Byron Thweatt
Byron Thweatt
Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Chesterfield, Va.

High School:
Matoaca High School

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 233

Position:
LB

PRONUNCIATION: THWEET (rhymes with sweet)

WORTH NOTING: Started all 47 games games in his career, proving to be one of the great ironmen in school history … school record holder for most starts by a line-backer … third in school history with 387 career tackles … 125 tackles in 2000 are tied for the sixth-most in school history … had 15 games of 10+ tackles in his career … two-time team captain (1999, 2000) … started for the East in the East-West Shrine game on Jan. 13, 2001 … received his undergraduate degree in history in May 2000 and played as a graduate student during the 2000 season.

HONORS: 2000—Second-team All-ACC … All-ACC by Football News … honorable mention All-American by Football News … first-team All-State by The Roanoke Times and by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association … two-time ACC Defensive Back of the Week, honored following the Duke game on Sept. 16 and the North Carolina game on Oct. 28 … received the Ned McDonald Award as the team’s Outstanding Defensive Player at its annual awards banquet … finalist for the Bill Dudley Award, given annually to the top player in Virginia by the Downtown Club of Richmond. 1999—Second-team All-ACC … ECAC/Budget Weekly Honor Roll following UVa’s game against Georgia Tech (Nov. 6). 1998— Honorable mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference … received the Virginia Student Aid Foundation’s Gretchen Savin MacIlwaine Football Scholarship, awarded for out-standing academic achievement. 1997—First-team Freshman All-America by The Sporting News ... ECAC/Budget Rookie of the Week following UVa’s game against Clemson (Oct. 11) ... ECAC/Budget Weekly Honor Roll following UVa’s game against Duke (Oct. 18) ... received the Bill Dudley Award as Virginia’s most outstand-ing first-year player.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

2000—Very underrated player who had the best season of his career as a senior in 2000 … was UVa’s leading grader at linebacker all season according to his position coach, Rick Lantz … rebounded from an injury-plagued 1999 campaign to have one of the best all-around seasons by a linebacker in school history … recorded a career-high 125 tackles, tied for the sixth-highest total in school history … made 59 more tackles than he did the season before when he played hurt all season … finished 13th in the nation (sixth in ACC) in tackling with an average of 11.4 tackles per game … led the team in tackles in six games, the most of anybody on the team … his seven tackles for loss led the team … tied for second on the team with two quar-terback sacks … broke up four passes to rank third on the team … reached double figures in tackles six times … named ACC Defensive Back of the Week twice … was one of only three linebackers to win the award more than once … opened the season with a 13-tackle performance vs. Brigham Young … followed that with a then career-high 14 tackles in a win over Richmond … topped that career high with 15 tackles against Duke … also had two quarter-back hurries and was named ACC Defensive Back of the Week for the first time … had his string of double digit tackle performances snapped when he made nine tackles against Clemson … that was the first of four games in a row where he failed to reach double figures … had five tackles, including two for a loss, and broke up two passes against Wake Forest … five tackles against Maryland and six vs. Florida State … had a huge game in the win over North Carolina with 19 tackles, a quarterback sack and a quarterback hurry and received his second ACC Defensive Back of the Week award for his play … his 11 solo stops in the win over the Tar Heels were a career high … was in on a career-high 21 tackles against Georgia Tech, the third-highest total in school history … had 10 tackles and two quarterback hurries vs. Virginia Tech in the final regular season game … was in on six tackles, including two for loss, in the O’ahu Bowl against Georgia … scooped up a Georgia fumble and raced 58 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter of the game to score the only touchdown by the UVa defense all season … competed as a graduate student … earned his fourth letter.

1999—Was bothered for most of the season with a shoul-der stinger which accounted for his decreased tackle num-bers … nonetheless, he started all 12 games … fifth on the team with 66 tackles … season-high nine tackles against Clemson … had seven tackles and broke up a pass vs. Brigham Young … had his only sack of the sea-son against Duke … picked off a pass against Florida State deep in his own territory to stop an FSU drive … fin-ished the season on a high note … nine tackles in win over Georgia Tech … eight stops the next week vs. Buffalo and seven against Maryland … was in on six tackles in the Micronpc.com Bowl vs. Illinois … also recovered a fumble … his fumble recovery led to UVa’s first touchdown.

1 9 9 8 —Started in all 11 regular season games and against Georgia in the Peach Bowl ... second on the team with 99 tackles (60 solo, 39 assists) ... tied for ninth in the A C C i n tackles ... recorded six tackles for lost yardage, including one quarterback sack ... had three quarterback pressures … also intercepted two passes, recovered two fumbles and broke up two other passes ... five games of 10+ tackles, with a high of 13 three different times ... only leading tack-ler Wali Rainer had more 10+-tackle games ... one of sev-eral defensive players who picked up his game in the wake of the loss of Anthony Poindexter ... averaged 12.3 tackles per game in the last three regular season games … had 13 tackles in each of the last two games of the regular season against North Carolina and Virginia Tech as UVa finished the season strong with wins in both games ... led the team in tackles on two occasions ... opened the sea-son by leading the team with 13 tackles in a 19-0 shutout of #25 Auburn ... made just six tackles against Maryland, but intercepted a Maryland pass inside the Virginia 10-yard line to thwart a Terrapin drive ... led the Cavaliers with 10 tackles against Georgia Tech ... made eight tackles and broke up a pass vs. Wake Forest ... 11 tackles vs. Florida State ... came up big in the win over North Carolina ... made 13 tackles ... had one tackle behind the line of scrim-mage, recovered a fumble and broke up a pass ... his fum-ble recovery early in the second quarter set up a To d d Braverman field goal as UVa increased its lead to 17-0 ... turned in perhaps the key play of the game against Vi r g i n i a Tech ... with Virginia trailing 29-14 late in the third quarter he stepped in front of the intended receiver and intercepted an Al Clark pass, rumbling 53 yards for a touchdown to cut the lead to 29-21 ... UVa rallied from a 22-point deficit to gain a school-record comeback 36-32 win ... in on six tack-les in the Peach Bowl.

1997—Started all 11 games at outside linebacker ... sec-ond on the team in total tackles with 97 (62 solo, 35 assists) ... tied for 13th in the ACC in total tackles ... one of only four ACC rookies to start every game ... was the top tackler among ACC freshmen, averaging 8.8 tackles per game ... made five tackles behind the line of scrimmage, including three quarterback sacks ... tied for team lead in pass breakups with six ... tied for team lead with a season-high 13 tackles, seven unassisted, in season ending victo- ry over Virginia Tech ... was in on 12 tackles, including one for a loss of two yards, and broke up a pass in the win over Clemson ... had 11 tackles, including a season-high nine solo stops, against North Carolina ... also broke up a pass in that game ... posted 10 tackles against Wake Forest as UVa limited the Demon Deacons to 37 yards rushing ... had nine tackles, including a sack, and broke up a pass against Duke ... eight tackles, including two sacks, against Georgia Tech.

1996—Red-shirted ... did not play in a game ... dressed but did not play against Central Michigan, N.C. State, Clemson and Miami in the Carquest Bowl.

HIGH SCHOOL: Earned four letters in football at Matoaca High School for head coach Pat Manuel ... played running back and defensive end ... All-America selection as a senior by both Scholastic Coach magazine and S u p e r P r e p m a g a-zine ... rated one of the top five prospects in Virginia by the Roanoke Ti m e s ... selected to the Charlottesville D a i l y P r o g r e s s/ Lynchburg News & Advance “Gold List” ... T h e A s s o c i a t e d Press Group A A Player of the Year in 1995 ... first-team All-Group A A as a defensive end and second-team as a running back ... Region I Group A A Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-Region selection as a defensive end and running back ... Southside District Defensive and O ffensive Player of the Ye a r, and a first-team A l l - D i s t r i c t selection as a defensive end and a running back ... Richmond Ti m e s - D i s p a t c h All-Metro Defensive Lineman of the Ye a r, and a first-team All-Metro selection as a defensive end and a second-team selection as a running back ... selected to play in the VHSCA All-Star Game ... Petersburg P r o g r e s s - I n d e x All-Area Defensive Player of the Ye a r, and a first-team All-Area selection as both a defensive end and a running back ... Matoaca High School’s Most Valuable Player in 1995 ... carried the ball 130 times for 1,127 yards and 18 touchdowns, and was in on 75 tackles, including six quarter-back sacks, had five fumble recoveries and blocked three punts as a senior ... as a junior in 1994, earned first-team A l l -Region I Group A A honors and second-team All-State Group A A honors as a defensive end ... carried the ball 79 times for 6 11 yards and eight touchdowns, and was in on 74 tackles, including five quarterback sacks, recovered four fumbles and intercepted one pass ... missed the 1993 season because of an injury ... as a freshman in 1992, carried the ball 12 times for 58 yards and one touchdown, and was in on 23 tackles, recovered three fumbles and had one interception ... also let-tered in basketball and track and field at Matoaca ... Southside District champion in the shot put ... from same high school as former Cavalier linebacker and 1997 NFL first-round draft choice James Farrior.

PERSONAL: Byron Douglas Thweatt ... born 3-21-77 in Petersburg, Va. ... son of Janet and Fred Thweatt ... his brother Brandt plays football at Central Michigan ... received his undergraduate degree in history in May of 2 0 0 0 .