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Defense Finishes Spring On Strong Note In Purple-Gold Scrimmage
Sharp Passing Effort, Physical Play Dominate Second Scrimmage
Big-Play Offense, Turnover-Producing Defense Highlight First Scrimmage
Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill Discusses The Start Of Spring Practice
Preseason Camp Notebook No. 15
Pirates score 21 fourth-quarter points to rally into lead before falling on a hail Mary.
Expected to take the next step in his career, moving to a full-time starting role as the Pirates' top free safety during junior season ... Served as a reliable backup to All-Conference USA performer Damon Magazu and provided the secondary with quality depth as a freshman and sophomore ... Could also experience added reps as a top-tier special teams contributor depending on defensive workload ... An athletic, agile and speedy defender who has used three productive springs to continue rise on unit's depth chart ... Tallied a pair of stops during the first scrimmage on March 31 ... Did not record statistics in the second matchup, but contributed another two hits during the Purple-Gold Game on April 12 ... Development in strength and conditioning program is rivaled by very few, as evidenced by a "freak" rating on coach Jeff Connors' spring testing scale ... Clocked at 4.42 in the 40 a year ago and turned in jumps of 37" (vertical) and 10'3" (broad) and completed a power clean of 308 pounds during 2014 testing ... Other lifts of significance during career include a 355-pound bench press, a 510-pound back squat and a 300-pound push jerk.
2013: Experienced action in 11 games as a member of special teams and secondary units ... Recorded eight tackles (two solo) ... Booked multiple stops on two occasions (two vs. Old Dominion, three vs. Southern Miss) ... Four of eight stops were on the kickoff return coverage squad ... Added a pair of tackles each on passing and rush plays ... Established a career-high with three tackles against Southern Miss (one solo) ... Booked at least one tackle in five of 11 contests ... Also credited with a pair of pass breakups vs. Tulsa and NC State ... Tallied a team-best two special teams tackles in collegiate debut vs. the Monarchs ... Single stop outings were against Middle Tennessee, Tulsa and UAB.
2012: Did not experience action on game days, but provided depth in the secondary and on several special teams units.
2011: Played on both the defensive and special teams scout squad as a true freshman during redshirt season ... Officially signed with the Pirates in February.
High School: A two-year varsity starter for NSA after transferring from Landstown High School prior to junior year ... Earned Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISSA) Division II First-Team All-State honors at defensive back following final campaign ... Named to the 2010 All-Tidewater Conference (TCIS) First Team at defensive back as voted on by coaches ... Leader of a defensive unit that allowed only 18.0 points per game during final season ... During final game of career, against Hampton Roads Academy, intercepted a pass and returned it 67 yards for a touchdown ... Guided Saints to 2009 state title as a two-way standout at safety and quarterback ... Named to the VISSA 2009 Division II First Team All-State squad as a defensive back and received an honorable mention nod at quarterback ... A First-Team All-Tidewater honoree at both positions following junior year ... That season, recorded 85 tackles, six interceptions and a trio of pass breakups ... Played first two years at Landstown as a quarterback and receiver before transferring ... While at Suffolk Academy, coached by Kevin Allen ... Invited to participate in the Maxxscout Battle at the Beach event and All-American Game in Daytona Beach, Fla., following final season ... Was timed at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash ... Ranked by ESPN.com as the 100th-best safety in the country.
Personal: Full name is Anthony Domonique Lennon ... Born February 9, 1993 at Norfolk, Va. ... Uncle, Skeet Jones, was a starting linebacker at Virginia in the early 1990s ... Major is criminal justice.