Two-year letterwinner and a key component of the Delaware defensive front • third-year team member who will battle for a starting spot at tackle after serving as a backup his first two seasons • expected to take over starting role at left tackle with loss of Karon Gibson • one of six players returning with experience on defensive front • has seen action in 19 games at Delaware and recorded 40 tackles (17 solo) to go with three tackles for loss (nine yards), one sacks (six yards) and a pass breakup • physical player who can be an effective pass rusher from the middle • had two solo tackles in Blue-White Spring Game.
Earned second letter as a top backup on the defensive line for the Blue Hens • saw action in all 12 games as a backup tackle • ranked fourth among all Delaware defensive linemen with 37 tackles, including 16 solo stops • also had one sack for six yards, 2.5 tackles for loss (eight yards), and a pass breakup • had multiple tackles in 11 games with a career-high six stops vs. Richmond • also had five tackles vs. Maine, four against Wagner and Albany, and three each vs. Delaware State, Navy, and William & Mary • recorded a sack against Jacksonville and had tackles for loss against Delaware State and James Madison • did not take part in spring drills due to an injury.
Saw first collegiate game action as a redshirt freshman and earned letter • played in seven games on defensive line in a reserve role • registered three tackles on the season vs. West Chester, William & Mary, and Rhode Island • helped Delaware rank No. 2 in the Colonial Athletic Association in rushing defense, allowing just 134.2 yards per game • did not take part in spring drills due to an injury.
Did not see game action and retained freshman eligibility.
Played defensive end and defensive tackle for head coach Sean Callahan at Armwood High School • did not start playing organized football until high school • high school teammate of recent Delaware wide receiver and All-CAA punt returner Rob Jones • earned first team All-Western Conference and first team All-Hillsborough County honors as a senior • first team all-region • named a three-star athlete by yahoo.com • named pre-season FlaVarsity No. 2 defensive end • registered 97 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, and seven sacks as a senior and 85 tackles and six sacks as a junior • blocked three punts in his career • team was nationally-ranked in both in 2007 and 2010 • team won four straight district titles and three regional title during his career and was state runner-up in 2010 • team had four-year record of 52-6, including a 14-1 mark in 2010 • threw the shot put and discus for track and field team • honor roll student • also recruited by several Mid-American Conference schools.
David Dennard Tinsley • born March 1, 1993 • son of Brenda Robinson • oldest of three children • marketing and management major at Delaware • would like to work in marketing for a Fortune 500 company after graduation • mother is a nurse and a realtor • enjoys fishing and playing the saxophone in his spare time • started a young men's mentor group at nearby Newark Charter School last spring.
CAREER STATISTICS AT DELAWARE
|| Tackles (Solo)
Tackles: 6 vs. Richmond, 2013