Started all 12 games as a senior...named an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection for the second straight season...made 53 total tackles, 3.5 TFLs and led the team with three interceptions to go with 11 pass breakups...returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown in the season-opening win over Massachusetts (Aug. 30)...forced a fumble and made four tackles against North Carolina State (Sept. 8)... intercepted passes at Maryland (Sept. 15) and at USF (Nov. 3)...totaled career-highs in tackles with 11 and breakups with three in an overtime win at Louisville (Nov. 24)... played in 50 career games, while making 41 starts...in four years, totaled 189 tackles and eight picks for 152 yards and two scores...honored with the team's Brian Kozlowski Award, given to the player that is the most courageous, hard-working and productive.
Was a Second Team All-BIG EAST Conference pick last year ... one of the most experienced players returning to the Husky team in the fall ... has played in 38 career games, with 29 career starts, including all 12 games in 2011 and all 13 in 2010 ... broke into the starting lineup in 2009 as he started the last four games of the season ... was the fifth-leading tackler on the team in 2011 with 53 stops and was tied for the team lead with three interceptions ... had a season-high nine tackles against Cincinnati (Dec. 3) in season finale ... his career-high is ten vs. Michigan on (Sept. 4, 2010) ... also had eight tackles vs. Iowa State (Oct. 16) and Syracuse (Oct. 5) ... had 4.5 tackles for 12 yards on the year and also had four pass breakups.
Started all 13 games at cornerback in 2010...Had a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl...Was the third-leading tackler on the team with 63 stops...Also led the team with nine pass breakups...Had a career-high ten tackles in season opener vs. Michigan (Sept. 4)...Made nine tackles in key win over Cincinnati (Nov. 27)...Had a key second quarter interception in win vs. Pittsburgh (Nov. 11) that ended a ten play drive at midfield...Had seven tackles in the game vs. the Panthers.
Saw first collegiate action last year with action in all 13 games and four starts in five of the final games of the regular season...had a 34-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown against Syracuse (Nov. 28)...had a season-high four tackles against both West Virginia (Oct. 24) and Syracuse (Nov. 28)...also had three tackles vs. Cincinnati (Nov. 7) and Notre Dame (Nov. 21).
Redshirted ... Named the Defensive Scout Team Player of the Week before the opener against Hofstra (Aug. 28) and the Special Teams Scout Team Player of the Week before the Baylor (Sept. 19), Cincinnati (Oct. 25) and West Virginia (Nov. 1) games.
Named first-team all-area in 2007 and all-region ... Helped Piscataway to the 2005 and 2007 state championship games ... Had 65 tackles as a senior with 16 pass breakups and a pair of interceptions, both coming in the team's Thanksgiving Day game ... An all-county pick in track where he set a school record in the 55 meter hurdles (7.5 seconds) ... Team captain.
Dwayne Jamar Gratz ... Born on March 8, 1990 ... An exploratory major.
- 2013 NFL DRAFT RANG'S GANG: CB: Dwayne Gratz, Connecticut, 5-11, 201, 4.44...Every attentive fantasy football enthusiast will tell you that the ability to pass protect is every bit as important as speed or elusiveness when it comes to projecting which rookie running backs might earn carries each year. In much this same way, tenacity and tackling in run support are often every bit as valued by teams as pure coverage skills at the cornerback position. Gratz, a 41-game starter at UCONN, possesses the all-around game scouts are looking for, showing not only toughness against the run but experience in man and zone coverages and good ball-skills (eight career interceptions), as well. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
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