A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned that we've got five more players on the roster than we have scholarships for.
Then, based on the updated roster, we told you that it looks like we're two scholarships over. That's assuming that the following players are finished: Justin Cabbagestalk (career-ending knee injury), Jamie Graham (profile not updated; likely graduation) and James Kittredge (profile not updated; could be transferring).
Now it appears that safety Jay Fullam is gone too. A commenter named CAR just told us he's transferring to Air Force. I think that means he's got to start over and attend the academy for four years, though he would have two or three years of eligibility.
Fullam's grandfather was a fighter pilot who was shot down in Vietnam. Since he arrived on campus, Fullam's official player bio has listed his career ambition as "fighter pilot." Air Force Academy is a good place to go if you want to do that. He could have cross-enrolled in Air Force ROTC at Tennessee State in Nashville, but it would have been difficult to juggle football, academics and an ROTC program. Of course, it's even more hectic and stressful just to attend a military academy, especially during the first year, but the over-arching theme in Colorado Springs would be the military. At Vanderbilt, it's juggling academics and football, and at UT it's juggling playing football and escaping brushes with the law.
Anyway, you can't believe everything you read on the Internet, even from our esteemed and informed MV! audience, but I just checked Fullam's info on his Facebook page and he identifies himself as "studied at Vanderbilt." Then I checked a bunch of other guys, including Jabo Burrow and Wesley Johnson and Grant Ramsay, and their info says "studies at Vanderbilt." Notice the tense. The other guys study at Vanderbilt. Present tense. Fullam studied at Vanderbilt. Past tense. Which means he doesn't study there anymore.
Fullam looked pretty good as a redshirt freshman starting the season opener at free safety against Northwestern. But a shoulder injury opened the door for true freshman Kenny Ladler, who took over and now enters 2011 as a lock to start over Fullam.
Fullam would have faced stiff competition from sophomores Andre Simmons and Karl Butler and true freshmen Larry Franklin, Jahmel McIntosh and Andrew Williamson.
I had projected him to have dropped out of the playing rotation by mid-season at the latest.
Fullam's a solid student and just the kind of kid you'd expect to see playing for the Falcons. Heck, he's got a better chance of going to a bowl than he would have at Vandy.
Whatever his situation, we wish him the best.