Everything is larger in Bama when it comes to college football. So when Nick Saban kicks 4 foolish players off the Bama team it is first page coverage. Just for the sheer stupidity of the nature of the crimes it should be. These players should be shamed and be made examples of not only to Alabama’s two time defending national championship program but to every college athletic program in the country.
So exactly what size and speed should you be to play college football? Better yet what division level should a player be looking to play according to their size/speed ratio? Coaches may look at your “measurables” (how big you are and how fast) as a determining factor where you might be considered to play, including division and position. The chart above is based on the physical attributes and speed performance of collegiate football players on “average”. For the coach/recruiter, they provide a good indication of where a player might be most successful.
Even if a high school player is not currently the “college” size/speed, the recruiter must determine if the player can “fill out” properly and become a suitable size to compete at their division level. Most high school players and parents fail to realize this very important part of recruiting. The scholarship process is virtually based off how a player will project on the the collegiate level.
Cardale Jones was suspended by coach Urban Meyer for Ohio State’s game against Nebraska for his now infamous tweet: “Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain’t come to play SCHOOL classes are POINTLESS”.
Jones a third-string, true freshman quarterback apparently got the urge to tweet his frustrations for the world to see. Within minutes after the tweet at least 30 news organizations had already picked it up and posted the tweet on their websites along with their commentary. Within an hour the Ohio State Athletic Dept shut down Jones’ Twitter account. It was all a bit too late, you can’t technically erase a tweet once it’s sent. It’s out for the world to see so the sender loses all control over those 140 characters.
Every now and then I will write an article simply because it’s meant to inspire whomever is reading it. I know many young people come across this blog just trying to find a way to gain a college football scholarship but the thing I try to keep in mind is that it’s not just all brawn or even brains. It also takes perseverance and drive. It takes an attitude like Adam Greenberg. If you haven’t seen this story – you must!
Greenberg, a left-handed hitter, who was batting for the Cubs against the Florida Marlins on his first plate appearance July 9, 2005, after getting his first call up from the minor leagues. On his very first pitch he was struck in the back of the head by a 92-mph fastball.