Demarcus Dobbs

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Demarcus Dobbs
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Dobbs with the San Francisco 49ers
No. -- Free agent
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-11-30) November 30, 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth: Savannah, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 282 lb (128 kg)
Career information
College: Georgia
Undrafted: 2011
Career history
Career NFL statistics as of Week 14, 2015
Tackles: 47
Sacks: 0
Forced fumbles: 0
Player stats at NFL.com

Demarcus Dobbs (born November 30, 1987) is an American football defensive end who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played college football for the University of Georgia.

Early years[edit]

"We lived in a tiny starter home on Wilmington Island, and we turned our office into Demarcus' bedroom. We became so close – we loved him and it was going to happen – there really wasn't a choice."

Stephanie Britt, January 2010[1]

Dobbs was born on November 30, 1987 in Savannah, Georgia, and attended Calvary Baptist Day School, where he played high school football. When Dobbs was seven years old, he left home and moved into Bethesda Home for Boys with his brother Daniel. He excelled in school and was recruited to play football at Calvary Baptist Day by Danny Britt, the current athletic director at Benedictine Military School. Before high school, "Demarcus had never played football before. Calvary just wanted to give him an education," said Britt. "At that point, I asked him if he would be interested in trying football." Through his freshman and junior years at Calvary Baptist, he remained close with Britt and his family, before eventually being offered to move in with them during his senior year of high school. "Our girls were very small – just 4 and 5 years old at the time – and we were poor. We wondered, 'Can we raise a teenage boy? Can we feed another child?'" said Britt's wife, Stephanie. He moved in with the Britt's in 2005, forming a close bond with their two daughters. "The girls have always been so excited to be with me, and it's funny when you see us together – I'm so big, and they're so small," said Dobbs.[1]

At Calvary Baptist, he played both tight end and defensive end. As a tight end in his senior year, he caught 14 passes for 259 yards and four touchdowns. He was named to the All-Coastal Empire team as a tight end. On defense, he recorded 78 tackles and six sacks. He was named to the All-Region first team as a defensive end. Dobbs also played high school basketball for Calvary Baptist, being named to the Savannah Morning News All-City First Team in 2005.[2]

After his senior season in football, he was rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com[3] and as a four-star recruit by Scout.com.[4] He was recruited by Ball State University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham,[1] University of Georgia, Auburn University, and the Georgia Institute of Technology, before ultimately accepting a scholarship to play for the Georgia Bulldogs football team.[3]

Demarcus Dobbs is a supporter of his former school. When they had an alumni football game put on by Gridiron Alumni Football in March 2012, he was there to do the coin toss. He stood on the sideline for the whole game as his former teammates rallied against an alumni team from Richmond Hill.

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Demarcus Dobbs
DE and TE
Savannah, Georgia Calvary Baptist Day School (GA) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 250 lb (110 kg) 4.98 Oct 11, 2005 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
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:

College career[edit]

"I have to admit I loved the interception for a touchdown. That was big. I was fired up for Demarcus."

Mark Richt, September 2008[5]

As a true freshman in 2006, Dobbs was redshirted, giving him an extra year of eligibility. The following season, in 2007, he appeared in all 13 of Georgia's games, recording his first collegiate tackle against Hawaii in the 2008 Sugar Bowl. He mainly saw playing time on special teams for Georgia.[2]

In 2008, as a redshirt sophomore, Dobbs made his first career start against Central Michigan, where he recorded a career-high four tackles and an interception, which he returned 78-yards for a touchdown.[5] Against Arizona State, he recorded his first college sack, as well as a forced fumble. He finished the season with four total starts, 19 tackles, two sacks, and two interceptions. The following season, he became a starter for the Bulldogs, starting in all 13 games for the team. He recorded a career-high 39 tackles, recording four tackles on three different occasions. He also tallied 4.5 sacks for Georgia. As a senior in 2010, started in 10 of 13 games, recording 28 tackles. He matched his career-high of four tackles in three different games during the season.[2]

Dobbs received the Joseph E. Espy football scholarship three times during his five seasons at Georgia and graduated in December 2010 with a degree in consumer economics.[2]

Professional career[edit]

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft, Dobbs signed as an undrafted free agent with the San Francisco 49ers. After impressing during training camp, he made the 49ers' final roster.[6] He was one of two undrafted free agents retained by the 49ers after final cuts, with the other being fellow defensive tackle Ian Williams.[7]

During the 2012 preseason, Dobbs began playing the tight end position, in addition to his usual spot on the defensive line.[8]

On August 14, 2013, the NFL announced that Dobbs had violated the NFL's policy on substance abuse and would be suspended for the first game of the 2013 regular season.[9] He was waived on November 4, 2014.[10]

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

After being waived from the 49ers, Dobbs signed with the Seattle Seahawks. He re-signed with the Seahawks on March 29, 2015.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Family opens home, hearts to UGA defensive end Demarcus Dobbs". Savannah Now. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "#58 Demarcus Dobbs". University of Georgia. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Demarcus Dobbs". Rivals.com. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Demarcus Dobbs". Scout.com. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Odum, Charles. "Dobbs a surprise leader on No. 2 Georgia's defense". Associated Press. USA Today. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Sando, Mike. "Reading between lines on Jim Harbaugh". ESPN. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Barrows, Matt. "Wragge, Adams, Zeigler among 26 cut by 49ers". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  8. ^ Fucillo, David. "Demarcus Dobbs, Two-Way Playing And The 46-Man Active Roster". Niners Nation. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  9. ^ Breech, John (August 14, 2013). "49ers DL Demarcus Dobbs suspended for regular-season opener". CBSSports.com. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Report: 49ers waive DL Dobbs". CSN Bay Area. Retrieved 4 November 2014. [permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Agent: Seahawks re-sign Demarcus Dobbs". CSN Bay Area. Archived from the original on 1 April 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 

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