Michigan State Football: Darqueze Dennard gets first pick with Falcons (Video)

Darqueze Dennard, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
Darqueze Dennard, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /

Former Michigan State football cornerback great Darqueze Dennard had a big day with the Falcons, recording his first interception with his new team.

For the second straight week in the NFL, we have a Spartan-on-Spartan crime.

Last week, Khari Willis recorded his first career interception against Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings. He had three interceptions on the day, but that was the one that resonated with Michigan State fans because, well, you don’t often see that happen in the NFL between former Spartans — it’s a rare feat with any school.

However, it happened again on Sunday afternoon.

This time, it wasn’t Cousins throwing the interception, but rather his former teammate Nick Foles and it wasn’t Willis but rather Darqueze Dennard.

Foles entered the game, replacing Mitch Trubisky and he looked for his best receiver in Allen Robinson, but Dennard was glued to the talented receiver’s hip and ripped a touchdown grab right out of his hands for his first interception with the Falcons.

I know you might be saying that Foles is hardly a Spartan, but he played for Michigan State for a year before transferring to Arizona — it’s easy to decide to transfer in a quarterback room with Cousins and Brian Hoyer at the collegiate level.

Dennard is looking for that first true breakout season and he has been playing well with the Falcons thus far. He was solid with the Bengals, posting at least 50 total tackles in 2017 and 2018 but didn’t do much in 2019 as he played in just nine games. This could be his break.

If he plays like he did on Sunday against the Bears, he’s going to be one of the best surprise cornerbacks in the league.

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