Skyhawk Football | Nick Dance - 35

HometownNashville, Tenn.
Height/Weight6-0 - 235 lbs.

2014: Stepped in and made an immediate impact, earning OVC All-Newcomer accolades after playing in all 12 games (three starts)…Compiled 56 tackles, five tackles for loss, one sack, one interception, two forced fumbles and one quarterback hurry…Led the team with a career-best nine tackles in the win over Tennessee Tech on Oct. 9…Also tied a career-high with nine tackles just five days earlier at No. 8 Jacksonville State…Returned an interception for a 32-yard touchdown in a road win at Murray State on Nov. 1…Racked up a tackle for loss in three straight OVC games in midseason (at No. 8 Jacksonville State, against Tennessee Tech, at Tennessee State).

BEFORE UTM: Transferred to UT Martin from Western Michigan University, a FBS school located in Kalamazoo, Mich….Played for head coach PJ Fleck as the Broncos competed in the Mid-American Conference…Saw playing time in five games in 2013, making his collegiate debut against Iowa on Sept. 21…Did not play in 2012 because of an injury…Redshirted during the 2011 season…Enjoyed a standout career at Pearl-Cohn High School, where he played for head coach Tony Brunetti…Racked up 208 tackles, 18 sacks, five interceptions and three fumble recoveries in his final two seasons for the Firebirds…Also had 703 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns during that same span…Was a two-time all-metro and all-district selection…Was named the district defensive MVP in 2010 and was also the all-metro Class 3A-4A defensive MVP…Helped PCHS advance to the state semifinals in 2007 after the Firebirds won regional and district championships that same season…First cousin Lamar Divens has been a member of the Baltimore Ravens since 2008.

PERSONAL: Born on Sept. 29, 1993…Son of Eric Dance and Nica Carter…Majoring in health and human performance.

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