Player Bio: Dennard Wilson :: Football

  Dennard Wilson
Dennard Wilson
Player Profile

Upper Marlboro, Md.

High School:

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 189

Strong Safety



On Wilson: Senior safety who came into his own in his first year at the position last season and has been the team’s most consistent defensive back this year … a confident player who spent his first two years at cornerback … a sure tackler with good instincts … an Iron Terp a year ago who posted a 36-inch vertical jump and 345-pound bench press in this year’s testing.

2003 (Senior): A 12-game starter at strong safety ... an honorable mention All-ACC pick ... tied for fifth in the ACC with 1.08 passes defended per game ... leads the team with 12 PBUs ... eighth on the team with 45 tackles (35 solo) ... (at WFU) ... recorded six solo tackles, one TFL and three PBU’s ... one PBU came in the first quarter as he hit a Wake Forest receiver as soon as he touched the ball to force the incompletion ... (vs. UVa) ... notched two tackles (one solo) and two PBU’s ... made a nice play by coming in on a short pass to reach in front of a Virginia receiver to bat the ball away in the second quarter ... made a diving effort to knock down a pass at the goal line in the second quarter ... (vs. CU) ... combined with D’Qwell Jackson on a TFL in the first quarter as he quickly closed in on a Tiger receiver, hitting him as soon as he caught the ball for a loss of one yard ... one of his PBUs came on a third-and-26 in the second quarter, as he made a leaping effort to deflect the pass out of bounds, forcing a Tiger punt ... had another nice play in the fourth quarter when he dove across the middle of the field to knock a pass down before it reached the receiver ... finished with a season-high seven solo tackles along with three PBUs ... (vs. WVU) ... led the Terps with two PBUs ... both came in the fourth quarter when he immediately hit the receiver as they touched the ball, forcing incompletions ... also recorded two solo tackles ... (vs. The Citadel) ... had a key TFL on third down for a loss of four yards, forcing The Citadel to punt in the second quarter ... finished with four tackles (three solo) and one PBU.

2002 (Junior): A 14-game starter at strong safety … posted a career high 72 tackles (49 solo), fifth-most on the team … also had two TFLs, one sack, an interception and 10 pass breakups (third-most on the team) ... (Peach Bowl vs. UT) ... had one of his best games of the season … was the team’s second-leading tackler (eight total) while coming up with a sack, two PBUs and a forced fumble … (vs. WFU) ... notched his first interception of the season off of a tipped pass in the first quarter ... had two tackles (one solo) and two pass breakups ... (at UVa) ... second on the team with a career-high 14 tackles (10 solo) ... it was the highest total this season for a Terp besides E.J. Henderson ... (vs. NCSU) ... had eight tackles (seven solo) ... had one TFL for one yard and a pass breakup ... (at WVU) ... had a pass breakup that resulted in a Madieu Williams interception in the first quarter ... recorded three PBUs for the game... also recorded three tackles (one solo) ... (vs. Akron) ... finished with seven tackles (five solo) ... recovered fumble caused by D’Qwell Jackson ... had one pass breakup ... (vs. Notre Dame) ... recorded seven tackles, all solos ... his seven solo tackles tied him for third on the team.

2001 (Sophomore): Played in 10 games while starting three (missed the Clemson game with a hamstring injury) … also saw action in the Orange Bowl ... finished the season with 25 tackles (19 unassisted), one sack, one TFL, one interception and six PBUs … (Orange Bowl) had four tackles and an interception … returned interception 36 yards to the Florida three-yard line, but the Terps could only come away with a field goal … (vs. FSU) started at corner and finished with five solo tackles ... also had one pass breakup ... (vs. Duke) notched his first career interception ... also was in on three pass breakups ... (vs. GT) had three tackles in his second career start ... also had two pass breakups before leaving the game with leg cramps ... (vs. UVa) recorded his first career sack in the first quarter and also forced a fumble by quarterback Bryson Spinner all on the same play ... (vs. WFU) made one of the biggest plays of the game with a pass breakup on fourth down with just 2:08 remaining in the game ... finished with a season-high four tackles.

2000 (Freshman): Saw significant playing time (six games, one start) as a backup during his true freshman season before suffering a knee injury in the Clemson game, which kept him sidelined for the remainder of the season … totaled 16 tackles in the first six contests of the year, including a career-high six stops (five solos) at West Virginia and five solo tackles at Clemson … lone start came in the Clemson game.

High School: A 2000 graduate of DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Md. ... as a senior in 1999, caught 32 passes for 481 yards and six touchdowns in addition to registering three interceptions as a cornerback ... named honorable mention all-state in addition to pulling down first team All-Prince George’s County and first team All-WCAC honors ... selected to SuperPrep’s All-Mid-Atlantic team ... was a team co-captain ... three-year varsity player and two-year starter ... was one of two players to start both ways in 1999 ... high school coach was Bill McGregor.

Personal: Dennard Wilson was born March 31, 1982 ... son of Tyrone Wilson and Gwen Mumford … majoring in communication.

Defense	G-GS	UT	AT	TT	TFL	Sacks	Int
2000	6-1	14	2	16/2.7	0.0-0	0.0-0	0-0
2001	10-3	19	6	25/2.5	1.0-9	1.0-9	1-11
2002	14-14	49	23	72/5.1	2.0-10	1.0-9	1-5
2003	12-12	34	11	45/3.8	2.5-7	0.0-0	0-0
Career	42-30	116	42	158/3.8	5.5-26	2.0-18	2-16