April 27, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -
Former Marshall defensive end Vinny Curry has been selected in the second round (59th overall) by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2012 National Football League Draft.
With the selection, Curry becomes the 38th player drafted into the NFL from Marshall. He is the highest Marshall player selected since wide receiver Darius Watts was taken 54th overall by the Denver Broncos in the 2004 NFL Draft. Among defensive players, Curry is the highest pick since defensive back Chris Crocker was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the third round (84th overall) in 2003.
The Neptune, N.J. native was selected to six All-America teams (FWAA, Walter Camp, Associated Press, CBSSports.com, Phil Steele and College Sports Madness) in 2011 while being earning 2011 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year honors from the league's coaches.
Curry (Neptune, N.J.), who was also a captain last season, was in the running for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (nation's best defensive player), the Chuck Bednarik (nation's best defensive player) and Rotary Lombardi Awards (nation's best lineman) and tied for second nationally with seven forced fumbles, tied for third with 22 tackles for loss and tied for sixth with 11 sacks. He finished his Herd career with 49 tackles for loss (seventh in MU history) and 26.5 sacks (fourth all-time). Last season, he earned National Defensive Player of the Week honors after the win over Rice and National Defensive Lineman honors in the victory over Southern Miss. The 6-4 first-team All-C-USA selection was also invited to the Senior Bowl where he recorded a pair of sacks.
The Herd, who went 7-6 overall against the nation's 16th-toughest schedule in 2011, also won a program-record five Conference USA games.