Monday headlines: QB Class of 2012 a major fail?

Jameis Winston arguably is the lone bright star from Class of 2012.
Jameis Winston arguably is the lone bright star from Class of 2012.

It has been obvious for quite awhile that successful college football teams are quarterback-driven. Because of that, the recruiters battle hard every year to get the best QB to sign.

A story in SBNation.com suggests the recruiters coming after the cream of the 2012 crop might have been battling for nothing.

Outside of Heisman winner Jameis Winston, the rest of the class was a big disappointment.

Aside from Winston, only three of the top QBs from the Class of 2012 played with the same school he signed with.

On the class list

Among the highly sought QBs in 2012: Gunner Kiel (Notre Dame, Cincinnati), Zach Cline (Cal, Oregon State, Butte College, Cal again and Fresno State), Cyler Miles (Washington), Anthony Alford (Southern Miss, Ole Miss), Matt Davis (Texas A&M, Tyler CC, SMU), Tanner Mangum (BYU), Justin Thomas (Georgia Tech), Connor Brewer (Texas, Arizona, Virginia) and Chad Kelly (Clemson, East Mississippi CC, Ole Miss).

One could argue the jury is still out on Kelly. He had a great junior year with the Rebels and was doing respectable in 2016 until he was sidelined with an injury.

Yes, Kelly is Mr. Irrelevant from last month’s NFL Draft (the last person selected), but he dropped that far largely because of questions surrounding his injuries to his knee and wrist. Kelly, when fully healed, could have a shot at being the Broncos’ quarterback of the future.

Ex-A&M coach resigns from HS job

Former Texas A&M and Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman stepped down from his position leading Nauset Regional High in Eastham, Mass., on Thursday after two years on the job, going 4-18.

Other notes

Graduating on time: Remember the story of South Carolina State running back Joe Thomas, who at 55 most likely became the oldest player in the history of Division I football? Joe did one better this weekend: He graduated.

Thomas received his bachelor’s degree in industrial technology.

Former Southern Mississippi WR dies: Michael Jackson, a target for Brett Favre at Southern Mississippi, died Friday after his motorcycle collided with another vehicle.

Jackson, 48, was driving his motorcycle when the driver of a car backed out of a parking spot and across both lanes of the highway. Jackson crashed into the driver’s side of the car, penetrating the driver’s compartment and killing the driver.

Jackson, who was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1991, played eight seasons in the NFL.

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