Lashard Durr, a 5’11,” 195 lb. defensive back from Gulfport, MS never gave up on his dream of playing football. After taking part in an NFL training camp he returned home where he continued his training. It was a good thing his phone was charged when Pirates President and GM Jawad Yatim reached out.
“He hit me up on Instagram. It was in my direct messages, the ones I really don’t look at. I clicked on it and I said, “This is a football team. This might be my opportunity again. I’m going to hit them up,” Durr said.
"Lashard is a guy I've been speaking to for a little while now,” Yatim said. He had a great training camp with the Colts this past off-season and had a nice career in the SEC as well. From what we've seen so far this week he has great feet and hips. It's just a matter of learning the arena game and understanding the angles and how to play the hi-motion and just getting a feel for the smaller field. We are glad to have him and he should help us in the secondary," Yatim added.
After two seasons at Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Durr played his next two seasons at Mississippi State. From 2016-2017 Durr appeared in 25 games making 13 starts. He finished his career as a Bulldog making 36 tackles with one interception. This past season Durr signed as free agent and went to camp with the Indianapolis Colts. He also was in camp with Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football. Durr was thankful for the experience.
“In camp with the Colts I learned a lot. You had to play fast. You had to play aggressive. You can’t just be out there thinking, you have to be always on your plays. You have to know what you’re doing. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you’re not going to get much playing time. I had to buckle down, just get into my playbook and learn everything so when I got on the field I knew what I was doing so my craft and technique were be on point,” he said.
When it comes to his style of play, Durr likes to get physical.
I’m more of a press corner. I like to put my hands on the receiver so they can’t do too much. If you put your hands on a receiver, what are they going to do? But if you don’t put your hands on a receiver and you give them a free release, they can do anything and you are going to be playing chase.”
To get ready for his first NAL game Durr said he watched the Pirates last weekend on YouTube.
“The coverage is way different,” he said, I saw how they (the receivers) get a running start and I thought, how would I play this? I was thinking I’m just going to wait until I get up there so they can teach me how to play it so I know what I’m doing. This is going to be a fun experience. This is my first arena team that I’ve ever played on. It’s fast, it’s quicker and you don’t have any time to think, you just have to react.”
Durr says his goal is to stay focused, be locked in and just do his job.
“I’ll do what I have to do to make plays and helping my team win more games,” he said.
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