Dennard Has Look Of Corner, Returner for MSU

Looking at the 20th commitment for Michigan State of Jeffersonville (GA) Twiggs County athlete Darqueze Dennard, you can see that the Spartans uncovered a versatile player who could end up on either side of the ball. GET INside to find out how MSU is likely to use this versatile athlete.

Looking at the 20th commitment for Michigan State of Jeffersonville (GA) Twiggs County athlete Darqueze Dennard, you can see that the Spartans uncovered a versatile player who could end up on either side of the ball.

Dennard caught 31 passes for 502 yards and nine touchdowns in 2009. He ran for two touchdown from scrimmage and returned two punts for touchdowns, but on defense, he recorded 50 tackles and seven picks as a corner.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder has speed to burn, running a sub 4.45-40 unofficially and his speed and elusiveness are why some can see him either as a ball hawking free safety and as a punt/kick returner.

But MSU could also use Dennard as a slot receiver. In his junior season, he caught 61 balls for 17 TDs and nearly 1,000 receiving (923 yards).

The Spartans appear to be open to taking at least one of these kinds of athletes in each recruiting class following the emergence of former Westland John Glenn quarterback Keshawn Martin.

Martin really exploded on to the scene to become one of MSU primary playmakers in just his second year playing the wide receiver position.

While he caught only 18 balls for 411 yards, five of those went for touchdowns, second only to the departed Blair White in the receiving corps.

Martin's 23 kick returns for 665 yards was good for a 28.9 average. His 21 punt returns netted another 156 yards giving him 1451 total all purpose yards for a 111.6 per game average best of any player for the full season.

If Dennard can come close to duplicating what Martin has accomplished, MSU will be ecstatic to add that kind of playmaking ability.


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