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Wilrey Fontenot
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 17, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Arizona: 3L ... Three-year fixture in the secondary with 33 consecutive starts... Has played more than 95 percent of the defensive snaps in his career... Will be counted on for senior leadership... Team-high eight pass break-ups in 2006, with 37 tackles... Had off-season shoulder surgery in December and sat out spring ball...  Season-best seven tackles in BYU opener, plus broke up two passes in that game and in the Cal and Oregon victories...  With 18 career passes defended he’s within six more of the UA top 10 chart... Two-year starter at weakside corner and expected leader in the secondary in 2006... Fontenot played from start to finish in each of his first 25 starts... In 2005 he had two interceptions including a 34-yard return at USC and one at Oregon State... Career-high tying nine tackles at Arizona State, with seven against UCLA including a shared tackle-for-loss... Had a total of 51 tackles, highest among defensive backs, plus was the team leader with six passes defensed... Started all 11 games during the 2004 season ... Finished the season with 46 tackles (34 solo), 2.0 tackles for loss (-6 yards), two interceptions, four pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and a forced fumble ... Earned The Sporting News’ Pac-10 All-Freshman team ... Ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in fumble recoveries ... Saw time on kick returns, finishing the year with one return for 25 yards ... Returned four punts for a total of 26 yards ... Had three tackles and a interception he returned for 10 yards in season-ending game vs. ASU ... Tallied eight tackles (6 solo) and a fumble recovery at USC ... Named Pac-10 defensive player of the week at Washington, recovering a fumble and returning it 33 yards for a TD, with five tackles and a pass breakup ... Tallied nine tackles (8 solo), including one for a loss of two yards, one forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup at Oregon ... Recorded five tackles and an interception he returned for seven yards in his first collegiate game vs. NAU ... Redshirted for the Wildcats in 2003 and worked with the defensive scout team for the season.


High School: Humble High School, Humble, Texas, 2003 ... Three-way threat for coach Neal Quillin and the Humble Wildcats, who won 10 consecutive games in the regular season and finished 11-2 in the state semifinals ... Honorable mention All-Texas pick ... In one game (vs. Deer Park), scored a 54-yard touchdown on the opening run of the contest... Returned the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown in 50-14 victory over Port Arthur Memorial ... Don Cartwright’s Lone Star 100 honorable mention ... Finished with 40 tackles, three interceptions and four pass breakups ... Track sprinter who ran on prestigious Track Houston’s intermediate boys 4x100 B relay group at the 2000 National Youth Athletics Championship in Decatur, Ill., to a fifth-place finish in the Young Men’s 4x100 at the 2002 USATF Youth Nationals in Miami, Fla., and to a fifth-place finish in the 4x800 relay at the National Junior Olympics in Omaha, Neb., in July 2002 ... Ran on Humble’s 2002 5A state champion 4x400 relay ... Finished sixth in state 400-meter dash as a senior ... Team finished ranked No. 1 nationally in 4x400 relay ... Lettered four times in track and three years in football ... Football captain final two years.


Personal: Academic major is psychology ... Son of Cheryl and Wilrey Fontenot Jr. of Houston, Texas ... Mother is a University of Houston graduate and assistant school principal, father attended Texas Southern and is a police officer ... Younger brother, Denzel, plays middle-school football and runs track in the summer for Track Houston ... Likes video games and listening to music ... Full name: Wilrey Fontenot III ... Date of birth: Oct. 14, 1984, Houston, Texas.



Fontenot's Career Stats


Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Other
2004 11-11 34 12 46 2.0 2 INT, 4 PBU, 3 FR, 1 FF, Def. TD
2005 11-11 36 15 51 0.5 2 INT, 6 PBU
2006 12-12 31 6 37 2.0 8 PBU
2007 - - - - - -
Totals 3434 101 33 134 4.5 4 INT, 18 PBU, 3 FR, 1 FF, TD


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