NFL Bound: Dennard goes No. 224 to Pats

Along with Jared Crick, Alfonzo Dennard was a player that had his name thrown around last year as someone that could have considered coming out early. Dennard returned to Nebraska for his senior year and missed the first three games due to injury. Dennard finished his senior year strong and won the Tatum-Woodson Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year award.

Alfonzo Dennard leaves Nebraska at No. 10 on the career pass breakups leader board. Dennard was selected in the NFL draft in the 7th round, the 224 pick, by the New England Patriots.

Dennard played in just 10 games his senior year, missing the first three due to injury, but finished the year with six pass break-ups. Dennard finished his career with 21 pass break-ups and four interceptions.

Biography courtesy of NU Media Relations:

Honors & Awards

. Second-Team All-American (Phil Steele, 2011)
. Third-Team All-American (, 2011)
. Tatum-Woodson Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year (2011)
. First-Team All-Big Ten (Coaches, Media, ESPN,, Phil Steele, 2011)
. Nebraska Defensive MVP (2011)
. First-Team All-Big 12 (, 2010)
. Second-Team All-Big 12 (Coaches, AP, Phil Steele, San Antonio Express-News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 2010)

Alfonzo Dennard proved to be one of the nation's top cornerbacks over his final two seasons in a Nebraska uniform. The 5-10, 205-pound Dennard rebounded from an early-season injury in 2011 to post a strong senior season, helping the Husker pass defense make strong improvement after his return.

A prototypical lock-down corner, Dennard played a big role in conference opponents completing a Big Ten low 51.0 percent of their passes, and the Huskers also led the Big Ten by allowing only six passing touchdowns in conference play. Dennard was honored for his role on the Nebraska defense, being named the Tatum-Woodson Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year and a first-team All-Big Ten pick by both the league's coaches and media.

Dennard was at his best against the league's top receivers. He held Michigan State's B.J. Cunningham without a reception, ending a streak of 41 straight games with a catch for the Spartan wideout. Against Iowa, Dennard held Big Ten Receiver-of-the-Year Marvin McNutt to just four catches for 29 yards, after the Iowa star entered the game averaging better than 100 yards per game.

Dennard finished the season with six pass breakups, including a career-best three in the 24-3 win over Michigan State. He also totaled 31 tackles, including 26 solo stops, with a season-high four tackles in five games. Dennard finished his Nebraska career with 21 career breakups, good for a tie for 10th place on the Nebraska career chart.

2011 (Senior / Game-by-Game)
Chattanooga: Did not play vs. UTC because of a leg injury. Fresno State: Did not play due to injury. Washington: Did not play due to injury. Wyoming: Made his 2011 season debut, making four tackles and holding Wyoming to 168 yards through the air in a 38-14 win. Wisconsin: Totaled two solo tackles in the loss to the Badgers. Ohio State: Helped hold Ohio State to 6-of-18 passing as he totaled three tackles in the win over the Buckeyes. Minnesota: Had one solo tackle, as Nebraska held Minnesota to 122 passing yards in a 41-14 win. Michigan State: Enjoyed his best game in 2011 with two tackles and a career-high three pass breakups... Held MSU to 11-of-27 passing for 86 yards, while keeping B.J. Cunningham without a catch for the first time in 42 games. Northwestern: Finished with four tackles in the loss to the Wildcats. Penn State: Played at an All-America level, totaling four solo stops and two pass breakups in the win at No. 12 Penn State. Michigan: Finished with four solo stops in the loss to the Wolverines. Iowa: Had three tackles and one pass break-up, while helping hold Iowa to 182 yards through the air on 16-of-35 passing... Held Marvin McNutt, who was named the 2011 Big Ten Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year, to just four catches for 29 yards. South Carolina: Made four solo tackles in Nebraska's Capital One Bowl matchup with Gamecocks.

Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for nine years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 11 years. His work can also be seen in's SuperPrep Magazine.
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