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Herman Lathers, OLB

School: Tennessee  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 234 lbs.
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2012 Season
*Games/Starts: 11/8

* Senior returned after missing all of 2011 with fractured ankle (June 2011)

*Third on team with 66 tackles, playing in 11 games with eight starts at WILL linebacker

*5.0 TFLs, 2.0 sacks, two passes defended, interception

*Two double-figure tackle games in 2012 and two in each season he has played for six in his career

*Over three games, had 35 tackles (11.7 per game) from Oct. 13-27

*Six tackles in each of last two games at Vanderbilt (11/17) and vs. Kentucky (11/24) in senior finale

*Career-high 15 tackles including two TFLs and first-career interception at #17 South Carolina (10/27)

*Fifth-career double-figure tackle game at Miss State

*Eight tackles vs. #1 Alabama (10/20)

*Tied career-high with 12 tackles at #19 Miss State (10/13) along with a break-up and a QB hurry

*Six tackles including a huge 8-yard sack/TFL/forced fumble at #5 Georgia (9/29) to set up Vols scoring drive from UGA 8-yard line

* Returned to action vs. #18 Florida (9/15) and racked up five tackles including 1.5 TFLs

Sat out Georgia State (9/8) with shoulder injury *Returned to action first game in two years vs. NC State (8/31), starting at WILL linebacker and made five tackles

*Senior returned after missing all of 2011 with fractured ankle (June 2011)

2011 Season
*Games/Starts: 0/0

* Sidelined with fractured ankle suffered in early June

2010 Season
*Games/Starts: 12/12

*Started in all 12 games he played in, missing only the UAB game with an ankle injury

*Among the Vols, ranked second in tackles with 75, fourth in sacks with 2.5 and sixth in tackles for loss with 4.5 (all are career highs)

*Added three quarterback hurries

* 14th in SEC contests with an average of 7.5 tackles per and tied for 19th overall in the league with 6.2 takedowns per game

* Led UT three times in tackles, including season-best 10-tackle performances vs. Vanderbilt and LSU

* Teamed with Gerald Williams for first career sack on LSU's final drive, also adding a TFL

*Tallied a career-high two TFLs at South Carolina, including a sack towards the end of the third quarter to force a three-and-out

*Posted first career pass breakup vs. Kentucky while adding eight tackles

*In a five-tackle outing vs. Alabama, Lathers notched UT's only sack to force a third-and-long and was credited with a QB hurry on third down to hold the Tide to a field goal

*Notched seven tackles vs. Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, leading UT against the Bulldogs

*Registered six stops against both Oregon and Mississippi

2009 Season
*Games/Starts: 13/5

* Claimed starting role at middle linebacker for season's final five games and turned in Freshman All-SEC performance

* Replaced injured Savion Frazier after Frazier had taken over for injured Nick Reveiz

* Made most of his opportunity by compiling 43 of his season's 52 tackles in those five starts

* Finished fifth on team in tackles with 52

* Turned in standout late-season performances against Vanderbilt and in Chick-fil-A Bowl against Virginia Tech, registering 12 tackles in each contest

* Also contributed 11/2 tackles for loss against Hokies

* Added seven-tackle performance at Mississippi and six-tackle effort at Kentucky

2008 Season
High School
*Named All-State, All-Metro and All-District 5-5A as senior in 2007

* Most Valuable Interior Player in U.S. Army Red Stick Bowl Game following senior season

* Baton Rouge Advocate Second Dozen

* PrepStar All-Region

* Tallied 114 tackles with 18 tackles-for-loss and five sacks during senior year

* Also had two interceptions

* As junior at Istrouma High School, had 96 tackles and 14 sacks

* Played two years at Istrouma in Baton Rouge before finishing at Scotlandville

*Coach at Scotlandville High School - Richard Oliver

Injury Report
2012: Suffered an AC join sprain and slight shoulder separation in September, but played through the injury while wearing a brace after missing only one game.
*Full name: Herman Lathers

*Born December 23, 1989 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

*Son of Janice Lathers and Herman Brown

*Majoring in Sports Management

04/17/2013 - 2013 NFL DRAFT: 124 FBS PROGRAMS, 124 POSSIBLE UNDRAFTED ROOKIE FREE AGENTS: TENNESSEE: OLB Herman Lathers (6-0, 234, 4.64)...After missing the 2011 season due to an ankle injury, Lathers returned in 2012 and looked athletic in coverage with good pursuit speed, playing with a chip on his shoulder. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

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