Pelini puts rep on line with Dennard

In a piece now posted on ESPNBoston.com, Field Yates catches up with two of rookie cornerback Alfonzo Dennard's former coaches. Dennard, the seventh-round draft choice from Nebraska, has been in the news for the wrong reasons after an April 21 arrest.

Dennard's former coach at Nebraska, Bo Pelini, had strong words of support.

"That isn't who he is, that's never been who he is, and that's not going to be who he is in the future," Pelini says in the piece. "And I put my reputation, and I put everything I stand for as a football coach behind that young man.

"He is a tremendous young man, and one who you want not only representing you as a football player, but the type of kid you want in your community, the type of kid you want representing your organization.

"For four years, I didn't have a problem with that young man in any way. He did things exactly how we asked him to do them here, and the way we handle our kids, we don't make it easy on the kids in our program. We hold them to high standards every single day."

To read the piece, which also details how Dennard has reconnected with his father after being raised in a single-parent household, CLICK HERE.