Impact player on edge ... veteran talent within Army's defensive backfield ... completed smooth transition to head coach Bobby Ross' new defensive scheme last spring ... versatile performer ...bounced around Black Knights' secondary throughout West Point tenure ... asked to switch from safety to cornerback this spring ... completed smooth return to position where he began career ... will assume starter's role at "boundary" corner spot ... hard-hitting defender with nose for football ... possesses outstanding speed ... flies to football ... instinctive player with great understanding of game ... plays game with great deal of passion ... excellent tackler in open field ... shifted from cornerback to free safety following freshman year ... features selfless attitude and tremendous work ethic ... presented with team's "Sledgehammer Award" this spring ... honor given to player "who consistently demonstrates greatest physical and mental toughness during spring workouts" ... first instituted by Ross in the spring of 2004 ... shared award with classmate Jared Ulekowski ... also chosen one of club's captains for 2005 campaign ... named to preseason "watch list" for both Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Lott Trophy ... both awards presented to college football's defensive player of the year ... three-year letterman.
2004: Started 10 of team's 11 games at free safety ... injury relegated him to limited reserve duty opposite Cincinnati ... ranked second among Black Knights with 83 tackles ... reached double digits in hits four times ... posted two forced fumbles, one tackle for loss and one pass breakup ... opened campaign with successive double-digit tackle efforts ... piled up 13 tackles against Louisville ... tied career high with 14 hits following week at Houston ... credited with 11 stops and one pass breakup versus TCU ... notched 10 tackles at East Carolina ... enjoyed nine-hit afternoon against Air Force ... credited with first career tackle for loss opposite Falcons ... involved in six tackles at Tulane ... forged five hits in defeat of USF ... added five stops against both UAB and arch-rival Navy ... also forced fumble versus Mids ... recorded three tackles against Connecticut ... added two hits in win over Cincinnati.
2003: Saw action in all 13 contests ... slowed during season's early stages after undergoing preseason knee surgery ... filled reserve role during first four games of year ... started each of season's final nine contests ... finished year listed fourth on team with 97 tackles ... boasted two pass breakups and one fumble recovery as well ... relegated to reserve duty in opening four games due to preseason knee surgery ... moved into starting lineup for first time in career at TCU and remained there rest of way ... posted just 11 tackles in team's opening three games ... averaged 8.6 tackles final 10 outings ... reached double figure tackle totals twice ... credited with career-high 14 hits against Houston ... finished with 11 stops at Louisville ... added nine tackles versus East Carolina, Hawai'i and Navy ... forged eight hits each against USF and TCU ... responsible for seven stops in road date against Air Force ... involved in five tackles during visits to Cincinnati and UAB ... broke up one pass against Bearcats ... garnered lone fumble recovery versus Blazers ... registered four stops against both Connecticut and Rutgers ... chipped in one pass breakup opposite Huskies ... added three hits against Tulane.
2002: Appeared in 10 of Black Knights' 12 contests ... sat out only Rutgers and East Carolina tilts ... shouldered major special teams role ... utilized extensively in kick coverage ... logged additional reserve time in Army defensive backfield ... closed year with six tackles ... credited with two primary hits ... registered three tackles against Air Force ... added two stops versus Louisville ... notched other tackle during season finale against Navy.
High School: Two-time all-district selection at Marshall High in San Antonio, Texas ... played for head coach Bryan Dausin ... three-time letterwinner ... helped team to perfect 14-0 record during junior season ... squad reached state semifinals that year ... earned three additional varsity letters in track and field ... specialized in sprint events on track ... two-time team captain in track and field ... team captain in football as a senior ... National Honor Society member.
Personal: Born March 7, 1984 ... given name is Dhyan Ahmad Tarver ... parents' names are Wallace and Denise Tarver ... father, Wallace, is a lawyer ... mother, Denise, is a doctor ... twin brother, Dhani, currently enrolled at Texas A&M University ... delivery was separated by seven minutes (Dhani first) ... Dhyan appeared in several television commercials as a youth ... also held role in educational videos distributed to schools nationwide ... majoring in Systems Engineering.
TARVER'S DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
Year G-GS TT PT AT TFL QBS FR PD Int.
2002 10-0 6 2 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
2003 13-9 97 41 56 0-0 0-0 1 2 0
2004 11-10 83 57 26 1-1 0-0 0 1 0
Totals 34-19 186 100 86 1-1 0-0 1 3 0
Tackles: 14 vs. Houston, 11-15-03; Houston, 9-18-04
Tackles for Loss: 1 vs. Air Force, 11-6-04
Pass Breakups: 1, Three times