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Louis Delmas

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 202 | College: Western Michigan
 
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Overview

One of the keys to the Broncos' offensive success in 2008 actually came from a player on the other side of the field - Louis Delmas. The emotionally charged pass defender's ability to roam the field and keep plays in front of him saw him lead the team with 111 tackles in 2008, his first injury free season since his freshman campaign.

Delmas only knows how to play the game - on sheer energy and at high speed, leading to some tremendously violent collisions on the football field. His hard-hitting style of play has drawn comparisons to former New England great Rodney Harrison.

"Just watching him practice and the speed in which he practices, I mean we've got to tone him down. The other day, I actually had to get him off the field. I said, 'You're too wrapped up.'" WMU coach Bill Cubit said about Delmas.

A starter in all but one game that he suited up for in a Broncos uniform, Delmas began his career as a left cornerback before moving inside to free safety as a sophomore. He became just the 14th player in school history to register 300 or more tackles in a career, finishing tied for eighth on that record list with 310 hits. In addition to his stellar performances on defense, he also appeared on special teams and saw brief action as a receiver in the 2008 Texas Bowl.

Playing a variety of roles is nothing new for Delmas. While attending North Miami Beach High School, he was utilized as a cornerback, strong safety, wide receiver, kick returner and long snapper. As a senior, he played eight games where he never came off the field. The three-year starter was voted his team's best defensive back three consecutive seasons. He broke school records for single game and career kickoff return yardage, as he collected 178 tackles with three interceptions on defense and had 61 receptions for 841 yards and seven touchdowns on offense.

Delmas enrolled at Western Michigan in 2005, along with prep teammates Daniel Marks and E.J. Biggers. He was the only true freshman to start every game, earning second-team All-Mid American Conference honors, in addition to being selected to the College Football News' Freshman All-American squad. He registered the team's first safety since 2001 and finished third on the team with 82 tackles (54 solos), including 1.5 sacks. He recovered two fumbles, broke up eight passes and picked off three others from his left cornerback slot.

A left knee medial collateral sprain suffered in the third game of the 2006 season vs. Virginia sidelined Delmas for two contests, but he still ranked third on the team with 53 tackles (39 solos). He paced the Broncos with four interceptions, broke up five passes and caused a fumble that he recovered at his new position, free safety.

Delmas' non-stop motor was sidelined for two early season games in 2007 after he suffered a concussion in a collision during the season opener vs. West Virginia. He came back for reserve duty vs. Central Connecticut before reclaiming his starting free safety job for the rest of the schedule. He collected three stops for loss that included a sack and was in on 64 tackles (48 solos). He picked off one pass and even tried his hand as a kickoff returner, averaging 23.1 yards on seven attempts.

National attention came the free safety's way in 2008, as he earned All-American status for the first time. The All-Mid American Conference choice led the Broncos with a career-high 111 tackles (61 solos) that included four stops for loss. He also had four interceptions, including one that he returned for a touchdown. His 111 hits ranked sixth among the nation's defensive backs during his final season.

Analysis

Positives: Athletic build with the frame to carry additional mass. … Active safety, unafraid to come up and support the run. … Physical defender who flashes some explosiveness as a hitter. … Reliable form tackler who attacks ballcarriers at their knees and wraps up securely. … Good lateral agility to break down in space in the open field. … Good instincts in coverage. … Reads the quarterback and breaks on the ball. … Smooth backpedal and appears to have at least adequate straight-line speed. … Natural playmaker. … Times his leaps well and can highpoint passes. … Team captain.

Negatives: Lacks the bulk most teams prefer. … Likes to evade blockers, rather than taking them on and shedding blocks. … Resorts to low tackles and will, occasionally, duck his head and swipe. … Can be more pesky than forceful as a tackler and will get dragged, at times. … Aggressive defender; can be beaten with play-action. … Questionable level of competition.

Compares To: TYRELL JOHNSON, Minnesota -- Delmas is a ball hawk who might lack great strength, but he hits with purpose. He is best when playing downhill, lacking the recovery burst when receivers get behind him on deep routes. But, he is a natural hands catcher who does a good job of keeping action in front of him.

Scouting Report

GENERAL REPORT

GRADE: 6.48

Body Structure: Delmas has an athletic frame with good arm length and long limbs, but could use additional bulk. The increase would also help his marginal-to-adequate strength. He has decent chest thickness, broad shoulders, tight waist and hips, along with tapered thighs and calves.

Athletic Ability: Delmas lacks blazing speed, but shows good footwork, foot quickness, agility, balance and body control. He has enough speed and range to close on plays in front of him, using his balance to change direction effortlessly. With his long legs, he is a bit of a long strider, but has smooth hips and quick feet in transition. He shows the ability to accelerate and generate the second gear needed to quickly close on the ball. He is fluid with the change-of-direction agility and above-average flexibility to make plays from sideline to sideline. He demonstrates valid hands and excellent leaping ability to compete for the ball at its high point. Knows how to use his long arms effectively. GRADE: 7.0

Football Sense: Delmas is a smart, instinctive player who generally makes proper calls. He learns and retains plays easily and is a good student. Called a coach on the field by his defensive coordinator, Delmas does an excellent job of taking the plays from the board to the field. He has very good field vision and is quick to make his reads and break down the plays. The mental aspect of the game has proven to be no problem for him. His instincts and knowledge of both man and zone concepts will help him contribute immediately in nickel and dime packages. GRADE: 6.7

Character: Delmas is the type of player a coach loves, on and off the field. He's a hard worker and unquestioned team leader. He is a well-liked teammate with no stability issues. He gets good support from his family and is very respectful and a good role model for younger players to emulate. He is serious about the game and takes pride in his ability to understand all the assignments of his defensive teammates. He is quiet, mature and very polite. GRADE: 6.5

Competitiveness: Delmas shows good toughness for his position but needs to play under control. He throws his body around recklessly, resulting in injuries that could concern a pro team. He likes to hit smaller opponents, but lacks the bulk and strength to face up to offensive linemen in run support and will avoid them to the point he could be taken out of the play when he uses a wide loop to get around. He plays with good urgency and is quick to digest plays. He might get a little reckless at times, especially when competing for the jump balls (several pass interference penalties), but at this stage of his game, you would prefer a defender that attacks the ball rather than showing hesitation on the field. GRADE: 6.2

Work Habits: Delmas needs to become more dedicated in the weight room. One of his glaring weaknesses is his lack of good strength. Isn't the fastest defender on the field and while he shows aggression, he won't bring down bigger ballcarriers with arm tackles. He puts in extra hours in the film and training rooms and does everything a coach wants in a player and works very hard in planning for a game. He earned his stripes earlier in his career on special teams and relishes the role as a head-hunting gunner. GRADE: 6.0

ATHLETIC REPORT

GRADE: 6.64

Key and Diagnostic Skills: Delmas instinctively locates the ball and comes up in run support. He takes proper angles and has the vision to track the ball in flight. He studies quarterbacks intently, getting a good jump on the action in front of him. He is smart enough to make the defensive calls and adjustments. He makes quick reads and reacts to pre-snap movement. He looks instinctive and smart in both zone and man coverage. He has good instincts and makes plays because of his ability to instantly locate the ball, especially when working inside the box (80 of 175 tackles the past two years have been in run support). GRADE: 7.3

Man Coverage Ability: Delmas can mirror tight ends with ease, but there are questions about his ability man up vs. speedy outside receivers. Maintains position but when he stares into the backfield too long, he will lose leverage on deep patterns. He has the speed to run with backs and slot receivers in the short area, doing a nice job of keeping the plays in front of him. He has the loose hips to shadow and trail and allows little cushion underneath. He does a good job of spotting fakes, jukes and hip snap to stay tight on the receiver throughout the route. He can press, turn and trail his assignment, especially when asked to mirror the tight end, but does not have the recovery burst needed when a quick receiver gets behind him. GRADE: 5.7

Zone Coverage Ability: Delmas shows excellent awareness playing in zone. He is quick to react to action in front of him, but needs to be quicker getting over on deep activity. He takes good drops in curl, flat and underneath coverage. He will sometimes freelance a bit and neglect responsibilities, but shows good awareness and reactions to handle combo routes and smoothly switch off assignments. Some scouts question whether he has the wide range and movement agility to cover the deep third of the field consistently. With his vision, he immediately scans the field and sees the play develop. His range allows him to cover a lot of field in a hurry, but it is his ability to keep everything in front of him that is rare. GRADE: 6.5

Backpedal Skills: Delmas has good footwork, balance and body control throughout his pedal. He will shuffle at times, causing him to round his breaks and take extra steps, but when he keeps his pads down, he is smooth coming out of his pedal. He demonstrates the smooth transition in his hips and change-of-direction agility to take good angles and close on the man. Has good hip snap to turn, can plant and drive with good efficiency, especially for a long strider and looks natural and smooth breaking on the ball. GRADE: 6.3

Ball Reaction Skills: Delmas has a good burst to close in front of him and moves well laterally, but he has just average ability to close ground and catch up to plays behind him. He shows good range off the hash, but demonstrates better quickness working underneath in the deep secondary. He does not take many wasted steps in transition out of his breaks. He has a good feel for turning and locating the ball. He is quick to read, recognize and react. He is explosive getting to the catch point and can beat the receiver to the ball. GRADE: 7.4

Range/Recovery: Delmas shows good acceleration closing on the ball, but his speed levels off when he has to cover long distances. He anticipates plays and is quick to close on action in front of him, but lacks that sudden burst out of his breaks to make plays on the ball when the receiver gets behind him. He lacks the speed to challenge quicker receivers on deep routes, but has more than enough quickness to defend and support vs. the run. GRADE: 6.0

Jumping Ability: Delmas times his leaps well and has very good ball skills. He uses his long arms and timing to extend for the ball and has the natural hands to pluck outside his frame. Is effective timing his leaps to reach over and around receivers to deflect the pass and steal the ball. He gets a good break on the ball and will not hesitate to challenge receivers. Has the explosiveness and flexibility with the timing on his leaps to get to the ball at its high point. GRADE: 6.8

Hands: Delmas lacks good punch to jolt the lead blocker in run support. He has soft hands and good extension competing for jump balls. He looks the ball in well and will extend to catch away from the framework of his body. He can extend, secure and snatch the ball with ease. He has also developed good hand usage in press coverage, effectively disrupting the receiver's route progression. GRADE: 6.4

Run Defense: Delmas is aggressive and shows no hesitation to step up and support vs. the run. He has greatly improved his ability to angle as a senior, running the alley with good toughness to set the edge. He is a quick reactor who can close on the football. He has a good feel for rush lanes and has the functional strength to make plays in a pile. He knows his assignment and is not afraid to throw himself around, especially when playing downhill, but needs to stay active with his hands in attempts to shed blocks. GRADE: 7.0

Tackling Ability: Delmas might lack great strength, but he shows good tackling form -- faces up, hits with decent pop and can jar the ball loose. He is a consistent hitter who can get ballcarriers down in space, coming to balance quickly. He plays low in his pads and strikes with good force. He might get a little reckless in attempts to wrap, but when he strikes opponents, they feel it. GRADE: 7.0

Compares To: TYRELL JOHNSON, Minnesota -- Delmas is a ball hawk who might lack great strength, but he hits with purpose. He is best when playing downhill, lacking the recovery burst when receivers get behind him on deep routes. But, he is a natural hands catcher who does a good job of keeping action in front of him.

OVERALL GRADE: 6.61

--Report by Dave-Te Thomas

Career Notes

Delmas started 44 of 45 games at Western Michigan; 33 at free safety, 11 at left cornerback … Ranks tied with Dominic Riggio (1971-73) for eighth in school history with 310 tackles, topped by John Offerdahl (694, 1982-85), Sean Mulhearn (435, 1987-90), Eric Hoffman (406, 1985-88), Peter Tuffo (382, 1990-94), Greg Igaz (346, 1969-71), John Schuster (334, 1978-81) and Scott Niles (313, 1996-99) … Added 2.5 sacks for minus 15 yards, 11.5 stops for losses totaling 32 yards and one quarterback pressure … Recovered four fumbles and caused three others … Deflected 18 passes and intercepted 12 others for 152 yards in returns (12.67 avg) and one touchdown … Registered a safety, caught one pass for 19 yards and returned seven kickoffs for 162 yards (23.1 avg) … Recorded a career-high 111 tackles in 2008, the first time a WMU player totaled 100 tackles in a season since 2003.

2008 Season

All-American Dream Team choice by The NFL Draft Report, adding All-Mid American Conference first-team honors from the league's coaches … Earned MAC Defensive Player of the Week honors vs. Northern Illinois and Illinois … Started all thirteen games at free safety, leading the team with a career-high 111 tackles (61 solos), adding four stops for losses totaling 7 yards … Recovered one fumble and deflected three passes … Gained 98 yards with a touchdown on four interception returns … Made 24 of his tackles on third- or fourth-down plays … Had at least ten tackles in a game six times … Also caught a pass for 19 yards vs. Rice in the Texas Bowl … Intercepted a pass in each of the team's first three games.

2008 Game Analysis

Nebraska … Delmas recorded 11 tackles (5 solos), one interception, and one pass break-up in Western Michigan's 47-24 loss to the Huskers in Lincoln … "The scheme they were doing, we went over it every day in practice throughout the whole week. We just didn't execute it the way we should have," said Delmas of Nebraska's offense … Early in the first quarter, Nebraska quarterback Joe Ganz broke off a 32-yard run before being dragged down by Delmas at the WMU 29-yard line … At the 5:19 mark in the first quarter, Delmas dropped Husker tailback Quentin Castille for a 1-yard loss at the WMU 32-yard line … With less than five minutes remaining in the second quarter, on 3rd-&-11 from the WMU 26-yard line, Delmas broke up a pass from Joe Ganz to wide receiver Todd Peterson, forcing the Huskers to settle for a 44-yard field goal … With 11:13 remaining in the game, on 3rd-&-7 from the Nebraska 43-yard line, Delmas picked off Ganz and returned the interception 33 yards to the Huskers' 29-yard line, the longest interception return of his career.

Northern Illinois … Delmas contributed 10 tackles (5 solos), one fumble recovery, and one interception to the Broncos' 29-26 win over MAC-rival Northern Illinois … During the opening drive of the game, NIU quarterback Chandler Harnish completed a 45-yard pass to wide receiver Matt Simon, who was tackled by Delmas at the WMU 39-yard line … At the 9:29 mark in the first quarter, Delmas tackled NIU tailback Me'co Brown for a 2-yard loss at the Huskie 14-yard line … Midway through the second quarter, NIU running back Justin Anderson was stopped for a 4-yard loss by Delmas at the WMU 13-yard line … With 4:23 remaining in the third quarter, on 3rd-&-15 from the NIU 28-yard line, Delmas registered his second interception of the season, picking off quarterback Dan Nicholson and returning the ball to the Huskies' 32-yard line … With 9:14 remaining in the game, Delmas recovered a fumble by NIU quarterback DeMarcus Grady, who lost control of the ball while being tackled by WMU's Boston McCornell at the NIU 27-yard line. Five plays later, Bronco quarterback Tim Hiller connected with Austin Pritchard for a 1-yard touchdown that increased WMU's lead to 29-19.

Idaho … The Western Michigan free safety recorded 10 tackles (7 solos), one interception return for a touchdown, and one pass break-up in the Broncos' decisive 51-28 victory over Idaho … On Idaho's first offensive series of the game, quarterback Nathan Enderle was intercepted by Delmas, who returned the ball 47 yards for a touchdown, the first interception return for a score of his career and his third interception in as many games … On the Vandals' next possession, tailback Deonte Jackson broke off a 25-yard run before being dragged down by Delmas at midfield … Near the end of the first half, Delmas stopped running back Troy Vital for a 1-yard loss at the Vandals' 44-yard line … Early in the third quarter, Delmas tackled Idaho's Eddie Williams at the WMU 2-yard line after a 17-yard run by the fullback … Near the end of the third quarter, on 3rd-&-7 from the Idaho 33-yard line, Delmas broke up a pass from Nathan Enderle to wide receiver Preston Davis, forcing the Vandals to punt the ball away … At the start of the fourth quarter, Nathan Enderle completed a 30-yard pass to Eddie Williams, who was tackled by Delmas at the WMU 28-yard line.

Tennessee Tech … Delmas posted four solo tackles in Western Michigan's 41-7 victory over Tennessee Tech … Early in the third quarter, Delmas limited Tech tailback Henry Sailes to 1 yard on a pass reception from quarterback Josh Lowery.

Temple … The free safety finished with five tackles (3 solos) in Western Michigan's hard-fought 7-3 win over Temple at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, a game in which the Broncos' defense limited the Owls to just 60 passing yards … At the start of the second quarter, on 3rd-&-1 from the WMU 46-yard line, Delmas charged hard in run support, tackling Temple running back Joe Jones for no gain, forcing the Owls to punt.

Ohio … Delmas posted a team-high eight tackles (4 solos) in the Broncos' 41-20 victory over the Bobcats on homecoming weekend, giving the football program its 500th win … Early in the first quarter, Ohio tailback Donte Harden broke loose for a 42-yard run to the WMU 27-yard line, where he was wrapped up by Delmas … Early in the second quarter, on 3rd-&-7 from the Ohio 25-yard line, Bobcat quarterback Boo Jackson picked up a first down with a 14-yard run before being tackled by Delmas and a teammate … Just before the end of the third quarter, Jackson gained 21 yards on a rushing attempt before being stopped by Delmas at the Ohio 36-yard line … Early in the fourth stanza, Delmas limited Ohio tailback Vince Davidson to 2 yards on a rushing attempt.

Buffalo … Delmas led the Bronco defense in tackles in the team's 34-28 overtime victory over Buffalo, finishing with eight tackles (5 solos) and one interception … Near the end of the first quarter, on 3rd-&-10 from the WMU 35-yard line, Buffalo quarterback Drew Willy completed a 17-yard pass to wide receiver Brett Hamlin, who picked up the first down before being tackled by Delmas at the Broncos' 18-yard line … With less than a minute remaining in the first half, on 3rd-&-7 from the Buffalo 22-yard line, Delmas stopped tailback Brandon Thermilus after a 3-yard gain, forcing the Bulls to punt … Midway through the third quarter, Delmas limited Buffalo tailback James Starks to a 1-yard gain on a rushing attempt from midfield … In overtime, Delmas picked off Drew Willy in the end zone, giving the ball to the Bronco offense, which needed just five plays to score the winning touchdown.

Central Michigan … Serving as one of the game's captains, Louis Delmas posted eight tackles (5 solos) in Western Michigan's disheartening 38-28 loss to intrastate rival Central Michigan … Midway through the first quarter, Delmas limited CMU tailback Bryan Schroeder to 1 yard on a rushing attempt from the Chippewa's 46-yard line … With 10:02 remaining in the third quarter, on 3rd-&-8 from the Chippewa's 34-yard line, CMU quarterback Brian Brunner completed a 19-yard pass to wide receiver Bryan Anderson, who picked up the first down before being tackled by Delmas. Later in the drive, on 3rd-&-7 from the WMU 44-yard line, Brunner, once again, found Anderson open, this time for a 27-yard completion to the WMU 17-yard line, where the receiver was tackled by Delmas and a teammate. On the next play, Brunner completed a 15-yard pass to receiver Antonio Brown, who was brought down by Delmas at the WMU 2-yard line … In the opening minute of the fourth quarter, on 3rd-&-2 from the CMU 31-yard line, Delmas was flagged for a 15-yard personal foul, which gave the Chippewas a first down. Later in the drive, on 3rd-&-1 from the WMU 33-yard line, Brian Brunner completed a 24-yard pass to receiver Kito Poblah, who was tackled by Delmas at the Broncos' 9-yard line, setting up CMU's touchdown on the next play … Near the end of the fourth quarter, on 3rd-&-5 from the CMU 41-yard line, Chippewa tailback Justin Hoskins took a pass reception from Brian Brunner and raced 52 yards before being stopped by Delmas at the WMU 7-yard line.

Eastern Michigan … Delmas posted a game-high 11 tackles (3 solos), including 1.5 tackles for loss, in Western Michigan's decisive 31-10 victory over instate foe Eastern Michigan … On the game's second play from scrimmage, Delmas limited the Eagles' Tyler Jones to 1 yard on a rushing attempt. On the next play, on 3rd-&-5 from the EMU 13-yard line, Eagle quarterback Andy Schmitt completed a 10-yard pass to tight end Josh Leduc, who picked up a first down before being tackled by Delmas at the EMU 23-yard line … At the end of the first quarter, Tyler Jones rushed for 30 yards before being tackled by Delmas at the WMU 32-yard line. Later in the drive, on 3rd-&-6 from the WMU 28-yard line, Andy Schmitt found Dwayne Priest open for a 9-yard gain, with the running back picking up the first down before Delmas could make the stop … Early in the third quarter, Delmas tackled Eagle tailback Terrence Blevins for a 1-yard loss on a rushing attempt, and, on the next play, limited Blevins to a 1-yard gain … Early in the fourth quarter, Andy Schmitt completed a pass to Josh Leduc, but the tight end was dropped for a 1-yard loss by Delmas and a teammate. Later in the drive, on 2nd-&-goal from the WMU 1-yard line, Delmas tackled Terrence Blevins for a 1-yard loss.

Illinois … Delmas registered a team-high 12 tackles (6 solos) in Western Michigan's 23-17 upset victory over Big Ten foe Illinois … Delmas' 12 stops tied his career high … Near the end of the first quarter, on 2nd-&-goal from the WMU 1-yard line, Delmas stopped Illini tailback Jason Ford for no gain … Early in the fourth stanza, on 4th-&-4 from the WMU 23-yard line, Illini quarterback Juice Williams completed an 8-yard pass to wide receiver Arrelious Benn, who picked up the first down before being stopped by Delmas. Two plays later, Williams found Jeff Cumberland open for 10 yards to the WMU 5-yard line, where the wide receiver was tackled by Delmas.

Toledo … The free safety finished with five tackles (3 solos) and one pass break-up in Western Michigan's 27-17 win over Toledo … Midway through the first quarter, on 3rd-&-9 from the WMU 47-yard line, Delmas broke up a pass from Toledo quarterback Aaron Opelt to wide receiver Stephen Williams, forcing the Rockets to punt … Early in the second quarter, Delmas limited Toledo tailback DaJuane Collins to a 1-yard rush to midfield.

Ball State … Although Western Michigan fell to No. 15 Ball State, 45-22, Delmas posted eight tackles (5 solos) to become the first Bronco defender since 2003 to post 100 tackles in a season … Early in the third quarter, Ball State tailback MiQuale Lewis broke off a 32-yard run to the WMU 47-yard line, where he was tackled by Delmas. The free safety got some revenge, however, limiting MiQuale to 2 yards on the next play … At the 10:56 mark in the fourth quarter, Delmas stopped MiQuale for a 1-yard gain to the BSU 20-yard line, and, later in the drive, on 1st-&-goal from the WMU 9-yard line, Delmas stymied MiQuale for no gain.

Rice (Texas Bowl) … Serving as a game captain, Louis Delmas finished with one reception (the first of his career) for 19 yards and a game-high 10 tackles (7 solos) in Western Michigan's 38-14 Texas Bowl loss to Rice, which had home-field advantage in Houston's Reliant Stadium … On Rice's first possession of the game, quarterback Chase Clement completed a pass to wide receiver Toren Dixon, who was stopped for no gain by Delmas at midfield … Later in the first quarter, Delmas was flagged for pass interference, giving the Owls a first down at WMU's 26-yard line … With less than two minutes remaining in the first quarter, on 3rd-&-8 from the Rice 37-yard line, Clement completed a 29-yard pass to tight end James Casey, who was stopped by Delmas at the WMU 34-yard line … At the 2:58 mark in the third quarter, Delmas caught the first pass of his career, hauling in a 19-yard toss from E.J. Biggers for a first down at Rice's 25-yard line … During the opening minute of the fourth quarter, on 3rd-&-1 from the Rice 38-yard line, James Casey rushed for 3 yards and a first down to the Rice 41-yard line, where he was stopped by Delmas.

2007 Season

Delmas earned All-Mid American Conference second-team honors … The team captain missed the Indiana and Missouri games after suffering a concussion in the season opener vs. West Virginia, but started nine of ten games he played in, recording 64 tackles (48 solos), which ranked fifth on the team … Added an 8-yard sack with three stops for losses of 12 yards and posted his only college quarterback pressure in the Eastern Michigan clash … Intercepted one pass and deflected two others … Gained 162 yards on seven kick-off returns.

2007 Game Analysis

Had a kickoff return for a total of 49 yards at Toledo, as he led the Broncos with nine tackles (eight solos) … Added seven tackles (4 solos) with a pass break-up vs. Akron … Was in on five stops, including one for a 3-yard loss and had one kickoff return for 12 yards at Northern Illinois … Led the team with 10 tackles (eight solos) vs. Ball State … Followed with one interception vs. Eastern Michigan, as he also totaled 10 tackles (8 solos) … Returned three kickoffs for a total of 53 yards and collected eight tackles (7 solos) vs. Central Michigan … Registered and 8-yard sack of QB Jake Christensen, causing a fumble on the play, as Delmas also broke up a pass and delivered ten tackles (7 solos) in a 28-19 win over Iowa … Caused a fumble, made three solo tackles and returned two kickoffs for 48 yards with a long of 29 yards vs. Temple.

2006 Season

Delmas started 11 games at free safety, sitting out the Temple and Ohio University contests after he suffered a left knee medial collateral ligament sprain in the third game of the schedule vs. Virginia … Still managed to finish third on the team with 53 tackles (39 solos), coming up with 0.5 stops for minus one yard … Caused and recovered a fumble, as he deflected five passes and intercepted four others for 52 yards in returns.

2006 Game Analysis

Posted six solo tackles, one interception and two pass break-ups vs. Indiana in the season opener … Registered seven tackles (6 solos) and one pass deflection vs. Toledo … Recorded his second interception of the season vs. Virginia before hurting his knee … Returned to action with seven tackles (5 solos) vs. Northern Illinois … Produced eight total tackles, 0.5 stop for a 1-yard loss and pulled down his third interception vs. Ball State … Registered his fourth interception and returned it for 28 yards vs. Eastern Michigan, adding four hits (3 solos) … Delivered five tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery vs. Miami (Oh.), followed by five solo tackles vs. Akron … Credited with four tackles (3 solos) and one pass breakup vs. Cincinnati in the International Bowl.

2005 Season

Freshman All-American second-team selection by College Football News … Added All-MAC second-team honors, as the true freshman started all eleven games at left cornerback … Ranked third on the squad with 82 tackles (54 solos), the most by any first-year player in the league during 2005 … Had 1.5 sacks for minus 7 yards among his four stops behind the line of scrimmage … Recovered two fumbles and registered one safety … Deflected a team-high eight passes and also paced the Broncos with three interceptions … Had at least ten tackles in four contests.

2005 Game Analysis

Made his collegiate debut and first collegiate start at Virginia, finishing with ten tackles (9 solos) … Registered his first career interception at Toledo … Returned a blocked extra point for a two-point conversion vs. Ball State … Made a season-high 12 tackles at Bowling Green and recorded the team's first safety since 2001 vs. Kent State.

Injury Report

2006: Suffered a left knee medial collateral ligament sprain vs. Virginia (9/16), missing the next two games vs. Temple (9/23) and Ohio University (10/07).

2007: Left the West Virginia game (9/01) after suffering a concussion that forced him to sit out the Indiana (9/08) and Missouri (9/15) contests.

Agility Tests

Combine: 4.52 in the 40-yard dash … 1.50 10-yard dash … 2.56 20-yard dash … 4.17 20-yard shuttle … 6.67 three-cone drill … 37-inch vertical jump … 10'6" broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 12 times … 31 3/4-inch arm length … 9 1/4-inch hands.

High School

Attended North Miami Beach (Fla.) High School, where he was teammates with fellow Western Michigan players Daniel Marks and E.J. Biggers … Utilized as a cornerback, strong safety, wide receiver, kick returner and long snapper … As a senior, he played eight games where he never came off the field … The three-year starter was voted his team's best defensive back three consecutive seasons … Broke school records for single game and career kickoff return yardage, as he collected 178 tackles with three interceptions on defense and had 61 receptions for 841 yards and seven touchdowns on offense.

Personal

Family Studies major … Coaches 8-10 year-olds in Optimist football … Brother, Greg Joseph, plays safety at Florida Atlantic … Born 4/12/87 in Fort Pierce, Florida … Resides in North Miami Beach, Florida.

 
Latest News
04/27/2009 - A closer look at the Lions' picks: Round 2/33 -- Louis Delmas, S, 5-11, 202, Western Michigan...The Lions already had two second-round safeties. But Daniel Bullocks (2006) missed the '07 season with a torn ACL, and Gerald Alexander (2007) missed much of the '08 season with a fractured vertebra. So they added a second-round safety for the third time in four years. Delmas is small. But Mayhew pointed out Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu were about his size when drafted. Schwartz lauded Delmas' versatility, aggressiveness and passion, calling him a "guided missile."

04/15/2009 - Risk/Reward: Louis Delmas, S, Western Michigan (could go 23-25, best value is early-mid second round): A very aggressive run defender with above-average athleticism, Delmas has the potential to be a Pro Bowl-caliber safety. However, his propensity to be over-aggressive in coverage and his lack of strength and questionable instincts might keep him from hitting his ceiling. - Chad Reuter, The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

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