The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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May 28, 2014

Autry signs in NFL

AHS, Miss St. grad works out for Raiders

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 — Albemarle has become part of Raider Nation.

Denico Autry, a graduate of Albemarle High and 2014 graduate of Mississippi State University, signed this month as a free agent with the NFL’s Oakland Raiders.

“It makes me feel good, as a parent, that I didn’t give up on him,” LaSonya Autry, his mother, said on Monday.

A week before joining the Raiders he walked across the stage and received his degree from Mississippi State.

“I’m real proud of him,” his mother said.

“He’s worked real hard.

“He never gave up, he just kept working.”

During the 2008 Albemarle season, Denico Autry was named the All-SNAP Defensive Player of the Year and Rocky River Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

Following high school, in two seasons at East Mississippi Community College the defensive end garnered 141 total tackles, 16.5 sacks, 24 tackles for a loss and seven forced fumbles. He was a member of the NJCAA national title team.

In his two years at Mississippi State, he had 73 tackles, six sacks and three forced fumbles.

Before signing with Missipppi State, Autry received offer letters from the University of Miami and the University of Tennessee and was recruited by Auburn, Arkansas,  Florida, Georgia, Ole Miss, Florida State, North Carolina, Texas A&M, Oregon and Alabama, according to a 2011 Stanly News & Press article.

The Raiders also selected Mississippi State offensive guard Gabe Jackson in the draft.

Even though Autry was not selected in the NFL Draft, his mother said he felt like he was going to accomplish something.

“Like I told him, you never did anything the easy way, you had to go the hard way and work for it,” she said.

Denico is at offseason workouts and was not available for comment.

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