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Bengals sign top pick Dennard

CINCINNATI -- Bengals first-round draft choice Darqueze Dennard signed his rookie contract Thursday to complete the team's negotiations with its 2014 draft class. The Bengals chose the cornerback from Michigan State with the 24th overall pick in last month's draft. He is the sixth first-round defensive back on the Bengals' roster; Leon Hall (2007) and Dre Kirkpatrick (2012) were...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

MSU Football: Ranking every 2014 game by significance

The 2014 Michigan State football schedule is much tougher than the one the Spartans played last season on the road to a Rose Bowl victory. With the B1G division realignment and addition of Maryland and Rutgers to the conference, the schedule now features 9 conference games along with a non-conference matchup with Oregon. Every game is crucial in college football, but some games will...
May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Dennard a No-Brainer for Bengals

CINCINNATI -- Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther and Vance Joseph, Guenther's new co-defensive backs coach, went to see Darqueze Dennard's pro day workout in March after the NFL combine. They had the same initial thought. "That's Leon Hall," said Guenther. "No doubt," said Joseph. They had another similar thought: There wasn't going to be chance in Hades that the Michigan...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Darqueze Dennard goes to Bengals

Darqueze Dennard has come a long way since being a two-star recruit out of Dry Branch, Georgia. The Michigan State cornerback who won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 24th pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Dennard is the first Spartans defensive back to be chosen in the first round since the Green...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

MSU Football: Michigan State will garner attention at NFL Draft (Freep Column)

A lot of people, reporters and fans included, are under the illusion that the NFL Draft doesn’t matter. In this week’s isportsweb Free Press Column, I argue that it does matter to the program and to the recruiting base.  Ah, the NFL Draft. An annual tradition that is broadcast for three straight days on multiple channels, full of promising young men having their lifelong dreams...
May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Darqueze Dennard College Career Highlights ᴴᴰ

Darqueze Dennard College Career Highlights ᴴᴰDarqueze Dennard is the definition of the ”No Fly Zone.” A three-year starter at cornerback for Michigan State University, Darqueze has solidified himself as one of the best corners in college football. Winning the Jim Thorpe Award for the nation’s best defensive back, Darqueze is projected as a high first round draft pick...
March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Dennard excels as part of Michigan State secondary

From two-star to just plain star - Darqueze Dennard is an inspiration to any player who feels overlooked in the recruiting process. Dennard grew up in Georgia, but he left Southeastern Conference territory to play for Michigan State. To hear him tell the story, he didn't have much of a choice. The Spartans gave an opportunity to a young man who had been an afterthought to seemingly...
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December 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Heismanic 2013: the wrap up

With the Heisman telecast coming up this weekend it’s time to formalize my choice for the best player of the year but there’s no real reason to list off 10 guys to watch since, well, there are only 6 finalists.…Read more →
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December 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Darqueze Dennard emerges as defensive leader for Spartans

EAST LANSING, MICH. -- Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard probably wouldn't even recognize the skinny Georgia kid who arrived on campus in 2010. "Im a lot bigger than I was when I first got in," Dennard said. "I was 165 pounds soaking wet and with the meal plan, with the nutritionist and of course (head strength and conditioning) coach (Ken) Mannie with his weight training...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
December 06, 2013  |  Discuss

MSU Football faces Northwestern with chance to clinch Legends Division title

On Saturday at 12 p.m. EST, the Spartans travel to Evanston, Illinois to take on the Northwestern Wildcats. No matter how you look at it, this game has one colossal story line: if Michigan State can win, they’ll earn a trip to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship game. The team is coming off a huge win at Nebraska, while Northwestern, who is 0-6 in the Big Ten and coming off...
November 22, 2013  |  Discuss

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