|47 Dustin Lineback|
After a breakout season in 2008 as a member of the Pirates' special teams and defensive units, stood out as the top reserve linebacker in 2009 before suffering a season-ending knee injury at Tulsa ... An old-school, throw-back of sorts who originally arrived as a transfer walk-on in the fall of 2007 ... Had played in 24 consecutive games the past two seasons before the injury ... A reliable member of the special teams squad who was selected to the Victors Club (performance-based weekly award winner) as a junior ... Finished spring camp penciled in as the projected starting weakside linebacker opposite Wes Pittman ... Tallied three tackles in the first (April 3) and second (April 10) spring scrimmages ... Added three more stops during the Purple-Gold Game (April 17) ... Following the 2010 spring semester, was promoted to full scholarship status as a result of his rapid development, tireless work ethic and impact on the defensive side of the ball.
2009: Played in 10 games and made only start at outside linebacker against Rice ... Made 29 tackles with 13 solo hits before being shelved for the remainder of the year due to the knee injury suffered at Tulsa ... Had multi-tackle performances in six contests, including his final four of the season ... Only games in which he did not record a stop were against Appalachian State and SMU ... Booked first career tackle for a loss against Virginia Tech, bringing down Tyrod Taylor for a three-yard loss in the fourth quarter ... Credited with a career-high eight tackles vs. Owls during Conference USA win at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium ... Picked off first pass, returning it 36 yards, in the fourth quarter of the Homecoming tilt against Rice ... Also returned a kickoff for two yards against Rice ... Nearly matched his personal best with seven tackles at Tulsa, including five solo hits ... Registered his first career sack against the Golden Hurricane, combining with Michael Brooks to bring down G.J. Kinne for an eight-yard loss in the second quarter ... Returned his second career kickoff at Tulsa (seven yards) ... Of his 29 total tackles, 23 were compiled in his last four games - an average of nearly six per contest ... Also was among all special teams' tackle leaders with seven ... Ranked sixth on the team with six kickoff return stops.
2008: Rated as perhaps one of the most pleasant surprises for the Pirate special teams and defensive units ... Played in all 14 games and made two starts (UAB, UTEP) ... Tallied a total of 18 tackles, 13 coming as solo hits ... Also recovered a fumble against UCF (on-side kick that was officially credited as a recovery) ... Logged a season-best six stops against UTEP in regular season finale at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium ... Other multi-tackle efforts came vs. N.C. State (three) and UAB (two) in first start ... As previously mentioned, served as special teams stalwart - topping the unit with nine stops ... Recorded at least one tackle in 10 games ... Experienced first collegiate action against No. 17 Virginia Tech in season opener and recorded a special teams tackle ... Returned two kickoffs for 25 yards as an up-back ... Had one return for a personal long of 14 yards vs. Memphis before adding an 11-yarder against Marshall during Homecoming clash ... Added a tackle as a reserve linebacker vs. Tulsa in the Conference USA Championship Game.
2007: A walk-on who earned roster position at the close of preseason camps ... Did not experience game-day action but was a valuable member of the scout team.
2006: A member of head coach Bobby Poss' Brevard (N.C.) College Tornados football program during its transition from the NAIA to the NCAA level ... Led the team in tackles and picked off one pass.
High School: A three-year football letterman for the Falcons at Southeast Guilford High School ... Two-time All-Metro 3A Conference selection ... Named to the N.C. Preps.com 3A All-State Team as a senior ... Captain for head coach Fritz Hessenthaler as a junior and senior ... A two-way standout who played middle linebacker and quarterback ... Returned two interceptions for touchdowns as a senior ... Threw for 722 yards and rushed for 288 at quarterback in his final campaign ... As a junior, booked 127 tackles before upping that total to 161 as a senior ... Also earned three letters in baseball and was a two-time All-Metro 3A All-Conference honoree ... Lettered for the basketball team as a senior.
Personal: Full name is Dustin Michael Lineback ... Born June 8, 1988 at Greensboro, N.C. ... Son of Marty Jones and Dwayne Lineback ... A communications major and business minor ... Lists hobbies as billiards and scuba diving ... Wears No. 47 jersey because of former hard-hitting Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos safety John Lynch, one of his favorite players ... Says favorite movie is Forrest Gump while favorite TV show as a child was Power Rangers.