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Danny Trevathan

Position: Linebacker
Current Team: Chicago Bears
NFL Experience: 5 Years
College: University of Kentucky

2013: Trevathan started all 16 games for the Broncos in 2013 and led the team with 124 tackles… Was one of just seven players to record at least 120 tackles and three interceptions in 2013… Made his first career start and intercepted his first career pass, returning it for 29 yards vs. Bal. (9/5)… Led the team with a career-best 10 tackles and sacked Eli Manning for a 9-yard loss at NYG (9/15)… Ranked third on the team with six tackles and broke up a pass vs. Oak. (9/23)… Led the club with 10 tackles, which tied a career high and included one for a loss vs. Phi. (9/29)… Intercepted a Tony Romo pass with less than two minutes to play that set up Matt Prater’s game-winning field goal at Dal. (10/6)… Intercepted a pass in the final minutes of the game for the second consecutive week vs. Jac. (10/13)… Tied for second on the team with eight tackles and broke up one pass at Ind. (10/20)… Led the team with a career-high-tying 10 tackles, including one for a loss, and added one QB hit, one pass breakup and one forced fumble vs. Was. (10/27)… Set a career high with 11 tackles (9 solo) to tie for the team lead at S.D. (11/10)… Tied for the team lead with 10 sacks and forced a fumble vs. K.C. (11/17)… Recovered his first career fumble and forced one on special teams, while finishing second on the team with a career-best 12 tackles at N.E. (11/24)… Led the team with six tackles, including one for a loss, vs. Ten. (12/8)… Led the team with 10 tackles vs. S.D. (12/12)… Finished second on the team with eight tackles and added one sack and a team-high three tackles for a loss to go with a special-teams stop at Hou. (12/22)… Tied for the team lead with five tackles at Oak. (12/29)… Started all three playoff games and led the team with 24 playoff tackles… Tied for the team lead with four tackles in the Divisional Round vs. S.D. (1/12)… Led the team with eight tackles (all solo) in the AFC Championship Game vs. N.E. (1/19)… Made a game-high 12 tackles in Super Bowl XLVIII vs. Sea. (2/2).

2012: Selected by Denver in the sixth round (188th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft, Trevathan played all 16 regular-season games for the Broncos and finished second among the team’s rookies with 30 defensive tackles to go along with three special-teams stops… Made his NFL debut on special teams during Denver’s season opener vs. Pit. (9/9)… Made his pro defensive debut, playing 41 percent of Denver’s defensive snaps and making his first NFL tackle vs. Oak. (9/30)… Registered his first career sack and posted a personal-best six tackles at Cin. (11/4)… Made a special-teams tackle in Denver’s AFC Divisional Playoff Game vs. Bal. (1/12).

COLLEGE: Trevathan saw action in all 52 possible games (31 starts) at the University of Kentucky and totaled 374 career tackles (198 solo), six sacks (41 yds.), four interceptions (73 yds.), nine passes defensed, 11 forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries… Led the Southeastern Conference in tackles during each of his final two seasons… Named National Linebacker of the Year (College Football Performance Awards), second-team AllAmerica (SI.com) and second-team All-SEC as a senior after leading the Wildcats in tackles (143), sacks (3), interceptions (4) and forced fumbles (5)… Totaled a career-high 144 tackles as a junior in 2010 and became the first Kentucky linebacker to earn first-team All-America honors (CollegeFootballNews.com) in addition to receiving first-team All-SEC recognition… Played all 13 games (6 starts) as a sophomore and was named the Wildcats’ Most Improved Defensive Player after finishing as the team’s second-leading tackler (82)… Saw action in all 13 games as a true freshman in 2008.

PERSONAL: Trevathan was a three-year starter for Leesburg (Fla.) High School, where he was a third-team all-state selection by the Florida Sportswriters Association following his senior season… Totaled 117 tackles, 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles on defense in addition to playing quarterback and running back on offense during his final prep campaign and also earned first-team All-Central Florida honors and Area Defensive Player of the Year recognition from the Orlando Sentinel… Trevathan’s father, Vincent Hicks, played football at Toledo… Majored in family science at Kentucky… Danny Trevathan (pronounced trev-AY-thin) was born on March 24, 1990, in Youngstown, Ohio.

SOURCE:  DenverBroncos.com

  • All-America first team by CollegeFootballNews.com (2010)
  • All-America fourth team by Phil Steele’s College Football (2010)
  • All-SEC first team by SEC coaches, Associated Press, Phil Steele’s College Football, CollegeFootballNews.com (2010)
  • All-SEC second team by Rivals.com (2010)
  • SEC Defensive Player of the Week for the Louisville game (2010)
  • UK Most Improved Defensive Player by UK coaches (2009)

Became the first linebacker in Kentucky history to earn first-team All-America honors … Two-year starter at weakside linebacker … Chief asset is his outstanding speed, which he combines with an instinct for the ball and an ability to play off blocks … Has complemented his speed by continuing to add strength and size in the weight room … Went through the NFL draft evalution process in January but decided to return in order to gain more maturity … Will enter the 2011 season with a streak of nine-straight games with double-figure tackles … Has played in 39 games, starting 18 … Participated in a unique event in May as he worked with children during a one-week service trip to Ethiopia.

2010 (Junior): Earned first-team All-America honors from CollegeFootballNews.com and was a first-team All-SEC choice by multiple selectors … Led the SEC in tackles with 144, an average of 11.1 tackles per game … Averaged 11.5 tackles in SEC games … Second in the SEC in fumbles caused with four … Also led UK with 16 tackles for loss and was third in the SEC in that category … Tied for the team lead with three sacks … Had double-digit tackles in 10 games, including the last nine games … Led UK in tackles in 10 games, including a career-high 17 tackles vs. Auburn … SEC Defensive Player of the Week in the season opener when he had 11 tackles and 3.5 for loss vs. Louisville.

2009 (Sophomore): Played in all 13 games, starting six … Named UK’s Most Improved Defensive Player as chosen by the coaches … Team’s second-leading tackler with 82 stops … Made a career-high 14 tackles in the win at Auburn … Also hit double figures with 10 vs. Alabama … Recovered a Georgia fumble at the 1-yard line in the fourth quarter of UK’s upset of the Bulldogs … Notched eight tackles, one for loss, and caused a fumble vs. Clemson in the Music City Bowl.

2008 (Freshman): Saw action in all 13 games … Was a mainstay on special teams … Totaled five tackles … Blocked a kick against Georgia that set up a Wildcat touchdown.

High School: Athletic linebacker whose speed and playing intensity have drawn comparisons to UK All-SEC linebacker Wesley Woodyard … Three-year starter for Leesburg (Fla.) HS, helping the team go to the state playoffs all three seasons … Third-team all-state, covering all classifications, by the Florida Sportswriters Association … Named first-team All-Central Florida by the Orlando Sentinel … Also the Area Defensive Player of the Year for Lake and Sumter counties by the Sentinel … Also the Area Defensive Player of the Year by the Leesburg Daily Commercial … Senior statistics included 117 tackles, seven tackles for loss, 5.5 quarterback sacks, two fumble recoveries (one returned for a touchdown), and three caused fumbles … Played quarterback and running back on offense … Rushed 56 times for 427 yards, a 7.6-yard average, and three touchdowns … Notched 98 tackles, including 17 for loss, along with five caused fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and six sacks as a junior … Played in the Central Florida East-West All-Star Game following his senior season … Played for the winning West team, causing a fumble with a big hit and had a long return on another fumble to set up a touchdown … Was timed as fast as 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash … Coached by Charles Nassar … All-around athlete who was a member of the school’s weightlifting, basketball, baseball and track teams … Ran the 100- and 200-meter dashes in track, along with the 4×100-meter relay.

Personal: Born in Youngstown, Ohio … Son of Vincent and Michelle Hicks … Vincent played football at Toledo … Major is family science.

Community Cats: Worked with children during a service trip to Ethiopia (2011).

Danny says … I couldn’t live without my: family and haters … The coolest thing about being at UK is: everybody loves you … The one thing I like most about football is: I can be whoever I want and I feel like I’m untouchable … What I like about my position coach, Chuck Smith, is: he knows the game and treats you like a man and thinks he’s funny … If I weren’t playing football, I would be: modeling or running track.

Source: UKathletics.com

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