To achieve that moment where his name was called this past Saturday during the NFL Draft, Texans cornerback Treston Decoud climbed a long, tough road. Decoud has been dealt some adversity, bouncing around three schools before landing and earning a scholarship at Oregon State. Decoud’s mother, Chandrika, was battling cancer for the second time when Decoud was ruled academically ineligible during his time at Nicholls State, a school he chose to attend so he could be closer to his mother.
“My story is what it is. I’m pretty sure it’s out now,” Decoud explained after being drafted. “I’m just a hard worker, a great kid, and I’m just going to come in and compete. I talk a lot of trash, so I hope you can like that.”
With a stop at Northwest Mississippi, Decoud transformed himself into a JUCO All-American, ultimately landing himself a scholarship at Corvallis with the Beavers.
“I never second guessed myself. I always believed in my ability, so I didn’t care where I would go,” Decoud explained. “I didn’t care what round or I didn’t care if I went undrafted. I just wanted the opportunity to showcase myself.”
Decoud was an East-West Shrine game invitee and attended the NFL Combine, so he was on the map early for the Texans during the draft process. The Texans liked what he brought as a prospect with the versatlity to help at cornerback or safety.
"(Treston) Decoud in the fifth round is a guy that has some versatility,” Rick Smith said of Decoud. “He is a longer corner with some press ability, might even be able to play safety. He is an aggressive tackler, so we like that skillset with him.”
With the long road to get to Oregon State, his hard work paid off becoming a starter upon arrival and he did not look, back garnering PAC-12 honors in both seasons. It was tough for Decoud but this was and is about opportunity for him because all he needed was a chance.
“I am just thankful for the opportunity to give me a chance to come and put their uniform on and now, I’m big on competing, be a good teammate, and a hard worker,” Decoud stated.
“I’m glad the Houston Texans picked me so that means they are confident in me, too," he continued. "So, I’m thankful for the opportunity. I’m just going to come in and compete and do whatever they ask me to do.”
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