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Darius Reynaud (born December 29, 1985 in ) is an American football wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. He was signed by the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at West Virginia.

Early years

Reynaud was born to Katrina and Michael Reynaud. Reynaud was awarded the St. Charles parishmarker offensive MVP award in highschool after leading Hahnville High School to an undefeated record and the state championship as a senior. He recorded 236 carries for and 37 touchdowns as a Running back his senior season, with nine rushing games. His stats earned him First-team All-State, All-District, All-6-5A and All-River Parish honors. He also was the Louisiana state long jump champion with a 24.5' jump.

Although he was an offensive and long jump star in high school, Reynaud only received scholarship offers from Indianamarker and West Virginiamarker. He eventually signed as one of the last recruits with the Mountaineers.

College career

2004-2005

Darius Reynaud enrolled at West Virginia University in 2004. Reynaud did not participate in any games his true freshman year due to grades, but was not redshirted.

During the 2005 season, Reynaud was accompanied with freshman-stars Pat White and Steve Slaton, and sophomore fullback Owen Schmitt. Reynaud was backup to redshirt-junior receiver Brandon Myles, but still recorded on 30 catches. He had a career-first touchdown in the win against Woffordmarker, a catch from Adam Bednarik. In the Sugar Bowl win against the Georgia Bulldogs, Reynaud scored in the first quarter with a three-yard reception and a reverse-run, and totaled receiving.

During the 2006 season, Reynaud's junior season, he started over then-senior Brandon Myles. Reynaud recorded a career-high and a career-low two touchdowns off of 39 receptions. When Slaton was injured against Louisville, Reynaud filled in for him at running back, contributing to Reynaud's rushing on 14 carries for the season. He had a career-best on five catches with a touchdown against ECU, when the run offense wasn't productive. He was also effective on special teams, when he recorded on kick returns and a touchdown. The touchdown came against Maryland, when he bobbled the ball upon catching it. He then picked it up and ran for the score, which was the ESPN Play of the Week. He was named to the second-team all-Big East squad at the season's end, along with tackle Ryan Stanchek and putn returner Vaughn Rivers, who were both named to the second-team squad. Reynaud had 1,554 all-purpose yards on the season, which is the sixth most in a season by a Mountaineer in school history.

In the 2007 season, Reynaud was the main receiver for quarterback Pat White. Reynaud earned second-team all-Big East honors after the regular season ended and earned the team's Coaches Contribution Award. In the team's 48-28 victory over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, he recorded five receptions for and two touchdowns and also had a run for a touchdown. His touchdowns tied him with Chris Henry for most in a single-season in school history and moved him to third all-time in school history while his 64 receptions on the season was fourth most in school history.

Reynaud finished his career 12th in the all-time school career receiving yardage list, fifth most receptions and third most receiving touchdowns.

Professional career

Pre-draft

On January 10, 2008, Reynaud announced he would forego his senior year (regained due to being a prop player) and enter the 2008 NFL Draft.

Reynaud was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. Reynaud's 34.5 vertical jump was the 11th best by a receiver, while his 3-cone drill time of 6.88 was the 9th best, his 20 bench reps were third, and his broad jump was also third best for a receiver.

Reynaud reported that he met with the New England Patriots at the NFL Combine. At West Virginia's Pro Day, Reynaud ran a 4.48 40-yard dash, with a 37" vertical jump. He also improved his broad jump from 10'7" to 10'10". Reynaud also ran a 1.47 10-yard dash time, which was one of the best for any Draft prospect at their respective Pro Days.

Pre-draft measureables
Wt 40 yd 60 ss 3-cone Vert BP Broad Jump
*201 lb *4.47s *11.47 *6.88 37" *20 *10'7"


Minnesota Vikings

Reynaud went undrafted in the 2008 NFL Draft and was signed by the Minnesota Vikings. He was released by the team during final cuts, but re-signed to the team's practice squad. The Vikings then promoted Reynaud to the active roster late in November 2008. Reynaud made his NFL debut during Week 12 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. During the game, he returned two kicks for 36 yards, with a long of 18 yards. He also recorded one tackle. In the Vikings 34-14 victory over the Chicago Bears, he returned two kicks for 62 yards, including a 49-yard return. He also recorded two tackles. Reynaud ended the season with eight kick returns for 201 yards, including a season-long 49-yard return. On September 5, 2009, Reynaud was made part of the 53 man active roster for the Vikings.

Personal

Reynaud's favorite NFL player is Warrick Dunn. His favorite musical artists are LL Cool J, Lil Boosie and Lil Wayne.

Reynaud has a daughter name Darion Davis.

References

  1. SportingNews.com - Your expert source for NCAA Football stats, scores, standings, and blogs from NCAA Football columnists
  2. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/football/ncaa/01/10/reynaud.draft.ap/
  3. NIC: 2008 Official Invite List
  4. NFL Events: Combine Top Performers
  5. Darius Reynaud, WR, NFL Draft - KFFL
  6. *Darius Reynaud, WR, West Virginia - 2008 NFL Draft Scout Profile, Powered by The SportsXchange
  7. 2008 NFL Draft Scout, From Prep to Pro Coverage for Pros by Pros - Powered by the Sports Xchange
  8. Cowboys Blog[1]
  9. NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles - Darius Reynaud


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