45 - Dustin Dillehay
Dustin Dillehay
Birth Date: Aug. 13, 1987
Height: 5-9
Weight: 190
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Hartsville, Tenn.
High School: Trousdale Co.
Position: DB
Major: Finance

Dustin has evolved from a promising walk-on to a defensive team leader who could emerge as a candidate for post-season honors...selected as a team captain for 2010...an intelligent player with tremendous instincts...owns a great understanding of the defensive system...has good size and speed...combines that with experience and a real love for the game...leads by example... can play either safety position for the Golden Eagles, and heads into 2010 as the projected starter at rover...solid tackler who enjoys contact...will contribute on the special teams in addition to his role in the secondary...good coverage instincts...comes into his final season with 111 career tackles...a versatile athlete, he was a finalist for Tech's 2010 Outstanding Male Athlete award.

AT TECH - (In 2009): The team's leading tackler as a junior, Dustin ranked 10th in the OVC with 78 total stops...had 39 solo tackles and assisted on 39 more...tied for the team's lead with three interceptions...reached double figures in tackles three times, including career-best 14 in a landmark game at UT Martin...paced Tech to a victory with 14 stops, including 10 solo tackles, and also had an interception that he returned 41 yards for a game-changing touchdown...was named the OVC Defensive Player of the Game and also garnered national FCS Player of the Week award from The Sports Network...had 13 tackles against both Austin Peay and Tennessee State as he rose to his best performances in the three Sgt. York Trophy victories.

(In 2008):
Dustin developed into a veteran in Tech's secondary as a sophomore...played in all 12 games and was the starter in seven of the final 10 games...posted 27 total tackles...had career-high six stops at Southeast Missouri in contest nationally televised on ESPNU...made six tackles against Central Methodist.

(In 2007): Played in all 11 games as a redshirt freshman, seeing time on special teams and in the secondary at strong safety...had two solo stops and six assists for eight total tackles... career-high four tackles in Tech's win over Concordia.

(In 2006): Dustin spent his rookie season on the Golden Eagle roster as a redshirt.

HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered four years in football for coach Satterfield, four in baseball for coach Cothron, and three years on the basketball court for coach Potts at Trousdale County High School...was named all-region in all three sports his senior year...Mr. Football Finalist and Blue Cross Bowl MVP...selected all-state, region MVP, regional DB of the Year, and all-Midstate... appeared in the state tournaments of all three sports at least once...was three-time all-district and two-time all-region in baseball...won the TSSAA state championship his senior year in football...as a quarterback, he passed for 2,200 yards and rushed for 980 his senior year, and finished with 5,400 career passing yards...on defense, he had 21 interceptions...had 53 consecutive starts.

PERSONAL: The son of Jack and Connie Dillehay...born August 13, 1987...full name is Dustin Byrd Dillehay...majoring in finance.