2021 will be Tavarus Dantzler’s third season as a Pirate. In his first two years playing linebacker, Dantzler was credited with 35 tackles, 6.5 for loss, and 5 pass break-ups. He set a postseason team-record with 2 sacks against the Carolina Cobras in 2019. Dantzler has shown remarkable commitment to the sport of football. While several NFL teams showed interest in Danztler, including St. Louis and Washington, he eventually signed with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in spring of 2015. Towards the end of training camp he was released. Dantzler, a big, strong, and fast linebacker plays a run and hit style of defense which translates into exciting, intense football for the Pirates.
As a senior at Bethune-Cookman University in 2014, Dantzler played in 12 games. As an outside linebacker he had his best college season. Dantzler finished the year with 80 tackles, 8.5 for loss, 3 pass break-ups, 1 sack, 3 forced fumbles, and 3 fumble recoveries, The team finished 9-3 and 6-2 in the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference.
In his junior year playing for the Wildcats, Dantzler started in all 13 games. He finished the season with 47 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 forced fumbles. Against Howard, he recorded four solo tackles, 3 of those behind the line of scrimmage. Versus Norfolk State Dantzler had a career-high 12 tackles and a forced fumble. He was also good for nine tackles and a pass deflection in a victory over South Carolina State.
2012, Dantzler’s sophomore season, saw him play in 11 games, starting in 3. He recorded 4 tackles and a sack in the MEAC title-clinching game against Savannah State. Dantzler also recorded a season-high 8 tackles against Coastal Carolina in the first round of the FCS playoffs.
A year prior, as a freshman, Dantzler played in 10 games and was credited with 16 tackles on the season. He is entering his age-29 season with Massachusetts.