Chiefs Select CB Javier Arenas with second Pick in Round 2

Posted Apr 23, 2010


University of Alabama Crimson Tide
Tampa, Florida
Robinson High School

At 170 pounds coming out of high school, Arenas’ hard work in the training room saw him add close to 30 pounds of muscle to his frame in college, allowing the Tide staff to use him regularly on blitzes during his final two seasons at Alabama.

Arenas’ ability to play inside the box is unique. As a starter, he made 63 plays vs. the opposing ground game, limiting ball carriers to 224 yards (3.56 ypc) and no touchdowns. In his last 27 games, he registered seven quarterback sacks, 17.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage and eight pressures. Those were the highest figures for any starting cornerback in the FBS ranks the past two years. He also posted 144 tackles, including 71 as a senior, the second-highest total on the team. Including his performance in the 2010 BCS Bowl Championship Game, Arenas made countless game-changing plays for the Crimson Tide. Since moving into the starting lineup at left cornerback as a junior, he intercepted six passes and deflected 18 others.

The opposition completed just 65 of 154 passes (42.21 percent) targeted into his area during his tenure as a starter, good for 642 yards (9.88 yards per completion/4.17 yards per attempt) and just one touchdown. Prior to Arenas taking over left cornerback duties, the Tide ranked 48th in the nation in pass defense in 2007, allowing 221.31 yards per game. During his junior year, they improved to 30th in the major college ranks (189.36 ypg) and in his final campaign, Alabama ranked 10th nationally in pass defense (166.00 ypg) and second in pass efficiency defense (87.67 rating).

While his ball-hawking ability and penchant for the big play are impressive, Arenas is also a skilled kickoff and punt returner. His 125 punt returns tied the SEC career-record, gaining 1,752 yards, the second-best total in NCAA FBS annals. His seven punt returns for touchdowns are an SEC career-mark and rank second in major college history.

As a kickoff returner, he ranks fifth on the SEC’s career-record charts with 90 attempts for 2,166 yards. His total of 215 kick returns (punts/kickoffs) rank second in league annals while his total of 3,918 yards rank second in NCAA history. His eight returns for touchdowns (seven on punts, one interception) also rank second on the major college record list and his average of 18.22 yards on kick returns placed second among SEC players.

Arenas became the 13th player in college history to gain at least 1,000 yards each on punt and kickoff returns. He is also the only major college player to ever generate over 1,500 yards on punt returns (1,752) and over 2,000 yards on kickoff returns (2,166) in a career.

Providing his team with big plays in a variety of roles is nothing new for Arenas. While performing at Robinson High School, he scored 16 times as a senior, setting school season-records as four of those scores came via punt returns and three more were the result of kickoff returns.

Arenas was named U.S. Navy Player of the Week in 2005 and was chosen to the All-Suncoast first-team. In addition to football, he competed for the school’s track team, performing in the 200- and 400-meter events.

As a true freshman, Arenas was utilized strictly as a return specialist for Alabama. He earned Freshman All-American honors from The Gridiron Report, as he scored twice on 31 punt returns for 286 yards (9.2 avg). He added 344 yards on 18 kickoff returns (19.1 avg), amassing 630 all-purpose yards while appearing in all 13 games.

Arenas averaged 15.4 yards via punt returns in 2007, then the second-highest season average in school history, ranking seventh in the nation and second in the conference. He had 21 attempts, scoring once. He also added 657 yards on 27 kickoff returns (24.33 avg), ranking sixth in the SEC. He made 20 tackles (13 solos) with a pair of stops behind the line of scrimmage, as seven of his hits came on the kickoff coverage unit.

In 2008, Arenas moved into the starting lineup at left cornerback, appearing in 14 games. A second-team All-SEC pick on both defense and special teams, he recorded 63 tackles (44 solos), fifth-best on the team. He added a pair of sacks with seven pass break-ups and returned an interception for a touchdown. That year, Arenas finished sixth in the nation with 41 punt returns for 650 yards (15.38 avg), returning three of those attempts for touchdowns to earn All-American honors from The NFL Draft Report. He had 26 kickoff returns for 614 yards, ranking sixth in the SEC with a 23.62-yard average, as he also placed ninth in the league with 1,264 all-purpose yards.

The 2009 Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist was a first-team All-American and All-SEC choice in his final season, capping off his career in explosive fashion. He intercepted two passes vs. Texas in the national championship victory, coming up with a career-high five interceptions and 11 pass deflections in 2009. He ranked second on the team with 71 tackles (47 solos) that included four pressures, five sacks and 12 stops behind the line of scrimmage.

On special teams, Arenas placed fourth in the nation with a 15.41-yard punt return average, as he scored once on 32 attempts for 493 yards. He also produced 551 yards on 19 kickoff returns, ranking tied for ninth in the major college ranks with a 29.0-yard average. He finished the year with 1,069 all-purpose yards.

Arenas started 28 of 52 games for the Crimson Tide, recording 154 tackles (104 solos) with seven sacks for minus 74 yards, 17.5 stops for losses totaling 111 yards and nine pressures…Deflected 19 passes and intercepted six others for 88 yards (14.67 avg) in returns, including a touchdown…His 1,752 yards gained vs. punt returns rank second in NCAA history behind Wes Welker of Texas Tech (1,761 yards, 2000-03), topping the SEC all-time record of 1,695 yards by Lee Nalley of Vanderbilt (1947-49)…He also joined Harry Gilmer (1,119 yards, 1944-47) as the only players in Tide history to gain over 1,000 career punt return yards…His 125 punt returns tied the SEC all-time record that he shares with Greg Richardson of Alabama (1983-86) and Thomas Bailey of Auburn (1991-94)…His seven punts returned for touchdowns were one shy of the NCAA career-record of eight scores by Wes Welker and Antonio Perkins of Oklahoma (2001-04) and established a new conference mark, topping the old record of six TDs by Derek Abney of Kentucky (2000-03)…Arenas’ eight total touchdowns via returns (seven punts, one interception) are one short of the NCAA record of nine scores by Allen Rossum of Notre Dame (three interceptions, three punt returns, three kickoff returns, 1994-97)…His punt return average of 14.02 yards rank second on the SEC’s all-time record list behind Lee Nalley of Vanderbilt (109 for 1,695 yards, 15.55 avg, 1947-49) and broke the school career-record of 13.48 yards by Harry Gilmer (83 for 1,119 yards, 1944- 47)…Ranks fifth in SEC history with 90 kickoff returns, topping the previous school all-time record of 59 by Arvin Richard (1997-2000)…His 2,166 yards gained via kickoff returns rank sixth on the SEC career-record books and shattered the previous school mark of 1,261 yards by Arvin Richard…Arenas is just the 13th player in major college history to gain over 1,000 yards in both punt and kickoff returns in a career and is the only one to amass over 1,500 punt return yards and over 2,000 kickoff return yards…His total kick return yardage (both punts and kickoffs) of 3,918 yards rank second in both NCAA FBS and SEC history behind Brandon James of Florida (4,089 yards, 2006-09)…The only other major college player to amass over 3,500 kick return yards is Brandon Tate of North Carolina (3,523 total; 835 on punts, 2,688 on kickoffs, 2005-08)…His total kick return average of 18.22 yards rank second in SEC history, topped by Robert Dow of Louisiana State (20.0 avg, 1973-76 on a minimum of 100 attempts)…Arenas’ 41 punt returns as a junior tied for ninth place on the SEC season-record list and rank third on the Tide’s annual record chart behind Willie Shelby (45 in 1975) and Greg Richardson (42 in 1986)…Gained 650 punt return yards in 2008, the second-best season total in SEC history, surpassed only by Nalley (791 in 1948, the NCAA record)…His three punt returns for touchdowns in 2008 rank tied for second in league history behind Derek Abney of Kentucky (four in 2002)…His average of 15.85 yards per punt return in 2008 rank third on the school season-record list…Holds three of the top four season-record spots in school annals with kickoff return totals of 657 yards in 2007 (first), 614 in 2008 (second) and 551 in 2009 (fourth)…Also holds the two top spots on the school season-record chart with 27 kickoff returns in 2007 and 26 in 2008…His kickoff return average of 29.0 yards in 2009 rank second on Alabama’s season-record list…His 67 total returns in 2008 (41 punts, 26 kickoffs) rank second on the SEC annual record list behind the 69 by Brandon James of Florida (37 punts, 32 kickoffs) in 2008…Arenas’ total kick return yards of 1,264 in 2008 are surpassed only by Derek Abney (1,348 yards; 544 punts, 804 kickoffs) in 2002…Arenas gained 153 yards via punt returns vs. Mississippi State in 2008, the ninth-best game total in conference annals…Earlier in the 2008 season, his 147 punt return yards vs. Tulane broke the school game-record of 122 yards by Harry Gilmer vs. Georgia in 1947…Arenas set the school game-record with eight kickoff returns vs. Louisiana State in 2007, breaking the old mark of five set by several players, most recently by Arvin Richard vs. Tennessee in 1998 (Arenas also had five kickoff returns vs. Utah in the 2008/09 Sugar Bowl)…Amassed 212 total kick return yards vs. Tulane in 2008 (147 punts, 65 kickoffs), the seventh-best game total in SEC history and generated 237 yards (69 punts, 168 kickoffs) vs. Louisiana State in 2007, topped by only Nick Turner of Mississippi State (266 vs. Tennessee in 2003) on the league’s game-record chart…His 86-yard punt return vs. Oklahoma State in the 2006 Independence Bowl rank as the sixth-longest runback in school history, while his 87-yarder vs. Tulane in 2008 rank fifth on that list.

All-American first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report, American Football Coaches Association and the Associated Press, adding second-team honors from the Walter Camp Foundation…Semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s top defensive back…Consensus All-SEC first-team choice as both a defensive back and return specialist… Started all 14 games at left cornerback, leading the team to the national championship while also pacing the major college ranks’ cornerbacks with a career-high 12.0 stops for losses totaling 85 yards that included five sacks for minus 53 yards…Also produced four pressures and finished second on the team with a career-high 71 tackles (47 solos)…Led the Tide with 11 pass deflections and five interceptions for 25 yards in returns…Ranked fourth in the nation and second in the SEC with 32 punt returns for 493 yards (15.41 avg) and one TD…Tied for ninth in the country while finishing second in the league with 551 yards on 19 kickoff returns (29.0 avg)…Generated 1,069 all-purpose yards, an average of 82.23 yards per game…In addition to his 12 stops behind the line of scrimmage, Arenas registered 37 tackles vs. the opposition’s ground game, limiting those ball carriers to 98 yards (2.65 ypc) and no TDs, as just eight of those carries produced first downs, while posting three third-down hits and four more on fourth-down…Had 73 passes targeted into his area, as his opponents completed 33 of those tosses (45.21 percent) for 321 yards, an average of 9.73 yards per completion and 4.40 yards per attempt…Delivered 16 third-down stops and one more on fourth-down vs. the aerial attack, as he limited his primary coverage assignments to 10 catches for 85 yards, rerouting his man away from 24 attempts…Had seven other punt returns that set up Tide touch-down drives and one other that set up a field goal… Also had a pair of kickoff returns to set up Alabama touchdowns and two others that resulted in field goals…Fumbled one punt vs. North Texas.

All-American second-team selection as a return specialist by The NFL Draft Report and Phil Steele’s…Consensus All- SEC second-team pick as both a cornerback and a return specialist…Recipient of the team’s President's Award, given to the player who has shown perseverance in making outstanding contributions to the team’s success...Also earned the team's Special Teams Player of the Year Award…Took over left cornerback duties, ranking fifth on the team with 63 tackles (44 solos), adding two sacks for minus 21 yards, 3.5 stops for losses of 24 yards and four pressures…Deflected seven passes and returned his first career interception 63 yards for a touchdown…Set the school season-record with 650 yards gained on 41 punt returns, scoring a school season-record three times (second-best in SEC history) to finish sixth in the nation and second in the league with a punt return average of 15.85 yards…Ranked fifth in the SEC with a 23.62-yard average on 26 kickoff returns for 614 yards…Amassed a total of 1,264 yards via kick returns...Opponents targeted 81 passes into his area, completing 32 of those tosses (39.51 percent) for 321 yards (10.03 yards per completion/3.96 yards per attempt) and one TD, as he delivered 27 third-down stops vs. the aerial attack…Against his primary coverage assignment, he limited those receivers to 15 catches for 179 yards (11.93 ypc) and a score, rerouting his opponent away from 32 pass attempts…Also posted 26 stops vs. the ground game, as those ball carriers generated 126 yards (4.85 ypc), as Arenas tallied four third-down plays and took runners down at the line of scrimmage for no gain three times (also stopped one receiver for no gain after a catch)…In addition to his three punts returned for touchdowns, he produced five other returns that set up Tide touchdown drives and three others that set up field goals…Turned the ball over twice (vs. Tennessee and Louisiana State) on four fumbles (also fumbled vs. Arkansas and Arkansas State).

Arenas spent most of the season as a key reserve in the Tide secondary, playing behind Rashad Johnson at free safety, in addition to seeing action at cornerback while earning a start in the nickel package vs. Louisiana State…Selected SEC Special Teams Co-Player of the Week for his efforts vs. Mississippi and Louisiana State and was named Alabama Special Teams Co-Player of the Week vs. Western Carolina, Vanderbilt, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee and Louisiana State… Recorded 20 tackles (13 solos) that included seven stops for the kickoff coverage unit…Had two stops behind the line of scrimmage and a quarterback pressure…Ranked seventh in the nation and second in the league with an average of 15.38 yards on 21 punt returns, totaling 323 yards with a touchdown…Was fifth in the conference with a 23.62-yard average on 27 kickoff returns for a school season-record 657 yards…Totaled 980 all-purpose yards, an average of 81.67 yards per game…Four of his punt returns set up Tide touchdown drives, while three of his kickoff returns led to Alabama touchdowns and another set up a field goal…Fumbled a punt in each of the Arkansas and Louisiana State games, but the Tide recovered both miscues.

Freshman All-American selection as a return specialist by The Gridiron Report…Spent the season handling return duties for the Tide, earning Alabama Special Teams Co-Player of the Week accolades vs. Florida International…His 86-yard punt return for a touchdown vs. Oklahoma State in the Independence Bowl was the longest post-season runback in school history…Returned 31 punts for 286 yards (9.23 avg) and a pair of touchdowns, adding 344 yards on 18 kickoff returns (19.11 avg)…Set up two other touchdown drives and one field goal with big punt returns.

4.60 in the 40-yard dash…1.55 10-yard dash…2.61 20-yard dash…4.12 20-yard shuttle…11.42 60-yard shuttle…6.92 three-cone drill…39-inch vertical jump…10’5” broad jump… Bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times…30 7/8-inch arm length…9 ½-inch hands.

Attended Robinson (Tampa, Fla.) High School…Scored 16 times as a senior, setting school season-records as four of those touchdowns came via punt returns and three more were the result of kickoff returns…Named U.S. Navy Player of the Week in 2005 and was chosen to the All-Suncoast first-team…Also competed for the school’s track team, performing in the 200- and 400-meter events.

Consumer Science major…Cousin of Gilbert Arenas, a guard for the Washington Wizards…Born Javier E. Arenas on 10/28/87… Resides in Tampa, Florida.

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