Prentiss  Waggner

23Prentiss Waggner

RS Senior

Clinton, La.

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Height / Weight:
6-2 / 182



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  • 2012 Preseason All-SEC 2nd Team by SEC Media
  • 2012 Preseason All-SEC 2nd team by Phil Steele
  • 2012 Senior Bowl Watch List as starting right cornerback
  • Named to Preseason Watch List for Thorpe, Bednarik, Nagurski,Lott
  • 2010 Associated Press All-SEC Second Team
  • 2010 Phil Steele All-SEC Third Team

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  • Games/Starts: 12/11
  • Started 11 of 12 games as a senior in 2012
  • Had started 33 games in row from 2010 through eighth game of 2012
  • Finished with 159 career tackles and nine career interceptions
  • Tied for 10th in career pass defended with 24 (with Andre Lott)
  • Sixth on team with 48 tackles, along with two interceptions and forced fumble in 2012
  • On Senior Day, posted seven tackles vs. Kentucky (11/24)
  • Second interception of season along with five tackles vs. Missouri (11/10)
  • In first non-start in 33 games, vs. Troy (11/3), posted season-best eight tackles and had 1.5 TFLs
  • Four stops and a pass break-up at #19 Miss State (10/13)
  • Three tackles and pass break-up at #5 Georgia (9/29)
  • Eight stops and a pass break-up vs. Akron (9/22)
  • Three stops, forced fumble and TFL vs. Georgia St. (9/8)
  • Eighth-career interception along with five tackles in opener vs. NC State (8/31)
  • Has started 27 games in a row, dating to first game of 2010
  • Games/Starts: 12/12
  • Started 25 games in a row, including all 12 this season and 13 last season
  • Started all 12 games in 2011: first six games at free safety, and last six games at cornerback
  • Led team in passes broken up (7) and passes defended (9), also had two interceptions, two sacks and 3.0 TFLs
  • Racked up 48 tackles in 12 starts to rank tied for sixth on team with Izauea Lanier
  • Finished with five tackles at Kentucky (11/26) with a TFL
  • Second interception of season vs. Vanderbilt (11/19) along with three tackles
  • Three stops at #8 Arkansas (11/12)
  • Posted 100th-career tackle vs. MTSU
  • Four tackles and two passes defended vs. MTSU (11/5)
  • First interception of the season, returned for 54 yards vs. #14 South Carolina (10/29) to match career-long return. Also had five tackles including a 2-yard sack
  • Started at right cornerback against #2 Alabama (10/22)
  • Career-high 11 tackles (10 solos) vs. Georgia (10/8), as well as a forced fumble and two pass break-ups
  • Four tackles including a 3-yard sack vs. Buffalo (10/1) and two quarterback hurries
  • Six tackles and a pass break-up at #17 Florida (9/17)
  • Three tackles and had pass break-up vs. Cincinnati (9/10)
  • In 2011 opener vs. Montana (9/3) had two tackles as starting free safety
  • Games/Starts: 13/13
  • Second Team AP All-SEC performer
  • Earned Second Team All-America honors
  • One of 10 Vols to start in all 13 games for Tennessee
  • Broke the UT season record for interceptions returned for touchdowns, taking an NCAA FBS-leading three to the end zone
  • Tied for seventh in NCAA FBS and tied for first in the SEC with three recovered fumbles
  • Tied for team lead with five INTs (Janzen Jackson), which also ranks tied for third in the SEC
  • Five INTs are the most by a UT defender since 2008 (Eric Berry with seven), while eight total takeaways are the most by a Vol since 1999 (Deon Grant, 9 INTs)
  • Second on the Vols with nine passes defended and ranks second among the UT secondary with 57 tackles, which places fifth overall for UT
  • Had seven games with at least five tackles
  • Against Memphis, became the first Vol to recover two fumbles in the same game since 1999
  • Returned one fumble 37 yards, UT's longest fumble return of the season
  • Returned first career INT a career-high 54 yards for his first TD vs. UT Martin and led the Vols with six tackles
  • Took his second INT nine yards for his second TD of the season right before halftime vs. UAB to give UT a 23-7 lead, while contributing four tackles
  • Made it three-for-three, returning his third INT for a score against Mississippi on the Rebels' second play of the second half
  • Also tied for second on the team with six stops
  • Shut down a second quarter Vanderbilt drive on its first play with his second INT in as many weeks
  • Collected fifth INT vs. Kentucky midway through the fourth quarter and added five tackles
  • Recovered first career fumble on Oregon's first kickoff return
  • Added seven tackles against the Ducks and a pass breakup
  • Tallied a season-best nine tackles at LSU and added a key pass breakup in the UT end zone, forcing the Tigers to settle for a field goal early in the fourth quarter
  • Contributed five tackles at South Carolina
  • Games/Starts: 13/2
  • Started at free safety versus Memphis and Mississippi and appeared in every game
  • Contributed five of his six tackles at Ole Miss
  • Added one tackle against Memphis
  • Redshirted
High School
  • Louisiana Football Coaches Association All-State wide receiver and defensive back as senior
  • Defensive MVP as senior in 2007
  • Finalist for Warrick Dunn Award presented to most outstanding player in Baton Rouge area
  • PrepStar All-Region
  • Named Class 2A All-State, Louisiana Class 2A MVP, All-Metro and All-District as junior in 2006
  • Earned outstanding defensive player award for 2006 by Louisiana Sports Writers Association
  • All-District as sophomore in 2005
  • Finished with 45 tackles and nine interceptions, while adding 873 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns in 2007
  • Caught 31 balls for 795 yards and 13 touchdowns, with 70 tackles, 16 interceptions and 14 pass break-ups on defense in 2006
  • In 2005, caught 23 passes for 458 yards and five touchdowns, while adding one interception and five pass breakups
  • As freshman in 2004, brought in 18 passes for 328 yards and two touch-downs
  • Four-year starter in football
  • Holds school records with 26 career interceptions and 16 season interceptions (2006)
  • Three-year starter at guard in basketball
  • Led team in assists, averaging more than 10 per game
  • Led basketball team in assists as junior, averaging 11 per game
  • Earned second-team All-District honors in basketball as junior
  • Three-year letterman in track and field
  • Qualified for state championships in 200m (4th place), 4x200m (4th) and 4x400m (4th) as junior
  • Personal best time of 22.0 in 200m
  • Coach at Clinton High School - Robert Signater
Career Highs
  • Tackles - 11 vs. Georgia, 10/8/11
  • Passes Defended - 2, three times, last vs. Georgia, 10/8/11
  • Quarterback Hurries - 2 vs. Buffalo, 10/1/11
  • Interceptions - 1, nine times, last vs. Missouri, 11/10/12
  • INT Return Yards - 54 vs. UT Martin, 9/4/10 & vs. South Carolina, 10/29/11
  • Full Name: Prentiss P. Waggner
  • Born: June 28, 1990
  • Son of Paris Waggner
  • Majoring in Arts & Sciences


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