2013: Unanimous First-Team All-American. Jim Thorpe Award Winner. First Team All-Big Ten. Started all 14 games. Career-high 4 INT. 2012: Second Team All-Big Ten. T-team lead with 3 INT. 2011: First Team All-Big Ten. Played in and started 11 games. T-3rd on team with 3 INT. 2010: Played in six games, started two. High School: 2-time All-State WR. All-State DB in senior season. Also lettered in Basketball and Track. Misc: First Spartan to win Jim Thorpe Award and first Spartan to be named unanimous First-Team All-American. Distant cousin to Patriots CB Alfonzo Dennard.
Outstanding size with a well-distributed frame, knotty calves and thin ankles. Good press strength. Controlled, efficient pedal. Good competitive playing speed. Transitions cleanly in man-off coverage. Very good eyes, anticipation and reactive quickness. Good pattern recognition -- sorts out what he sees quickly. Clings to the hip pocket of receivers down the field. Swift speed turn. Likeable personality. Very accountable leader by example. Brings intensity to the field and plays with urgency. Highly confident and competitive.
Has been slowed by injuries and durability needs to be examined closely (double hernia surgery). Was not asked to play a lot of zone coverage.
Big, strong, athletic, instinctive press-man corner who elevated his game as a senior. Is deceptively fast and has the desirable size to match up with big receivers.