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2015 NFL DRAFT

Lonnie Ballentine, FS

School: Memphis  |  Conference: AAC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Memphis, TN
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 219 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
23196-7
Career Notes
Played in 42 total games over his four-year career with the Tigers ... Registered 141.5 tackles during career ... Among his 176 total tackles were 2.5 tackles for loss (-4 yards) and a quarterback sack ... Credited with two fumble recoveries and 13 pass deflections ... Recorded three interceptions as a Tiger for a total of 14 yards ... Two of his three interceptions were against UT Martin in 2012 ... Career best of 15 tackles against Arkansas State as a junior in 2012.
2013 Season
Started all 12 games of his final season as a Tiger ... Ranked fifth overall in tackles for Memphis in 2013 ... Credited with 37 unassisted tackles and 58 total tackles ... Also added five pass break-ups on the season ... One of seven Tigers to record a tackle in every game of the season ... Had six total tackles (three solo stops) in season opener against Duke ... Recorded four tackles in the second week of the season versus MTSU including three solo tackles ... Credited with a team, second best of eight tackles in the Tigers first win of the season over Arkansas State ... Had four tackles and two defensive pass breakups against UCF ... Was involved with a pass break up versus Houston ... Also had three tackles in game against the Cougars ... All four of his tackles versus SMU were unassisted ... Had seven tackles (four solo stops) in the Cincinnati game ... Helped the Tigers to a win over UT Martin with two tackles ... Also added a tackle in road game against South Florida ... Recorded six tackles in game at Louisville ... Had a game and season-high nine tackles against Temple in second to last game of the season ... Credited with four tackles in final game of the season versus Connecticut ... Two of his four tackles were unassisted ... Registered two defensive pass break ups during final game of season.
2012 Season
Memphis' leading tackler in the secondary, finishing the season with 66 total tackles (40 solo stops) ... Ranked fourth overall in tackles for Memphis in 2012 ... During the year had three interceptions, five pass breakups, a fumble recovery and a quarterback sack ... Had two pass interceptions in season opener against UT Martin ... Was one of just 77 FBS players to record multiple-interception games in 2012 ... Also had eight total tackles (three unassisted) against UT Martin which at the time tied a career high ... A week later at Arkansas State set a new career tackle standard with a 15-tackle game and also had a pass breakup in the game ... Had eight tackles (six unassisted) the next week against Middle Tennessee ... One of his two tackles in a win over Rice came the first series of the game when he tackled the Owl receiver a yard shy of the first down marker to force a punt ... Also broke up a pass in the Rice game ... Credited with a quarterback sack during three-tackle game at East Carolina ... Had five tackles (three solo stops) against UCF ... All five of his tackles at SMU were unassisted ... Had three unassisted tackles at Marshall ... Helped the Tigers begin a three-game win streak to end the 2012 season with a five tackle (three solo stop) game against Tulane ... Set the tone for the Tulane game when he intercepted a pass on the Green Wave's first play from scrimmage ... The interception set up a 54-yard touchdown drive as the Tigers took an early lead ... Had four tackles in the Battle for the Bones against UAB ... In addition to four tackles, recovered a fumble in the second quarter of the Southern Miss game ... Fumble recovery set up a 35-yard touchdown drive that gave the Tigers a 21-3 lead.
2011 Season
Saw action in 11 games, despite playing the entire campaign with a nagging hamstring injury ... Posted 35 total tackles with 21 solo stops and 14 assists ... Also recorded one pass breakup and 1.5 TFL (2 yards) ... Saw action in the season opener vs Mississippi State and had one assisted tackle ... Made his first start of the season against Arkansas State and logged a career-best four assisted tackles ... Had one solo tackle in a start against Austin Peay ... Started the SMU game before missing the following contest against Middle Tennessee ... Credited with six tackles (3-3) vs Tulane ... Had a pass breakup and three total tackles (2-1) against UCF ... Recorded career bests for total tackles (8) and solo stops (6) vs UAB ... Logged two tackles (1-1) and 0.5 TFL (1 yard) vs Marshall ... Had his third game of five-plus tackles in the season finale vs Southern Miss ... Made six stops (4-2) against the Golden Eagles, including 1.0 TFL (1 yard) ... Recovered his first collegiate fumble in the end zone to end the first half against Southern Miss.
2010 Season
One of 11 true freshmen to log action in 2010 ... One of six true freshmen to earn a start in at least one game ... Played in seven games with one start ... Logged 17 total tackles with nine solo hits and eight assists ... Recorded multiple tackles in four games ... Also posted two pass breakups and 0.5 TFL (1 yard) ... Missed the first two games vs Mississippi State and East Carolina ... Made his collegiate debut in the third week of the season vs Middle Tennessee ... Had two assisted tackles vs the Blue Raiders ... Recorded his first collegiate pass breakup vs Tulsa ... Logged his first collegiate solo tackle and first collegiate TFL vs Louisville ... Finished the game with five total tackles (3-2) and 0.5 TFL (1 yard) ... Had one assisted tackle and one pass breakup vs Southern Miss ... Received his first collegiate start vs Houston ... Logged a season-best seven tackles, including four solo stops, against the Cougars ... The four solo hits and three assisted tackles both were season bests ... Had two solo stops vs UAB.
High School
Signed with Memphis in March of 2010 ... Played for Coach Cedric Miller at Southwind High School ... Graduated early from high school, finishing his studies as a junior ... Saw primary action in the secondary ... Logged 45 tackles, six interceptions and 12 pass breakups in 2009 ... A 2009 team captain ... Also logged 800 all-purpose yards as a junior ... Rushed for 140 yards and three TD against Germantown High ... Rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com ... Named all-region first team ... Listed on the Super 24 Dream Team ... Selected to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA) All-State first team and All-Shelby Metro ... Invited to participate in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl All-Star Game ... Also ran track and played basketball for the Jaguars ... A member of the 400M relay team that captured the Tri-State Invitational Meet championship in April of 2010 ... Transferred to Southwind after two years at Hamilton High School.
Personal
Son of Lonnie Ballentine and Sheila Smith ... Born April 23, 1993 in Memphis, Tenn. ... Is married, and he and his wife, Brittany, have two children ... His mother, Sheila, played college basketball at Murray State and later played professionally in France ... Majoring in Sports and Leisure Management.
 
Player News
05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 7/256 - Lonnie Ballentine, S, 6-3, 215, Memphis...Mr. Irrelevant will have to make the team as a special teams player. The defense already has depth at safety. He's got good size and excellent 4.4 speed, but he's limited in coverage and doesn't play the run very well. Has natural talent but has to learn to become a player who can cover. - The Sports Xchange
 

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