Who’s getting into March Madness this month? I completed my bracket yesterday and came to the conclusion that all four #1 seeds won’t be in the Final Four. Thank me later.
Okay, so maybe March Madness doesn’t get my heart rate up like football season, but there are still some studs in the SEC who could play both sports.
South Carolina’s Bruce Ellington already excels at both. The point guard Ellington averaged 9.9 points per game in ‘13, and the wide receiver Ellington registered a team-high 600 receiving yards last fall.
Here are five others who could do the same thing:
Kenny Boynton, Florida, guard
CFB position: Cornerback
Buzz: Billy Donovan calls Kenny Boynton ‘an excellent Gator’. The 6-2, 190-pound guard has quick feet, and with his height, he’d match up with any tall receiver as a cornerback. Will Muschamp loves tall corners, too, and Boynton being a senior still has one year of college eligibility left. Heck, you could even move him to safety, since Florida lost two in Matt Elam and Josh Evans.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia, guard
CFB position: Wide Receiver
Buzz: When you think of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on the gridiron, think of Texas A&M’s Mike Evans, a former basketball player himself. KCP was the SEC’s Player of the Year, and like Evans, he’s 6-5 and could bring down any fade pass in the coffin corner. KCP wouldn’t be your classic burner after the catch, but he would be a legit target and possession receiver. Someone get this kid a football jersey and pads. Aaron Murray could use him.
Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss, guard
CFB position: Slot Receiver
Buzz: The most polarizing figure in college basketball in 2013 is Marshall, Marshall Henderson. Dude has an attitude, and that’d make him the perfect trash-talking slot receiver. Have you seen him weave in and out of traffic on the basketball court? He can get open just long enough to make a shot. Henderson could shake some college defensive backs – Wes Welker, anyone?
Alex Oriakhi, Missouri, forward
CFB position: Tight End
Buzz: The former Connecticut Husky has made his mark on the ‘13 Missouri basketball team, but he would make a spectacular tight end on the gridiron. Oriakhi is 6-9, and he could be the second coming to the former Hurricane and current Saints’ star Jimmy Graham. His height and long arms would give any quarterback a considerable target anywhere on the field. Imagine Dorial Green-Beckham and Oriakhi running routes on the same field.
Patric Young, Florida, center
CFB position: Defensive End
Buzz: Have you seen Patric Young’s shoulders? He looks like a mini-Dwight Howard, lacking only the whiny attitude. At 6-9, 249 pounds, Young would be the perfect fit for a defensive end. He moves up and down the court well as a long strider, and he’s more athletic than several big men in college basketball. The great thing for Young transitioning to football would be the elimination of free throws.
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