Charleus Dieuseul

Two things strike you when researching Charleus Dieuseul. One, he has three instances of “eu” in his name, and a name that looks easy to say but is near impossible (it’s Diss-ELL). The second, that the Express have one explosive linebacker in their ranks.

Dieuseul, or as he is called by most who give up getting their head around all the “eu’s”, “Diesel”, is out of a small Division III school of Mount Union in Ohio.

Is there any better nickname for a Sydney Express and #chugnation player than Diesel?

I go by ‘Diesel’ all the time. It’s grown on me. I do like it. It sticks with me.

Charleus Dieuseul at Mount Union

The “Purple Raiders” might be in Division III, but they have punched well above their weight when it comes to the NFL.

The Mount Union Purple Raiders football team is the varsity intercollegiate football team representing the University of Mount Union, located in Alliance, Ohio, United States. They compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division III level and are members of the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC).

Two current Raiders are in the NFL; Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon and fellow wide receiver and fourth round draft pick Cecil Shorts III at the Houston Texans.

In his senior year at Mount Union in 2012, Dieuseul captained the Raiders to the Division III national championship after the school frustratingly fell one short in 2011, 2010 and 2009.

Dieuseul not only captained the team to that championship, but blocked a punt and scored a touchdown in the Stagg Bowl, the Division III championship game.

As can be the case at smaller schools, Dieuseul was called on to cover multiple positions.

Listed as a linebacker, he also played as a defensive end in 2011, and became the only NCAA player in history to win two MVP awards in two different positions in back-to-back years.

He did it by winning the Gen Slaughter award for most outstanding linebacker in 2012, after having already won the defensive lineman award the previous year as a defensive end.

The NFL come calling

After dominating Division III football, his efforts didn’t go without notice. While missing out on the 2013 draft, common for small school players, Dieuseul gained an invite, and ultimately a rookie contract with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent.

Signed for mini-camp and pre-season in April 2013, Dieuseul seemed to make a good impression in early workouts.

Patricia Traina from Inside Football who attended the Giants mini-camp had this to say.

It’s early, but a guy who seemed to be especially active was LB Charleus Dieusel (UDFA, Mount Union). He showed a good first step and in pass rushing drills, he had very little wasted motion in going for the strip. I’m not sure if there will be room for him on the final 53, and again, it’s early, but he’s one of the players who stood out in the morning workout and I could see him possibly becoming a mainstay on special teams this summer.

Ultimately the Giants waived Dieuseul and despite gaining a further workout with the Oakland Raiders, Dieuseul had to look elsewhere to extend his professional football career.

What are the Express getting?

Scouted before the draft as a player with a fast first step and excellent closing speed, the Express can expect Dieuseul to be one of the leaders of the linebacker group.

The group includes Luis Rosado out of the FIU Panthers, Rodrea Brown out of Limestone College and Australian John Maumau, signed to the Express after impressing at the NGL National Combine.

With decent speed in the open field, Dieuseul has excellent anticipation and hits hard when coming downhill at players.

With the versatility to play special teams, in the line and behind it, Dieusuel provides game breaking ability and versatility this season for head coach Richard Bonds.

All aboard #ChugNation, the Diesel is approaching the station.

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