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Gary Tinsley was born October 23, 1989. He had a solid high school football career with the First Coast High School Buccaneers in Jacksonville, Florida. At First Coast, Tinsley helped lead the Buccaneers to 3 District 4-4A titles and was ranked the number 1 defense in Duval County as a senior in 2007. Additionally, Gary Tinsley earned 4A all-state honors, all-conference honors, and all-district honors.
Tinsley is ranked highly according to many sources. ESPN puts him as the nation’s 48th outside linebacker. Rivals places Tinsley as the No. 41 inside linebacker.
In 2008, Gary Tinsley emerged as a young linebacker who played in seven games, mostly on special teams. He did not record any statistics. In 2009, as a reserve linebacker he saw his role increase throughout the season. He finished the regular season with a breakout performance, leading the defense with 10 tackles against Iowa. Gary Tinsley also recorded the first sack of his career in the regular-season finale. Tinsley started all 12 games in 2010 and led the team with 90 tackles and also made 9.5 tackles for loss.
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