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Catch or No Catch: Transfers get a second chance to shine in the NCAA

first_imgWhat makes all of these players’ stories so compelling is that there was no guarantee that any of their situations would pan out. It’s a potentially life-changing gamble, especially for those players who see football as their future. There are other transfer quarterbacks — like Missouri graduate Kelly Bryant and Washington junior Jacob Eason — who have resurrected their NFL dreams after being shunted aside at their previous schools, but these three have proven more than any others that, sometimes, all you need is a second chance. Hurts graduated from the University of Alabama last spring after going 26-2 as a starter. You’d think this would be a reasonably happy end to a college career, but not in this case. Hurts had been riding the bench behind junior Tua Tagovailoa since the National Championship game following the 2017 season, and he had one year of eligibility left.  This is a good thing. In many cases, college football recruiting can mislead high-level recruits as to what their role on a team or experience at a school will be. Far too often, players arrive at a school and ride the bench for two to three seasons after being told they’d have a “chance” to start right away. What they weren’t told, however, was that that chance is usually slim to none. Thus, he followed the storied path of Sooners quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray and transferred to Oklahoma to learn under head coach Lincoln Riley. The result? More than 2,000 yards through the air and 700 on the ground thus far. What’s better? He’s resurrected his NFL chances at Oklahoma, and he’s on pace to have his best season yet. Why bring this up now? Well, several transfers have set the college football world ablaze this season. In particular, LSU redshirt senior Joe Burrow, Ohio State sophomore Justin Fields and Oklahoma senior Jalen Hurts are all quarterbacks who have become Heisman favorites after being cast aside at their previous schools. Matthew Philips is a senior writing about football. He is also a former lifestyle editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Catch or No Catch,” runs every other Tuesday. As a college transfer myself, the pursuit of a better situation than the one you chose originally is near and dear to my heart. Again, there’s no guarantee you’ll find what you’re looking for in a new environment. In fact, it might even be worse, and there’s just no way to find out until it’s too late. Burrow’s first year in Baton Rouge was a moderate success; he was a key offensive player for a team that won the Fiesta Bowl. But this year, Burrow has been simply unstoppable through the air, throwing for more than 300 yards in six of his eight games. If LSU stays undefeated, or if Burrow keeps up his production, the Heisman Trophy is his — plain and simple. Burrow, however, is the most compelling of the three. After riding the bench for two years at Ohio State behind former quarterback J.T. Barrett, Burrow battled Haskins for the starting job. After learning that Haskins would start, Burrow transferred to LSU in May 2018. Sometimes, the grass actually is greener on the other side. Just ask Hurts — he’s waited a long time for an opportunity like this. That’s why it’s always heartwarming to see transfers balling out on their new teams. For a select few players, transferring can be the opportunity that changes the trajectory of an entire career. For others, it’s a second chance to prove one’s talents in the game they love. Fields transferred to Ohio State in the spring following the departure of current Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Thus far, he’s been nothing short of electric for the undefeated Buckeyes, throwing 22 touchdowns and rushing for another eight. On the whole, administrators and NCAA rulemakers are slowly accepting the notion of a player leaving their school for another in college football (and basketball for that matter). This spring, the NCAA loosened many of its regulations against transfers playing immediately for their new schools. Fields was one of the most highly rated recruits ever coming out of high school, and he committed to his hometown Georgia Bulldogs at the beginning of his senior year with the impression that he’d be able to compete with then-sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm for the starting job in 2018. Even after Fromm won the job, Fields believed he’d receive significant snaps throughout the season. In reality, Fields never had a real chance to dethrone Fromm, and the offense used his talents sparingly, if ever. Sometimes a change in scenery is what an athlete needs to reach their full potential. We’ve seen it time and time again in professional sports — Randy Moss solidifies himself as a Hall of Famer on the Patriots; LeBron James wins his first championship in Miami; James Harden becomes an MVP-caliber player in Houston. However, leaving one program for another is still considered somewhat taboo at the college level, and this comes at the expense of the players.last_img read more

ACC Basketball Hosts Meet and Greet Night

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena Community College’s basketball teams hosted meet and greet night to introduce the teams to the community. Fans watched the men’s team scrimmage. Both squads did drills for their audience. Fans could also win prizes and shoot half court shots. The men’s basketball team’s season kicks off on Monday.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious DNR Seeks Bear DensNext Alpena County Sheriff’s Office Hosts Final Public Millage for Jaillast_img


first_imgADVERTISING FEATUREThe story behind Letterkenny’s Pinehill Business Park is as heartwarming as it is inspiring. On the surface it may appear to be merely a collection of businesses on the edge of Donegal’s biggest town.But scratch the surface and what emerges is a family’s struggle against all the odds.The origins of Pinehill Business Park at Mountain Top, which houses some of Donegal’s most recognised businesses, began almost 50 years ago.That’s when founder George Boal set about taking a gamble that would prove to be a decision on which the rest of his life would revolve. Boal, who had returned to Letterkenny with his wife Betty (nee Spratt) after working for a time in Scotland, set about beginning a new life.The couple bought a ten acre site for the princely sum of £45 and moved into a caravan on the site before building a house close by.George soon set up a business making pre-cast concrete sills and kerbing and business began to flourish.At the same time George also noticed large delivery trucks having trouble parking on the town’s Main Street and saw storage space could be a profitable business.Today that storage space is home to no less than 44 units of some of Donegal’s most recognised and respected businesses including Letterkenny Tool Hire, Restex Bed and Bedroom Furniture and Carpet Interiors.Situated just a mile from the heart of Letterkenny’s town centre, the business park has proven to be the perfect location for many businesses to follow their dreams and flourish. And businesses which have found a working unit at Pinehill have also found a home – just like George and Betty Boal did 50 years ago.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyLETTERKENNY’S PINEHILL BUSINESS PARK STILL ‘BOAL-ING’ THEM OVER AFTER 50 YEARS! was last modified: January 6th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Pinehill Business Parklast_img read more