2002 (Junior) - Played in 13 games, starting seven ... team leader in sacks with 6.5 for 39 yards ... tied for second on the team in tackles for loss with 8.0 for 43 yards ... fifth on the team in tackles with 66 ... recorded 10 tackles vs. Virginia Tech in the San Francisco Bowl ... seven tackles, three tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks at UNLV ... TFLs and sacks are career-highs ... career-high 12 tackles vs. Notre Dame ... also had a sack ... recorded eight tackles, including a career-best six unassisted vs. Navy ... two quarterback sacks for a loss of 13 yards vs. Navy ... first-career start vs. Northwestern ... recorded three total tackles ... selected by his teammates as a captain for the 2002 season... earned a starting job during spring drills ... seven tackles in the 2003 Blue-Silver spring game... listed No. 1 at right outside linebacker after spring drills.
2001 (Sophomore) - Played in six games ... collected eight solo and 13 total tackles ... one tackle for a loss of one yard ... first pick in the Blue-Silver spring game draft ... three solo tackles in that game ... won the team's lunch pail award a team-high three times during spring drills ... the award goes to the player that worked the hardest and had the best practice that day during spring drills.
2000 (Freshman) - Played on the junior varsity all year ... recorded eight total tackles and one tackle for a loss in the spring game.
High School - Lettered three years in football ... first-team all-district as a junior and senior at halfback ... also made all-district as a linebacker his senior year ... district most valuable player and all-area for North Texas as a senior ... high school football coach was Gerald Brence.
Personal - Born March 3, 1982 ... member of cadet squadron 32 ... son of Thomas Hightower and Karleen Hoffman ... has an older brother, Travis (24) ... active in his squadron as honor NCO and Flight NCO as a junior ... is the athletic officer and honor officer in his squadron as a senior ... worked the Falcon Sports Camps this past summer ... was also recruited by Navy ... hobbies include golf and volleyball ... favorite food is steak ... favorite class subject is investments ... favorite TV show is SportsCenter ... favorite musicians are Frank Sinatra and Pat Young ... favorite movie is Braveheart ... advice to young people is "follow your dreams and you can accomplish anything" ... greatest moment in sports was playing against Notre Dame, under the lights on ESPN ... credits his parents as having the greatest influence on his sports career.