Webb with the Baltimore Ravens in 2015
|No. 21 – Baltimore Ravens|
|Date of birth:||October 12, 1985|
|Place of birth:||Opelika, Alabama|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||182 lb (83 kg)|
|High school:||Beauregard (AL)|
|NFL Draft:||2009 / Round: 3 / Pick: 88|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 2, 2017|
Lardarius Webb (born October 12, 1985) is an American football free safety for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played collegiately at Nicholls State University and the University of Southern Mississippi.
High school career
Webb attended Beauregard High School in Alabama. Webb played both quarterback and cornerback in high school. As a junior, Webb rushed 1,011 yards with 12 touchdowns and passed for 731 yards and six touchdowns. On defense, he had 47 tackles, two fumble recoveries, and seven interceptions. In his senior season, Webb rushed for 738 yards with 15 rushing touchdowns and passed for 412 yards with four touchdowns. This was nearly enough to break Jesse Costa's record of 1,945 rushing yards for 19 touchdowns and 4,342 passing yards for 16 touchdown. On defense, Webb recorded 52 tackles, three fumble recoveries, and led the state of Alabama with 10 interceptions. For his efforts in high school football, Webb was named first team all-state defensive back for both his junior and senior year. He was named Team MVP and participated in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Game.
University of Southern Mississippi
In 2004, Webb signed with the University of Southern Mississippi. In his freshman year, Webb played in all 12 games for the Golden Eagles. In his sophomore year, Webb finished sixth on the team in tackles with 55.
Nicholls State University
Webb transferred to Nicholls State University in the spring of 2007. In his first ever game with the Colonels, the defensive back recorded three interceptions against Rice University, one of which he returned for a touchdown. Later in the season, the coaching staff for Nicholls State made the decision to let Webb play running back as well as defensive back. In his first start as a running back against Azusa Pacific University, Webb rushed for 120 yards on eight carries and scored one touchdown. Following the end of the season, Webb was named an AP 1st team All-American and finished 10th out of 28 finalist for the honorable Buck Buchanan Award presented in FCS football. He is the only player in NCAA Division I history to receive the conference awards of Offensive Player of the Week, Defensive Player of the Week, and Special Teams Player of the Week in a single season. In 2007, Webb was named a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, an award given to the most outstanding defensive player of the year in the Football Championship Subdivision of college football.
At the 2009 NFL Combine ran a 4.46. Webb also bench pressed 225 pounds 15 times, had a vertical jump of 36.5 inches, and a 20-yard shuttle of 4.1 seconds.
After becoming the team's starting kick returner in Week 5, Webb returned the opening third quarter kick off 95 yards for a touchdown in Week 8 against the Denver Broncos. However, on December 20, in a Week 15 win over the Chicago Bears, Webb tore his anterior cruciate ligament and missed the remainder of the season. Although he only became a starter in the second half of the season, Webb quickly established himself as one of the team's best cornerbacks because of his ability to play on an island and fine tackling, especially in run support. He finished his rookie season with 35 tackles (32 solo), 1 sack and 6 pass break-ups. He also returned 35 kick-offs for 918 yards (26.2 average) and a touchdown.
On November 8, 2010, Webb recorded his first career interception off a pass from Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne and returned it 32 yards. Webb would end the season with 54 tackles (47 solo), 9 pass break-ups and 2 interceptions. In addition, he returned 21 punts for 199 yards (9.5 average). Following the season, he was praised for his ability to defend deep passes.
Early in the 2011 season, injuries forced Webb into the starting lineup, where he excelled and demonstrated he was the team's most talented corner. Webb garnered considerable Pro Bowl buzz (although he was not voted in) after notching five interceptions during the regular season, returning one for a 73-yard score against the New York Jets, and being the only starting defensive back to not allow a touchdown the entire season. In fact, quarterbacks had an average rating of 55.6 when throwing the ball against him. On December 4, 2011, Webb returned a punt for a 68-yard touchdown against the Cleveland Browns. This was Webb's first career punt return for a touchdown, and the team's first punt return for a touchdown since 2007. Webb attributed his elevated play to full recovery from his knee injury and his bulking up in the offseason to prepare to become the slot cornerback. He finished the regular season fourth on the team in tackles with 68 and first on the team in interceptions with five. Webb also had a sack. Webb added three more interceptions in the playoffs.
In the 2012 offseason, Webb signed a six-year extension, worth reportedly $50 million with more than $20 million guaranteed, with the Ravens as a restricted free agent.
Webb had a strong start to the year before tearing his ACL in Week 6 against the Dallas Cowboys, ending his season with 25 tackles (24 solo), one interception and one forced fumble. On October 16, 2012, he was officially placed on Injured Reserve. Without Webb the Ravens would win Super Bowl XLVII after defeating the San Francisco 49ers 34-31.
On November 10, 2013, in a division game versus the Cincinnati Bengals, Webb recorded his first interception since tearing his ACL the previous season when he picked off Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. Webb notched his second interception of the year on December 29, 2013 on an errant pass also thrown by Dalton. Webb finished the 2013 season with 63 tackles, 22 passes defensed, and 2 interceptions.
Webb switched his position from cornerback to free safety at the start of the 2016 offseason.
- Lardarius Webb 2009 Draft Profile-NFL.com Retrieved 16 August 2012.
- Lardarius Webb Conference Call Transcript-Baltimore Ravens.com Retrieved 16 August 2012.
- Ravens Deal Bummin' Broncos their first loss-NBC Sports Retrieved 16 August 2012.
- Lardarius Webb Injury Hurts Baltimore Ravens' Playoff Hopes-Bleacher Report Retrieved 16 August 2012.
- Webb's injury costliest of many-Baltimore Sun Retrieved 16 August 2012.
- Webb’s Skills Needed in Secondary-Baltimore Gridiron Report Retrieved 16 August 2012.
- 2010 Ravens: What the Film Revealed Retrieved 16 August 2012
- Wake-up: Pouncey says he's going to play-AFC North Blog (ESPN) Retrieved 16 August 2012.
- Healthy Webb emerges in Ravens' secondary-Carroll County Times Retrieved 16 August 2012.
- Ravens' Lardarius Webb Is Now A Fantasy Star-Baltimore Beat Down Retrieved 16 August 2012.
- Ravens reach six-year deal with Lardarius Webb-Baltimore Sun Retrieved 16 August 2012.
- Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb out for year with torn ACL Retrieved 15 October 2012.
- "Ravens promote Rainey to active roster, Webb placed on IR". baltimoresun.com. Retrieved October 16, 2012.
- Mink, Ryan (May 31, 2016). "Kardarius Webb Feels Like A Natural At Safety". BaltimoreRavens.com. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
- Sessler, Marc (March 10, 2017). "Ravens releasing converted safety Lardarius Webb". NFL.com.
- "Ravens re-sign DB Lardarius Webb to three-year deal". NFL.com. April 8, 2017.
- Downing, Garrett (April 8, 2017). "Report:Ravens Re-Sign Defensive Back Lardarius Webb". BaltimoreRavens.com.