Ryan Epperson returns after an all-SLC season as a junior.
Played in 29 games
2012 (Junior): Played in all 11 games, earning 14 tackles on the season, including one for a loss ... Recorded a season-high three tackles at McNeese State and Southeastern Louisiana ... His three stops against the Lions were unassisted.
2011 (Sophomore): Appeared in eight games this season ... Made 12 total tackles, including four solo stops ... Also recorded 2.5 tackles for losses and broke up one pass ... Recorded season high six tackles in the season opener against McMurry ... Was also credited with a tackle for a loss and PBU against the War Hawks.
2010 (Redshirt): Played in 10 games ... Recorded 17 tackles on the season, including five solo tackles ... Had a season-high four stops in the win over Northwestern State ... Also posted two three-tackle efforts.
2009 (Freshman): Utilized his redshirt season at TCU.
High School: Ranked by Rivals.com as the fifth-best linebacker in Texas and the No. 51 player in the state ... rated as the 23rd-best inside linebacker in the country ... all-state and first-team all-district ... recorded a district-best 131 tackles, including six for loss, to go with six forced fumbles and an interception his senior year ... a two-time all-Southeast Texas selection ... had 114 tackles, four interceptions and four forced fumbles as a junior ... totaled 245 tackles, 10 forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries, five interceptions and two defensive touchdowns over his junior and senior seasons ... named to the Beaumont Enterprise Super Gold Team ... a finalist for the 2008 Willie Ray Smith Award, the high school Heisman of Southeast Texas ... three-year letterman in football who also lettered twice in basketball.
Personal: His father, James Garrett, played football at Tyler Junior College and North Texas.