Data Scout Notes: 2011: DPOY/1stC/HendricksFinalist/P1stC/PHendricks/PDPOY/PLombardi/PNagurski/PBednarik...2010: 1stC/PM2nd…09: HMC
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Here is that potential pass rusher with a knack for causing fumbles, which is one of the most valuable talents on defense.
Curry is strong and relentless off the edge, and so intent on getting to the passer that he is often too upright and vulnerable to a quick cut block. However, he can get down and dirty with a decent bull rush and uses his strong hands well.
Curry was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 when he had 11 sacks, seven forced fumbles and 22 tackles for a loss. After a great high school career, Curry went to Cincinnati's Harmony Community School in 2007 to prep for college.
He played only seven games as a true freshman, then began to show up as a sophomore and finished his career with 26 sacks, 49 tackles for a loss and 10 forced fumbles.
Pass rush: Relentless and strong off the edge as a pass rusher when fresh. Gets under the pads of tackles to bull rush them into the backfield. Gives second and third effort to reach the passer. Uses his hands to swim past linemen. Struggles to beat cut blocks with his hands. Inconsistent get-off, stands straight up into his blocker and does not shed later in games. Plays a bit out of control, loses his balance when trying to shake tackles. Challenge interior linemen with quickness and strong hands when lined up inside.
Run defense: Chase defender outside, has good closing speed and hustle to get to ballcarriers running to or away from him. Works through multiple blockers to get to the ball, or at least force plays to other defenders. May take a false step inside on zone reads, but generally stays at home to keep containment.
Explosion: Usually comes off the snap in a hurry and very strong from either side of the formation. May not beat NFL tackles as a pure speed rusher, but will challenge their upfield shoulder. Quick enough to take inside lane if tackle guesses on speed rush. His initial quickness lets up later in games.
Strength: Plays with intensity and a nice anchor even when giving up 40-50 pounds against most blockers. Shows pop as a bull rusher. Stands up well against the run when lined up at five-technique, but must prove he has the bulk and strength to handle NFL linemen one-on-one or double-teams before moving inside.
Tackling: Possesses NFL-caliber length and strength as a tackler. Makes backside plays with regularity when zone schemes leave him unblocked. Gives great effort, following the ball to either sideline no matter where he is lined up. Adds himself to piles as the third or fourth defender. Spins off piles inside and finds the ballcarrier to drag him down.
Intangibles: Team leader, younger players look up to him. Positive attitude in the locker room, works well with the media. Hustle on the field reflects work ethic off the field. No major off-field incidents. Could have entered the draft in 2011 as a potential top 100 pick, chose to return to "win a championship".
Curry, the 2011 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year, was in the running for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (nation's best defensive player), the Chuck Bednarik Awards (nation's best defensive player) and Rotary Lombardi Awards (nation's best lineman) this season and ranks second nationally 21.5 tackles for loss, tied for third with six forced fumbles and is sixth with 11.0 sacks this season. He is also tied for second on the NCAA's active list for career tackles for loss with 48.0 and career sacks with 26.5 and is tied for seventh in career forced fumbles with nine. He earned National Defensive Player of the Week honors after the win over Rice and National Defensive Lineman honors after the win over Southern Miss. The 6-4 first-team All-C-USA selection has also been invited to the 2011 Senior Bowl.
Earned first-team All-Conference USA honors as a junior after leading all defensive linemen in the nation in tackles with 94 total stops (7.83 per game) and ranking fifth in the nation with 12 sacks (one per game average). His 18 tackles for loss also ranked second in C-USA and ranked among the top totals in the country. He led the nation in sacks and tackles for loss for much of the first half of the season before a knee injury limited him in the final four games. He was named a midseason first-team All-America by SI.com and a third-team mid-season All-America by Phil Steele…he also received post-season All-America mentions and was named to ESPN.com’s Non-BCS AQ All-Conference team.
Started all 13 games last season at defensive end and recorded 59 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks...named honorable mention All-Conference by the league's coaches...credited with a season-high 10 tackles against Southern Miss...recorded four tackles and a season-high two sacks in the win over SMU.
Made seven appearances...accumulated nine tackles including two unassisted tackles...against Cincinnati registered two tackles, assisted in one for a loss, and forced and recovered a fumble for the Herd.
A standout performer at Neptune High who garnered first-team All-State, All-Shore, All-County and All-Conference honors...Named team MVP and team captain at Neptune...Attended Harmony Community School in Cincinnati and earned MVP honors.
Son of Vincent Curry...has five siblings - Shawanda Johnson, Thomas Jackson, Amanda Johnson, Jillisa Curry and Renea Unverzaght...lists bowling as one of his hobbies...plans to major in education.
Draft Scout Player News
11/27/13 - DL Vinny Curry continues to play a bigger role in the defense. He only played 22 snaps Sunday, but had five hurries.
10/22/13 - DL Vinny Curry played a season-high 26 snaps Sunday and recorded his second sack.
10/21/13 - --DL Vinny Curry played a season-high 26 snaps Sunday and recorded his second sack.
10/14/13 - DE Vinny Curry played a season-high 25 snaps against the Bucs. He's been effective as a pass-rushing specialist.
09/26/13 - DL Vinny Curry, who had a sack and three hurries in just 12 defensive snaps last week, is expected to get extended playing time Sunday against Peyton Manning and the Broncos. Curry isn't much of a two-gap player, which is why he was inactive for the first two games. But he is one of their better pass-rushers. And they need to get pressure on Peyton Manning Sunday.
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