Bennett Picks Standout, Says Young Wasn’t ReadyJanuary 21st, 2013
Joe chatted with former successful Falcons head coach and not-so-successful Bucs head coach Leeman Bennett yesterday and asked him to go out on a limb and pick standouts from the East-West Shrine practices and game last week. Bennett coached the West squad.
Linebacker Keith Pough (6-2, 241) was the only name Bennett spit out. He said Pough is a complete, physical player who quickly showed he was a leader on the field and in the locker room.
Pough is projected to be a strong-side linebacker in the NFL but not a first- or second-round pick, likely because he played college ball for Howard University in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference against the likes of Morgan State, Savannah State and Delaware State.
Joe also learned that Pough seems to have the makings of the proverbial “Buccaneer Man.” He was a two-year captain at Howard and is the son of a high school football coach. He also was shorter in high school, a late physical bloomer, which factored into his college options.
Perhaps Pough could be a replacement for Quincy Black?
Bennett also weighed in on Steve Young’s days with the Bucs and the team’s decision to get rid of Young. Bennett said Young was not ready to be a professional quarterback and pointed to Young’s early days in San Francisco as evidence that he needed more time to mature.
Of course, Young was dreadful leading the ’86 Bucs to a 2-14 record, and talent in San Francisco was a massive upgrade.