You can make a clear case that Michigan State Spartans cornerback Darqueze Dennard was undoubtedly the best defensive back in the nation this year.
He was a consensus All-American and won the Jim Thorpe and Jack Tatum awards, further proving his worth as an elite player in the secondary.
As the leader of this vaunted Michigan State defense, Dennard was the catalyst in leading his team to their upcoming appearance in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day against the Pac-12 Champion Stanford Cardinal.
Again, we all know how great Dennard is at what he does in that defensive backfield, and so does Stanford assistant coach, Mike Bloomgren.
Bloomgren, also having spent time as an assistant coach with the New York Jets from 2007-10, went out of his way to throw some high praise Dennard’s way, comparing him to NFL All-Pro, Darrelle Revis:
“I don’t want to get into comparisons, but he’s a guy that does for their defense what a guy like Darrelle Revis did for ours in New York,” said Bloomgren, an assistant coach with the Jetsfrom 2007-10. “That’s got a ton of value. Ton of value.”
From a defensive back perspective in today’s world, that’s about as high of praise as you can get.