Florida State linebacker DeCalon Brooks already has his work cut out for him as an undersized (5-foot-10, 211 pounds) linebacker at one of the most prestigious programs in one of the toughest leagues in the country.
Add in the fact that he’s the son of Seminoles legend and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks, and things get even more complicated. Then, there’s also the fact that he’s an undersized player with a bright spotlight shining on him trying to learn an entirely new defense while proving he belongs.
That’d be enough to overwhelm most men, but Brooks is using his first spring under new coach Willie Taggart to show that it’s not too big for him despite his diminutive stature.
“I’m really impressed with what he’s done this spring,” Taggart said according to Curt Weiler of the Tallahassee Democrat. “I saw that throughout the Chase, how hard he was working, and how bad he wants to get out there and compete and show he can play at this level.”
Brooks is healthy for the first time since arriving on campus with the Class of 2017 nursing a pre-existing knee injury he suffered during his senior year of high school. And, while his future is uncertain (could he be a safety instead?), he’s making the most of his opportunity this spring.