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Denzel Drone
Denzel Drone

Hometown:
Plant City, Fla.

High School:
Plant City

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 251

Position:
DE

Experience:
4L


04/27/2014

2013 Spartan Football Awards Banquet Recap

All-American Darqueze Dennard voted Most Valuable Player by his teammates.

04/20/2013

White Defeats Green in Spring Game, 24-17

Andrew Maxwell throws game-winning, 46-yard touchdown pass to AJ Troup in the fourth quarter.

04/17/2013

Football Spring Game Draft Held Wednesday

Spring game set for Saturday, April 20 at 2:30 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.

04/13/2013

Last-Minute Touchdown Gives Offense 28-26 Win Over Defense in Second Spring Scrimmage

Nick Hill's 7-yard touchdown run the difference in the second scrimmage.

02/06/2013

Mark Dantonio Introduces 2013 Recruiting Class

Spartans sign 18 players.

11/30/2013

USATSPI: Michigan State vs. Minnesota - 11/30/13

USATSPI: Michigan State vs. Minnesota - 11/30/13

11/02/2013

Michigan @ Michigan State

Michigan @ Michigan State

10/26/2013

Michigan State @ Illinois

Michigan State @ Illinois

12/29/2012

Michigan State vs. TCU (AP)

Michigan State vs. TCU (AP)

Career Stats | Bio (PDF)
Game-by-Game Statistics: 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013


CAREER NOTES: Four-year letterwinner recorded 55 tackles, including 10 for losses (58 yards) with six sacks (48 yards), in 53 career games, including seven starts.

2013 SEASON (SENIOR): Collected a career-high 17 tackles, including five for losses (24 yards) and 2.5 sacks (18 yards) . . . delivered an 8-yard sack in the fourth quarter of the 100th Rose Bowl Game against No. 5 Stanford . . . recorded a 1-yard tackle for loss and recovered a fumble late in the fourth quarter on Senior Day in victory over Minnesota . . . tallied four stops at Illinois, including a 4-yard loss . . . recorded a 9-yard sack vs. Purdue . . . earned the start at Iowa . . . set a career high with five tackles in win over South Florida . . . had two tackles, including a half sack, and a pass break-up in season opener vs. Western Michigan.

2012 SEASON (JUNIOR): Tallied 10 tackles and one pass break-up . . . played in all 13 games . . . saw action primarily on third downs in passing situations . . . produced two stops in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against TCU . . . had two tackles at Minnesota . . . collected two tackles and two quarterback hurries vs. Northwestern . . . spent most of preseason camp and spring practice at tight end before moving back to defense at the start of the season.

2011 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in all 14 games, including two starts (vs. Central Michigan and Wisconsin) . . . collected 15 tackles, with 4.0 for losses (12 yards) including 2.5 sacks (8 yards) . . . ranked 12th on the team with 78 production points . . . tied a career high with three tackles in the 2012 Outback Bowl win over No. 18 Georgia, including one for a 4-yard loss . . . recovered a fumble at the MSU 3-yard line to prevent a Northwestern scoring drive in the second quarter; the Spartans took the ensuing possession 97 yards to give them the lead for good in the 31-17 victory over the Wildcats; also had two tackles and a pass break-up at Northwestern . . . recorded his first career interception and collected two tackles, including one for a 5-yard loss, in victory over Indiana . . . had a 2-yard tackle for loss against Minnesota . . . forced an intentional grounding call against Russell Wilson of Wisconsin in the end zone and was credited with a half sack on the play, which resulted in a safety; credited with three tackles overall against the Badgers . . . collected two tackles and had two quarterback hurries in the 2011 season opener vs. Youngstown State.

2010 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Appeared in 12 games in 2010, including four starts (vs. Western Michigan, Florida Atlantic, Northern Colorado and Wisconsin) . . . sat out the Minnesota game with a foot injury . . . credited with 13 tackles (4 solos, 9 assists) . . . produced a season-best three tackles at Northwestern . . . recorded two tackles vs. No. 11 Wisconsin, including a forced fumble and 22-yard sack on the same play . . . registered two stops each vs. Florida Atlantic and Notre Dame.

2009 SEASON: Redshirted.

CAREER IN BOWL GAMES: Delivered an 8-yard sack in the fourth quarter of the 100th Rose Bowl Game against No. 5 Stanford . . . produced two stops in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against TCU . . . had three tackles in the 2012 Outback Bowl win over No. 18 Georgia, including one for a 4-yard loss . . . played, but did not record a tackle, in 2011 Capital One Bowl against No. 15 Alabama.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top rush defensive ends by Max Emfinger Recruiting (No. 12) . . . rated among the country's top strongside linebackers by Scouts.com (No. 64) . . . listed among the nation's top outside linebackers by Rivals.com (No. 75) . . . represented the East Team in the 2008 Hillsborough County All-Star Game . . . three-year starter at Plant City (Fla.) High School where he played for Kevin Kelley (2006-07) and Jason Strunk (2008) . . . spent two seasons at defensive end before moving to outside linebacker for his senior year . . . two-time honorable mention All-Hillsborough County selection by The Tampa Tribune . . . earned second-team All-Western Conference (Federal Division) honors as a senior . . . posted 22 tackles, including six sacks, and two interceptions in 2008 . . . also recovered five fumbles as a senior . . . made five stops each vs. Blake and Newsome . . . had three tackles plus forced and recovered two fumbles in a 12-9 victory over Riverview . . . had two catches for 20 yards as a tight end in 2008 . . . returned a kickoff 50 yards vs. Brandon . . . first-team All-Western Conference (Federal Division) selection as a junior after recording 93 tackles, with 46 resulting in losses including 11 sacks . . . named Plant City's Co-Outstanding Defensive Player in 2007 . . . also credited with four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries as a junior . . . caught two passes for 36 yards in 2007 . . . also lettered in basketball . . . son of Damandyln Drone . . . born March 9, 1990 . . . majored in family community services - child and youth development.

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