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  Dion Byrum

Dion  Byrum

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Matthews, N.C.

High School:

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 192




Carrie to Participate in the East-West Shrine Game

Former Ohio cornerback earned All-MAC honors in 2013


Ohio vs. Massachusetts Postgame Notes

2005: Started all 11 games ... Earned All-American honors from the American Football Coaches Association ... Named second-team All-American by Sports Illustrated ... Second-team All-America pick by the Associated Press ... Named first-team All-MAC ... Finished his senior campaign tied for first in MAC and second nationally with six interceptions ... Ran back two of those for touchdowns ... His 153 total interception return yardage was second in the nation, while his three defensive touchdowns, including a fumble return against Northwestern, was tops in the country at the end of the regular season ... Also ranked tied for third in the MAC with a total of 12 passes defended ... One of 12 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is presented to the nation's best collegiate defensive back ... Named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week, the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week, the USA Today National Player of the Week and College Sports Report's I-A Performer of the Week after the Pitt game when he returned two interceptions for touchdowns, including the game-winning score in overtime ... Was a two-time MAC East Division Defensive Player of the Week ... Named a midseason All-American by Sports Illustrated ... Registered two interceptions against Pittsburgh and Kent State ... Also had interceptions against Buffalo and Toledo ... Registered a season-best nine tackles at Bowling Green ... Was the Bobcats' top punt returner with a 7.5 yards per return average ... Finished his career ranked seventh on the Ohio punt return list with 471 yards ... Finished fifth on the Bobcats' career kick return ledger with 1,195 yards.

2004: Started all 11 games ... Finished tied for fourth on the team with 50 tackles (49 solo) ... Five of his stops were for lost yardage ... Credited with seven pass breakups, the second-highest mark on the team ... Led the team in kickoff return yardage with 330 (14 attempts for a 23.6 average) ... Returned four punts for 47 yards, including a 22-yard effort in game one vs. VMI ... Also credited with four tackles against the Keydets ... Made four tackles vs. Pittsburgh ... Credited with nine tackles and two forced fumbles vs. Buffalo ... Made four tackles vs. Kentucky ... Recorded six tackles and a pair of pass break-ups vs. Marshall ... Led the team with nine tackles vs. Toledo ... Collected six tackles vs. Bowling Green ... Made three stops at Central Florida ... Recorded three stops in the season finale against Akron.

2003: Played in 11 games, sitting out the Miami contest ... Started eight games ... Finished ninth on the team in tackles with 40 (27 solo) ... Season best was seven at Northern Illinois and at Akron, including seven solo stops against the Zips ... Registered six stops at Iowa State ... Tied for second on the team with a pair of interceptions ... picked off passes against Southeast Missouri State and Northern Illinois ... Led the team with 13 pass breakups ... Had at least one on eight occasions, reaching a season high of three against Kent State ... Recovered a fumble against UCF ... Took over punt return duties in midseason ... Finished the year as the leader with 130 yards on 11 chances (an average of 11.8) ... Long was a 44-yarder against UCF ... Had a 31-yarder against Akron ... Was third on the team with 11 kickoff returns ... Totaled 219 yards ... Best day came against Northern Illinois with 72 yards on three tries ... Long return of 29 yards was against the Huskies ... Had three others over 20 yards.

2002: Played in all 12 games, starting against Eastern Michigan and at Kent State ... Claimed interceptions in each of his starts ... Recorded 12 tackles (11 solo) ... Made at least one stop in seven games, including four straight and six of seven at season's end ... Top effort was four (all solo) against Eastern Michigan ... Had two other multiple-tackle games, two each vs. Akron and at Marshall ... Returned a fumble seven yards at Kent State ... Led the Bobcats in kickoff returns with 26 ... Season-best effort of 57 yards came at Pittsburgh ... Also had a 34-yard return at Bowling Green.

2001: Spent most of the season on the travel squad but did not see action ... Redshirted.

HIGH SCHOOL: A two-time all-conference and all-county performer playing both ways ... Rushed for 1,972 yards and 25 TDs on 244 carries as a senior ... Grabbed 29 receptions for 515 yards and eight scores ... Picked off seven passes on defense ... Team finished second in the Rocky River Conference in 2000 after finishing as RRC champions the previous year ... Ranked 12th in the 1999 final state rankings ... Voted team's Most Improved Player as a junior, then MVP his final season ... Earned three letters each in football, basketball and track ... Member of the Varsity Club and Key Club ... coached by Bobby Cloninger.

PERSONAL: A sport industry major ... Son of Tony and Charrise Byrum ... Born on Feb. 18, 1983.