2005 - First-Team All-America (SI.com) ... first first-team AA since Montae Reagor in 1998 ... Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year by several media outlets ... Big 12 Conference First Team selection ... holds Tech and Big 12 record with eight forced fumbles on the season ... averaged 12.5 tackles per game over the final four during the regular season ... fourth-straight game with double-digit tackles with 12 in the win over Oklahoma ... 10 tackles against Oklahoma State ... another solid outing for Slay against Texas A&M ... finished the game with 10 tackles ... also had an interception return for 26 yards and a forced fumble ... both led to Tech touchdowns ... forced eighth fumble of the season, breaking the Big 12 mark set by UT's Derrick Johnson last year ... Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 30) ... also named SBC Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 31) ... instrumental in Tech's shutout of Baylor with career-high 18 tackles, including 12 solo ... also posted first-career sack ... leads team in tackles and forced fumbles ... had four solo tackles at Texas ... led Tech with 10 tackles and two forced fumbles against Kansas State ... forced fumbles came on two bone-jarring hits ... career-high 12 tackles and a forced fumble in win over Nebraska ... posted a career-high nine tackles in the win over Kansas ... also forced a fumble and had a tackle for loss ... had four tackles in win over Indiana State ... led the team with six tackles against Sam Houston State ... forced second fumble of the year on a bone-jarring hit to SHSU running back ... also had a pass breakup against the Bearkats ... started first game at free safety against Florida International ... made six solo tackles ... forced an FIU fumble at the Tech three-yard line to thwart Panther scoring opportunity ... projected by coaches to have a big season.
2004 - Played in 11 games ... became a dominating presence in the secondary as the season progressed ... finished the bowl game with a tackle ... posted two stops in win over Oklahoma State ... tied a season high with four tackles against Baylor ... two tackles at Kansas State in the win ... grabbed second interception of the season against Nebraska and returned it 33 yards to set up a Tech score ... had three stops at Oklahoma ... made first pick of the season in the win at Kansas ... snagged KU pass with 17 seconds remaining in the game to help Tech secure 31-30 win ... also had four tackles ... two tackles in win over TCU ... made three tackles at New Mexico and opened the season with a stop at SMU.
Junior College - Reedley College in Reedley, Calif. ... Three-star Recruit (TheInsiders.com) ... National Top 300 (Max Emfinger Recruiting) ... No. 4 JUCO defensive back in the nation (JCFootball.com) ... All-California JUCO Region II ... JUCO Football Network All-USA Ironman Honorable Mention ... 2003 All-Valley Conference ... helped Reedley to 21-2 record over last two seasons, including a 12-0 run and a national championship in 2002 ... helped Reedley rank sixth among 72 California junior colleges in total defense at a stingy 236 yards per game ... started every game in two years at Reedley ... also recruited by South Carolina, Kansas State, Oregon and Kentucky ... Junior College Coach: Michael White.
High School - Brunswick High School in Brunswick, Ga. ... helped lead BHS to 14-1 record and state runner-up finish in 2000 ... recorded 102 tackles and five interceptions en route to all-conference season ... also team MVP in basketball ... back-to-back all-district selection in football.
Personal - Dwayne Slay ... born June 21, 1984 ... son of Verna Slay and Michael A. Slay, Jr. ... has six brothers and sisters ... brother, Darel, was a backup defensive end at South Carolina in 2003 ... loves Chinese food.