- Started all 12 games he played in last season, tying for the team lead with three interceptions and finishing No. 2 on the team with 13 passes defensed.
- According to ProFootballFocus.com, he only allowed one receiving touchdown, which was tied for No. 2 in the NFL in 2015 among players who played at least 50 percent of their team’s defensive snaps.
- Tied his career high in 2014 by starting all 14 games he played in and earned his first career Pro Bowl selection, replacing Patriots CB Darrelle Revis, who played in the Super Bowl. Finished No. 2 on the team in passes defensed (13) and tied for No. 3 in INTs (two).
- Started both contests in the 2014 playoffs and registered his franchise-best fifth career postseason interception in the NFC Championship Game at Seattle.
- Had his finest statistical season in 2013, setting new career highs for starts (14), tackles (64), solo tackles (57) and passes defensed (a team-high 25), and tied his previous career best with four INTs.
- Worked his way into the starting lineup after the beginning of the regular season in 2012, taking over as the No. 2 CB in the team’s base defense following veteran Charles Woodson’s transition to safety.
- Started Weeks 2-6 at RCB before suffering a shin/ankle injury at Houston (Oct. 14) that sidelined him for the next six games. For the season, appeared in 10 games with eight starts and registered then-career highs with 38 tackles (27 solo) and 16 passes defensed, also ranking second on the club with three INTs, in addition to his first career sack.
- Also opened both of the team’s 2012 postseason contests and posted 12 tackles (all solo), two INTs (including one he returned for a TD), and five passes defensed.
- Appeared in 15 games with seven starts in 2011, collecting 36 tackles (32 solo), a career-high four INTs, 14 passes defensed and a forced fumble.
- Earned the nickel CB job as an undrafted rookie in 2010 despite playing the position only one year in college. Finished his first season with 27 tackles (22 solo), two INTs and nine passes defensed.
- With the exception of two missed games due to injury, held the nickel job throughout the regular season and playoffs in 2010, recording two interceptions in the regular season and two more in the NFC Championship Game at Chicago, the final one sealing the win in the game’s final minute and sending the Packers to the Super Bowl.
- Made the transition to cornerback as a senior and progressed rapidly as a rookie under the tutelage of position coach Joe Whitt Jr., who considered him a potential high draft pick based on raw talent alone.
Four-year letterman for the Hurricanes who played his first three seasons at WR before moving to CB for his senior campaign…Also showed his talents as a return man and special teams player…Caught 75 passes for 971 yards (12.9 avg.) and seven TDs as a receiver in his career…Ran track as a sophomore...Earned his degree in liberal arts…Senior season (2009): Started 10 of 12 games at CB and ranked sixth on the team with 41 tackles…Registered six tackles in a win vs. Georgia Tech (Sept. 17)…Posted career-high seven tackles, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble at Wake Forest (Oct. 31)…Had an 84-yard kickoff return vs. Wisconsin (Dec. 29) in the Champs Sports Bowl that set up Miami’s first TD…Was awarded the Nick Chickillo Most Improved Player Award at the team’s annual awards banquet…Junior season (2008): Played in all 13 games as either a WR or a gunner on special teams…Voted UM’s Special Teams Player of the Year…Posted 11 receptions for 124 yards (11.3 avg.)…Made a season-high three catches for 32 yards (10.7 avg.) at Virginia (Nov. 1), including a crucial third-down catch for 13 yards that kept Miami’s game-tying 95-yard drive alive in the OT win…Sophomore season (2007): Started five of the 10 games he played in, posting 27 receptions for 346 yards (12.8 avg.) and three TDs…Registered career-high 117 receiving yards on six catches (19.5 avg.), including a 51-yard grab, vs. Texas A&M (Sept. 20)…Led the team with five receptions for 80 yards (16.0 avg.) and a TD at North Carolina (Oct. 6)…Hauled in a team-best six receptions for 81 yards (13.5 avg.) at Virginia Tech (Nov. 17)…Freshman season (2006): Played in all 13 games with seven starts as a true freshman in 2006…Named honorable mention Freshman All-America by Sporting News…Posted 37 receptions (third on the team) for 501 yards (second) and four TDs (tied for team lead)…His 37 catches were the most by a Miami true freshman since Reggie Wayne caught 48 passes in 1997…Caught six passes for 88 yards (14.7 avg.) and two TDs at Duke (Oct. 21), the only multi-TD game of his career…Started in the MPC Computers Bowl vs. Nevada (Dec. 31) and had his first 100-yard game as a Hurricane, leading the team with four receptions for 101 yards (25.3 avg.)...Caught a 78-yard TD pass that proved to be the winning score and marked the team’s longest pass of the season…Was selected to the 2006 Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Football Team.
Given name Samuel George Shields III…Born in Sarasota, Fla. …Single…Has a 7-year-old daughter, Samyla…High school: One of the nation’s top recruits at WR coming out of Booker High in Sarasota, Fla., he was rated the No. 17 WR by Rivals.com and No. 9 by ESPN.com…Caught 67 passes for 1,201 yards (17.9 avg.) and 22 TDs as a senior, leading his school to the Class 3A state championship game…Of his 67 receptions, 44 went for either TDs or first downs…Also returned two punts for TDs and averaged 44 yards per kickoff return…Was rated No. 16 on the Orlando Sentinel Florida Top 100 list, and was ranked the No. 5 WR on the Florida Times-Union Super 75…Also lettered twice in baseball and track and field…Community involvement: Has participated in both the Donald Driver Celebrity Softball Game and the Edgar Bennett Celebrity Bowl-A-Thon…Also signed autographs for participants in the Bellin Health Kids Clinic…Residence: Miami, Fla.