Thursday, April 15, 2010
It's not because I didn't think he was a good quarterback. Quite the contrary. But I knew when he announced his return that Lehigh's road was going to be harder in the Patriot League in 2009, and that Holy Cross would instantly go from question marks to Patriot League title frontrunner.
QB John Skelton has gotten a lot of attention this offseason, and the buzz is that he could possibly be a first day draft pick next Thursday. Skelton was a great Patriot League quarterback, sure. But it's Mr. Randolph that holds every significant passing record at Holy Cross and in the Patriot League after this year - and he will get his shot at the NFL as well, without a doubt. He may not go as a gaudy high draft pick, but almost certainly as a late round steal or preferred free agent he will get a chance - hopefully - to weave his magic in the NFL. I do know as a Lehigh fan, I always feared when he came to town. (more)
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
On September 16th, 2006, I found myself heading to Baker Field in Manhattan to watch a budding rivalry. Columbia's game with cross town rival Fordham in the fourth edition of the "Liberty Cup" was national news only in the sense that Columbia head football coach Norries Wilson became the first Columbia head football coach to win his opener since Aldo "Buff" Donelli in 1957.
I never knew that I'd be calling back on my memory of that game to think about NFL draft darling QB John Skelton's debut as a member of the Rams. Put into the game by coach Tom Masella after senior starter QB Derrick Daniels failed to get anything going offensively, Skelton's 3-for-7 performance - throwing an pick-six interception to DB Drew Quinn to put the icing on the Lions' 37-7 win - was nothing to write home about. (After the game, coach Masella said, "We have bye week coming up. Thank God.")
Masella, however, had patience with his freshman signalcaller that lasted a lot longer than that one inauspicious beginning. His patience would ultimately pay off. Skelton would lead the Rams to a Patriot League title his sophomore year - and put the Patriot League on the NFL's draft boards in 2010.
I'll detail some more Patriot League players this week that have a real opportunity to play at the next level. But first, below the flip, I detail my thoughts on the college career of the player with the raw tools that have dazzled NFL scouts - and created a whole lot of internet content - over the past few months. (more)