Emerged as a playmaker last season, leading the Wildcats in tackles for loss and quarterback sacks in his first year on the team ... Made a quick adjustment from junior college and looks to continue his progress after a year of experience in the SEC ... Has good quickness and a high motor, a combination that often gets him into the opponent backfield ... Has learned to be a stay-at-home cook in order to give himself maximum nutritional value to his meals ... Has played and started 13 games.
Junior College: The nation's No. 15 junior-college prospect by Rivals.com ... Listed No. 33 in the juco ranks by SuperPrep ... Played at Los Angeles Harbor College, where he was a teammate of current Wildcat signee Chris Matthews ... Participated in 15 games during his two seasons at Harbor, totaling 63 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 quarterback sacks, four pass breakups, four quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery ... Coached by Andrew Alvillar and Brett Peabody ... "Number one is DeQuin's leadership ability," Peabody said. "He has an incredible motor all four quarters (of the game). He's also supremely conditioned." ... Named to the Southern California Junior College all-combine team held prior to his sophomore season, turning in a 40-yard dash time under 4.8 seconds.
High School: Began playing football his senior season at Cabrillo High School in Long Beach, Calif. ... Started at tight end and defensive end ... Also participated on the track team in the 100-meter dash and the shot put.
Personal: Born in Long Beach, Calif. ... Son of Penina Maefau ... Has a cousin, Hershel Dennis, who played football at Southern California ... Major is social work.