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Antoine Cason

Antoine Cason
Cason in the 2011 NFL season.
Carolina Panthers
Cornerback / Punt returner
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-07-09) July 9, 1986
Place of birth: Long Beach, California
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school: Los Alamitos (CA)
College: Arizona
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
Debuted in 2008 for the San Diego Chargers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 9, 2014
Tackles 372
Passes Def 63
Interceptions 16
Forced fumbles 8
Stats at

Antoine Brandon Cason (born July 9, 1986) is an American football cornerback and punt returner. He played college football for the University of Arizona, where he was recognized as a consensus All-American and won the Jim Thorpe Award. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Arizona Cardinals.


  • Early years 1
  • College career 2
    • Statistics 2.1
    • Awards and honors 2.2
  • Professional career 3
    • 2008 NFL Draft 3.1
    • San Diego Chargers 3.2
      • 2008 season 3.2.1
      • 2009 season 3.2.2
      • 2010 season 3.2.3
      • 2011 season 3.2.4
    • Arizona Cardinals 3.3
    • Carolina Panthers 3.4
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early years

Cason was born in Long Beach, California, to Deborah and Wendell Cason. His father Wendell played football for the University of Oregon and the NFL's Atlanta Falcons. His brother Dione competed in track at Washington State University. He is also a cousin of Ken-Yon Rambo of the CFL's Calgary Stampeders, and Aveion Cason, formerly of the NFL's Detroit Lions.

He got his start playing in a local football league for the Carson-Gardena Colts, where he stood out as one of the team's top players. Cason started his high school career at Long Beach Polytechnic High School, then transferred to Los Alamitos High School in Los Alamitos, California after his freshman year. At Los Al, he played defensive back for the school's football team and ran track. During his high school years, Antoine earned several honors for his performance on the football field.

Considered a three-star recruit by, Cason was listed as the No. 37 cornerback prospect in the nation in 2004.[1] He chose Arizona over offers from Oregon State and Boise State.

College career

Cason attended the University of Arizona, where he majored in political science and played for the Arizona Wildcats football team from 2004 to 2007. He was a starting player for the University's football team since his freshman year in 2004, and is recognized as one of the best cornerbacks in Arizona's history. After his first collegiate game, Antoine was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the week. During his freshmen year, he was also honored as the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. In 2005, he earned Second Team All Pac-10 honors. Following the Wildcats' upset win against number 25-ranked Washington State University on November 4, 2006, he earned his second Pac-10 Defensive Player of the week award. The following week, he was recognized again as Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week after breaking a 17-17 tie between the Wildcats and the number 8-ranked Cal Bears by scoring a touchdown on a 39-yard interception return. In 2006, Cason was a semi-finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award. After the 2006 season, Cason was eligible for the 2007 NFL Draft. However, he decided to return for his senior season to finish his college degree.

Cason continued his stellar play into his 2007 senior season. His performance on November 15, 2007 in a 34-24 win against the then number two ranked Oregon Ducks included both an interception return and punt return for touchdowns. He finished the season with 5 interceptions, 2 of which were returned for touchdowns. He also returned 2 punts for touchdowns. On December 6, 2007 he was awarded the Jim Thorpe Award for best defensive back in the country and was a consensus First-team All-America choice.

Cason also competed in track & field for the Wildcats from 2006 to 2007. In the spring of 2007, Cason earned All American honors in Track and Field for his contribution to the Wildcats Men's 4 × 100 metres relay team, which finished in the top eight at the NCAA Championship.


College statistics
Year GP Solo Ast Total TFL Yds No Yds Int Yds TD BrUp RCV Yds FF Attempt Yds TD
2007 12 56 15 71 4 12 1 6 5 164 2 14 0 0 2 27 271 2
2006 12 48 14 62 2 8 0 0 3 57 1 7 1 0 1 0 0 0
2005 11 38 12 50 2.5 5 0 0 3 40 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 11 54 16 70 5.5 18 0 0 4 88 0 6 0 0 3 0 0 0
Total 46 196 57 253 14 43 1 6 15 349 3 32 1 0 6 27 271 2

Awards and honors

  • Honorable mention Sporting News All-Pac-10 (2004)
  • Sporting News Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (2004)
  • Sporting News Freshman All-American (2004)
  • FWAA Freshman All-American (2004)
  • Freshman All-America Club (2004)
  • Second Team All Pac-10 (2005)
  • 2x First-team All-Pac-10 (2006-2007)
  • Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist (2006)
  • NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field All American in 4x100 (2006)
  • Jim Thorpe Award (2007)
  • Walter Camp First Team All American (2007)
  • Associated Press First Team All American (2007)
  • The Sporting News First Team All American (2007)
  • First Team All American (2007)
  • First Team All American (2007)
  • First Team All American (2007)

Professional career

2008 NFL Draft

Cason was regarded as one of the best cornerbacks available in the 2008 NFL Draft,[2][3] and was projected a mid-to-late first round pick by Sports Illustrated.[4] He was eventually selected in the late first round (27th overall) by the San Diego Chargers.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 0¼ in 191 lb 4.45 s 1.51 s 2.53 s 4.08 s DNP s 35½ in 10 ft 8 in 20 reps
All values from NFL Combine. Did not participate in 3-cone due to tight hamstring[5]

San Diego Chargers

2008 season

Cason played in all 16 regular season games and both playoff games at cornerback and on special teams as a rookie for the 2008 AFC Western Division champion San Diego Chargers. His first NFL interception came on September 14, 2008, against the Denver Broncos, picking off Jay Cutler in the end zone and returning for 10 yards. His second NFL interception was a 59 yard pick of Tampa Bay's Jeff Garcia for his first career NFL touchdown. He ended his rookie season with 74 tackles (59 solo) and 2 INTs.

2009 season

The Chargers first game of the season came on a Monday Night Football match up against rival Oakland Raiders. In that game, Cason intercepted JaMarcus Russell's hail mary attempt on the last play of the game to seal the victory for the Chargers. In the next game, he intercepted Baltimore Ravens' Joe Flacco and returned it 22 yards. Cason ended the season with 41 total tackles (38 solo) and 2 INTs. He played in all 16 regular season games and their only playoff game for the 2009 AFC Western Division champion San Diego Chargers.

2010 season

He made first career start at corner on Monday Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs. Cason had 2 interceptions against David Garrard of the Jacksonville Jaguars in week 2.

2011 season

Cason was the starting cornerback opposite Quentin Jammer at the beginning of the season. Following a game against the Jets, in which he allowed three touchdown passes to Plaxico Burress, he was briefly benched in favor of the Chargers rookie cornerback Marcus Gilchrist (2nd round pick in 2011). He regained the starting job after Gilchrist made one start, and he finished the season as the Chargers second starting cornerback. He sealed the Chargers victory in week 17 against the Raiders with an interception of Carson Palmer, which ended the Raiders playoff contention for the ninth consecutive year.

Arizona Cardinals

On March 15, 2013, Cason signed a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals.[6] In a game against the Tennessee Titans, Cason had 2 interceptions, one of them he ran back for a touchdown.

Carolina Panthers

On March 21, 2014, Cason signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers.[7] During his debut performance for the Panthers in a 20-14 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cason recorded 9 tackles, 2 pass deflections, and an interception.[8] During the week 2 victory over the Detroit Lions, Cason recorded 10 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery.[9] In the Panthers week 5 victory over the Chicago Bears, Cason recorded 6 tackles, 1 pass deflection, and had pivotal forced fumble against Matt Forte in the fourth quarter that led to the game-winning touchdown.[10] Through five games with the Panthers, Cason has already set a career high with 3 forced fumbles.[11]


  1. ^ "Cornerbacks 2004",, January 28, 2004 
  2. ^ "2008 NFL Draft Cornerbacks ranking",, April 2008 
  3. ^ "2008 NFL Draft Cornerbacks ranking", Sports Illustrated, April 2008 
  4. ^ "Antoine Cason Draft Profile", Sports Illustrated, April 2008 
  5. ^ "Antoine Cason Draft Profile",, retrieved January 12, 2010 
  6. ^ Cason Coming To Cardinals
  7. ^ Sessler, Marc. "Panthers sign Tiquan Underwood, Antoine Cason". Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
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External links

  • Carolina Panthers bio
  • Arizona Cardinals bio
  • San Diego Chargers bio
  • Arizona Wildcats bio
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