A talented and versatile corner that can lock down on the outside and also move inside to the nickel back with equal ability First-team All-American by the AFCA A very physical player with excellent cover skills First-team midseason All-American by ESPN.com Secondary ranks No. 1 nationally in pass defense (116.3 ypg) & pass efficiency defense (83.9) Defense also ranks No. 1 in scoring defense (8.8 ppg) & total defense (191.3 ypg) Tied for fifth in the SEC and 42nd nationally with 1.0 passes defended per game Started 12 games in 2011 and 18 in his career Has 37 tackles that leads all Tide corners with 11 pass breakups, three TFLs and 1.5 sacks Returned his only interception of the year 25 yards for a touchdown against Arkansas
2011 (SENIOR): DeQuan Menzie is the Tide's starting cornerback opposite Dre Kirkpatrick ... he moves inside to the `star' or nickel back in passing situations ... very versatile and physical corner with outstanding cover skills while showing the ability to blitz off the corner and bring a toughness to the run support ... a first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association ... a first-team midseason All-American by ESPN.com ... his play has earned him consideration for the Jim Thorpe Award, which goes to the nation's best defensive back ... has 12 starts this year and 37 total tackles ... made 3.0 tackles for loss (-15 yards) with 1.5 sacks and a team-high 11 pass breakups ... recorded his first-career interception against Arkansas and returned it for a touchdown ... ranks tied for 42nd nationally and tied for fifth in the SEC with 1.0 passes defended per game ... part of a defense that leads the nation in pass defense (116.3 ypg) and pass efficiency defense (83.9) ... earned Defensive Player of the Week honors from the UA coaching staff following the season opener and was the coaches' Special Teams Player of the Week after Vanderbilt. Kent State: Made six tackles and was a regular presence in the Golden Flashes' backfield with 1.5 tackles for loss (-9 yards) and half of a sack (-4 yards) ... earned Defensive Player of the Week honors for his play. Penn State: Recovered a fumble and logged five tackles in the Tide's 27-11 win at the No. 23 Nittany Lions. North Texas: Broke up a career-best three passes while making two solo tackles and an assisted stop in the UA's 41-0 shutout of UNT. Arkansas: Intercepted his first career pass and returned it 25 yards for a game-changing touchdown in the Tide's 38-14 win over No. 14 Arkansas ... helped limit the Hogs to just 226 yards of total offense, 291 yards below their season average ... had one solo tackle and one pass breakup. Florida: Broke up two Gator passes and made two solo tackles as the Tide limited the UF offense to just 222 yards. Vanderbilt: Was the UA Special Teams Player of the Week ... had two total tackles and helped limit the Commodores to just 149 passing yards and 190 total yards. Mississippi: Sacked Rebels' quarterback Randall Mackey for a loss of five yards ... finished with two total tackles while breaking up one pass as the Tide held UM to 113 yards passing and 141 total yards. Tennessee: Flashed his skill set once again with an outstanding effort agianst the Vols ... made three tackes and broke up a pass while helping limit UT to just 63 passing yards and 155 total yards. LSU: Registered a career-best eight tackles, including five solo stops vs. the No. 1 Tigers ... had half of a tackle for loss (-1 yard) and helped limit LSU to just 91 passing yards. Mississippi State: Made five tackles with three solo stops vs. the Bulldogs ... helped limit MSU to just 131 total yards while breaking up two passes and recording one quarterback hurry. Georgia Southern: Did not have a tackle, but deflected one of just seven passes by the Eagles, holding them to just 39 yards passing. Auburn: Started his 12th game of the season, but didn't have any statistics ... helped limited the Tigers to just 140 total yards ... AU had just 44 yards --- 25 rushing -- through three quarters and gained the rest after the Tide had already locked up the win in the fourth quarter.
2010 (JUNIOR): Menzie played in 12 games and earned seven starts in the defensive backfield ... totaled 33 tackles, including a secondary-high five tackles for a loss (-18 yards), two sacks (-11 yards) and broke up four passes. San Jose State: In his first career start he totaled five tackles, including three solo stops ... helped hold the Spartans to 175 yards of total offense and 86 yards in the air. Penn State: Broke up one pass and totaled two solo tackles against the Nittany Lions ... helped hold Penn State to 156 yards in the air. Duke: Registered three solo tackles against the Blue Devils and helped hold them to 156 yards passing. Arkansas: Started in the defensive backfield and tallied two solo tackles and broke up a pass. Florida: Earned a start at corner and recorded one tackle and broke up a pass. South Carolina: Recorded three solo tackles against the Gamecocks. Mississippi: Registered five tackles, including four solo stops ... broke up a pass and tallied a quarterback hurry. Mississippi State: Came back from injury to record a season-best six tackles, including four solo stops ... two of his tackles were for a loss (-2) and included his first sack (-1) on the season. Georgia State: Came off the bench to record a quarterback hurry ... part of a secondary that helped hold the Panthers to just 74 yards passing. Auburn: Was named one of the Special Teams Players of the Week by the coaching staff ... came off the bench to register four total tackles, including three solo stops ... tallied a tackle for a loss of two yards. Michigan State: Came off the bench to record two tackles for loss and a sack in a commanding 49-7 victory over the Spartans ... had two of 11 tackles for loss for the Crimson Tide and accounted for minus-14 yards rushing ... dropped MSU quarterback Kirk Cousins for a loss of 11 yards on a pass play.
HIGH SCHOOL, JUNIOR COLLEGE AND PERSONAL DATA: Dequan Menzie is a talented four-star defensive back prospect out of Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Community College ... ranked as the No. 6 junior college prospect by SuperPrep magazine ... rated 14th on the Rivals.com list of top junior college prospects ... selected as a second-team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) following his sophomore season at Copiah-Lincoln where he started for two years for head coach Glenn Davis ... made 51 tackles with 36 solo stops and one interception in 2009 ... also garnered NJCAA All-Region 23 honors and was named the Most Valuable Defensive Back in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) ... a first-team MACJC All-State selection ... registered 40 tackles and six interceptions during his freshman season ... played for head coach Dell McGee at Carver High School in Columbus, Ga., where he earned AAA Georgia All-State honors from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Georgia Sports Writers Association in 2007 ... helped lead Caver to the 2007 Georgia AAA state championship ... chose Alabama over Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina.