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#9 Darius Slay
Position: DB
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 190
Year: Senior
Hometown: Brunswick, GA
Other College: Itawamba [MS] CC
Experience: 1 Letter
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CAREER: Skilled defensive back from the junior college ranks provided depth to the secondary in 2011 . . . Has played in all 13 games since arriving in Starkville . . . Previously played at Itawamba [Miss.] Community College.

2011: Played in all 12 regular season games and the Music City Bowl, seeing time on kickoff and punt coverage and in a reserve role at defensive back . . . Totaled 23 tackles, 1.0 tackles for loss, four pass breakups, a forced fumble and an interception returned for a touchdown . . . Collected three tackles in his Bulldog debut at Memphis . . . Played his best game for the Maroon and White at Georgia, notching three tackles, 1.0 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a 72-yard interception return for a touchdown, the 10th-longest pick-six in school history . . . Totaled six tackles and a pass breakup in the homecoming win against UT Martin . . . Credited with four tackles and a quarterback hurry at No. 6 Arkansas . . . Registered two tackles and two pass breakups in the win over rival Ole Miss in the  Battle for the Golden Egg.

JUNIOR COLLEGE:
Played two seasons for Coach Jon Williams and was twice named an All-Region selection . . . Earned first-team All-State for both his defensive play and kick return talents by the Mississippi Association of Junior College Coaches  . . .  Also voted first-team All-Region 23 by the national coaches . . . Collected 27 tackles and forced one fumble on defense . . . Also caught three passes for 63 yards including a 43-yard touchdown . . . JC Grid Wire named him to their preseason All-America second team, and Mississippi Gridiron Magazine tabbed him All-MACJC prior to the campaign . . . As a freshman recognized as first-team All-State and All-Region 23 at cornerback and a second-team All-State kick returner . . . For the season he recorded 41 total tackles and two fumbles forced with three interceptions.

HIGH SCHOOL: Mississippi State first signed him out of Brunswick, Ga., HS where he was an all-state running back and defensive back . . . Named All-State by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution at defensive back following his senior season  . . .  Also chosen for the Georgia North-South All Star Game . . . Rushed for over 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns in the 2008 season  . . .  Intercepted six passes with two touchdown returns . . . Junior season was shortened by a torn MCL after he had rushed for 562 yards and six touchdowns in just five games . . . As a sophomore he put up 1,127 yards on 142 rushes with 13 touchdowns . . . Lettered in basketball and was a standout in the 100- and 200-meter sprints  . . .  Committed to Mississippi State in July 2010 over offers from Kentucky, Georgia and Oklahoma State.

SLAY’S CAREER HIGHS

Total Tackles – 6, vs. UT Martin (11-5-11)
Assisted Tackles – 3, at Arkansas (11-19-11)
Solo Tackles – 4, vs. UT Martin (11-5-11)
Tackles For Loss – 1.0, at Georgia (10-1-11)
Interceptions – 1, at Georgia (10-1-11)
Long INT Return – 72, at Georgia (10-1-11)
INT Return TD – 1, at Georgia (10-1-11)
Pass Breakups – 2, vs. Ole Miss (11-26-11)
Forced Fumbles - 1, at Georgia (10-1-11)
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