I just finished filling out my bracket, which is destined to be a winner. March is a fun time of the year. Is it better than August or September though? No chance college basketball gets my heart bumpin’ like college football.
Two-sport athletes are rare, especially in football and basketball. South Carolina’s Bruce Ellington did it for the last two years, but he decided to enter the draft, thus he didn’t play basketball this spring.
Here are five I’d like to see in a football uniform:
Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss
CFB position: Slot Receiver
Buzz: The most polarizing figure in college basketball over the last two seasons has been Marshall Henderson. He has an attitude, and that’d make him the perfect trash-talking slot receiver. He can get open just long enough to make a shot, and that would make him perfect for a slot receiver like Wes Welker. Henderson could shake some college defensive backs; then, he’d pop that jersey and let you know about it after a first down.
Casey Prather, Florida
CFB Position: Wide Receiver
Buzz: Florida’s 6-6 Casey Prather would have fit into Missouri’s offense with ease last season. With 6-4 L’Damian Washington, 6-6 Dorial Green-Beckham and 6-5 Marcus Lucas, Prather has as much athleticism as any of the three, and he can jump out of the gym. Florida continues to search for wide receivers; the best one may be wearing No. 24 on their own basketball team. Go get him, Muschamp.
Related: 2014 SEC All-Spring Team
Earnest Ross, Missouri
CFB Position: Linebacker
Buzz: Ross is 6-5, 228 pounds and has a stature that linebackers dream about, and could pack some serious muscle on that frame. Ross is athletic enough to play linebacker, and I bet he would lay the hammer on ball carriers; he plays with a mean streak. Isn’t Missouri looking to replace Andrew Wilson? Give Ross a call, Coach Pinkel.
Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee
CFB position: Just get him on the field
Buzz: Jarnell Stokes is built like a tank. At 6-8, 260 pounds, Butch Jones has to somehow figure out how to get Stokes on the football field and away from the NBA. He is a bully in the paint and is consistently one of the most physical players in the league, and he’s athletic enough to be a mismatch with any linebacker. Stokes would be Jimmy Graham 2.0. If the depth chart is already stacked at tight end, Stokes probably wouldn’t mind hitting ball carriers on defense.
Patric Young, Florida
CFB position: Defensive End
Buzz: Many want to make the comparison of Patrick Young to Jimmy Graham or Antonio Gates, but the truth is he may not be that athletic. Young would be perfect for a defensive end, and I just couldn’t see Young with his unique running gait streaking down the sideline on a reception. Have you seen his shoulders at 6-9, 250 pounds? It’s, uh, quite intimidating. The SEC’s basketball defensive player of the year could make a run at the football defensive player of the year.
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