Carlos Dunlap (born February 28, 1989) is an American football defensive end for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Florida, and was a key member of the Florida Gators team that won the 2009 national championship. He was then drafted by the Bengals in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Early years

Dunlap was born in North Charleston, South Carolina. [2] He attended Fort Dorchester High School in North Charleston, where he played for the Fort Dorchester Patriots high school football team. During his junior year, he made 103 tackles, 22 for loss and 9 quarterback sacks. As a senior, he recorded 105 tackles, 35 for loss and 24 sacks and was chosen to play in the first Offense-Defense All-American Bowl. [15]

Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Dunlap was listed as the No. 1 weakside defensive end in the nation in 2007. He chose Florida over offers from Clemson, South Carolina, Auburn, and Tennessee.

College career

Dunlap accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Urban Meyer's Florida Gators football team from 2007 to 2009. [16]

As a true freshman in 2007, he played in 13 games, recording seven tackles and a quarterback sack. As a sophomore in 2008, Dunlap played in all 14 of the Gators games recording 39 tackles, a team-high 9.5 sacks and three blocked punts. He was the defensive MVP of the Gators win over the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2009 BCS National Championship Game, recording four tackles, and a shared sack during the game. He also was a second-team All- SEC selection.

As a junior in 2009, Dunlap played in 13 games. He missed one game, the SEC Championship, due to suspension after being arrested on driving under the influence of alcohol. [7] During the season, he recorded 38 tackles and nine sacks and was a consensus first-team All-SEC selection. He ended his career with 84 tackles 19.5 sacks and three blocked kicks. After his junior year, Dunlap decided to forgo his senior season and enter the 2010 NFL Draft. [8]

Professional career

Dunlap was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft with the 54th overall pick. [9]

Dunlap did not see much playing time early the season, but he received more playing time due to several injuries on the Bengals defensive line. He finished the season as the team's sack leader with 9.5 sacks, despite playing in just 12 games. The 9.5 sacks were also the most by a rookie in team history.

In July 2013, Dunlap was re-signed by the Bengals to a six-year, $40 million contract. [10]

Dunlap had a breakout season in 2015, recording a career best 13.5 sacks and earning his first Pro Bowl. He was ranked 70th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016. [17]

In 2016, he started all 16 games, recording 49 tackles, eight sacks, three forced fumbles, and 15 passes defensed on his way to his second Pro Bowl. His 15 passes defensed was tied for eighth in the league and were the most by any non-defensive back. [18]

In Week 8 of the 2017 season, he batted a pass from Colts' quarterback Jacoby Brissett and intercepted it and returned it 16 yards for a touchdown in a 24-23 win, earning AFC Defensive Player of the Week. [19]

NFL statistics

Year Team GP GS COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2010 CIN 12 0 24 19 5 9.5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2011 CIN 12 1 23 11 12 4.5 0 1 35 0 0 0 0 0 3
2012 CIN 14 1 40 33 7 6.0 4 3 2 1 14 14 14 1 3
2013 CIN 16 15 58 39 19 7.5 4 1 42 0 0 0 0 0 5
2014 CIN 16 16 66 40 26 8.0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
2015 CIN 16 16 55 37 18 13.5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2016 CIN 16 16 49 30 19 8.0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15
Career 102 65 315 209 106 57.0 15 7 0 1 14 14 14 1 35

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Key

  • GP : games played
  • COMB : combined tackles
  • TOTAL : total tackles
  • AST : assisted tackles
  • SACK : sacks
  • FF : forced fumbles
  • FR : fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS : fumble return yards
  • INT : interceptions
  • IR YDS : interception return yards
  • AVG IR : average interception return
  • LNG : longest interception return
  • TD : interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD : passes defensed

See also