Jerome signed with the Lions for his second stint in Black and Orange on July 20, 2011 after spending the 2010 season and part of the 2011 season with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Dennis appeared in the first two games of the regular season before being released by Hamilton.
Was traded to Hamilton during the off-season in exchange for linebacker Dennis Haley, Dennis played in all 18 regular season games for the Tiger-Cats along with the East Semi-Final. He recorded 54 defensive tackles and four special teams stops along with two interceptions, five pass knockdowns and a fumble recovery.
Played in 17 games during his third season in B.C….made two defensive tackles, 15 special teams tackles, one forced fumble and blocked one punt…played in two playoff games, making one special teams tackle.
Jerome became a regular in 2008 playing in all 18 games including his first career start. He recorded 29 total tackles and a sack as the sixth defensive back and knocked down four passes as well as recording his second career fumble recovery. He also added two tackles for a loss and a forced fumble.
Spent 10 of the first 11 games of the season on the practice roster cracking the lineup on Aug 2/07 vs Saskatchewan for his CFL debut. Found a regular spot in the lineup over the final seven weeks as an extra defensive back in passing situations and on special teams. Recorded six special team tackles and contributed a blocked punt for a TD (20-yard return) on Sep 29/07 vs Calgary.
Appeared in 22 games during his first two seasons (’01-’02) at Utah State recording 24 tackles and an interception. The gifted return man also enjoyed a stretch of three straight games in 2002 with at least one return of 60+yards. Dennis missed nine games in 2003 after it was discovered he had a blood clot in his shoulder and then returned to the field in 2004 racking up 48 tackles and intercepting one pass while starting nine games.
Earned the nickname ‘OC’ (‘Outta Control’) for his persistent defensive play in practice during the 2007 season. Dennis grew up in Palmdale, CA and majored in Business Entertainment with a minor in Computer Science at Utah State. His hobbies include playing basketball, writing poetry, composing songs, and spending time with family and friends. Jerome has four sisters and two brothers. While in high school, he was the publisher of the school newspaper and received several poetry awards in recognition of his work. Jerome lives in the Vancouver year-round and is heavily involved in many Lions community initiatives.