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Positives: Tall, strong tackle with potential as a nose tackle at the next level despite playing three-technique in college. Can be explosive off the snap, getting a nice push when his coming low from his stance, and has the balance to spin off blocks and the mobility to move laterally in short areas. Good hustle to the ball, competes every snap when rested. His height and length make it difficult for quarterbacks to throw over him.
Negatives: Plays too tall at times, allowing lineman to get their hands into his jersey to stand him up. Only adequate finding the ball in the backfield. A bit heavy-footed, lacks great closing speed to make plays outside the box. Stamina may be an issue when going up against stronger lineman at the next level.
Kearse complied 122 tackles, five passes defended, three forced fumbles, two fumbles recovered, a block kick, 7 sacks for 35 yards and 2 interceptions in 44 career games played.
Started all 11 games in 2010...second on the team with 57 total tackles/30 solo...14 tackles for loss...1 sack...2 forced fumbles.
Kearse's 2009 performance included 33 total tackles - 17 unassisted and 16 assisted - a force fumble, a fumble recovery, and a blocked kick. The six-foot-five, 365 pound senior totaled a career-best three and a half sacks to earn All-SWAC second-team accolades following the season.
In 2008, 30 total tackles (9 solo), 3.5 tackles for loss (14 yards), 1.0 sacks (10 yards), 2 interceptions (6 yards), and 1 pass break-up.
In 2007, 9 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 0.5 sacks, and 1 fumble recovery.
Draft Scout Player News
09/05/13 - DT Frank Kearse was waived from reserve/injured with an injury settlement by the Panthers Wednesday.
08/28/13 - DT Frank Kearse was placed on reserve/injured by the Panthers Wednesday.
08/28/13 - DT Frank Kearse was waived/injured by the Panthers Tuesday. He will be placed on reserve/injured after clearing waivers Wednesday.
12/09/12 - DT Frank Kearse, who started for the injured DT Dwan Edwards, earned his first sack of the season.
10/31/12 - DT Frank Kearse was re-signed to the practice squad. Kearse spent the first six games of the season on the active roster before he was waived last week.
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