Former Bulls in position for NFL Draft?
I was talking to someone earlier Tuesday about the possibility of former USF running back Chad Simpson getting picked in the NFL Draft, and just hours later, I get a link to an NFL scout raving about the speedy Simpson, who has been at Division I-AA Morgan State the past two years.
49ers college area scout Todd Brunner, writing a scouting blog for 49ers.com, writes this of Simpson:
The big thing I got out of that visit was at Morgan State, because they’ve got a transfer running back from South Florida, Chad Simpson. The kid is really dominating at that level. He’s got tremendous speed, has the same height and weight as Frank Gore, and he’s built like Frank. I won’t be surprised if he’s on somebody’s roster next year.
Simpson, who returned a kickoff for a touchdown in USF's historic 2005 rout of Louisville, has rushed for 1,271 yards and 12 touchdowns this year, earning MEAC Offensive Player of the Week honors three times. I wonder how much playing time Simpson would have gotten over the past two years, though he couldn't have foreseen Ricky Ponton's off-field troubles or the injury to Moise Plancher that limited USF's running back depth last year.
Another former USF player making headlines at the I-AA level is linebacker Ronnie McCullough, who is leading all Division I football with more than 15 tackles per game, including 23 on Saturday against Hampton. USF's linebacker play has been strong enough that McCullough probably made a smart move, recognizing the talented players ahead of him. The Hillsborough High grad, along with fellow Bulls transfer Josh Balloon, was marketed as "Batman and Robin" by BCU before the season. Balloon has 50 tackles and is second behind McCullough with 8.5 tackles for loss.
Speaking of former Bulls at Bethune-Cookman, twin cornerbacks Antonio and Antwane Cox have both played well in their first season with the Wildcats. Antonio has an interception returned 42 yards and a fumble returned for 52, and Antwane has 32 tackles, a forced fumble and two recoveries. Again, with USF's cornerback situation, this was probably a smart move on their part to transfer out. ...