Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Congratulations are in order for Ryan Durand, who was raised in Leominster and educated at St. Bernard’s in Fitchburg, after he made his NFL debut in the Tennessee Titans’ 34-27 win over the Cowboys in Dallas last Sunday.
Durand, a second-year pro, came in as an injury replacement at left guard midway through the fourth quarter. He was then part of the push up front that paved the way for Chris Johnson’s winning, 1-yard touchdown run with 3:28 to play.
The Titans drafted Durand in the seventh round with the 239th overall pick in 2009 after a fine career at Syracuse on the field and in the classroom. A three-year starter and four-time Big East All-Academic selection, he graduated with a degree in exercise science and posted a 3.75 GPA.
Durand spent last season on the Titans’ practice squad before making the 53-man roster this year.