Odiari ready to step up and lead SMU defense

Immediate help needed on defensive side of the ball. Alex Odiari is ready to do his part, the former Oklahoma State middle linebacker, can't wait to get back on the football field after a year and a half off. The 6-foot-1, 250-pound athlete that reportedly runs a 4.5 forty, is looking forward to doing his part of the defensive turn around.

Immediate help needed on defensive side of the ball.

No June Jones hasn't started running help wanted ads to add talent to his defensive unit, instead he has turned to a junior college and former Big 12 linebacker to help turn around a defensive group that ranked 106 in the country last fall.

Alex Odiari is ready to do his part, the former Oklahoma State middle linebacker, can't wait to get back on the football field after a year and a half off.

The 6-foot-1, 250-pound athlete that reportedly runs a 4.5 forty, is looking forward to doing his part of the defensive turn around.

"Coach Jones is a very good man," Odiari told PonyStampede.com in a recent interview. "He is a man that believes in second chances. He is giving me a great opportunity and I don't plan on wasting it."

Instead of a quiet confidence about his abilities, Odiari has more of a quiet confidence with a swagger.

"I see how important it is to my fellow teammates to turn this program around and win now," Odiari said. "I'm already on campus, working hard. It's up to me to step up and be a leader on defense; I plan on being a difference maker on this team."

Odiari graduated from Lewisville Hebron in 2004, after spending two years at Oklahoma State, spent the last year at Collin County Community College preparing his academics.

"This entire situation has made me humble and has made me very hungry," Odiari said. "I plan on being here for two years, going to two bowl games and then off to the NFL. I won't settle for anything less."

Odiari had offers from LSU, Arkansas, Texas Tech and Alabama his senior season out of high school.

"It's made me a better person," Odiari said of his past experiences. "It also has made me a better player. More focused and very motivated to get to the next level."

Odiari has been impressed with what he has seen so far from his new teammates.

"Everyone is every focused on winning," Odiari said. "We have a lot more talent that most people think. By two a days we will start seeing the true colors of this team."

Odiari is impressed with the Mustangs new coaching staff.

"They are a great group of coaches," Odiari said. "There is a new attitude here at SMU; everyone is out to change things. We are going to have a lot of fun here; Coach Jones says that the best way to have fun is to win."


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