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Darqueze Dennard
CB #21
Height:
5-11
Weight:
198
Age:
25
College:
Michigan State
Hometown:
Dry Branch, GA
Experience:
4

Quick Stats (2016):

TCKL
47
SCK
0.0
FF
0
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 84 60 24 1.0 0 5 1 10 -- 10 0 0 0
2016 CIN 15 3 47 32 15 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2015 CIN 10 1 20 14 6 0.0 -- 3 1 10 10 10 0 0 --
2014 CIN 14 0 17 14 3 1.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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Bio

First-round 2014 draft selection contributed during 2016 on defense and special teams ... Downed three punts inside opponent three-yard line ... Missed preseason schedule and season opener due to ankle injury early in training camp, played in every game after that point ... Showed excellent progress in 2015, but was lost for remainder of season in Game 10, Nov. 22 at Arizona, due to shoulder separation.

First-round 2014 draft selection contributed during 2016 on defense and special teams ... Downed three punts inside opponent three-yard line ... Missed preseason schedule and season opener due to ankle injury early in training camp, played in every game after that point ... Showed excellent progress in 2015, but was lost for remainder of season in Game 10, Nov. 22 at Arizona, due to shoulder separation.

 

     Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in first round of 2014 NFL Draft (24th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 6-12-14 ... Bengals exercised the option to extend contract by one year through 2018 on 4-28-17.

 

     2016 highlights: Played in Games 2-16, with three starts ... Had 41 tackles and a pass defensed ... Downed two punts at opponent one-yard line and one punt at opponent two ... Six special teams tackles ... Team-high six tackles in start Sept. 29 vs. Miami, replacing injured Dre Kirkpatrick ... On Nov. 14 at N.Y. Giants, downed a punt at Giants one in second quarter and had six tackles on defense ... On Nov. 20 vs. Buffalo, had five tackles and downed a punt at one-yard line in third quarter ... Personal season-high of eight tackles Nov. 27 at Baltimore ... Four tackles and one special teams tackle on Dec. 4 vs. Philadelphia ... Downed a punt at the two on Dec. 11 at Cleveland ... One tackle, one QB hit and one special teams tackle on Dec. 24 at Houston ... Three tackles on Jan. 1 vs. Baltimore.

 

     Previous seasons: 2014—Played in 14 games (Games 2-7 and 9-16) as a rookie, and also played in Wild Card playoff at Indianapolis ... Inactive for Games 1 (hip) and 8 (hamstring) ... Logged seven tackles on defense (one for loss) in regular season ... Made NFL debut on Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta on special teams, with one tackle ... Played on defense for first time on Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee, and logged two tackles, including a three-yard sack of Jake Locker ... Led team with two special teams tackles on Dec. 7 vs. Pittsburgh ... In Wild Card playoff on 1-5-15 at Indianapolis, had two tackles on defense and forced a fumble by RB Daniel Herron. 2015—Played in Games 1-10, but placed Nov. 27 on Reserve/Injured list, due to shoulder injury suffered in his first career start, Nov. 22 at Arizona ... On Sept. 13 at Oakland, had perfectly timed hit on WR Seth Davis for a third-down pass defensed, and also had three tackles ... On Oct 4 vs. Kansas City, helped fill the void from injury to Adam Jones, logging a season-best six tackles, plus a third-down pass defensed in fourth quarter ... On Oct. 11 vs Seattle, teamed with WR Brandon Tate to down a punt at the Seahawk two in second quarter ... Recorded first career INT on Oct. 18 at Buffalo with a graceful leaping grab of an E.J. Manuel pass in the second quarter, and he returned it 10 yards to Buffalo 45.

 

     One game matters: Despite lettering four years at Twiggs County High School (Jeffersonville, Ga.) — and helping lead the team to an 11-2 record as a senior — Dennard went virtually unrecruited by colleges. He did not have a viable scholarship offer, even from a junior college, entering his final prep game. But fate cast him in that last game against Dooly County High and WR Keith Mumphrey, who already had signed with Michigan State. MSU coaches, on hand to watch Mumphrey, saw Dennard post an outstanding performance against Mumphrey, and they convinced head coach Mark Dantonio to sign him. “I probably wouldn’t have played any more football (if not for that game),” Dennard says. “I’d still be around the Macon (Ga.) area, working a nine-to-five.”

 

     College: Played four seasons (2010-13) at Michigan State, playing 44 games with 40 starts ... Started 38 games over his final three seasons, and in 2013 he helped lead the Spartans to No. 1 national rankings in fewest yards allowed per game and lowest third-down conversion percentage ... USA Today first-team All-American as senior in ’13, and was named winner of Thorpe Award, given annually to college football’s top DB ... Totaled 167 career tackles, 10 INTs, 30 total passes defensed, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a blocked FG ... Earned reputation as a strong tackler against the run ... In 2013, became first MSU CB to earn first-team All-America since Harlon Barnett (Cincinnati native from Princeton High School) in 1989 ... First MSU player to win the Thorpe Award since its 1986 inception.

 

     Personal: Hometown is Dry Branch, Ga. ... Lettered in football, basketball and track at Twiggs County High School (Jeffersonville, Ga.) ... Two-way player in prep football, seeing action at WR and CB ... Communications major at Michigan State ... First name is pronounced “dar-KWEZ” and last name is pronounced “deh-NARD.”

 

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