Former Gamecock T.J. Heath Promoted to Jacksonville Jaguars Active NFL Roster
10/18/2011 | Football
Former Jacksonville State All-American T.J. Heath was signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars active roster from the practice squad, the NFL team announced on Tuesday.
Heath, 6-0, 179, was signed as an undrafted rookie by the Jaguars on July 27 and spent the first six weeks on the club's practice squad. A three-year starter at Jacksonville State, he recorded 145 career tackles and 10 interceptions.
"I've enjoyed every moment since I've been a part of the Jaguars," Heath said on Tuesday. "It got even better when I got the news that I was coming up yesterday. I've been blessed and I'm looking forward to making some plays."
The former Alexandria High School product was named All-America as a junior in 2009 by three different national organizations, including the Associated Press and The Sports Network.
Heath led the Ohio Valley Conference in passes defended and led the Gamecocks with six interceptions, including returning two for touchdowns against UT Martin. The defensive back also led the team with 10 pass break-ups and also forced a fumble and blocked a kick, while recording 34 total tackles during his All-American season.
Jacksonville State finished one of the most successful seasons in the school's Division I history, posting a 9-3 overall record, and was ranked as high as No. 2 during the 2010 season. JSU also advanced to the second round of the NCAA playoffs and hosted its first home playoff game in 18 years at the newly renovated Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium.
Heath was a member of the team that made Jacksonville State the talk of the football world on the opening weekend following a thrilling 49-48 double overtime road win over Ole Miss. The Gamecocks were the lead story on ESPN, ESPN News and College Game Day following the "Biggest upset of the 2010 season".