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Alonzo Highsmith, OLB

School: Arkansas  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Missouri City, TX
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 234 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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LATEST NEWS
05/03/2013 - Dolphins Sign 19 Undrafted College Free Agents...LB - ALONZO HIGHSMITH, JR. (6-0, 234, 11/21/89, Arkansas): Started all six games he appeared in 2012 season ... Tallied 54 tackles (25 solo), four tackles for a loss, two sacks, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed. - MiamiDolphins.com

10/10/2012 - The bad news just keeps coming for the Arkansas football program. This week, head coach John L. Smith announced the Razorbacks would be without two senior defenders for the remainder of the season due to injuries. Linebacker Alonzo Highsmith suffered ligament damage in his foot and defensive end Tenarius Wright has a shoulder injury. Both players were injured in Arkansas win over Auburn and will undergo surgery. Highsmith was the Razorbacks leading tackler through six games with 54 stops, which was good for fourth in the SEC. He was sidelined most of this past off-season after injuring his left pectoral muscle lifting weights. The spring injury required surgery, but he was ready for the season opener in September. Highsmith is the son of Alonzo Highsmith, who played running back at Miami (Fla.) before a seven-year NFL career. He is currently a senior personnel executive with the Green Bay Packers. Wright was moved between middle linebacker and defensive end as a senior, struggling to find a permanent home. He is currently fifth on the team in tackles (28), but didn't record a sack in 2012. "He had to make a decision on what to do and he's decided he's going to get it fixed," Smith said regarding Wright and his injury. "It's been one of those years. You can't explain it." Both players were considered late round NFL Draft prospects entering the season and season-ending injuries won't help their draft stock. While their collegiate careers are likely over, there is a chance Highsmith and Wright could be ready for pre-draft workouts. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

10/08/2012 - Arkansas linebacker Alonzo Highsmith is out for the season with a foot injury. Highsmith was injured in the first half against Auburn. He is undergoing surgery today. Coach John L. Smith said Highsmith's injury involves ligament damage. Highsmith was the team's leading tackler and has 54 for the season. Senior linebacker/defensive lineman Tenarius Wright is underdoing an MRI today. No update on his status for the remainder of the season. Cornerback Tevin Mitchel has been cleared to resume practice, Smith said. Mitchel was out after a hit to the head and having his gallbladder removed. - Chris Bahn, ArkansasSports360

09/11/2012 - Arkansas' defense had no apparent answer for Warhawks QB Kolton Browning. The junior rushed for a game-high 69 yards, scoring the decisive touchdown in overtime on a 16-yard run on fourth-and-one. Browning was 42-of-67 passing for 412 yards and three touchdowns. The Hogs got to him for three sacks and an interception. Senior LB Alonzo Highsmith, junior DT Robert Thomas and junior DE Chris Smith all recorded sacks for the Razorbacks. - The Sports Xchange

08/07/2012 - AREAS OF CONCERN: Obviously, the defense has to improve, especially against the run. The Razorbacks yielded over 167 yards a game to opposing rushers in 2011. New coordinator Paul Haynes got a great performance out of his unit in the bowl win over Kansas State after taking over the job, but can the Hogs maintain that edge over an entire season? - The Sports Xchange

08/06/2012 - Arkansas linebacker Alonzo Highsmith missed the entire spring after suffering a torn pectoral muscle in the weight room. He couldn't stand being away from the field, especially after being regarded as one of Arkansas' top returning defensive players. He was eager to prove it in preseason practice, too. But Highsmith is spending some more time on the sidelines during the first week of preseason camp. Highsmith did not practice with the Razorbacks on Sunday morning after suffering a hamstring injury a day earlier. Highsmith was injured during the final portion of Saturday's practice. The senior's leg problem does not appear to be serious, although it's not clear exactly how much practice time Highsmith will miss. Coach John L. Smith described the injury as a "tweaked" hamstring after Sunday's practice, which could keep Highsmith sidelined for "a day or so." Senior Terrell Williams logged most of the first-team work in Highsmith's place Sunday. Freshman Otha Peters also earned some more repetitions. "It's good for those other guys to step up and take those reps," Smith said of his replacements. Arkansas held its first full-squad workout of the preseason without Highsmith, who ranked third on the team in tackles last season and is a preseason candidate for the Butkus Award. It was the first time Arkansas' signees got to work alongside the veterans after three days of divided practices. - Robbie Neiswanger, The Arkansas News Bureau

08/04/2012 - Senior linebacker Alonzo Highsmith admits he is having to adjust to being coached on field by Taver Johnson. He's also getting used to working alongside Tenarius Wright, who was a defensive end last season. Not that Highsmith is complaining. He's just happy to be back on the field after sitting out in the spring with a pectoral injury. "It felt good to be back out there," said Highsmith, the team's top returning tackler. "It's been a long time. I'm starting to knock all the rust off right now." Things have changed for Highsmith, who was injured in the weight room on the final day of testing. His injury kept him out of spring practice, so he missed working on the field with Johnson. Wright's move to linebacker came about because of Highsmith's injury and now coaches are working to get them on the field together. "We've been talking about it in meetings, but it's finally [happening]," Highsmith said. "I like it so far." Highsmith spent additional time watching film and worked out the arm and other parts of his body he could while injured. - Chris Bahn, ArkansasSports360.com

07/28/2012 - Arkansas defensive coordinator Paul Haynes called Highsmith's potential ''off the roof,'' even though he missed spring practice after suffering a torn pectoral muscle while weight lifting. ''This fall camp is going to be important for him to make sure he gets back in the groove,'' Haynes said. ''It was good for him to sit out and get mental reps, watching a lot of film.'' Highsmith was lightly recruited as a 187-pound high school senior in Texas, with his only scholarship offer coming from Nicholls State (La.) before eventually ending up at Phoenix College because of his ACT and SAT scores. He had played football since he was 10, but the majority of that had come while living with his mother, Shwayne Sesler, in Florida. It wasn't until prior to his junior year of high school that Highsmith moved in with his father in Texas. Highsmith shares many things with his dad, most notably their name, but it's his independent streak that brings out his father's pride more than anything. ''He understands I don't care about football,'' Highsmith Sr. said. ''My sons aren't playing football to make a million dollars, buy me a home and take care of everyone that's in their lives. I want them to be productive citizens, go to school, enjoy playing football and be leaders in the community one day.'' - AP Sports

07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): OLB Alonzo Highsmith (65), Arkansas, Sr.,...started all 13 games of his first season at Arkansas and finished 2011 first on the team and 10th in the SEC with 12.5 tackles for loss. The senior from Missouri City, Texas, recorded 80 tackles, including 12.5 for loss with 4.5 sacks, two quarterback hurries, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one interception and one pass breakup. His sack total was second on the team, and his tackle total ranked third on the team. He made a career-high 12 tackles, including a career-high-tying 2.0 tackles for loss, in the 38-14 win vs. No. 15 Auburn. He scored his first touchdown as a Razorback on a 47-yard fumble return and also made seven tackles with 0.5 sack at No. 1 LSU. He opened the season with four tackles and 2.0 for loss, which was the third-highest TFL total by an SEC player in the season's first week, in a 51-7 win vs. Missouri State. The next week, he started a stretch of six straight games with at least five tackles by making five stops in the 52-3 victory vs. New Mexico. - Arkansas football

07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): OLB - Alonzo Highsmith, Arkansas...Highsmith started all 13 games of his first season at Arkansas and finished 2011 first on the team and 10th in the SEC with 12.5 tackles for loss. The senior from Missouri City, Texas, recorded 80 tackles, including 12.5 for loss with 4.5 sacks, two quarterback hurries, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one interception and one pass breakup. His sack total was second on the team, and his tackle total ranked third on the team. He made a career-high 12 tackles, including a career-high-tying 2.0 tackles for loss, in the 38-14 win vs. No. 15 Auburn. He scored his first touchdown as a Razorback on a 47-yard fumble return and also made seven tackles with 0.5 sack at No. 1 LSU. He opened the season with four tackles and 2.0 for loss, which was the third-highest TFL total by an SEC player in the season's first week, in a 51-7 win vs. Missouri State. The next week, he started a stretch of six straight games with at least five tackles by making five stops in the 52-3 victory vs. New Mexico. - Arkansas football

07/18/2012 - 2012 BUTKUS AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Alonzo Highsmith, Arkansas, has been selected to the Preseason Butkus Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to the top linebacker in college football by the Butkus Foundation. Highsmith started all 13 games of his first season at Arkansas and finished 2011 first on the team and 10th in the SEC with 12.5 tackles for loss. The Missouri City, Texas, native recorded 80 tackles, including 12.5 for loss with 4.5 sacks, two quarterback hurries, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one interception and one pass breakup. His sack total was second on the team, and his tackle total ranked third on the team. He made a career-high 12 tackles, including a career-high-tying 2.0 tackles for loss, in the 38-14 win vs. No. 15 Auburn. He scored his first touchdown as a Razorback on a 47-yard fumble return and also made seven tackles with 0.5 sack at No. 1 LSU. He opened the season with four tackles and 2.0 for loss, which was the third-highest TFL total by an SEC player in the season's first week, in a 51-7 win vs. Missouri State. The next week, he started a stretch of six straight games with at least five tackles by making five stops in the 52-3 victory vs. New Mexico. - Arkansas football

05/21/2012 - Leadership from within was a significant factor in Arkansas football getting through a tumultuous spring. Players in leadership roles helped the Razorbacks end last month on a high note. Those same players will be asked to set the tone in summer workouts, something that ought to be relatively easy after dealing with a rare April coaching change. Charged with the task of overseeing the team the next few months will be the Razorbacks' newly elected team captains. Quarterback Tyler Wilson, running back Knile Davis, center Travis Swanson, defensive tackle Alfred Davis and linebackers Tenarius Wright and Alonzo Highsmith. All six were heavily involved in getting the Razorbacks through the spring and handling media questions about the departure of Bobby Petrino and hiring of John L. Smith. - Chris Bahn, ArkansasSports360.com

05/21/2012 - Leadership from within was a significant factor in Arkansas football getting through a tumultuous spring. Players in leadership roles helped the Razorbacks end last month on a high note. Those same players will be asked to set the tone in summer workouts, something that ought to be relatively easy after dealing with a rare April coaching change. Charged with the task of overseeing the team the next few months will be the Razorbacks' newly elected team captains. Quarterback Tyler Wilson, running back Knile Davis, center Travis Swanson, defensive tackle Alfred Davis and linebackers Tenarius Wright and Alonzo Highsmith. All six were heavily involved in getting the Razorbacks through the spring and handling media questions about the departure of Bobby Petrino and hiring of John L. Smith. - Chris Bahn, ArkansasSports360.com

05/14/2012 - SCOUTING THE ARKANSAS DEFENSE: LB Alonzo Highsmith, is sitting out the spring after tearing a tendon in his pectoral muscle during a weight-lifting session. He is the only returning linebacker with much in the way of experience. The Hogs lose DE Jake Bequette, their top pass rusher, but welcome back DE Tenarius Wright, and Bryan Jones and Robert Thomas return at tackle. Half the secondary must be replaced. New coordinator Paul Haynes is coaching cornerbacks to play both the "boundary" and "field" sides, so that should help in developing depth. CB Darius Winston and S Eric Bennett are returning starters. - The Sports Xchange

05/14/2012 - LB Alonzo Highsmith injured his left pectoral muscle during weightlifting workouts and is sitting out spring practice. Highsmith started all 13 games in 2011 and led the team in tackles-for-loss with 12.5. He had 4.5 sacks and an interception as well. - The Sports Xchange

 
LATEST NEWS
05/03/2013 - Dolphins Sign 19 Undrafted College Free Agents...LB - ALONZO HIGHSMITH, JR. (6-0, 234, 11/21/89, Arkansas): Started all six games he appeared in 2012 season ... Tallied 54 tackles (25 solo), four tackles for a loss, two sacks, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed. - MiamiDolphins.com

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