Wednesday Playcard

Malik Zaire Has Texas in Top four

One of the most highly regarded quarterbacks from the 2013 recruiting class is leaving Notre Dame after graduating in May and will transfer to one of four locations, Florida, Texas, Wisconsin, or Harvard. Yes, one of these four is not like the others. Good on you Malik, get yourself to Mark Zuckerberg's alma mater. 

Zaire will be eligible to play in 2017 and will have one year remaining. His Texas connection is his relationship with Texas OC Tim Beck who recruited him out of high school. Odds are he heads to Florida, who are desperate for quarterback. 

Zaire seemed destined for greatness after opening the 2015 season with a 19-22 313 yard performance against Charlie Strong's Longhorns in South Bend. As life goes with Brian Kelly quarterbacks, he was relegated to the sideline in favor of DeShone Kizer after an injury a few weeks later. He never regained his starting spot. 

Zaire is considered a true dual threat quarterback with a big time arm, though he isn't as polished a passer as Kizer. In the right offense he could be real dangerous.  

Jalen Hurd Transfers to Baylor

Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd announced via twitter that he is transferring to Baylor. Hurd will sit out 2017 and be eligible to play in 2018 with two year remaining. 

Hurd is seeking a change of not only scenery but also position. He'd like to move to receiver or perhaps tight end at Baylor. Hurd was a thousand yard rusher in 2015 and last season was on pace for a similar output before leaving the Vols abruptly midseason. He totaled 57 receptions over his first two college seasons.

Hurd wasn't happy with how he was used at Tennessee and felt he could thrive in a different system and different position. Some thought he was going to try and sit out to jump to the NFL. There were also murmurings at Tennessee that Hurd was listening to too many voices outside the program, namely his old man, and they poisoned the well for the Vols. His quitting on his team doesn't exactly give one confidence in his commitment to squad. Matt Rhule will have a very talented player to work with, whether that talent translates to anything on the field will be the challenge. 

Johnny Jefferson may land at UTSA 

The ultra talented Johnny Jefferson may be transferring to UTSA according to internet rumors. Jefferson sat out 2016 after admitting to an addiction to pain pills and heroin. You can read more about his story here on Our Daily Bears

Jefferson was a highly regarded recruit out of Killeen Shoemaker who grew up in some really difficult circumstances. After redshirting in 2013, he ran for just over 1,500 yards in two seasons for the Bears. Jefferson suffered several injuries and experienced constant pain in the course of his Baylor career. A friend introduced him to oxycodone. What came next was a struggle with addiction mixed with flashes of the talent that made coaches salivate. 

The brightest flash came in the Russell Athletic Bowl, where without the aid of a quarterback, Jefferson ran for 299 yards and three scores. His was as dominant a performance as any in the 2015 season. Then he was gone. Jefferson chose to sit out 2016 just prior to fall camp and returned home to deal with his issues. 

We're not sure what shape Jefferson is in or what his academic status is. Jefferson wasn't enrolled at Baylor last year. Depending on how the NCAA views that year he may be forced to sit out after a transfer. Baylor has apparently given Jefferson permission to speak with other schools and indications are they would grant his release. All that will shake out. We know he's expressed interest in UTSA and Abilene Christian. He visited Abilene in February. 

A Scout and subsequent Reddit thread indicated he had chosen UTSA as his next destination, if so and if Jefferson is winning his battle with addiction, he could be a game changer for UTSA. He's a big back with an instinctive, downhill running style. Here's hoping where ever Jefferson lands next, he's in a healthier place physically and emotionally. 

Texas Number 1 Overall Picks

With the NFL draft extravaganza coming up on Thursday night and Myles Garrett of A&M expected to be the first pick we thought it might be a worthwhile endeavor to look back at the other Number 1 overall picks from the Lone Star State. 

1939 Ki Aldrich TCU

Aldrich was the first overall selection of the Chicago Cardinals in 1939. A Temple high school grad, he played for the Cardinals and Redskins over his career. His Redskin stint was interrupted by World War II and Aldrich served in the Navy from 1942 to 1945. A two time All-Star selection, Aldrich was an NFL champion with the Redskins in 1942. 

1951 Kyle Rote SMU

Rote from SMU by way of San Antonio Jefferson was the first pick of the New York Football Giants in 1951. A running back at SMU, a knee injury forced him to change to the receiver position after two years as a pro. Rote was a four time Pro Bowl selection and played in five Championship games as a Giant. 

1958 King Hill Rice

Hill, who played high school ball at Brazosport high school and collegiatley at Rice was the first pick of the Chicago Cardinals in 1958. He played professionally for the Cardinals, Eagles, and Vikings. After retiring he went into coaching and was an assistant with the Oilers and Saints. 

1964 Dave Parks Texas Tech

Abilene native and Texas Tech Red Raider Dave Parks was the first pick overall pick in the 1964 draft heading to the 49ers. Parks ended his career with 360 catches with the 49ers, Saints, and Oilers. He garnered three Pro Bowls and two First Team All Pro selections. 

1965 Lawrence Elkins Baylor

Lawrence Elkins from Brownwood and Baylor was the first overall pick of the Houston Oilers in the 1965 AFL draft. Injuries derailed his career as a knee injury cost him the 1965 season. He later signed on with the Steelers, but a collarbone injury meant the loss of a starting job. He ended his career with 24 catches in just over four seasons. 

1966 Tommy Nobis Texas

Nobis, an iconic Longhorn linebacker from San Antonio was drafted and signed by the expansion Atlanta Falcons. He was also drafted by the Houston Oilers of the AFL. Nobis was a five time Pro-Bowler and the Defensive Rookie of the Year for Atlanta. Sadly Nobis, in his 70s now, suffers from debilitating CTE symptoms. 

1978 Earl Campbell Texas

Campbell was the first overall pick of the Oilers in '78. He won the Heisman at Texas in 1977 and would go on to rush for over 9,400 yards as a pro for the Oiler and Saints. Campbell was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991. 

1982 Kenneth Simms Texas

The Lombardi winner from Groesbeck went to the Patriots with the first overall pick. Simms was as dominant a college defensive lineman as there was in that era. He played eight seasons in New England including the Super Bowl trip in 1985. 

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Posted on April 26, 2017 and filed under Southwest Round-Up.