Senior Bowl Q&A: Oregon RB LeGarrette Blount

LeGarrette Blount is getting another chance to prove himself, this time in front of NFL scouts, after missing eight games during the 2009 season because of a suspension for punching a Boise State player. Blount talked about the effects of that suspension and what he learned from it this week at the Senior Bowl.

Q: Do you think what you went through made you even hungrier?

A:
Oh yeah, definitely. I'm hungry. I'm being as patient as possible to get that chance to get out there and just show everybody what they missed in 2009.

Q: What did you learn by sitting out?

A:
There wasn't anything for me to learn about myself, it was just I had to put a lot of things in perspective. I had to figure out that I couldn't do those things. I had to let everybody know that I wouldn't do those things again. It was just kind of heat of the moment. I just lost my emotions for a little bit. I've got to keep those under control and just let everybody know that I'm not going to give up on my dream.

Q: How much did you miss football at that time?

A:
I missed it a lot. I wished that I could be out there practicing and playing with my team every day, all the way until I got back at practice and got that chance to play.

Q: Did you ever feel like you wouldn't get another chance?

A:
I thought I wouldn't get another chance all the way until they told me they were going to give me another shot to get back on the team.

Q: What kind of feedback are you getting from coaches out here?

A:
These NFL coaches, they don't really tell you how you're doing. They just kind of keep it to themselves, so they're not really giving me any feedback on how well I'm doing here or this week. So I'm just trying to keep up the tempo, keep practicing fast, practice hard, finish all my runs and just continue to do well.

Q: Do you worry about shedding the image that people have from that game?

A:
No. I don't worry about shedding that image because I think that image is long gone. Now that I'm here, I think that image is long gone. It's going to continue to be on YouTube, it's going to continue to be on TV – every time you see my face on TV they're going to show that. But as far as personality-wise and everybody that knows me knows that image, the whole incident, is long gone.

Q: What are your goals as far as the draft goes?

A:
My goal is to get drafted as high as possible.

Q: What is the ceiling on that from what your agent is telling you?

A:
Me and my agent don't really talk about it. We just talk about me training, getting in shape for the (NFL Scouting) Combine, getting in better shape so I can run a faster 40. He just supports me in everything that I do. That's kind of why I chose him. My family loves him and that's a big reason why I chose him. Everybody that I interviewed had to go through my mom, my dad, my sister and my family before they could even get my interest. My parents loved him and I talked to him and I loved him. Today, everybody has a really good feeling for him. He's very family-oriented guy. He has a kid on the way here in the next month or so. He's going to have a little boy too, so it's going to be fun letting him grow up and getting to know each other.

Q: Which teams have you met with?

A:
I probably met with all of them. I just meet with anybody that pulls me to the side and wants to talk with me.


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