Demarcus Dobbs
Dobbs in the 2012 preseason.
No. 83     San Francisco 49ers
Defensive end / Tight End
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-11-30) November 30, 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth: Savannah, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
College: Georgia
Undrafted in 2011
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* San Francisco 49ers ( 2011–present)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2011
Tackles     1
Sacks     0
Forced fumbles     0

Demarcus Dobbs (born November 30, 1987) is an American football defensive end and tight end for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. He was signed by the 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played college football for the University of Georgia.

Early years[edit | edit source]

"We lived in a tiny starter home on Wilmington Island, and we turned our office into Demarcus' bedroom. We became so close – we loved him and it was going to happen – there really wasn't a choice."

Stephanie Britt, January 2010[1]

Dobbs was born on November 30, 1987 in Savannah, Georgia, and attended Calvary Baptist Day School, where he played high school football. When Dobbs was seven years old, he left home and moved into Bethesda Home for Boys with his brother Daniel. He excelled in school and was recruited to play football at Calvary Baptist Day by Danny Britt, currently an assistant principal at the school. Before high school, "Demarcus had never played football before. Calvary just wanted to give him an education," said Britt. "At that point, I asked him if he would be interested in trying football." Through his freshman and junior years at Calvary Baptist, he remained close with Britt and his family, before eventually being offered to move in with them during his senior year of high school. "Our girls were very small – just 4 and 5 years old at the time – and we were poor. We wondered, 'Can we raise a teenage boy? Can we feed another child?'" said Britt's wife, Stephanie. He moved in with the Britt's in 2005, forming a close bond with their two daughters. "The girls have always been so excited to be with me, and it's funny when you see us together – I'm so big, and they're so small," said Dobbs.[1]

At Calvary Baptist, he played both tight end and defensive end. As a tight end in his senior year, he caught 14 passes for 259 yards and four touchdowns. He was named to the All-Coastal Empire team as a tight end. On defense, he recorded 78 tackles and six sacks. He was named to the All-Region first team as a defensive end. Dobbs also played high school basketball for Calvary Baptist, being named to the Savannah Morning News All-City First Team in 2005.[2]

After his senior season in football, he was rated as a three-star recruit by[3] and as a four-star recruit by[4] He was recruited by Ball State University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham,[1] University of Georgia, Auburn University, and the Georgia Institute of Technology, before ultimately accepting a scholarship to play for the Georgia Bulldogs football team.[3]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Demarcus Dobbs
DE and TE
Savannah, Georgia Calvary Baptist Day School (GA) 6 ft 3 in (191 cm) 250 lb (110 kg) 4.98 Oct 11,
Scout:75px   Rivals:3/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings:
Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

College career[edit | edit source]

"I have to admit I loved the interception for a touchdown. That was big. I was fired up for Demarcus."

Mark Richt, September 2008[5]

As a true freshman in 2006, Dobbs was redshirted, giving him an extra year of eligibility. The following season, in 2007, he appeared in all 13 of Georgia's games, recording his first collegiate tackle against Hawaii in the 2008 Sugar Bowl. He mainly saw playing time on special teams for Georgia.[2]

In 2008, as a redshirt sophomore, Dobbs made his first career start against Central Michigan, where he recorded a career-high four tackles and an interception, which he returned 78-yards for a touchdown.[5] Against Arizona State, he recorded his first college sack, as well as a forced fumble. He finished the season with four total starts, 19 tackles, two sacks, and two interceptions. The following season, he became a starter for the Bulldogs, starting in all 13 games for the team. He recorded a career-high 39 tackles, recording four tackles on three different occasions. He also tallied 4.5 sacks for Georgia. As a senior in 2010, started in 10 of 13 games, recording 28 tackles. He matched his career-high of four tackles in three different games during the season.[2]

Dobbs received the Joseph E. Espy football scholarship three times during his five seasons at Georgia and graduated in December 2010 with a degree in consumer economics.[2]

Professional career[edit | edit source]

San Francisco 49ers[edit | edit source]

After going undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft, Dobbs signed as an undrafted free agent with the San Francisco 49ers. After impressing during training camp, he made the 49ers' final roster.[6] He was one of two undrafted free agents retained by the 49ers after final cuts, with the other being fellow defensive tackle Ian Williams.[7]

During the 2012 NFL Preseason, Dobbs began playing the tight end position in addition to his usual spot on the defensive line.[8]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Family opens home, hearts to UGA defensive end Demarcus Dobbs". Savannah Now. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "#58 Demarcus Dobbs". University of Georgia. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Demarcus Dobbs".;_ylt=AvoUIxNrLAGMAWOy1vabVDBDPZB4. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  4. "Demarcus Dobbs". Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Odum, Charles. "Dobbs a surprise leader on No. 2 Georgia's defense". Associated Press. USA Today. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  6. Sando, Mike. "Reading between lines on Jim Harbaugh". ESPN. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  7. Barrows, Matt. "Wragge, Adams, Zeigler among 26 cut by 49ers". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  8. Fucillo, David. "Demarcus Dobbs, Two-Way Playing And The 46-Man Active Roster". Niners Nation. Retrieved 17 August 2012.

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