Darrion Dalton Season 2024

Weight280 lbs
HometownApple Valley, Minn.

Big, athletic body who continues to work for playing time ... Enters his third season on the depth chart for the first time, projected to back up Tupu Alualu at defensive tackle.

Appeared in six games off the bench ... Played 114 total snaps on defense ... Made nine tackles (six solo) ... Also had a pair of quarterback hurries and a pass breakup ... Recorded his first tackles and career-high three tackles in the season opener against Ohio on Aug. 26 ... Registered his first career quarterback hurry and pass breakup against Idaho State on Sept. 2 ... Tallied two tackles against UCLA on Sept. 9 ... Matched his career-high with three tackles at No. 16/17 Oregon State on Sept. 16 ... Recorded a tackle in the conference opener vs. Boise State on Sept. 22 ... Had a quarterback hurry in the season finale vs. Fresno State on Nov. 25.

Played in six games without recording a stat ... Logged 20 defensive snaps overall ... Played two snaps in the opener against Arizona on Sept. 3 for his first DI appearance ... Played six snaps at No. 14/15 Utah on Sept. 17 ... Played one snap vs. Toledo on Sept. 24 ... Logged three snaps at Boise State on Sept. 30 ... Played a season-high seven snaps vs. Hawai’i on Oct. 8 ... Saw action on one snap vs. Middle Tennessee on Dec. 24 in the EasyPost Hawai’i Bowl.

Utilized his redshirt season in his first year on The Mesa.

Earned three letters at Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Ariz. … Helped the Sabercats to a 29-5 record (.853) over his three years, including a 13-0 mark in 5A play with three league titles … SHS was 13-1 and won the state title in 2018 and followed that season up with a 11-2 record in 2019 and a state runner-up finish … Was a first-team all-league selection … According to MaxPreps, totaled 80 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 13 quarterback hurries, a forced fumble, fumble recovery, an interception and a pass breakup … A three-star recruit by 247sports and ESPN, and a two-star recruit by Rivals … Received a scout grade of 80 by 247sports and a 74 by ESPN.

Darrion Deuce Dalton was born Aug. 28, 2003, in Edina, Minn. ... Son of Donny and Jennifer Daulton ... Brother, Donovan, is a senior defensive back at Hawai’i, while his father, Donny, played football at Minnesota ... Chose the Aztecs over other offers from Air Force, Army West Point, Navy, UNLV, Fordham, Idaho, Lehigh, Northern Colorado and Northern Arizona … Also received recruiting interest from Oregon, North Carolina, Northwestern, Nevada, New Mexico, Rice, Tulane, New Mexico State, Yale and North Dakota … Is majoring in business.

Tackles: 3 at No. 16/17 Oregon State (9/16/23), vs. Ohio (8/26/23)
Pass Breakups: 1 vs. Idaho State (9/2/23)