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Darqueze Dennard
Team
Round1
Selection24 (24 overall)
PositionCornerback
SchoolMichigan State
YearSR
Born10/10/1991
Height5-11
Weight191
High SchoolTwiggs County (Jeffersonville, Georgia)
Player Background
Winner of the 2013 Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back ... Became first Michigan State cornerback to be named a unanimous First-Team All-American ... Named winner of the 2013 Jack Tatum Award, presented to college football's best defensive back by The Touchdown Club of Columbus ... One of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (nation's best defensive player); first Spartan to be named a finalist for the award ... Unanimous First-Team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches; also a First-Team pick by themedia in 2013 ... First-Team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and Second-Team choice by the media as a junior ... Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection by media in 2011 ... Tallied a personal best 62 tackles and four interceptions as a senior on one of the most punishing defenses in the nation ... Logged three INTs in both 2011 and 2012 ... Has all the qualities of a top-notch defender with speed, quickness and strength, as well as strong football knowledge and anticipation ... Only drawback appears to be durability after being slowed by some injuries and dealing with double hernia surgery.


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