Kenny Demens

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Kenny Demens
Kenny Demens (2012-09-15).JPG
Demens in 2012 at Michigan Stadium
No. 45     Arizona Cardinals
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-02-04) February 4, 1990 (age 24)
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 242 lb (110 kg)
Career information
High school: Detroit Country Day School
College: Michigan
Undrafted in 2013
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Roster status: Active roster
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com

Kenny Demens (born February 4, 1990) is an American football linebacker who is currently playing for the Arizona Cardinals. He spent the 2013 on the Arizona Cardinals practice squad, after playing his redshirt senior season in 2012 for the Michigan Wolverines football team. He was a 2011 honorable mention All-Big Ten Conference selection and the 2011 team leader in tackles. In 2014, he began the season on the active roster.

High school[edit]

Detroit Country Day reached the 2007 Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 4 State Championship game at Ford Field.[1] Demens recorded 11 tackles in the game.[2] Demens was regarded as the 23rd, 23rd and 35th best high school football linebacker in the country as a senior by Scout.com, Rivals.com and ESPN.com, respectively.[3][4][5] Rivals also ranked him as the eighth best high school football player in the state of Michigan.[4]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Kenny Demens
LB
Detroit, Michigan Detroit Country Day (MI) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 224.5 lb (101.8 kg) 4.6 Sep 29, 2007 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 78
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 23 (LB)   Rivals: 23 (LB), 8 (MI)  ESPN: 35 (LB)
  • 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:

College[edit]

Demens saw action as a true freshman in three games under first-year head coach Rich Rodriguez for the 2008 Wolverines.[6][7]

Demens became a starter in the October 16 game against Iowa,[2] and by the end of the season he recorded 10 tackles or more four times.[7][8] He posted 12 tackles (5 solo and 7 assists) against Penn State on October 30, 10 tackles (5 solo and 5 assists) against Illinois on November 6, a career-high 13 (5 solo and 8 assists) against Wisconsin on November 20, and a career-high-tying 13 tackles (9 solo and 4 assists) against Mississippi State in the January 1, 2011 Gator Bowl.[7]

Under new first-year head coach Brady Hoke, Demens led the 2011 Wolverines in tackles and recorded his first three (2 solo and 2 assists) quarterback sacks.[7][9] His solo sacks came against Northwestern on October 8 and Illinois on November 12.[7][10][11] He recorded ten or more tackles three times.[12] He posted 12 tackles (8 solo and 4 assists) in the rivalry game against Notre Dame on September 10 in the first night game played at Michigan Stadium,[13] 10 tackles (5 solo and 5 assists) against Northwestern on October 8, and 11 tackles (3 solo and 8 assists) against Iowa on November 5.[7] He was an honorable mention 2011 All-Big Ten Conference selection by both the coaches and the media for the 2011 team.[14][15] Demens led the team and finished among the conference leaders in tackles/game (7.2, t-13th).[16]

Professional career[edit]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

On April 29, 2013 following the 2013 NFL Draft, Demens signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Arizona Cardinals for 3 years and $1,485,000.[17][18] Demens survived the final roster cuts to make the 53-man roster, but when the Cardinals were awarded two waiver claims, they released Demens to make room on the roster.[19] Although the Cardinals had three inside linebackers on the roster — Karlos Dansby, Jasper Brinkley and rookie Kevin Minter — they added Demens to the practice squad.[20] In 2014, he began the season on the team's official active roster.[21]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Football Yearly Champions 1975-2011". Michigan High School Athletic Association. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  2. ^ a b "Kenny Demens 25". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. 2008-09-06. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  3. ^ "Kenny Demens". Scout.com. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  4. ^ a b "Kenny Demens". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  5. ^ "Kenny Demens". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  6. ^ "Postgame Notes: Michigan 16, Miami (Ohio) 6". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. 2008-09-06. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Team: Michigan: Year: 2011 Thru 11/26/11: Player: Kenny Demens". National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2011-11-26. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  8. ^ "Kenny Demens Game By Game Stats (2010)". ESPN. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  9. ^ "Michigan (10 - 2)". National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2011-11-26. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  10. ^ "(12) Michigan 42 (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten); Northwestern 24 (2-3, 0-2 Big Ten)". ESPN. 2011-10-08. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  11. ^ "(24) Michigan 31 (8-2, 4-2 Big Ten);Illinois 14 (6-4, 2-4 Big Ten)". ESPN. 2011-11-12. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  12. ^ "Kenny Demens Game By Game Stats (2011)". ESPN. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  13. ^ "Michigan scores with 2 seconds left, stuns Irish". ESPN. 2011-09-10. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  14. ^ "Molk Named Top Offensive Lineman to Headline Big Ten Awards". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. 2011-11-28. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  15. ^ "Big Ten Announces 2011 All-Big Ten Teams and Select Individual Award Winners". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. 2011-11-28. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  16. ^ "2011 Big Ten Football: Leaders". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  17. ^ "Kenny Demens Inside Linebacker". Sportrac.coms. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  18. ^ "Cardinals release Adam Snyder, sign 16 undrafted free agents". NBC Sports. 2008-04-29. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  19. ^ "Packers GM sorry about Vince Young". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Associated Press. 2013-09-02. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  20. ^ Weinfuss, Josh (2013-09-04). "Flush the Pocket: Cards fill practice squad". ESPN. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  21. ^ "2014 Arizona Cardinals Roster". San Francisco Chronicle. Associated Press. 2014-09-01. Retrieved 2014-09-02. 

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