|31 Domonique Lennon|
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Made move to a full-time starting role in the secondary as a junior and should progress career to a conference honors candidacy level as a senior ... Used spring to regain top free safety position on the depth chart after missing bowl game ... Is an athletic, agile and quick defender who now brings full year of seasoning and starting experience to the Pirates' back end ... Overall, has played in 23 games during career with 12 starts ... Collected 73 collegiate tackles (33 solo) ... Produced multiple stops on 13 occasions ... Served as a reliable backup to All-Conference USA performer Damon Magazu to hone skills as a freshman and sophomore ... Tallied four stops during the first spring scrimmage on March 28, but was not credited with any tackles in the second contest or Purple-Gold Game on April 11 and April 18, respectively ... Development in strength and conditioning program ranks in the top quarter as evidenced by an "excellent" rating on coach Jeff Connors' spring testing scale ... Owns a 40 time of 4.42 and turned in jumps of 38" (vertical) and 10'3" (broad) while performing a power clean of 323 pounds during 2015 testing ... Other lifts of significance during career include a 355-pound bench press and a 510-pound back squat.
2014: Started every regular season game (12) ... Did not participate in the Birmingham Bowl against Florida (ineligible) ... Ranked fourth on the team with 65 tackles (31 solo), which is also earned Top 40 inclusion in the American Athletic Conference ... Registered five or more tackles eight times with a career-best 10 (six solo) at Cincinnati ... Recorded multiple stops in 11 of 12 contests ... Credited with pass breakups at South Carolina and Tulsa ... Stood fifth on the team with 36 tackles on run plays ... Made first collegiate start against N.C. Central in season opener ... In addition to effort vs. Bearcats, other notable performances came against South Carolina (eight tackles), Virginia Tech (nine), Connecticut (seven), Tulane (six) and UCF (six) ... Key member of a defense that held seven opponents to less than 100 yards rushing (N.C. Central/70, Virginia Tech/91, SMU/51, USF/93, Connecticut/84, Temple/65, Tulane/24) and ranked 11th nationally in rush defense (111.8 ypg) ... Helped Pirates allow just 32 fourth quarter points in American Athletic Conference action (outscoring opponents 109-32).
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 season-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 Nansemond-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 university studies.