Sunday, 08 May 2011 20:55
LSU’s Ex-RB, Stevan Ridley Hopes NFL Draft Right Move
Written by 

Former LSU running back Stevan Ridley said all he's thinking about is Super Bowl.

Ridley was selected in the third round of the recent NFL Draft by the Patriots, leaving LSU after his All-SEC junior season when he rushed for 1,147 yards and 15 touchdowns.
 


"The Patriots are in the running every year (they're favored to win the AFC this season)," said Ridley, who became a pro early to help out his family in Natchez financially and to avoid an injury like former Tigers running  backs have suffered after returning for a senior season.

"They have Tom Brady and a lot of weapons, people who know how to win. I'm just going to learn from them. I'll be playing with the best of the best."

The Patriots drafted Cal running back Shane Vereen in the second round. "That threw me off a little, but they told me they like me, and now all the hard work has paid off."

Former LSU tailback Kevin Faulk is winding up a long career with the Patriots. Their depth chart at running back includes Ben Jarvis Green-Ellis, former Ole Miss running back from New Orleans; Fred Taylor and Thomas Clayton.

"The struggles our family has had is not secret," said Ridley's mother, . "Stevan has taken the ashes and made something beautiful."

Ridley watching Charles Scott a year earlier had some bearing on his decision to enter the draft a year early.

"After seeing Charles go down -- and he was a possible first-rounder, second or third-round guy for sure. -- breaks his collarbone and it shows you in a split second how things can change." said Ridley in an interview with Tiger Rag Radio. "He ended up being a free agent. And Charles is still the same back as he was his junior year, he can still run the same. But one injury can knock you out of achieving your dreams or really getting into a position to come in there and produce on a team. (Scott was a late-round draft pick by the Eagles and was later traded).

"So for me, after seeing that one year previously, my decision for that issue as far as injuries are concerned was pretty easy for me to say that I really need to come out.

"For me to come back and up my stock that much more, I'd probably have to have a 1,400 or 1,500-yard season, and everybody knows that LSU rolls about four or five running backs. So the chances of  me upping my stock to that level weren't looking that great,

"And even if they did give me the carries to up my stock, that's another year of wear and tear on my body. I really don't need that playing in the SEC. I decided to take the gamble. I don't know if it's the right decision or the wrong decision, but the decision is made."

Ridley is working out and spends time at LSU's weight room with Tigers strength and  conditioning coach Tommy Moffitt. "He is the best in the business," said Ridley. "There's no reason to go anywhere else and train. There are probably about 10 to 15 active NFL guys who come back to Baton Rouge to train every year. I've just been training with these guys who are preparing to play this season."

Ridley is 5-foot-11 and 225 pounds.

Ridley was aware of a possible NFL lockout before deciding to turn pro.

"I kinda knew about it before I entered the draft," said Ridley. "That was one of the issues that I was looking at to see if I was making a smart move. The way I look at it I've been playing football for free the last 15 years and I hadn't had a paycheck yet anyway.

“When they get they get the lockout figured out, they'll get it figured out. NFL football is not over. I know at some point they're going to get it squared away, but until then, I'l be working out and I'll be ready to go the day they call my name and tell me to come to the facility.

"I'll be hitting the ground running."
 

by Ed Staton

...(Order your 2011 LSU Schedule T-shirts from Louisiana Sports Talk.com).

 

Bayoubuzz Newsletter - Sign Up Below

 


 

Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  

 

Website: www.louisianasportstalk.com
Login to post comments
Powered By JFBConnect
  • Comey's Russia testimony was bad omen for Trump
  • Contenders to succeed N. Louisiana Congressman Mike Johnson, at starting gate
  • JBE spending governance leads to Louisiana's lower credit ratings
  • Will distorting RussiaGate backfire on Trump and Company?

watergateEven the Russians are talking about the impeachment of Donald Trump. The L.A. Times reported on Monday, March 20, 2017, “Sergei Markov, a Moscow-based political analyst and a former lawmaker with the ruling United Russia party, claimed the hearings into Russian meddling in the 2016 election are ‘related to an attempt to impeach Trump.’”

Read More

mike johnson2by Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net
Saturday is election day
    The race for the District 8 seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives highlights election day this Saturday, March 25.
    It is a special election called to fill the seat of Rep. Mike Johnson, who was elected to Congress.  The winner will serve out the remainder of his term.

Read More

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Louisiana has endured adverse credit rating changes since edwards midDemocrat Gov. John Bel Edwards assumed office, completing a downgrade trifecta last week.

Read More

backgunThe post-mortem on the Donald Trump-Comey-House Intelligence Hearing Monday continues.

On the extreme right, from the jowls of someone who knows a thing or two about investigations against a President, Pat Buchannan, there is still “nothing there, there”.

 

Read More

latter-blum2

TRUMP TALK

Trump Talk: Ryancare, Russia, Investigations, Travel ban--with Jeff Crouere

Dead Pelican

Optimized-DeadPelican2 1 1