Posted by Mark Branstad – Football Talent Advisors
Pretty cool development with the Pittsburgh Steelers to start the NFL season. Stefan Logan a CFL veteran and University of South Dakota grad made the Steelers 53 man roster. What is special about Logan is he’s got a kick returning style similar to the Chicago Bears’ Devin Hester. Logan hasn’t played a regular season NFL game, he certainly won’t contribute at another position for some time and he’s physically smaller than Hester so I’ll stop the comparison here.
However upon further examination their athletic skills (speed) do have some similarity. Devin Hester was quite a track athlete in high school and as a freshman at U. of Miami. Hester won the long jump at Big East Conference Indoor Championships in 2004 and finished third in the 60 meter dash. Logan had a collegiate personal best in the 60 meter dash of 6.75, slightly ahead of Hester’s 6.77.
An interesting fact: Stefan Logan actually ran against current New York Jet, running back, Danny Woodhead. The two squared off a few times running the 60 meter dash during the 2006 Division II collegiate indoor season. Woodhead along with Logan ran at the ’06 NCAA Division II Indoor Championships too. Translation? The 60 meter dash isn’t a bad barometer of football related speed. But both of these guys were cut by NFL teams before for being too small and perhaps perceived too slow? No one probably believes the latter about either player anymore.
Anyway it’ll be interesting to see if Logan can go from supplying the Steelers some preseason excitement to being a regular season contributor. He’s a long way from running track at South Dakota and returning kicks in the CFL.