Denodus O’Bryant had just four carries during a redshirt freshman game against Central Methodist but he didn’t need any more to prove a point.
A total of 119 yards were gained on those four touches and Central Methodist defensive coordinator Jody Ford had seen enough.
“I felt (O’Bryant) should be a Division I back and feel he may be one of the few guys in our league who could get drafted,” Ford said of the 2009 contest. “Some Division I coach really missed out on him. Lindenwood is fortunate to have him.”
Now, four years later O’Bryant does find himself in the league after he leaves Lindenwood (a former NAIA program) as the school’s all-time leader in rushing yards (3,327) and touchdowns (62).
The Colts were quick to pounce on O’Bryant as the 194-pound back went undrafted following a career at Lindenwood where he averaged 7.2 yards per rush and also 31.3 yards per kick return.
For some Colts fans, the name Lindenwood might be familiar when thinking back to the Super Bowl XLI season.
Back in 2006, running back DeDe Dorsey played in 13 games for the Colts and his name still resonates at Lindenwood.
“I’ve met him a few times,” O’Bryant said of Dorsey, the single season leading rusher at Lindenwood.
“I had a chance to talk to him and have him tell me about my NFL experience. He’s a really cool guy.”
Any mention of a Super Bowl XLI ring?
“He flaunts it,” O’Bryant said with a smile.
“(Dorsey) was saying to me, “You’ve got to get one of these (pointing to his ring finger).”
That is the eventual goal for O’Bryant but here and now it’s all about finding a roster spot in the same fashion that Dorsey did seven years ago.
O’Bryant wrapped up his first weekend in the NFL on Sunday and with the close of rookie minicamp comes the return of OTAs, with a little influx from some first-year players.
The next month, along with training camp, will be the time for O’Bryant to show the type of back that made opponents fret for the last four seasons.
“I’m a real diverse kind of back because I’m 200 pounds,” O’Bryant said.
“A lot of people find me just as a speed guy, but I’m elusive, can break tackles very well and I catch the ball really well out of the backfield. There’s a lot of things if you’re asking me to do then you can expect out of me.”
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