The Nebraska Cornhuskers are sending a pair of defensive standouts to the 2012 Senior Bowl. Linebacker Lavonte David and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard have both officially accepted invitations to the senior showcase event, it was announced today. The 2012 game is set for 3pm (CT) on Saturday, January 28th in Mobile's Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The game and all practices will be televised live by NFL Network.
"Both Lavonte and Alfonzo are two of the best players at their respective positions," Senior Bowl President and CEO Steve Hale said. "They have both had outstanding careers and we fully expect them to put on quite a show here next week in front of the top decision makers in the National Football League."
David was a first-team All-American selection by the AFCA and second-team honoree by the Walter Camp Association in 2011. He was named the Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year in the Big Ten and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection after finishing third in the conference with 133 tackles, averaging 10.23 tackles per game. He posted six double-digit tackle games this season, including a 17-tackle (14 solo) effort against Michigan. He also tallied 12 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, and two interceptions.
For his career, David posted 285 tackles in 27 starts. He added 28 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, ten pass breakups and two interceptions. He was named Big 12 Defensive Newcomer-of-the-Year as a junior after collecting 152 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and six sacks for the Cornhuskers.
Dennard was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and named the Tatum-Woodson Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year this season after helping hold opposing Big Ten quarterbacks to a conference-low 51 percent completion percentage. He posted 31 total tackles and six pass breakups on the year. For his career, he notched 97 tackles, including four tackles for loss. He also recorded 21 pass breakups, four interceptions and four quarterback hurries.
Courtesy: Nebraska Media Relations