DeVonte Dedmon
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Dedmon before a Redblacks game in 2021
Personal information
Born: (1995-11-23) November 23, 1995 (age 26)
Williamsburg, Virginia
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school:Warhill High
College:William & Mary
Position:Wide receiver
Undrafted:2019
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com · CFL.ca

DeVonte Dedmon (born November 23, 1995) is an American football wide receiver and kick returner who is currently a free agent. He has also played for the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

College career

Dedmon played college football for the William & Mary Tribe from 2014 to 2018.[1]

Professional career

Ottawa Redblacks

On May 22, 2019, it was announced that Dedmon had signed with the Ottawa Redblacks.[2] He played in his first regular season game on July 19, 2019, against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, where he recorded seven punt returns for 74 yards and five kickoff returns for 117 yards. He scored his first professional touchdown on a 111-yard kickoff return against the Montreal Alouettes on August 2, 2019.[3] In the same game, he also scored with a 95-yard punt return touchdown and set a franchise record with 377 total return yards in the 30–27 overtime win.[3] However, his rookie season was kept short due to injuries and he played in just five regular season games.[4] He did not play in 2020 due to the cancellation of the 2020 CFL season.

On November 2, 2021, it was announced that Dedmon had signed a one-year contract extension with the Redblacks.[5] In the team's next game, on November 6, 2021, Dedmon had a 100-yard kickoff return touchdown and set a CFL record as he recorded his fifth return touchdown in his first 15 career CFL games, surpassing Gizmo Williams' record of 18 games.[6] For the 2021 season, Dedmon played in 11 regular season games and had 11 receptions for 103 yards and ten carries for 68 rushing yards and one touchdown.[4] On special teams, he had 48 punt returns for 737 yards and two touchdowns, 49 kickoff returns for 1,223 yards and one touchdown, and four missed field goal returns for 103 yards.[4] For his strong season, he was named the CFL's Most Outstanding Special Teams Player.[7] He was also named as a league and divisional all-star.[8] He was released on January 26, 2022, so that he could pursue opportunities in the National Football League.[9]

Miami Dolphins

On January 27, 2022, Dedmon signed a reserve/future contract with the Miami Dolphins of the NFL.[10] He was released on August 16, 2022.[11]

References

  1. ^ "2018 Football Roster, DeVonte Dedmon". William & Mary Tribe. Retrieved December 25, 2020.
  2. ^ "RedBlacks Announce Transactions". Oursportcentral. May 22, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Redblacks edge Als in overtime to snap losing streak". Canadian Football League. August 2, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "DeVonte Dedmon". Ottawa Redblacks. Retrieved December 25, 2020.
  5. ^ "Redblacks re-sign DeVonte Dedmon for 2022". Ottawa Redblacks. November 2, 2021.
  6. ^ "HEART AND SOUL: Could Redblacks star returner DeVonte Dedmon be the next Speedy B?". Ottawa Sun. November 7, 2021.
  7. ^ "Recap: Bombers names laced through CFL Awards". Canadian Football League. December 13, 2021.
  8. ^ "REDBLACKS Leone, Dedmon named CFL All-Stars". Ottawa Redblacks. 2021-12-15. Retrieved 2021-12-17.
  9. ^ "Redblacks release DeVonte Dedmon to pursue NFL opportunities". Ottawa Redblacks. January 26, 2022.
  10. ^ "Roster Moves: Dolphins sign WR DeVonte Dedmon to futures contract". MiamiDolphins.com. January 27, 2022.
  11. ^ Grindley, Wyatt (2022-08-16). "Dolphins Place TE Adam Shaheen On IR, Waive Four". NFLTradeRumors.co. Retrieved 2022-08-16.