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Dahna Deleston
Dahna  Deleston

RS Senior

East Hartford, Conn.

High School:
East Catholic

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 211

Strong Safety

A fifth-year senior who started on a smooth transition during spring practice from starting strong safety to starting strongside "Husky" linebacker.

Career: UConn's active leader with 210 career tackles ... Has started 31 games and appeared in 35 ... Has recorded 7.5 tackles for loss including a pair of sacks ... Also has two career interceptions and six pass break ups.

2007: Started all 13 games at safety and was fourth on the team with 103 tackles ... Also chipped in two TFLs, 1.5 sacks, an interception, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and four pass break-ups ... Had a 10-yard sack amongst his eight tackles against Syracuse (Nov. 17) ... Recorded 10 stops at Cincinnati (Nov. 10) ... Made 13 tackles in back-to-back games against USF (Oct. 27) and Rutgers (Nov. 3) ... His nine tackles at Virginia (Oct. 13) were accompanied by an interception ... Recovered a fumble, broke up two passes and made three tackles at Pittsburgh (Sept. 22) ... Earned the defensive game ball against Temple (Sept. 15) after making 10 tackles, including a half of a sack, while forcing a fumble.

2006: Played in 11 games with 10 starts ... Credited with 64 tackles on the year, three of them for a loss including a half of a sack ... Recorded seven tackles, one for a loss, against Syracuse (Nov. 18) ... Led UConn with 11 tackles in the double overtime win over Pittsburgh (Nov. 11) ... Credited with seven stops and a forced fumble in the win over Army (Oct. 14) ... Recorded eight stops against Navy (Sept. 30) ... Had six tackles, all solo, and broke up a pass at Indiana (Sept. 23) ... Split a sack, the first of his career, to go along with five tackles against Wake Forest (Sept. 16).

2005: Played in all 11 games, starting each of the first eight at strong safety ... Was second amongst UConn defensive backs with 43 tackles (19 solo) including 2.5 for a loss ... Intercepted a pass and broke up another ... Made seven stops against Rutgers (Oct. 22) with a half of a TFL ... Had seven tackles and his first career interception against Syracuse (Oct. 7) ... Credited with six stops at Georgia Tech (Sept. 17) ... Made seven tackles, one for a loss, against Liberty (Sept. 10) ... Made six tackles in his collegiate debut against Buffalo (Sept. 1).

2004: Redshirted ... Named the Defensive Scout Team Player of the Week prior to the Buffalo game (Nov. 20).

High School: Named second-team All-State by the New Haven Register and earned honorable mention All-State recognition from the Hartford Courant ... A two-time All-Conference pick at running back ... Helped the Eagles to an 11-0 regular season mark in 2003 and a trip to the class L state semifinals ... Scored 14 touchdowns his junior year ... Played in the Governors Cup All Star Game ... Ran a 6.54 in the 55 meters to place fourth at the 2003 New England Indoor Track and Field Championships ... Was also East Catholic's starting center fielder and leadoff batter.

Personal Profile: Dahna Arneld Deleston ... Born on December 6, 1985 ... A sociology major.