Former Green Wave standout signs with organization after successful showing at rookie minicamp
Santos ties record with five field goals, including a 42-yard game winner as the Wave improve to 3-0 in C-USA
Green Wave earn Homecoming victory to improve to 4-2 on the year and 2-0 in Conference USA play
Green Wave score 17-straight second-half points to improve to 2-1 on the young season
Green Wave defense forces six turnovers, Orleans Darkwa runs for 50 yards and two scores in the win
Tulane vs. ULL - R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl - Mercendes-Benz Superdome - Dec. 21, 2013
The Green Wave lost 33-17 to the Memphis Tigers on October 22nd, 2011 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Career Notes: Four-year letterman had 101 tackles (66 solo, 35 assists), 5.5 tackle for loss, 18 pass break-ups, five interceptions - including two returned for touchdowns - a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on defense, ran four times for 12 yards (3.0) and catching 11 passes for 60 yards (5.5) on offense, while returning 28 punts for 268 yards (9.6) and 13 kickoffs for 258 yards (19.8 avg.) to go with a pair of blocked kicks and returning a blocked field goal for a score on special teams during his career...played in 39 games with 20 starts...returns to the defensive backfield after playing running back as a junior...enters fall practice second on the depth chart at both cornerback and punt returner...completed his career tied for first in Tulane history in interceptions returned for touchdowns (2) and fourth in interception return yards (186)...holds Green Wave single-season record in yards per interception return (43.7 in 2013) and sits tied for fourth in pass break-ups (14 in 2013)...signed a free-agent contract with the New Orleans Saints at the conclusion of his collegiate career.
2013: Saw action in all 13 games with 11 starts at nickelback as a senior...led the team in pass break-ups (14) and shared the lead in blocked kicks (1) while finishing tied for second in interceptions (3), sixth with 54 tackles (32 solo, 22 assists) and tied for 10th in tackles for loss (4.5)...finished second in Conference USA in passes defended per game (1.3) and tied for 15th in interceptions per game (0.2)...ranked tied for 15th in the NCAA in passes defended per game...tabbed C-USA Defensive Player of the Week after posting a season-best eight tackles (5 solo, 3 assists) with 1.0 tackles for loss, breaking up two passes and intercepting another which he returned 99 yards for a touchdown vs East Carolina (10/12)...claimed C-USA Special Team's Player of the Week after returning a blocked field goal 62 yards for a touchdown while posting seven tackles (5 solo, 2 assists) vs North Texas (10/5)...logged six tackles (2 solo, 4 assists) with a half tackle for loss vs Jackson State on (8/29)...had five tackles (1 solo, 4 assists) with a pass break-up at FAU (11/2)...added four stops on five occasions: 3 solo, 1 assist with a pass break-up vs South Alabama (9/7), 3 solo, 1 assist with a tackle for loss and two pass break-ups vs Tulsa (10/26), 2 solo, 2 assists with a half tackle for loss and two pass break-ups at UTSA (11/9); 3 solo, 1 assist with a pass break-up and a blocked field goal at Rice (11/30); and 3 solo, 1 assist with an interception vs Louisiana-Lafayette in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (12/21)...recorded three tackles (1 solo, 2 assists) and a pair of pass break-ups at Louisiana Tech (9/12)...had two tackles twice: 1 solo, 1 assist with 1.5 tackles fo loss and a pass break-up at Syracuse (9/21) and 2 solo with an interception and a pass break-up at ULM (9/28)...logged a solo stop and a pass break-up vs UTEP (11/23).
2012: Played in 10 games with one start at running back as a junior...led the team in punt returns (10) and punt return yards (81) while finishing fifth in rushing yards (12), tied for fifth in kick returns (2), sixth in kick return yardage (42), tied for ninth in receptions (11) and 10th in both all-purpose yards (195) and receiving yards (60)...posted career highs with 43 all-purpose yards, six catches and 40 receiving yards while returning one punt for three yards vs Rutgers (9/1)...had a season-best two carries for 10 yards with a long of six to go with two punt returns for 11 yards vs Ole Miss (9/22)...also had two punt returns for 30 yards vs SMU (10/13) and for 26 yards vs East Carolina (11/17)...posted two solo stops on special teams, including one that forced a fumble vs ULM (9/29).
2011: Saw action in 11 games with eight starts at defensive back as a sophomore...led the team in punt returns (18) and punt return yardage (187) while ranking second in interceptions (2) and blocks (1), tied for second in fumble recoveries (1), fifth in pass break-ups (4), sixth with 44 tackles (31 solo, 13 assists) and tied for 10th in tackles for loss (1.0)...finished fourth in Conference USA and 22nd nationally in punt return average (10.4)...posted career highs with nine tackles (5 solo, 4 assists) and a pair of pass break-ups at East Carolina (10/29)...had seven stops (5 solo, 2 assists) and his first career interception while returning two punts for 49 yards - including a 44-yarder - and a kickoff return of 13 yards vs Southeastern Louisiana (9/3)...returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown and added an assisted tackle at UAB (9/17)...recovered a fumble at Duke (9/24)...had career highs with six punt returns for 66 yards and blocked a PAT vs Memphis (10/22)...had five-tackle contests at Duke, vs Memphis and vs Houston (11/10).
2010: Played in five games as a redshirt freshman...finished second on the team in kickoff returns (10) and return yardage (203)...returned five kickoffs for 107 yards and recorded first career tackle with a solo stop vs Ole Miss (9/11)...had four returns for 79 yards at Houston (9/25).
2009: Did not play as a true freshman...redshirted the season.
High School: Three-year letterman at Edgewater High where he played running back and defensive back for coach Bill Gierke...named two-star recruit and No. 131 defensive back in the nation by Scout.com...recognized as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com...helped the Eagles go a combined 25-8 with three trips to the postseason as a prepster...as a senior, named first-team All-Central Florida and voted team captain after running for 128 yards and touchdown on 38 carries and catching three passes for 29 yards on offense while recording 29 tackles (25 solo, four assists), six interceptions and a fumble recovery on defense, and accumulating 309 return yards on special teams...named first-team All-FNF as a junior after posting 47 tackles (35 solo, 12 assists), four interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a blocked kick.
Personal: Born Derrick Olen Strozier on Oct. 27, 1990, in Kansas, City, Mo...son of Jeffrey and Kimberly Strozier...has two brothers: Devin and Jeffrey, Jr.; and one sister, Donna...uncles, Mike Jones and Art Strozier, both played in the NFL while cousins, Noah and Phillip Strozier, played collegiately and Kansas State and Kansas, respectively...majoring in finance.
Strozier's Career Offensive Statistics
Strozier's Career Defensive Statistics
Strozier's Career Return Statistics