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Quintin Demps, FS

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 206 | College: Texas-El Paso
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One of the elite pass thieves in college football, Demps' 17 interceptions were the most among active players in the NCAA in 2007 and rank second in Conference USA and school history. He is one of only seven players in college history to gain more than 400 yards (404) in returns on interceptions in a career, setting the league all-time record (331 yards in Conference USA competition).

The free safety has been a huge problem for not only opposing offensive coordinators, but also opposing special team coaches. In addition to his 17 interceptions, he ranks second in school annals with 24 pass deflections. He also ranks eighth in UTEP history with an average of 22.1 yards per kickoff return. Finding the end zone has become a fact of life for Demps, who scored on interceptions, kickoffs and fumble recoveries during his time with the Miners.

At Roosevelt High School, Demps was a unanimous All-District 26-5A, All-Greater San Antonio and honorable mention All-State honoree as a senior. He split time at defensive back, wide receiver and punter that year, recording 65 tackles and five interceptions (two for touchdowns). He also picked up 10 receptions for 360 yards and three touchdowns while averaging 40.5 yards on punts. During his last two seasons, he helped Roosevelt High School to a 16-6 record, including a district title in 2001.

Demps added second-team All-District accolades as a junior. He recorded 23 tackles and had two interceptions that campaign, competing as a defensive back and wide receiver. He also lettered at cornerback as a sophomore. He was a two-year letter-winner in track, where he was a regional qualifier in the 100 as a junior and a member of the 1,600 relay that advanced to State.

Demps red-shirted at Texas-El Paso in 2003. He earned Freshman All-American honors and was chosen the Western Athletic Conference's co-Freshman of the Year in 2004. He started 10 of 11 games at free safety, sitting out vs. San Jose State with a hamstring pull. He posted 58 tackles (42 solos), caused two fumbles, recovered one for a score and broke up four passes. He also blocked a kick and had one touchdown on a pair of interception returns.

As a sophomore, Demps started all 12 games at free safety, finishing fourth on the squad with 78 tackles (47 solos) in the Miners' first season in Conference USA. He picked off three passes, deflected six others and averaged 16.5 yards on four kickoff returns. He also recovered two fumbles.

In 2006, Demps was named to the All-Conference USA first-team. He led the league and tied for fifth nationally with seven interceptions and broke up five other throws. He ranked third on the team with 67 tackles (31 solos), caused two fumbles and averaged 23.9 yards on nine kickoff returns, including one for a score.

As a senior, Demps split time between free safety and right cornerback. The team captain was a first-team All-Conference USA defensive pick, adding second-team honors on special teams. His 220 yards gained on five interception returns set school and league single-season records, ranking second in the nation. He totaled 72 tackles (55 solos) with nine pass break-ups and recovered two fumbles. He ranked 15th in the nation and led the conference with a 13.3-yard average on 15 punt returns. He also averaged 22.4 yards on 22 kickoff returns and blocked one kick.

Demps appeared in 47 games at Texas-El Paso, starting 40 contests at free safety and six at right cornerback. He recorded 275 tackles (175 solos) with 5.5 stops for losses of 15 yards and two quarterback pressures. He caused four fumbles and recovered five others, returning two for a total of 57 yards, including a 51-yard score. He blocked two kicks and deflected 24 passes.

Demps intercepted 17 passes for 404 yards (23.8 avg) in returns with three touchdowns. He gained 773 yards with a score on 35 kickoff returns (22.1 avg) and 200 yards on 15 punt returns (13.3 avg). On 69 touches, he amassed 1,434 all-purpose yards, an average of 20.78 yards per attempt.


Positives: Has very good timed speed, showing the change of direction to get to the ball in time playing in space … Has natural hands and ball skills, timing his leaps and elevating well to consistently get to the ball at its high point … His loose hips allow him to close on the ball in a hurry vs. plays in front of him (long speed and range are adequate, though) … Has good eyes and above average route awareness, making quick reads to get a jump on the ball … Plays with better urgency attacking the ball than the man … Plays until the whistle and has a good feel for the route's progression … Flies to the ball in a hurry when he locates it, and has the flexible hips to work his way along the line … Can match up and cover tight ends, running backs or wide receivers when working underneath … Stays low in his backpedal and is smooth to turn coming out of his breaks (needs to hasten up his pace though) … His ability to anticipate the pass and read the quarterback generally has him in the right position to make plays on the ball in flight … Keeps the action in front of him well when playing in the zone as he shows the body control and leaping ability to disrupt the pass before it gets to the target (has 17 interceptions and 24 pass break-ups in 47 games) … Can stall the receiver on underneath routes when he uses his hands to redirect (needs to do this more often, but has had success more at safety than at cornerback in these attempts) … Has the soft hands, good ball skills and timing to compete for jump balls and won't hesitate to go vertical for the pass in a crowd … Did have some fumble issues in 2007 on punt returns, but is generally good with ball security … Despite being a low striker, he shows good body control when tackling (needs to face up and wrap better, though) … Patient kickoff returner who uses his change of direction and balance to weave through traffic … Best when playing in the centerfield area, as he is much better closing on plays in front of him than chasing the ball from behind … Won't bite on pump fakes or play-action, doing a nice job of reading the quarterback before jumping the route (plays in control and won't gamble) … Needs to add more bulk, but his frame can carry the additional weight without having it affect his timed speed … Very good at getting his hand into the ballcarrier in attempts to dislodge the ball from his opponent (four forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries during his career).

Negatives: His frame is built more in the lines of a cornerback - lean with adequate playing strength … Lacks ideal recovery ability, as he dies not show the second gear to recover when beaten … Best as a downhill player, as he does not show suddenness or great range to chase down ballcarriers in long pursuit … Plays with good urgency in run support, but has had marginal production attacking the backfield (only 5.5 tackles for losses in 47 games) … Has improved his work ethic, but needed to be pushed by the staff during his first two seasons (still needs to be monitored, but will do what is asked, nothing more) … Has adequate academic ability and will need more than a few reps to digest the playbook … Has enough lateral movement to play in the short area, but needs to stay tighter on the receiver in deep routes, as he struggles to trail once his man gets behind him … In run support, he must improve his angles, as he does not have the speed to take the wide loop to the ball and still make the play … More of an ankle biter as a tackler, as he attacks ballcarriers at their feet or tries to drag down rather than get in good position to make the wrap tackle … When he takes a side rather than facing up, runners have had success bouncing off his passive hits … Can fill in as an emergency returner, but lacks the burst and acceleration to take the ball to the house at the next level … Can get washed out at the X's, as he lacks the lower body strength to hold position on running plays directed right at him … Footwork needs refinement, as he gets too tall and narrow in his stance, allowing blockers to get into his exposed chest to sustain … His hand punch is lacking when trying to press and they get outside his frame too often, resulting in bigger blockers engulfing him … Has limited run support skills, as he shies away from lead blockers, knowing he will get bounced around if he attempts to clog the rush lanes … Some teams are eyeing him as a cornerback, but in his final six games there, he played the man too cautiously, allowing too much of a cushion and struggled to stay on the receiver's hip … Plays the ball more often than the man, lacking the physicality to force the opponent to reroute … While he has great timed speed, it fails to translate to the football field (does not carry his pads well, lacing the second gear needed to run stride-for-stride with receivers).

Compares To: O.J. ATOGWE-St. Louis … Demps lacks the size and strength you look for in a free safety, but there is no denying his ball-hawking skills. He met with adequate success in a late-season move to cornerback as a senior, but it was evident that his lack of speed will see him get beaten by the quicker receivers at the next level (the opposition averaged 23.92 yards per pass completion vs. Demps at cornerback in 2007). For now, he will bring good value in the sub package, but to move him to cornerback is inviting a quick six for the opposition.

Career Notes

His 17 interceptions rank second in school history, topped only by Charlie West (19, 1965-67) … His 15 pass thefts are surpassed only by Louisville's Anthony Floyd (18, 1999-2002) in Conference USA history (UTEP did not join the league until 2005, and Demps had two interceptions in 2004 while the school competed in the Western Athletic Conference) … Holds the school career record with 404 yards gained on interception returns, shattering the previous mark of 256 yards by Richie Wright (1986-88) … He also became only the seventh player in NCAA annals to gain more than 400 interception yards in a career, joining Terrell Buckley of Florida State (501 yards, 1989-91), John Provost of Holy Cross (470, 1972-74), Jamar Fletcher of Wisconsin (459, 1998-2000), Tom Curtis of Michigan (440, 1967-69), Tracy Saul of Texas Tech (425, 1989-92) and Lynn Chandnois of Michigan State (410, 1946-49). Tracy Porter of Indiana (413, 2004-07) became the eighth player to join that list … Demps' 331 yards on interception returns (gained 73 in 2004) set the Conference USA all-time record, breaking the previous mark of 254 yards by Leo Barnes of Southern Mississippi (1997-2000) … His 220 yards on interception returns in 2007 set the school and conference season record, topping the old UTEP mark of 183 yards by Ron Bostwick in 1965 and the previous league record of 152 yards by Anthony Floyd of Louisville in 2000 … Became the first player in school and Conference USA history to have more than one 100-yard interception return in both a season and career (100-yarder also tied the Miners' and league records for longest return), as he returned pass thefts that distance vs. New Mexico State and Central Florida in 2007 … Only Shawn Ferguson of Cincinnati (123 vs. Memphis in 1998) gained more yards on interception returns in a game in Conference USA history … His 24 pass deflections tied Robert Murray (1983-86) for second on the school career record list behind Jahmal Fenner (25, 2001-04).

2007 Season

All-American third-team choice by The NFL Draft Report, becoming UTEP's first defensive back since cornerback LaFreddie Coleman (1973, Associated Press honorable mention) and first defensive player since linebacker Baron Wortham (1993, Football Writers first-team, AP second-team) to earn national honors … All-Conference USA first-team choice as a defensive back and second-team pick as a punt returner … The team captain set school and league records by gaining 220 yards on five interception returns (44.0 avg) with two touchdowns … Only eric Berry of Tennessee (222 yards) gained more yardage on pass thefts in 2007 in the NCAA ranks … The defensive captain started the first six games at free safety before shifting to right cornerback for the rest of the schedule … Finished fifth on the team with 72 tackles (55 solos), adding 4.5 stops for losses of 13 yards … Recovered two fumbles, advancing one 6 yards … Deflected nine passes and led the conference while ranking 15th nationally with a 13.33-yard average on 15 punt returns for 200 yards … Added 492 yards on 22 kickoff returns (22.4 avg) … Turned the ball over twice, fumbling punt returns in back-to-back games vs. Houston and Rice … In six games at cornerback, his main pass coverage assignments caught 12-of-33 passes targeted to Demps, good for 287 yards (23.92 avg) and three touchdowns (opposition completed 36.36% of throws).

2007 Game Analysis

New Mexico … Demps opened the season in explosive fashion, registering sixteen tackles (11 solos) with 1.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, a pass break-up and 56 yards on two kickoff returns … On the Lobos' first series, the safety tackled Rodney Ferguson for a 2-yard loss on a rushing attempt … Later in the second quarter, he assisted in stopping Paul Baker for a 3-yard loss on a draw play at the UNM 19.

Texas Tech … Demps recovered a fumble, broke up two passes and made six hits (5 solos), including one for a loss … He recovered a fumble by QB graham Harrell near midfield with 6:33 left in the first quarter, setting up a Joe West 41-yard scoring grab for UTEP … At the start of the second half, he tackled receiver Michael Crabtree for a 5-yard loss on a screen pass at the Tech 27.

New Mexico State … The free safety delivered seven tackles (3 solos), as he blocked a PAT attempt in the first quarter, returned two kickoffs for 39 yards and intercepted a first-&-goal Chase Holbrook pass in the end zone, returning the ball 100 yards for a touchdown late in the opening frame.

Texas Southern … The first unit only played the first half, as Demps totaled two assisted tackles and gained 43 yards on three punt returns, including a 17-yarder that set up Trevor Vittatoe's 25-yard scoring strike to Jeff Moturi late in the first quarter … Also had a 17-yard interception return.

Southern Methodist … Demps made just three solo tackles, but his 31-yard kickoff return set up a UTEP scoring drive that was capped by an 11-yard touchdown run by Marcus Thomas.

Tulsa … Exploded for 152 yards on six kickoff returns, adding a fumble recovery, a 14-yard punt return, an interception and eleven tackles (10 solos) … He recovered a first quarter fumble, returning the ball 6 yards to set up Trevor Vittatoe's 29-yard touchdown toss to Lorne Sam … His second quarter 43-yard kickoff return set up an 11-yard scoring run by Marcus Thomas … Picked off a Paul Smith pass in the end zone for a touchback in the third quarter.

East Carolina … Demps shifted to right cornerback, but struggled adjusting to his new position … Recorded five solo tackles with 91 yards on three kickoff returns and 13 yards on two punt returns … Stopped Jamar Bryant from getting to a third-&-7 pass in the second quarter, forcing an ECU punt … Bryant would exact revenge in the third quarter, beating Demps on an 80-yard touchdown catch … Bryant later caught 12 & 10-yarders in front of Demps to set up a 34-yard scoring pass from Rob Kass to Juwon Crowell that tied the score at 39-39, as time expired in regulation (UTEP lost in overtime, 45-42) … "Quintin is cable of playing corner and it helps us," defensive coordinator Tim Hundley told the El Paso Times. "I don't think he cares as long as it helps us." … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#10-Jamar Bryant (6:02-193)-Caught five passes for 112 yards and an 80-yard touchdown vs. Demps, as the cornerback prevented the receiver from getting to three other throws.

Houston … The Miners defensive captain made three solo tackles and broke up a pass while gaining 81 yards on four punt returns … Turned the ball over when he fumbled a 29-yard punt return late in the first quarter and Houston converted that turnover into a 12-yard touchdown run by Case Keenum … Stopped receiver Jeron Harvey from getting to Keenum's first-&-goal flag pass at the start of the second half … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#1-Jeron Harvey (6:05-215)-Caught one pass for 25 yards vs. Demps, as the cornerback prevented the receiver from getting to three other throws.

Rice … Demps collected four solo tackles, including one for a 5-yard loss, as he batted down two passes, intercepted another, returned two kickoffs for 28 yards and had a 27-yard punt return, but he turned the ball over on that 27-yarder and Rice recovered the ball in the fourth quarter to set up a 6-yard scoring catch by Torence Dixon … He forced Rice to punt early in the second quarter, when he jammed receiver Jarrett Dillard at the line, preventing a completion of a third-&-8 Chase Clement pass … On Rice's next series, Demps tackled Justin Hill for a 5-yard loss on a carry … In the third quarter, he was beaten by Dillard on a 60-yard reception, but the receiver fumbled the ball when Demps stripped it from him, as UTEP recovered it to set up Trevor Vittatoe's 76-yard scoring bomb to Fred Rouse … Demps picked off a Clement third-&-14 pass to set up a Marcus Thomas 2-yard touchdown run midway through the third frame … With 6:19 left in the game, Dillard beat Demps to snare a 6-yard touchdown pass … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#81-Jarrett Dillard (5:11-188)-Caught four passes for 85 yards and a touchdown vs. Demps, as the cornerback prevented the receiver from getting to six other throws.

Tulane … Demps delivered five tackles (3 solos), deflected two passes and returned two kickoffs for 28 yards … Late in the fourth quarter, penalty flags were thrown like confetti on Demps' 1-yard punt return that was nullified by UTEP roughing the kicker and Tulane's kick-catching interference call. On the repeat of that play, Demps dropped the ball and Joe West recovered it for no gain, but Tulane was penalized for a personal foul due to a late hit … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#82Evan Smith (5:07-172)-Caught no passes vs. Demps.

Southern Mississippi … The UTEP cornerback posted five tackles (4 solos), but was beaten by Gerald Baptiste on a 53-yard scoring strike from Jeremy Young to the receiver at the start of the third quarter … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#86-Gerald Baptiste (6:00-171)-Caught two passes for 65 yards and a touchdown vs. Demps, as the cornerback prevented the receiver from getting to one other throw.

Central Florida … Demps closed out his career with five tackles (4 solos), as he also picked off a second-&-goal Kyle Israel pass in the end zone for a 100-yard interception return for a score at the start of the second half … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#87-Sergio Joachim (6:05-205)-Caught no passes vs. Demps.

2006 Season

All-Conference USA first-team selection … Started all twelve games at free safety, leading the league while tying for fifth nationally with seven interceptions for 61 yards (8.7 avg) in returns … Ranked third on the team with 67 tackles (31 solos) … Credited with a pair of quarterback pressures and caused two fumbles … Deflected five passes and gained 215 yards with a touchdown on nine kickoff returns (23.9 avg).

2006 Game Analysis

Gained 37 yards on a pair of interceptions and made six tackles (5 solos) vs. San Diego State in the season opener … Had another pass theft, a pressure and four stops in the Texas Tech game … Returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown, as he caused a fumble, broke up two passes and posted five tackles (3 solos) vs. New Mexico State … Added eight tackles vs. Tulane and nine hits (4 solos) with a pass deflection and 34 yards on three kickoff returns vs. Houston … Produced six tackles and an interception vs. Tulsa … Made three tackles and returned an interception 20 yards vs. Alabama-Birmingham … Added seven tackles (3 solo9s) and caused a fumble vs. Marshall.

2005 Season

Started all twelve games at free safety, ranking fourth on the team with a career-high 78 tackles (47 solos) … Recovered two fumbles, broke up six passes and gained 50 yards on three interception returns … Also had four kickoff returns for 66 yards (16.5 avg).

2005 Game Analysis

Had a pair of interceptions for 7 yards in returns, a pass break-up and seven solo tackles vs. New Mexico State in the season opener … Posted eight tackles (5 solos) and broke up a pass vs. New Mexico … Was in on nine tackles and had a pass deflection vs. Tulane … Was in on thirteen tackles (9 solos) vs. Rice and added six hits (4 solos) with a 22-yard kickoff and a 43-yard interception return vs. Alabama-Birmingham … Followed with a 24-yard kick-off return and eleven tackles (7 solos) vs. Southern Methodist … Closed out the season with another seven hits (5 solos) vs. Toledo.

2004 Season

Earned Freshman All-American first-team honors from the Football Writers Association and Scripps, adding third-team accolades from The Sporting News … Named Western Athletic Conference co-Freshman of the Year … Added All-WAC honorable mention and was named WAC Player of the Week vs. Rice … Sat out the San Jose State game with a hamstring pull, but started ten games at free safety, recording 58 tackles (42 solos) with a stop for a 2-yard loss and two forced fumbles … Recovered a fumble that he advanced 51 yards for a touchdown and gained 73 yards with a score on two interception returns … Had four pass deflections and blocked a kick.

2004 Game Analysis

Made his collegiate debut with eight tackles vs. Arizona State … Added another eight tackles, as he returned his first career interception 30 yards and recovered a fumble for a 51-yard touchdown return vs. Boise State … Posted six tackles with a stop for a loss vs. Hawaii … Added thirteen tackles (9 solos) and forced two fumbles vs. Rice … Picked off a pass for a 43-yard touchdown return vs. Southern Methodist … Finished the year with six tackles (5 solos) vs. Colorado in the Houston Bowl.

2003 Season

Red-shirted as a freshman.

Injury Report

2004: Sat out the San Jose State game (10/30) with a hamstring pull.

2008: Could not complete agility tests at the Combine due to cramps in his calves.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.47 in the 40-yard dash … 308-pound bench press … 374-pound squat … 35.5-inch vertical jump … 9'3" broad jump … 31 3/8-inch arm length … 9 1/2-inch hands … Right-handed … 19/49 Wonderlic score.

Combine: 4.39 in the 40-yard dash … 1.51 10-yard dash … 2.53 20-yard dash … Bench pressed 225 pounds 16 times … 31.5-inch vertical jump … 9'2" broad jump.

High School

Attended Roosevelt (San Antonio, Texas) High School, playing football for head coach Glen Hill … Unanimous All-District 26-5A, All-Greater San Antonio and honorable mention All-State honoree as a senior … Split time at defensive back, wide receiver and punter that year, recording 65 tackles and five interceptions (two for touchdowns) … Also picked up 10 receptions for 360 yards and three touchdowns while averaging 40.5 yards on punts … During his last two seasons, he helped Roosevelt High to a 16-6 record, including a district title in 2001 … Added second-team All-District accolades as a junior … Recorded 23 tackles and had two interceptions that campaign, competing as a defensive back and receiver … Also lettered at cornerback as a sophomore … Two-year letter-winner in track, where he was a regional qualifier in the 100 as a junior and a member of the 1,600 relay that advanced to State.


Multidisciplinary Studies major … Son of Jackie Demps … Born Quintin Lamon Demps on 6/29/85 in San Antonio, Texas.


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