Marvin Bracy

Four-star receiver, track standout leaving ‘Noles to go pro


Going pro in something other than football, that is.

While the school has yet to confirm the development, the Tallahassee Democrat reported Tuesday that two-sport Florida State athlete Marvin Bracy is leaving the university and will pursue track at the professional level.  Bracy is expected to sign a contract with adidas in short order confirming his decision to move on from school in general and football in particular.

The paper noted that Bracy did not discuss his decision with any of the coaches in the two sports, a decision his longtime personal coach said has been in the making for months.

Bracy was a four-star member of the Seminoles’ 2012 recruiting class, rated as the No. 39 receiver in the country and the No. 37 player at any position in the state of Florida.  Injured last summer, Bracy did not play at all in 2012 and took a redshirt for his true freshman season.

The Orlando product did not participate in spring practice at all this year, with the Democrat writing that Bracy drew “the ire of Jimbo Fisher this spring, as the head football coach was noticeably displeased” at the player’s absence.

While his football career never took off, he did hold the top 60-meter dash time in the country during the indoor track season.  Coming out of high school in Orlando, he was widely considered one of the best, if not the best, sprinter at that level ever.

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Rutgers reinstates WR Leonte Carroo to football team

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 28:  Wide receiver Leonte Carroo #4 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights makes a touchdown catch on the first play of the game against the Washington State Cougars at CenturyLink Field on August 28, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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While the news of late has been littered with the exits of two SEC wide receivers, one team from the Big Ten is welcoming back a player who plays the same position.

In a press release, Rutgers confirmed that Leonte Carroo has been reinstated to the Scarlet Knights football program.  The release stated that head coach Kyle Flood, who is suspended himself, “reinstated Carroo after the student-athlete agreed to the conditions of his reinstatement and after he accepted the responsibility that comes with his return to the team.”

The reinstatement comes one day after a domestic violence charge against him was dropped after the alleged victim decided not to testify against he former boyfriend.  Carroo had been accused of slamming a woman with whom he had a previous relationship into the concrete outside of the RU football facility last month.

Carroo has missed the last two games (Penn State, Kansas) because of the suspension.  He will be eligible to return to practice today and play in Saturday’s game against 10th-ranked Michigan State.

Despite missing those two contests, Carroo is still tops on the team in receiving yards with 181 and tied for the team lead with three receiving touchdowns.  He’s also averaging nearly 26 yards per reception.

Carroo led the Scarlet Knights last season in receptions (55), receiving yards (1,086) and receiving touchdowns (10).

Pig Howard dismissed by Vols

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 5: Pig Howard #2 of the Tennessee Volunteers fumbles the ball through the end zone during overtime of the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Neyland Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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It’s been a bad week for talented SEC wide receivers.

On the heels of Auburn giving the boot to D’haquille Williams following an alleged bar rampage, Tennessee announced Wednesday that Pig Howard has been dismissed from Butch Jones‘ football program.  Violations of unspecified team rules was the only explanation offered.

Howard had been suspended for the season opener for the same reason due to an unspecified incident several months before.  It’s unknown if the dismissal is related in any way to that suspension.

Injuries had allowed the senior to play in just two games this season, against Oklahoma and Western Carolina.  He had one reception for eight yards, with that coming in the overtime loss to the Sooners.

The past two seasons, Howard led the Vols in receiving with 54 and 44 receptions in 2014 and 2013, respectively.  He accounted for 1,006 receiving yards in that span, and has also scored a pair of rushing touchdowns.