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Alfonzo Dennard

Alfonzo Dennard
Dennard in the 2013 NFL postseason.
No. 37     New England Patriots
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-09-09) September 9, 1989
Place of birth: Rochelle, Georgia
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
College: Nebraska
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 7 / Pick: 224
Debuted in 2012 for the New England Patriots
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • All-Big Ten First Team (2011)
  • Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year (2011)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 7, 2014
Tackles 90
Interceptions 5
Pass deflections 17
Forced fumbles 1
Stats at NFL.com

Alfonzo Dennard (born September 9, 1989) is an American football cornerback with the New England Patriots. He played in college for the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers.

College career

As a junior in 2010, Dennard started 13 of 14 games and had 31 tackles and four interceptions. He was a second team all-Big 12 Conference selection.[1] In his 2011 senior year Dennard was an all-Big Ten first-team selection and earned the Big Ten's Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year award.[2]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Dennard, Alfonzo
CB
Rochelle, GA Wilcox County High School 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 4.4 Jan 31, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 77
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2008 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 

Professional career

2012 NFL Draft

Dennard was projected to be a second-round to fourth-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.[3][4] He was at one point considered one of the top cornerbacks of the draft, but encountered a series of setbacks which caused his draft projection to fall. In his final game as a Cornhusker Dennard was ejected for fighting with South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffery.[5] He then experienced a lackluster Senior Bowl performance later that month.[3] On April 21, 2012, a week before the draft, he allegedly punched a police officer outside a bar in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he faced charges of third-degree felony assault at a February 11, 2013 trial.[6] He was facing a penalty of up to five years in prison if convicted.[7] He eventually fell to the seventh round of the draft, being selected at No. 224 by the New England Patriots.

New England Patriots

Dennard made his NFL debut on October 7, 2012, in week 5 of the 2012 NFL season. He missed the first four games of the season due to a hamstring injury. In his first game appearance, Dennard rotated in with Sterling Moore against Peyton Manning (and the Denver Broncos) where he recorded one tackle and didn't allow a pass completion on four targets.[8]

On October 21, 2012, Dennard intercepted a deep pass from Mark Sanchez (then New York Jets quarterback) near the endzone.[9] A week later he intercepted a pass by Rams quarterback, Sam Bradford, and returned it for eight yards.[10] On November 16, 2012, Dennard was fined $7,875 for a late hit against the Buffalo Bills. On November 18 against the Indianapolis Colts, Dennard intercepted a pass from fellow rookie Andrew Luck and returned it 87 yards for the first touchdown of his career. And on January 11, 2014, against the same Colts, Dennard intercepted Andrew Luck twice to record his first-ever interception(s) in the NFL Playoffs in his career; he finished the game with 4 passes defensed and 2 tackles.[11]

Career Stats

Year Team Games Combine Tackles Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries Fumble Return Yards Interceptions Interception Return Yards Average Yards per Interception Return Longest Interception Return Interceptions Returned for Touchdown Pass Defended Stuffs Stuff Yards Kicks Blocked
2012 NE 10 35 34 1 0.0 1 0 0 3 95 32 87 1 7 2 7 0
2013 NE 13 40 34 6 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0
Total Total 23 75 68 7 0.0 1 0 0 4 95 24 87 1 15 2 7 0
[12]

Legal troubles

Dennard was convicted of felony assault on a police officer in Lincoln, Nebraska, on February 20, 2013.[13] On April 11, 2013, Dennard was sentenced to 30 days in jail beginning on March 1, 2014, and two years of probation.[14] Three months into his probation Dennard was arrested on suspicion of a DUI on the morning of July 11, 2013. He admitted to this parole violation at a later court hearing and was scheduled for a sentencing hearing on December 5, 2013.[15] At the hearing he was sentenced to an additional 30 days in jail, was required to complete an additional 100 hours of community service, had his probation extended an additional year, and was given a "no alcohol" condition.[16] On March 1, 2014, Dennard reported to the Lancaster County Adult Detention Facility in Nebraska to begin serving his 60-day jail term.[17] He served the minimum 35 days and was released after given credit for good behavior and time already served.[18]

References

  1. ^ "All-Big 12 Football Awards Announced". Big12Spots.com. November 30, 2010. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ Kaipust, Rich (November 28, 2011). "A Good First Impression". Omaha.com. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Draft Scout Profile". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Alfonzo Dennard Draft Profile". SI.com. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  5. ^ Smith, Michael David (January 2, 2012). "Likely first-round picks Jeffery, Dennard ejected for bowl game fight". NBC Sports. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  6. ^ Yates, Field (January 17, 2013). "Alfonzo Dennard trial set for Feb. 11". ESPN.com. 
  7. ^ Hanzus, Dan (February 20, 2013). "Alfonzo Dennard facing prison after assault conviction".  
  8. ^ Keyd, Doug (October 8, 2012). "Alfonzo Dennard Doesn't Allow Reception in Strong Debut Rotating With Sterling Moore in Patriots Win Over Broncos". New England Sports Network. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Alfonzo Dennard says first career interception ‘felt pretty good’". BostonHerald.com. October 22, 2012. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Devin McCourty, Alfonzo Dennard’s Improvements Beginning to Solve Problems in Patriots’ Secondary". NESN.com. October 30, 2012. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Scores for January 11th, 2014". ESPN.com. January 12, 2014. Retrieved January 12, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Alfonzo Dennard Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Pats' Alfonzo Dennard convicted of assaulting officer". USA Today. February 20, 2013. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Pats' Alfonzo Dennard sentenced". ESPN.com. April 11, 2013. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
  15. ^ McKewon, Sam (September 16, 2013). "Alfonzo Dennard admits probation violation". Omaha Herald. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  16. ^ Katzowitz, Josh (December 5, 2013). "Patriots CB Alfonzo Dennard sentenced to extra 30 days in jail". CBSsports.com. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Alfonzo Dennard reports to Neb. jail".  
  18. ^ Maquinana, Ryan (April 5, 2014). "New England Patriots' Alfonzo Dennard released from jail". NFL.com. Retrieved September 24, 2014. 

External links

  • NFL Combine bio
  • Nebraska Cornhuskers bio
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