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Aiming for teammates, Blount inadvertently punched Bellotti while at Oregon

The Punch Heard ‘Round the College Football World was back in the news earlier this week, courtesy of LeGarrette Blount going Marvin Hagler on one of his Tennessee Titans (helmeted) teammates after the final play of a training camp practice.

I am not disappointed whatsoever,” Fisher said after the incident. “His past is his past. Is that the first punch you’ve seen at camp this year? No. OK. I am not disappointed whatsoever. I have great confidence in the young man that he has learned from his mistake and is very competitive.”

While that may have been the first time Blount went swinging at the professional level, his right jab to the jaw of Boise State linebacker Byron Hout wasn’t the first time he took a swing at the collegiate level.

Two of Blount’s Oregon teammates and a former Ducks assistant coach relayed to John Canzano of The Oregonian an incident that happened two years ago involving Blount, his fists and his temper, an incident that’s never been reported until now.

Two football seasons ago. Closed practice. Autzen Stadium. Running back LeGarrette Blount was carrying the football on a play that swung wide when he was met by two University of Oregon defenders.

Defensive back Jairus Byrd and linebacker Jerome Boyd grabbed Blount and shoved him toward the sideline. A scuffle broke out, facemasks were grabbed, bodies tangled and then Ducks head coach Mike Bellotti hurried toward the mess, trying to break up the players. 

Blount threw a punch. 

It missed Byrd and Boyd, but caught the side of Bellotti’s face — square. 

So, yeah, good luck with this “rehabilitated” running back you have on your hands, Coach Fisher.  If people like Tony Dungy say it’s all good, then by God it’s all good, though.  But, just in case, wear a helmet.

Or, as Canzano put it, “If you cut the guy, do it from a distance.”

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  1. Colossus7 says: Aug 20, 2010 10:49 AM

    Can someone please tell me why the media wants to crucify this guy? I’m sure most Div 1 football players have been in altercations at practice. Its part of the intensity of the game. Bringing up baggage from a couple years ago, doesn’t help him lead a productive future.
    I feel for Blount, he might need anger management classes but he has paid a huge price for punching a kid who deserved it.

  2. Donna says: Aug 20, 2010 10:52 AM

    Seems like a good anger managment course should have been on the agenda while at U or Oregon.
    As I posted yesterday I bet the Coach Kelly is glad to be rid of this one!!

  3. Kristine says: Aug 20, 2010 10:55 AM

    Once a thug always a thug in Blount’s case – there is no rehabilitation for him. At some point someone will get sick of him and take him down completely and beat his @ss at which point I will then laugh. Way to go Tennessee for bringing this loser on.

  4. Slim Charles says: Aug 20, 2010 11:07 AM

    Who cares? Some people need to get punched. They train these people to act like this then they’re surprised that they can’t control it – just like it’s pretty much mandatory to beat on women if you’re a football player. Something is seriously wrong with it, but we could do without all the hand-wringing from you and Florio when it’s pretty clear that this is an epidemic, and to single out Blount like he’s some kind of monster is retarded. At least he’s hitting males.

  5. Slim Charles says: Aug 20, 2010 11:08 AM

    Also, the guy he punched from Boise looked like Spencer Pratt so it was more than justified IMO

  6. hrmlss says: Aug 20, 2010 11:12 AM

    He can go MMA after he’s cut and do what he does best professionally. Except the targets will hit back. Hard.

  7. Colossus7 says: Aug 20, 2010 11:18 AM

    LOL @ Slim Charles

  8. bigmikethompson says: Aug 20, 2010 11:42 AM

    i bet Champ is calling him baby BM.

  9. Arizona Buckeye says: Aug 20, 2010 11:42 AM

    What a punk. It will be funny when we hear about somebody laying this jackass out with a big right hook

  10. weswelkerspornstash says: Aug 20, 2010 11:43 AM

    At least he didn’t go Mike Tyson
    “I ‘m nnot dissapointed what so ever”, (code for this guy is a nut bag, at least he will be getting the ax in a week anyway). I wonder if Jeff will cut Blount himself or ask a assistant to do it. Whoever it is will probably need to watchout when they ask for the play book

  11. Flvikesfan says: Aug 20, 2010 11:46 AM

    Why is Tony Dungy defending this guy?? Oh that’s right he’s black. Tony’s opinion of the D.C. snippers is that they are simply misunderstood and forced into that role by society. No respect left for Dungy!!

  12. SoFlaTrojan says: Aug 20, 2010 12:13 PM

    FlVikesfan,
    Dead on with Dungy its ok to kill dogs but drop a couple F bombs and he has a problem. This guy is the Jesse Jackson of the NFL.

  13. Slim Charles says: Aug 20, 2010 12:22 PM

    Uh, Flvikesfan, it works both ways. If a black player pulled the crap that Favre is doing he would be crucified.

  14. granadafan says: Aug 20, 2010 12:46 PM

    Uh, Chip Kelly did NOT want to boot Blount from school. He only reluctantly suspended him for the rest of the year instead of rightfully booting him off the team. Then when Oregon was contending for the Pac-10 title, he “let him back on the team”. Blount had chance after chance at Oregon. It’s clear that the stars get to play by one rule while the others get to play by others. Take Masoli, he was only suspended AFTER months of “investigation” for a felony crime. The expulsion later came from the school, not the football adminstration.
    What does it take to be kicked off the team (if you’re a star). Oregon is easily the Miami of the West.

  15. Jaxeagle says: Aug 20, 2010 1:56 PM

    @Slim Charles right you are son!!! Crucified and then burned at the stake LOL

  16. TheOrginalAFLer says: Aug 20, 2010 2:52 PM

    @SlimBrain
    if he was black he would be crucified? kinda like charles barkley being a jackass and still being loved by the media?
    typical bloggers…when in doubt pull the race card!

  17. JJ says: Aug 20, 2010 3:44 PM

    Why are we talking about a punch at football practice……or even if it was in a game….Are we so desperate for news. At least he did not walk a woman down the hall and force himself on her (since the killing of dogs was brought up once again). I am tired of animal life being held above human life and treatment. Leave Mr. Vick alone he paid a high price and paid his debt. Unlike the other NFL superstar quarterback that walked a woman down the hall and forced himself on her…6 games……come on….

  18. ShaKey says: Aug 21, 2010 9:07 PM

    Practice…..we’re talkin’ bout practice?

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