Cornerback Williams re-signs with Eagles
After falling just short of making the Super Bowl in his hometown as a rookie on the Eagles' practice squad, former USF cornerback Trae Williams signed a contract Monday to join the Eagles' active roster.
"Other teams had called about him, but we knew all along he was going to come back with the Eagles," his agent, Ken Sarnoff, said Tuesday.
Williams was drafted in the fifth round by the Jaguars in April, but was cut in preseason and landed on the Eagles' practice squad, where he stayed all season. With a year under his belt, he'll now have a chance to make Philadelphia's 53-man roster in August.
With Williams on board, there are now nine USF alums on NFL rosters: Williams, DB Anthony Henry (Cowboys), LB Kawika Mitchell (Bills), LB Stephen Nicholas (Falcons), CB Mike Jenkins (Cowboys), DB J.R. Reed (Jets), RB Andre Hall (Broncos), RB Chad Simpson (Colts) and WR Huey Whittaker (Jets).
-- A few more coaching twists and turns, as Connecticut has filled its offensive coordinator vacancy, hiring Akron's Joe Moorhead. He's been at Akron for five years, but has some (quasi) Big East ties, as he was a grad assistant at Pitt in 1998-99 and spent four seasons as an assistant at Georgetown. Cincinnati, meanwhile, lost defensive line coach Keith Gilmore, who will have the same title at Illinois.
-- One interesting recruiting wrinkle: Miami, already without an offensive coordinator, could find itself vulnerable to having commitments poached if defensive coordinator Bill Young leaves to take the same job at his alma mater, Oklahoma State. The recruiting sites have written a lot about safety Kayvon Webster, a Miami commit who visited USF two weekends ago with two teammates from Miami Monsignor Pace. Webster's final scheduled visit is still to Miami, so it'll take a lot to beat the Hurricanes on a top-notch recruit in their backyard.
-- If you liked today's story about a 50-to-1 bet on the Arizona Cardinals winning the Super Bowl, then I have news for you: USF has opened as a 200-to-1 shot to win the national championship in college football this fall, according to wagering site Sportsbetting.com. The site gives lines on 46 schools, so USF is essentially one of 14 teams tied for 33rd in terms of odds. Florida is the favorite, with 7-2 odds, with Miami and Florida State getting 50-to-1 odds. Four other Big East schools make the list -- Pittsburgh is 60:1, Cincinnati and West Virginia are 100:1 and Rutgers is there with USF at 200:1. I don't think you'll see a runaway pick to win the conference in the preseason poll this season.