WASHINGTON, D.C. – Gallaudet University defensive back Tony Tatum (Gardendale, Ala.) received national attention two years ago for the improbable tipped interception play that played on ESPN's SportsCenter and College Game Day and reached over a million views on YouTube in two days.
Tatum, a rising senior next season, is receiving more attention this time from National Football League (NFL) scouts. The all-conference shutdown cornerback worked out recently for a scout from the Philadelphia Eagles and has received interest from other teams.
"Tony has a great chance heading into the 2012 season to make a name for himself and continue to bring national attention to Gallaudet University and the Bison football program," said Gallaudet football coach Chuck Goldstein, who enters his third season at the helm this fall.
Tatum is a two-time Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) all-conference selection. This past year he was named to the first-team defense after being selected to the second team in 2010. Tatum also found a spot on the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) North All-Star Second Team for defense. In 2010, Tatum was named the ECFC Rookie of the Year.
This season he had 50 passes thrown his way where only 11 were caught in nine games started for the Bison. He broke-up eight passes, ranked second in the ECFC, picked off four passes which was tied for third in the ECFC. His 100 interception return yards ranked second in the conference. He ranked No. 37 in passes defended in Division III (1.25 per game) as he went up against two of the top 25 passing offenses in Division III.
Tatum is also a two-time all-conference performer in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) for the Gallaudet men's basketball program.