Players from Ohio State and LSU have all represented their schools really well at the BCS events in New Orleans this week.
However, at media day today, I got a special kick out of several of the Tigers:
For example, receiver Brandon LeFell, explaining that he wears jersey No. 1 in tribute to former Husky and Seahawk Warren Moon: "When I was little I played quarterback all my life and my coach said 'I'm going to give you No. 1 because you look like you're going to be the next Warren Moon.' … He was my coach's favorite player at the time. I followed his career when he was with the Oilers, because I'm from Houston. He wasn't my favorite player, but he was a good player."
And Jacob Hester, explaining his move from high school nose guard to LSU tailback: "Well, you usually don't hear about nose guards switching to running back, but … in high school we really needed some defensive linemen. And we passed the ball so much having John David Booty as our quarterback, that running backs never got the ball. But one game a couple guys got hurt. And my offensive coordinator, who is now my father-in-law, put me in the game at running back. I had 200 yards, and they told the defensive coordinator, 'I think our best player on offense is playing nose guard.' So they switched me over."
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And finally receiver Demetrius Boyd, explaining his move from his glamorous hometown of Miami to Pearl River Community College in tiny rural Poplarville, Miss.: "When I went up there I was like, man, I'm ready to go home. I said I'm just going to wait it out. The football was great; the fans, they love me. But it wasn't the type of place I could see myself being in. It was too boring, really. No South Beach and all like that."
Now, I happened to know something about Pearl River because I also spent my freshman and sophomore years there. And while I think back on those as two of the best years of my life, there's simply no arguing that Poplarville isn't South Beach.
Boyd explained that he picked Pearl River because his high school coach told him he knew of only two good junior colleges: Dodge City and Pearl River. "I said, Where's Pearl River?' He said, 'Mississippi.' I said, 'Where's Dodge City?' He said, 'Kansas.' I said, 'Well I think we need to call Pearl River because I'm not going away to Kansas.'"