Admit it – when you’ve been watching all this college basketball for the past two days, there are times when you have said to yourself, “Man, that guy would’ve been one hell of a (insert position here) if he played college football instead.”
The first guy who should come to mind from this NCAA tournament in that vein is Baylor guard Ish Wainwright, a physically imposing (that’s the description from his bio on Baylor’s website) 6-foot-5, 235-pounder who would be an interesting tight end or outside linebacker.
If you’re a SEC basketball fan, you’ll remember when San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Bruce Ellington was an important player on the Gamecocks’ basketball team before deciding to give up the sport to concentrate on football.
So, who are some other former SEC basketball players of recent (and not-so-recent) vintage we would’ve liked to have seen on the football field? How about Dominique Wilkins at wide receiver? What quarterback wouldn’t want to throw jump balls in the corner of the end zone to Wilkins? And Corliss Williamson at tight end? Come on — the guy was nicknamed “Big Nasty.” He was a bruising 6-7, 245-pound power forward who helped lead Arkansas to the national championship in 1994, and it’s not a big stretch to see him sprinting down the seam as a tight end; he played with an edge that would’ve made him a hellacious blocker, too.
Read on for 10 more SEC basketball players, past and present, who are intriguing “what if?” football candidates.
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