Darqueze Dennard

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Darqueze Dennard
No. 21 Cincinnati Bengals
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-10-10) October 10, 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth: Dry Branch, Georgia
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school: Jeffersonville (GA) Twiggs County
College: Michigan State
NFL draft: 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 17
Interceptions: 0
Pass deflections: 1
Forced Fumbles: 1
Sacks: 1.0
Stats at NFL.com

Darqueze Derrell Dennard (born October 10, 1991) is an American football cornerback for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Bengals in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Michigan State. Dennard won the Jim Thorpe Award in 2013 as the best defensive back in college football.[1][2]

He is commonly referred to as "No-Fly Zone."[3]

Early years[edit]

Dennard attended Twiggs County High School in Jeffersonville, Georgia, where he was a letterman in football, basketball and track. In high school football, he played defensive back and wide receiver. As a senior, he had 40 receptions for 502 yards and 11 touchdowns on offense and 50 tackles and nine interceptions with two touchdowns on defense.

In track & field, Dennard competed as a sprinter. He was the runner-up in the 100-meter dash at the 2010 GHSA 1A State Championships, where he took silver recording a personal-best time of 10.72 seconds.[4]

Considered a two-star recruit by ESPN.com, Dennard was listed as the No. 166 wide receiver in the nation in 2010.[5]

College career[edit]

Dennard attended Michigan State University between 2010 to 2013. As a true freshman in 2010, Dennard played in six games with two starts. He missed five games due to injury. As a sophomore in 2011, he played in 11 games, missing two due to injury. He finished the season with 42 tackles and three interceptions, two which came against Georgia in the Outback Bowl. As a junior in 2012, he started all 13 games, recording 52 tackles and three interceptions. He was a first team All-Big Ten selection.[6] As a senior, he won the Jim Thorpe Award.[7][8]

Professional career[edit]

2014 NFL Draft[edit]

Projected a first-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, Dennard looked to become the highest Michigan State defensive back selected in an NFL Draft since Herb Adderley in 1961.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 11 in 199 lb 33 14 in 9 in 4.51 s 15 reps
All values from NFL Combine[9]

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Dennard was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals as the 24th pick of the first round.[10] He signed a four-year, $8 million contract with $6.5 million guaranteed with the Bengals on June 12, 2014.[11][12]

Personal life[edit]

Dennard's last name is pronounced as de-NARD. This pronunciation differs from that of his second cousin, Alfonzo Dennard due to a family dispute. Alfonzo, who is also a cornerback in the NFL, pronounces his last name DENN-erd.[13][14]


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