WORTH NOTING: Dominant player with tremendous size, strength and speed ... saw his senior season--and career--come to a premature end after suffering a knee injury in the fourth game in 2004 ...had surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., shortly thereafter ...led ACC defensive linemen in tackling as a sophomore and junior was leading again as a senior when he was injured ... was the only lineman ranked in the top 20 in the conference in tackling in 2002 and 2003 ...two-time second-team All-ACC selection in 2002 and 2003, the first UVa defensive lineman to be a first- or second-team selection in consecutive seasons since Todd White was a second-teamer in 1995-96 ...made 104 tackles as a junior in 2003 to become only the second lineman in school history with at least 100 in a season ... Stuart Anderson made 106 in 1981 ... his 12 tackles for loss that season were the most by a UVa defensive lineman since 1998 ... finished his career with 243 tackles, fourth among linemen in UVa history ... competed during 2004 as a graduate student after receiving his degree in African-American studies in May 2004.
CAREER HONORS: 2004--Received the Richmond Alumni Scholarship from the Virginia Athletics Foundation.
2003--Second-team All-ACC ...lineman of the year in Virginia by the Richmond Touchdown Club ... first-team All-State by Virginia Sports Information Directors Association and by the Roanoke Times ... recipient of the Ned McDonald Award as UVa's most outstanding defensive player ... All-ACC Academic ... received the Richmond Alumni Scholarship from the Virginia Athletics Foundation.
2002--Second-team All-ACC ... first-team All-ACC by CollegeFootballnews.com ... first-team All-State by Virginia Sports Information Directors Association ... second-team All-State by the Roanoke Times ... ECAC All-Star.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 2004-- Team captain who was having an All-American type of season until injuring his knee against Syracuse in the fourth game ...was leading ACC defensive linemen in tackling with an average of 7.5 tackles per game ...he was also third in the conference at the time with seven tackles for loss ...led the team in tackling in two of the four games he played ... also had at least one tackle for loss in each game ...team-leading nine tackles in the opener against Temple ... also caused a fumble in that contest ...four tackles, including two for loss, against North Carolina ... led the team in tackling for the second time in three games with 10 stops in a win over Akron ...had three tackles for loss, including his only sack of the season ...made seven tackles before getting injured in his final game against Syracuse.
2003--Second-team All-ACC for the second year in a row ... had a big year ... started every game at defensive end and finished as the leading tackler among defensive linemen in the ACC with a career-best 104 tackles ... was 15th in the conference with an average of 8.0 tackles per game ...was the only lineman in the top 20 ... 104 tackles are second-most by a lineman in UVa history ...second on the team in sacks (4) and tackles for loss (12) ... 12 quarterback pressures were third ... four games of 10+ tackles and three others with nine ...made at least one TFL on 10 occasions ...had seven tackles in the opener against Duke, including a sack, and three quarterback pressures ...10 tackles on the road against South Carolina ... season-high three QB pressures vs. Western Michigan ...seven tackles, including two behind the line, in a road win over North Carolina ... career-high 13 tackles in overtime loss at Clemson ... eight tackles, including six solo stops, vs. #7 Florida State and nine the next week vs. Troy State ... 10 tackles against N.C. State and 11 against Maryland in tough road losses ... nine tackles in a big win over Virginia Tech in the final regular season game ...two of his tackles were made behind the line of scrimmage ... was in on nine tackles, including one for a loss, against Pittsburgh in the Continental Tire Bowl.
2002--Impact player in his first year as a starter ... finished with 86 tackles and led ACC defensive linemen with an average of 7.8 tackles per game ... 16th in the conference in tackling, the only lineman in the top 25 ...reached double figures on three occasions to lead the team's linemen ... missed the first two games while recovering from a broken leg suffered during spring minicamp ... while he was out, UVa relinquished huge chunks of yardage to Colorado State and Florida State ...made his return against South Carolina and immediately made his presence felt ... entered the game for the first time with 3:04 left in the first quarter and the Gamecocks promptly went three-and-out ... on the next series, he got a sack, the first of his career ... finished with seven tackles in the upset win ... upon getting back to full strength, he made his first start of the season against Duke and had a season-high 12 stops, the most by a UVa defensive lineman during the season ...also had his second sack ...made two of his six tackles against Clemson behind the line of scrimmage ... nine stops in the comeback win over North Carolina ... helped spearhead a strong defensive effort that stymied a potent N.C. State offense ... was in on 11 tackles, his second-highest total of the season, as the Cavaliers held the Wolfpack to just 332 yards of total offense, 75 yards under their average ...turned several key plays in the upset of Maryland ... recovered a fumble deep in Maryland territory that set up a touchdown that gave UVa a 20-7 halftime lead ... 10 tackles in the regular season finale against Virginia Tech before leaving the game early in the second half due to an arm injury ... the injury kept him out of the bowl game vs. West Virginia.
2001--Saw action in every game as a reserve defensive end ... made the first start of his career at defensive tackle when team opened in a 4-3 defense against Wake Forest ... also saw some special teams action ... finished the season with 23 tackles (19 solo, 4 assists) ... had one of the best tackle ratios on the team, making a tackle every 8.7 plays ... that was third among the team's defensive players ...also broke up two passes and had three quarterback hurries ...saw his playing time increase as the season progressed ... made his first career tackle against Richmond in the second game ... had four tackles, including three solo stops, in a big win at Clemson ... made a season-high five tackles, including four solos, vs. Florida State ... tied his season high two weeks later with five stops against Wake Forest ... also broke up a pass in that game ... had three quarterback hurries, tied for third-most during the season, in the upset win over Georgia Tech ... had four tackles against Virginia Tech ... made his lone tackle vs. Penn State in the backfield ... also broke up a pass in the game.
2000--Red-shirted ... did not play in a game ... was in uniform against Richmond, North Carolina and N.C. State.
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered for two years at Charlotte Latin School ... played tight end and defensive end for head coach Larry McNulty ... did not play football his freshman and sophomore seasons ... named All-State at both tight end and defensive end ... earned All-Conference honors at tight end ... as a senior, recorded 20 receptions for 400 yards ... longest play of prep career was a 66-yard touchdown reception on a screen pass ... defensively, recorded 89 tackles, seven sacks as a senior ... for career, had 161 tackles, 12 sacks and two fumble recoveries ... also lettered for two seasons in basketball ... named All-Conference in basketball.
PERSONAL: Christopher Lee Canty ... born 11-10-82 in Bronx, N.Y. ... son of Joseph and Shirley Canty ... has two older brothers, Sekou and Joseph ... father played basketball at Claflin College ... brother, Sekou, played college football and brother Joseph played college football and basketball ... received his undergraduate degree in African-American studies in May of 2004.