CAREER TRANSACTIONSAlfonzo Dennard
was drafted by the New England Patriots in the seventh round (224th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.SEASONAL REVIEWS 2014 (6/4)
2013 (13/9, 2/2)
- Played two defensive series in the second half and contributed on special teams at Green Bay (11/30).
- Contributed on special teams and as a reserve at cornerback in the win vs. Detroit (11/23).
- Inactive vs. Chicago (10/26), vs. Denver (11/2), at Indianapolis (11/16), at San Diego (12/7) and vs. Miami (12/14).
- Started as the nickel corner and posted five tackles in the win vs. N.Y. Jets (10/16).
- Started at right cornerback in the win at Buffalo (10/12), finishing with five tackles, including two for losses.
- Started at right cornerback in the win vs. Cincinnati (10/5), posting three tackles and securing a fumble by Jamie Collins in the second quarter after Collins recovered a Darrelle Revis-forced fumble to set up a Patriots field goal drive.
- Was inactive at Minnesota (9/14), vs. Oakland (9/21) and at Kansas City (9/29) due to injury, with Logan Ryan starting in his place.
- Started at right cornerback in the season opener at Miami (9/7) and recorded two tackles and one pass defensed. Intercepted Ryan Tannehill deep in Patriots territory in the second quarter, leading to a Patriots touchdown.
2012 (10/7, 2/2)
- Played 13 games in the regular season and made nine starts and registered 42 tackles, one interception and eight passes defensed.
- Started both playoff contests and made five tackles, intercepted two passes, and defensed four passes.
- Was inactive due to injury at Carolina (11/18), at Houston (12/1) and vs. Buffalo (12/29).
- Intercepted his first pass of the season in the fourth quarter vs. N.Y. Jets (9/12), stopping a drive deep into Patriots territory.
- Registered a career-high nine tackles vs. Maimi (10/27).
- Returned to action vs. Indianapolis (1/11) in the AFC Divisional Playoff after missing the regular-season finale and tallied his first two playoff interceptions - one on the first drive of the game that he returned 27 yards and set up a touchdown and one late in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. The two interceptions were tied for second-most in franchise playoff history. Also made two tackles and defensed a career-high four passes.
- Initially slowed by injury during training camp but improved throughout his rookie campaign and was inserted into the starting lineup midway through the year, appearing in 10 games and starting seven.
- Compiled 35 tackles and three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. Also defensed seven passes and forced one fumble.
- Started both playoff games and finished with five tackles and one forced fumble.
- Was inactive for the first four games of the season and was inactive due to injury vs. Miami (12/30) and at Jacksonville (12/23).
- Saw significant time at cornerback vs. Indianapolis (11/18) and intercepted his third pass of the season and returned the pick 87 yards for his first career touchdown. Also made four tackles and defensed two passes.
- Made his first career start at cornerback due to Devin McCourty moving to safety for injury reasons and intercepted his first pass in the overtime win vs. N.Y. Jets (10/21). Also made two tackles.
- Made his pro debut and made one tackle and defensed a pass vs. Denver (10/7). QB Peyton Manning never completed a pass when targeting Dennard in 31-21 win against the Broncos.
- Second-Team All-American (Phil Steele, 2011).
- Third-Team All-American (Yahoo.com, 2011).
- Tatum-Woodson Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year (2011).
- First-Team All-Big Ten (Coaches, Media, ESPN, Yahoo.com, Phil Steele, 2011)
- Nebraska Defensive MVP (2011).
- First-Team All-Big 12 (ESPN.com, Rivals.com, 2010).
- Second-Team All-Big 12 (Coaches, AP, Phil Steele, San Antonio Express-News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 2010).
- Finished his Nebraska career with 21 career breakups, good for a tie for 10th place on the Nebraska career chart.
- Played an important role in conference opponents completing a Big Ten low 51 percent of their passes, and the Huskers also led the Big Ten by allowing only six passing touchdowns in conference play in 2011.
- Dennard was one of three true freshmen to see action, playing in 12 games in 2008.
- Alfonzo is the son of Rose Mary Dennard and was born on Sept. 9, 1989.
- Majored in sociology.