When it was first reported late last month that Cody Sokol would be transferring from Iowa, it was thought that either Ball State or Louisiana Tech could be a potential destination.
As it turns, the thought when it came to the latter was absolutely correct.
While Tech has yet to announce his addition, Sokol (pictured, No. 19) confirmed to BleedTechBlue.com that he has decided to transfer to the Bulldogs. As the quarterback will graduate from Iowa in May, he will be eligible to play for Tech immediately in 2014.
For Sokol, the opportunity to compete for a starting job on a roster low on experience was the deciding factor.
“That’s all I could ask for, is an opportunity to go down there and be the starter,” Sokol told the Rivals.com website. “That was my biggest thing I was looking at was playing time. I see a big hole in their offense at that (quarterback) position and am willing to fill it for a year. They said they have some good quarterbacks on their roster, the biggest thing is they haven’t matured yet. I feel like I bring a veteran role to Louisiana Tech.”
In addition to Tech and Ball State, Sokol stated that he had received interest from Hawaii, New Mexico State, North Texas, South Alabama and Wake Forest.
Sokol spent the first two seasons of his collegiate career at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College before joining the Hawkeyes as a three-star JUCO recruit in 2012. After redshirting that first season, Sokol competed with Jake Rudock and C.J. Beathard for the starting job in 2013, which was ultimately won by the former.
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).
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.