Sept. 17, 2011 | Michie Stadium | West Point, N.Y.
About Combs: Returned to the field after missing most of 2010 with a knee injury ... missed spring drills due to injury, but still begins preseason camp as favorite to win starting job at "bandit" linebacker position.
2011: Played in all 12 games, starting six times ... racked up 37 total tackles ... made 6.0 tackles for loss, including 3.0 quarterback sacks ... broke up three passes ... recovered two fumbles ... returned a fumble for a touchdown in the win over Fordham ... appeared in the Northern Illinois contest ... registered first career tackles ... credited with half of a tackle for loss of one yard ... registered his first career sack to help thwart Northwestern's final drive ... posted a career-high three tackles in the contest, making two solo stops and assisting on another hit ... set career bests with one tackle for loss and two solo tackles ... appeared as a reserve versus Ball State ... posted a then career-high four tackles opposite the Cardinals ... credited with two primary tackles and two assisted tackles ... made his first start of the season versus Tulane ... drew his second consecutive start at Miami ... started the Vanderbilt game ... made a career-high five tackles versus the Commodores ... four assisted tackles were a career best .... drew fourth straight start in the Fordham game ... scooped up a fumble and raced 52 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter ... marked his first career TD ... listed with the starters at Air Force ... started the Rutgers game ... credited with one assisted tackle and one pass breakup versus the Scarlet Knights ... started at Temple ... credited with one assisted tackle opposite the Owls ... lone stop came behind the line of scrimmage for a two-yard loss ... amassed career-high nine tackles in first Army-Navy game ... set career bests with seven solo tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 quarterback sacks.
2010: Started season opener at Eastern Michigan ... did not figure statistically ... missed remainder of season with knee injury suffered in first quarter opposite the Eagles.
2009: Appeared in three games ... drew reserve duty during three-game stretch against Tulane, Vanderbilt and Temple ... did not figure statistically.
High School: All-district performer at St. Xavier High in Louisville, Ky. ... played for head coach Mike Glaser ... split time between defensive end, safety and linebacker positions ... three-time letterwinner ... all-metro selection ... chosen East-West All-Star Game Most Valuable Player ... established single season school record for tackles ... served as team captain as a senior ... helped squad to Top 15 national ranking by USA Today ... earned additional varsity letter in basketball ... served as team's point guard ... math and chemistry tutor ... member of Future Engineers Club ... intramural basketball coach.
Personal: Given name is Nathan Bryce Combs ... parents' names are Chuck and Pam Combs ... father, Chuck, serves as a colonel in U.S. Army Reserves ... paternal grandfather, Clarence Combs Jr., retired from U.S. Army with rank of sergeant first class ... served tour in Korean War for U.S. Navy ... played against current Army teammate Trent Steelman on two occasions in high school ... majoring in Engineering Management.