Skyhawk Football | Kevin Prather, Jr. - 35

HometownMurfreesboro, Tenn.
Height/Weight6-0 - 218 lbs.

2016: Named to HERO Sports FCS Sophomore All-American team…Played and started in all 12 games for the Skyhawks at linebacker…Compiled 71 total tackles, including 27 solos and 44 assists…Notched 7.5 tackles for loss totaling 34 yards…Recorded 2.5 sacks…Tallied five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries…Notched one interception against Georgia State (Oct. 22)…Tallied four pass breakups and three quarterback hurries…His best game came against Eastern Illinois (Nov. 5) where he tallied a season-high nine tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, half a sack, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a quarterback hurry…Eclipsed five tackles or more nine times against Cincinnati (Sept. 1), Hawai’i (Sept. 10), Tennessee Tech (Sept. 24), Austin Peay (Oct. 8), Murray State (Oct. 15), Eastern Kentucky (Oct. 29), Eastern Illinois (Nov. 5), Southeast Missouri (Nov. 12) and Jacksonville State (Nov. 19).

2015: Posted a breakout season during his true freshman campaign, playing in and starting all 11 contests…Tallied 57 tackles and eight tackles for loss…Recorded a career-high with 11 tackles against Bethel on Sept. 10…Notched 2.5 sacks on the season, occurring in back-to-back contests against Tennessee Tech (Oct. 3) and Tennessee State (Oct. 10)…Forced one fumble…Tallied seven quarterback hurries and one pass breakup.

BEFORE UTM: Earned a reputation as one of the state’s best defensive players at Oakland High School under head coach Thomas McDaniel…Helped the Patriots finish with a 12-2 record in 2014, as OHS fell to eventual Class 6A state champion Maryville in the state semifinals…Compiled 119 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, two sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles as a senior, capturing Class 6A all-state honors by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association…Earned the title of District 7-AAA Defensive MVP on two different occasions by area coaches…Tallied 125 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and an interception with six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries as a junior…Racked up seven tackles for the East team in the eighth annual Toyota East-West Tennessee All-Star Game.

PERSONAL: Born on Oct. 12, 1996…Son of Kevin and Tarina Prather…Has five siblings: Brittany Prather, Casey Prather, Javen Sims, Victoria Douglas and Kelsie Prather…Brother Casey was an All-American basketball player at the University of Florida (2010-14) and is currently playing in the NBA’s Developmental League…Majoring in business and global affairs.

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