Liberty’s Jennings would be good fit for Saints

At 6-foot-1, 234 pounds, Rashard Jennings is an explosive running back who can run, catch and block.

According to Jennings, NFL scouts have questioned his accomplishments playing against lesser competition at Liberty. He explains his decision to play there was a selfless one. After his freshman year at Pitt, where he played ahead of NFL draft prospect LeSean McCoy, Jennings’ father became a leg amputee as a result of his battle with diabetes.

After watching his mother travel 12 hours to and from Pittsburgh to watch him play, Jennings decided to transfer to Liberty, which is 10 minuntes from his home.

“If you do the right things, then no one will be able to stop you,” says Jennings.

With the departure of their all-time leading rusher, Deuce McAllister, the New Orleans Saints are looking for a powerful inside runner who can take the load off of Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas. However, Saints general manager Mickey Loomis believes he can get a productive running back as late as the third round of the upcoming draft. When Jennings was asked which teams he has visited for private workouts, he named them all; Broncos, Jets, Colts, Seahawks, Bengals, Browns, Eagles and, yes, the Saints.

His big explosive running style combined with his ability to catch and block in the passing game makes Jennings a valued weapon for Sean Payton‘s creative offensive scheme. Jennings’ selfless decision-making has brought him close to sainthood in his hometown, but he could earn a full halo this upcoming season in New Orleans.

— Solomon Wilcots

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