MOBILE, Ala.—What LaGarrette Blount has done on the practice field after two days at the Senior Bowl has turned some heads, but if the Oregon running back wants to blow people away this week, he’s going to have to do that off the field.
Plenty of questions from NFL types followed Blount here, the result of the punch he threw at Byron Hunt following the Ducks’ season-opening loss at Boise State on Sept. 3.
“With me being here for these past few days, everyone has seen a completely different LeGarrette than what they know on TV,” Blount said. “It’s just the fact that everybody is here and has talked to me and got a feel for me know that the guy they saw on Sept. 3 is not the guy that I am, and even if it’s people I just met, they know I’m not that person.”
Blount said he’s getting questions from coaches and scouts as he interviews with teams. They want to know what Hunt said that set him off and why he reacted so poorly. He’s got to convince them he’s sincere and it was an aberration, not a sign of behavior to come.
Blount is a big back at 6-1, 245 pounds, and he’s looked fluid in space. It will be interesting to see how he performs the rest of the week and in the game.
“Everybody here has seen me play. In 2008, it was maybe the best year of my career and I didn’t follow up on it in 2009,” he said. “I’m just here to showcase my talents, speed, balance, breaking tackles, vision. I’m just going to come in here and put all of those attributes in play.”
Blount will also score points if he can prove that he can handle blitz pickups and other assignments in the backfield for the North squad.
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