Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Football Signs Two JUCO players

So, the football team announced today that it had signed two JUCO players who will be enrolled in January and eligible for the Fall season.  As I understand it, the top JUCO players--the ones with strong playing records and their academics in line--sign in December, after their JUCO graduation and before the start of winter semester.  Both players will have two years of eligibility.

So, BG has two of those guys, one of them a S and one of them a tall WR.

The S is Fred Garth of Northwest Mississippi Community College.  Based on the BGSU press release, he "became a starter for the Rangers as a true freshman in 2014. He started all ten games and led the team's defensive backs with 52 tackles. He also had five pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and a blocked kick. As a sophomore in 2016, he led the team with 81 tackles (55 solo) and posted two interceptions, which he returned for 84 yards."  He's 6'1" to 6'3" and 190 pounds.

That's a pretty high level of productivity.  The only odd thing in there is the 2015 season...I don't know if he red-shirted or if he was injured or what that year.

Anyway, this Northwest Mississippi Community College is not messing around.  They won the 2015 national championship and have a 168 page media guide.  This is a strong JUCO program.

The other is WR Datrin Guyton.  One thing Falcon fans are going to enjoy is the fact he is 6'5", which makes him an immediate force in the MAC.  He started his career at Oregon State, where he caught 14 passes as a R-FR.  He was dismissed from the team during the season for violating team rules.  The same story reports that he was put onto the scout team for a week and argued with an official at another point.

What's interesting is what his Coach had to say...

"I'm excited for his future when he decides where he wants to go, and I'm here to help him. I'm not excited that he's not with us. He is a good kid. It's just, it is what it is.
Then, he transferred to Copiah-Lincoln Community College  (in Texas) where he caught 31 passes for 474 yards.  According to 24/7, there were offers from Syracuse, Iowa State and Mississippi State.

Anyway, clearly Mr. Guyton has physical skills and if he's matured he could be a contributor for us.

Welcome to the Falcons, Fred and Datrin.

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