OK, so, during the dragging, sweaty, uncomfortable months of summer, we flippantly mentioned that we would be profiling every player on the team. It will only be fun and worthwhile, we decided, if we were both informative AND funny. Well, it would be really fun if we were drunk the entire time, but that’s neither here nor there. Thus, for these ten weeks leading up to the UL game, we will have at least one profile a day. We hope you enjoy these as much as we enjoyed the idea of doing them, but not the actual task. Oh, and we see the egregious “that’s what she said” in the headline.
We’d also like to use this italicized space to apologize to the families of the players whose last names end in ‘A’ or ‘B’ because these early ones might suck a little.
Boring, Obligatory Vitals
Hometown–Rex, GA (Grady)
Unfair comparison to NFL-er: Rex Grossman. Not the crappy quarterback, but the crappy quarterback’s grandfather who played linebacker at IU and in the NFL. Rex Grossman the quarterback is crappy.
Most interesting fact from his media guide bio: Chose UK over Tulane, Arkansas, and Colgate. Colgate?
Something we made up about him: Was just messing around with Colgate.
Items of legitimate interest: Another speedy linebacker described as a “playmaker.” He made 117 tackles during his senior season, leading his team to the state semifinals. He’s also a terrific student, both a member of the National Honor Society in high school and All-SEC Academic team during his freshman season.
Outlook for 2008, based on light research by our minions: Back a bit on the depth chart and slowed by injury, Thurmond will have to play super well to get time this season.