Florida Gators linebacker Jelani Jenkins (3) runs the ball after an interception against the Florida State Seminoles during the first half at Doak Campbell Stadium. (Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports)
The linebackers were put to the test on Monday at Indianapolis for the 2013 NFL Combine. As expected, all eyes were on the one and only Manti Te’o, the Heisman Trophy runner-up out of Notre Dame. Te’o has spent the last two months struggling at both football and in life, as the dude got pummeled in the national title game and then he had his dead girlfriend exposed as a hoax.
However, and with a chance to make all the crazy talk go away, Te’o disappointed mightily. The native Hawaiian came in a good 14 pounds under his listed playing weight (241 compared to 255) and running slower than anticipated in the 40-yard dash (4.82 compared to a goal of breaking 4.8).
But where the star of the group struggled, several starred, and in the process very much helping their causes. Two Florida ‘backers, Jon Bostic and Jelani Jenkins, impressed with far better-than-expected runs and lifts.
Georgia’s Cornelius Washington, who spent the entire 2012 season in the shadow of superstar linebackers Alec Ogletree and Jarvis Jones, ran the fastest 40-yard dash of the day at 4.55 seconds.
ESPN held a poll on which conference was stronger, the SEC or Big 12, following Stoops’ comments that the SEC was just a bunch of “propaganda.”
The sports editor of the Estevan Mercury was forced to wear embarrassing signs along a busy road after betting the Toronto Maple Leafs would beat the Boston Bruins.
The official preseason watch list for the 2013 Lott IMPACT Trophy has been released. After Manti Te’o won it last year, several big-time names lead the charge for the prize this year.
The nation’s No. 2-overall outside linebacker, Christian Miller, has officially rescinded his commitment to the Florida Gators in order to weigh other options.
The enterprising Johnny Manziel had a long flight home from San Diego to Houston, and he made the most of it by holding a Twitter Q&A on the airplane.
The father of superstar Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III believes his son is way ahead of schedule in terms of rehabbing from his torn ACL.