Antoine Cason

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Antoine Cason
Antoine Cason.JPG
Cason in the 2011 NFL season.
No. --     Carolina Panthers
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-07-09) July 9, 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth: Long Beach, California
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school: Los Alamitos (CA)
College: Arizona
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
Debuted in 2008 for the San Diego Chargers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Tackles322
Quarterback sacks0.0
Interceptions14
Forced fumbles4
Stats at NFL.com
 
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Antoine Cason
Antoine Cason.JPG
Cason in the 2011 NFL season.
No. --     Carolina Panthers
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-07-09) July 9, 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth: Long Beach, California
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school: Los Alamitos (CA)
College: Arizona
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
Debuted in 2008 for the San Diego Chargers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Tackles322
Quarterback sacks0.0
Interceptions14
Forced fumbles4
Stats at NFL.com

Antoine Brandon Cason (born July 9, 1986) is an American football cornerback who is currently a member of the Carolina Panthers in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Arizona, and was recognized as an All-American and the top college defensive back. The San Diego Chargers drafted him in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Cason was born in Long Beach, California, to Deborah and Wendell Cason. His father Wendell played football for the University of Oregon and the NFL's Atlanta Falcons. His brother Dione competed in track at Washington State University. He is also a cousin of Ken-Yon Rambo of the CFL's Calgary Stampeders, and Aveion Cason, formerly of the NFL's Detroit Lions.

He got his start playing in a local football league for the Carson-Gardena Colts, where he stood out as one of the team's top players. Cason started his high school career at Long Beach Polytechnic High School, then transferred to Los Alamitos High School in Los Alamitos, California after his freshman year. At Los Al, he played defensive back for the school's football team and ran track. During his high school years, Antoine earned several honors for his performance on the football field.

Considered a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Cason was listed as the #37 cornerback prospect in the nation in 2004.[1] He chose Arizona over offers from Oregon State and Boise State.

College career[edit]

Cason attended the University of Arizona, where he majored in political science and played for the Arizona Wildcats football team from 2004 to 2007. He was a starting player for the University's football team since his freshman year in 2004, and is recognized as one of the best cornerbacks in Arizona's history. After his first collegiate game, Antoine was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the week. During his freshmen year, he was also honored as the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. In 2005, he earned Second Team All Pac-10 honors. Following the Wildcats' upset win against number 25-ranked Washington State University on November 4, 2006, he earned his second Pac-10 Defensive Player of the week award. The following week, he was recognized again as Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week after breaking a 17-17 tie between the Wildcats and the number 8-ranked Cal Bears by scoring a touchdown on a 39-yard interception return. In 2006, Cason was a semi-finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award. After the 2006 season, Cason was eligible for the 2007 NFL Draft. However, he decided to return for his senior season to finish his college degree.

Cason continued his stellar play into his 2007 senior season. His performance on November 15, 2007 in a 34-24 win against the then number two ranked Oregon Ducks included both an interception return and punt return for touchdowns. He finished the season with 5 interceptions, 2 of which were returned for touchdowns. He also returned 2 punts for touchdowns. On December 6, 2007 he was awarded the Jim Thorpe Award for best defensive back in the country and was a consensus First-team All-America choice.

In spring of 2007, Cason earned All American honors in Track and Field for his contribution to the Men's 4 × 100 metres relay team, which finished in the top eight at the NCAA Championship.

Statistics[edit]

College statistics
TACKLESSACKSPASSES DEFENDEDFUMBLESPUNT RETURN
YearGPSoloAstTotalTFLYdsNoYdsIntYdsTDBrUpRCVYdsFFAttemptYdsTD
200712561571412165164214002272712
200612481462280035717101000
2005113812502.550034005000000
2004115416705.5180048806003000
Total461965725314431615349332106272712

Awards and honors[edit]

Professional career[edit]

2008 NFL Draft[edit]

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Cason was regarded as one of the best cornerbacks available in the 2008 NFL Draft,[2][3] and was projected a mid-to-late first round pick by Sports Illustrated.[4] He was eventually selected in the late first round (27th overall) by the San Diego Chargers.

Pre-draft measurables
HtWt40-yd dash10-yd split20-yd split20-ss3-coneVertBroadBP
6 ft 0¼ in191 lb4.45 s1.51 s2.53 s4.08 sDNP s35½ in10 ft 8 in20 reps
All values from NFL Combine. Did not participate in 3-cone due to tight hamstring[5]

San Diego Chargers[edit]

2008 season[edit]

Cason played in all 16 regular season games and both playoff games at cornerback and on special teams as a rookie for the 2008 AFC Western Division champion San Diego Chargers. His first NFL interception came on September 14, 2008, against the Denver Broncos, picking off Jay Cutler in the end zone and returning for 10 yards. His second NFL interception was a 59 yard pick of Tampa Bay's Jeff Garcia for his first career NFL touchdown. He ended his rookie season with 74 tackles (59 solo) and 2 INTs.

2009 season[edit]

The Chargers first game of the season came on a Monday Night Football match up against rival Oakland Raiders. In that game, Cason intercepted JaMarcus Russell's hail mary attempt on the last play of the game to seal the victory for the Chargers. In the next game, he intercepted Baltimore Ravens' Joe Flacco and returned it 22 yards. Cason ended the season with 41 total tackles (38 solo) and 2 INTs. He played in all 16 regular season games and their only playoff game for the 2009 AFC Western Division champion San Diego Chargers.

2010 season[edit]

He made first career start at corner on Monday Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs. Cason had 2 interceptions against David Garrard of the Jacksonville Jaguars in week 2.

2011 season[edit]

Cason was the starting cornerback opposite Quentin Jammer at the beginning of the season. Following a game against the Jets, in which he allowed three touchdown passes to Plaxico Burress, he was briefly benched in favor of the Chargers rookie cornerback Marcus Gilchrist (2nd round pick in 2011). He regained the starting job after Gilchrist made one start, and he finished the season as the Chargers second starting cornerback. He sealed the Chargers victory in week 17 against the Raiders with an interception of Carson Palmer, which ended the Raiders playoff contention for the ninth consecutive year.

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

On March 15, 2013, Cason signed a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals.[6]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

On March 21, 2014, Cason signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cornerbacks 2004", Rivals.com, January 28, 2004 
  2. ^ "2008 NFL Draft Cornerbacks ranking", NFLDraftScout.com, April 2008 
  3. ^ "2008 NFL Draft Cornerbacks ranking", Sports Illustrated, April 2008 
  4. ^ "Antoine Cason Draft Profile", Sports Illustrated, April 2008 
  5. ^ "Antoine Cason Draft Profile", NFLDraftScout.com, retrieved January 12, 2010 
  6. ^ Cason Coming To Cardinals
  7. ^ Sessler, Marc. "Panthers sign Tiquan Underwood, Antoine Cason". NFL.com. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 

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