July 20, 2011
This is part of a series spotlighting the players attending C-USA Football Media Day, July 31 in Memphis. Press conferences from the event will be streamed live on ConferenceUSA.com.
Darius Nall feature story by John Denton of UCFAthletics.com
UCF has led Conference USA in total defense each of the last three years, the first time in league history a school has accomplished that feat. This fall, a lot of new faces will come together to try and make it four straight, as just four starters return on defense for the Knights. One of the key returnees is senior DE Darius Nall, who had 8.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss last season.
53 DARIUS NALL, UCF
(Douglasville, Ga./Chapel Hill)
JUNIOR SEASON (2010):
-All-Conference USA Second Team
-Appeared in 13 games and ended the season with career-highs in tackles (31),
tackles for loss (9.5) and sacks (8.5) and also posted three pass break-ups, 14
quarterback hurries, and one forced fumble
REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE SEASON (2009)
-Played in all 13 games and started at left defensive end vs. Houston (Nov. 14)
-Registered 12 total tackles, four sacks, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery on the season
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2008): Sat out the season due to an illness, earning a redshirt.
TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON (2007):
-Earned a spot on the coaches' Conference USA All-Freshman Team
-Served as team captain his senior season for coach Michael Bedosky at Chapel Hill High School
-Awarded Douglas County Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior after posting 68 tackles (47 solos) and a new school record 10.5 sacks
-Selected to play in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association North/South All-Star Football Game
-Nall is the son of Alexander and Wanda Willis
-Majoring in hospitality management