Pick #137: Miami (OH) LB Terna Nande
By Jeff Fuqua
Posted April 30th, 2006
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With the 137th pick of the 2006 NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans select Miami (OH) LB Terna Nande.
Nande is a four-year starter and twice an All-Conference selection. He posted 44 tackles as a senior, missing five games with a lacerated liver. He posted career-high numbers of 109/20/5.5 as a sophomore.
Nande is an explosive defender best as a one-gap linebacker. He is fast laterally, collapses from the outside defending the run and stays with assignments. He flashes abilities in space, easily alters his angle of attack and stands out in pursuit. Nande's stock had a boost after he turned in a terrific combine.
The following is a full bio from NFL.com
Nande possesses excellent power, quickness and leaping ability. He boasts a 520-pound bench press, a 620-pound squat, a 36.5-inch vertical jump and a personal best clocking of 4.43 in the 40-yard dash. The two-time All-Mid American Conference selection is a versatile player who moved to down lineman on passing downs to provide an extra pass rusher.
Terna was named first-team All-State as a senior and was a three-time All-City and two-time All- Area selection at Creston High School. He averaged seven yards per carry and 16 tackles per game as a senior running back and linebacker. He led Creston to a 39-12 record over four seasons including two city championships, a regional championship and a state runner-up finish in 1999. Nande also competed in track, running the 100-meter dash in 10.8 as a junior.
Nande forced his way into the starting lineup for nine games as a true freshman at Miami University in 2002. He recorded 49 tackles (28 solos) with two sacks and five stops for losses. He continued to man the right outside linebacker position in 2003. He was named All-Mid American Conference second team as a sophomore, as he gained 114 yards with a touchdown on four interceptions, deflected seven passes and recovered two fumbles. He ranked third on the team with 109 tackles (68 solos) and second with 20 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He was credited with six quarterback pressures and caused a fumble.
The speedy linebacker was awarded first-team All-MAC honors in 2004. He again finished third on the team with 86 hits (58 solos), coming up with 3.5 sacks and nine stops for losses. He caused and recovered a fumble while also deflecting four passes. In 2005, Nande finishined with 44 tackles (20 solos), four stops behind the line of scrimmage and two fumble recoveries.
In 45 games with the RedHawks, Nande started 41 times. He finished his career with 288 tackles (174 solos), eleven sacks for minus 54 yards, 38 stops for losses of 140 yards and nine quarterback pressures. He recovered six fumbles and caused three others. Terna also deflected thirteen passes and intercepted four others.
Produced 38 tackles behind the line of scrimmage during his career…His 20 stops for losses in 2003 rank eleventh on the school’s season-record list…Had at least ten tackles in eight games during his career.
Played in six games, starting five contests at right outside linebacker…Ranked sixth on the team with 44 tackles (20 solos)…Had four stops for losses of 20 yards and three quarterback pressures…Recovered two fumbles, returning one 3 yards and deflected one pass.
All-Mid American first-team selection…Started all year at right outside linebacker…Was the team’s third-leading tackler with 86 tackles (58 solos)…Registered 3.5 sacks for minus 19 yards and nine stops for losses of 27 yards…Deflected four passes…Recovered one fumble and caused two others.
All-MAC second-team choice…Started fourteen games at right outside linebacker, ranking third on the squad with a career-high 109 tackles (68 solos), adding 5.5 sacks for minus 33 yards and ranked second on the team with 20 stops for losses of 70 yards…Credited with six quarterback pressures…Caused a fumble and recovered two others…Deflected seven passes and intercepted four others for 114 yards in returns with a touchdown.
Played in twelve games as a true freshman, starting nine at right outside linebacker…Made 49 tackles (28 solos) with two sacks for minus 2 yards, five stops for losses of 23 yards, a fumble recovery and a pass deflection…Recovered a fumble vs. North Carolina…Totaled seven tackles, including five solo hits vs. Kent State...Notched sacks in consecutive games vs. Akron and Cincinnati.
CAMPUS AGILITY TESTS
4.51 in the 40-yard dash…520-pound bench press…620-pound squat…36.5-inch vertical jump…32-inch arm length…9 1/4-inch hands…Right-handed.
Attended Creston (Grand Rapids, Mich.) High School, playing football for head coach Charles “Sparky” McEewn…Named first-team All-State as a senior and was a three-time All-City and twotime All-Area selection…Averaged seven yards per carry and 16 tackles per game as a senior running back and linebacker…Led Creston to a 39-12 record over four seasons including two city championships, a regional championship and a state runner-up finish in 1999…Also competed in track, running the 100-meter dash in 10.8 as a junior.
Health Studies major…Younger brother, Tersee, is a safety/wide receiver and teammate at Miami University (2003-present)…Son of Veronica and David Nande…Parents are from Nigeria and his mother still resides there…Born 6/17/83…Resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan.