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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.

Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

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


#10 Donnie Starks
Redshirt Junior
6-0 | 180
Crosby, Texas


Position: Defensive Back

Previous College: None

Projection: Starter

Status: On Scholarship

Donovan Starks (b. June 6, 1994) is a speedy defensive back who has seen limited action during the last two years, but will compete for increased playing time in 2015. He's currently projected to start at the nickelback spot.

Starks originally was slated for a grayshirt in 2012, but the sudden glut of available scholarships resulting from mass defections from the prior two recruiting classes opened a wide door for him to step though.

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

Starks then saw time in four games last season and came away with five tackles, including one for a loss. He recorded three tackles against UTEP, while his lone tackle for loss was against Oklahoma State.

He 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 picks with a TD, and also ran track for two years.