Orlando Lee Scandrick[2] (born February 10, 1987) is an American football cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He played college football at Boise State and was drafted by the Cowboys in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.



Early years

Scandrick was born in Torrance, California. He played high school football at Los Alamitos High School as a two way player (wide receiver and cornerback). As a senior, he had 52 receptions for 832 yards, 12 touchdowns, 54 tackles, 3 interceptions and 1,024 yards kickoff return yards with a touchdown. At the end of the season, he received first-team Long Beach Dream Team and first-team All-Sunset league honors.

He accepted a scholarship to play at Boise State University where he focused on playing cornerback. Before leaving school as a junior, in his career he started 38 of the 39 games, had 152 tackles, 3.5 sacks, five forced fumbles. In 2007, he recorded a school single-season and career record with four blocked kicks (field goals and extra points).

Professional career

After posting the fourth fastest 40-yard dash (4.32 seconds) at the scouting combine and falling in the 2008 NFL Draft because of probable character problems, the Dallas Cowboys traded that year's fifth and seventh round draft choices to the Seattle Seahawks, in order to move up in the fifth round to draft him. From the start as a rookie, he became the team's nickelback.

In 2011, Scandrick signed a six-year contract with the Cowboys worth $28.2 million and $10 million in guarantees. In 2013, he passed Morris Claiborne on the depth chart and became the starter at right cornerback after the third game of the season. On December 13, he signed an additional two-year contract extension.[3]

On August 11, 2014, the NFL announced that Scandrick would be suspended for the first four games of the season for the usage of performance-enhancing drugs.[4] Although it was confirmed that he tested positive for MDMA, during his suspension the league revised its drug policy and his punishment was reduced to two games, by changing his violation from performance enhancing to substance abuse.[5] He made his debut in week 3 against the St. Louis Rams, surpassing Claiborne on the depth chart at right cornerback. During the season, he continued his emergence into an above average cornerback capable of playing both on the outside or inside, known as the "slot."

In 2015, he had a contract holdout and missed offseason workouts before reporting on May 18. On August 25, he tore his right ACL and MCL during a training camp practice, while attempting to tackle rookie wide receiver Lucky Whitehead. He was placed on the injured reserve list on September 1 [6]

Career statistics

NFL career statistics
2015DALDid not play due to injury
Key to Abbreviations

GP = Games played
GS = Games started
Comb = Combined tackles
Solo = Solo tackles
Asst = Assisted tackles
Sack = Quarterback sacks
Int = Interceptions
Yds = Interception return yards
Avg = Average interception return
Lng = Longest interception return
TD = Interception return touchdowns
PD = Passes defended
FF = Fumbles forced
FR = Fumbles recovered
Yds = Fumble return yards
TD = Fumble return touchdowns