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Anthony Denman

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Positives…Active and aggressive tackler...Has great ease-of-movement ability in pursuit...Very elusive slipping past blocks...Knows how to avoid the trash and turn the corner coming off the edge...Effective recognizing the play to the outside and shows the foot speed to stay with the tight ends in the short area passing game...Best asset is his closing quickness to the quarterback... Could move back to outside linebacker at the pro level.

Negatives…Does not display the crunching power needed to step up and fill the holes in the middle...Can be ridden out by the more physical blockers...Looks like he hesitates, at times, coming off the snap, lacking that explosive initial step...Has a very hard time trying to stack up the inside ground game due to a lack of overall power...Needs to improve his hand usage, as he has problems keeping blockers from attacking low...Over-pursues the plays at times and rarely punishes the ball carrier that comes into his area...Lack of hip flexibility prevents him from effectively dropping off in space...Takes too long to diagnose the plays.

CAREER NOTES

Former outside linebacker who moved inside during his junior campaign...Special teams standout...Appeared in 45 games during his Notre Dame career, starting 25 contests...Collected 207 tackles (133 solos) with nine sacks for minus 63 yards and 23 stops for losses of 69 yards during his four years in a Fighting Irish uniform.

2000 SEASON

All-American second-team selection by The Sporting News, earning third-team honors from Football News...All-Independent first-team and Independent Player of the Year choice by Football News...Recipient of the Notre Dame National Monogram Club Most Valuable Player Award...Lined up at strongside inside linebacker, leading the team with 84 tackles (55 solos), five sacks for minus 30 yards and 14 stops for losses of 51 yards...Caused two fumbles and deflected a pass.

Texas A&M...Opened the season with an 8-tackle effort.

Nebraska...Put on a tackling clinic, delivering 13 hits (8 solos) as he sacked QB Eric Crouch for a 6-yard loss and dropped I-back Dan Alexander behind the line of scrimmage.

Purdue...Sacked QB Drew Brees for a 5-yard loss and made 8 tackles.

Michigan State...Added 9 tackles, including a 5-yard sack.

Stanford...Posted 7 tackles (4 solos) and a pass break-up.

Navy...Followed with a 6-yard sack and 5 hits.

West Virginia...Was in on 8 hits.

Air Force...Caused a pair of fumbles (both led to Notre Dame scoring drives), delivered 11 tackles (10 solos), had 2 sacks for minus 11 yards and 5 stops behind the line of scrimmage.

Southern California...Credited with 6 solo tackles.

1999 SEASON

Football News All-Independent first-team pick...Started every game at strongside inside line- backer...Second on the team with a career-high 89 tackles (team-high 59 solos)...Had a 7-yard sack and nine stops for losses of 18 yards...Recovered three fumbles and caused two others... Deflected a pass and intercepted another.

Kansas...Began the year with 6 tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage, a pass break-up and a fumble recovery (caused by Andy Wisne), advancing the ball 31 yards for a touchdown.

Michigan...Followed with a 10-tackle performance.

Michigan State...Sacked QB Bill Burke for a 7-yard loss, causing a fumble and delivered 9 tackles with 3 stops for losses of 9 yards, earning NBC/Chevrolet Player of the Game honors.

Oklahoma...Killed a last-ditch scoring drive by registering a pair of tackles behind the line of scrimmage in a 34-30 decision.

Arizona State...Caused a fumble and posted 8 tackles.

Southern California...Followed with 7 hits (4 solos) and a fumble recovery.

Navy...Had another fumble recovery.

Tennessee...Credited with 13 tackles (7 solos) and a stop for a loss.

Pittsburgh...Added 7 tackles and his first career interception.

Stanford...Was in on 12 stops (8 solos).

1998 SEASON

Appeared in every game on special teams and in eleven contests on defense, serving as a backup behind Kory Minor at left outside linebacker...Finished with 28 tackles (18 solos) and three sacks for minus 26 yards.

Michigan State...Earned his first career start, responding with 6 tackles (4 solos).

Purdue...Sacked QB Drew Brees for a 9-yard loss and delivered 4 hits as a starter for the injured Minor.

Baylor...Collected 8 tackles with a pair of sacks for losses of 19 yards.

Georgia Tech (Gator Bowl)...Made 2 solo tackles.

1997 SEASON

Appeared in every game as a reserve "drop" linebacker...Recorded 6 tackles (5 assists) on defense...Also participated in 57 plays on special teams.

AGILITY TESTS

4.75 in the 40-yard dash...400-pound bench press...Bench presses 225 pounds 23 times...32.5-inch vertical jump...4.4 in the 20-yard shuttle...31 3/4-inch arm length...9-inch hands.

HIGH SCHOOL

All-State selection as a senior, earning four letters in football at Rusk (Tex.) High...Competed at running back, quarterback, linebacker, defensive line and fullback...Rushed for 1250 yards and 12 touchdowns and accounted for 85 tackles, one sack and six quarterback pressures on defense while serving as team captain in his senior year...First-team All-East Texas and All-District pick as a junior and senior...Rushed for 1428 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior, earning All-Area honors...Starting tailback as a freshman...Also earned three letters in track.

PERSONAL

Management major, enrolled in Mendoza College...Born Anthony R Denman on 10/30/79 in Lufkin, Texas...Resides in Rusk, Texas.

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