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Old 05-01-2006, 10:17 PM   #1
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2006 Post Draft Signings - Derrick Fenner - WR - extensive profile

Derrick Fenner, WR, Maryland
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Derrick Fenner
College: Maryland Number: 83
Height: 5-11 Weight: 179
Position: WR Pos2:
Class/Draft Year: Sr/2006

40 Time: 4.40

Projected Round: Stock:
Rated number 60 out of 210 WR's / 1738 TOTAL

Combine Results
Combine Invite:
Height: 5111
Weight: 179
40 Yrd Dash:
20 Yrd Dash:
10 Yrd Dash:
225 Lb. Bench Reps:
Vertical Jump:
Broad Jump:
20 Yrd Shuttle:
3-Cone Drill:

Pro Day Results
Dates: 03/15/06
Height: 5111
Weight: 179
40 Yrd Dash: 4.40
20 Yrd Dash:
10 Yrd Dash:
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 13
Vertical Jump: 41
Broad Jump: 10'6"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.26
3-Cone Drill: 6.95


Fifth-year receiver and two-year starter at the "X" receiver position and showed the ability to get downfield consistently. A solid blocking receiver, he is a very athletic player who blazed to a 4.37 in the 40-yard dash in the spring, the second-fastest time on the team. He earned Iron Terp status in 2005, posting a 41-inch vertical jump, 330-pound bench, 530-pound squat and a 693 strength index, best among receivers.

Fenner was a seldom-used reserve in 2002 at Maryland after redshirting in 2001. He finished that year with an 8-yard scoring reception in eight games. He started once while appearing in ten games as a sophomore, coming up with 334 yards and two touchdowns on twelve catches (27.8 avg).

Derrick took over split end duties in 2004, starting nine games before being sidelined by a left fibula injury that kept him out of the Florida State clash. He snared 35 passes for 430 yards (12.3 avg) and two touchdowns, adding three solo tackles on special teams.

Fenner earned his bachelor's degree in criminology in May 2005. He would go on to start nine games as a senior, ranking fourth on the team with 34 receptions for 417 yards (12.3 avg) and two scores. He also made two solo tackles. He was suspended for the season finale after being one of three players involved in breaking curfew and being involved in a fight at a local bar and sat out the Clemson clash due to a concussion.

In 37 games at Maryland, Derrick started 19 times. He made 82 catches for 1,189 yards (14.5 avg) and seven touchdowns. He added 32 yards on two kickoff returns, 5 yards on a reverse and 2 yards on a punt return. He also recorded seven solo tackles.


Positives: Has the valid foot speed to take the ball the distance anytime he touches it, but lacks consistency...Hard worker with outstanding open field acceleration and runs with a smooth motion...Runs precise routes, demonstrating an explosive burst out of his cuts... Shows good body control to keep his feet in bounds working along the sidelines and has the second gear to get open after the catch...Has adequate hands and shows the ability to make proper body adjustments to track the ball in flight...Demonstrates a willingness and effort as a blocker, but is more of a pester type in-line, doing a better job cut blocking in the open.

Negatives: Has a skinny frame that lacks power, struggling to get off the press and will generally get pushed around and rerouted by the more physical cornerbacks...Does not like going for the ball over the middle and drops a few easy passes, as he is too conscious of being hit, losing concentration on looking the ball in...Generally goes down on first contact, lacking the leg drive to break tackles...Does not play up to his timed speed and has problems getting open on deep routes (does not do a good job of selling)...Has one off-field issue (see below) that saw him suspended for his final collegiate game.

Career Notes

Accounted for 69 of his career 82 receptions and 847 of his 1,189 yards during his final two seasons.

2005 Season

Played in and started nine games at split end, sitting out the Clemson contest with a concussion and the season finale vs. North Carolina State after he was suspended for a team rules violation...Finished fourth on the team with 34 receptions for 417 yards (12.3 avg) and two touchdowns...Added 17 yards on a kickoff return and made a pair of solo tackles on special teams.

2004 Season

Played in ten games, missing the Florida State clash with a left fibula injury...Finished with 35 receptions for 430 yards (12.3 avg) and two touchdowns...Recovered a fumbled kickoff for a 15-yard gain and totaled three solo tackles.

2003 Season

Saw action in ten games with one start...Despite being eighth in receptions (12), he was third on the team in receiving yards with 334 (27.8 avg) and had a pair of touchdowns...
Missed the regular season's final three games after having an appendectomy.

2002 Season

Saw action in eight games...Finished the season with one reception for an 8-yard score in the Akron game...Also returned one punt for two yards...Missed three games due to a broken ankle suffered the week of practice before the Eastern Michigan game.

2001 Season

Redshirted as a freshman.

Off-field Issues

2005: Was suspended for the season finale vs. North Carolina State after he was one of three Maryland football players involved in a College Park bar fight on Halloween night, Terrapins Coach Ralph Friedgen announced. Six other players at the bar -- the Cornerstone Grill and Loft -- were also disciplined.

Friedgen also said three players admitted to underage drinking at a different location on the same night and one of them received a suspension of at least one game. Some other players received lesser penalties for breaking team rules that night, but Friedgen did not specify how many.

Sources said the suspended players include starting wide receiver Derrick Fenner, who came to practice on Thursday wearing a bandage on his head, and wide receiver Drew Weatherly, who missed practice on Thursday. On Thursday, Fenner declined to comment about the incident.

The Prince George's County Police Department interviewed witnesses in connection with the case, which was investigated as an assault. Mike McDonald, a bouncer at the Cornerstone, had his nose broken in two places during the fight. Friedgen declined to provide specifics about the fight, citing the ongoing police investigation. He said the three players who were involved in the fight all said they were acting in self-defense, but that he decided to take action before the police investigation was finished to send a message to his players.

"Some of [the penalties] weren't very popular with our players, but I did what I felt like had to be done," Friedgen said. "The message has to be sent that this type of action will not be tolerated." As part of his investigation, Friedgen said he interviewed players, threatening to revoke their scholarships if they weren't forthcoming. He said leveling the penalties was one of the most difficult things he has done during his five years in College Park.

The three players suspended for their actions at Cornerstone also were given official letters of probation and will be dismissed from the team if they violate further team rules, the school said. They also lose complimentary tickets to two upcoming games. A news release issued by the university said that two of the three players "have indicated their intent to file charges against their alleged assailants once their identities are secured."

The six players at Cornerstone who did not participate in the fight were disciplined for either violating the team's curfew -- 11:30 p.m. on weekdays -- or for breaking a team rule against drinking alcohol during the season, or both.

Players who violated curfew and drank alcohol received letters of reprimand. They were also required to perform 10 hours of community service and will lose complimentary tickets to two games. Players who merely broke curfew will not have to forfeit their tickets.

Two of the three players who admitted to underage drinking at a different location have not played this season and will likely redshirt. Instead of suspending them, Friedgen will require them to perform 10 hours of community service and participate in a ride-along with university police. All three players will also be put on probation, the school said.
Friedgen said he was holding his players to a higher standard than ordinary students would face because they represent the entire team and university.

"The fact that Ralph decided to suspend three players even though those three players have insisted that they acted in self-defense should give you a pretty clear indication of how serious we are about ensuring that our players get the message," Athletic Director Debbie Yow said. "We are not police. We do not know if they acted in self-defense or not, but regardless of that, they put themselves in the position by being in the location at the wrong time."

Injury Report

2002: Suffered an ankle fracture in practice prior to the Eastern Michigan game, sitting out three contests.

2003: Suffered a right index finger fracture vs. Eastern Michigan...Missed the Virginia, North Carolina State and Wake Forest games after undergoing an appendectomy.

2004: Did not play vs. Florida State due to a left fibula injury.

2005: Sat out the Clemson game after suffering a concussion vs. Navy.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.37 in the 40-yard dash...2.46 20-yard dash...1.49 10-yard dash...330-pound bench press...Bench presses 225 pounds 13 times...530-pound squat...305-pound power clean...693 strength index...4.26 20-yard shuttle...11.25 60-yard shuttle...6.95 three-cone drill...31 -inch arm length...8 5/8-inch hands...Right-handed...9/17 Wonderlic score.

High School

Attended Hampton (Va.) High School, playing football for head coach Mike Smith...A three-year prep letter-winner who split time between Hampton and Kecoughton High... Graduated from Hampton in 2001...Played his first year at Kecoughton before transferring for his final two years at Hampton...Played defensive back all three years and wide receiver his final two...Second-team All-District selection at defensive back as a senior... Team captain in 2000, as Hampton went 20-4 in his final two years.


Graduated with a degree in Criminology/Criminal Justice and is presently taking post-graduate courses in Family Studies...Son of Reglin and Darryl Fenner...Born 12/25/82 in Hampton, Virginia.
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local guy, but a lightweight... decent football skills; he might make the practice squad.
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