Friday, December 17, 2010

Injury ends Speight's career on disappointing note

Unfortunately Todd Speight’s collegiate career didn’t end the way he had hoped because of an injury, but the Southeast grad still accomplished a lot.

Speight suffered an abdominal injury and missed all but one game of the final half of the season for Western Illinois. He is not able to redshirt.

The 5-8, 165 pounder was a pre-season first team All Missouri Valley Conference Football Conference pick and Honorable Mention All-American. As a junior, he was a first team all conference and WIU’s Special Teams Player of The Year.

This season he was only able to return seven punts and 12 kickoffs, but led his team in average return yardage (9.7 per punt/20.2 per kickoff).

Three of his high school teammates from Southeast had good seasons: Kieron James had an interception in a post season victory against Coastal Carolina and a combination of 15 pass deflections/breakups for the season; Sophomore receiver Charles Chestnut caught 18 passes for 222 yards (12.3 avg) and junior offensive lineman Enock Presendieu was a regular starter and one of the leaders in a run game that averaged close to 200 yards rushing per game.

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