29 Ray Stith
Ray Stith

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Newport News, Va.

High School:
Heritage

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 176

Position:
Defensive Back

Experience:
3VL



Tough competitor who enjoys contact ... regular member of cornerback rotation each of past two campaigns ... expected to occupy starter's role at "field" cornerback spot this fall ... possesses excellent awareness ... boasts outstanding speed and quickness ... owns strong natural instincts ... reacts well to ball ... fine run defender ... very comfortable "in space" ... one of club's top cover men ... special teams contributor ... injects valued speed into Black Knight lineup ... handled punt return duties at times during Army career ... natural beneath ball ... elusive runner in open field ... returns to full-time starting duties this fall after splitting lead role a year ago ... notched two tackles and blocked extra point during annual Black/Gold game this spring ... three-year letterman.

2004: Started seven times among 11 game showings ... ranked 11th on team with 38 tackles ... tied for team lead with two interceptions, five pass deflections and two fumble recoveries ... also notched one tackle for loss ... opened with lead cast against Houston, TCU, Cincinnati, USF, East Carolina, Tulane and UAB ... established new career high by making nine stops opposite East Carolina ... accounted for two turnovers versus Bearcats ... posted interception and first career fumble recovery in that outing ... added four stops ... garnered six tackles at Houston ... recorded four hits opposite TCU, USF and Tulane ... broke up two passes versus Green Wave ... credited with three tackles versus Louisville, including first career stop behind the line of scrimmage ... totaled two tackles at Connecticut ... recorded first interception of season opposite Huskies ... made one stop against UAB ... also recorded second fumble recovery of campaign ... credited with one tackle in season finale versus Navy ... averaged 4.3 yards per attempt on four punt returns.

2003: Appeared in all 13 contests ... moved into starting lineup at cornerback during Army's visit to TCU ... stayed with lead cast remainder of season ... missed opening assignment against Houston due to injury ... garnered eight starts in all ... posted 42 tackles, four pass breakups and one interception ... credited with 27 primary hits ... doubled as Army's chief punt returner ... averaged 9.5 yards on 13 punt returns to rank fifth among Conference USA leaders ... averaged 20.2 yards on six kickoff returns ... registered career-best six tackles against Houston ... credited with primary hit on all six of those stops ... posted five-tackle efforts in back-to-back games against Louisville and East Carolina ... added five hits in road showing against Hawai'i ... recorded four tackles and first career interception during season finale versus Navy ... returned theft seven yards ... registered three stops at Cincinnati ... enjoyed three hits at TCU ... also registered three tackles against both Connecticut and Rutgers ... notched pass breakups versus Connecticut, TCU, UAB and Navy ... ripped off sparkling 63-yard punt return for touchdown versus Huskies on just second career attempt ... brought back four kicks for 76 yards against TCU.

2002: Held down No. 3 spot on Army depth chart at one of two cornerback spots ... drew field duty in six of season's first eight games ... notched first two tackles of career in loss at East Carolina ... shouldered special teams role on kick coverage units ... sat out last four games due to arm injury.

High School: All-district choice at Heritage High in Newport News, Va. ... played for head coach Reggie Garrett ... all-region selection ... helped team to state championship as a junior ... three-sport standout ... earned three varsity letters in football, two in both basketball and track and field ... split time between defensive back and wide receiver on gridiron ... team captain during senior season.

Personal: Born Dec. 31, 1983 ... given name is Raymond Lloyd Stith III ... parents' names are Raymond and Judy Stith ... majoring in Systems Engineering.

STITH'S DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

Year G-GS TT UT AT TFL QBS FR PD Int. 2002 6-0 2 1 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2003 13-8 42 27 15 0-0 0-0 0 4 1 2004 11-7 38 23 15 1-1 0-0 2 5 2 Totals 30-15 82 51 31 1-1 0-0 2 9 3

STITH'S PUNT RETURN STATISTICS

Year G-GS No. Yds. Avg. TD Long/Opp. 2002 6-0 0 0 0.0 0 --/-- 2003 13-8 13 123 9.5 1 63/Connecticut 2004 11-7 4 17 4.3 0 8/Houston Totals 30-15 17 140 8.2 1 63/Connecticut

CAREER HIGHS
Tackles: 9 vs. East Carolina, 10-30-04v Interceptions: 1 vs Navy, 12-6-03; Connecticut, 9-25-04
Pass Breakups: 2 vs. Tulane, 11-13-04
Fumble Recoveries: 1 vs. Cincinnati, 10-9-04; UAB, 11-20-04
Punt Returns: 2, Several times
Punt Return Yards: 66 vs. Connecticut, 9-6-03
Punt Return TDs: 1 vs. Connecticut, 9-6-03
Long Punt Return: 63 vs. Connecticut, 9-6-03
Kickoff Returns: 4 vs. TCU, 10-4-03
Kickoff Return Yards: 76 vs. TCU, 10-4-03
Long Kickoff Return: 30 vs. East Carolina, 10-5-02

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