Dennard was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and named the Tatum-Woodson Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year this season after helping hold opposing Big Ten quarterbacks to a conference-low 51 percent completion percentage. He posted 31 total tackles and six pass breakups on the year. For his career, he notched 97 tackles, including four tackles for loss. He also recorded 21 pass breakups, four interceptions and four quarterback hurries.
Second-Team All-Big 12 (Coaches, AP). Dennard started 13 of 14 games as a junior, while missing the majority of the Missouri game and the following contest at Iowa State with a concussion. Dennard was second on the team and fifth in the Big 12 with four interceptions and also finished with seven pass breakups and made 30 tackles, including 12 solo stops. His play helped the Nebraska defense allow opposing passers to complete less than 49 percent of their pass attempts. Dennard had a season-high six tackles and a hurry in the season opener against Western Kentucky. A week later he had his first career interception against Idaho, as the Blackshirts had six takeaways, including five interceptions. At Washington, Dennard picked off a third-quarter pass and returned it 31 yards for a touchdown, as the NU defense limited the Huskies to a 4-of-20 passing effort. Dennard had a pick for the third straight week against South Dakota State and also broke up a pair of passes. He had two pass breakups against Texas, as the Huskers held UT to just 62 passing yards. After missing time with an injury, Dennard returned against Kansas and had three tackles and picked off his fourth pass. Against Colorado, Dennard had four tackles and forced a fumble that led to a score in a 45-17 win. He added four tackles against Oklahoma and finished with three tackles and a breakup in the Holiday Bowl. David also considered South Florida, Kansas, Kansas State, Baylor and Tennessee among others.
A key reserve early in the season before moving into the starting lineup against Missouri. He finished the season with 31 tackles, including four tackles for loss, and his eight pass breakups were third on the team. Dennard totaled four tackles in non-conference play as the top reserve at cornerback. He made his first career start at Missouri and had four tackles, including three solo stops and a tackle for loss, and added a breakup. Against Iowa State, Dennard made five tackles, had a tackle for loss and a career-best two breakups. Dennard suffered a shoulder injury at Baylor that would hamper him for the reaminder of the regular season. Despite the injury, Dennard had a career-best six tackles, a tackle for loss and a breakup against Oklahoma. He had five solo stops at Kansas, before sitting out the Kansas State game to rest his injury. Dennard combined for four tackles against Colorado and Texas, before closing the year with a PBU against Arizona in the Holiday Bowl.
Was one of three true freshmen to see action, playing in 12 games, primarily on special teams. Dennard formed an explosive kickoff return combination with Niles Paul, and had eight returns for 150 yards, an average of 18.8 yards per return. He had a 29-yard return against Colorado and a season-long 31-yarder vs. Clemson in the Gator Bowl. Dennard had five tackles, including four solo stops, with a season-high two tackles against Kansas State.
Dennard excelled on both sides of the ball for Wilcox County High School, and was the first scholarship player from Georgia since 2001. In his senior season, Dennard played a leading role in helping Wilcox County and Coach Mark Ledford to a 13-2 record and state runner-up finish in Class A. Dennard made 53 tackles, while picking off five passes as a cornerback. Offensively, Dennard caught 39 passes for 780 yards and scored 14 touchdowns. He also used his speed to help on special teams, returning two kickoffs and one punt for touchdowns. Dennard received first-team Class A all-state honors from the Georgia Sportswriters Association. Dennard played in the GACA North-South All-Star game.
As a junior, Dennard caught 45 passes for 840 yards and 12 touchdowns, while rushing 24 times for 240 yards and six touchdowns. On defense he made 60 tackles and had six interceptions. Dennard was also a contributor in track and basketball. He played point in basketball and used his speed in sprint events in track. He finished sixth in the state in the long jump with a leap of 21-3. Dennard chose Nebraska over North Carolina and Troy.
Dennard is the son of Rose Mary Dennard and was born on Sept. 9, 1989. He is a sociology major, and has assisted with Nebraska's team hospital visits and volunteered his time at the Village Manor Retirement Center.