This one will leave a mark.
Nearly a week after helping Stanford to its first Rose Bowl win in four decades, Zach Ertz announced he is leaving the Cardinal to make himself available for early entry in the April NFL draft.
“In light of achieving our collective dream of winning the Rose Bowl Game, it is difficult to imagine not playing side-by-side with my Stanford brothers for another season,” Ertz said in a statement. “However, after returning home and talking to my family, coaches and advisers and conducting a thorough analysis of the situation, I have decided to forego my final year of eligibility at Stanford University.”
Ertz’s 69 catches were easily the most on the Cardinal in 2012; Drew Terrell’s 33 receptions was second on the team. Ertz added 898 yards and six touchdowns on those receptions, and was a unanimous first-team All-American.
The 6-6, 252-pound junior could/should be the first tight end selected in the draft.
A little over two months after getting the boot from Syracuse, Ashton Broyld has found himself a new college football home.
Multiple outlets have picked up on the fact that Broyld is now playing for Div. II West Georgia. Broyld left the Orange listed as a running back, but is playing wide receiver according to the team’s official roster.
There was already a familiar face in the locker room upon Broyld’s arrival as Wayne Williams is playing defensive tackle for the Wolves. Williams announced in late June that he had decided to transfer out of Scott Shafer‘s ‘Cuse program.
“I checked in on them,” Shafer said of his two former players Thursday. “I’m happy to see those guys are still playing football.”
In 2013, Broyld led the team in both receptions (52) and receiving yards (452). Broyld was the Orange’s leading receiver through the first three games last season before a lower-leg injury caused him to miss eight of the last nine games.
In late July, Broyld was dismissed for violating unspecified team rules.
In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”
Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.
At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August. The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.
“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to GoVols247.com‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”
Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.