Blake Bortles, Kelcy Quarles

Kelcy Quarles’ dad: DT leaving Gamecocks for NFL at season’s end


Barring an absolutely unforeseen chain of events, South Carolina will lose Jadeveon Clowney to early entry into the April 2014 NFL draft. Around the same time, and barring a change of heart, the Gamecocks will lose another standout member of its defensive line as well.

The father of Kelcy Quarles confirmed to the long-held speculation that his son will be leaving collegiate eligibility on the table in order to begin his professional career a year early. Buddy Quarles said the decision came after the defensive tackle and the coaching staff discussed the issue and decided this would be the best course of action for the younger Quarles to take.

“I think they all came to that conclusion,” Buddy Quarles said. “They had a good assumption that he’s going to be leaving.”

The elder Quarles said his son will submit his paperwork to the NFL Draft Advisory Committee in the next week or two. As if putting an exclamation point on the impending ending of his playing career, Quarles will walk with the seniors during the final home game of the year vs. Clemson the last weekend of this month, the father said.

This season, Quarles is tops on the Gamecocks with 11 tackles for loss and seven sacks. The latter number is good for third among SEC defensive players.

Former Texas A&M WR Thomas Johnson arrested on murder charge

Thomas Johnson
Associated Press

A very disturbing story has emerged out of Dallas, where former Texas A&M wide receiver Thomas Johnson sits in a Dallas County jail cell after allegedly admitting to hacking an unsuspecting jogger to death with a machete.

Just before 8 a.m. Monday, authorities say Johnson went to White Rock Creek Trail, a popular jogging trail in northeast Dallas, and randomly slashed a jogger to death. “It appears Mr. Johnson picked this victim at random. Absolutely random,” Deputy Chief Rob Sherwin told the Dallas Morning News. “He just attacked him. … It’s just very unusual. It’s quite shocking.”

Johnson then walked away from the scene in search of a cell phone. An onlooker had already dialed 911, and when police arrived Johnson allegedly told them there was a man “laying down with a sword in his head and not moving.”

“I just committed capital murder,” Johnson said and then repeated, according to his arrest affidavit. The only motive police reported was that Johnson was angry at his situation in life at the time of the slaying.

The victim, an unidentified male between the age of 25 and 35, passed away at a nearby hospital.

Johnson, meanwhile, remains in a Dallas County jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Johnson was a highly-regarded member of Kevin Sumlin‘s first recruiting class at Texas A&M. As a true freshman in 2012, the Dallas native caught 30 passes for 339 yards and one touchdown through the Aggies’ upset of then-No. 1 Alabama and then simply… disappeared. He went missing for three days in November 2012 before turning up back home in Dallas. His mother told the San Antonio Express-News last April Johnson would like to return to college football, but a return to the game never materialized.

No punishment from SEC for Bielema’s sideline interaction with Alabama player

Bret Bielema

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema will not be disciplined by the SEC office for his brief interaction with Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson last weekend. A video showing Bielema exaggerating his interaction with Robinson at the end of a play was reviewed by SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, and the commissioner has discussed the situation with the Razorbacks coach.

“I visited with Bret over the phone on Monday and we discussed the play that has now become widely reviewed through a brief video clip,” Sankey said in a released statement. “Football is played in an intense competitive environment and I reminded him of the need for head coaches to resolve with their own players issues that may arise, which was his intent. The unsportsmanlike penalty assessed on the play was not directly associated with Bret’s efforts to intervene at the end of the play and we are moving forward in a positive manner.”

That appears to be the end of the discussion regarding Bielema’s act. I personally think there should have been some more done here by the league’s commissioner, but we will see if Bielema avoids putting himself in a similar position moving forward.