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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...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
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...
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

MSU Football relives past, looks forward to future in Spring Game

EAST LANSING–  “Thanks for believing in the dream.” That’s the first thing Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis said about the Rose Bowl celebration during halftime of MSU’s Green-White Spring Game. There had just been a long video montage of MSU’s rise to the Rose Bowl, starting in 2010, leading all the way up to the New Year’s Day victory in Pasadena. All...
April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Darqueze Dennard Scouting Report

Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State #31 Ht: 5’11″ Wt: 199 All of our scouting reports are limited to our premium customers. If you would like access to all of our 2014 scouting reports, click here to sign up. Size/Athleticism: Adequate height and overall size. Timed speed was exceptional at combine, but it doesn’t translate to the field. Straight-line speed is decent,...
Via DraftAce
April 20, 2014  |  Discuss

MSU CB refuses to say 'Michigan' ahead of rivalry game

Ohio State coaches, players and fans famously refer to Michigan as “That team up North”, refusing to call utter the program’s actual name. Now, it looks like at least one player on another rival of the Wolverines – the Michigan State Spartans – might be starting a similar tradition. Senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard won’t refer to Michigan as “Michigan” this week...
Via College Spun
October 29, 2013  |  Discuss

MSU Football: Pass Interference, holding calls don’t rattle Spartan DB’s

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Questionable, but costly penalties on the Michigan State defensive backs hurt the Spartans’ chances in their 17-13 loss to No. 22 Notre Dame on Saturday, but it didn’t hurt their confidence. Between senior  defensive back Darqueze Dennard and sophomore defensive back Trae Waynes, MSU was flagged for four pass interference calls and a holding call that led...
September 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Don’t Blame The Loss On The Referees, But…

Darqueze Dennard played possibly the game of his career. 2 picks (one of which would be a 96-yard pick-six, but we’ll cover that later) and 4 tackles. Also, late in the game, Dennard had a clutch play, denying Nebraska wideout Kenny Bell a touchdown reception, only to be called back because he had “interfered” with Bell. At first glance on the scoreboard at Spartan Stadium...
Via Banks Of The Red Cedar
November 04, 2012  |  Discuss
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