UNC Football Bio
42 Shakeel Rashad
Rashad Rashad 806576

• 2015 All-ACC Third Team (ACSMA and coaches)
• 2015 AFCA Good Works Team Candidate
• 2015 Wuerffel Trophy Nominee

Played in 43 games at UNC and made 16 career starts, including all 14 games as a senior.

2015 - Senior Season
Started all 14 games and finished second on the team with 126 tackles in his first full season as a linebacker • Led the team with 8.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles • Closed the season with the best sustained play of his career, totaling 56 tackles over his last four games • In his final game as a Tar Heel, had a career-high 16 tackles against No. 17 Baylor • Had 12 tackles (seven solo) and a tackle for loss in the ACC Championship Game against Clemson • Finished with 13 tackles (seven solo), assisted on a sack and broke up a pass in the win at NC State • Recorded 15 tackles (eight solo) and added two tackles for loss and his first sack of the year in the Coastal Division-clinching win at Virginia Tech • Tied for the team high with eight tackles (seven solo) in the Senior Day win over Miami • Had eight tackles (seven solo) in the win over Duke • Had six solo tackles and a quarterback hurry in the win at Pitt • Matched a career-high with 10 tackles and grabbed his second interception of the year in the win over Virginia • Had seven stops, a quarterback hurry and a forced fumble in the rout of Wake Forest • Tallied nine solo stops and forced a fumble in the comeback win at Georgia Tech • Finished with a career-high 10 tackles and an 8-yard tackle for loss in the Delaware win • Established what was at the time a career high with eight tackles (five solo) in the win over Illinois • Earned ACC Linebacker of the Week honors for his play in the win over NC A&T • Finished with two tackles, including a 10-yard tackle for loss, a forced fumble, and pass breakup and his first career interception • Had two tackles in the season opener against South Carolina • Earned the starting will linebacker spot after appearing as the bandit in 2014.

2014 - Junior Season
Appeared in all 13 games at the bandit position and started two, finishing the regular season with 18 tackles (11 solo), 2.5 tackles for loss, five quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery • Had two stops and shared a TFL against NC State • Recovered a fumble in the waning moments of the Pitt game to clinch the victory • Had a solo tackle and two QB hurries against Georgia Tech • Also had a solo stop and a hurry at Notre Dame • Finished with a season-high three solo tackles and a TFL against Virginia Tech • Also had three tackles, including a TFL, and a QB hurry in the season opener against Liberty.

2013 - Sophomore Season
Appeared in five games after initially being ruled out for the season with a training camp knee injury • Finished with nine tackles and a sack • Had a season-high three tackles against Duke • Finished with a pair of solo stops in the win at Pitt • Registered his first sack of the year in his first game of the year against Virginia.

2012 - True Freshman Season
Appeared in 11 games as a true freshman after enrolling in January • Started the Maryland game at bandit • Registered 18 tackles, including 13 solo stops, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and five quarterback hurries • Also broke up two passes, forced one fumble and had an interception • Had one QB hurry in the season finale against Maryland • Had three tackles and a half sack at Virginia • Assisted on one tackle against Georgia Tech • Missed the NC State game due to suspension • Had one assisted tackle at Duke • Tallied three solo stops and his first career interception in the win at Miami • Had one QB hurry in the win over Virginia Tech • Made two solo tackles and added a hurry in the Idaho win • Had a season-high four solo tackles and his first career sack in the win over East Carolina • Assisted on a tackle against Louisville • Broke up a pass at Wake Forest • Had a strong collegiate debut, finishing with three solo tackles, a forced fumble and a QB hurry in the season opener against Elon.

Episcopal High School
Member of the PrepStar All-America team • Member of the Orlando Sentinel’s Florida Top 100 • A four-star prospect by ESPN.com, which lists him as the No. 35 outside linebacker prospect in the nation • Considered the No. 57 outside linebacker prospect in the country by Scout.com • Member of the Jacksonville Times-Union Super 11 and Super 24 teams • Posted 82 tackles and eight sacks as a junior • Also played basketball and ran track • Holds the school record in the 400 meters • Coached by David Hess. 

Nicknames are “Shaktus,” “Shakinabox,” “Shaktastic,” “Shakapotomus,” “Radio Shak,” “Shakie Robinson,” and “St. Shaktrick” • Would most like to play professionally for the Jacksonville Jaguars • Dream job is to be a professional singer • His New Year’s resolution was to “eat a vegetable at least four times a week” • Would like to one day be a guest on “Ellen” • People say he looks like actor Terry Crews • His older brother, Shareff, played football at UCF • Son of Shareff and Sharon Rashad • Double major in communication studies and exercise and sport science • Born March 17, 1994.

Position: Bandit
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 230
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.
High School: Episcopal
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