Deron Mayo would have graduated and finished his career at Hofstra University had the Pride not disbanded its program over a year ago. Instead, he transferred to Old Dominion, which was closer to his native Hampton, Va. and it paid off as this week he signed a free-agent contract with the Denver Broncos.
He played one season for ODU and was immediately named “Transfer to Watch” by the Sports Network, as well as being voted Co-Captain without even playing a game for the Monarchs, according to the school.
Last season he was third on the team with 70 tackles and led the Monarchs with sacks.
Mayo is the younger brother of New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo and will most likely play linebacker at the pro level.
“People like (Denver’s) Elvis Dumervil and (Pittsburgh’s) James Harrison definitely give me hope,” Mayo told HamptonRoads.com. “I’m 5-11. I look at people like that and it gives me a lot of motivation. It’s all about learning the game. I feel I can rush the passer from the edge. It’s just a matter of a coach or a team taking a chance on me, which I know will pay off.”
Hofstra has had more then 25 players in the NFL, most notably Wayne Chrebet, who spent his entire career with the New York Jets. Marques Colston (Saints), Willie Colon (Steelers), Stephen Bowen (free-agent), Raheem Morris (Buccaneers) and Kyle Arrington (Patriots) are all still associated with the league and have ties to the university.