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Antoine Cason - Thorpe Award Semi-Finalist [BIO]
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 19, 2006
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Arizona: 2L ... One of the top defensive backs in the Pac-10 and a clear leader in UA’s secondary... Has started all 22 games and played every snap his first two years... Second-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2005... Finished with three interceptions, five passes defensed and 50 tackles including 2.5 for losses... Normally plays the strong side of the field... Seven career interceptions puts him in position to rate with UA’s best ever on the all-time chart, with five more needed to his the top nine... Season-long 27-yard interception return against Oregon... Had seven tackles three times... Started 11 games as a true freshman in 2004, earning All-Pac-10 honorable mention ... Selected to the FWAA and Sporting News freshman All-America teams ... TSN’s All-Pac-10 freshman team selection and Pac-10 defensive freshman of the year honors ... Selected to freshman All-America club ... Finished the season 70 tackles (54 solo), 5.5 tackles for loss (-18 yards), four interceptions, six pass breakups and three forced fumbles ... Second-leading tackler on the squad ... Ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in interceptions, 20th in tackles, fifth in forced fumbles and ninth in passes defended ... Tallied 12 tackles (8 solo) and forced a fumble vs. ASU ... Returned an interception 23 yards, had nine tackles (7 solo), two pass breakups and two tackles for a loss (-8 yards) at Washington ... Returned two interceptions for a total of 61 yards and tallied five solo tackles vs. California ... Named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week after first collegiate game: tallied a career-high 13 tackles (12 solo), including one for a loss, forced two fumbles, broke up one pass and returned an interception four yards vs. NAU ...

High School: Los Alamitos High School, Los Alamitos, Calif., 2004 ... Second-team All-CIF Southern Section and first-team Division I CIF as senior... Also earned Southern Section Division I all-defense honors ... Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 ... PrepStar All-America selection as a top 300 national recruit ... SuperPrep All-Farwest honors as a Top 100 California prospect ... three-star rating and No. 38 as a DB prospect ... Also played running back at Los Alamitos ... Had 41 tackles, four interceptions and two fumble recoveries in 2003 ... First-team all-league as a junior, with six interceptions ... Sunset League Defensive Back of the Year and first-team honors as a senior ... Orange County Register first-team all-county ... Won team’s ?'Hit of the Year’ for 2002 ... Also participated in track.

Personal: Academic major is political science ... Son of Wendell Cason of Carson and Deborah Cason of Long Beach ... Father played at Oregon and for the Atlanta Falcons from 1984-87 ... Brother Dione ran track at WSU ... Cousin of Ken-yon Rambo of the New York Jets and Avieon Cason of the Dallas Cowboys ... Likes dogs, PS2 and working out ... Monthly church usher duties ... Date of birth: July 9, 1986.

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