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Davone Bess

Bess with the Dolphins in 2009
No. 15     Miami Dolphins
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: September 13, 1985 (1985-09-13) (age 24)
Place of birth: Hayward, California
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
College: Hawaii
Undrafted in 2008
Debuted in 2008 for the Miami Dolphins
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Exclusive Rights Free Agent
Career highlights and awards
  • WAC Freshman of the Year (2005)
  • 3× First-team All-WAC (2005–2007)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Receptions     130
Receiving Yards     1,312
Receiving Average     10.1
Receiving TDs     3
Stats at

Davone Atrayo Bess (born September 13, 1985 in Hayward, California) is an American football wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. He was originally signed by the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at Hawaii.


Early years

Bess attended Skyline High School in Oakland, California and was a student and a letter-man in football, basketball, and baseball. In football, he was a first team All-City wide receiver as a junior. As a senior, he led his team to the League Championship and was a second team All-City quarterback. Davone Bess graduated from Skyline High School in 2003.

Bess grew up five minutes away from the Oakland Coliseum as an avid Oakland Raiders fan and even played a high school playoff game for Skyline High during his senior year at the Coliseum. His favorite player was Tim Brown.[1]

College career


Oregon State University

Bess lost his scholarship to Oregon State when he was sentenced to about 6 months in Byron boys ranch juvenile facility after allowing a friend to put stolen items in his car. During his time in the juvenile facility, Bess played in a seven man flag football team created by the facility. During a game against another seven man flag football team, Bess did exceptionally well and caught the eye of a Hawaii recruiter in the stands and was given a four year scholarship.

University of Hawaii

Davone Bess joined Hawaiʻi in 2005 and quickly gained a starting spot at wide receiver.

As a freshman, Bess caught 89 passes for 1,124 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. Selected WAC first team and WAC Freshman of the Year.

As a sophomore, caught 96 passes for 1,220 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. Named WAC first team.

In his junior year, he finished with 108 catches for 1266 yards with 12 TDs.

During his time at Hawaii, Bess was named to the Associated Press' 2007 All-America third team; the Sporting News, Football Writers Association of America, and's 2005 Freshman All-American team; and was named to the All-WAC first team in 2005, 2006, and 2007.[2]

NFL career


Despite going undrafted, Bess earned a spot on the Dolphins active roster. He managed to catch his first NFL touchdown in Week 7 against the Baltimore Ravens. He mainly worked as a slot receiver until starter Greg Camarillo was injured. Bess moved up to starting duties beginning in week 13 against the St. Louis Rams, and became a reliable target for quarterback Chad Pennington.

Bess finished the regular season third among NFL rookies in receptions (54), behind two second-rounders—Denver's Eddie Royal (91) and Philadelphia's DeSean Jackson (62).[3] His 54 season receptions is the second most in NFL history for an undrafted rookie (behind only Wayne Chrebet with 66 catches in 1995).[4]


  1. ^ {{citation |url= |title=Dolphins Try To Separate From Pack Versus Raiders; Bess Has Close Ties To Oakland; Other Notes |date=November 14, 2008 | |accessdate=January 5, 200 of trouble, kept me off the streets." Largely raised by a single mom, Bess was one of many to attend college in his family. Bess said of his father: ref>Salguero, Armando (January 2, 2009), "The amazing, inspiring story of Davone Bess", Miami Herald, 
  2. ^ Tsai, Stephen (January 5, 2008), "UH's Davone Bess to pass on senior year", The Honolulu Advertiser, 
  3. ^ Thompson, Ed (June 25, 2009), "7 Points: Turn Up The Volume",, 
  4. ^ Farrar, Doug (January 1, 2009), "The Curious Case of Davone Bess", Field Gulls, 

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