CAREER: Talented senior linebacker who burst onto the starting lineup in the third game of the 2011 season and has started every game since . . . Has played in 36 career games, earning 24 starts . . . Came to Mississippi State after playing prep football at nearby Noxubee County.
2012: Started all 13 games during his junior campaign . . . Team’s fifth-leading tackler with 62 total stops and five tackles for loss . . . Also filled the stat sheet with three pass breakups and a pair of quarterback hurries . . . Posted eight total tackles with seven solos in the win over Troy . . . Also recorded eight tackles against Texas A&M . . . Recorded one and a half tackles for loss in the win over Auburn . . . Racked up a career-high-tying two tackles for loss in the victory over Arkansas.
2011: Played in all 12 regular season games and the Music City Bowl, earning starts in the last 11 contests . . . Racked up 69 tackles, ranking fifth on the team . . . Tallied 9.0 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles as well . . . Totaled his 2010 season total with seven tackles in the season-opening win at Memphis, including 1.0 tackles for loss . . . Credited for four tackles in his first career start vs. No. 3 LSU at home . . . Recorded seven tackles in the win over Louisiana Tech . . . Notched a career-high 10 tackles at Georgia, including one for loss . . . Had six tackles and 1.0 tackles for loss in the road win at UAB . . . Tallied four tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss vs. South Carolina . . . Registered seven tackles and a tackle for loss vs. No. 3 Alabama at home . . . Recorded his first career forced fumble to go along with six tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss at No. 6 Arkansas . . . Closed the regular season with nine tackles, another forced fumble and a tackle for loss in the Egg Bowl triumph vs. rival Ole Miss . . . Recorded a career-high 2.0 tackles for loss in a Music City Bowl win vs. Wake Forest.
2010: Played in 10 games and totaled seven tackles on the season . . . Saw time as a reserve linebacker and on kick-coverage units . . . Credited with a pair of stops against Houston and in the Egg Bowl . . . Posted one solo stop against Michigan in the New Year’s Day Gator Bowl victory.
2009: Sat out the season as a true freshman redshirt.
HIGH SCHOOL: Ranked as the No. 28 strong linebacker prospect in the country by national recruiting website Scout.com . . . Listed as the No. 39 weakside linebacker in the country by national recruiting website Rivals.com . . . That site also rates him the No. 19 player, regardless of position, in the state of Mississippi, the top-ranked linebacker on the chart . . . Credited with a 305-pound bench press and running a 4.7 in the 40-yard dash by Rivals . . . Named First-Team All-State on the defensive line by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger newspaper in all classifications following his senior campaign . . . Rated with the top 25 high school prospects in the state of Mississippi by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger following his senior season . . . Played defensive end as a senior for Head Coach M.C. Miller at Noxubee County in Macon, Miss. . . . Led his prep team to the Class 4A championship as a senior . . . Made 134 total tackles, including 28.0 tackles for loss, 11.0 of which were quarterback sacks . . . Also credited with two forced fumbles . . . Chosen to play in the Mississippi-Alabama High School All-Star game following his senior season . . . Helped lead Noxubee County to the state title game as a junior . . . Made 122 total tackles, including five quarterback sacks, during his junior season at Noxubee County High School in Macon, Miss. . . . Other top scholarship offer: Ole Miss . . . Committed to MSU in July 2008.
PERSONAL: Born Deontae Skinner on Dec. 18, 1990 . . . Grandson of Georgia Mae Skinner.
Skinner’S Career Highs
Total Tackles – 10, at Georgia (10-1-11)
Assisted Tackles – 8, at Georgia (10-1-11)
Solo Tackles – 7, at Troy (9-15-12)
Tackles For Loss – 2.0, (2x) last vs. Arkansas (11-17-12)
Forced Fumbles - 1, (3x) last at Troy (9-15-12)
Pass Breakups - 2, vs. South Alabama (9-22-12)