Players and coach Rod Carey visit children at Baptist Children Hospital
2013: Sixth on the team in tackles with 49, including 30 solo stops...Second on the team with three interceptions...Tallied four tackles at UMass (11/2)...Posted two solo tackles and pass break up against Eastern Michigan (10-26)...Tallied five tackles at Kent State (10-5)...Recorded a career-high two interceptions at Purdue (9-28), returning one for 50 yards, while also recording two tackles...Recorded an interception and returned it 22 yards to go along with eight tackles at Iowa (8-31)...Made six tackles and forced a fumble at Central Michigan (10/19)...Led NIU with 10 tackles, including seven solo stops at Idaho (9-14)...tallied three tackles and forced a fumble in the home opener against Eastern Illinois (9-21)...Made four tackles and broke up a pass versus Akron (10/12).
2012: Made 38 stops, 22 solo, in nine games. Forced a team-high three fumbles. Made an acrobatic interception along the sidelines in the second quarter of the MAC Championship game against Kent State (11-30) to set up a Huskie touchdown. Recorded a career-high 10 tackles and two forced fumbles versus Iowa (9-1). Made eight tackles, including 1.5 for loss, from the safety position in win over UT Martin (9-8). Tallied five tackles, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble against Central Michigan (9-29). Made two tackles at Eastern Michigan (11-23). Recorded six tackles, inclduing three solo stops, at Army (9-15). Missed five games during the regular season due to injury.
2011: Named to the Rivals.com MAC All-Freshman Team. Played in every game and started the last nine (all Huskie wins) at strong safety, and contributed on special teams. Ranked seventh on the team in tackles with 57, 34 solo. Tied for the team lead in interceptions with three; his 47 interception return yards led NIU. Broke up four passes and had four tackles for loss. Sealed NIU's GoDaddy.com Bowl victory with a 36-yard interception return for a touchdown against Arkansas State (1-8). Recorded an interception against Ohio (12-2) in the MAC Championship game and added four stops. Posted five tackles, including a half sack, versus Eastern Michigan (11-25). Made five tackles, one for loss, against Ball State (11-15). Tied his career-high with nine tackles, seven solo, at Toledo (11-1). Picked off his first career pass and made nine tackles with one for loss at Buffalo (10-22) to win the Defensive Skill Player of the Week Award. Registered six tackles, one for loss, and a pass breakup versus Western Michigan (10-15). Blocked a punt, broke up a pass and made three stops in his first career start versus Kent State (10-8).
2010: Redshirted his first season at NIU.
High School: All-area selection by the Charlotte Observer and Daily Herald (North Carolina) in 2009. First team I-Meck Conference choice as a senior. Two-time Defensive MVP of his high school team. Two-way player made 59 tackles, 34 solo, forced two fumbles and intercepted four with one returned for a score, as a senior. Caught 32 passes for 582 yards and seven touchdowns at wide receiver and returned 13 punts for 217 yards. Had a 99-yard touchdown catch, the longest in school history. His junior season, recorded 42 tackles, 27 solo, and intercepted four while catching 22 passes for 490 yards and five scores. Also returned eight kickoffs for 180 yards. Totaled 128 tackles and 11 interceptions on defense in three varsity seasons. Caught 66 career passes for 1,214 yards and 13 touchdowns. Team qualified for the playoffs his junior and senior years.
Personal: Born Jan. 11, 1992 in Charlotte, N.C. Son of Kimberly Tabor and Darren Durante. A general studies major.
DURANTE'S CAREER GAME HIGHS
Tackles: 10, twice, last at Idaho, 9-14-13 Forced Fumbles: 2, vs. Iowa, 9-1-12 Tackles for Loss: 1.5, vs. UT Martin, 9-8-12 Interceptions:2, at Purdue, 9-28-13