Mississippi vs. Vanderbilt - Football Nashville, Tenn., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007
SINGLE-GAME HIGHS SOLO TACKLES: 9, twice, most recently at Tennessee, 11/19/2005 TOTAL TACKLES: 14, at Arkansas, 9/10/2005
2006 Defensive captain... Started every game at middle linebacker, extending career consecutive start streak to 27 games... Named Second team All-Southeastern Conference linebacker in coaches' ballot... Recipient of team's postseason Most Valuable Linebacker Award... Topped Commodores with 67 solo tackles and 93 total tackles, and ranked among team leaders with four quarterback hurries (T-1st), six tackles for loss (T-5th), 2.5 quarterback sacks (5th) and two forced fumbles (T-3rd)... Achieved at least five total tackles in all but one game... Started season in strong fashion, earning team's Defensive Player of the Week honors against Michigan after setting career highs in solo stops (12) and total tackles (14) in front of 109,000 fans and a national ESPN audience at Ann Arbor... Also blocked a Wolverine field goal attempt... Returned in Week 2 to produce another outstanding individual performance at Alabama, racking up 13 total tackles and a pair of forced fumbles in narrow loss to Crimson Tide... Contributed seven tackles in Commodore road win at Georgia and 10 total tackles and a sack in road win at Duke... Shared team's Defensive Player of the Week honors after nine-tackle, one-sack effort in narrow home loss to Florida... Helped Commodores stage late comeback against eventual national champion Gators with two individual defensive plays: an interception of Chris Leak attempt deep in Vanderbilt territory and timely tackle for loss of QB Tim Tebow on third down that halted another second half Florida drive.
Showed continued improvement in every game as starter at middle linebacker... Concluded season as team's third leading tackler with 47 solo stops and 63 total tackles... Established new season career highs in virtually every defensive category, including tackles for loss (3) and quarterback hurries (2)... Also contributed a quarterback sack and two defensed passes... Named team's Defensive Player of the Week after nine-tackle performance versus Kentucky... Played superb game in season-ending win at Tennessee, posting 10-tackle effort... Set single game career high with 14 tackles in early season road win at Arkansas... Totalled at least four tackles in nine games.
Played in every game, starting final four outings at middle linebacker... First collegiate start came at LSU... Set single-game career highs in primary tackles (7) and total tackles (9) at Kentucky... Contributed seven tackles versus Florida... In first start, had five tackles and forced fumble at LSU... Posted five tackles in finale versus Tennessee... Co-Defensive Player of the Week at Kentucky... Special Teams Player of the Week versus Eastern Kentucky.
Redshirted. Earned scout team Defensive Player of the Week honors after UT-Chattanooga and Mississippi State games.
Three-year starter and captain for Boston area power... Started at safety and receiver as sophomore; safety, receiver and quarterback as junior, and tailback and outside linebacker as senior... Team posted undefeated regular season records in 2001 and 2002...Rushed for 920 yards for 104 attempts in 2002... Passed for nine TDs and ran for 642 yards as junior quarterback... All-conference selection in 2001 and 2002... PrepStar All-East pick... Also started for basketball and track & field squad... One of state's top track & field athletes with bests of 11.0 (100 meters) and 151' (discus throw).
Goff is enrolled in the School of Engineering.
Jonathan T. Goff... Born in Atlanta, Ga... Raised by his mother, Gwendolyn Tyre, who is a Boston administrator... Older brother, Jason, attends Morehouse (Ga.) College... Prep teammate of Commodore sophomore tight end Jonathan Loyte... During summers mentored youngsters near hometown... Plans to major in engineering... Honor student and high academic achiever who participated in Johns Hopkins University Gifted and Talented Student Program and St. John's Prep Leadership Institute... Campus ministry retreat leader... Earned St. John's French Award in 2000... Travelled to Europe with Men's Honors Chorus.