Thursday, February 12, 2009
Jamie Graham: 100% football player — but where?
So Jamie Graham is no longer a basketball player. But where's he going to be on the football field?
Yesterday, the voice of the Commodores, Joe Fisher, reminded the guys on Nashville's 104.5 The Zone that Jamie's departure from the hoops squad will enable him to participate in spring football practice, where a bunch of wide receivers will be competing for future playing time.
Then Joe mentioned how good Jamie looked at running back in the Wake Forest game, and how he could have a future there.
I'm not so sure about that. Sure, he might run the ball a lot — you know how much Ted Cain loves reverses. And he's a playmaker, the only guy on the team last season to catch a pass, throw a pass, carry the ball and return the ball. But as far as Jamie lining up at tailback on a consistent basis, I hope it doesn't come to that.
Sure, we've got Jared Hawkins, a nice all-purpose back who gained slightly less than 600 yards last season, returning for his senior year. But after that we've got:
• Kennard Reeves, who showed some flashes against Wake Forest.
• Gaston Miller, who got some chances but had trouble holding onto the ball.
• Jermaine Doster, who's sat out the past two seasons.
• Ryan van Rensburg, a redshirt freshman last year and natural fullback who didn't get on the field.
But take away quarterback Chris Nickson, who was our leading rusher.
But add three promising recruits:
• Wesley Tate, a tall, fast back who could be an every down guy.
• Zac Stacy, a shifty, stout little fire plug who had stupendous stats in high school and knew how to find the end zone.
• Warren Norman, an all-purpose back with home-run potential and good pass-catching skills.
So maybe Jamie does make some cameo appearances behind the quarterback, especially if Hawkins gets injured and none of the freshmen make an immediate contribution in the fall. And with John Cole, Akeem Dunham, Terrance Jeffers, Tray Herndon and Brady Brown being added to the active-duty receiving corps, you can expect Graham to indeed have plenty of competition at receiver.
But he'll be on the field somewhere.
Where do you think he'll be?