There's some clout: McKenzie on Nagurski list
All we said was we were surprised that USF linebacker Tyrone McKenzie wasn't on the generous 88-man watch list for the 2008 Bronko Nagurski Trophy. Presto: A few hours later, McKenzie has the honor of being the 89th defensive player on the watch list. Nobody in college football has more tackles over the last two seasons, so if you're going 88 deep, you can argue he's good enough to make the cut.
I should test the persuasive powers of this blog more often. Here, watch: "Boy, I'm surprised my 5-year-old son, Riley, isn't on the Nagurski list. He's only 45 pounds and technically won't be in college for 13 years, but why start being selective now?" Check back in a few hours and we'll see what transpires. Now, far less silly links for your serious consideration:
-- Defensive end George Selvie was in Arizona last week for a pictorial, sorry, a photo shoot for the prestigious Playboy All-America team. You'll see Selvie on just about every All-America preseason team this year, along with every watch list and mock draft you could ask for. I should report that Florida's Tim Tebow is not The Bunny's quarterback of choice, with West Virginia's Pat White getting the honors. And no, given today's economic climate, I'm not linking to any of the magazine's, er, coverage online.
-- Former USF tackle Thed Watson was not among seven tryout players the New York Giants signed Monday out of their rookie minicamp this weekend. Watson said last week he was in talks with the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats when the Giants called him, so his next option may be in Canada.
-- Former USF linebacker Ben Moffitt, who wore No. 59 for the Bulls, is now wearing the very unlinebackerly No. 60 for the Houston Texans. The team's official site has an interview with him here, and you can see video of him blocking another linebacker in drills here. Moffitt shows up as background video while draft pick Xavier Adibi is being interviewed.
-- Former USF cornerback Mike Jenkins had his first rookie minicamp with the Cowboys, and the Houston Chronicle has some harsh words, writing that undrafted rookie receiver Danny Amendola "repeatedly" beat Jenkins deep in workouts this weekend.
"I'm going to have to learn how to have tunnel vision," Jenkins told the Chronicle. "If I get beat, I have to let it go. I hold on to a lot of stuff. I didn't get beat that much in college. I faced good guys in college, but nothing like at this level."
The paper goes on to say that fifth-round pick Orlando Scandrick was the star of the minicamp and "was better" than Jenkins, "at least in the camp."
-- Most impressive butchering of a name? I'm going to go with Scout.com referencing a South Florida assistant named "Mike Kunaley" in a recruiting story on receiver/tight end prospect Lance Ray ... I'm thinking they mean Mike Canales, but that's quite a ways off.
-- The Palm Beach Post says it could be closer to the weekend before Florida Atlantic names a men's basketball coach. Is it USF assistant Dan Hipsher? Some other familiar names in the mix, like Mike Jarvis, Brad Soderberg and a handful of assistants from geographic South Florida.
-- USF pitcher Teddy Kaufman will play this summer in the Valley Baseball League, a collegiate summer league in Virginia, playing for the Staunton team once coached by USF pitching coach Lazer Collazo. Kaufman is 3-0 in his last three starts and will get the nod Tuesday against Florida in Gainesville.