Scout Radio: Colts LB Tyjuan Hagler

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Colts LB Tyjuan Hagler can't wait for the 2007 season to begin. Find out who he'll be competing against and his goals for this year, his thoughts on Indy's Super Bowl win, offseason free agent losses and much more in this exclusive interview with Scout.com's Ed Thompson.

When he was drafted in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL draft, Tyjuan Hagler was placed on the depth chart at the middle linebacker position. But a sports hernia derailed his rookie season, so he learned the position in meetings, by watching film and by talking with Gary Brackett and Rob Morris. Last year, Hagler became an active presence on the Colts special teams while learning the weakside linebacker role behind Cato June.

He put a memorable stamp on a strong first-year performance with a huge hit in the open field against dangerous returns specialist Dante Hall during Indianapolis' playoff game against Kansas City, and then with a fumble recovery during the Super Bowl that helped the Colts win their first Lombardi Trophy in 36 years.

Hagler mauls the Chiefs' Dante Hall (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

"When I recovered the fumble, you know, that was a big thing for me," he said during a recent Scout Radio interview. "It was something that made me very happy that I got a chance to help my team out."

With Cato June leaving Indianapolis and heading to Tampa Bay during the offseason through free agency, a huge question loomed for the Colts in terms of who would step in for the former Pro Bowler--in more ways than one.

"He was basically the mouth of the team," Hagler said. "He was always a loud person, always getting you excited, getting you ready to go."

The 6-foot tall, 236-pound linebacker out of the University of Cincinnati may not have that same boisterous leadership style, but he has definitely set some serious goals for himself this season.

"I really want to start ... I really want to maximize my potential," he said. "And I don't feel like I've done that yet, so I'm definitely excited and ready to go."

Scout.com subscribers can find out where Tyjuan's going to be competing for a starter's role amongst the Colts linebackers this year. And they can listen in as he talks about his Super Bowl experience, his aspirations for 2007, his thoughts on the Colts losing three starters on defense and much more. Just click the link below to listen to a 5-minute Scout Radio feature to get the inside scoop directly from Tyjuan Hagler:

A member of the Professional Football Writers of America, Ed Thompson's NFL and college football player interviews and features have been published across the Scout.com network and syndicated through FoxSports.com's NFL team pages.


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