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Coby Bryant was a three-star prospect while at Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio. He was named 2016 Associated Press All-Northeast Lakes District Division II honorable mention and a Senate League All-Star. Bryant helped lead Glenville to a 7-0 record in Senate League play and attended the University of Cincinnati (UC) following high school.
Bryant played in 12 games on special teams and in the defensive backfield as a true freshman. As a sophomore, Bryant played in 13 games, making 12 starts at cornerback. He finished his second year at UC with 33 tackles, 30 solo and set a team-high with 11 passes defended and a forced fumble. Coby established himself as a top defensive back in 2019. He finished fifth on the team with 54 tackles. He had eight pass break ups and an interception while being named to the 2019 AAC All-Academic Team. A 2020 First-Team All-AAC honoree, Bryant tied for the league lead with 11 passes defended, a team-best four interceptions and seven pass break ups. He finished with 35 tackles, and a forced fumble. Bryant also earned his undergraduate degree in 2020.
The first Cincinnati defensive back to receive the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award, Coby elected to use his additional year of eligibility and returned to Cincinnati in 2021 as a graduate student. Bryant recorded three interceptions, three forced fumbles, 11 pass breakups, 14 passes defended and 41 tackles in 2021. The Bearcats ranked No. 1 in the American Athletic Conference for interceptions, passes defended, passing yards allowed per game, passer rating against and completion percentage against. His 45 career passes defended is the second most in Cincinnati history, and he was named first team All-AAC for the second straight season.
Coby Bryant was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft, with the 109th overall pick.
Tre'von Moehrig was a standout cornerback and running back at Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch, Texas. The four-star recruit was the 23 overall rated player in Texas and number 193 nationally. Moehrig committed to playing college football at Texas Christian University prior to his Senior season.
He was voted special teams Most Valuable Player as a freshman at TCU and finished second on the team with six special teams tackles. Moehrig played in 12 games and started two as a Freshman, finishing the season with 16 tackles and one pass breakup.
Tre'von shined at safety for the Horned Frogs during his Sophomore season. He finished his second season in Fort Worth with 62 tackles, four interceptions, 11 pass breakups and two forced fumbles. Moehrig allowed just two of 17 contested targets to be caught and was the highest graded safety in the FBS by Pro Football Focus. He also earned first team All-Big 12 honors as a Sophomore.
Tre'von began his junior season as the nation’s top safety and finished it as the nation’s top defensive back winning the 2020 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award. The two-time All-Big 12 performer was named to seven All-America teams. Moehrig served as team captain in every game and finished third on the team with 47 tackles. He had five games with at least six tackles. Tre'von ranked among the national leaders at 1.1 passes defended per game, finishing 2020 with two interceptions and nine pass breakups. He was responsible for nine takeaways over his last two seasons at TCU, which tied for second in the FBS over that time.
Tre'von Moehrig was selected by the Las Vegas Raiders in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft, with the 43rd overall pick.
Grant Delpit grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana before his family was displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The Delpits moved to Houston, Texas where Grant attended Lamar High School. Grant was a standout athlete at Lamar and transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida where he excelled on the football field. He finished his senior year at IMG with 47 tackles, five interceptions and six pass breakups. He returned two interceptions for touchdowns and was a consensus four-star prospect. Following high school, Grant attended Louisiana State University, (LSU) on an athletic scholarship.
As a Freshman at LSU Grant played in all 13 games for the Tigers. He finished fourth on the team with 60 tackles and recorded one interception and nine passes defended. He had at least one tackle in every game during his freshman season. Grant continued his stellar play for the Tigers as a Sophomore, finishing the 2018 season as a consensus All-American and First Team All-SEC and a finalist for the Nagurski Award. He led the SEC in interceptions with five and finished number two in the league in passes defended with 14. Grant wrapped up his sophomore year with 74 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, nine pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery setting up what would become a memorable junior season.
Grant entered the 2019 season as one of the top defensive backs in the country and would finish it as one of the best DBs to ever play at LSU. A consensus All-American at safety, Grant became the first LSU player named first team Walter Camp All-America in consecutive seasons since running back Charles Alexander in 1977-1978. He also became the third LSU player to win the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award, joining Patrick Peterson, 2010 and Morris Claiborne, 2011. Grant recorded 56 tackles, two interceptions and one sack in 2019. He also added a fumble recovery and eight passes defended.
He played a key role in LSU’s dominate performance over the University of Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff Semifinal game at the Peach Bowl, recording three tackles while holding Oklahoma to just 225 yards passing. Grant again lead a dominate LSU defensive performance in the National Championship game against Clemson. He finished the game with 6 tackles, a quarterback sack and a forced fumble as LSU won its fourth national title in program history.
Grant Delpit was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, with the 44th overall pick.
Prior to winning the 2018 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award, Deandre Baker was a standout athlete at Northwestern High School in Miami, Florida. In addition to being a U.S. Army All-American football player, he was an All-American sprinter at Northwestern. Deandre was a three-star prospect and the #56 nationally rated corner back coming out of high school.
Following graduation, he went to the University of Georgia on an athletic scholarship. He appeared in eleven games as a freshman for the Bulldogs. As a sophomore, Deandre appeared in 12 games and started in seven. He finished the 2016 season with 31 tackles, one sack, two interceptions, one returned for a touchdown and six pass breakups.
Deandre became one of the premier defensive backs in the country during his junior season at Georgia. He played in all 15 games during the 2017 season and finished as a second-team All-SEC selection. Baker recorded 44 tackles, led all Bulldogs with nine pass breakups and finished the season with three interceptions. Deandre started all 13 games for the Bulldogs in 2018.
He finished his senior season with two interceptions and 10 pass breakups, both team highs, and forced and recovered one fumble. Following the regular season, Deandre was named 2018 first team All-SEC as well as being named first team All-American by Associated Press, ESPN, Walter Camp, AFCA and Sports Illustrated.
Deandre Baker was selected by the New York Giants in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, with the 30th overall pick.
Minkah Fitzpatrick was a standout football player at St. Peters Preparatory School in Jersey City, New Jersey. He finished his high school senior year with 70 tackles and three interceptions on defense and he caught 45 passes for 1,111 yards and 12 touchdowns on offense. Named to the 2015 Parade All-America team, Minkah was selected to participate in the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game and Nike’s 2014 The Opening. A five-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com, Fitzpatrick was listed as the No. 4 high school cornerback in the nation.
Following high school, he attended The University of Alabama. As a true freshman in 2015, Fitzpatrick started 10 of 14 games for the Crimson Tide, missing one game due to injury. He recorded 45 total tackles, two sacks, and two interceptions, both returned for scores. He also had 11 pass breakups on his way to being named a Freshman All-American by The Sporting News. Minkah excelled during his sophomore year at Alabama as well. He finished 2016 as a first-team All-American and first-team All-SEC selection. He led the Crimson Tide in interceptions and interception return yards, and had seven pass breakups. Minkah finished his sophomore year with 62 tackles, 41 solo, with five tackles for loss and one sack to go with a forced fumble.
Selected as a first team preseason All-American by six different outlets, and named to preseason watch lists for several college football awards, Minkah entered the 2017 college football season as one of the top defensive backs in the country. His performance on the field cemented him as the best, and earned him the 2017 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award. Fitzpatrick finished his junior season with 52 tackles, while recording six tackles for loss and contributing 1.5 sacks to the nation’s second ranked defense. He added seven pass breakups, three quarterback hurries, one interception, a forced fumble and a blocked field goal to his 2017 stats.
In addition to the Thorpe Award, Minkah won the Chuck Bednarik Award and was a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Award and Lott Impact Trophy. A consensus first team All-American, and first-team All-SEC selection, Minkah’s off-the-field efforts were also recognized in 2017, as he was selected as an AFCA Good Works Team nominee, and added to the Wuerffel Trophy watch list.
Minkah Fitzpatrick was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, with the 11th overall pick, before being traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2019 season.
Adoree' Jackson was a five-star recruit at Serra High in Gardena, California. As a senior wide receiver, running back, defensive back and return specialist at Serra High, Jackson ran for 639 yards on 66 carries with five rushing touchdowns, and caught 38 passes for 812 yards for seven touchdowns. He had 36 tackles, six interceptions, three returned for touchdowns, eight deflections and a forced fumble on defense. Jackson also had three touchdowns as a return man to cap off his high school career.
Adoree’ appeared in all 13 games and made 10 starts as a true freshman at USC. Jackson was used as a three-way player in eight games as a freshman. He finished 2014 with 49 tackles, 10 deflections, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery on defense. He had 10 receptions for 138 yards with three touchdowns, and one carry for five yards on offense. As a return specialist he had 23 kickoff returns for 684 yards with two touchdowns and two punt returns for 12 yards.
Jackson returned in 2015 as a starting cornerback and a kickoff returner, plus he saw significant action at wide receiver. Adoree’ finished his sophomore season with 35 tackles, eight deflections, a forced fumble and an interception for a touchdown on defense. He had 27 receptions for 414 yards with two touchdowns and seven carries for 36 yards on offense. On special teams he had 30 kickoff returns for 690 yards and 24 punt returns for 251 yards with two touchdowns. He was the only player nationally with at least 400 yards receiving, 600 yards in kickoff returns, 200 yards in punt returns and 30 tackles. Adoree finished 2015 with 157 plays on offense, 657 on defense and 157 on special teams.
In 2016, Jackson led USC in interceptions with five, and pass breakups with 11. He made 55 tackles with two of fumble recoveries. He finished in the top 25 nationally in passes defended and fumbles recovered. A dangerous returner, Adoree’ finished third nationally in punt return average and sixth in kickoff return average, with two touchdown returns in each category. He had seven carries for 52 rushing yards and two receptions for 76 yards with one touchdown reception on offense. Against Notre Dame, he scored three touchdowns, a 55-yard punt return, 97-yard kickoff return, and 52-yard pass reception, the first time since 1958 that a Trojan has had a punt and kick return in a game. He also was a finalist for the 2016 Hornung Award and the Lott IMPACT Trophy. In his career, Jackson has six interceptions and has scored 15 touchdowns in four different ways, one interception, six receptions, four kickoff returns and four punt returns.
Jackson is USC’s career kickoff return yardage record holder and is fifth in punt return yards. In addition to football, Adoree’ was a long jumper and sprinter on USC’s track team in the springs of 2015 and 2016, winning the Pac-12 outdoor long jump title both years, and placing second in the Pac-12 100 meters in 2016. He earned All-American status both years after twice placing fifth in the NCAA long jump.
Adoree' Jackson was selected by the Tennessee Titans in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Jackson is a current cornerback and return specialist for the Titans.
Before he was a star at the University of Iowa, Desmond King was a three-star recruit at East English Village Preparatory Academy in Detroit, Michigan. He played defensive back and running back in high school, and earned first team all-state honors his senior season. During his high school career Desmond set a Michigan high school record with 29 interceptions, and a school record for career rushing yards.
Desmond appeared in all 13 games and made 12 starts as a true freshman at Iowa. He was the first true freshman defensive back to start for Iowa since 2002. He started all 13 games his sophomore year in 2014 and finished with 64 tackles and three interceptions. He earned honorable mention All-Big Ten by league media following his sophomore season.
Desmond King returned as a starter in 2015. He tied the Iowa single-season record, and ranked second in the nation with eight interceptions. He finished his junior season as a unanimous Consensus All-American.
In addition to winning the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award, King was one of five finalists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, and won the Tatum-Woodson Big Ten Conference Defensive Back of the Year Award. Desmond finished 2015 as a first team All-Big Ten selection by league coaches and media, and first team All-Big Ten by the Associated Press and Phil Steele.
He also earned honorable mention honors as a return specialist. He handled the majority of punt and kickoff returns, averaging 14.2 yards on 17 punt returns and 24.4 yards on 29 kickoff returns. Desmond started all 14 games at cornerback for the Hawkeyes in 2015. He recorded 72 tackles, including 46 solo, and had eight interceptions for 118 return yards and one touchdown. He also led the Hawkeyes with 13 pass break-ups.
King returned for his senior season in 2016 to lead the Hawkeyes’ defense. He then entered the 2017 NFL Draft.
Desmond King was selected by the Los Angeles Chargers in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
King earned All-Pro honors in 2018 as both a defensive back and a punt returner.
Gerod Holliman came out of Miami Southridge High School in Miami, Florida, where he played football and ran track to attend the University of Louisville. As a high school senior, Holliman recorded 12 interceptions. He returned five of them for touchdowns. He was a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, and ranked as the fourth best safety in his class.
His freshman season at Louisville was cut short due to a shoulder injury. As a redshirt freshman in 2013, he played in 11 games, with two starts and recorded 16 tackles. Holliman became a starter as a redshirt sophomore in 2014.
Holliman finished the 2014 season as a unanimous first team All-American. The 6-foot, 213-pound redshirt sophomore tied a 46-year-old NCAA record set in 1968 by Al Worley with 14 interceptions. He is only the 11th player in NCAA history to record 12 or more interceptions in a season. He returned one of his picks for a touchdown, and averaged 17.5 yards per interception return. He also recorded 44 tackles, 34 solo, in 2014.
Holliman played a key role in a Cardinals defense that ranked in the top 10 in both pass efficiency defense and total defense. In addition to winning the 2014 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award, he was also named a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Award, given annually to the best over-all defensive player in the country.
Gerod Holliman was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Darqueze Dennard is the first Michigan State Spartan to win the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award. Dennard came to East Lansing, Michigan out of Dry Branch, Georgia as a two-way-player and four-year starter at Twiggs County High School. He was a two-time Associated Press All-State selection at wide receiver, and named to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-State Team as a defensive back in 2009. Dennard had 40 catches for 502 yards (12.6 avg.) and 11 touchdowns as a senior while helping the 11-2 Cobras advance to the state quarterfinals. He also recorded 50 tackles and nine interceptions in 2009, returning two for touchdowns.
As a senior at Michigan State, Dennard became the first Spartan cornerback to earn unanimous first-team All-American honors, and finished as a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, awarded to the nation’s top defensive player. He was a four-year letter winner, and three-year starter at cornerback for the Spartans. He finished his college career with 167 tackles, 30 passes defended, 10 interceptions, and 20 pass break-ups, in 44 career games, including 40 starts. Dennard had three career multi-interception games, and ranks tied for 11th in Michigan State history with 10 interceptions.
Dennard finished the 2013 season as a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection, and was the No. 3 ranked defensive player in the FBS by CBSSports.com. He led the Spartans, and ranked sixth in the Big Ten, with 14 passes defended. He also led the team in both interceptions (4) and pass break-ups (10), and tied for third in the Big Ten with four interceptions. Dennard finished his stellar senior season with a career-high 62 tackles on his way to being named the Tatum-Woodson Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year.
Darqueze Dennard was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, with the 24th overall pick.
Dennard is still currently on the Bengals roster.
Johnthan Banks became the first national individual award winner in Mississippi State history by being named the 2012 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award winner.
A Walter Camp First Team All-American, Banks ranks first in career interception yards tied for third in career interceptions, tied for sixth in interceptions returned for touchdowns, ranks eighth in interceptions per game, and is tied for eighth with 26 career pass break ups. He tied the school record with 16 career interceptions, which is seventh in SEC history. He owns the SEC record with 20 yards per interception return.
Banks finished the 2012 season with four interceptions for 124 yards, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery, seven pass break ups, and 59 total tackles. Over his career at Mississippi State, he recorded 16 total interceptions for 320 yards. He earned First-Team All-America honors from Walter Camp, the Football Writers Association of America, Phil Steele, Lindy’s, and FoxSportsNext. He earned First-Team All-SEC honors from the AP, SEC, Coaches, ESPN.com, CBSSPorts.com and Phil Steele.
Banks was also a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and the Conerly Trophy, given to the best college football player in the state of Mississippi. He is the fourth consecutive player from the SEC to be chosen as a Thorpe Award winner.
Johnthan Banks was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Banks made his first interception against Carson Palmer and finished his rookie season with 55 tackles and 3 interceptions.
Morris Claiborne was the defensive leader on a Louisiana State University squad that ranked number two nationally in total defense. A consensus first-team All American and All SEC, Claiborne finished the 2011 season with six interceptions and an SEC-best 173 interception return yards.
In addition to his play on the defensive side of the ball, Claiborne was also a dangerous return man, recording 552 return yards on 22 kickoff returns in 2011, one for a touchdown. He was fourth in the SEC in average return yards with 25.1, and tied for first with the longest return of 99 yards.
Claiborne won the 2011 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award. He was the second player from LSU to receive the award, following 2010 winner, Patrick Peterson. In addition to his six interceptions, Claiborne recorded five pass breakups and 51 total tackles, 32 of those solo. In 32 career college games, he notched 90 tackles, 12 pass breakups and 11 interceptions.
Morris Claiborne was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, with the sixth overall pick.
Claiborne spent five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and currently plays for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Patrick Peterson attended Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach, Florida, where he was a standout athlete. As a senior, Peterson was an All-American, and USA Today Defensive Player of the Year. A consensus five-star prospect by all major recruiting services, Peterson was rated as the nation’s fifth best overall player by Rivals.com and No. 8 by ESPN. He chose Louisiana State University over numerous other colleges.
Peterson played 13 games as a true freshman at LSU. He started the final four games of the season, including the Chick-fil-A Bowl win over Georgia Tech. In his sophomore season, Peterson emerged as one of the top defensive backs in the Southeastern Conference. He finished 2009 with 52 tackles, and his 43 solo tackles were second on the team. Peterson was named a 2009 Second-Team All-American by The Sporting News, and 2009 First-Team All-SEC performer.
During his junior season, Peterson began returning kickoffs and punts. Peterson won the 2010 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award as a junior at LSU. He was also named as the Bednarik Award winner, given to the nation’s top defender as well as Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year and Special Teams Player of the Year. He was chosen as a consensus All-American and First-Team All-SEC Defense and Special Teams.
Patrick Peterson was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, with the fifth overall pick.
Peterson scored his first NFL touchdown on an 89-yard punt return on September 11, 2011. He tied for the single season record for punt return touchdowns with four, and was the only rookie selected to the 2012 Pro Bowl.
Eric Berry was a standout athlete at Creekside High School in Fairburn, Georgia. He played cornerback and quarterback on the football team, and he was the 2005 AAAA State Champion in the 200 meters. Following his stellar high school career Berry was considered the top player in Georgia, and the top cornerback prospect in the nation. He selected the University of Tennessee as the school where he would play college ball.
During his first year at Tennessee, he was named SEC Defensive Freshman of the Year by the Sporting News. He had 222 return yards on five interceptions, and led all SEC freshmen in tackles with 86. He was also named first team Freshman All-American.
Berry was named a team captain his sophomore season at Tennessee. He finished his sophomore year with 72 tackles, six pass break-ups, three sacks and seven interceptions. He was nominated as a finalist for the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award, the Lott Trophy, the Chuck Bednarik Award, and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the year as well as a First-Team All-SEC pick.
Berry was also a First-team All American.
As a junior, Berry won the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award and was named an All American for the second time in his college career. He left college one year early and entered the NFL Draft.
Eric Berry was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, with the fifth overall pick.
In his first NFL season, Berry started all 16 games and was selected to the Pro Bowl. He led the team in interceptions, and finished second in tackles with 92.
Malcolm Jenkins played high school football at Piscataway Township High School in Piscataway Township, New Jersey. He helped his team to three consecutive state championships. He played both wide receiver and defensive back, and excelled at track and field, winning the state title in the 400 meters as a junior.
Following high school, Jenkins attended Ohio State University on an athletic scholarship. His freshman season at Ohio State Jenkins spent most of his time at nickel back. He finished the season with 37 tackles in 10 games. In 2006 he started all 13 games at corner and was a consensus first-team All-Big Ten. He finished his sophomore season with 55 tackles and four interceptions.
As a junior in 2007, Jenkins recorded 47 tackles and four interceptions and was named a first team All-American by Pro Football Weeklyand a first team All-Big Ten for the second consecutive year. As a senior in 2008 he won the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's best defensive back.
Malcolm Jenkins was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
Jenkins was moved from corner back to free safety before the 2010 season, and has excelled at safety for the Saints through the 2011 season.
Antoine Cason was born in Long Beach, California, and attended Los Alamitos High School in Los Alamitos, California, where he excelled on the athletic field.
Following high school, Cason attended the University of Arizona. He was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2004, and in 2005, he earned Second Team All-Pac-10 honors. In 2006, Cason was a semi-finalist for the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award.
After the 2006 season, Cason was eligible for the 2007 NFL Draft. However, he decided to return for his senior season to finish his college degree. Cason continued his stellar play into his 2007 senior season, and finished the season with 5 interceptions, 2 of which were returned for touchdowns. He also returned 2 punts for touchdowns. On December 6, 2007 he was awarded the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award for best defensive back in the country and was a consensus First-Team All-America choice.
In the spring of 2007, Cason earned All American honors in Track and Field for his contribution to the Men's 4 x 100 meters relay team, which finished in the top eight at the NCAA Championship.
Antoine Cason was selected by the San Diego Chargers (now Los Angeles Chargers) in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
Cason played in all 16 regular season games and both playoff games at cornerback and on special teams as a rookie. He ended his rookie season with 74 tackles, 59 solo and two interceptions.
He continued to fill the starting corner back role for the Chargers from 2009-2011.
Aaron Ross graduated from John Tyler High School in Tyler, Texas, where he played cornerback, wide receiver and running back in his three-years at the high school. He was named second-team Class 5A All-State after posting six interceptions, three fumble recoveries, three blocked kicks and allowing just one touchdown reception as a senior in 2001. During his time in high school he lettered in football, track & field and in basketball.
Ross attended the University of Texas in Austin after high school. As a junior, Ross earned All-Big 12 Conference honorable mention, and ranked tenth in the nation with a 14.7-yard average on 34 punt returns, returning two for touchdowns.
A full-time starter in 2006, Ross made the most of this opportunity. He earned All-American and All-Big 12 Conference first-team honors, in addition to being named the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award winner.
Aaron Ross was selected by the New York Giants in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft.
As a rookie, Ross recorded 42 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, 9 passes defended and 3 interceptions which he returned a total of 51 yards including a 43 yard touchdown.
Ross played his entire professional career in New York, and helped the Giants win Super Bowls XLII and XLVI.
Michael Huff came out of Nimitz High School in Irving, Texas, as a three-year letterman in football and four-year letterman in track. Following high school, Huff attended the University of Texas in Austin.
As a freshman at Texas, he earned a third-team Freshman All-American selection from the Sporting News. He was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American in 2005 and won the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's best defensive back. Huff was a strong contributor on defensive during the Longhorns 2005 National Championship run, and finished his college career with a school record four career interceptions returned for touchdowns.
In addition to football, Huff competed in track and field at Texas, and ran the first leg on the team’s 400-meter relay team that qualified for the NCAA outdoor championship.
Michael Huff was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft.
Huff recorded 78 tackles during his rookie season. In 2007, during his second professional season, Huff was mover from strong safety to free safety. He continued to flourish in his new position finishing 2010 with 3 interceptions, along with career highs in almost every defensive category on his way to his first All-Pro section.
Carlos Rogers played football and basketball, and competed in track and field at Butler High School in Augusta, Georgia. Rogers was a SuperPrep All-American, an Augusta Chronicle all-area and all-metro choice, and was listed in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's "Georgia 75". After high school, Rogers attended Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.
Rogers played for the Auburn Tigers football team. He started 44 games over four years, and finished his career with 182 tackles, 134 solo, seven interceptions, and two fumble recoveries. He holds Auburn’s career record with forty pass deflections, which ranks second in SEC history.
As a senior, Rogers became Auburn's first Paycom Jim Thorpe Award winner, and earned consensus All-America honors. He was one of five finalists for the Bronco Nagurski Award and a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, each given to the best defensive college football player. He was named to the Auburn football All-Decade Team for the 2000s.
Carlos Rogers was selected by the Washington Redskins in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft, with the ninth overall pick.
Rogers played five seasons in Washington, and signed with the San Francisco 49ers in 2011.
He had his best professional season in 2011 with the 49ers. He led the team with six interceptions, and was named a starter on the NFC Pro Bowl as well as a Second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press.