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Former William & Mary standout free safety DeAndre Houston-Carson was selected by the Chicago Bears with the 185th overall pick in the sixth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon.
Houston-Carson becomes the sixth Tribe player selected in NFL Draft since 2009, which leads the Colonial Athletic Association and ranks third among programs in Virginia (trailing only Virginia and Virginia Tech). Additionally, Houston-Carson joins a group of six former Tribe standouts who are currently on NFL rosters: Jerome Couplin III (Philadelphia Eagles), Jonathan Grimes (Houston Texans), Sean Lissemore (San Diego Chargers), Tre McBride (Tennessee Titans), Mike Reilly (Arizona Cardinals) and B.W. Webb (Tennessee Titans).
After concluding a prolific collegiate career with the Tribe in 2015, Houston-Carson participated in the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine this winter.
A consensus Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) first-team All-American (Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, STATS, Walter Camp, College Sporting News), Houston-Carson effectively transitioned from an all-league cornerback to one of the country’s top free safeties this season. A finalist for the 2015 STATS FCS National Defensive Player of the Year award, the Woodford, Va., native was honored as the Colonial Athletic Association co-Defensive Player of the Year and was one of three finalists for the Dudley Award. Additionally, he was honored as the state’s defensive player of the year by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID).
The first-team all-conference selection led W&M in tackles (109) and ranked first in the league in tackles per game among defensive backs (8.4). Additionally, he ranked tied for second in the CAA in interceptions (four) and interception return yards (124). A two-time CAA Special Teams Player of the Week, he has also posted a pair of blocks.
The Woodford, Va., native’s impressive career stats include 293 tackles, 10 interceptions and nine blocks.