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Colin McCarthy
LB #52
Height:
6-1
Weight:
243
Age:
26
College:
Miami (Fla.)
Experience:
4

Biography

PRO: An intelligent and tough competitor, Colin McCarthy fits the mold of previous University of Miami standouts at linebacker. The former Hurricanes defender was selected in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft and was in the starting lineup by Week 9 of his rookie campaign.  He led the Titans with eight tackles for loss, and his 76 tackles made up the fourth-highest total by a Titans rookie since 1999.  Injuries derailed his second season, limiting the defensive captain to seven games in 2012.  The 6-foot-1-inch, 243-pounder saw action in all 16 games in 2013 and collected 51 tackles, a quarterback pressure, two tackles for loss, an interception and a forced fumble.  

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    McCarthy was voted by his teammates as a defensive captain in 2012. Injuries (ankle and concussion) limited him to seven starts, but he still managed to collect 45 tackles.
•    McCarthy notched his first career NFL touchdown in Miami on Nov. 11, 2012, returning an interception 49 yards for a score.
•    As a rookie in 2011, McCarthy entered the starting lineup after midseason and made a significant impact on the Titans defense.  His totals included 76 tackles, a team-high eight tackles for loss, one interception, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.  Although he started in less than half of the team’s games, his tackle total was the fourth-highest by a Titans rookie since 1999.
•    McCarthy played in 49 games during his career at Miami (2006-10), tied for the sixth-most in school history and only three behind Brandon Meriweather’s all-time mark.
•    His 35 starts and 308 career tackles for the Hurricanes were the most by a Miami linebacker since Jonathan Vilma (37, 371).     

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    McCarthy survived a frightening car accident in 2007.  He was asleep as a passenger in a car driven by a teammate when the teammate fell asleep.  The car flipped six times, but McCarthy left the scene without serious injury.  Two teammates—the driver and another passenger—suffered injuries that ended their football seasons.
•    McCarthy grew up outside of Philadelphia and then moved to Tampa prior to high school.
•    McCarthy was given jersey No. 44 when he got to Miami, the same number that was worn by another Hurricanes linebacker to whom  McCarthy was often compared, Dan Morgan.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Philadelphia, Pa., native was selected by the Titans in the fourth round (109th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.  

COLLEGE:
•    Started 35 total games for the Hurricanes, including 20 at strong-side linebacker, four at weak-side linebacker and 11 at middle linebacker.  He was moved to middle linebacker just prior to his senior season.  He played in 49 games in his career (2006-10), which tied for the sixth-most in school history and only three less than all-time leader Brandon Meriweather (2002-06).  Finished his career with 308 tackles, 34 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, three interceptions, six passes defensed, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.  He was a two-time All-ACC honoree.  
•     As a senior (2010), played in 12 games with 11 starts.  Led the team and ranked third in ACC with 119 tackles and also led the team with four quarterback hurries.  Ranked fourth with 10.5 tackles for loss.  Earned honorable mention All-ACC by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.  
•     As a junior (2009), played in all 13 games with 10 starts and ranked second on UM’s defense with 95 total tackles.  Also ranked second among Hurricane defenders with 10.5 tackles for loss.  Named second-team All-ACC by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.  Also named third-team All-ACC by Phil Steele.  
•    As a junior (2008), started the first four games of the season before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury.  Tallied 21 tackles before being awarded a medical hardship.
•    As a sophomore (2007), played in 11 games with 10 starts at strongside linebacker and ranked fifth on the team with 74 tackles.  Led the team with 12 tackles for loss and added two sacks, three quarterback pressures, one interception, one fumble recovery for a touchdown, one forced fumble and five pases defensed.
•    As a freshman (2006), played in nine games primarily on special teams and had the team’s only blocked punt of the season.  Served as the team’s backup at strongside linebacker most of the year and saw action on defense in two games.  Tied for third on the team with six tackles on special teams.

PERSONAL:  
•    Single, resides in Tampa.
•    Earned All-State honors as a senior linebacker at Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic High School, where he played linebacker, tight end and wide receiver.  Finished senior year with 133 tackles, four sacks, one interception and 25 tackles for loss on defense.  On offense, caught 38 passes for 644 yards and seven touchdowns.  Rated the No. 24 outside linebacker prospect by Rivals.com and the No. 5 linebacker by the Florida Times-Union.
•    As a junior, played linebacker and tight end, making a school-record 163 tackles, five sacks and five interceptions.
•    List of favorites: (movie) “300”; (TV show) “SportsCenter”; (actor) Zach Galifianakis; (music) country music and rap; (school subject) math; (car) BMW 650; (book) the playbook; (video game) NCAA Football; (food) tacos; (childhood sports hero) Brian Dawkins; and (sports team other than the Titans) Miami Heat.
•    Follow McCarthy on Twitter at @COLINMcCARTHY52.
•    Born Colin Michael McCarthy on May 30, 1988 in Birdsboro, Pa.
PRO: An intelligent and tough competitor, Colin McCarthy fits the mold of previous University of Miami standouts at linebacker. The former Hurricanes defender was selected in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft and was in the starting lineup by Week 9 of his rookie campaign.  He led the Titans with eight tackles for loss, and his 76 tackles made up the fourth-highest total by a Titans rookie since 1999.  Injuries derailed his second season, limiting the defensive captain to seven games in 2012.  The 6-foot-1-inch, 243-pounder saw action in all 16 games in 2013 and collected 51 tackles, a quarterback pressure, two tackles for loss, an interception and a forced fumble.  

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    McCarthy was voted by his teammates as a defensive captain in 2012. Injuries (ankle and concussion) limited him to seven starts, but he still managed to collect 45 tackles.
•    McCarthy notched his first career NFL touchdown in Miami on Nov. 11, 2012, returning an interception 49 yards for a score.
•    As a rookie in 2011, McCarthy entered the starting lineup after midseason and made a significant impact on the Titans defense.  His totals included 76 tackles, a team-high eight tackles for loss, one interception, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.  Although he started in less than half of the team’s games, his tackle total was the fourth-highest by a Titans rookie since 1999.
•    McCarthy played in 49 games during his career at Miami (2006-10), tied for the sixth-most in school history and only three behind Brandon Meriweather’s all-time mark.
•    His 35 starts and 308 career tackles for the Hurricanes were the most by a Miami linebacker since Jonathan Vilma (37, 371).     

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    McCarthy survived a frightening car accident in 2007.  He was asleep as a passenger in a car driven by a teammate when the teammate fell asleep.  The car flipped six times, but McCarthy left the scene without serious injury.  Two teammates—the driver and another passenger—suffered injuries that ended their football seasons.
•    McCarthy grew up outside of Philadelphia and then moved to Tampa prior to high school.
•    McCarthy was given jersey No. 44 when he got to Miami, the same number that was worn by another Hurricanes linebacker to whom  McCarthy was often compared, Dan Morgan.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Philadelphia, Pa., native was selected by the Titans in the fourth round (109th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.  

COLLEGE:
•    Started 35 total games for the Hurricanes, including 20 at strong-side linebacker, four at weak-side linebacker and 11 at middle linebacker.  He was moved to middle linebacker just prior to his senior season.  He played in 49 games in his career (2006-10), which tied for the sixth-most in school history and only three less than all-time leader Brandon Meriweather (2002-06).  Finished his career with 308 tackles, 34 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, three interceptions, six passes defensed, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.  He was a two-time All-ACC honoree.  
•     As a senior (2010), played in 12 games with 11 starts.  Led the team and ranked third in ACC with 119 tackles and also led the team with four quarterback hurries.  Ranked fourth with 10.5 tackles for loss.  Earned honorable mention All-ACC by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.  
•     As a junior (2009), played in all 13 games with 10 starts and ranked second on UM’s defense with 95 total tackles.  Also ranked second among Hurricane defenders with 10.5 tackles for loss.  Named second-team All-ACC by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.  Also named third-team All-ACC by Phil Steele.  
•    As a junior (2008), started the first four games of the season before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury.  Tallied 21 tackles before being awarded a medical hardship.
•    As a sophomore (2007), played in 11 games with 10 starts at strongside linebacker and ranked fifth on the team with 74 tackles.  Led the team with 12 tackles for loss and added two sacks, three quarterback pressures, one interception, one fumble recovery for a touchdown, one forced fumble and five pases defensed.
•    As a freshman (2006), played in nine games primarily on special teams and had the team’s only blocked punt of the season.  Served as the team’s backup at strongside linebacker most of the year and saw action on defense in two games.  Tied for third on the team with six tackles on special teams.

PERSONAL:  
•    Single, resides in Tampa.
•    Earned All-State honors as a senior linebacker at Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic High School, where he played linebacker, tight end and wide receiver.  Finished senior year with 133 tackles, four sacks, one interception and 25 tackles for loss on defense.  On offense, caught 38 passes for 644 yards and seven touchdowns.  Rated the No. 24 outside linebacker prospect by Rivals.com and the No. 5 linebacker by the Florida Times-Union.
•    As a junior, played linebacker and tight end, making a school-record 163 tackles, five sacks and five interceptions.
•    List of favorites: (movie) “300”; (TV show) “SportsCenter”; (actor) Zach Galifianakis; (music) country music and rap; (school subject) math; (car) BMW 650; (book) the playbook; (video game) NCAA Football; (food) tacos; (childhood sports hero) Brian Dawkins; and (sports team other than the Titans) Miami Heat.
•    Follow McCarthy on Twitter at @COLINMcCARTHY52.
•    Born Colin Michael McCarthy on May 30, 1988 in Birdsboro, Pa.
 
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 161 117 44 0.0 0 5 3 50 -- 49 1 3 2
2013 TEN 16 5 55 38 17 0.0 -- 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 --
2012 TEN 7 7 38 25 13 0.0 0 1 1 49 49 49 1 0 --
2011 TEN 13 7 68 54 14 0.0 -- 3 1 0 -- 0 0 2 2

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