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    Brian Leonard is ready to carry the load

    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Friday, Sep. 28 2007

    Just last week, Brian Leonard was talking about getting acclimated to the
    fullback position in the NFL.

    "I obviously hope I don't have to play the running back spot this year because
    we've got Steven Jackson," Leonard said at the time. "If I'm playing, that
    means he's down."

    Oops!

    Just as Leonard was getting comfortable at fullback, Jackson suffered a
    partially torn groin muscle against Tampa Bay and is expected to miss at least
    a couple of games. That puts Leonard in the starting lineup at running back.

    "I'm definitely excited," Leonard said. "It's been a dream my whole life to
    play running back in the NFL. And I finally get my first start."

    In Texas Stadium, no less, against the Dallas Cowboys.

    "That's a nice place to start your first game," Leonard said. "America's Team.
    I'll go out there and give it my best."

    There's a certain amount of humility in Leonard, but a certain amount of
    confidence as well. It's the confidence born from setting a prep record in the
    state of New York for career scoring at Gouverneur (N.Y.) High. And from piling
    up nearly 6,000 all-purpose yards during his college career at Rutgers.

    So when asked if there were certain plays he was more comfortable with in the
    NFL, Leonard didn't blink.

    "I'm really comfortable doing everything," he said. "There's not really any
    plays that I feel like I can't do. I played running back for years in my
    college career, and throughout high school. It's football. You've been playing
    it since you were 8 years old. It's a different level, but it's football."

    Still, Leonard is ready for whatever Sunday brings. He will put on his
    earphones before the game, listen to his favorite band — Linkin Park — and then
    get after it.

    "I'm ready to take on the load," Leonard said. "If I get 25 carries, I'm going
    to take 25 carries. If I get 10 carries, I'm going to take 10 carries. I'm
    ready for whatever they give me."

    Leonard knows his role. He knows the backfield belongs to Jackson. But when he
    has gotten a chance to play, he has not been overwhelmed. He has more than held
    his own as a blocker. And has acquitted himself well whenever he has gotten a
    chance to touch the football. The Rams need more of the same against the
    Cowboys. Much more.

    "He's going to get the starter's carries," coach Scott Linehan said.

    Leonard probably will be taken off special-teams duty, or at least have his
    role there greatly diminished. On offense, Travis Minor will spell Leonard,
    particularly in some third-down situations. But otherwise, it's his football.

    "We feel that we're going to see exactly what we saw in the preseason," Linehan
    said. "A guy that runs downhill. The game's not too big for him. He fits right
    in and just has a knack to get yards."

    Unofficially, Leonard has participated in 32 plays at fullback and 12 plays at
    running back so far during the regular season, with four carries for 21 yards
    and six catches for 41 yards.

    With Jackson playing only a handful of plays in the preseason, Leonard was used
    entirely at running back during exhibition play, leading the team in carries
    (39) and rushing yards (125).

    "Obviously, when I came here, I knew I was going to play both positions," said
    Leonard, 6 feet 1, 226 pounds. "They wanted me to learn the running back spot
    first and then the fullback spot."

    Once the regular season started, Leonard began working at fullback, a
    transition that accelerated with the release of Madison Hedgecock after Game 1.
    But the job description changes dramatically with Jackson's injury.

    "Obviously, we have a great running back here in 'Jack' — and we need him back
    as fast as he can," Leonard said.

    That being said ...

    "This is a great opportunity for me to go out there and show I can run the
    ball, and I can play running back," Leonard said.


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    Re: Brian Leonard is ready to carry the load

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith View Post
    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Friday, Sep. 28 2007

    Just last week, Brian Leonard was talking about getting acclimated to the
    fullback position in the NFL.

    "I obviously hope I don't have to play the running back spot this year because
    we've got Steven Jackson," Leonard said at the time. "If I'm playing, that
    means he's down."

    Oops!

    Just as Leonard was getting comfortable at fullback, Jackson suffered a
    partially torn groin muscle against Tampa Bay and is expected to miss at least
    a couple of games. That puts Leonard in the starting lineup at running back.

    "I'm definitely excited," Leonard said. "It's been a dream my whole life to
    play running back in the NFL. And I finally get my first start."

    In Texas Stadium, no less, against the Dallas Cowboys.

    "That's a nice place to start your first game," Leonard said. "America's Team.
    I'll go out there and give it my best."

    There's a certain amount of humility in Leonard, but a certain amount of
    confidence as well. It's the confidence born from setting a prep record in the
    state of New York for career scoring at Gouverneur (N.Y.) High. And from piling
    up nearly 6,000 all-purpose yards during his college career at Rutgers.

    So when asked if there were certain plays he was more comfortable with in the
    NFL, Leonard didn't blink.

    "I'm really comfortable doing everything," he said. "There's not really any
    plays that I feel like I can't do. I played running back for years in my
    college career, and throughout high school. It's football. You've been playing
    it since you were 8 years old. It's a different level, but it's football."

    Still, Leonard is ready for whatever Sunday brings. He will put on his
    earphones before the game, listen to his favorite band — Linkin Park — and then
    get after it.

    "I'm ready to take on the load," Leonard said. "If I get 25 carries, I'm going
    to take 25 carries. If I get 10 carries, I'm going to take 10 carries. I'm
    ready for whatever they give me."

    Leonard knows his role. He knows the backfield belongs to Jackson. But when he
    has gotten a chance to play, he has not been overwhelmed. He has more than held
    his own as a blocker. And has acquitted himself well whenever he has gotten a
    chance to touch the football. The Rams need more of the same against the
    Cowboys. Much more.

    "He's going to get the starter's carries," coach Scott Linehan said.

    Leonard probably will be taken off special-teams duty, or at least have his
    role there greatly diminished. On offense, Travis Minor will spell Leonard,
    particularly in some third-down situations. But otherwise, it's his football.

    "We feel that we're going to see exactly what we saw in the preseason," Linehan
    said. "A guy that runs downhill. The game's not too big for him. He fits right
    in and just has a knack to get yards."

    Unofficially, Leonard has participated in 32 plays at fullback and 12 plays at
    running back so far during the regular season, with four carries for 21 yards
    and six catches for 41 yards.

    With Jackson playing only a handful of plays in the preseason, Leonard was used
    entirely at running back during exhibition play, leading the team in carries
    (39) and rushing yards (125).

    "Obviously, when I came here, I knew I was going to play both positions," said
    Leonard, 6 feet 1, 226 pounds. "They wanted me to learn the running back spot
    first and then the fullback spot."

    Once the regular season started, Leonard began working at fullback, a
    transition that accelerated with the release of Madison Hedgecock after Game 1.
    But the job description changes dramatically with Jackson's injury.

    "Obviously, we have a great running back here in 'Jack' — and we need him back
    as fast as he can," Leonard said.

    That being said ...

    "This is a great opportunity for me to go out there and show I can run the
    ball, and I can play running back," Leonard said.

    Great article! It starts to show what kind of character BL has. Steven Jackson has to love having this kid backing him up! BL is the ultimate team player.

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    Re: Brian Leonard is ready to carry the load

    Hopefully there'll be no load to carry. Hopefully coach Linehan will play to the strengths of his team and throw the ball down the field. It makes no sense for one of the most prolific passing offenses in league history over the last 8 years, to resort to taking pages from John Robinson's playbook.

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    Re: Brian Leonard is ready to carry the load

    Quote Originally Posted by Fortuninerhater View Post
    Hopefully there'll be no load to carry. Hopefully coach Linehan will play to the strengths of his team and throw the ball down the field. It makes no sense for one of the most prolific passing offenses in league history over the last 8 years, to resort to taking pages from John Robinson's playbook.
    Considering the lack of effectiveness of our passing game so far this season, plus Bulger's rib injuries, the lack of an O=line that can protect the QB...it makes no sense NOT running the ball.

    Brian Leonard, even being a rookie, is very capable of holding his own. He's no SJ or Faulk (yet) but to me and thousands of other fans, I think using Leonard as an all-around back in this game makes perfect sense. Not only can he run over and through the defense, he is also a threat in the passing game as well. I expect to see someone trying to come in low for a tackle on Leonard, and looking up to see him leap right over them.

    There's very few players out there I think could back up SJ. Brian Leonard is one of the best.

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    Re: Brian Leonard is ready to carry the load

    Thank you RamsFanSam. I agree with you 100%. We are in excellent hands with Leonard. It so nice to here from an educated football fan. Fortuninerhater is a ****ing idiot. GO DEFENSE BABY! PS Don't be too shocked if we get our first win today.

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    Re: Brian Leonard is ready to carry the load

    I hope this kid has a breakout game today. His receiving skills will be put to the test; I feel Bulger will be dumping the ball off a lot today.
    JUST WIN ONE FOR THE FANS


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