Sometimes God has a way of showing you that he is paying attention. This is one of those times.
I have a new nickname for Weslye Saunders. Woeful Wes. The past year has been rather tough for Saunders. In fact, it has been flat out deplorable. Going into the 2010 college football season, the former South Carolina Gamecocks Tight End was predicted to be one of, if not the, best TEs in the country. TEs do not usually get drafted in the first round, but Saunders, who was named to the Lombardi Award Fall Watch List, had the potential to be a Day 1 pick.
Saunders was unable to play in his senior season. He was suspended and removed from the South Carolina football team. Saunders violated team rules, received improper benefits including heavily discounted rates at a South Carolina hotel, and made improper contact with an agent. His good friend, Marvin Austin, also sat out the 2010 college football season, yet Austin appeared in the East-West Shrine Game and has been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. While Austin might have been a top pick had he played last year, NFLDraftScout.com still projects him as a 2-3 rounder.
Woeful Wes wonâ€™t get drafted, though. That is because he is not eligible for the 2011 NFL Draft, after failing to file the proper paperwork to petition his acceptance into the Draft pool in time. He also will not be at the NFL Scouting Combine, but not because he was not invited. Instead, he declined his invitation.
Don’t look for any comment from Weslye’s dad, the News & Observer’s Barry Saunders. This is the one topic in the world that seems to keep Brother Barry’s mouth from moving. Who can blame him? The last time he said something about the situation he was made to look really ‘smart’
Thereâ€™s a cloud hanging over these kidsâ€™ heads for months, allowing them to be vilified in the media, so even when theyâ€™re eventually exonerated, the perception that they did something wrong will linger,â€ Saunders said. â€œI know my son hasnâ€™t taken anything from any agent, so I wish theyâ€™d leave him alone so he can concentrate on school and football, in that order.â€
How’d that ‘exoneration’ go for all of those kids that were ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA?