Redshirted as a true freshman in 2005, Lankford saw his first action in 2006 ... also saw some special teams action that season ... his role has increased significantly since start of last season .... listed as No. 1 tight end entering preseason practice in 2009 ... forms a formidable tight end tandem with teammate Jeffery Anderson.
2008: Saw action in all 12 games during season and started the final three contests ... finished with 16 receptions for 190 yards with two touchdowns ... tied for fifth on team in catches ... had a pair of touchdown receptions (vs. Florida Atlantic and vs. Houston) ... was on receiving end of two or more passes in five games ... had season-high three catches for 33 yards against Houston ... had two grabs for 36 yards in second game of the season at Florida Atlantic.
2007: Saw action in 10 games with two starts (vs. Southern Miss and Memphis) ... registered three receptions during season with two catches vs. Southern Miss and one vs. Tulane.
2006: Saw action in all 12 games last season ... recorded one reception for six yards against Mississippi State.
2005: Did not see any action during season and was redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played at Dacula High School ... outstanding prospect from the metro-Atlanta area ... two-year starter at Dacula ... helped lead his team to an 8-3 record and a berth in the state Class AAAAA playoffs ... team was Class 7-AAAAA champions in 2004 ... had 22 receptions for 229 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Falcons' run-based offense ... was named to the All-Gwinnett County first-team following 2004 season ... earned All-Metro Atlanta honors as senior ... also tabbed honorable mention all-state ... was selected Dacula's "Two-Way Player of the Year" for senior season ... coached by Kevin Maloof.
PERSONAL: Born Nov. 21, 1986 at Atlanta, Ga. ... son of Cathy and Rob Lankford ... major is undeclared.