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2015 NFL DRAFT

Darqueze Dennard, CB

School: Michigan State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Dry Branch, GA
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 199 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
1611
Career Notes
Four-year letterwinner was a three-year starter at cornerback ... two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection (2012, 2013) ... totaled 167 tackles and 30 passes defended (10 interceptions, 20 pass break-ups) in 44 career games, including 40 starts (30 consecutive to close out career) ... had three career multi-interception games (2013 vs. Iowa, 2012 vs. Nebraska, 2012 Outback Bowl vs. Georgia) ... ranks tied for 11th in MSU history with 10 interceptions.
2013 Season
First Spartan to win the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's best defensive back ... first Spartan cornerback to be named a unanimous first-team All-American (Walter Camp, American Football Coaches Association, Football Writers Association of America, ESPN.com, USA TODAY, CBSSports.com, Sporting News, Athlon Sports, Lindy's) ... named one of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (nation's best defensive player); first Spartan to be named a finalist for the award ... named winner of the 2013 Jack Tatum Award, presented to college football's best defensive back by The Touchdown Club of Columbus ... named the Tatum-Woodson Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year (named for Ohio State's Jack Tatum and Purdue's Rod Woodson) ... unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches; also a first-team pick by the media ... also earned first-team All-Big Ten honors from ESPN.com, Sporting News, Phil Steele and Athlon Sports ... ranked No. 3 defensive player in the FBS by CBSSports.com ... named Big Ten Defensive MVP by ESPN.com and CollegeFootballNews.com ... accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.Led team and ranked tied for sixth in the Big Ten with 14 passes defended (four interceptions, 101pass break-ups) ... led team in both interceptions (4) and pass break-ups (10) ... tied for third in the Big Ten with four picks ... ranked fourth on the team with a career-high 62 tackles, including 3.5 for loss (8 yards) ... named to ESPN.com's Big Ten All-Bowl Team after helping the Spartan defense limit No. 5 Stanford to its third-lowest offensive output of the season in the 24-20 victory over the Cardinal in the 100th Rose Bowl Game; the Cardinal threw for just 143 yards, their second-lowest total of the season ... produced three stops, including a 2-yard tackle for loss, against Stanford ... had three tackles, two pass break-ups and a forced fumble to compile 21 production points in MSU's win over No. 2 Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game ... tied a career high with nine tackles and broke up a pass on Senior Day against Minnesota ... recorded a career-best nine tackles and an interception in Michigan State's 30-6 victory at Northwestern, as the Spartans claimed the Big Ten Legends Division title for the second time in three seasons.Had a productive all-around game in win over No. 23 Michigan, recording an interception, a forced fumble and four tackles ... tallied seven stops, including a half tackle for loss, in win over Purdue ... registered five tackles, a pass break-up and a QB hurry vs. Indiana ... named Big Ten Player of the Week after tying his career high with two interceptions and recording eight tackles at Iowa ... credited with two tackles, including a 1-yard loss, to go along with a QB hurry and a pass break-up at No. 22 Notre Dame; recorded a season-high 47 production points against the Irish, the most in a single game by a Spartan defensive player this season ... posted five stops, including a half tackle for loss (2 yards), and had two pass break-ups vs. South Florida ... tied his career high with three pass break-ups in the season opener against Western Michigan.
2012 Season
First-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and second-team choice by the media ... also a first-team All-Big Ten pick by ESPN.com, CollegeFootballNews.com and Phil Steele ... finished No. 19 in ESPN.com's final Big Ten player rankings ... started all 13 games ... tied for team lead with three interceptions ... also tied for the team lead with 10 passes defended, which ranked tied for 19th in the Big Ten ... tied for second on the team with seven pass break-ups ... ranked sixth on the team with a career-high 52 tackles, including 3.5 for losses (5 yards) ... recipient of the team's Jim Adams Award (unsung hero - defense) ... collected three tackles in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl victory over TCU ... recorded an interception, a pass break-up and three tackles, including a 1-yard loss, at Minnesota ... tied a career high with seven tackles, including a 1-yard loss, and broke up a pass vs. Northwestern.Tied career high with two interceptions (46 yards) and also had four tackles vs. No. 21 Nebraska; his 30-yard interception return in the third quarter set up MSU's third TD of the game ... posted four tackles, including a half tackle for loss, at No. 23 Michigan ... had four stops and two pass break-ups vs. Iowa ... collected four tackles against Eastern Michigan ... posted six stops, including a 2-yard loss, vs. No. 20 Notre Dame ... tallied five tackles at Central Michigan ... recorded a career-high three pass break-ups and had five tackles in win over No. 24 Boise State ... matched his career high with 26 production points against the Broncos.
2011 Season
Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection (media) ... recorded 42 tackles (30 solos, 12 assists) in 11 games of action ... tied for third on the team with six passes defended (three interceptions, three pass break-ups) ... tied a Spartan-bowl record with two interceptions in the win over No. 18 Georgia in the 2012 Outback Bowl; picked off an Aaron Murray pass midway through the third quarter, leading to MSU's first TD of the game, then returned an interception 38 yards for a score at the 1:47 mark in the third quarter that cut the Bulldog lead to 16-14 ... also credited with four tackles against Georgia ... named to the Yahoo! Sports All-Bowl Team for his performance against the Bulldogs (career-best 26 production points) ... recorded a career-high seven tackles, including one for a 5-yard loss, in the Big Ten Championship Game against Wisconsin.Did not play the last two games of the regular season (vs. Indiana and Northwestern) due to injury ... recorded one tackle at Iowa in limited action due to injury ... sat out the Minnesota game with an injury ... posted six stops at No. 13 Nebraska ... had six tackles in the victory over No. 4 Wisconsin; also blocked a field goal in the second quarter ... had two tackles and a pass break-up in the win over Michigan ... recorded his first career interception on an acrobatic catch in the second quarter at Ohio State; also had four tackles against the Buckeyes ... had two tackles and a pass break-up at Notre Dame ... tallied six tackles and 21 production points in the season opener against Youngstown State.
2010 Season
True freshman appeared in six games, including two starts at cornerback (vs. Illinois and Northwestern) ... did not play the last five games of the season (knee injury) ... produced 11 tackles (8 solos, 3 assists), including 2.0 for losses (4 yards) ... moved into the starting lineup while Chris L. Rucker served a two-game suspension ... recorded four solo stops, including a 2-yard sack, at Northwestern ... earned his first career start vs. Illinois and responded by posting a season-best five tackles, including one for a 2-yard loss ... also forced and recovered a fumble in the third quarter against the Illini, as he chased down A.J. Jenkins after a 39-yard reception and stripped the ball out at the MSU 20 to preserve a 13-6 lead.
High School
Participated in the 2009 Georgia Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Game in Columbus, Ga., and scored on a 48-yard reception in the third quarter ... four-year starter for Coach Dexter Copeland at Twiggs County High School in Jeffersonville, Ga... . two-time Associated Press All-State selection at wide receiver ... named to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-State Team as a defensive back in 2009 ... Georgia Sports Writers Association honorable mention All-State pick at defensive back as a senior ... All-Middle Georgia selection as a kick returner in 2009 ... had 40 catches for 502 yards (12.6 avg.) and 11 touchdowns as a senior while helping the 11-2 Cobras advance to the state quarterfinals ... recorded 50 tackles and nine interceptions in 2009, returning two for TDs ... also averaged 27.2 yards on punt returns, including two scores ... named to the Preseason 2009 Class A Super 11 Team as compiled by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia High School Football Daily ... earned Atlanta Journal-Constitution and GSWA All-State honors as a wide receiver in 2008 ... led Middle Georgia in receptions (61), receiving yards (923) and TD catches (17) as a junior ... had a career-best 18 catches for 255 yards vs. Wilkinson County ... caught seven passes for 118 yards vs. Wilcox County ... also lettered in basketball and track and field.
Personal
Son of Lisa Curry ... born Oct. 10, 1991 ... majoring in psychology.
 
Player News
05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Bengals' picks: Round 1/24 -- Darqueze Dennard, CB, 5-11, 199, Michigan State...The Bengals needed to get younger at corner and felt lucky Dennard slipped into their laps at 24. Most had him projected five to 10 picks earlier, but he fits perfectly into a man-press scheme. - The Sports Xchange
 

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