Fear is a word that doesn’t appear in Lafayette senior linebacker DeAndre Fondren’s vocabulary. It’s not that the 5-foot-9, 185-pound Fondren doesn’t understand the meaning of the word, he just doesn’t associate with its meaning.
There are a lot of outstanding players on Lafayette’s defense this season, but Fondren appears to be the player that has the most heart and the most courage of a group not lacking in either area.
It’s the ability to play without fear, while going full speed every snap, that separates Fondren, aka “Tootie”, from others on the defense and why he’s counted on by defensive coordinator Eric Robertson each week to make plays. (August 27, 2010, Page 7A)