Trey Caldwell

Trey Caldwell
No. 31Cleveland Browns
Position: Defensive back
Personal information
Birth name: Clarence Leslie Caldwell III
Date of birth: (1993-12-04) December 4, 1993
Place of birth: Dallas, Texas
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school: Richardson (TX) Berkner
College: Louisiana–Monroe
NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 5 / Pick: 173
Career history
Roster status: Practice squad
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Clarence Leslie "Trey" Caldwell III (born December 4, 1993) is an American football defensive back for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Louisiana–Monroe.

Early years and high school career

Clarence Leslie Caldwell III was born on December 4, 1993, in Dallas, Texas, to Clarence and Jackie Caldwell.[1] His parents nicknamed him "Trey", because he was the third person in his family to bear the name Clarence Leslie Caldwell.[1] He has one brother, Joshua.[1] His father played football at Texas A&M University, and his grandfather played football at Texas Southern University.[2]

Caldwell said he wanted to play in the National Football League (NFL) when he was seven years old.[3] Caldwell grew up in Richardson, Texas, an affluent, inner-ring suburb of Dallas. In junior high, he played against future Cleveland Browns teammate Corey Coleman, and got to know him.[3] Caldwell attended Lloyd V. Berkner High School[4] in Richardson (District 9-5A),[1] where he became a standout football player. His junior year, he had 71 tackles and an interception and was named to the All-District and Second Team All-City squads.[1] As a senior, he led the Rams in tackles (75), had four interceptions, broke up 10 passes, and recovered four fumbles.[1] He was a unanimous choice for the All-District squad, was named District 9-5A's most outstanding special teams player, and was chosen for First Team All-City squad.[1]

Football wasn't the only high school sport Caldwell excelled at. In his junior year, he won the district championship in the 100-meter dash.[2]

College career

Caldwell had reached his full height of 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) and his full weight of 185 pounds (84 kg) by his senior year of high school.[4] He was recruited by and attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe.[4]

In the 2012 season, Caldwell started all 13 games,[5] making 14 tackles (13 of them solo efforts). This included a career-high and team-best six solo tackles against Tulane.[1] He played in 12 games his sophomore year,[5] starting six of them. He had 35 tackles at the end of the season (30 of them solo efforts), including six at Louisiana–Lafayette (tying his career-best).[1] He also began playing special teams in 2013, and returned two punts for an average loss of 1 yard (0.91 m) each.[5] In the 2014 season, Caldwell started 10 games[5] (missing two due to injury).[6] He had a career-high 42 tackles (31 solo efforts) Set a career-high with eight tackles (including seven solo efforts) against Texas A&M.[7] He also made two punt returns for an average return of 4.5 yards (4.1 m) per return.[5] He was named a 2014 All-Sun Belt Honorable Mention[8] and a College Sports Madness Third Team All-Sun Belt.[9] In his senior and final season in 2015, Caldwell played in 13 games (making 12 starts), with a new career-high of 52 tackles (41 of them solo efforts) at the end of the season. He also equalled his career- and season-best record of eight tackles in a game (seven of them solo efforts) against Texas A&M.[7] He was UL-Monroe's primary kick returner in 2015, returning punts and kick-offs an average of 23.1 yards (21.1 m) per carry.[10] He capped his career with a fourth-quarter interception against New Mexico State in the final game of the season. He returned the interception for 40 yards (37 m) to make the game-winning touchdown.[11] Caldwell received an All-Sun Belt Honorable Mention at the end of the season.[7][10]

Caldwell ended his collegiate career with 143 tackles, 21 pass breakups, and two interceptions.[10][12] During his college careeer, he once more played several times against Corey Coleman, who played for Baylor.[3]

Caldwell graduated from UL-Monroe on May 14, 2016.[12]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 9 in 186 lb 4.51 s 1.5 s 2.52 s 4.19 s 6.6 s 33.5 in 9 ft 6 in 12 reps
All values from NFL Combine[13]

Caldwell was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 5th round (173rd overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.[14] He was the first ULM Warhawk since Kevin Payne in 2007 be drafted by the NFL.[3] On May 13, 2016, Caldwell signed a four-year deal worth $2.254 million featuring a $184,000 signing bonus.[15]

Caldwell suffered a hamstring injury on July 30 which kept him out of much of the 2016 preseason exhibition games and training camp.[16] The team waived Caldwell on September 3,[17] then signed him to their practice squad on September 4.[18]


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  2. 1 2 Labbe, Dan (May 6, 2016). "A clothing line, advanced degrees and high jumpers: Fun facts about the Cleveland Browns 2016 draft class". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
  3. 1 2 3 4 Hunsucker, Adam (May 10, 2016). "Q&A with Browns CB Trey Caldwell". The News Star. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
  4. 1 2 3 "Louisiana 2012 college football signings". The Associated Press. February 1, 2012. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
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  7. 1 2 3 "Sun Belt Football Stars Headed to NFL". Sun Belt Conference. April 30, 2016. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
  8. "UL Lafayette's McGuire Headlines All-Sun Belt Conference Teams and Individual Award Winners". Sun Belt Conference. December 10, 2014. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
  9. "Sun Belt Football 2014 All-Conference Teams". College Sports madness. December 3, 2014. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
  10. 1 2 3 Gribble, Andrew (May 23, 2016). "How Browns' Trey Caldwell realized he was ready for the NFL". Retrieved August 28, 2016.
  11. "Louisiana-Monroe tops New Mexico State 42-35". December 5, 2015. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
  12. 1 2 Hunsucker, Adam (April 30, 2016). "Caldwell gets draft day surprise in drive-thru". The News-Star. Monroe. Archived from the original on September 21, 2016. Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  13. "Trey Caldwell, DS #76 CB, Louisiana-Monroe". 2016. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
  14. Reed, Tom (April 30, 2016). "Cleveland Browns draft Louisiana-Monroe DB Trey Caldwell in fifth round". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
  15. Cabot, Mary Kay (May 13, 2016). "Corey Coleman among 6 Browns draft picks to sign as rookie minicamp opens". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved August 28, 2016; Pokorny, Chris (May 14, 2016). "Cleveland Browns sign 5th round draft pick, CB Trey Caldwell". Retrieved August 28, 2016.
  16. Labbe, Dan (July 31, 2016). "Sounding the sirens on a more physical training camp: Cleveland Browns notebook". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
  17. Cabot, Mary Kay (September 4, 2016). "Browns claim 5, plan to sign ex-Stanford QB Kevin Hogan to practice squad, waive Trey Caldwell". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
  18. Cabot, Mary Kay (September 5, 2016). "Kevin Hogan signing not 'an indictment on Cody' Kessler". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
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