Career Summary: Came to Memphis in `05 as a sophomore transfer from Northwest Mississippi CC...Played nine games in his first season and made one start in the offensive line against USM...Hampered by several injuries in `06 and sat out that season as a redshirt...Came back the following year and played in all 13 games in `07...Worked in the line and as a member of the special teams unit...Started in 6 of 10 games played in `08...Was part of an offensive line that led C-USA in sack denial in 2005 and 2007.
2008 Highlights: Started against ECU, USM, SMU, UCF, Tulane and USF...Part of an offensive line that ranked second in C-USA in fewest sacks allowed (17)...In on just over 46% of the Tigers' offensive plays as a senior.
2007: Part of an offensive line that led C-USA in fewest sacks allowed for the fourth-straight year with 14...Sack denial total ranked 10th nationally...Helped pave the way for a Tiger offense that ranked 13th nationally in passing offense and 23rd in total offense...Played in all 13 games with both the offensive line and the special teams unit...Plarticipated in a career high 28 snaps against UCF...Saw action on 128 offensive plays in 2007.
2006: Battled various injuries including an elbow dislocation and a knee injury throughout the season...Redshirted during the 2006 season...Was back on the field extensively in the spring and is expected to add depth to the offensive line in 2007.
2005: Participated in nine games for the Tigers in 2005...Played 34 of the team's 77 snaps in the Chattanooga contest...Worked 35 of the Tigers' 72 plays in the victory over UTEP...Had 38 offensive plays against Houston and 22 in the East Carolina win...Had his first career start in the Southern Miss game on the road, replacing an injured Andy Smith at offensive guard...Totaled 35 offensive plays against Southern Miss...Also saw action with the special teams unit...Finished the season having played 164 snaps...Was part of an offensive line that allowed just nine sacks in 2005, which led Conference USA...Also helped the offense rank fifth nationally in rushing offense and helped pave the way for All-American tailback DeAngelo Williams to lead the nation in rushing average.
Junior College: Played only one season at Northwest Mississippi Community College...Was a high school and junior college teammate of fellow 2005 signee Brandon Hunt...Was an offensive lineman at NWMCC.
Prep: Played offensive and defensive tackle and saw action on special teams during his career at Southaven High School under Coach Calvin Aldridge...Helped his 2002 squad to a District championship...Voted team captain in 2003...Earned All-Region 1 Class 5A and all-district honors after his junior and senior seasons.
Personal: Michael Denning is the son of Daniel and Emily Denning...Born October 21, 1985...Has a twin brother, Steven, who also played at NWMCC.