Leonard expects great fit with Colts

(STATS) – The Indianapolis Colts are switching to a 4-3 base defense this season and second-round pick Darius Leonard from South Carolina State believes he’s perfectly suited for it.

He even feels he can play any of the three linebacker spots.

“I think in the 4-3, that will free me up a lot and I will be able to run around,” Leonard said.

That’s what the two-time MEAC defensive player of the year did in college, tracking down 394 ball carriers to set the South Carolina State career record. Nineteen tackles came in a 2016 game at Clemson, his first college choice, because he wanted to follow his half-brother Anthony Waters.

After a scholarship offer didn’t materialize at Clemson, Leonard decided to go downstate to South Carolina State, and he quickly realized it was a great fit because of its rich football tradition, which includes three former players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

When the Colts made the 6-foot-2, 234-pound Leonard the first FCS player selected in this year’s draft – at No. 36 overall – he became SCSU’s sixth draft pick this decade. That’s third-best in the FCS.

And now the first-team STATS FCS All-American feels the Colts are a perfect fit.

“Athletic, quick, fast,” Leonard described his playing style. “Somebody who is quick and fast and will come downhill and hit you.”

Said ESPN analyst Todd McShay: “He’s one of the most underrated players in this whole draft.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

x

Check Also

Aztecs coach Rocky Long talks about victory over Arizona State

Aztecs coach Rocky Long talks about victory over Arizona State

Time to move on for No. 18 Wisconsin with trip to Iowa next

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — This is no time to sulk at Wisconsin. The upset loss ...

Special teams suddenly a positive for No. 15 Oklahoma State

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Mike Gundy wanted to see improvement on special teams. No. 15 ...