Quentin Groves

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Quentin Groves
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Groves with the Raiders in October 2010
No. 54, 52, 53
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Born:(1984-07-05)July 5, 1984
Greenville, Mississippi
Died:October 15, 2016(2016-10-15) (aged 32)
Trinidad
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school: Greenville (MS) Weston
College: Auburn
NFL Draft: 2008  / Round: 2 / Pick: 52
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-SEC (2006)
Career NFL statistics
Tackles:175
Sacks:9.5
Pass deflections:6
Interceptions:2
Forced fumbles:5
Player stats at NFL.com

Quentin Dominic Groves (July 5, 1984 – October 15, 2016) was an American football linebacker. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft and played college football at Auburn. He also played for the Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans and the Buffalo Bills.

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Contents

Groves was named to the Chuck Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Ted Hendricks Award, watchlists for the 2007 college football season. Groves was a sack specialist at Auburn and finished tied for the Auburn career sack record at 26.

The Chuck Bednarik Award is presented annually to the defensive player in college football as judged by the Maxwell Football Club to be the best in the United States. The award is named for Chuck Bednarik, a former college and professional American football player. Voters for the Maxwell College Awards are NCAA head college football coaches, members of the Maxwell Football Club, and sportswriters and sportscasters from across the country. The Maxwell Club is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the presentations are held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Club members are given voting privileges for the award.

Bronko Nagurski Trophy Award to the best defensive player in US college football

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The Ted Hendricks Award is given annually to college football's top defensive end. The award is named after Ted Hendricks, who is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame and is presented by his own 501(c)(3) foundation, the Ted Hendricks Foundation.

High school career

At Greenville Weston High School, Groves started for four years playing tight end as well as defensive end. He recorded 89 tackles, 15 sacks, one interception and seven fumbles forced as a junior and 86 tackles, 22 sacks and three fumble recoveries as a senior. Based on his high school performance, he was selected to the ESPN.com/Tom Lemming Top 100, USA Today All-USA second-team, Orlando Sentinel Super Southern 100 and rated the nation's third best defensive end nationally by ESPN.com/Tom Lemming. He also played basketball, competed in the discus (147 ft, 7 inches), long jump (20 ft, 11 inches) and 100-meter dash (11.44 seconds ) in track & field and was a member of the power lifting team (personal best squat of 535 pounds along with a bench press of 295 and a dead lift of 525).

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College career

2004

As a redshirt freshman, Groves was used part-time in the rotation at defensive end as a rushing/sack specialist. During the Kentucky game, he recorded six total tackles and four sacks to tie the Auburn single-game individual sack record. He also forced two Kentucky fumbles inside their own 20-yard line, one of which was returned for a touchdown. He had four tackles and a quarterback hurry that caused an interception in Auburn's win over Tennessee in Neyland Stadium. Groves finished the season tied for third in the SEC and tied for the team lead with 7.5 sacks. He also tied for the team lead with 10 tackles for loss for the season. Those efforts earned him recognition on The Sporting News Freshman All-American First-Team, All-SEC Freshman First-Team, Rivals.com Freshman All-America First-Team and the FWAA Freshman All-America Team.

Redshirt, in United States college athletics, is a delay or suspension of an athlete's participation to lengthen their period of eligibility. Typically, a student's athletic eligibility in a given sport is four seasons, aligning with the four years of academic classes typically required to earn a bachelor's degree at an American college or university. However, in a redshirt year, student athletes may attend classes at the college or university, practice with an athletic team, and "suit up" for play – but they may compete in only a limited number of games,. Using this mechanism, a student athlete has at most five academic years to use the four years of eligibility, thus becoming what is termed a fifth-year senior.

Kentucky Wildcats football Football team of the University of Kentucky

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Tennessee Volunteers football Football team of the University of Tennessee

The Tennessee Volunteers football program represents the University of Tennessee (UT) in the sport of American football. The Volunteers compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

2005

Groves at Auburn's 2007 Fan Day QuentinGroves-FanDay07.jpg
Groves at Auburn's 2007 Fan Day

Groves played in all 12 games in the 2005 season, starting in three. He finished the season with 21 tackles (8 solo 13 assists) eight tackles for loss and six sacks (third on the team).

2006

In 2006, Groves started all 13 games to help Auburn finish 11-2 including a key performance in the Tigers' 27-17 win over eventual BCS champion Florida. Groves sacked Chris Leak three times in the third quarter and forced a fumble in the fourth quarter at Auburn's own six-yard line to stop a Gator scoring opportunity. With under three minutes left, he hurried a Leak pass attempt which was picked off by teammate Eric Brock to seal the win. For his efforts against Florida, Groves was named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week as well as the SEC's Defensive Player of the Week. He was also named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his play in the Auburn victory over cross-state rival Alabama. Groves finished the season with 9.5 sacks to lead the team, as well as 12 tackles for loss, 37 total tackles (24 solo) and three forced fumbles. The performance earned him Coaches and Associated Press All-SEC First Team honors as well as a place on the Rivals.com All-American Third-Team. [1] [2]

2006 Florida Gators football team

The 2006 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida in the sport of American football during the 2006 college football season. The Gators competed in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and played their home games at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus. The season was the second for head coach Urban Meyer, who led the Gators to an SEC Championship, a BCS National Championship, and an overall win-loss record of 13–1 (.929).

Chris Leak American football quarterback

Christopher Patrick Leak is an American football coach and former gridiron football quarterback. He played college football for the University of Florida, and led the Florida Gators to victory in the 2007 BCS National Championship Game. Leak played professionally for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL), the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL), and the Jacksonville Sharks and Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League (AFL).

Alabama Crimson Tide football University of Alabama Football Team

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2007

In the spring of 2007 Groves was ranked as the #22 player overall in the country for 2007 by Matt Hayes of The Sporting News. [3] In June 2007, he was named to both the Bronko Nagurski Trophy [1] and Chuck Bednarik Award [2] watchlists. In early July, he was also named to the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year watchlist. [4] Just prior to the season, Sports Illustrated ranked him at #9 in their list of the SEC's Top 10 Players. [5]

Groves entered the 2007 season with 23 career sacks, only three behind the Auburn school record held by Gerald Robinson since 1985. [6] In the season opener versus Kansas State, Groves recorded two sacks of quarterback Josh Freeman one of which resulted in a fumble returned for a touchdown by team Antonio Coleman. While Groves continued to be productive tackling, his quest for the Auburn career sack record stalled for several games. In the Tigers' win over the Florida Gators in the Swamp, Groves foot was stepped on and he suffer three severely dislocated toes. The injury sidelined him for the Vanderbilt and Arkansas games, but Groves returned in limited duty against LSU where he recorded a sack of Matt Flynn to tie the career record. [7] Following the regular season, Groves was honored as a Coaches All-SEC First Team selection. [8] Groves finishes as a member of the winningest Senior class in Auburn history, winning 50 games during their time on the Plains.

Pre NFL Draft

Measurables

Pre-draft measurables
HtWt 40-yard dash 10-yd split20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 3 in
(1.91 m)
259 lb
(117 kg)
4.75 s1.57 s2.62 s4.42 s7.31 s35 in
(0.89 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
30 reps25
Vertical leap and broad jump from Auburn Pro Day; all others from NFL Combine

Cardiac condition

While undergoing medical tests at the NFL Combine, Groves was discovered to have Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, which results in him having a rapid heartbeat because of electrical impulses in the heart taking extra pathways. [9] Groves told the media, "It's an extra circuit in the heart, and it speeds up your heartbeat, it's nothing too critical, but you have to take care of it." [10]

Often this condition can be treated with medication, however, not in all cases. Groves elected to have a surgical procedure called ablation, which is described as "minor". After the procedure Groves sent a letter to all NFL teams informing them that he was able to play, according to his doctors. "Some teams had questions so that's when my agent said to get it fixed", Groves said. "The letter said that the doctors said I was 100% healed, and I'm good." [11]

Professional career

Jacksonville Jaguars

Groves was drafted in 21st spot of the second round (52nd overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars traded with Tampa Bay to move up six spots in order to select Groves.

Oakland Raiders

Groves was traded to the Oakland Raiders from the Jacksonville Jaguars for a 5th round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Arizona Cardinals

Groves signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Arizona Cardinals on May 28, 2012. On November 9, Groves was fined $15,750 for a horse-collar tackle against the Green Bay Packers in Week 9. [12]

Cleveland Browns

Groves signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Cleveland Browns on March 13, 2013. [13] He was released on June 6, 2014. [14]

Houston Texans

Groves signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Houston Texans on July 27, 2014. [15] The Texans released him for final roster cuts on August 30. [16]

Tennessee Titans

On September 1, 2014, Groves signed with the Tennessee Titans. [17]

Buffalo Bills

On August 17, 2015, Groves signed with the Buffalo Bills. [18] On September 4, 2015, he was released by the Bills. [19]

Personal life

Groves was born in Greenville, Mississippi. He had two brothers, Antonial and Bennett.

On July 31, 2006, he eloped to marry Treska Baptiste, a member of Auburn's track team who hails from Trinidad, [20] just before the start of his junior year. The couple had two children, a son Que’Mani Kassan Shiloh and a daughter Que’Jaah. [21]

Groves died on October 15, 2016, of a heart attack. He was 32 years old. [22]

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