Tommy Leggett should probably be at some big school playing college football rather than at a junior college near the Southern California coast.
He is confident in his skills, confident that he can play at a higher level, but sometimes talent is overlooked. Sometimes you have to go out and prove you belong.
It’s why Leggett, in the first game of his first season at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, went out and made a statement, picking off a pass in a 22-19 loss to Bakersfield.
“That’s what I had been working for,” Leggett said of the interception. “It felt good to make a big play. It took some pressure off getting the first one.”
It’s never easy making the transition from high school to college and for a good part of the summer, Leggett could be found back on the football field at Navarre High School working out with his former Raider teammates.
He sharpened his football skills along the way and built up his speed and strength as well.
All the while he kept the chip on his shoulder, the one formed from the fact that he didn’t get to start out at a four-year school despite being a two-way threat for the Raiders in high school and earning MVP honors for the East in the Subway All-Star Game in December.
“I’m definitely motivated,” Leggett said. “I’ve had teammates ask me why I’m playing at this level because of the way I play.”
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