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After infamous punch, Oregon's LeGarrette Blount to visit Bucs



It was nearly impossible for anyone with a television or Internet connection to miss the violent punch.

University of Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount punched Boise State linebacker Byron Hout and had to be restrained by a number of coaches and teammates from doing further harm after a game last September.

The incident was replayed endlessly and resulted in Blount's immediate suspension. But he is now attempting to resurrect his career after a late-season reinstatement and an appearance in January's Senior Bowl.

Now, the Bucs have reportedly set up a visit with Blount who on Thursday performed at a pro day on campus. 

Blount was once thought to be a early- to mid-round selection, but it's unclear what impact the incident will have on his draft status. It's likely to affect it to some extent, though the amount of time that now has passed might lessen the damage.

Whatever happens, Blount is a big, bruising running back whose running style would differ from that of current Bucs Cadillac Williams and Derrick Ward. He would, however, seem to have at least some similarities to Earnest Graham, who also is on the roster.

For more on Blount, Jeffri Chadiha of has a story that's worth reading if you're interested. It includes lots of honest opinions from NFL personnel about Blount that give some sense of what he can offer and expect on draft day.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:57pm]


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