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10 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Donnie Starks

In which BracketCat counts down the 10th day until kickoff with a profile of defensive back Donnie Starks.

Goal No. 10: NEVER GIVE UP. Never, never, never.


#10 Donnie Starks
Redshirt Sophomore
5-11 | 180
Crosby, Texas


Position: Defensive Back

Previous College: None

Projection: Third-String

Status: On Scholarship

Donovan Starks (b. June 6, 1994) is a speedy defensive back who will compete for playing time at cornerback while contributing on special teams. While I don't expect him to start in 2014, he appears set to earn some playing time.

Starks originally was slated for a grayshirt in 2012, but the sudden glut of available scholarships resulting from mass defections from the last two recruiting classes opened a gaping void for him to step into.

He redshirted in 2012 and saw time in the Louisiana game in 2013, but did not record any statistics.

Starks was District 19-4A Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore at Crosby High School and an all-district cornerback as a senior. He had 189 solo tackles, 44 assisted tackles and six interceptions with a touchdown.

He also ran track for two years. You can watch his high school highlights here.