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Terryl Fenton

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 206 | College: La.-Lafayette
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Fenton has always had good character and been a team player at ULL. As a senior the unselfish, multi-talented player brought a desire to contribute and sacrifice for the Rajun' Cajun team where ever he was most needed. With a position shortage at safety, Terryl volunteered his services at free safety to help the team and be more involved in the game, given the new defensive package.

Fenton's combination of size, speed, and knowledge of the game made the decision a no brainier for UL coaches. This move proved vital when Terryl helped lead the Cajuns to its first Sun Belt Championship in over ten years. Fenton was given the ability to freely roam the middle of the field, causing opposing quarterbacks headaches and pass completion problems. His main role came in the run, making several open field tackles in traffic and in pursuit.

In 45 games at ULL, Fenton started 26 times, with 16 of those assignments at left corner-back and ten others at free safety. He recorded 110 tackles (71 solos) with four stops for losses of 16 yards, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. He deflected twelve passes and intercepted two others for 65 yards in returns.


Positives: Well-built with a solid frame, long arms, large hands, tight waist and adequate leaping ability … Decent open field tackler who takes advantage of his size and hand strength to reroute receivers in press coverage … Has food plant-&-drive agility and turns cleanly coming out of his breaks … Uses his hands well to disrupt the receiver's route progression … Has an explosive closing burst and quick feet … Despite his tall frame, he stays low coming out of his backpedal and is adequate seeing threats, reading the quarterback well … Solid in run support, gaining leverage by grabbing and wrapping the ball carriers to drag them down … Plays on all of the special teams coverage units and shows effectiveness as a back-out defender on the punt return … Adjusts smoothly to the ball in flight … Better tackler in space than in tight quarters.

Negatives: Guesses too much in deep coverage, relying on his recovery speed to compensate … Better in zone than man coverage, as he struggles some to get his head turned properly to track the ball in flight … Has a good straight-line burst, but needs to improve his lateral agility to get to the sidelines quicker in run force … While he struggles to keeps track of the ball in flight, his hands are marginal, resulting in more pass deflections than interceptions, as he double catches or lets the ball into his body rather than reaching and plucking outside the frame … Has to work on improving his overall strength … Better fit as a safety, due to his lack of natural hands for the interception and his penchant for attacking the ball, rather than covering his man on pass routes.

Career Notes

Has experience at both cornerback positions, in addition to free safety, earning ten of his 26 career starts at free safety.

2005 Season

All-Sun Belt Conference first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report … Started ten games at free safety, sitting out the Florida Atlantic contests after straining his hamstring early in the central Florida clash … Finished with 37 tackles (19 solos), an 8-yard sack and three pass deflections.

2005 Game Analysis

Texas and Middle Tennessee … Made three tackles (2 solos) in each game.

Eastern Michigan … Posted a season-high seven hits (3 solos).

Northwestern State … Registered an 8-yard sack with six tackles and a pass break-up.

Central Florida, Florida International and Louisiana-Monroe … Posted one tackle in each contest.

Arkansas State … Matched his season-high with seven tackles (5 solos) and a pass deflection.

Troy and North Texas … Registered four tackles in each game.

2004 Season

Manned the left cornerback position, coming up with 27 tackles (19 solos) and two stops for losses of 5 yards … Deflected two passes and recovered a fumble … Limited to just several plays vs. Kansas State after suffering a bruised kidney the previous game vs. Louisiana Tech.

2004 Game Analysis

Northwestern State … Started the season with seven tackles (4 solos).

Louisiana Tech … Recovered a fumble, but bruised his kidney on the play … Added three hits (2 solos).

Middle Tennessee and Florida International … Posted three stops in each game.

Idaho … Had another three tackles and a stop behind the line of scrimmage.

North Texas … Added a stop for a 4-yard loss and two solo tackles.

2003 Season

Played in every game at left cornerback, starting six times … Finished with 32 tackles (22 solos), a stop for a 3-yard loss and a 21-yard interception return … Deflected five passes, caused one fumble and recovered another.

2003 Game Analysis

Houston … Assisted on two tackles and recovered a fumble.

Minnesota … Had four tackles and a pass break-up.

Oklahoma State … Deflected a pass and delivered five tackles (4 solos).

New Mexico State … Posted four tackles and returned an interception 21 yards.

Idaho and Southern Mississippi … Collected three tackles in each game.

Florida International … Had another three tackles and a stop for a 3-yard loss.

Middle Tennessee … Made three tackles for the fourth consecutive game and caused one fumble.

2002 Season

Played in every game, seeing action as a nickel cornerback … Recorded 14 tackles (11 solos) with two pass deflections and an interception … Picked off a pass vs. Idaho and returned it 44 yards to set up an ULL score … Deflected two passes inside the red zone in the Arkansas State clash.

Injury Report

2004-Saw limited action vs. Kansas State after suffering a kidney bruise the previous game vs. Louisiana Tech (9/11).

2005-Sat out the Florida Atlantic game after he strained his hamstring vs. Central Florida (10/01).

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.49 in the 40-yard dash (against the wind) … 4.45 40-yard dash (wind-aided) … 2.64 20-yard dash … 1.53 10-yard dash … 4.23 20-yard shuttle … 11.79 60-yard shuttle … 7.37 three-cone drill … 33-inch vertical jump … 9'8" broad jump … Bench presses 225 pounds 15 times … 33-inch arm length … 10-inch hands.

High School

Attended Holy Cross (New Orleans, La.) High School, lettering three times in football … Finished his senior season by compiling 69 tackles (41 solos), 12 pass break-ups, a team-high four interceptions, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions that he returned for touchdowns.


General Studies major … Son of Darryl and Garcelia Fenton … Born Terryl Devin Fenton on 1/13/84 in New Orleans, Louisiana.


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