The skinny on Kevin Curtis

Tackles with intensity, relishing the contact near the line…

KEVIN CURTIS

Free Safety

Texas Tech University Red Raiders

6:01.5-212

Lubbock, Texas

 

Three-year starter who lined up at both free and strong safety during his career…Shows the balance and agility to close down hill…Makes quick decisions in the short area, displaying aggression while making proper reads in run support…Catches and secures the ball away from the framework…Has a strong straight-line charge…Comes off the edge with explosion, showing the ability to locate and flush the quarterback out of the pocket…Stays in control, using his hands properly to redirect the tight ends…Anticipates the pass well, leaping for the ball at its highest point…The three-time All-Big Twelve Conference selection ranks second on the school's career-record list with 422 tackles (246 solos), topped only by Brad Hastings (480, 1983-86)…His ten interceptions rank sixth in Tech annals while his 144 yards in returns rank seventh… Added six sacks for minus 30 yards, 26 stops for losses of 87 yards and 28 pass deflections.

 

2001 SEASON

All-American second-team selection by Football News…All-Big Twelve Conference second-team pick by the league's coaches and Associated Press…Registered over 100 tackles for the third-straight season as he totaled 102 hits (69 solos) with four sacks for minus 21 yards and eight stops for losses of 33 yards…Deflected five passes and had four interceptions for 19 yards in returns…Caused two fumbles and recovered another…Also had nine quarterback pressures…Started the first four games at strong safety before shifting back to free safety for the rest of the year.

New Mexico…Opened the season with a 6-tackle effort.

North Texas…Sacked QB Scott Hall for a 4-yard loss, causing a fumble.

Texas…Added 7 hits (5 solos) with a stop for a 4-yard loss.

Kansas…Moved back to free safety, responding with 10 tackles (9 solos), a 4-yard sack and 3 pass deflections.

Kansas State…Followed with a 14-tackle (10 solos) performance.

Nebraska…Delivered 11 tackles (9 solos) with 2 pass break-ups and picked off a pair of Eric Crouch's passes, including one in the end zone.

Baylor…Made 10 tackles (7 solos) and returned an interception 15 yards.

Texas A&M…Sacked QB Mark Farris for a 6-yard loss, recovered a fumble and posted 9 tackles (5 solos).

Oklahoma State…Matched his season-high with 14 tackles (10 solos)…Also had a pair of sacks for minus 11 yards, 3 stops for losses of 14 yards and a forced fumble.

Oklahoma…Totaled 9 tackles with a stop behind the line of scrimmage and a deflected pass.

Stephen F. Austin…Had 8 tackles, a 4-yard interception return and a pass break-up.

Iowa (Alamo Bowl)…Closed out his career with 9 tackles (6 solos).

 

2000 SEASON

Consensus All-Big Twelve Conference first-team selection…Started every game at strong safety…Finished second on the team and 18th in the nation with 121 tackles (63 solos), including two sacks for minus 9 yards and 15 stops for losses of 43 yards…Intercepted two passes for 58 yards in returns and tied for the squad lead with 13 pass deflections… Caused and recovered a pair of fumbles…Registered a safety and nine quarterback pressures.

New Mexico…Brought down tailback Holman Wiggins behind the line of scrimmage, causing a fumble on the play that was recovered by Tech's Aaron Hunt for a 63-yard touchdown return and collected 10 tackles (8 solos) with a pass break-up.

Utah State…Added 9 tackles with a 4-yard sack.

North Texas…Deflected a pass, made 9 hits and caused a fumble late in the fourth quarter to preserve a 13-7 decision.

Louisiana-Lafayette…Was in on 8 tackles (6 solos) with a pair of stops for losses, 2 pass break-ups, 2 pressures and an interception.

Texas A&M…Followed with 11 tackles and a stop behind the line of scrimmage.

Baylor…Advanced a fumble recovery 16 yards, collected 8 tackles, deflected 2 pressures and had a pressure that resulted in an interception.

Nebraska…Registered a career-high 21 tackles (8 solos) with a pass deflection and brought down tailback Dan Alexander for a 3-yard loss.

Kansas State…Sacked QB Jonathan Beasley in the end zone for a safety, made 14 tackles with a pressure and 3 stops for losses while also coming up with 2 pass deflections.

Kansas…Batted away 2 passes and was in on 9 tackles.

Texas…Followed with 12 tackles (7 solos) and 3 stops for losses.

Oklahoma State…Made 5 hits, 2 pressures and a pass break-up…Returned an interception

55 yards for a touchdown.

Oklahoma…Had 2 more pressures and 6 tackles.

East Carolina (Galleryfurniture.com Bowl)…Credited with 7 tackles.

 

1999 SEASON

All-Big Twelve Conference first-team choice…Started every game at free safety…Led the team with a career-high 153 tackles (93 solos)…Only Michael Johnson (154 in 1987), Lawrence Flugence (156 in 2000) and Brad Hastings (171 in 1985) had more tackles in a season for the Red Raiders…Had three stops for losses of 11 yards and intercepted three passes for 47 yards in returns…Credited with two quarterback pressures and six pass deflections…Recovered three fumbles and caused another.

Arizona State…Made 17 tackles (13 solos) and recovered a fumble.

Louisiana-Lafayette…Added 13 hits with a stop behind the line of scrimmage.

Colorado…Totaled 20 tackles (11 solos) as he recovered a fumble and picked off a pass.

Baylor…Set up a score with a 47-yard interception return and registered 13 tackles.

Missouri…Recovered a fumble, advancing the ball 86 yards for a touchdown and was in on 20 tackles.

Iowa State…Caused a fumble and posted 19 hits (14 solos).

Texas…Made 15 tackles (11 solos), including one for a loss.

Oklahoma…Finished the season with a 14-tackle (10 solos) performance.

 

1998 SEASON

Played in every game, earning a start at free safety vs. Texas…Recorded 45 tackles (21 solos) with an interception and four pass deflections.

Texas…In his first career start, he made 10 tackles and returned an interception 20 yards.

Oklahoma…Posted a season-high 12 tackles and deflected a pass.

 

1997 SEASON

Redshirted as a freshman.

 

AGILITY TESTS

4.53 in the 40-yard dash…37.5-inch vertical jump…10'4" broad jump…Bench presses 225 pounds 24 times…33-inch arm length…10-inch hands…Right-handed.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Attended Coronado (Lubbock, Tex.) High…Played quarterback primarily, completing 69 of 136 passes for 1018 yards and five touchdowns...Also rushed for 339 yards and five scores…Named District 3-5A MVP and first-team All-District...All-South Plains selection by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal...Helped the team to an 18-6 record over two seasons...As a junior, the squad went 11-2 and was regional champions...Played defense on third down situations...Also played basketball and baseball.

 

PERSONAL

Restaurant and Hotel Management major…Son of Joyce and Charles Curtis…Born 7/28/80 in Frankfurt, Germany…Resides in Lubbock, Texas.

 

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

STATS

GP

GS

TK

SO

AS

FR

FC

INT

TFL

PBU

SACK

PRES

1998

11

01

  45

  21

  24

  0

  0

  1

  0-  0

   4

  0.0-  0

     0

1999

11

11

153

  93

  60

  3

  1

  3

  3-11

   6

  0.0-  0

     2

2000

12

12

122

  63

  59

  2

  2

  2

15-43

 13

  2.0-  9

     9

2001

11

11

102

  69

  33

  1

  2

  4

  8-33

   5

  4.0-21

     9

TOTAL

45

35

422

246

176

  6

  5

10

26-87

 28

  6.0-30

   20

 

INTERCEPTION RETURNS

ADVANCED FUMBLES

STATS

NO

YARDS

AVG

TD

LONG

NO

YARDS

AVG

TD

LONG

1998

  1

     20

20.0

  0

   20

 

 

 

 

 

1999

  3

     47

15.7

  0

   47

  2

     93

46.5

  1

   86

2000

  2

     58

29.0

  1

   55

  2

     54

27.0

  0

   38

2001

  4

     19

  4.8

  0

   15

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

10

   144

14.4

  1

   55

  4

   147

36.8

  1

   86

 


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