UD Football BIO
72 David Tinsley

Fifth-year veteran of the defensive front • selected as the team's lone captain in overwhelming vote by teammates • UD's first solo captain since Dan Mulhern in 2002 • three-year letterwinner • one of eight seniors on the squad • a leader of one of the top defensive line units in the Colonial Athletic Association • UD returns nine down linemen with playing experience • fought back from season-ending injury in 2014 opener and took part in spring drills • enters pre-season camp projected to start at left end • has appeared in 20 career games with one start and recorded 41 tackles (19 solo) to go with one sack, three tackles for loss, a forced fumble, and a pass breakup • effective run-stopper • physical player who can be an effective pass rusher • had four tackles (one for loss) in Blue-White Spring Game in May.


Began season as the starter at right tackle but suffered injury in season-opener vs. Pitt and missed the remainder of the season • had one tackle and forced a fumble in that game • 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 • 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 who earned his degree in May, 2015 • currently pursuing a MBA 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.


Year G/S Tackles (Solo)
2014 1/1 1(1) 0-0 / 0-0 0/1 0/0
2013 12/0 37 (16) 1-6 /2.5-8
2012 7/0 3 (1)  0-0 /0.5-1 0/0 0/0
TOTALS 20/1 41 (18)
1-6 / 3-9

6 vs. Richmond, 2013

Position: Defensive Line (Captain)
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 285
Year: Senior
Hometown: Seffner, Fla.
High School: Armwood
Major: MBA
Experience: 3 Letters
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