SEATTLE - JUNE 03: Guitarist Mike McCready of Pearl Jam plays the national anthem prior to the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Safeco Field on June 3, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
HEEEEEEEE-HE EBBADEBBEDDAHEDDA DEBBA HONNNHEE, OH YEAH - (my interpretation of the first lyric of "Even Flow" as sung by Eddie Vedder - you try transcribing it better)
No. 10, Traveon Henry, freshman, safety
Who he be: Traveon - let's just call him "Trey" - is a safety out of Ft. Lauderdale. Well, actually, he was an RB in high school - ranked No. 33 in the nation by Rivals - but NU recruited the 6-foot-nothing player as a safety. He turned down a host of offers, including FSU, Boston College, Vandy, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Maryland, and other teams. YES, THERE'S A NINE-MINUTE VIDEO OF HIM BEING BETTER THAN HIS OPPONENTS:
He was also all-state in basketball, out of the same school Brandon Knight attended, and has a video for that, which makes me wonder... is there a spot for him on NU's team? No. Seriously. Point guard.
Looking forward: Trey obviously has a lot of talent, but it seems like he'll redshirt this year.
No. 10, Zack Oliver, RS Freshman, quarterback
Who he be: Zack is a QB outta Baton Rouge, a.k.a. home of a college football team deciding between Zack Mettenberger and Rob Bolden for the starting gig at QB, so Oliver clearly couldn't have helped, not even a little bit. Oliver was a three-star recruit but his offers were Sun Belt-y - Arkansas State, Western Kentucky, Tulane, Tulsa. YES, THERE'S A VIDEO OF HIM LOOKING BETTER THAN HIS OPPONENTS, via both his arm and legs:
I appreciate the brief clip of him talking with no sound at the beginning, not so much the Nickelback-esque band. Anyway, Oliver redshirted last season.
Players with two first names on NU's roster, in order of importance:
- Tyler Scott
- Zack Oliver
- Sean Oliver
Looking forward: Zack is NU's third-string. Hopefully, this means he sees little more action than some handoffs at the end of a blowout. He's not ready for prime time yet. He might have a chance at starting a few years down the road, but it's not assured him by any means.