Stalwart on the Strong Side

Linebacker Anthony Leonard found himself in a heightened leadership role on Saturday in West Virginia's camp-ending scrimmage.

With Pat Lazear sidelined with a bruised knee and J.T. Thomas seeing very limited action, Leonard was the sole remaining starter in the linebacking corps during Saturday's scrimmage. While he believed he got off to a slow and tentative start, things certainly improved as the 91-play workout progressed.

Leonard's highlight was an interception during "coming out" work, where the offense tries to escape the shadow of its own goal line while the defense tires to keep it bottled up and force a tight punt. On that play, Leonard showed blitz, then dropped back into a robber coverage and picked off a Geno Smith pass, returning it for a touchdown.

He also gained valuable experience in working with some of the second-teamers, including Branko Busick, Najee Goode and Casey Vance, and believes that will definitely help the entire group as the sesaon progresses.

In this post-scrimmage interview, Leonard discussed the absence of his teammates and takes viewers through his interception and score.


Anthony Leonard Interview


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