93 Shaun Ellis
Senior Defensive End
6-4, 275, Anderson, S.C.
(Full name: MaShaunda Pizrarrur Ellis) ... Born June 24, 1977 ... Major: Sociology ... Uniform Number: 93.
HONORS - 1999 All-SEC (AP, Coaches); 1997 Academic All-SEC.
1999 - Games-Started: 11/11 ... Named an All-SEC performer by the Coaches and AP ... Selected to play in the DelChamps Senior Bowl ... A powerful rush end who started the entire season at left defensive end and led the team in sacks, tackles for loss and quarterback pressures ... Finished with 42 total tackles, including 31 solo efforts ... Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in his career following the Wyoming game when he recorded a career-high three sacks with two tackles for loss, a forced fumble, four quarterback pressures along with six total tackles as the Vols set a school record with 13 quarterback sacks in the game ... Made two tackles against Memphis, one versus Auburn and Georgia to complete a three-game stretch with at least one sack ... Recorded a career-high eight total stops in the Georgia game, including two tackles for loss.
1998 - Games-Started: 13/13 ... Came back from serious injuries in spring car accident to post a banner season ... A starter at left defensive end who made 11 big plays, including six tackles for loss ... Ranked third on squad with 12 quarterback pressures ... Named Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week after Auburn game in which he returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown, racked up five tackles, including one for loss ... A physical player who had five tackles in three games ... Had a tackle for loss in consecutive games with Houston, Auburn, Georgia and Alabama ... Lone sack came against Alabama ... Recovered a fumble and returned it 65 yards against UAB.
1997 - Games/Started: 13/0 ... Academic All-SEC ... A reserve rushing end who made 11 big plays ... Totaled 23 tackles while seeing action in every game ... Registered three sacks and five tackles for lost yardage ... Had a season-high five stops in the Southern Mississippi game ... Had two sacks against UCLA ... Tallied a sack and tackle for loss in Ole Miss game ... Caused a fumble against Texas Tech ... Coaches credited him with three sacks over the season.
1996 - Admitted to the University as partial qualifier, member of squad, but ineligible for competition.
HIGH SCHOOL - Ranked among nation's top 100 prospects by Scholastic Coach Magazine ... All-State in 1995 after making second team All-State as a junior ... Three times All-Region ... Team went 12-2 his senior season, reaching state semifinals ... In senior season he had 174 tackles, including 35 sacks ... Against Dorman High School, he had 19 tackles, seven sacks ... A four-year starter ... Played defensive end, outside linebacker, defensive tackle and tight end ... All-State in basketball as a junior ... Coach at Westside High School: Ted Luckadoo.