Hawk Item – – Set single season record with three interception return touchdowns in 2022 . . . tied career record with three interception return touchdowns . . . one of five sophomores named to 2022 Player Council.
2022 Honors – – Music City Bowl Most Valuable Player . . . Reggie Roby Special Teams Award, overall . . . Team Hustle Award, defense . . . named first-team All-Big Ten by league media . . . named second-team All-Big Ten by league coaches . . . Rose Bowl Game Defensive Player of the Week vs. Wisconsin . . . 2022 – – Listed as second team cash linebacker and strong safety following spring practice . . . saw action in all 13 games . . . started at cornerback in 7-3 opening win over South Dakota State as defense allowed just 120 yards total offense . . . career-best four tackles vs. SDSU, including two solo stops and two assists . . . started at outside linebacker in 10-7 loss to Iowa State . . . career-best 11 tackles vs. Iowa State, including six solo stops and five assists . . . first career interception vs. ISU, while also collecting two pass break-ups . . . started at outside linebacker in 27-0 win over Nevada as defense allowed just 151 yards total offense . . . second pass interception of the season vs. Nevada, to go with two pass break-ups and two solo tackles . . . started at cornerbackin 27-10 win at Rutgers as defense allowed just 61 net rushing yards . . . seven tackles at Rutgers, including five solo stops and two assists . . . third interception of the season and 45-yard touchdown return for first career touchdown . . . also had one pass break-up . . . started at cornerback in 27-14 loss to #4 Michigan . . . seven tackles vs. Michigan, including five solo tackles and two assists . . . started at outside linebacker in 9-6 loss at Illinois . . . six solo tackles at Illinois . . . started at cornerback in 54-10 loss at #2 Ohio State . . . five solo tackles and one pass break-up at OSU . . . started at cornerback in 33-13 win over Northwestern as defense allowed just 18 net rushing yards and 177 yards total offense . . . four tackles vs. Northwestern, including two solo tackles and two assists . . . started at cornerback in 24-3 win at Purdue as offense allowed just 87 net rushing yards and 255 yards total offense . . . four tackles at Purdue, including two solo tackles and two assists, along with one pass break-up . . . one punt return for 17 yards at Purdue . . . started at cornerback in 24-10 win over Wisconsin as defense allowed just 51 net rushing yards and 227 yards total offense . . . 10 tackles vs. Wisconsin, including seven solo tackles and three assists, with one tackle for loss . . . fourth interception of the season vs. Wisconsin, returned 32 yards for second touchdown of the season . . . career best in punt returns, with four returns for 81 yards, including a 41-yard return that led to Iowa’s final touchdown . . . started at cornerback in 13-10 win at Minnesota . . . seven solo tackles at Minnesota, including one tackle for loss . . . two punt returns for 24 yards at Minnesota, with a long of 16 yards . . . started at cornerback in 24-17 loss to Nebraska . . . recorded one solo tackle on first defensive series before being injured and missing remainder of the game . . . started at cornerback in 21-0 Music City Bowl win over Kentucky as defense allowed just 68 net rushing yards and 185 yards total offense . . . seven tackles vs. Kentucky, including six solo stops and one assist . . . recorded third touchdown of the season with a 14-yard interception return in the second quarter . . . three punt returns for 42 yards, with a long of 34 yards while earning game MVP honors.
2021 Honors – – Next Man In Award, special teams . . . 2021 – – Saw action in seven games . . . first action of career in 27-7 loss at Wisconsin . . . one kickoff return for 20 yards at Wisconsin . . . saw action in 33-23 win over Illinois as defense allowed just 64 net rushing yards . . . one solo tackle and one assisted tackle vs. Illinois for first career defensive statistics . . . started at strong safety in 28-21 win at Nebraska, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 42-3 loss to #2 Michigan, recording one solo tackle . . . saw action in 20-17 Citrus Bowl loss to #22 Kentucky, recording one solo tackle.
High school honors – – Named to Des Moines Register Elite All-State team as a senior . . . earned first-team all-state and all-district honors as a senior . . . first-team all-state and all-district as a junior, earning district MVP honors . . . first-team all-state and all-district as a sophomore . . . Career – – Four-year football letterman as quarterback and defensive back . . . team posted four-year record of 38-6, including 25-0 mark in final two seasons . . . led prep team to back-to-back state championships as a junior and senior after making the playoffs as a sophomore . . . holds school records for pass completions and passing yards in a season, career passing yards and passing touchdowns, receptions in a game, receptions and receiving yards in a season, touchdown receptions in a career, and total yards in a season . . . scored winning touchdown in final minutes of state title game as a senior . . . completed 199-of-331 pass attempts for 3,447 yards and 35 touchdowns as a senior, with nine interceptions . . . also rushed 131 times for 1,235 yards and 24 touchdowns and recorded 53.5 tackles and three interceptions on defense . . . as a junior completed 236-of-396 pass attempts for 3,546 yards and 42 touchdowns, with 16 interceptions, while rushing 134 times for 1,292 yards and 24 touchdowns and collecting 34 tackles and five interceptions . . . collected 66 receptions for 1,023 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore . . . team captain as sophomore, junior and senior . . . also lettered in baseball (3), basketball (3) and track (3) . . . Class 2A long jump (23-7.5) and 100-meter dash (11.16) state champion as a senior, while placing second in the 200-meter dash (22.12) and running a leg on 400-meter relay state championship unit.
Personal – – Born 2/9/03 in Sioux Falls, S.D. . . . sports and recreational management major . . . member of prep Honor Roll . . . parents are Katie and Jason DeJean . . . high school coach was Larry Allen.