by recording three tackles ... vs. UCF (10/29): Assisted on one tackle ... vs. Tulsa (11/12): Notched one tackle ... vs. Marshall (11/19): Came off the bench but did not post any tackles ... vs. UAB (11/26): Did not register any statistics in part-time reserve role.
2004: Earned spot on the active roster at the close of fall camp and ended up playing in nine games off the bench as a true rookie ... Provided unit with stellar depth in games against Cincinnati, Louisville, Tulane, Southern Miss, Army, Houston, USF, Memphis and N.C. State ... Totaled eight tackles, three of which came as solo hits ... Also credited with one tackle for lost yardage (-1 vs. Memphis at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium) ... Established a personal-best with three tackles at Southern Miss ... Other multi-stop performance came at Houston ... Logged single solo hits against Army, Memphis and N.C. State ... Signed with the Pirate program during the traditional period in February.
High School: A first-team Class 4-A All-State choice ... Selected to the All-Southeast Region squad by PrepStar Magazine ... Rated among the top 12 defensive tackles in Florida by Orlando Sentinel prep expert Bill Buchalter ... Helped lead Armwood High School to the Class 4-A state title with a perfect 15-0 record ... Recorded 105 tackles (19 for lost yardage), 11 sacks and two fumble recoveries for scores as a senior ... A three-time All-Western Conference, two-time All-Hillsborough County and two-time All-SunCoast pick ... Chosen among the "Best Of The Bay Area" (No. 22) ...Tallied 70 tackles, 11 sacks and one interception as a junior ... Established a new Hawks' record for single-game sacks with five ... Opened varsity career with 45 stops, a pair of sacks, two forced fumbles and a pair of recoveries during sophomore campaign for coach Sean Callahan ... Served as a team captain for three seasons ... Won four additional letters in basketball (two as power forward) and track (two as shot put thrower) ... Earned selection to the school's Honor Roll (3.0 GPA).
Personal: Full name is Fred Hicks III ... Born December 17, 1985 at Brandon, Fla. ... Major is health education and promotion ... Father (Fred Hicks, Jr.) earned letters as a middle linebacker at Tulane and was extended professional tryout invitations by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks ... Hobbies include music, singing and reading Scripture.