Honors & Awards
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)
Dennard had a season-high six tackles and a hurry in the season opener against Western Kentucky. A week later he had his first career interception against Idaho, as the Blackshirts had six takeaways, including five interceptions. At Washington, Dennard picked off a third-quarter Jake Locker pass and returned it 31 yards for a touchdown, as the NU defense limited the Huskies to a 4-of-20 passing effort.
Dennard had a pick for the third straight week against South Dakota State and also broke up a pair of passes. He had two pass breakups against Texas, as the Huskers held UT to just 62 passing yards. After missing time with an injury, Dennard returned against Kansas and had three tackles and picked off his fourth pass. Against Colorado, Dennard had four tackles and forced a fumble that led to a score in a 45-17 win. He added four tackles against Oklahoma and finished with three tackles and a breakup in the Holiday Bowl against Washington.
Dennard totaled four tackles in non-conference play as the top reserve at cornerback. He made his first career start at Missouri and had four tackles, including three solo stops and a tackle for loss, and added a breakup. Against Iowa State, Dennard made five tackles, had a tackle for loss and a career-best two breakups. Dennard suffered a shoulder injury at Baylor that would hamper him for the reaminder of the regular season.
Despite the injury, Dennard had a career-best six tackles, a tackle for loss and a breakup against Oklahoma. He had five solo stops at Kansas, before sitting out the Kansas State game to rest his injury. Dennard combined for four tackles against Colorado and Texas, before closing the year with a PBU against Arizona in the Holiday Bowl.
As a junior, Dennard caught 45 passes for 840 yards and 12 touchdowns, while rushing 24 times for 240 yards and six touchdowns. On defense he made 60 tackles and had six interceptions. Dennard was also a contributor in track and basketball. He played point in basketball and used his speed in sprint events in track. He finished sixth in the state in the long jump with a leap of 21-3. Dennard chose Nebraska over North Carolina and Troy.
Dennard's Career Statistics
» Tackles -6 twice (vs. Oklahoma, 2009; vs. Western Kentucky, 2010)
» Solo Tackles -5 at Kansas (2009)
» Tackles for Loss -1 four times (all in 2009)
» PBU's -3 vs. Michigan State (2011)
» Interceptions- four times (most recently vs. Kansas, 2010)