University of Texas Longhorns
San Antonio, Texas
Holmes High School
Cedric has been overshadowed by more heralded Longhorns the last few years, but ask any Texas coach who is the most important piece of their defense and they will cite the versatility, athleticism and veteran leadership that Cedric possesses. The three-year starter can play any position in the defensive backfield and is a proven kamikaze on special teams.
At Holmes High School, Cedric was an All-State Class 5A defensive back in 2000, and he also excelled as a wide receiver. He recorded 26 tackles and seven interceptions at corner-back and caught eight passes for 202 yards, including two touchdowns as a senior. He also rushed for 198 yards, had a 90-yard kickoff return and returned a pair of punts for 95 yards against Taft High. As a junior, Griffin collected 76 tackles with three interceptions (two returned for scores) and fourteen pass deflections. He lettered three times as a sprinter/hurdler in track, winning the
District 26-5A title in the 300-meter hurdles as a junior.
Griffin spent the 2001 season performing at cornerback on Texas' scout team. He appeared in every game in 2002, sharing the team's Most Improved Defensive Player Award, as he started three games at strong safety and another three at nickel back. Cedric collected a career-high 69 tackles (38 solos) with a 13-yard sack, three stops for losses and four quarterback pressures. He also caused two fumbles and deflected four passes.
Cedric started every game in 2003 at right cornerback, in addition to performing on special teams. He posted 48 tackles (31 solos) with a stop behind the line of scrimmage and a pressure. Griffin also intercepted a pass, deflected seven others and returned a blocked punt 8 yards.
Griffin earned All-Big Twelve Conference mention in 2003, as he again started every game at right cornerback. He finished fifth on the team with 68 tackles (53 solos), including three stops behind the line of scrimmage. He caused and recovered a fumble, batted away six passes and intercepted two others. 26 of his tackles came in run support.
The 2005 season saw Griffin finish fourth on the team with 86 tackles (48 solos), including a stop for a loss. He caused two fumbles, recovered another and deflected fifteen passes.
In 51 games, Griffin started 44 times. He recorded 271 tackles (170 solos) with a 13-yard sack, eight stops for losses of 27 yards and five quarterback pressures. He deflected 32 passes and also intercepted three others for 29 yards in returns. Cedric caused five fumbles, recovered another, returned a blocked punt for an 8-yard gain and a blocked field goal 56 yards for a touchdown.
A starter in 44 of 51 games for the Longhorns, Cedric ranks on the school's top fifteen chart with 32 pass deflections…In his last two seasons, 51 of his 154 stops have come vs. the run…Also registered 29 third-down stops during that time span…In 2002, Griffin became the first Longhorn ever to return a blocked field goal for a touchdown, when he took one back 56 yards at Tulane that year.
All-Big Twelve Conference second-team selection by The NFL Draft Report…Started every game at strong-side cornerback…Helped the team rank fifth in the nation in pass defense (155.9 ypg) and second in pass e efficiency (91.3 rating)…Finished fourth on the team with 86 tackles (48 solos), including a stop for a 2-yard loss…Recovered a fumble and caused two others…Also deflected fifteen passes.
All-Big Twelve Conference honorable mention by the league's coaches…Started every game at right cornerback, ranking fifth on the team with 68 tackles (53 solos), including three stops for losses of 5 yards…Caused and recovered a fumble…Deflected six passes and intercepted two others for 29 yards in returns…Added five tackles on special teams… 25 of his 68 stops came in run support…Had 14 hits on third-down plays.
Manned the right cornerback position, starting every game…Also competed on the special team units…Ranked tenth on the squad with 48 tackles (31 solos), a stop for a 2-yard loss and a quarterback pressure in thirteen contests…Deflected seven passes and intercepted another…Also gained 8 yards on a blocked punt return.
Co-recipient of the team's Most Improved Defensive Player Award…Was a key member of a Longhorns defense that led the Big Twelve Conference and ranked eighth in the NCAA in pass defense (165.2 ypg)…Played in every game as a redshirt freshman, starting vs. Houston, Tulane and Oklahoma State at strong safety and vs. Oklahoma, Baylor and Texas Tech at nickel back…Recorded a career-high 69 tackles (38 solos)…Had a 13-yard sack, three stops for losses of 18 yards and four quarterback pressures…Caused two fumbles and deflected four passes…Became the first Longhorn to ever return a blocked field goal for a touchdown.
Redshirted as a freshman…Performed on the scout team as a cornerback.
4.54 in the 40-yard dash…2.67 20-yard dash…1.62 10-yard dash…Bench presses 225 pounds 17 times…35.5-inch vertical jump…10'5" broad jump…4.1 20-yard shuttle…11.3 60-yard shuttle…6.84 three-cone drill.
Attended Holmes (San Antonio, Tex.) High School, playing football for head coach David Sanchez…All-State Class 5A defensive back in 2000…Also excelled as a wide receiver…
Recorded 26 tackles and seven interceptions at cornerback and caught eight passes for 202 yards, including two touchdowns as a senior…Also rushed for 198 yards, had a 90-yard kickoff return and returned a pair of punts for 95 yards against Taft High…As a junior, Griffin collected 76 tackles with three interceptions (two returned for scores) and fourteen pass deflections…Lettered three times as a sprinter/hurdler in track, winning the District 26-5A title in the 300-meter hurdles as a junior.
Youth and Community Studies major…Very active in the Longhorns' community service program…Serves as a mentor at local elementary and middle schools…Lived in Baton Rouge,
Louisiana, until he was nine-years-old and moved to California for a year before relocating to San
Antonio when he was ten…Born Cedric Leonard Griffin on 11/11/82 in Natchez,
Mississippi…Resides in San Antonio, Texas.
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