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Coty Sensabaugh was a football, basketball, and track star in high school, as well as a good student.
Sensabaugh broke into Clemson's secondary rotation as a redshirt Freshman in 2008, and observed his playing time grow to starter by 2010. Stats were 5 tackles, 1 interception, and 1 pass defensed in 2008, 13/1/1 in 2009, 31/1/1 in 2010, and 48/1/13 in 2011. Sensabaugh also played ST coverages including gunner on punt coverage.
Sensabaugh looks like a track star, with a thin build, long arms, and high hips. During his senior season, Sensabaugh was given a lot of press man coverage assignments, and provided consistently tight coverage.
As an NFL Draft prospect, Sensabaugh offers quality man coverage skills, speed, and ST contribution. Hips are smooth enough for corner duty. A bit light for safety consideration, Sensabaugh makes a good effort to tackle, but is not a strong or robust tackler. Best fit in the NFL would be with a team that uses a lot of man coverage, initially as a back-up CB and gunner. Must get stronger for starter consideration.
Strengths: Very quick, fast, and agile. Is effective in man coverage, and can turn and run with most receivers. Decent in zone as well. Had a strong senior year, improving as the season unfolded. Smart, healthy, durable, and productive - top intangibles.
Weaknesses: Is a big high hipped and lacks elite turning skills. Is not particularly strong, and can get pushed around and chucked off by larger, stronger WRs. Not a strong tackler. Ball skills are ordinary, will face guard and not turn head around. Benefited from a superior pass rush at Clemson.
NFL Comparison: Davon House - Green Bay Packers
Has 47 tackles, a tackle for loss, three interceptions, and five pass breakups in 557 snaps over 38 games (three starts) in his career...slated to be a team leader as a senior in 2011...has had an interception in each of his three seasons...tied for first on the team in vertical jump (36")...third on the team in power index (7.05)...tied for fourth on the team in broad jump (10'0").
Had 28 tackles, a tackle for loss, an interception, and two pass breakups in 352 snaps over 13 games (three starts)...started early in the season against Presbyterian College and Auburn...had two tackles in each of the first four games...had an interception in 42 snaps against North Texas...had four tackles in 24 snaps against Maryland...had three tackles, a tackle for loss, and a pass breakup in 60 snaps against #23 N.C. State...had four tackles in 31 snaps against South Florida.
Had an interception in the win over Florida State...played 23 snaps in that game and helped the Tigers contain Florida State's standout quarterback Christian Ponder...had career-high three tackles against TCU when he played 26 snaps...played 25 snaps in opener against Middle Tennessee...played on defense in 10 games and in 13 games overall...had two pass breakups for the year and both were in the game against Coastal Carolina.
Second-team cornerback most of the year...did not play in the season-opener, but played in each of the last 12 contests...played special teams in 12 games and defense in nine games...played on defense in each of the last eight games...had his first career interception against Duke when he played a season-high 21 snaps...had two tackles against The Citadel in his first career game...had his first career pass breakup at Boston College...had five tackles, including two on special teams.
Football and basketball standout at Dobyns-Bennett High School...team MVP on the gridiron during his senior season...coached by Graham Clark...started on both offense and defense at Dobyns-Bennett High School...top wideout on the team with 48 receptions for 915 yards and 14 touchdowns; he added four interceptions...selected to play in the Tennessee-Kentucky All-Star game...helped his team to the Big East Conference title along with a 12-1 record as a senior...his team advanced to the state quarterfinals; it was its second consecutive 12-1 campaign...had six receptions for 148 yards and two touchdowns along with one interception against Science Hill High School...consensus all-state pick, including to the team chosen by the Tennessee Sportswriters Association...standout on the hardwood; he was a starting guard for two years and played in the East/West All-Star game...averaged a team-best 17.3 points per game as a junior when he helped Dobyns-Bennett High School to a 25-11 record...first-team All-NET selection as a junior...played AAU basketball during the summer of 2006...ran multiple events in track...recruited by Vic Koenning.
Member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll in 2009-10...graduated on May 13, 2011 with a degree in communication studies...born Nov. 15, 1988.
Draft Scout Player News
11/17/17 - CB Coty Sensabaugh made his first interception as a Steeler in Thursday's 40-17 victory over Tennessee. Sensabaugh, a former starter in Tennessee, stepped in front of WR Corey Davis at midfield and returned the interception to the Tennessee 20. The play also set up a field goal, this one gave the Steelers a 13-7 lead in the second quarter.
01/04/17 - DB Coty Sensabaugh (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice. Sensabaugh was inactive in the regular-season finale last week, his status for the wild card still uncertain
12/07/16 - DB Coty Sensabaugh (ribs) did not practice Wednesday. Sensabaugh had to be taken to the hospital Sunday after sustaining his injury. He was released after being evaluated but it's not known if he'll be able play Sunday against the Cowboys.
12/05/16 - DB Coty Sensabaugh (rib) will have his status updated later this week, per head coach Ben McAdoo.
12/04/16 - CB Coty Sensabaugh was taken to a nearby hospital to be checked for a rib and chest injury, which occurred before halftime. He was among three New York players to exit the game.