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Ronald Darby
Player Profile:
Ronald Darby 1877570
Position: Cornerback
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 195
Year: Junior
Hometown: Oxon Hill, Md.
High School: Potomac

2014 Honors 

  • All-ACC Third Team (Coaches/Media)

2012 Honors 

  • ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year 

Three-year standout at cornerback who started in 2013-14 after capturing the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2012…allowed just nine completions and no touchdowns on 27 targets during 2013 national championship season…finished career with 79 tackles and 16 pass break-ups over 42 career games (23 starts).

2014: Starter in all 14 games at cornerback where he has registered a career-high 43 tackles on the season to go along with four pass break-ups and a forced fumble...established single-game career-best seven tackles (6 solos) against Notre Dame...had six tackles against Orego in the Rose Bowl…had five stops at NC State and four tackles against Louisville…All-ACC selection for second straight year.

2013: The ACC’s 2012 Defensive Rookie of the Year had another strong season in 2013...the shutdown cornerback made nine starts and played in all 14 games as a key member of the nation’s No. 1 pass defense (156.6 ypg)…recovered Florida State’s first fumble of 2013 and also recorded a tackle against Maryland...made the first interception of his career in the third quarter at Clemson...grabbed an interception for the second straight game against NC State...finished with one tackle and tied a career high with two pass break-ups against the Wolfpack...had a season-high three tackles against Syracuse…had two tackles and a pass break-up in the BCS National Championship Game…totaled 14 tackles, two interceptions and four pass break-ups on the season…vital cog in FSU defense that led the nation in scoring defense (12.1 ppg) and interceptions (26) and ranked third in total defense (281.4 ypg).

2012: Appeared in all 14 games for FSU at the cornerback position...tied for the team lead with eight pass break-ups...recorded 22 tackles and was credited with a forced fumble and a QB hurry...saw more action than any other freshman defensive player...only freshman defensive player to appear in double digit games...in his first collegiate game broke up two passes and then equaled that mark with another multiple PBU game against Maryland...had one of his best all-around games versus Boston College with two tackles, a forced fumble and a pass break-up...set a career high for tackles in a game versus Duke with four...posted a great final game of his freshman campaign with four solo tackles and a pass break-up against Northern Illinois in the Orange Bowl...registered two of his most productive games for tackles in huge spots with three versus then-No. 10 Clemson and at Miami.

PERSONAL: Entered college as one of the fastest players in the nation and a five-star recruit according to 247Sports as the nation’s top cornerback and 16th overall national prospect...also a four-star recruit according to both ESPN and Rivals...rated the No. 2 cornerback in the country according to Rivals and the second-best player in the state of Maryland by the same recruiting service...considered the No. 38-ranked prospect in the country according to ESPN...defender that can excel on both defense and special teams...participated in the 2012 Under Armour All-American Game...USA Today 2011 All-USA second team All-American...second team All-Met by the Washington Post as a junior and an honorable mention honoree as a senior...honorable mention all-state as an all-purpose player as a senior ...part of a Wolverines’ secondary that registered four shutouts and allowed just 82 points in 2011...SI.com 2011 High School first team All-American...played six positions as a high school senior, including kicker...as a junior, rushed for 1,329 yards and 23 touchdowns, while tallying three interceptions and eight pass breakups on defense...ran a 4.37-seconds 40-yard dash in high school...an elite track performer in high school...led Potomac to the Maryland 3A state team title in track as a senior, winning the 100- and 200-meter dashes...was member of gold medal-winning USA medley relay at the 2011 World Youth Championships in France...has run a 6.28-seconds 55-meter dash and a 21.05 200-meter dash...chose Florida State over Notre Dame, Maryland, Clemson and Auburn.

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