Terrance Knighton is a defensive tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars, who selected him with the 72nd overall pick in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Knighton played college football at Temple, where he became the first first-team All-MAC selection in school history. Knighton is 6-feet, 4-inches tall and weighs 291 pounds.
Prep Career
After finishing an all-state high school career at Windsor High School in Windsor, CT, Knighton spent a season playing at Milford Academy in New Berlin, NY. He had 70 total tackles and six sacks in his one season at prep school.
Freshman Year
Knighton joined Temple in 2005 and played 10 games as a true freshman. He finished the season with 17 total tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss.
Sophomore Year
Knighton moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore, recording 57 total tackles (6.5 for loss), 3.0 sacks and three blocked kicks.
Junior Year
As a junior, Knighton was named a team captain and started 11 of Temple's 12 games. He had 56 total tackles (8.5 for loss) and led the team with three fumble recoveries. Knighton was named the MAC Defensive Player of the Week for his effort against Northern Illinois, when he scored his first career touchdown.
Senior Year
A captain for the second straight season in 2008, Knighton was a first team All-MAC selection, after finishing the season with 54 total tackles (7.5 for loss) and three fumble recoveries. After the 2008 season, Knight was selected to participate in the 2009 Texas vs The Nation All-Star Classic, where he had three total tackles and a sack in a winning effort for the Nation team.
NFL Career
Knighton was selected in the third round (72nd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Before the 2009 season, Knighton signed a contract with Jacksonville. Terms were not disclosed.