SIU's Pickard becoming a pro prospect

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    SIU's Pickard becoming a pro prospect
    September, 9, 2010 Sep 97:04PM CTEmail Print Comments By Scott Powers
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    A late bloomer, David Pickard has become a force on the offensive line. David Pickard never imagined football would take him anywhere when he first decided to give the sport a try as an Oak Park High School freshman.

    It was something he was just doing for fun back then. But when Southern Illinois took notice of him as an offensive tackle during his senior year, Pickard was caught by surprise.

    “Throughout high school, I didn’t expect to play in college,” Pickard said. “Then this opportunity was here.”

    The chance to play college football was too much for Pickard to pass on, so he allowed his career to continue. It’s a decision he and the Salukis are now benefitting from today.

    Now a junior, the 6-5, 300-pound Pickard has developed into one of the country’s top FCS offensive linemen and a potential NFL draft pick.

    “It’s definitely kind of crazy to hear my name thrown out like that,” Pickard said. “But I can’t think about it now. There’s so much more to focus on.”
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