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2015 NFL DRAFT

Alfonzo Dennard, CB

School: Nebraska  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Rochelle, GA
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 204 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
100143-4
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Patriots' picks: Round 7/224 -- Alfonzo Dennard, CB, 5-10, 204, Nebraska...An arrest in April more than likely dropped Dennard's value in the draft. The Patriots are rolling the dice hoping his off-field trouble was just an isolated incident. - The Sports Xchange

04/23/2012 - Bond was set at $5,000 on Monday for former Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, an NFL draft prospect who is accused of punching a police officer over the weekend. Dennard is charged with third-degree felony assault of a police officer. Police say he struck the officer during a disturbance outside a Lincoln bar about 2:15 a.m. Saturday. Dennard was dressed in a dark blue jail jumpsuit during a hearing that lasted about a minute. He was released from Lancaster County Jail early in the evening after posting $500. ''We're glad to get him out of jail,'' said his attorney, Terry Daugherty. He declined further comment. Dennard's next court appearance is scheduled for May 15. If convicted, he could face five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said Monday that Dennard never caused him any problems during his four years with the Cornhuskers. When a reporter suggested it was a bad time for Dennard to run afoul of the law, Pelini deadpanned, ''Ya think?'' Dennard was the 2011 Big Ten defensive back of the year and has been projected to be a second-or third-round pick in this week's draft. NFL.com draft analyst Gil Brandt said if Dennard drops from the third to fourth round because of the arrest, it could cost him about $300,000 in salary over a standard four-year rookie contract. Brandt said some teams might hesitate to take a player with a criminal record because NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has made it known he wants to the league to project a good image. Dennard and South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffery were ejected from the Capital One Bowl for taking swings at each other. Lincoln police said officers tried to break up a fight between Dennard and a 22-year-old man outside the bar. Dennard allegedly hit the man before punching in the head an officer who tried to intervene. - AP Sports

04/23/2012 - Alfonzo Dennard thrives on proving people wrong. It was basically his mantra at Nebraska. He became an explosive and reliable lockdown cornerback for the Huskers, silencing those who doubted him when he came out of Wilcox County High School in Rochelle, Ga. (population 1,400). His doubters again have ammo. Plenty of it. Even so, there still are plenty of reasons to believe in Dennard, even in the wake of his arrest early Saturday. The 22-year-old is accused of assaulting a Lincoln police officer in a disturbance at 2:15 a.m. on a sidewalk at 14th and O Streets, as the downtown bars closed. Dennard was lodged all weekend in Lancaster County jail on suspicion of third-degree assault on a police officer - a felony - and resisting arrest. He also was cited on suspicion of misdemeanor assault in connection with an apparent scuffle with another male, in a separate incident, according to police. "He'll be awfully remorseful, knowing Alfonzo," said Mark Ledford, Dennard's coach at Wilcox County High. "And I think he'll be eager to prove he's a good kid." Dennard was remorseful after his Capital One Bowl scuffle with South Carolina wideout Alshon Jeffery. Dennard admitted he punched Jeffery, saying afterward, "That's not the type of person I am." I half-expected that Ledford by Sunday evening would have heard from a few NFL teams trying to measure Dennard's character. Ledford, though, said he hadn't heard from anyone (as of around 6 p.m.). - Steven M. Sipple, Husker Extra

04/23/2012 - A probable cause affidavit states that former Nebraska football player Alfonzo Dennard was warned twice by police to leave Lincoln's downtown bar area before he was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an officer early Saturday morning. Dennard, 22, remained in Lancaster County Jail Monday morning. He is set to be arraigned at 2 p.m. Monday. A police report says officers observed Dennard, while walking eastbound in the 14th Street crosswalk, bumping into a 22-year-old and punching him in the chest around 2:15 a.m. Saturday. According to the affidavit, Dennard was also involved in two separate verbal arguments outside the Hour Lounge before that alleged assault. Police told him to leave the area after both incidents, according to the affidavit. The affidavit says Dennard engaged in a third altercation and punched a man. As police intervened and attempted to place Dennard in custody, he pushed and punched one officer, according to the affidavit. The injured officer, identified by Lincoln police as a four-year veteran, suffered a 2-centimeter abrasion to his left jaw, according to the affidavit. It took four officers to arrest Dennard, who was cited on suspicion of third-degree assault of an officer, resisting arrest and third-degree assault. - Jon Nyatawa, The Omaha World-Herald

04/23/2012 - Bond has been set at $5,000 for former Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (DEH'-nurd) , who is accused of punching a police officer over the weekend. Dennard is charged with third-degree felony assault of a police officer. Police say he struck the officer during a disturbance outside a Lincoln bar about 2:15 a.m. Saturday. Dennard has been held in the Lancaster County Jail since his arrest. His attorney, Terry Daugherty, said he was glad to get Dennard out of jail on Monday. Daugherty declined further comment. Dennard is projected to be taken in this week's NFL draft. He was the 2011 Big Ten defensive back of the year. His next court appearance is May 15. - AP Sports

04/21/2012 - Nebraska's outgoing star cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was arrested Saturday on suspicion of assaulting a police officer, possibly hurting his status in next weekend's NFL draft. Dennard, 22, has been projected to be as high as a second-round pick. But NFL.com draft analyst Gil Brandt said Dennard's arrest could drop him from the third to fourth round, a difference that could cost him about $300,000 in salary over a standard four-year rookie contract. ''It doesn't help the kid any,'' said Brandt, a former player personnel director for the Dallas Cowboys. Dennard is known for his aggressive play. He and South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffery were ejected from the Capital One Bowl for taking swings at each other. Brandt said he wouldn't connect Dennard's behavior in the bowl game to the incident early Saturday. ''Jeffery was probably catching a few passes and blocking him a few times, and you get frustrated. That's what happens,'' Brandt said. ''I'm not sure why at 2 o'clock in the morning you're out and what provokes you to punch a police officer.'' Lincoln Police Capt. Jason Stille said officers tried to break up a fight between Dennard and a 22-year-old man outside a Lincoln bar shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday. Dennard hit the man before punching an officer who tried to intervene in the head, Stille said. He was arrested after a brief struggle with four officers, police said. The officer hit in the head did not seek medical treatment. Dennard, originally from Rochelle, Ga., was held Saturday in the Lancaster County jail on suspicion of assault of a police officer, third-degree assault and resisting arrest. He was the senior leader of Nebraska's receiving corps last season, earned All-Big Ten honors and won the conference's inaugural Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year Award. Nebraska athletics spokesman Keith Mann said football coach Bo Pelini was aware of Dennard's arrest but had no comment. - AP Sports

03/24/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT TOP DEFENSIVE BACKS: Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska, 5-10, 204...Dennard is a tenacious, physical cornerback who has the ability to make it difficult to get a clean release off the line if he plays up. If Dennard plays off, he has the closing speed and toughness to make it difficult to catch or keep the ball. But didn't look great playing off during Senior Bowl practice, so teams that expect that of their cornerbacks probably took note. He won the Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year last season after getting four interceptions, six pass breakups, and 31 tackles, most of them loud. Dennard was the main reason opposing Big Ten quarterbacks were held to a conference-low 51 percent on completions. His career included 97 tackles, four for a loss. Dennard led Wilcox County High (Rochelle, Ga.) to second place in the Class A State championships, stealing five passes as a cornerback, catching 39 passes for 780 yards, 14 touchdowns at wide receiver and returning two kickoffs for touchdowns. At the scouting combine, Dennard had an unofficial 40 time of 4.55 and a 37-inch vertical jump. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 26. Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska, 5-10, 203, 1-2...Dennard is a tenacious, physical cornerback who has the ability to make it difficult to get a clean release off the line if he plays up. If Dennard plays off he has the closing speed and toughness to make it difficult to catch or keep the ball. He won the Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year award last season after getting four interceptions, six pass breakups, and 31 tackles, most of them loud. Dennard was the main reason opposing Big Ten quarterbacks were held to a conference-low 51 percent on completions. His career included 97 tackles, four for a loss. Dennard led Wilcox County High (Rochelle, GA) to second place in the Class A State championships, stealing five passes as a cornerback, catching 39 passes for 780 yards, 14 touchdowns at wide receiver and returning two kickoffs for touchdowns. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

02/21/2012 - 2012 NFL COMBINE, PLAYERS WITH SOMETHING TO PROVE: Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska: Dennard entered the 2011 season rated higher by some scouts than former teammate Prince Amukamara, the Giants' 2011 first-round pick, but his senior season was a disappointment because of injury and inconsistency. Dennard's stock is slipping after he was beaten for big plays by South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery in the Capitol One Bowl and then by numerous receivers in the Senior Bowl. The 5-foot-10, 203-pound Dennard may have to work out well to slow the growing sentiment that his NFL future involves a position switch to safety. - NFLDraftScout.com

01/27/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL FALLERS: Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska: Dennard was thought to be the top senior cornerback and possible top-20 pick prior to the Senior Bowl. However, he had a very inconsistent week of practice and will need to do some serious damage control at the combine and his pro day in order to secure a draft selection in the top 40 picks. Granted, he was asked to play a lot of traditional, off-coverage in practice, allowing a cushion which doesn't showcase his physical strengths as a defensive back. Dennard is more of a short-area player who can be aggressive at the line of scrimmage to reroute receivers and stay in their hip pocket. He has very good ballskills with the focus and vertical ability to get his hands on the ball and knock down passes, but he doesn't have the elite long-speed to make up for a false step. For some teams, Dennard showed this week that he might not be a fit with what they ask their corners to do. However, many teams value physical press corners who win at the line of scrimmage and Dennard is that type of defensive back. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/23/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL MONDAY: It wasn't a standout practice for any of the North's defensive backs. Dennard showed his characteristic physicality in challenging big and small receivers, alike, but also proved vulnerable to double-moves, getting beaten over the top by Jones and McNutt, alike. Oklahoma's Jamell Fleming and Cal-Poly's Asa Jackson had their moments, each demonstrating a quick, low backpedal and good burst back to the ball. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/02/2012 - Scouting the Nebraska pass defense: Nebraska has relied heavily on senior cornerback Alfonzo Dennard to groom an otherwise young secondary. Teams rarely throw the way of Dennard, who has six pass breakups but no interceptions. Nebraska has a mere 17 sacks, and the push of the defensive line hasn't been up to standard with past NU lines. But the Huskers have also faced many mobile quarterbacks throughout the season. - The Sports Xchange

01/02/2012 - BOWL HISTORY: Nebraska is 24-23 all-time in bowl games, and its 48th bowl appearances rank in a tie for the fourth-most of any school. This is the Huskers' 19th bowl game in the state of Florida, and their second appearance in Orlando (Citrus, 1991). Nebraska is 2-1 under Bo Pelini in bowl games, with a loss to Washington in last year's Holiday Bowl. PLAYERS TO WATCH: CB Alfonzo Dennard is Nebraska's shutdown corner. Nebraska was without Dennard (torn quad) for the seasons' first three games, and his absence was glaring. Dennard shut down two of the Big Ten's top receivers this season, Michigan State's B.J. Cunningham and Iowa's Marvin McNutt. Cunningham went without a reception for the first time in 41 games, and McNutt was held to 29 receiving yards, after averaging 112 per game. - The Sports Xchange

09/25/2011 - No. 8 Nebraska took one step forward and one step back in trying to gets its best defensive players on the field before opening its first Big Ten Conference season at No. 7 Wisconsin next weekend. In a 38-14 win over Wyoming on Saturday night, defensive back Alfonzo Dennard played in his first game this season after missing the first three games because of a pulled right leg muscle. But defensive tackle Jared Crick didn't suit up after suffering an unspecified injury against Washington on Sept. 17. Dennard recorded four solo tackles in about one half of play. "Alfonzo did well," Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said. "I think it was important that he gets out there in a full-speed competition. I think he'll gain a lot of confidence from that, knowing that he's back."' Dennard said it felt good to get "back in the groove" and said his leg wasn't sore after Saturday night's game. Crick had started 31 straight games for the Cornhuskers (4-0) before missing the Wyoming game. He didn't practice all week. Pelini was noncommittal on Crick's prospects of returning to the lineup against Wisconsin (4-0). "I don't have a crystal ball as far as what's going to happen next week, but I would anticipate that he's going to play," Pelini said. - AP Sports

09/16/2011 - CB Alfonzo Dennard missed his second straight game, and hasn't practiced since mid-August because of a pulled leg muscle. Coaches continue to say the senior preseason-All American is improving and close to returning. - The Sports Xchange

09/16/2011 - CB Alfonzo Dennard has missed two games with a pulled leg muscle injury he sustained five weeks ago, an injury Bo Pelini said Monday had an initial 6-8 week recovery period. Pelini said Dennard is ahead of schedule but won't practice at the start of the week. Will he play Saturday? "We'll see," Pelini said. - The Sports Xchange

09/16/2011 - This might not be a good week to be a player on Nebraska's defense. Nebraska enters its game Saturday against Washington having allowed 444 yards of total offense to Fresno State last week. Defensive coordinator Carl Pelini said after the game that Fresno State's game plan of constantly rolling out quarterback Derek Carr (so as to avoid pressure from Nebraska's strong defensive line) was something coaches hadn't seen from studying film. "We didn't play near to the standard of what we've established around here," Pelini said. "Plain and simple." Nebraska, among the nation's top defensive teams the past two seasons, entered the season with three preseason All-America candidates, although one of them, cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, is currently sidelined with a leg injury. "I think every now and then you've got to get smacked in the face and get a wake-up call, because when people are telling you how good you are, you need a reality check," Pelini said. "In this world, you get humbled in a hurry, and we got humbled last week. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter what people say you are or what you're supposed to be. You've got to put it out there." - The Sports Xchange

09/12/2011 - It remained unclear Monday whether Nebraska standout cornerback Alfonzo Dennard will return to action for Saturday's game against Washington. Dennard, a senior, has been sidelined since mid-August with a pulled muscle in his leg. Asked if he expects Dennard to play this week, Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini said, "We'll see." Dennard won't practice Monday, the coach said. However, Pelini said, Dennard is ahead of schedule on his recovery. He said Dennard's original rate of recovery was expected to be six to eight weeks, and it's been about five weeks since he injured the leg. "He's close," Pelini said. - Husker Extra

09/10/2011 - CB Alfonzo Dennard missed Saturday's opener with a pulled leg muscle, but coach Bo Pelini says Dennard, a preseason All-American, is "doing a lot better, getting a lot closer." No official word on whether Dennard plays Saturday. - The Sports Xchange

09/05/2011 - Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, the top-rated cornerback on NFLDraftScout.com, missed the season opener with a pulled leg muscle, but coach Bo Pelini says Dennard, a preseason All-American, is "doing a lot better, getting a lot closer." Pelini offered no official word on whether Dennard plays Saturday against Fresno State. - The Sports Xchange

08/23/2011 - On defense, the Blackshirts will return to a traditional three-linebacker look after having retooled its scheme over the past three seasons to defend the many spread offenses of the Big 12. Nebraska has cornerstone players returning at each level of defense defensive tackle Jared Crick, linebacker Lavonte David and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, who was limited in mid-August by a muscle strain but should be ready for the opener. All three are preseason All-America candidates. "I've been really fortunate to be around some defenses that have been pretty stout, accomplished some great things," Pelini said. "Do we have the opportunity to do that? Yeah. But it's going to come through a lot of hard work and a level of commitment that allows our football team to get better on a daily basis." - The Sports Xchange

08/18/2011 - It hasn't been a great week in Lincoln. Late Monday, the Cornhuskers learned top quarterback recruit Bubba Starling opted for professional baseball and a multi-million dollar deal with the Kansas City Royals and won't play at Nebraska. On Wednesday, they lost arguably their most important defensive player, cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, with a muscle strain that will sideline him indefinitely. "I don't know when he's going to be back," coach Bo Pelini said. "It could be two days, it could be 10 days. I don't know. I don't think the trainers know. I don't think anybody knows. It's just how quickly his leg responds." Nebraska opens the season Sept. 3 against Tennessee-Martin. Dennard was second-team All-Big 12 last season and is NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated cornerback for the 2012 draft. He started 13 of 14 games last season as a junior but missed most of the Missouri game and didn't play against Iowa State because of a concussion. - The Sports Xchange

08/17/2011 - Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard is out indefinitely with a pulled leg muscle. Coach Bo Pelini announced Dennard's injury after Wednesday's practice. Pelini didn't say when the injury occurred. Dennard is the most experienced member of the Cornhuskers' secondary. He was a first-team All-Big 12 selection last season despite being overshadowed by New York Giants first-round draft pick Prince Amukamara. The 5-foot-10, 205-pound senior from Rochelle, Ga., is one of the nation's top returning corners after intercepting four passes and breaking up seven others. He returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown in the Huskers' regular-season win at Washington. - AP Sports

08/13/2011 - Nebraska hasn't played a down of football in the Big Ten, yet the Cornhuskers are favored by many to win the championship in their first year in the conference. Nebraska offensive lineman Jeremiah Sirles imagines that doesn't sit well in locker rooms around the league. If Sirles were on one of those other teams, he said, "I'd want to take `em out. I'd want to show them this is my conference, this is how we do things." Off the field, the Huskers have felt nothing but love from their 11 new conference mates and commissioner Jim Delany. With its five national championships and 837 all-time wins, Nebraska has been called a perfect fit in the tradition-rich Big Ten. But on Saturdays starting in October, all the niceties go away. If the Huskers do, in fact, win the title, they'll have earned it against one of the toughest schedules in the nation. Conference play begins with a night game at defending co-champion Wisconsin on Oct. 1 and a home date with Ohio State the next week. "They're going to try to come after us," Sirles said, "but we're going to come right after them, too." Fourth-year coach Bo Pelini has encouraged his players to embrace the challenge of taking on eight new conference opponents. "It's going to be a hard schedule," cornerback Alfonzo Dennard said. "But like coach Bo says, they have to play us, too." Nebraska has posted back-to-back 10-win seasons and made it to the Big 12 championship game the last two years, losing both by a combined four points. - AP Sports

07/12/2011 - 2011 JIM THORPE AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska, CB, has been named one of 37 players selected to the Preseason Thorpe Award watch list for the 2011 college football season. The Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's top defensive back, is one of the most coveted awards in college football and is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2011. Dennard joined with 2010 Thorpe Award finalist Prince Amukamara in 2010 to lead a Blackshirt defense that ranked in the top five nationally in pass efficiency defense and passing yards allowed. Dennard totaled 30 tackles, four interceptions and seven pass breakups in 2010. He has been a two-year starter at cornerback at Nebraska, totaling 66 tackles, including 43 solo stops, 15 pass breakups and four interceptions in helping the Huskers to consecutive 10-win seasons in 2009 and 2010. Dennard, who has been named to the Bednarik and Nagurski watch lists in 2011, was one of four Big Ten players chosen for the Thorpe Award watch list on Monday. - Nebraska football

07/11/2011 - 2011 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska, CB, has been selected one of 87 players named to Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is awarded annually to the nation's best defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. Dennard played alongside NFL first-round pick Prince Amukamara in a talented 2010 Husker secondary that helped the Huskers rank in the top five nationally in pass efficiency defense and passing yards allowed. He totaled 30 tackles, four interceptions and seven pass breakups in 2010. - Nebraska football

07/08/2011 - 2011 CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska, CB, Sr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List for the 2011 college football season, given annually to the best defensive player. Dennard played alongside NFL first-round pick Prince Amukamara in a talented Husker secondary that helped the Huskers rank in the top five nationally in pass efficiency defense and passing yards allowed. He totaled 30 tackles, four interceptions and seven pass breakups in 2010. - Nebraska football

 
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Patriots' picks: Round 7/224 -- Alfonzo Dennard, CB, 5-10, 204, Nebraska...An arrest in April more than likely dropped Dennard's value in the draft. The Patriots are rolling the dice hoping his off-field trouble was just an isolated incident. - The Sports Xchange

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