We’re less than a week away from former college players officially finding out their new homes with the start of the 2018 NFL Draft and the excitement is palpable no matter if you’re a Cleveland Browns fan or somebody who dons the cardinal and gold of USC.
Naturally this is a big deal for the players’ former programs as well and their recent head coaches will be taking full advantage of the marketing opportunity to future recruits by stopping by the draft itself at AT&T Stadium for the festivities. The NFL released a list of 14 college football coaches and one recent one on Friday as being confirmed to attend the event and there are a few notable names beyond the big ones we’re used to seeing every year:
In addition, Stanford head coach David Shaw will serve as a draft analyst on NFL Network for a seventh year in a row and even ESPN’s College GameDay is getting involved with a pregame show outside the stadium they are quite familiar with from big games over the years.
Running back Tre Watson is busy weighing his options as a graduate transfer, and it appears LSU is next in line to impress him. On Sunday, Watson said on his Twitter account he had to cancel a trip to BYU, but will be visiting LSU next week.
Watson visited Texas Tech over the weekend and was on hand for the Red Raiders’ spring game in Lubbock. Reports quoted Watson as saying he had a tremendous visit to Texas Tech. LSU is looking to replace leading rusher Derrius Guice and has a stable of options. However, Watson would certainly give a boost to the quality of depth LSU (or Texas Tech) would have to look forward to if he chooses to transfer there.
Watson says he had to cancel a trip to BYU, but there is no mention of whether or not that means BYU is eliminated from consideration for a potential transfer.
Watson is scheduled to graduate from Cal this spring, making him eligible to transfer to any other college football program as a graduate transfer and be able to play right away with his new school in the fall. The 2018 season will be Watson’s final year of eligibility. His 2017 season was cut short early on with a season-ending knee injury, but he was Cal’s second-leading rusher in 2016.
Because of early losses to the NFL — Donte Jackson (HERE) and Kevin Toliver (HERE) — as well as a hit on National Signing Day — losing five-star Patrick Surtain Jr. to rival Alabama — Ed Orgeron had made it crystal clear that LSU was in the market for a graduate transfer in the secondary. Thursday morning, the head coach officially got his man.
LSU announced earlier in the day today that Terrence Alexander has signed with the football program. The announcement comes not long after the cornerback took an official visit to the Baton Rouge campus.
It had been confirmed early last month that Alexander would be transferring from Stanford. As he will be coming in as a graduate of his now-former university, the defensive back will be eligible to play immediately this coming season, which will be his final year of eligibility.
A three-star member of Stanford’s 2014 recruiting class, Alexander was rated as the No. 23 player at any position in the state of Louisiana coming out of high school in New Orleans. He played in a total of 40 games his first three seasons before an injury in the 2017 opener cost him the remainder of the season.
Because of that injury, Alexander was granted a medical redshirt for the 2017 season.
Myles Brennan stands 6-foot-4 and weighs, by his own estimation, 195 or 196 pounds. This is a problem. Fellow SEC quarterbacks Jake Bentley, of South Carolina, and Drew Lock, of Missouri, also check in at 6-foot-4, but both of them weigh 225 pounds.
If he wants to win the job to replace Danny Etling as the Bayou Bengals’ quarterback and last an entire SEC season, Brennan is going to have to put on a lot of weight as fast as possible.
On Tuesday, Brennan detailed his diet. He eats 1,300 calories a day — for breakfast. All told, Brennan says he eats six or seven times a day. “I need to eat whatever I can,” Brennan said. “I try to stay healthy but at this point there’s no point in trying to stay healthy. I just need to gain the weight.”
While this seems like a great problem to have for us mortals, Brennan says it is indeed a problem.
A 4-star recruit from Long Beach, Miss., Brennan completed 14-of-24 passes for 182 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions as a true freshman in 2017. He will compete primarily with redshirt freshman Lowell Narcisse for the starting job this fall.
The Hat is going Hollywood. Sort of.
In a long profile in the Baton Rouge Advocate this week, former LSU head coach Les Miles revealed that he is rehearsing lines, auditioning for roles and recording a reel in order to land acting gigs in upcoming movies and TV shows.
“I don’t know that anybody ever doesn’t dream at one point in time, ‘I’m going to be in a movie,’ ” Miles told the paper. “I don’t know how you don’t think that way. As a child, I wanted to be the president of the United States, wanted to be a head football coach and wanted to be an actor in a movie. We only get one go-around at this thing called life. There’s no do-overs.”
Miles added that he is not giving up on being a head coach again but noted he would be picky when it comes to his next gig on the gridiron. He’s still set to be a game analyst on a network in the fall but it appears acting is the side-gig he’s really going after this offseason, including an upcoming part in summer movie Angry Men.
The whole piece is very much worth reading and certainly has us interesting in seeing the veteran coach go the sidelines to the silver screen.