It would be a luxury to sign him but I think we’ll be okay in time.
The recruiting battles to win Connor Noland and KJ Jefferson should not be forgotten.
Yes, I can imagine the benefits of having a fifth year senior who has played on national championship teams, but for where this team is at this point in time, I remain excited to see what develops with Connor and KJ and the playing time that would certainly go to KB would offset their number of game snaps available.
Would I like to have KB? Absolutely…come on down. But, it almost seems like making a mid-season trade for a stud pitcher (who’ll be a free agent at the end of the year) while the rest of the lineup is still developing.
Just my thought. I’ve been wrong before…and often.
We should have a good chance at 6 wins next year, if not, the seat will be very warm going into year three. The OOC games should be givens next year, and a couple of SEC games are good chances as well.
Not positive, but I think he’s planning on doing both. I believe (no inside info) this could change depending on whether we sign KB and where he stands in baseball playing time during the season.
There are baseball practices and 6 games before spring football starts, including 3 home games and a 3 day trip to LA against USC. This would give him a feel for whether he would have any shot at being in a starting pitching rotation, or at least a week-day starter. Either way, he would then go participate in spring football practice, especially if we haven’t signed KB. He would then be able to re-join the baseball team for 23 more games plus post season.
After the end of the baseball season, he would be available for all the summer football program, including working with the WRs and TEs. Note, he would miss some, if the baseball team goes back to the World Series.
I had heard what a great baseball pitcher Connor was. I never realized just how good until I finally found his 3 year baseball stats and WOW, they are sizzling, while playing against 6A teams, which should be decent competition.
His senior year:
10-0, 0.42 ERA, and in 66.2 innings, he had 123 Ks. That’s almost 2 Ks per inning pitched. If those stats come anywhere close to converting to D-1 baseball (with continued development), he will be getting an enormous baseball offer 3 years from now. I don’t know if being the starting QB his Jr year would keep him around for his Sr year. It would be a Nice problem for him to have though.
As an aside, every recruiting season I see posts on social media from inside the state suggesting that UA doesn’t really want an African-American quarterback and thus doesn’t go all out in recruiting black QBs. Which is ridiculous, but the sentiment is there, and I’m sure any school recruiting against us for a Criswell or Bohanon – or Bryant – is using that against us. So landing KB would go a long way in dispelling that garbage.