Tuesday, March 10, 2009

So long, Darlron Spead

I thought nickelback Darlron Spead had a year of eligibility left, and he did. But he's scheduled to graduate in May, and he's giving up his final season of eligibility.

“Darlron had several injuries ... and he had some things he had to take care of as far as the other parts of his life,” Coach Bobby Johnson told the Tennessean. “He wanted to go ahead and graduate, get out and start earning a living. We wished him the best of luck. It was the right decision.”

Spead's finest moment as a Commodore was his huge interception in the first half of the upset victory over South Carolina. He showed unbelievable quickness and speed on that play, breaking on the ball, getting the pick and racing 41 yards before getting forced out of bounds. Unfortunately, he broke his leg on the play. He returned for the final five games of the season.

Darlron was a staple at nickelback for two seasons, and I'm sorry to see him go a year early. His absence likely precipitated Jamie Graham's move to defense.

But Darlron will have a Vanderbilt degree and a bright future ahead of him.

Thanks, Darlron, and all the best to you.

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