TSU football offers second chance to a pair of talented transfers

Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 10:52pm
Staff reports

After causing headaches at big-name programs, two transfers have a second chance with Tennessee State and coach Rod Reed.

On Thursday, Reed announced the addition of former Florida tight end A.C. Leonard and former University of Miami running back Darion Hall.

Last month, Leonard left the Gators after just one season. He pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge against his girlfriend in April and is currently on six months of probation. Hall was dismissed from Miami in March due to a violation of team rules.

“We saw some guys that could add depth to our program,” Reed said. “A.C. Leonard was one of the top tight ends in the country coming out of high school. With the youth we have at running back, we needed a veteran presence and we decided to bring in Darion. These two young men will be valuable additions to our team.”

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Leonard was ranked as the fifth-best tight end of the 2011 signing class, according to Rivals.com. He played in nine games for the Gators, catching eight passes for 99 yards last year.

Hall transfers from Miami after redshirting in 2010 and playing in just one game last season. Coming out of high school in Naples, Fla., Hall was a three-star recruit and ranked as the 49th best running by Rivals.com.

Leonard and Hall are the second pair of Football Bowl Subdivision transfers this summer.

In June, Reed added cornerbacks Chris Robinson and Ronnie Vinson. Robinson was dismissed from Kansas in April after redshirting last fall. Vinson, a redshirt sophomore, transfers from LSU after playing in seven games last year.

TSU opens preseason camp on Sunday, with the first practice to follow on Monday morning.