Darqueze Dennard

Spartan Red Zone – #16 – 7/26/14

Hosts Dan Tyler and Andre Sims welcome junior cornerback Trae Waynes to the studio for the latest episode of Spartan Red Zone.

Waynes discusses offseason workouts and preparation, the new members of the “No Fly Zone,” as well as filling in for Darqueze Dennard.

Give the episode a listen to hear about those topics and more.

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Cornerback Ezra Robinson to Transfer

In an unexpected, yet understandable announcement by Michigan State Friday, redshirt sophomore Ezra Robinson previously stated that he received a release from his scholarship and is exploring his transfer options.

Robinson, who was redshirted in 2012 and played largely on special teams in 2013, was expected to be in the mix for the corner slot previously owned by Jim Thorpe Award winner Darqueze Dennard last year.

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Darqueze Dennard Inks $8-Million Deal with Bengals

The 2013 Jim Thorpe Award winning cornerback, Darqueze Dennard, hoped to be a top-10 pick in the draft this year. And in one of the best NFL Drafts for defensive backs, Dennard fell to the 24th pick, being selected by the Cincinnati Bengals.

Dennard officially signed a four-year contract with Cincinnati last Thursday. The deal will net Dennard $8 million.

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Position Group Breakdown: Cornerbacks

Last week, Impact Sports released the first of an eight-part series, previewing Michigan State’s safety unit for the 2014 football season.

This week, the focus is on the other part of the “No Fly Zone,” the cornerbacks. Last season, this unit, along with the safeties, helped give the Spartans the third-best pass defense in the nation, allowing just over 165 yards per game.

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Breaking down the Class of 2014: Defensive Backs

MSU hopes to continue setting the standard for the defense in the Big Ten by adding three freshman to the defensive backfield this fall. The “No Fly Zone” defense lost its Jim Thorpe Award-winning cornerback Darqueze Dennard, but still return a lot of talent. Here are the new faces joining the “No Fly Zone”:

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Position Group Breakdown: Safeties

As the summer heats up and college football kicks off in just over three months, Impact Sports figured it is time to start getting hype for the 2014 season.

To help with that, we are starting a weekly position group breakdown, where we provide some names on the roster to look out for and give a preseason grade for each group.

This week, we start with the safeties, who account for half of the “No Fly Zone”.

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No Spartans Selected in Draft after Dennard, Several Sign with teams as Undrafted Free Agents

The 2013 season was the most successful season Michigan State football has had in decades. The senior class is arguably the best in the team’s history. They won more games than any other senior class, including two Big Ten Championships, 3 three consecutive bowl games and were the 100th Rose Bowl Game champions. With all that talent and experience, several Spartan seniors hoped to hear their name called at the 2014 NFL draft.

Most of them did not get the call.
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Trae Waynes Looking to Fill Big Shoes This Season

Cornerbacks Darqueze Dennard and Trae Waynes both had very similar beginnings to their Spartan careers.

Both players were relatively undervalued coming out of high school, each earning a two-star rating from recruiting database Rivals.com. And they both emerged as talented players during their sophomore seasons, as they each earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors.

Now, just as Dennard had to do, Waynes will now be charged with replacing a star corner. Read More…

Dennard Drafted by Cincinnati Bengals with Pick No. 24

The first round of the 2014 NFL Draft Thursday night contained many surprises. And when there are surprises, some players are bound to drop later in a round than expected.

Among those surprise players was former Michigan State cornerback, Darqueze Dennard.

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Predictions: Where Will the Former Spartans Go in the NFL Draft?

Darqueze Dennard

Darqueze Dennard is the only Spartan projected to be drafted in the first round.

The first team you see with a need at cornerback is the Detroit Lions at pick No. 10. I have said many times that I think it will be a mistake for Detroit to pass up on Dennard, but it is a mistake they are likely going to make.

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Former Running Back Winston Looks to Start Fresh in NFL

Ex-Spartan running back Glenn Winston had an embattled career while wearing the green and white.

In 2008, he led the team with 364 return yards his freshman year in only seven games before being suspended after a fight with members of the hockey team.

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Spartan Red Zone Exclusive: Pre-NFL Draft Podcast with Darqueze Dennard

Hosts Dan Tyler and Andre Sims welcome reigning Jim Thorpe Award winner Darqueze Dennard to the studio to talk about the upcoming NFL Draft and more with the former Spartan defensive back.

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Dantonio Announces Defensive Changes as Spring Practice Starts

Michigan State undoubtedly had one of the best defenses in the nation last season. However, after losing six starting defensive players due to graduation, coordinator Pat Narduzzi has his work cut out for him in 2014.

The Spartans lost two starters on all three levels of the defense.

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Spartan Red Zone – #12 – 3/17/14

Host Dan Tyler welcomes new co-host Andre Sims Jr. to the show. Sims Jr, a receiver and punt returner for the Spartans, discusses what it was like being a part of Spartan football history this past season.

Michigan State’s recent Pro Day is also discussed and so is the effect it had on the players entering the upcoming draft.

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Why Michigan State Football Will Repeat as Big Ten Champs

Michigan State enjoyed a dream season in 2013, finishing 13-1 with a Rose Bowl victory over Stanford.

Now, over two months removed from that season, the Spartans have began reaping the benefits. They wrapped up one of the best recruiting classes in the conference after National Signing Day.

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2014 Impact Sports NFL Mock Draft

1. Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

The Seattle Seahawks proved that defense wins championships, and for a team that expected to go to the Super Bowl but fell way short due in part to injuries, you cannot pass on Clowney. With Clowney and J.J. Watt as bookends on the defensive line, offensive lines will have a hard time stopping this possible tandem. Clowney’s work ethic has been a big question mark, but Brian Cushing and Watt should be able to set him straight. Although the quarterback situation is not pretty, somebody like A.J. McCarron (Alabama) would be a nice selection in a later round.

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Darqueze Dennard’s Best Potential Draft Fits

Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard had a breakout year in 2013. He was crowned the nation’s best defensive back after winning the Jim Thorpe Award and helped pace the Spartans’ defense to a top five national ranking.

Dennard’s individual success, along with the team’s on-field success, has allowed his NFL draft stock to skyrocket.

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On The Pact Tonight…

Darqueze’s Mom (Lisa Curry) on the Thorpe award. Did you know that at one point in time, Darqueze Dennard did not have one scholarship offer his senior year of high school? Now, he is the winner of the Jim Thorpe award. And Lisa Curry, mother of Darqueze, fills The Pact in on the inside scoop leading up to the award ceremony. Read More…

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