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Atari Bigby

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 214 | College: UCF
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Positives: Has a compact, muscular frame with good upper body development, broad shoulders, good bubble, thick thighs and knotted calves. … Hard worker who pushes himself in the weight room. … Can track the ball through traffic and is best served when playing close to the line of scrimmage. … Takes decent angles in run pursuit and does a good job of adjusting his body going up for the ball in coverage. … Shows explosion when striking in pursuit. … Better in zone coverage than when playing in on-on-one situations, as he has enough straight-line burst to locate receivers in front of him. … Plays with good effort in run force and is quick to get to the perimeter. … Shows good pop on contact. … Lines up at strong safety, but can interchange and shift over to free safety with no problems handling those assignments.

Negatives: Durability is a major concern. … Missed six games during his career due to injuries, which is acceptable, but has had eight injuries that have forced him to spend considerable time on the training room table. … Will not take to hard coaching and while not selfish, will have to be handled differently as he does not display a "team first" attitude. … If he was a little taller and a little heavier, he could be a decent two-down linebacker, but he lacks the bulk to play that position. … His worst attributes are in pass coverage, as he not only lacks the quickness to stay with receivers in their routes, he also has a marginal feel for the passing game and will bite on play action and misdirection. … Gets sucked up in pass coverage too much because he is late to break down and react to the play. … Has adequate speed to cover backs in the short area, but is too stiff in his breaks to stay on the hip of receivers in man coverage. … Stands too tall in his backpedal and looks sloppy with his feet to turn and go, giving up too much cushion breaking on the ball. … Gets fooled by plays in front of him, committing too early on the play. … Takes false steps out of his breaks and struggles to come out of transition. … Has adequate hands, but shows questionable ball skills to adjust and play on deep routes. … Will hit with authority, but does not always take good angles to the ball. … When he breaks down the play too late, he will over-pursue. … More of a drag-down tackler who fails to bring his arms to wrap, causing him to fall off a fair share of his hits.

2004 Season

All-Mid American Conference first-team selection. … Started the first 11 games at strong safety. … Missed the season finale vs. Miami (Oh.) after he suffered a torn ligament in his wrist that required surgery after the season. … Finished with a career-high 112 tackles (80 solo), including five stops for losses of 13 yards. . ..Deflected five passes and caused two fumbles.

2003 GAME Analysis

Virginia Tech: Posted 17 tackles (10 solo) with a stop for a 3-yard loss.

Florida Atlantic: Had 10 hits (7 solo) and a pass break-up.

Syracuse and Eastern Michigan: Registered eight tackles in each game.

Buffalo: Broke up three passes and delivered 6 tackles (4 solo).

Ohio University: Collected nine solo tackles with a stop for a 1-yard loss.

Central Michigan: Made a pair of stops behind the line of scrimmage and six solo tackles.

West Virginia: Caused a fumble and was in on 10 tackles (7 solo), including one for a loss.

Marshall: Sacked QB Stan Hill and registered 10 tackles (7 solo).

2003 Season

All-MAC first-team pick. … Took over strong safety duties, recording 104 tackles (58 solo) with five stops for losses of 11 yards. … Had an 11-yard interception return, a forced fumble and five pass deflections.


Marshall: Posted 12 tackles with a stop behind the line of scrimmage.

Akron: Registered a season-high 17 tackles (11 solo).

Toledo: Came up with 11 hits and returned an interception 11 yards.

Western Michigan: Added 10 tackles with a pass break-up and a stop for a loss.

Buffalo: Had another 10p tackles and a deflected pass.

2002 Season

Named the team's Special Teams co-Player of the Year. … Saw action in all 11 games, finishing the year with 38 tackles (27 solo). … Forced one fumble, broke up three pass plays and also had an interception. … Best game came vs. Tulane, where he registered 12 total tackles, including eight solos.

2001 Season

Bigby redshirted and practiced with the defensive secondary.

Injury Report

2003: Suffered a left wrist sprain and a right hamstring strain in spring drills. … Was bothered by the wrist in July (ganglion). … Treated for a left shoulder sprain (AC joint) and tendinitis in early October. … Suffered a right knee medial collateral ligament sprain (first degree) in November. … Sat out the Miami, Ohio clash with a torn ligament in his left wrist, undergoing surgery in December.

2004: Suffered a right hamstring strain in spring drills. … Missed the Penn State, Buffalo, Northern Illinois and Akron games with a stress fracture in his left fibula.


Liberal Studies major. … Married, has two children. … Son of Holly Henlon. … Born 9/19/81 in Jamaica. … Resides in Miami, Florida.

High School

4.73 in the 40-yard dash (also had a 4.57 wind-aided time) … 335-pound bench press … 380-pound squat … 274-pound power clean … 35-inch vertical jump … 9'4" broad jump … 30 7/8-inch arm length … 9 -inch hands … Right-handed … 21/28 Wonderlic score.


Attended Miami (Fla.) Senior High, playing football for coach Nigel Dunn. … Made 72 tackles, four forced fumbles, and one interception on defense to go along with 500 yards receiving, 315 yards rushing and nine touchdowns on offense as a senior. Earned second-team Class 6A All-State and All-Dade County honors. … Played in the Dade-Broward All-Star Game. … Also lettered in soccer and ran track.


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