Dennard Shouldn't Be Remembered For Last Game

Alfonzo Denanrd's career at Nebraska is over, with his last performance not exactly being his best.

Orlando, FL - Senior cornerback Alfonzo Dennard will likely go down as one of the greatest corners in Nebraska football history. His performance on Monday afternoon in the Capital One Bowl was less than desired.

Matched up with South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, Dennard allowed the senior to rack up 148 yards on four catches. Dennard was part of a Husker secondary that allowed a Hail Mary touchdown to end the first half (a momentum killer for Nebraska). And then there was that whole getting ejected in the 3rd quarter thing.

Dennard will be remembered for a lot of things at Nebraska, getting kicked out of his last game as a Blackshirt shouldn't be one of them. He deserves better.

"That's not the type of person I am. So I'm very sorry for that," said the Georgia native after the game, when explaining the actions that resulted in his ejection.

Dennard, along with Jeffery, exchanged pushes and a punch during a scuffle downfield after the play. Immediately both were ejected.

"I hit him out of bounds, he pushed me, and I hit him back," Dennard stated. "Once I realized I got a flag, it kind of hurt me."

A future NFL corner, Dennard had locked down Big Ten receivers all year. First it was B.J. Cunningham of Michigan State (zero catches). Then it was Iowa's Marvin McNutt (four catches for 29 yards). His play earned him not only All-Big Ten honors, but also the leagues top corner award.

But despite his great play during the regular season, Dennard struggled against the bigger SEC receiver.

"I mean, he's a good player, I'm a good player," Dennard told reporters. "He's a very good player. But at times he played nasty."

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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