Written By Evan McShane (@veryreasonable)
Tegray Scales, Linebacker, LA Rams, UDFA
Tegray Scales was born to be a football player. The prized recruit from Colerain High School in Cincinnati showed flashes of NFL-potential dating back to his Pop Warner days. After the going undrafted,the Rams got themselves a great player when they signed Scales as an undrafted free agent. Scales was a top-35 outside linebacker in the country as high schooler and one of the 25 best football players in the state of Ohio per 247 Sports. Scales chose the Hoosiers over a dozen other Division I scholarship offers and the rest is history.
Scales was ready to make an impact on day one. From the moment he stepped on campus, Scales looked like the real deal. As a true freshman he tallied 46 tackles, two sacks, and three interceptions. Scales tied the lead among the team and among Big Ten freshmen for interceptions. His football IQ and awareness immediately translated to the Big Ten. Scales increased his production as a sophomore in 2015. He played in 11 games, recording 64 tackles, three sacks, and two interceptions. Scales proved to be more than a contributor; he was a force. Tegray was a constant problem against the run game and in coverage. A dual threat middle linebacker capable of leading a defense.
The addition of Tom Allen as Indiana’s new defensive coordinator rejuvenated all Hoosier defenders, but Tegray Scales may have benefited more than anyone. As a junior, he led the Big Ten in tackles with 126. That mark is top-ten in Indiana football history. Scales received Indiana’s Anthony Thompson Most Valuable Player award for his contributions to the team. He was recognized as Indiana University’s Male Athlete of the year for displaying excellence in the classroom, on the field, and everywhere else. A special individual, Scales carried himself like a professional, and he represents IU as well as anyone ever has.
Scales ended his collegiate career with his name etched in Indiana’s record books. He was the first Hoosier linebacker to receive All-Big Ten honors since 1988. He finished third all-time in tackles for loss with 46. Scales also finished in the top-ten in school history in tackles (325) and sacks (18) – a storied career IU football fans won’t forget. Scales began drawing attention from pro scouts as a junior at Indiana, and his strong play as a senior only improved his stock.
The Rams are getting a remarkable linebacker and an even better person. Tegray Scales place in IU football history has been written. Now, he will begin writing the next chapter of his career in the NFL. He has drawn comparisons to NFL linebackers NoVarro Bowman and Brandon Marshall. Someday, Scales could evolve into an everyday starter at inside linebacker or strong-side linebacker. Hoosier nation will be cheering him on the whole way. Congratulations, Tegray.
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