Monday, February 7, 2011
Roundup: Huskers signee, ROYs, Potts
By ESPN.com staff
Charles Jackson's father, Rick Parker, went on Omaha radio on Friday to clarify his son's comments in the Omaha World-Herald.
“He’s excited about being able to show his new coach or whoever they fill the position with what type of player he is,” Parker said. “He wants to basically come out there and be a member of the Blackshirts and throw some bones around.”
Jackson, an ESPNU 150 signee and the Huskers' only cornerback in the class, expressed some unhappiness at not being told his position coach, Marvin Sanders, had an uncertain future before signing with the Huskers on Wednesday.
“I think they should've told me before I signed,” Jackson told the Omaha paper on Thursday night. “I didn't have any idea. They broke the guy code.”
Jackson's father said he was contacted by coach Bo Pelini after the paper spoke with his son earlier in the evening. Jackson also said he probably still would have signed with Nebraska had he been told about Sanders' departure before he signed his letter of intent.
I don't think any of this news ever jeopardized Jackson's future at Nebraska, but he's certainly got a complaint that he at least wasn't given a heavy hint that his future coach's job was in jeopardy. Sanders had been off the road recruiting for several weeks, but Jackson himself said he didn't have any idea he would be leaving.
Was it the best idea to air those grievances publicly? Probably not. But it's easy to see why he's at least slightly perturbed when a fan of another program breaks the news to him via Facebook, and not a member of Nebraska's coaching staff.
Ndamukong Suh was the Big 12's best player in 2009. Sam Bradford was its best player in 2008.
Both were the best players in their 2010 rookie class.
The NFL honored Suh and Bradford as respective defensive and offensive rookies of the year.
Suh, already an AP All-Pro and a Pro Bowl starter at defensive tackle (though an injury kept him from playing), earned 48 of the 50 votes for rookie of the year.
“I was fortunate to be able to grasp my role in our scheme and to flourish in it,” Suh said. “I'm just going to keep working hard to improve because I'll never be satisfied.”
Suh finished with 66 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. His 10 sacks were the most among interior linemen.
Bradford, meanwhile, set NFL rookie records for pass completions (354) and attempts (590) and only Peyton Manning topped Bradford's 3,512 yards in his rookie year.
He threw 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
"It means a lot to me when you look at this award and see who has won it in the past." Bradford said. "It reflects what we were able to do as a team this year."
Yet another college all-star game took place on Saturday, the NFLPA All-Star game, formerly known as the Texas vs. The Nation game.
Two Texas products, of course, helped Team Texas beat Team Nation 13-7.
Former Texas Tech quarterback Taylor Potts led his offense on scoring drives the first two times he played, earning offensive MVP honors for his 9-of-15 passing performance for 105 yards.
Texas defensive lineman Eddie Jones won the game for Team Texas, however, when he stuffed former Miami running back Damien Berry at the 1-yard line with less than a minute to play.
Potts is an interesting case in regards to his NFL future. Tech quarterbacks have had marginal success at best in the NFL, but surely he has to impress a few people with a performance like that.
You'll see the "system" tag thrown on Red Raiders quarterbacks almost reflexively, but don't forget, Potts beat some decent quarterbacks in the passing accuracy competition at the Manning Passing camp before the season. What does that mean when it comes to his NFL future? I guess we'll find out in the next few months. His arm strength and mechanics are far from elite, he wasn't invited to the scouting combine and looks unlikely to be drafted, but I'd be surprised if someone didn't invite him to a minicamp after the draft and gave him a solid look.