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Dereck Faulkner

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 225 | College: Hampton
 
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Overview

A clutch third-down receiver, Faulkner returned to the field in 2006 after missing the final five games of his junior year with a right fibula fracture. Blessed with the prototype NFL receiver's body, Faulkner proved to be a valuable chain-mover with his ability to use his frame to shield the ball from defenders, coupled with his fearless nature going for the ball in a crowd.

Faulkner, whose father, Leonard, was a standout linebacker at Virginia State during his playing days, attended Moorestown High School. Dereck earned first-team All-State and All-South Jersey honors after atching 40 passes for 898 yards (22.5 avg) and nine touchdowns as a senior. He also added All-County and All-Conference accolades. Super Prep rated him among the top 100 players on the East Coast.

Faulkner chose Hampton over Iowa upon graduation. He immediately earned playing time as a true freshman, playing behind Jerome Mathis at the "X" receiver position in 2003. He finished second on the team with 20 receptions for 249 yards (12.4 avg) and a touchdown in 10 games. Seventeen of his catches resulted in first downs, with 12 of those grabs coming on third-down plays.

A strained right calf muscle limited Faulkner to nine games in 2005, starting eight times at split end. He ranked third on the team with 24 catches for 427 yards (17.8 avg) and three touchdowns. He helped convert 12 third-down plays, finishing with a total of 22 first-down receptions.

The 2005 season was supposed to be Faulkner's coming out party, but a broken right fibula suffered in practice limited him to seven games, seeing minimal action in three of those contests, as he tried to play with the injury. He managed only 10 catches for 163 yards (16.3 avg) and a touchdown, but six of those receptions resulted in first downs, with four converting third-down plays.

Faulkner showed the leg was healthy in 2006, catching 20 passes for 172 yards while playing in all but one game. He finished his career on a high note, catching a season-high four passes for 20 yards in the finale against New Hampshire.

Analysis

Positives: Has long limbs and good timing going up for the pass at its high point … Sets up defenders nicely with his juking moves … Shows good body control running down the sidelines and uses his frame well to shield defenders from the ball … Snatches comfortably and has long arms and an effortless stride to the ball … Displays good leaping ability and is alert to finding the zone's soft areas to settle under … Shows enough acceleration off the snap and the long arms to haul in the tough pass in traffic … Crisp in and out of his cuts … Adequate crack blocker upfield … Has good stutter-step moves after the catch and can stretch the defense with his ability to climb a defender to get to the jump balls … Shifty route runner with loose hips and adequate change-of-direction skills (just lacks the sustained speed to run extended routes) … Despite his size, he still has the juking moves needed to make the initial tackler miss after the catch.

Negatives: Still needs some route-running refinement and must stop taking a rolling start coming off the snap … Has to learn how to shorten his stride coming out of his cuts and drop his weight when rounding his routes … Despite his size, he has problems against a more physical defender because of his slow roll off the snap … Gets frustrated when he can't elude the defender … Needs to show much better ball concentration ability, as he tends to cradle passes on occasion … Does not have classic hands, juggling and dropping balls at times … Needs to be sharper coming out of his cuts (takes soft angles) … Long strider who needs to gather and takes some false steps before heading up field after the catch.

Compares To: DARNERIAN McCANTS-Philadelphia-Faulkner might be better served bulking up some for a possible shift to H-Back. He has good size for a receiver, but his lack of explosion and penchant for taking a slow, rolling start, prevents him from getting a quick and clean release off the line.

Career Notes

Finished his Hampton career with 1,011 receiving yards on 74 catches in 33 games. He caught five touchdown passes, but only one in the past two years.

2006 Season

Caught 20 passes for 172 yards while playing in all but one game … Caught a season-high four passes for 20 yards in the finale against New Hampshire … All-Mid Eastern Athletic Conference second-team preseason choice … Listed as the most underrated receiver in the MEAC by one scouting service.

2005 Season

Faulkner lined up at the "X" receiver (split end) position, but was bothered by a broken right fibula that he suffered during practice in the team's fourth week … He managed to play in seven games before finally shutting down and missing the final five contests … Dereck had only ten receptions for 163 yards (16.3 avg) and a touchdown, but six of those grabs were good for first downs, including four that converted third-down plays … Had 24 passes targeted to him, with five being deflected by the opposition … Three of his catches gained at least 20 yards … Had big plays that set up five Hampton touchdown drives and two more that ended in field goals.

2005 Game Analysis

Jackson State … Dereck did not catch any passes in the season opener … A Princeton Shepherd pass attempt to Faulkner at the start of the fourth quarter was ruled no play when JSI cornerback Cletis Gordon was penalized 15 yards for pass interference on that play … Head to Head Competition-CB#1-Carlton Brown.

Howard … Had six passes targeted to him, but one was deflected, as Dereck finished with one catch for a 15-yard gain that helped set up a 36-yard field goal by Andrew Paterini in the third quarter … Head to Head Competition-CB#33-Joe Claiborne.

North Carolina A&T … Faulkner caught two passes for 15 yards and had another toss deflected by the opposition … His 6-yard grab on the game's opening drive helped set up a 3-yard touchdown run by Hampton tailback Alonzo Coleman … Dereck also drew A&T cornerback Maurice Weaver into a pass interference penalty that placed the ball at the A&T 2-yard line, where Coleman punched the ball into the end zone for another score on the Pirates' next drive … His 9-yard catch with 6:58 left to play helped give the team field position for Andrew Paterini's 28-yard field goal … Head to Head Competition-CB#-Maurice Weaver.

Morgan State … The Hampton University offense, powered by Faulkner's five receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown, racked up some handsome numbers in the Pirates' 44-14 win over Morgan State in the New York Urban League's 35th annual Whitney Young Jr. Memorial Classic at Giants Stadium … Dereck had four grabs that resulted in first downs and three catches for 20 yards or longer, but was also penalized twice while coming up with big plays that set up two other scoring drives … On the game's second play from scrimmage, his 13-yard catch helped set up Alonzo Coleman's 42-yard scoring burst … He hauled in a third-&-15 pass from QB Princeton Shepherd for 20 yards and a first-down, but that second quarter drive ended when Hampton missed on a 47-yard field goal try … Dereck then snatched a 37-yard seam pass from Shepherd to set up Ardell Daniels' 33-yard scoring grab, making up for a false start penalty on that drive with 0:05 left in the first half … Early in the third quarter, Faulkner beat a pair of defenders on a crossing pattern for a 38-yard touchdown, but was penalized 15 yards for excessive celebration after that grab … On the team's next drive, Faulkner drew a pass interference call on MSU cornerback Javar Gholsen that set up Coleman's 32-yard touchdown run … Head to Head Competition-CB#30-Javar Gholsen.

Delaware State … Faulkner caught two passes for 20 yards as the Hampton defense limited Delaware State to just 116 total yards, including a meager 17 in the first half, to lift the ninth ranked Pirates to a 26-8 victory in their home opener … Dereck helped keep an early first quarter drive alive with a 13-yard gain on a third-&-10 flag pass from QB Princeton Shepherd … Dereck left the game in the third quarter when he hurt his right leg trying to get to a high incomplete pass thrown by Shepherd … Head to Head Competition-CB#25-Blake Saunders.

Gardner-Webb … Saw limited action due to his leg injury and did not catch any passes … Was penalized for holding on an 8-yard run by Hampton's Outrell Payton late in the second quarter.

Norfolk State … Still limited by his leg injury, Faulkner did not catch any of the two passes targeted to him, as one was overthrown and the other deflected by the opposition in the second quarter.

South Carolina State, Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M, Savannah State and Richmond … Did not play (fibula).

2004 Season

Faulkner appeared in nine games, starting eight at "X" receiver … Sat out the Gardner-Webb, Norfolk State and Savannah State contests with a strained right calf muscle … Ranked third on the team with 24 receptions for 427 yards (17.8 avg) and three touch-downs … Twelve of the 54 passes targeted to him was deflected by the opposition … Totaled 22 first-down catches, converting 12-of-21 third-down plays … Had seven catches for at least 20 yards and two grabs near the goal line … Made big plays that helped set up seven touchdown drives and two more that ended in Hampton field goals.

2004 Game Analysis

Jackson State … Began the season with three catches for 38 yards, catching the team's first touchdown for the year on a second-&-10 toss from QB Princeton Shepherd that totaled 12 yards with 9:40 left in the first quarter … Dereck also snared a third-&-9 pass from Kerry Dixon for 14 yards, setting up a 12-yard scoring strike from Dixon to Marcus Hardy … Faulkner later converted a third-&-6 play when he grabbed a past pass from Dixon for 10 yards early in the fourth quarter … Head to Head Competition-CB#6-Kentrael Goudy.

Howard … Faulkner hauled in three passes for 61 yards, including the game's first touch-down, when he ran under a bubble screen third-&-goal pass from QB Princeton Shepherd for a 2-yard score, setting up that touchdown earlier in the drive with a 45-yard reception and also drew Howard cornerback Steven Norris into a pass interference penalty during that 6-play, 78-yard drive … Kept a mid second quarter drive alive when he made a 14-yard catch of a third-&-13 throw from Shepherd … Head to Head Competition-CB#3-Steven Norris.

Western Illinois … Caught only one pass for 6 yards, but was also penalized for holding on a 13-yard reverse by James Mathis and then killed the game's opening drive when he dropped a third-&-4 throw from QB Princeton Shepherd … Head to Head Competition-CB#21-Charles Hayden.

Morgan State … Gained 91 yards on four receptions, including a 41-yard score that he set up with a 31-yard grab earlier in that first quarter 72-yard, 3-play drive … Also grabbed a second-&-goal throw from Princeton Shepherd for 8 yards, setting up a 22-yard field goal by Andrew Paterini in the first quarter … Later in that quarter, Faulkner kept a drive alive with a third-&-9 catch for an 11-yard gain … Head to Head Competition-CB#8-Dakota Bracey.

Delaware State … Caught five of ten passes thrown to him for his first career 100-yard game, totaling 106 yards in a tough 28-23 loss … Four of his grabs helped convert third-down plays and three of those grabs were for 20 yards or longer … Failed to convert all three fourth-down passes thrown to him, but at the start of the second quarter, his 29-yarder turned a third-&-9 play into a first down … Added a 25-yarder on a third-&-4 post pass from QB Princeton Shepherd and then had a 23-yard gain on a third-&-8 flag pass from Kerry Dixon to set up an 18-yard touchdown reverse by Jerome Mathis to end an 8-play, 80-yard drive at the start of the fourth quarter … Faulkner could not convert a fourth-&-13 pass from Dixon into a completion with 5:41 left in the game and then missed getting to a fourth-&-goal toss from Dixon that was batted away by DSU's Kofi Amoah as time ran out … Head to Head Competition-CB#31-Deon Rheubottom.

Gardner-Webb and Norfolk State … Did not play (right calf strain).

South Carolina State … Returned to action, as his only catch was good for 19 yards, setting up a Hampton 36-yard field goal in the second quarter, as Faulkner was used off the bench … Head to Head Competition-CB#24-Keith Watley.

Bethune-Cookman … Gained 57 yards on three receptions, including a 38-yarder with six minutes left in the first quarter … Head to Head Competition-CB#26-Jameal Stewart.

North Carolina A&T … His only reception helped convert a third-&-14 toss from QB Kerry Dixon into a 15-yard gain midway through the third quarter … Head to Head Competition-CB#27-James McCoy.

Savannah State … Did not play (calf strain).

William & Mary (NCAA Division 1-AA Playoffs) … Closed out the season with 38 yards, catching three consecutive passes from QB Princeton Shepherd (13, 11, 12), all good for first downs, setting up Shepherd's 7-yard touchdown run that capped a 56-yard, 8-play drive with 0:32 left in a 42-35 loss … Head to Head Competition-CB#22-Stephen Cason.

2003 Season

After sitting out the season opener vs. Villanova, Dereck appeared in the next ten games as a reserve at "X" receiver behind Jerome Mathis … Finished second on the team with 20 receptions for 249 yards (12.4 avg) and a touchdown and also assisted in blocking a field goal try in the Delaware State clash … Had an impressive seventeen catches that resulted in first downs, including converting 12-of-17 third-down plays … Three of the 32 passes that were targeted to Faulkner were batted away by the opposition … Had big plays to help set up four touchdown drives.

2003 Game Analysis

Howard … Caught his first career pass for a 7-yard gain on a toss from QB Timothy Frazier.

Morgan State … Gained 31 yards on three receptions.

Delaware State … Helped defensive end Isaac Hilton block a 22-yard field goal attempt by DSU's Zach Bussey, but could not recover the ball (credited with a 13-yard loss) … Also made two catches for 14 yards, including an 6-yarder on a third-&-5 throw from Timothy Frazier that set up tailback Alonzo Coleman's 1-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter.

South Carolina State … Added 28 yards on two catches, but had a 13-yard grab negated by a false start penalty late in the first quarter … Came back with a 10-yard catch and then a 16-yarder on a third-&-6 pass from QB Timothy Frazier that set up a 4-yard touchdown run by Hampton's Rian Thompson at the start of the second half.

Florida A&M … Followed with five receptions for 58 yards, keeping the game's opening drive alive with an 11-yard grab of a third-&-5 throw from Timothy Frazier … Added a 5-yarder on a third-&-4 lob from Frazier and then drew A&M's Edward Kwaku into a pass interference penalty to set up Rian Thompson's 2-yard touchdown run that capped a 12-play, 77-yard drive midway through the fourth quarter … Dereck accounted for first downs on each of his five catches, with three coming on third-down plays.

Bethune-Cookman … Only caught one of six passes targeted for him (three were deflected) and was penalized for offensive pass interference, negating his 29-yard grab in the second quarter … His only reception was good for a 13-yard gain in the fourth quarter, but on the next drive, he had a fourth-&-23 toss from QB Princeton Shepherd deflected by BC cornerback Kenny Heatly.

North Carolina A&T … Seeing his first career start when the team opened with a three-receiver formation, Dereck caught a career-high six passes for 99 yards and a score in a 38-28 loss … All six of his catches resulted in first downs, as he helped convert 4-of-6 third-down plays he was involved in … Hampton fought back through the air, as QB Princeton Sheppard hit Faulkner with a 50-yard touchdown bomb in the second quarter … Dereck then converted two third-down plays on an early second quarter drive with 6 & 12-yard snatches, adding another first down for 9 yards on a third-&-4 play with 1:32 left on the game clock … Head to Head Competition-CB#34-Curtis DeLoatch.

Savannah State … Did not catch any of the three passes targeted to him, as two were deflected.

Injury Report

2004: Sat out the Gardner-Webb (10/09) and Norfolk State (10/16) games with a right calf strain … Later missed the regular season finale against Savannah State (11/20) when he re-injured his calf muscle.

2005: Sat out the season's final five games against South Carolina State (10/22), Bethune-Cookman (11/05), Florida A&M (11/12), Savannah State (11/19) and Richmond (11/26) and saw limited action against Gardner-Webb (10/08) and Norfolk State (10/15) when he suffered a right fibula fracture in practice during the fourth week of the season.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.54 in the 40-yard dash (wind-aided) … 260-pound bench press … 435-pound squat … 325-pound power clean … 32 7/8-inch arm length … 9-inch hands … Ambidextrous … Wears contacts … 17/23 Wonderlic score.

Combine: Did not receive an invitation.

High School

Attended Moorestown (N.J.) High School, playing football for head coaches Franz Paris and Russ Horton … Earned first-team All-State and All-South Jersey honors after catching 40 passes for 898 yards (22.5 avg) and nine touchdowns as a senior … Also added All-County and All-Conference accolades … Super Prep rated him among the top 100 players on the East Coast.

Personal

Business Management major … Hopes to become a sportscaster when his playing days are over … Son of LaCarole and Leonard Faulkner … Father was a linebacker at Virginia State University … Born 5/06/85 in Landstuhl, Germany … Resides in Moorestown, New Jersey.

 
 
 

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