Dennis Weathersby

Dennis Weathersby

Player Profile

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Duarte, Calif.

High School:
Duarte High School

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 206

Position:
Cornerback

Birthdate:
06/16/1980

Experience:
3V

PERSONAL-Born 6/16/80 in Glendora, CA...son of Kathlene Weathersby...his mother is a nurse...has one older sister, Shermaie...entered OSU with a 3.8 GPA...he is in the College of Liberal Arts and is a liberal studies major...one of his prep teammates, Jason Brown, plays for Northwestern...received several academic plaques in high school...selected OSU because, “I wanted to go to OSU where they are giving me a good opportunity to play football and get a good education in my field of major.”

OSU—(2002—Senior)—All-America cornerback Dennis Weathersby heads into his senior year with more experience and more honors than any returning Beaver football player...starting with his freshman year (1999), Dennis earned the following honors—first team Pac-10 Conference All-Academic team; selected second team All-Pac-10 by coaches; selected first team All-Pac-10 Freshman Team by Seattle Post-Intelligencer; selected first team All-Pacific-10 by Tacoma News Tribune; selected Freshman of the Year in the Pac-10 Conference by Tacoma News Tribune; selected to Freshman All-American team by Football News; and selected to Freshman All-American team by Sporting News...following his sophomore season (2000), Dennis earned the following awards—selected to the Verizon Academic All-District VIII Football Team, as selected by CoSIDA; selected first team All-Pacific-10 by College Football News; selected to All-Pacific-10 All-Academic Team; selected first team All-Pac-10 by coaches...selected honorable mention All-American by The Football News; and selected first team All-Pacific-10 by The Football News...Dennis earned the following awards as a junior (2001)—named preseason All-American by Playboy Magazine; selected to first team All-District VIII Verizon All-Academic Team; selected to first team Pacific-10 All-Academic Team; selected second team All-Pacific-10 by coaches; and selected second team All-American by Sporting News...Dennis has played in all 35 possible games for Oregon State in three years and he has started 32 games, including a streak of 14 straight...only minor injuries in practice the week of a game caused him to miss three starts, although he played in all three games...he already shares the OSU record for career passes broken up with 44, along with Andrae Holland (1995-98)...he has four career interceptions, one blocked kick, one recovered fumble, four tackles for loss and 84 tackles, including 67 solo...he has produced 427 career defensive points...he has broken up passes in 25 of the 35 games he has played in for Oregon State...Dennis is the premier cornerback in the Pac-10 Conference…he is a great “cover” corner…he has great speed and anticipation…Dennis always draws the toughest receivers for man coverage and he has shut down some of the nation’s top receivers the past three years…he is coming off what Coach Dennis Erickson says is his best spring ever at OSU...he is the type of “cover” corner coaches dream about having on their squad...Dennis produced solid numbers during the weightlifting portion of winter conditioning with a back squat of 355, bench press of 280, power clean of 281 and 200 in the push press...his vertical jump mark was 34 inches.

(2001—Junior)—Dennis entered his junior year as a preseason All-American on the Playboy Magazine squad, and as a returning All-Pac-10 player on the field and a Pac-10 All-Academic pick…he also was a freshman All-American…Dennis posted 149 defensive points in 2001 to rank seventh among OSU defenders...he had 27 tackles (20 solo), two tackles for loss, 14 passes broken up, two interceptions and one blocked kick...he finished the season ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in passes defended with 14 broken up and two interceptions for 16 total...opened the season with 16 defensive points at Fresno State with two tackles and four passes broken up...he four passes broken up tied his own single-game record against Arizona his freshman season...had two tackles at New Mexico State...posted two tackles and broke up three passes vs. UCLA...had three tackles at Washington State...had one tackle, broke up two passes and intercepted a pass (returned 3 yards) vs. Arizona...had four tackles and one pass breakup at ASU...had two tackles and a pass broken up vs. California...recorded three tackles at USC...led team in defensive points vs. Washington with 28, coming on four tackles, two passes broken up and a long 73-yard pass interception return that virtually broke the Huskies back in the first quarter to stop a potential touchdown drive...OSU went on to rout the Huskies 49-24...led team in defensive points vs. Northern Arizona...against NAU he produced three tackles, two tackles for loss, broke up a pass and blocked a field goal attempt in the third quarter...had one tackle vs. Oregon... Dennis was listed on the depth chart as the No. 1 right corner, but he played both sides of the field…in winter conditioning, Dennis posted weight lifting bests of 270 in the bench press, 286.6 in the power clean and 330 in the squat.

(2000—Sophomore)—Dennis was the only player in the Pacific-10 Conference to be named to the All-Pacific-10 Conference team by the coaches and also earn first team honors on the Pac-10 All-Academic team (with a 3.32 GPA in liberal studies)…Dennis was also selected first team All-Pac-10 by College Football News and he was selected to the 2000 Verizon Academic All-District VIII Football Team…he was selected honorable mention All-American by The Football News and All-Pac-10 by the same publication…Dennis played in all 12 games and started 10 games…he did not start against WSU and California as he had nagging injuries that cut into his practice time…Dennis produced 109 defensive points to rank 14th among Beaver defenders…he had 17 tackles (14 solo), recorded a tackle for loss, broke up 13 passes and intercepted 2 passes…he intercepted passes against USC and Washington State…he broke up a pass in every game but the Stanford, WSU, Arizona and Oregon games…he had 3 break ups at California, 2 at Washington and 2 vs. San Diego State…after his sensational freshman season in 1999, opponents tended to go away from Dennis with their passing game…Dennis entered his sophomore season having started all 12 games of his career and earning freshman All-American and second team All-Pac-10 honors following his rookie season...Dennis posted lifting bests of 320 in the back squat, 270 in the bench press and 258 in the power clean during winter conditioning.

(1999—Redshirt Freshman)—Dennis had a sensational season in 1999 and a lot of people thought he was the best cornerback in the Pac-10 Conference as a freshman...as a result, he won numerous honors...his honors included being selected first team on the Pac-10 All-Academic squad for maintaining a GPA over 3.0; second team All-Pac-10; first team All-Pac-10 Freshman team by Seattle Post-Intelligencer; first team All-Pac-10 by Tacoma News Tribune; Freshman of the Year in the Pac-10 by Tacoma News Tribune; Sporting News’ Freshman All-American team; and selected to Freshman All-American team by Football News...Dennis figured to be a backup cornerback in 1999...however, four days before the season opener at Nevada, Ricky Walker, the No. 1 right cornerback on the depth chart, suffered a freak dislocation of his left shoulder in a non-contact drill...given his chance, Dennis moved into the starting role at right cornerback and had a sensational season...Dennis broke up a team high 17 passes, just two off the OSU school record of 19 held by Andrae Holland in 1998...his 17 passes broken up tied for the second best mark in the Pac-10 Conference...Dennis broke up passes in every game but three--Fresno State, Stanford and vs. Hawaii in the Oahu Bowl...against Hawaii, the Rainbows elected not to challenge Dennis...Dennis was assigned to cover the top receiver of the opponent and he did a fantastic job...USC’s R. Jay Soward was held to no pass receptions and Stanford’s Troy Walters caught only three passes, plus Dennis did a great job against Arizona’s Dennis Northcutt and UCLA’s Freddie Mitchell...Dennis was OSU’s high-point defensive producer in the USC game with 36, coming on five tackles, a tackle for loss, two passes broken up and a fumble recovery...finished the season with 169 defensive points, the eighth best mark on the team...after redshirting in 1998, Dennis reported to spring drills as a backup left cornerback to Keith Heyward-Johnson...Dennis got an early shot at the No. 1 spot as Heyward-Johnson suffered a separated shoulder in OSU’s first spring scrimmage at Roseburg (4/17)...as a result, Dennis received a lot of reps during the spring and made excellent progress...in the final spring game at Hillsboro (5/1), Dennis had 7 solo tackles and a pass breakup...in the weight room, Dennis produced personal bests of 165 pounds in the hang clean, 260 in the bench press, 285 in the back squat and 235 in the incline...had an impressive 36.50 inch vertical jump...tested for only 7.68 percent body fat.

(1998—Freshman)—Dennis spent the 1998 season as a redshirt cornerback, although he made the traveling squad as an emergency cornerback.

DUARTE HIGH SCHOOL, Duarte, CA—(1995-97)—Dennis was a preseason PrepStar Magazine All-American as a cornerback...PrepStar selected him as All-Western Region in its January 1998 issue...Dennis attended the Outback Workout for prep players, held December 11, 1997 at Long Beach Veterans Stadium, which attracted more than 150 uncommitted high school seniors from throughout California...Dennis was rated one of the top 18 players at the Outback Workout...he was an all-league (Montview) selection at cornerback as a junior and senior...he was an All-CIF (3A) pick at wide receiver as a senior and was an All-San Gabriel Valley pick on defense...he was the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame selection from the San Gabriel Valley after posting a 3.8 GPA...ran the 40 in 4.5...also recruited by UCLA, California, USC, Northwestern, Fresno State, Arizona and Washington...had 1,132 all-purpose yards with 12 touchdowns while playing as a slotback as a senior...rushed for 330 yards on 56 carries (5.9 average) and 4 touchdowns with a long run of 53 yards...caught 22 passes for 454 yards (20.6 average) and 4 touchdowns with a long gain of 63 yards...returned 13 punts for 309 yards (23.8 average) and 3 touchdowns and a long return of 62 yards...returned 3 kickoffs for 45 yards...his best individual performance was against San Morino when he registered 220 all-purpose yards...Duarte was 9-3 under Coach James Harden his senior year...the Falcons were also 9-3 his junior year...had 5 interceptions as a junior and again as a senior while playing cornerback...posted 40 tackles as a junior and 34 as a senior...Dennis was a two-year starter in basketball and averaged 13.0 points per game as a junior forward...ran the 200 meters and short and long relays in track...Dennis was a two-way starter in football as a senior and a three-year starter on defense...according to Coach Harden, “Dennis played very big in big games. He loves to play defense, but he is a real smooth runner, one of the best I have been around. He shut down the best receivers in our league.”

Dennis Weathersby's Career Statistics
Year   GP  UT  AT  Total    For Loss/Yds  Sacks  Int
2001   11  20   7   27             2/2      0     2
2000   12  14   3   17             1/1      0     2
1999   12  33   7   40             1/1      0     0
Total  35  67  17   84             4/4      0     4
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