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#21 Darius Winston
Position: CB
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 191
Year: Senior
City/State: West Helena, Ark.
High School: Central HS
Experience: 2 Letters
Darius Winston
Courtesy: Athletic Communications
Release: 07/20/2011
CAREER SUMMARY: Winston has played in 29 games with 12 starts and recorded 47 tackles, two fumble recoveries, two pass breakups, one interception and one quarterback hurry. His two career fumble recoveries are tied for the most among current Razorbacks.

2011: Winston saw action in all 13 games with six starts and made 18 tackles and one quarterback hurry. His starts came vs. Missouri State, vs. New Mexico, vs. Troy, at Alabama, vs. Texas A&M and at Ole Miss. He made one tackle in the season-opening 51-7 win vs. Missouri State. He recorded a season-high five tackles in a 38-28 victory vs. Troy and made two solo stops at No. 3 Alabama. He recorded one tackle in the 29-24 win at Ole Miss. He made two tackles in the 44-28 win vs. No. 10 South Carolina and again the next week in a 49-7 victory vs. Tennessee. At No. 1 LSU, he recorded four tackles and one quarterback hurry. He concluded the season with one tackle while helping Arkansas defeat No. 11 Kansas State 29-16 in the AT&T Cotton Bowl.

2010: He appeared in 12 games, missing only the Georgia contest, with six starts for the Razorbacks and finished the season with 23 tackles, two fumble recoveries, one interception and one pass breakup. Winston started the Allstate Sugar Bowl vs. No. 6 Ohio State and recorded a career-high nine tackles. Winston opened the season with one tackle and one pass breakup in Arkansas’ 44-3 win vs. Tennessee Tech. He also made one tackle in each of his next three games, vs. ULM, vs. No. 1 Alabama and in a start vs. Texas A&M. He made two tackles in a start at No. 7 Auburn. He recorded two tackles in the 38-24 win vs. Ole Miss. He made his first career interception, as well as grabbed his first career fumble recovery, and had one tackle in Arkansas’ 58-21 win vs. UTEP. The next week, he started and recovered one fumble with three tackles in the Razorbacks’ 38-31 double-overtime victory at No. 22 Mississippi State. He started in the 31-23 win vs. No. 6 LSU and made two tackles.

2009:
He played in four games, seeing action against Missouri State, Eastern Michigan, South Carolina and Troy. He finished the year with six tackles, all solo stops. He had four tackles against Eastern Michigan, and one each against Missouri State and Troy.

HIGH SCHOOL: Winston was the state of Arkansas’ most highly recruited player with more than 30 scholarship offers. He was named a first-team USA TODAY All-American during his senior season at Central High School. He was also a 2008 EA SPORTS second-team All-American. He was invited to participate on the West team in the U.S. Army All-American Game, which was played on Jan. 3 in San Antonio, Texas. He was named the Defensive Player of the Year by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Class 5A first-team all-state honoree. He was also named to the Arkansas AP Super Team and the All-Arkansas team by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He recorded 46 tackles, eight interceptions (two returned for touchdown) and nine pass breakups as a senior despite most teams throwing away from him. As a junior, he recorded 40 tackles and had two interceptions. He was the No. 26 overall prospect on the ESPNU 150 list. He was listed as the No. 24 recruit nationally, the No. 3 cornerback and the third-fastest athlete in the nation by Rivals.com. He was ranked as the fourth-best cornerback in the nation by Scout.com and the top-ranked player in the state of Arkansas on the HawgSports.com Natural 21 list. As a senior, he guided Central High School to the state title game with an interception in the quarterfinal, semifinal and state championship games. Winston also played wide receiver in the state title game, but did not have any receptions. He was coached in high school by Russell Smith. His final choices in the recruiting process were Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Miami (Fla.), Clemson, Michigan, Ole Miss and Tennessee.

PERSONAL: Born Jan. 6, 1991, he is the son of Cory Winston and Debra Willie. He is cousins with former Arkansas tight end Billy Winston (1986-89), cornerback Rodney Winston (1988-90) and tight end Marc Winston (2005), and former Razorback linebacker Dennis Winston (1973-76). Darius is majoring in sociology.


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