Troy Pride
Pride playing for Notre Dame in 2019
No. 25 – Carolina Panthers
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1998-01-19) January 19, 1998 (age 23)
Greer, South Carolina
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:Greer (Greer, South Carolina)
College:Notre Dame
NFL Draft:2020 / Round: 4 / Pick: 113
Career history
Roster status:Injured reserve
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2020
Total tackles:42
Pass deflections:2
Interceptions:0
Forced fumbles:0
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Troy Pride Jr. (born January 19, 1998) is an American football cornerback for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Notre Dame.

Early life and high school

Pride grew up in Greer, South Carolina and attended Greer High School. As a senior, Pride caught 41 passes for 848 yards and 13 touchdowns, rushed for 197 yards and three touchdowns, returned three punts for touchdowns and intercepted three passes on defense with one returned for a touchdown.[1] He originally committed to play college football at Virginia Tech, but de-committed after the retirement of head coach Frank Beamer.[2] He ultimately committed to Notre Dame over offers from North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Clemson.[3]

College career

Pride played in eight games with three starts for the Fighting Irish as a true freshman, making 12 tackles with a fumble recovery.[4] As a sophomore, he recorded 22 tackles and one tackle for loss with an interception and two passes broken up.[5] As a junior, Pride made 47 tackles and finished second on the team with 10 passes defended and two interceptions.[6][7] As a senior, Pride was named All-Independent by Pro Football Focus after making 37 tackles with an interception and five passes defended and holding quarterbacks to a 50.9% completion rate on passes thrown into his coverage.[8] Pride finished his collegiate career with 121 tackles, 18 passes broken up and four interceptions with one forced fumble and two fumbles recovered in 45 games played.[9]

Pride was also a sprinter for the Notre Dame track team. He competed in the 60-meter dash final at the 2018 Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship.[10]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 11+12 in
(1.82 m)
193 lb
(88 kg)
30+58 in
(0.78 m)
9 in
(0.23 m)
4.40 s 4.26 s 6.94 s 35.5 in
(0.90 m)
9 ft 11 in
(3.02 m)
13 reps
All values from NFL Combine[11]

Pride was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the fourth round with the 113th pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.[12] Pride made his NFL debut on September 13, 2020, in the season opener against the Las Vegas Raiders, starting the game and making seven total tackles in a 34-30 loss.[13] On January 2, 2021, Pride was placed on injured reserve.[14] He finished the season with 41 tackles and two pass deflections.

On August 17, 2021, Pride was placed on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury in the preseason.[15]

References

  1. ^ Boynton, Eric (December 24, 2015). "Irish eyes are smilin' after Pride picks Notre Dame". GoUpstate.com.
  2. ^ Berardino, Mike. "The amazing survival story of Notre Dame cornerback Troy Pride Jr., and his family". Indianapolis Star.
  3. ^ "Troy Pride, top 10 player in South Carolina, commits to Notre Dame". USAToday.com. December 26, 2015.
  4. ^ Kosin, Walt (May 29, 2017). "Notre Dame Football: Counting on strong defensive backs". SlapTheSign.com. FanSided. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  5. ^ "Notre Dame CB Troy Pride Jr. runs impressive 40-yard dash time". 247Sports.com.
  6. ^ Derengowski, Adam (August 20, 2019). "Notre Dame's Troy Pride confident at corner". WSBT.com. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  7. ^ Prister, Tim (August 3, 2019). "Notre Dame Has Its Pride". 247Sports.com. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  8. ^ Driskell, Bryan (December 5, 2019). "Eleven Notre Dame Players Named To PFF All-Independent Team". SI.com. Retrieved December 5, 2019.
  9. ^ Driskell, Bryan (March 1, 2020). "Troy Pride Jr. Ready To Blow Up The NFL Scouting Combine". SI.com. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  10. ^ Wooden, Ryan (February 24, 2018). "Notre Dame DB Troy Pride, Jr. qualifies for ACC Indoor sprint final". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  11. ^ "Troy Pride Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  12. ^ Simmons, Myles (April 25, 2020). "Panthers select CB Troy Pride Jr. in fourth round". Panthers.com.
  13. ^ "Panthers' Troy Pride: Thrust into larger role". CBSSports.com. RotoWire. September 14, 2020. Retrieved October 25, 2020.
  14. ^ Bryan, Will (January 2, 2021). "Panthers sign quarterback Tommy Stevens to active roster". Panthers.com. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
  15. ^ Gantt, Darin (August 17, 2021). "Panthers put Troy Pride Jr. on IR, trade Greg Little". Panthers.com.