Lennon Creer Embraces Change, Opportunity

Lennon Creer finally got the Senior Bowl invite he was looking for, acquired as a midweek addition to the South Squad. The sudden change is nothing new for Creer, who has dealt with jarring changes before. He feels they have made him better as a man and aims to use that to his advantage.

Lennon Creer was overjoyed when he got the call to come to the Senior Bowl. He loves football and feels competition brings out the best in him, so the all-star setting provides an ideal backdrop as he showcases his game for scouts.

"It's just a blessing to be able to come down here and play with the best players in the country," he said. "I'm having fun and I'm getting coached up by some of the best. It's a great opportunity."

That's the great thing about Creer -- he sees everything as an opportunity. Rather than complaining about initially being snubbed from the Senior Bowl, he has picked up the proverbial ball and run with it.

RB Lennon Creer
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It is the approach Creer has always taken, namely when he transferred from Tennessee to Louisiana Tech after his sophomore season. The Volunteers had just undergone a head coaching change (hiring Lane Kiffin) and had a crowded backfield, necessitating Creer's move elsewhere.

It wasn't due to a lack of success at Tennessee; he averaged 5.5 yards per carry and scored five touchdowns on just 109 attempts during his first two seasons there. Creer had options when he transferred but ultimately chose Louisiana Tech -- which had recently sent Ryan Moats to the NFL -- over Tulsa.

"I think it helped me become a better man and a better person, going through all what I went through," he said. "Having to transfer and sit out was hard on me, but it worked out and I'm glad I have this opportunity [at the Senior Bowl]."

Creer is savoring the chance to work with the Washington Redskins coaches, led by Mike Shanahan, who has a reputation for turning every running back he touches into gold. Creer is soaking up all he pointers the pro coaches are giving him, from trusting his vision to being more physical to finishing his runs.

He is also using the Senior Bowl to prove he is a complete player.

"Being a running back nowadays, you have to be able to play special teams, catch the ball and pass block," he said. "That's something I've learned. I feel like I can do all three."

While his versatility is a nice asset, Creer thrives running the football. He racked up more than 2,000 yards rushing and scored 20 total touchdowns during his two seasons at Louisiana Tech.

He feels he can make an impact in the Big Leagues and strives to be like his role models, Adrian Peterson and Arian Foster. Foster and Creer's careers overlapped at Tennessee; now Creer hopes to follow in Foster's footsteps ... all except the part about going undrafted.

Michael Lombardo is a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 16 years and covered the team since 2003. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.

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