Koda Martin‘s collegiate playing career has taken a familial turn.
On his personal Twitter account Thursday night, the offensive lineman announced that he would be transferring from Texas A&M. Not only that, but Martin confirmed that he already has a new college football home — Syracuse.
Martin’s dad, Kirk Martin, was named as the quarterbacks coach at Syracuse earlier this year. Last summer, Koda Martin married Jazzmin Babers, who happens to be the daughter of Orange head coach Dino Babers.
Whether it’s coincidence or not, Martin’s move from College Station comes two weeks after a heat stroke he suffered during an Aggies spring practice session left him near death according to a social media post from his father.
As Martin will graduate from A&M in May, he’ll be eligible to play for the Orange in 2017. The upcoming season will be the lineman’s final year of eligibility.
Martin had started 14 games for the Aggies the past two seasons, including 10 last season as a redshirt junior.
A little over five months after leaving a Power Five program, Dionte Mullins has stepped down a rung or two on the college football ladder.
A tweet earlier this week indicated that Mullins is now a member of the Alabama State football program. Now, the wide receiver is listed on the FCS program’s official website as one of its 2017-18 football signees and is shown on the Hornets’ online roster.
In mid-November, Miami announced that Mullins “is leaving the football program to pursue more playing time opportunities at another program.”
As the Hornets play at the FCS level, Mullins will be eligible to play immediately in 2018. Including the upcoming season, the receiver will have two years of eligibility remaining as well as a redshirt season to use if necessary.
A four-star member of the Hurricanes’ 2016 recruiting class, Mullins was rated as the No. 50 receiver in the country and the No. 37 player at any position in the state of Florida. After playing in three games as a true freshman, Mullins had seen action in all eight games last season before leaving. He finished his UM career with four catches for 53 yards, all of which came this season.
Police suspected Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois of possessing marijuana with intent to distribute, according to an affidavit obtained by the Tampa Bay Times.
An anonymous tipster notified the Tallahassee Police Department that Francois possessed in his home a grocery bag with an estimated two pounds of marijuana inside. That led to a search warrant, where police discovered marijuana three times in four searches of his garbage. They classified their discovery as being “consistent with activity” of people looking to distribute.
Francois agreed to a pre-trial diversion program on misdemeanor charges of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
He remains with the team, rehabbing from an injury suffered in the 2017 opening night loss to Alabama. “He understands his responsibility as a student athlete here,” ‘Noles head coach Willie Taggart told the paper on Saturday. “He understands my expectation of what I’m looking for, especially when it comes to our quarterback. He’s got to be smart about who he’s around and what he’s around, and make good decisions.”
It was just a few days ago I said there are two things that never get old to me. One was players finding out they have been put on scholarship, as Minnesota defensive lineman Sam Renner learned in the middle of the Gophers’ spring game. The other was when those serving in our nation’s military surprise their family with a reunion. On Saturday, prior to Florida State’s spring game in Tallahassee, lineman Derrick Kelly was given that special moment.
Kelly was treated to a video message on the scoreboard in Doak Campbell Stadium from his brother, Navy officer Derrickus Kelly. Kelly’s message to his brother started off as an apology for not being able to be in attendance. Of course, this was just a setup to the ultimate surprise; Derrickus Kelly taking to the field from the north end zone to greet his brother as fans stood and applauded.
“We cried a little bit out there,” Derrickus said, per The Orlando Sentinel. “I haven’t seen him in two years. There were times when all I felt like I had was my brothers. So it felt good.”
The emotions of the moment were not lost on anyone, including new Florida State head coach Willie Taggart.
“It was special,” Taggart said. “I teared up myself. I can only imagine what [Derrick] goes through every day probably praying for his brother to come back home safe.”
Clemson seems like a near lock to be either No. 1 or No.2 in the preseason polls later this year given what the team is returning for 2018 but one of the biggest question everybody outside the program is asking about is the age-old ‘Who will start at quarterback?’ While you normally don’t hear that after a young signal-caller returns to the program coming off a 12-2 record and yet another College Football Playoff appearance but such is life for rising senior Kelly Bryant.
The biggest reason there is so much talk about that is not so much Bryant’s fault as much as the presence of those behind him, including star freshman Trevor Lawrence and former five-star Hunter Johnson on the depth chart. Lawrence in particular had a terrific spring game on Saturday (11-of-16 for 122 yards and a touchdown) and thoroughly outplayed Bryant (8-of-15 for 35 yards) so many are wondering if there could be a shakeup in the pecking order for the Tigers.
If you ask the head coach though, the answer is just as Lee Corso says, not so fast my friends.
“(Bryant is) still, at this point, No. 1 if we played today,” Dabo Swinney told ESPN. “He’s made a lot of big plays and proven that he can win at the highest level… But last year isn’t this year. It’s a very competitive situation.”
We’re sure other coaches are not exactly pouring one out for Dabo having to deal with having all that talent at the position (and the overall roster) but it remains an intriguing storyline for the team that will likely be favored to meet Alabama again in the national title game this fall.