Returning starter at defensive tackle ... Athletic, active player with the ability to make the big play ... Expected to provide leadership at tackle following the graduation of All-SEC performer Corey Peters ... Returned to the field in 2008 after undergoing hip surgery that threatened his career ... Has played in 31 games, starting 16.
2008 (Sophomore): Appeared in 11 games while making two starts ... Battled a high-ankle sprain throughout the season ... Posted 17 tackles on the year, including 3.5 stops for a loss ... Tallied a career-best four tackles against South Carolina and Norfolk State ... Was in on a sack against Norfolk State and Mississippi State.
2007 (Redshirt Freshman): Had 18 tackles in only seven games of action, including two tackles for loss and a quarterback sack ... Missed six games because of a hip injury ... Started vs. Eastern Kentucky in his first career game donning the Blue and White ... Recorded one tackle, including a tackle for a loss ... Was off to a stellar outing against Kent State, sacking the quarterback and recovering a fumble, before suffering a hip injury in the third quarter ... Made a career-high six tackles in the win over Vanderbilt.
2006 (Freshman): Redshirted.
High School: "Mr. Football" for Class AAAA in Tennessee ... Had an amazing 35 tackles for loss, including 10 quarterback sacks, as a senior at Kenwood HS in Clarksville ... Totaled 101 tackles as a senior, along with four fumbles caused, one fumble recovery, and five pass breakups ... Also an all-state and All-Middle Tennessee choice ... A two-year pick on the all-region and all-area teams ... A relatively new school, Kenwood totaled just two wins in his first three seasons before emerging with an 8-3 campaign and trip to the state playoffs his senior year ... One of the top-20 prospects in Tennessee as ranked by Rivals.com and SuperPrep ... Coached by Brett Bauer ... "Ricky has a great work ethic," Bauer said. "His first step is very quick. He's tall and gets great leverage. He just overpowered a lot of the people we played this year. He's also a joy to coach. You get 100 percent from him, whether it's in drills or in a game."
Personal: Born in Mount Holly, N. J. ... Son of Ricky and Catherine Lumpkin ... Major is community communications and leadership development.
Community Cats: Participated in an event for the UK College of Nursing/Health Promotion (2007) ... Helped with a bowling event for the Kentucky Special Olympics (2008) .... Also took part in events at the Shelby County Cancer Survivor Camp and at Liberty Elementary School.