Thus far this postseason Minnifield (Lexington, Ky.) has been given the Pop Warner National College Football Award as their player of the year, named a first-team All-ACC pick for the second consecutive year and was recently awarded the Touchdown Club of Richmond's accolade as its defensive back of the year. Minnifield is No. 2 nationally among active career leaders with 13 interceptions. He is a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award & Lott IMPACT Trophy. Minnifield was named the Thorpe Award Defensive Back of the Week (Oct. 17) after helping limit then-No. 12 Georgia Tech to 24 yards passing and its lowest rushing total at the time (272).
SI.com Honorable Mention All-American ... first-team All-ACC ... started all 12 games ... finished year No. 2 in the ACC and No. 7 nationally with six INTs ... twice during season was named honorable mention for the Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week honor ... shared ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors on Nov. 1 with teammate Corey Mosley after snaring two INTs in Uva's 24-19 upset of No. 22 Miami ... finished No. 8 on the team with 48 tackles ... broke up four passeas and recorded 0.5 sacks ... slowed the final four games of the season with an ankle injury ... recorded seven tackles in games against Richmond, USC and Maryland ... returned 13 punts for 84 yards ... selected by the Uva coaches as the team's defensive player of the week for the VMI and Miami games.
Appeared in all 12 games, starting one ... returned team-high 20 punts for 88 yards ... returned team-high 22 kickoffs for 513 yards ... had career high 134 kickoff return yards vs. Duke ... collected two interceptions (North Carolina & Duke) ... made 29 tackles, 21 of which were of the solo variety ... had career-high 10 tackles at Southern Miss ... ranked third on the team in all-purpose yards with 601 total for the 2009 season ... selected by the UVa coaches as a defensive player of the game against North Carolina and Southern Miss.
Played in every game to earn his first letter ... started the USC game because of an injury to Ras-I Dowling ... started Virginia Tech contest when Vic Hall opened the game at quarterback ... a regular on UVa special teams ... posted 25 tackles including 21 solo stops ... broke up four passes and intercepted passes against Richmond and Miami ... had four tackles against USC, North Carolina and Virginia Tech ... led the team with 21 kickoff returns, averaging 23.3 yards per runback ... his longest kickoff return was 56 yards at Connecticut.
Tremendous multi-skilled player at Henry Clay HS for coach Sam Simpson ... SuperPrep All-American ... PrepStar All-American ... rated as the nation's No. 22 safety by Rivals ... No. 41 defensive back in the country by SuperPrep ... No. 39 cornerback according to Scout and No. 66 by ESPN.com ... Orlando Sentinel All-South ... Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register Super Southeast 120 (112) ... listed as the top player in Kentucky by SuperPrep and Rivals ... Lexington Herald-Leader "Class of the Commonwealth" ... received first-team all-state honors as a defensive back as a senior ... made 30 tackles and had three interceptions ... caught 48 passes for 630 yards and nine touchdowns, rushed for 509 yards and eight more scores ... played some quarterback and threw for 365 yards and three touchdowns ... also returned four kickoffs for touchdowns and kicked 41 PATs ... his 169 points were among the state leaders ... was the punter, too ... was a first-team all-city selection as a junior when caught 26 passes for 408 yards and seven touchdowns, rushed for 386 yards and nine scores and intercepted six passes ... also played on the basketball team ... earned academic all-state honors.
Full name is Chase Onassis Minnifield ... son of Diane and Frank Minnifield ... has a younger sister, Chanel ... his father was a Pro Bowl cornerback for the Cleveland Browns, playing from 1984-92.
- Former Virginia defensive back Chase Minnifield is recovering slower than expected from his January knee arthroscopy, which reports indicate included a microfracture procedure, but he expects it will lead to an improved final result. "I am getting better every day and I only have trace swelling," Minnifield told NFLDraftScout.com. "My doctor, James Andrews, made a report that all NFL teams received. They know. I am not 100 percent, but I will be." Minnifield would not confirm he had microfracture during his January 3 knee scope, but said he was familiar with the procedure. Multiple league sources confirm that medical reports said he had the procedure. Team reactions have been mixed. Minnifield, once projected as a second round draft prospect, has dropped two or more rounds on some boards and at least one team said he is off their draft list now. "We know this procedure is designed to enhance recovery and make the knee more sound," reported one team executive. "We also know it takes time." Despite Minnifield's desire for a rapid recovery, studies on NBA players who had microfracture indicate that a slow, deliberate rehabilitation yields the best results, although some individuals respond quicker than others. Microfracture is a procedure developed in the late 1980s by famed Vail, Colorado orthopedic surgeon Richard Steadman. Dr. Andrews, whose clinic attended Minnifield, advocates a version of that procedure. It is an arthroscopic procedure that is done in conjunction with a traditional clean-out, which is what Minnifield said he had. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
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