We’ve previously noted that ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper has questioned whether Florida quarterback Tim Tebow can play quarterback in the NFL, or whether he’d be better off moving to tight end at the next level.On an appearance on ESPN Radio, Tebow questioned why Kiper was questioning him.”You tell me this,” Tebow said to Kiper during the radio exchange. “What do you think I need to do to be an NFL quarterback? You tell me that.”Unfortunately, Kiper didn’t give Tebow a direct answer to his direct question.”You’re just too good with the ball in your hands not to think, Could he be Frank Wycheck? Could he be Chris Cooley? That’s why,” Kiper said. “You’re too good, doing what you do, Tim, running with the football.”Sorry, but that’s ridiculous. Kiper knows full well that there’s no such thing as “too good with the ball in your hands” to be an NFL quarterback. The truth is, Kiper thinks (and I know there are NFL scouts who agree with him) that Tebow’s delivery is too slow to work in the NFL, and that Urban Meyer’s offense doesn’t adequately prepare quarterbacks for a pro passing game.But Kiper didn’t want to tell Tebow that, so he told Tebow that the problem is, “You’re just too good with the ball in your hands.”To which Tebow replied, “The quarterback has the ball in his hands every play.”ESPN’s Joe Schad reported that he had a conversation with Tebow in which Tebow said he was mad that people don’t think he’ll be a great NFL quarterback and mad that he didn’t win the Heisman Trophy, and that his anger might motivate him to leave Florida early.UPDATE: Joe Schad sent the following, via e-mail:Thanks for mentioning me on your site. I just wanted to clarify something. I did say that Tebow is mad that some people say he can’t play at QB in the NFL. I did say that he’s mad that some people say he didn’t deserve to win the Heisman. But its false to say I stated he is strongly considering the NFL draft because “his anger might motivate him to leave.” What I did say was: “He told me it would be very fair to say once again that he is strongly considering the NFL draft. The new factor here is that his offensive coordinator Dan Mullen has taken the head coaching position at Mississippi State.” So, to clarify, its not “anger” that would push him to the NFL. My only point about anger is that it will motivate him against Oklahoma. Happy Holidays… Joe
Kendrick Edwards may have left Arkansas, the Razorbacks, but he hasn’t left Arkansas, the state.
According to a tweet posted to his personal Twitter account, Edwards revealed that he has been “[e]xtremely blessed and thankful for this new opportunity at Arkansas State University.” That Sun Belt football program, it should be noted, has yet to confirm Edwards’ addition to the roster.
— Kendrick Edwards II (@Seis_GoDeep) May 25, 2016
This development is the latest twist in what’s thus far been an odd collegiate odyssey for Edwards.
In March of 2015, it was announced that Edwards had been removed from the Razorbacks football program and was given permission to speak to other schools about a transfer. However, Edwards was reinstated to the program shortly thereafter; however, the sequel, Edwards was permanently dismissed in the midst of the 2015 season for unspecified reasons.
Coming out of high school in Miami, Edwards was rated by 247Sports.com as a three-star recruit in the Class of 2014. In parts of two seasons with the Razorbacks, Edwards caught eight passes for 121 yards and a touchdown.
After sitting out the 2016 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, Edwards will have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2017.
The West Point career of Josh Jenkins has apparently taken yet another twist.
On his personal Twitter account earlier Tuesday — he pinned it for emphasis — Jenkins posted a tweet that included a YouTube highlight video with the text consisting of “looking to transfer from Army West Point.” Just why the defensive back has decided to leave the service academy is unclear.
The Killer Whale || Josh Jenkins Highlight Reel
Spread the Word https://t.co/oV9BpNYHhj
— Killer Whale® (@Jtwice_toonice) May 25, 2016
Jenkins reportedly suffered a serious and significant head injury during an on-post fight with a teammate over the Fourth of July weekend last year. The teammate, linebacker Seth Combs, was dismissed from the team; Jenkins was unable to play at all in 2015 because of the injuries he sustained.
During spring practice, Jenkins was not allowed to participate in contact drills. Sal Interdonato of the Times Herald-Record wrote that Black Knights head coach “Jeff Monken said near the end of spring practice that he was ‘hopeful’ that Jenkins would be cleared to practice with full contact in the preseason.”
In 2014, Jenkins was tied for second on the team with 63 tackles, while his four interceptions and eight passes broken up were the most of any Black Knight. He also blocked two kicks, a total that was tops on the team as well.
Two former members of Power Five football programs have decided to slide far down the college football ladder in restarting their respective careers.
According to 247Sports.com, Cole is on the campus of East Mississippi Community College and will play for the JUCO team in 2016. The report comes nearly four months after it was reported that Cole had decided to transfer from Michigan to Kentucky.
The recruiting website writes that UK “is a school Cole continues to consider.”
Cole was a highly sought after four-star 2015 recruit who was an early enrollee in Jim Harbaugh‘s first UM class. The No. 74 player nationally on 247Sports.com‘s composite board, Cole was also the No. 1-rated player at any position in the state of Michigan. He played in two games at receiver with the Wolverines; he’ll move to safety with his new program.
Speaking of defensive backs, former Notre Dame safety Mykelti Williams has also decided to go the JUCO route. It was confirmed in March of this year that Williams had decided to leave the Irish and transfer elsewhere.
As it turns out, that elsewhere is Iowa Western.
Former Irish safety Mykelti Williams goes JuCo after leaving ND during spring ball. https://t.co/bR1T8kRb3F
— Irish Illustrated (@PeteSampson_) May 25, 2016
Williams was a three-star member of the Irish’s 2015 recruiting class, rated as the No. 29 safety in the country; the No. 4 player at any position in the state of Indiana; and the No. 464 player overall according to 247Sports.com. The 5-11, 200-pound defensive back chose Notre Dame over offers from, among others, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Purdue and Wisconsin.
He took a redshirt as a true freshman last season.
Earlier this month, Stevie Tu’ikolovatu made the decision to transfer from Utah. Over the weekend, the defensive lineman paid a visit to Nebraska as he began the process of finding a new college football home.
Earlier this week, Tu’ikolovatu continued that process at the defending national champions.
According to the defensive tackle’s Twitter account, Tu’ikolovatu paid a visit to Alabama on Monday. While the Tide, as always, remains loaded along the line even after losing so much to the NFL draft, they could certainly use someone with the talent — and size — the 6-1, 320-pound Tu’ikolovatu possesses if the player and team find common ground.
Home of the 2016 CFP Trophy pic.twitter.com/d0FuRJdP1I
— Steve Tu’ikolovatu (@steviet_90) May 24, 2016
Last season with the Utes, Tu’ikolovatu played in all 13 games, starting two of those contests. His four fumble recoveries were tied for the lead in the Pac-12 and second nationally.
All told, Tu’ikolovatu played in 25 games the past two seasons. As a graduate transfer, he’d be eligible to play immediately in 2016 whether he moves on to Alabama, Nebraska or any other FBS program.
The 2016 season will, though, be his final year of eligibility.