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2 Jamaal Darden

Darden got his first opportunity to be a full-time starter in 2016 … His season ended early with an injury on Sept. 17 at Tulsa … Also missed time during spring practice with an injury … Heads into the 2017 season looking to be a standout at free safety for the Aggies … Darden came on late in the 2015 season as a rover/strong safety … Debuted as a starter in 2015 and helped the Aggies win the Black College National Championship, the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl and the MEAC title, while leading the Aggies to a 10-2 mark … Earned significant playing time as a true freshman on special teams and rover/safety … He is one of the most athletic players on the team with highest vertical jump (35 ½ inches) and a 40-time on 4.48 … Did not run the 40-yard dash during the offseason because of injury … Has played in 26 games with four starts in his career with 59 tackles (40 unassisted), and he has broken up two passes.

2016 Season: Played in three games with three starts at the rover position… Made 18 tackles (13 unassisted) during the season … Sustained a season-ending injury on Sept. 17 at Division I-FBS Tulsa with an arm injury … Despite the injury, he still made six tackles (four unassisted) in the game … In the Aggies first-ever win over a Division I-FBS with their 39-36 4OT win over Kent State on Sept. 10, Darden made six unassisted tackles and one unassisted tackle for seven total in the win.

2015 Season: Played in 12 games with one start … Made 26 tackles (18 unassisted) and broke up two passes … Made his first career start on Dec. 19 in the inaugural Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl against Alcorn State in Atlanta … Had a spectacular game with seven tackles (five unassisted) and one pass break up … In the game, he tied for the team lead in tackles with three of his tackles stopping the Braves for a 2-yard gain or less … Made a career-high eight tackles (5 unassisted) at UNC on Sept. 12.

2014 Season: Played in 11 games with no starts … Made 15 tackles including nine solo tackles…Seven of his 15 tackles came on special teams…  Had a season-high three tackles in the Aggies 59-0 win over Chowan on Sept. 20.

High School: Played varsity football under head coach Milton Butts…Was a two-time All-Southeastern 4A conference selection…Lettered in basketball, track and field and football. 

Position: Rover
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 198
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Raeford, N.C.
High School: Hoke County
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