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
The bad news for San Diego State is that its backfield has taken a hit. The good news? They still have Donnell Pumphrey.
On the negative front, head coach Rocky Long indicated that, more than likely, Marcus Stamps will miss the entire 2016 season. The redshirt junior running back recently underwent surgery on his back, the nature of which wasn’t specified by the coach.
“He won’t be back this season, probably,” Long said according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. “He felt something in his back during spring practice. They kept checking him out, then they suggested he get it operated on.”
Stamps played in the first eight games of the 2015 season before a knee injury essentially sidelined him the the remaining three regular season games plus two in the postseason — the Mountain West Championship game and Hawaii Bowl. During the time he was healthy, Stamps ran for 33 yards on 16 carries.
As long as Pumphrey is healthy, though, the Aztecs’ running game should be in fine shape.
Pumphrey’s 1,651 yards rushing were seventh nationally last year. Entering his senior season, Pumphrey needs just 318 yards to surpass Marshall Faulk (4,589 from 1991-93) for the most in school history.
In last year’s opener, Christian Bell suited up for Alabama in their opener against Wisconsin. For this year’s opener, he’ll be on that Big Ten team’s sideline as they take on yet another school from the SEC.
On his Twitter account Thursday, Bell announced that he has decided to transfer into the Wisconsin football program. Over this past weekend, the linebacker announced via the same social media site that he would be transferring from the Tide.
— Christian Bell (@BELL_ringerr) July 28, 2016
Barring the unexpected, Bell will be forced to sit out the 2016 season and thus won’t be in uniform when UW opens against LSU at Lambeau Field. Then beginning in 2017, though, he would have four seasons of eligibility remaining.
Bell took a “grayshirt” for the 2015 season, ultimately enrolling in classes at UA this past January. The Birmingham, Ala., native participated in spring practice with the Tide this year.
A three-star recruit according to 247Sports.com, Bell was rated as the No. 19 weakside defensive end in the country and the No. 17 player at any position in the state of Alabama.
It appears the brief but up-and-down career of Larry Jefferson in Morgantown has come to an abrupt end.
The former junior college transfer had been suspended from participating in West Virginia’s spring practices for violating unspecified team rules. Now, WV MetroNews is reporting, the defensive lineman was arrested late Tuesday morning and charged with drug possession. “Jefferson was stopped on Clay Street in Morgantown as officers were investigating a brandishing incident at South University Plaza in Morgantown,” the website wrote, and was subsequently found to be carrying small amounts of cocaine and marijuana.
According to the Dominion Post, Jefferson was holding .6 grams of coke and one gram of weed.
While WVU officials have yet to comment publicly on the situation, Jefferson’s name has been removed from the Mountaineers’ online roster. Jefferson had not been reinstated from his spring suspension, but, prior to this incident, he had been expected to be on the field for the start of summer camp early next month and be a part of WVU’s line rotation this season as a pass-rush specialist.
After coming to WVU following two seasons at a Mississippi JUCO, Jefferson played in nine games for the Mountaineers last season.
It appears Alabama’s appeal was a successful one.
Back in April, it was reported that Alabama defensive back Tony Brown had been indefinitely suspended by the NCAA, but that the Tide was appealing what turned out to be a six-game suspension. There was no official word on the reason or reasons behind the suspension at the time, and there still isn’t even as there’s been another development in the situation.
The expectation is that Alabama defensive back Tony Brown’s NCAA suspension is going to be reduced from six games to four, sources told AL.com.
According to the website, Brown’s “suspension stems from something that happened leading up to the Tide’s Cotton Bowl matchup against Michigan State in late December.” If so, it was a very busy month off-the-field for the defensive back.
In December of last year, Brown was sent home from the Cotton Bowl for a violation of team rules. It was subsequently reported that Brown had started a fight with a teammate during the College Football Playoff semifinal and the Tide’s leadership council decided to send him home. That incident, seemingly unrelated to the suspension, also led Brown to miss the win over Clemson in the national championship game.
Brown, a five-star 2014 signee, was arrested in mid-January of last year on charges of failure to obey and resisting arrest, although he managed to escape Nick Saban’s doghouse that time and tie for the team lead in special teams tackles in the 2015 regular season.