At this year's Senior Bowl, perhaps no player was more willing to represent their school than defensive lineman Josiah Coatney.
As described by Rebel Walk writer Steve Barnes, Coatney was seen walking around with a navy-blue "OLE MISS" sweater with pride. Coatney made no secret of his intention to give his Rebel's program some well-needed exposure at this year's event.
"Of course, I am wearing my Ole Miss stuff,” he told Barnes. “I will always represent my university.”
From the time he entered the program as a redshirt sophomore up until that point, Coatney's mental approach towards the game of football was always the same; produce, produce, produce. His entire career with the Rebels was an exhibition of the numerous ways he was able to destroy the opposition and produce. By his redshirt freshman year, he finished third on the team in tackles while starting every game. By his senior year, he was started at both nose tackle and defensive end. When it was all said and done, Coatney would finish his Rebels career with 174 total tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, and 6.5 sacks.
During that Senior Bowl weekend, Coatney did not waste time making an impression on all those in attendance. To many, he was a standout all week leading into the official game on January 25th.
Despite going undrafted, Coatney left a strong legacy of physicality and production which he hopes to carry over with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Considering the shortage of depth on their defensive line, his brand of football could put him over.