|Born:||Aug. 6, 1988|
Dedrick has shown marked improvements throughout his
career...selected as a team captain for 2010...will see lots of
playing time at the anchor position in the middle of the defensive
line...comes into his senior season with 83 career tackles, 9.5
tackles-for-loss and seven quarterback sacks...also has three
blocked kicks to his credit...provides Tech with excellent one-two
punch at the noseguard spot...vocal leader on the defensive front
line...an athletic player who has good work habits...a physical and
intense player who makes lots of plays...made the move in 2008-09
from defensive end to noseguard...has a high motor and a great love
for the game...three years of experience in the middle of the
action...good pass rush...has increased his strength.
At TECH - (In 2009): Dedrick saw action in all 11 games and was the leading tackler among Tech's defensive linemen...made 39 total tackles, the best season in his career...was among team leaders in tackles-for-loss with five stops behind the line...had three quarterback sacks...led the team with three blocked kicks...tied his career-high with seven tackles at Kansas State and a quarterback sacks against the Wildcats...had six tackles in wins over Austin Peay and Southeast Missouri...blocked kicks against Eastern Kentucky, Austin Peay and Eastern Illinois.
(In 2008): Quietly went about his work in the defensive line, playing in all 12 games, all of them in a backup role...finished with 33 total tackles, including six solo stops...had 2.5 tackles-for-loss for 15 yards, and credited with 2.0 quarterback sacks...forced a fumble and broke up one pass...made career-high seven tackles against Jacksonville State and also broke up a Gamecock pass attempt...busy night against UT Martin with three tackles, one tackle-for-loss, one quarterback sack and caused a fumble...had five stops at Austin Peay and four against Eastern Illinois...averaged four tackles per game over the final six contests.
(In 2007): Dedrick saw action in 10 of Tech's 11 games as a redshirt freshman, finishing with 15 total tackles...also notched two tackles-for-loss for three yards and broke up a pass...best game was at Auburn when he made four tackles including one in the backfield...had three tackles against both Tennessee State and Eastern Kentucky.
(In 2006): In his first season on the roster, Dedrick was a redshirt to give him an additional year to develop skills.
HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year letterman for coach Wayne Coffee at Valdosta High School...lined up as both tight end and defensive end...helped his team to the region championship as a sophomore and second place in the state playoffs...finished his stellar senior season with 95 total tackles, including a team-best 38 solo stops...registered 8.5 quarterback sacks...also intercepted one pass which he returned for a touchdown.
PERSONAL: The son of Samuel and Karen Thomas...born August 6, 1988 in Valdosta, Ga....full name is Dedrick Curtis Miley...enrolled in general curriculum.