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Antoine Cason
No. 20     San Diego Chargers
Personal information
Date of birth: July 9, 1986 (1986-07-09) (age 23)
Place of birth: Long Beach, California
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
College: Arizona
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
Debuted in 2008 for the San Diego Chargers
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Tackles     115
Sacks     0.0
INTs     4
Stats at

Antoine Brandon Cason (born July 9, 1986 in Long Beach, California), is a cornerback for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. He played collegiately for the Arizona Wildcats. Hailed as one of the best defensive backs in the Pac-10, Cason was selected 27th overall by the San Diego Chargers in the 2008 NFL Draft.


Early years

Cason was born on July 9, 1986 in Long Beach, California to Deborah and Wendell Cason. His father Wendell played football for the Oregon Ducks and the Atlanta Falcons. His brother Dione competed in track at Washington State University. He is also a cousin of Ken-Yon Rambo of the Calgary Stampeders and Aveion Cason, formerly of the Detroit Lions.

He got his start playing in a local football league for the Carson-Gardena Colts, where he stood out as one of the team's top players. Cason started his high school career at Long Beach Polytechnic High School, then transferred to Los Alamitos High School in Los Alamitos, California after his freshman year. At Los Al, he played defensive back for the school's football team and ran track. During his high school years, Antoine earned several honors for his performance on the football field.

Considered a three-star recruit by, Cason was listed as the #37 cornerback prospect in the nation in 2004.[1] He chose Arizona over offers from Oregon State and Boise State.

College career

Cason is an alumnus of the University of Arizona, where he majored in Political Science. He was a starting player for the University's football team since his freshman year in 2004, and is recognized as one of the best cornerbacks in Arizona's history. After his first collegiate game, Antoine was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the week. During his freshmen year, he was also honored as the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. In 2005, he earned Second Team All Pac-10 honors. Following the Wildcats' upset win against number 25-ranked Washington State University on November 4, 2006, he earned his second Pac-10 Defensive Player of the week award. The following week, he was recognized again as Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week after breaking a 17-17 tie between the Wildcats and the number 8-ranked Cal Bears by scoring a touchdown on a 39-yard interception return. In 2006, Cason was a semi-finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award. After the 2006 season, Cason was eligible for the 2007 NFL Draft. He decided to postpone his pro career to complete his degree.

Cason continued his stellar play into his 2007 senior season. His performance on November 15, 2007 in a 34-24 win against the then number two ranked Oregon Ducks included both an interception return and punt return for touchdowns. He finished the season with 5 interceptions, 2 of which were returned for touchdowns. He also returned 2 punts for touchdowns. On December 6, 2007 he was awarded the Jim Thorpe Award for best defensive back in the country and was a consensus First-team All-America choice.

In spring of 2007, Cason earned All American honors in Track and Field for his contribution to the Men's 4 x 100 meters relay team, which finished in the top eight at the NCAA Championship.


College statistics
Year GP Solo Ast Total TFL Yds No Yds Int Yds TD BrUp RCV Yds FF Attempt Yds TD
2007 12 56 15 71 4 12 1 6 5 164 2 14 0 0 2 27 271 2
2006 12 48 14 62 2 8 0 0 3 57 1 7 1 0 1 0 0 0
2005 11 38 12 50 2.5 5 0 0 3 40 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 11 54 16 70 5.5 18 0 0 4 88 0 6 0 0 3 0 0 0
Total 46 1960 570 2530 140 430 10 60 15 349 3 32 1 0 6 27 271 2

Awards and honors

  • Honorable mention Sporting News All-Pac-10 (2004)
  • Sporting News Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (2004)
  • Sporting News Freshman All-American (2004)
  • FWAA Freshman All-American (2004)
  • Freshman All-America Club (2004)
  • Second Team All Pac-10 (2005)
  • 2x First-team All-Pac-10 (2006-2007)
  • Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist (2006)
  • NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field All American in 4x100 (2006)
  • Jim Thorpe Award (2007)
  • Walter Camp First Team All American (2007)
  • Associated Press First Team All American (2007)
  • The Sporting News First Team All American (2007)
  • First Team All American (2007)
  • First Team All American (2007)
  • First Team All American (2007)

Professional career

2008 NFL Draft

Cason was regarded as one of the best cornerbacks available in the 2008 NFL Draft,[2][3] and was projected a mid-to-late first round pick by Sports Illustrated.[4] He was eventually selected in the late first round (27th overall) by the San Diego Chargers.

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6′0¼″ 191 lb 4.45 1.51 2.53 4.08 DNP 35½ in. 10′8″ 20 rep
All values from NFL Combine. Did not participate in 3-cone due to tight hamstring[5]

San Diego Chargers

2008 season

Cason played in all 16 regular season games and both playoff games at cornerback and on special teams as a rookie for the 2008 AFC Western Division champion San Diego Chargers. His first NFL interception came on September 14, 2008, against the Denver Broncos, picking off Jay Cutler in the end zone and returning for 10 yards. His second NFL interception was a 59 yard pick of Tampa Bay's Jeff Garcia for his first career NFL touchdown. He ended his rookie season with 74 tackles (59 solo) and 2 INTs.

2009 season

The Chargers first game of the season came on a Monday Night Football match up against rival Oakland Raiders. In that game, Cason intercepted JaMarcus Russell's hail mary attempt on the last play of the game to seal the victory for the Chargers. In the next game, he intercepted Baltimore Ravens' Joe Flacco and returned it 22 yards. Cason ended the season with 41 total tackles (38 solo) and 2 INTs. He played in all 16 regular season games and their only playoff game for the 2009 AFC Western Division champion San Diego Chargers.


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