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Darius Leonard | 10

OLB | RS SR | South Carolina State
Ht: 6030 | Wt: 236 | Upd: 03/29/2018
Hometown: Lake View, SC | High School: Lake View

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2017 Awards / Honors
FCS All-American (AP, Coaches, Camp, STATS)
MEAC Defensive Player of the Year

SCSU’s all-time leading tackler (394) collected the MEAC’s top defensive honors and All-America status for a second consecutive season. Ranked No.4 among FCS defenders at 11.3 tackles per contest, and likely would have been top-5 in total tackles if a September game hadn’t been lost to a hurricane. Hit double digits in tackles in seven of SCSU’s 10 games, highlighted by an 18-tackle outing vs. Morgan State in which he also grabbed two interceptions. Given a Senior Bowl invite, led all defenders with 14 tackles in the South's 45-16 win. Older brother Anthony Waters starred at Clemson before winning a Super Bowl with the Saints in 2010. Hoped to follow in Waters’ footsteps, but was offered only walk-on status at Clemson and took a scholarship offer from SCSU.