Southward with the Atlanta Falcons
|No. 37 – Carolina Panthers|
October 1, 1990 |
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||211 lb (96 kg)|
|High school:||Fort Lauderdale (FL) Aquinas|
|NFL Draft:||2014 / Round: 3 / Pick: 68|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2017|
Dezmen Southward (born October 1, 1990) is an American football free safety for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Wisconsin, and was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
High school career
Southward attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he did not start playing organized football until his senior year. He was a starting defensive back for the team, helping lead the team to a national championship. He was also a key member of the school's basketball team, being named a three-year captain and two-time team MVP.
He accepted a scholarship to the University of Wisconsin where he was a member of the Wisconsin Badgers football team from 2009-2013. He set a school record by playing in 54 games, never missing a game over his four-year career. He started 30 games for the Badgers, recording 152 total tackles and 11.5 tackles for loss, forcing four fumbles, adding two interceptions and breaking up 11 passes.
Southward was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round (68th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. In Week 11 of the 2014 season, Southward picked off Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer for his first career interception.
During the 2015 offseason, the Atlanta Falcons hired Dan Quinn as their head coach, replacing the outgoing Mike Smith. Quinn quickly changed Southward to a cornerback, from his natural safety position, and praised Southward's "speed and length".
Southward was waived by the Falcons on November 6, 2015, after appearing in just three games for the Falcons.
Southward was signed to the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad on November 10, 2015. On August 30, 2016, Southward was placed on injured reserve. On September 7, 2016, he was released from their injured reserve with an injury settlement.
On September 2, 2017, Southward was waived by the Panthers and was signed to the practice squad the next day. He was promoted to the active roster on October 6, 2017. He was waived on October 16, 2017 and was re-signed to the practice squad the next day. He signed a reserve/future contract with the Panthers on January 8, 2018.
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