MINERS

T.J. Monroe
19  T.J. Monroe

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
San Jose, Calif.

High School:
Piedmont Hills

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 225

Position:
LB

Experience:
SQ

2007 SPRING NOTES: Recorded six takedowns and a quarterback pressure in UTEP's final scrimmage of the spring ... enters the fall listed as a third-string SAM linebacker.

2006 (JUNIOR): Appeared in five games ... did not have any statistics.

PRIOR TO UTEP: Contributed 26 tackles, four pass break-ups, two interceptions, a forced fumble and three blocked kicks in 2004 at Gavilan College in Gilroy, Calif ... ranked third in Northern California in punt returns with a 14.2 average (long of 60) ... member of the state's top-ranked defense in `04 ... had seven interceptions in 2003, earning All-Conference honors ... two-year starter at Gavilan College, playing free safety and cornerback ... junior college coach was John Lango ... played wide receiver, defensive back and running back at Piedmont Hills High School ... chosen the outstanding defensive back of his team and league as a senior ... also first team all-league and second team CCS as a senior ... had 80 tackles, four interceptions (one for a touchdown) and two forced fumbles as a senior, while scoring seven touchdowns (six receiving, one rushing) ... chosen the San Jose Mercury News Player of the Week for his performance against Overfelt High School (two picks plus four catches for 134 yards and three TDs, including a 54-yard run for a score) ... first team all-league as a junior as well, tallying 40 tackles and two interceptions ... two-year varsity letterwinner for coach Matt Kiesle ... lettered in track and field and basketball as a junior and senior ... two-time second team all-league pick in hoops ... Homecoming king as a prep.

PERSONAL: Parents are Tyrone, Sr. and Christine Monroe ... has three brothers and two sisters ... uncle, Carl Monroe, played football at Utah and later for the San Francisco 49ers ... full name is Tyrone Henry Monroe, Jr. ... born 6/20/85 (San Jose, Calif.) ... multidisciplinary studies major.