Troy Apke
Apke in 2018
No. 30 – Washington Football Team
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1995-04-11) April 11, 1995 (age 26)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Mt. Lebanon (PA)
College:Penn State
NFL Draft:2018 / Round: 4 / Pick: 109
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 8, 2021
Tackles:64
Pass deflections:4
Interceptions:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Troy Steven Apke (born April 11, 1995) is an American football cornerback and special teamer for the Washington Football Team of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Penn State and was drafted by Washington in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Apke played free safety in college and his first three years in the NFL before transitioning to cornerback in 2021, effectively making him the first white NFL player to be officially listed at cornerback since 2003.

Early years

Apke was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and grew up in nearby Mt. Lebanon Township. He attended Mt. Lebanon High School, where he participated in football, basketball, and track and field. Apke advanced to the PIAA State Track and Field Championships his junior and senior years. He was also the WPIAL Champion in the 100 meters in 2014, recording a time of 10.81 seconds. He was a three-year starter for the football team playing wide receiver and safety. During his junior and senior seasons Apke had 1,776 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns and on defense, 68 tackles with 3 interceptions. A 3-star recruit, Apke committed to Penn State over offers from Bowling Green, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, and Toledo. [2]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Troy Apke
WR
Pittsburgh, PA Mt. Lebanon HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Apr 13, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
   247Sports:
   ESPN:
   ESPN grade: 79
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

College career

During his freshman season at Penn State, Apke played four games on special teams, totaling two tackles. In his sophomore year, he played in all 13 games, starting one. He finished the season with 26 total tackles, one forced fumble, and one pass deflection. During his junior season, Apke played in all 14 games starting one again. On October 1, he recorded a career high six tackles and one pass deflection in a win over Minnesota.

Prior to his senior season Apke was named a starter at safety by head coach James Franklin. In the season opener against Akron Zips, Apke had four tackles and was one of eight players to be a part of three-straight seasons with a shutout on the Nittany Lions roster. Also, he was one of three who played in all three of those games. Apke graduated with a degree in Criminology. Prior to playing in the 2017 Fiesta Bowl, he was one of twenty on the roster who graduated before the Bowl game.[3]

Apke was selected to participate in the 2018 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, where he was named MVP after a team-high seven tackles, a forced fumble and a 56-yard interception return for a touchdown.[4]

Statistics

Season G Tackles Fumbles Interceptions
Solo Asst. Tot. Sacks TFL FF FR Int. Yds. Avg. TD Def.
2014 4 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 13 14 12 26 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
2016 14 11 17 28 0 1 0 1 1 10 10.0 0 1
2017 13 36 19 55 1 3 0 0 1 1 1.0 0 5
Total 44 63 48 111 1 3 1 1 2 11 5.5 0 7

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 1+14 in
(1.86 m)
200 lb
(91 kg)
32+38 in
(0.82 m)
8+38 in
(0.21 m)
4.34 s 1.48 s 2.52 s 4.03 s 6.56 s 41 in
(1.04 m)
10 ft 11 in
(3.33 m)
16 reps
All values from NFL Combine[5]
Apke in a game against the New England Patriots, 2019
Apke in a game against the New England Patriots, 2019

Apke attended the NFL Combine, where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds.[6] In the 2018 NFL Draft, he was selected by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round, 109th overall.[7] Apke made his NFL debut in the Redskins season opener against the Arizona Cardinals, where he made a touchdown saving tackle on a punt return, but was injured on the play. He was subsequently placed on injured reserve a month later.[8]

Coming into the 2019 season Apke was expected to be a contributor on special teams. Through the first six weeks Apke had three tackles. In week 7 versus the San Francisco 49ers, Apke saw significant action on defense after an injury to starting safety Montae Nicholson. Apke had an interception, the first of his career, as well as a pass deflection and 6 tackles in just under a half of action in a 0–9 loss.[9]

In 2020, Apke was named the starting free safety after beating out Sean Davis during training camp.[10] Due to poor performance to start the season, he lost his starting position after Week 5.[11] He converted to cornerback in 2021.[12][13]

References

  1. ^ "Former Penn State S Troy Apke won the MVP award at this year's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl". Land Of 10. January 20, 2018. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  2. ^ https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/2014/troy-apke-35539
  3. ^ "Penn State safety Troy Apke couldn't have envisioned this ending back in high school". TribLive.com. December 26, 2017.
  4. ^ "Former Penn State safety Troy Apke stars in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, named MVP". Centre Daily Times. January 20, 2018. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  5. ^ "Troy Apke Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
  6. ^ "Eight Lions receive invites to NFL combine". 247sports. February 6, 2018.
  7. ^ Czarda, Stephen (April 28, 2018). "Redskins Select Safety Troy Apke". Redskins.com. Archived from the original on April 29, 2018.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  8. ^ "Redskins Place Troy Apke On Injured Reserve". Redskins.com. October 29, 2018.
  9. ^ "Troy Apple picks off Jimmy Garoppolo for first career interception". NBC Sports. October 20, 2019. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  10. ^ Camenker, Jacob. "Washington Football Team: Sean Davis' release shows confidence in Troy Apke". Riggo's Rag. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  11. ^ Neel, Zachary (October 18, 2020). "Report: Deshazor Everett to start at free safety over Troy Apke". USAToday.com. Retrieved October 19, 2020.
  12. ^ Gates, Riley. "Report: Troy Apke getting reps at cornerback". 247 Sports. Retrieved August 16, 2021.
  13. ^ Manning, Bryan. "5 takeaways from day 6 of Washington training camp". Washington Wire. USA Today. Retrieved August 16, 2021.