Jeff Metcalfe of AZCentral Sports is reporting that Arizona State quarterback Coltin Gerhart is looking to be a dual sport athlete this year for the Sun Devils. Gerhart is the brother of current Jacksonville Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart who had an excellent two sport career with the Stanford Cardinal before focusing on football at the professional level. Continue reading
Oregon State two sport athlete Hunter Jarmon has left the Beavers baseball program as it was first reported by Connor Letourneau of The Oregonian. Jarmon is a wide receiver on the football team and had originally planned on playing both sports in Corvallis. He ended up only playing in four games with one start this season while compiling a stolen base without a base hit.
Kentucky sophomore wide receiver and outfielder Brian Adams will play in his last football game tomorrow when the Wildcats face off against the Tennessee Volunteers. Adams has played in ten games this season with the football Wildcats making five catches for a total of 46 yards. Last baseball season saw Adams hit .288 with two homers and 13 RBI playing in 41 games. Some college baseball websites have Adams rated in the top ten prospects in the highly competitive SEC. Continue reading
Former NC State baseball player and starting quarterback Russell Wilson signed with the Colorado Rockies this summer and will play with the Wolfpack football team this fall. Wilson appeared in 47 games (25 starts) where he hit .306 with three homers and 12 RBI. He also stole nine bases in ten attempts. He spent the summer of 2010 with the Tri-City Dust Devils in which he appeared in 32 games batting .230 with two homers and eleven RBI.
With his team eliminated from the postseason by in-state rival South Carolina this past weekend, Clemson junior right-fielder Kyle Parker has a decision to make: Return to campus and re-join the football team where he is the starting quarterback or put down his football helmet and focus solely on baseball. Parker was selected in the first round of this year’s MLB draft, picked 26th overall by the Colorado Rockies.
According to a report in The Greenville News Parker won’t make a decision for at least a month telling the paper he plans on going on vacation before making the decision. “I’ve been going for about 1½ years straight with no break,” he said. “No matter what I’m going to do, I’m definitely taking probably a month or so off just to rest my body.”
Former LSU dual sport athlete Chad Jones was seriously injured in New Orleans this morning after getting in an automobile accident. He slammed his SUV into a streetcar pole on North Carrollton Avenue, near Canal Street in downtown New Orleans. He was physically removed from the car and doctors stated that he had fractured his left leg and had arteries and nerves exposed. They were also trying to restart blood flow to his foot. He was selected by the New York Giants in the third round of the NFL draft and signed a 4-year, $2.616 million contract. He also stars on the baseball diamond where in 2009 he was an integral part of the LSU bullpen especially during the NCAA Tourney as he had a 2.70 ERA in 6.1 innings of work. He did not play baseball during the 2010 season as he focused on his football intentions but was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers.
(UPDATE WITH INTERVIEW OF CHAD’S FATHER AFTER THE JUMP)
Kyle Parker of Clemson, Zach Lee of LSU, and Russell Wilson of NC State were all selected in the MLB Draft. Parker excelled on the diamond in 2010, hitting the same amount of homeruns as he threw touchdowns in 2009, while Russell Wilson excelled much more on the gridiron than on the diamond, yet has a tough decision ahead of him due to future NFL projections.
Georgia Tech running back Roddy Jones is trying to transfer his athletic ability from the football field over to the baseball diamond this spring. Last football season, he rushed for 345 yards and three touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets finished ninth in the country. Jones states that the biggest issue trying to play baseball is the fact that he hasn’t played in two years so his timing is off.
Florida Wide Receiver Riley Cooper has decided to focus on his football career instead of playing baseball. Cooper was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 25th round of the 2009 MLB Draft and was set to take his physical on Jan. 17th as he put it on hold throughout the football season. Last season, Riley started 23 games in right field and two in center field while batting .247 with 16 runs, eight walks, eight RBI and five doubles in 30 games. Riley also played this summer in the Cape Cod Baseball League with the Cotuit Kettleers where he played in three games recording only a walk in five at-bats.
Strength and Conditioning coach Stephen King of Villanova University recently wrote a fantastic article for the magazine Training & Conditioning. He details the workouts that Szczur does during the football and baseball seasons as he is a member of both squads. Szczur was outstanding this season on the football field leading the Villanova Wildcats to the FCS Championship by having over 2200 all purpose yards in 15 games. He led the baseball program last season with a .346 average in 48 games.