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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Jimmer Fredette To Give Football A Try?

Former Brigham Young Cougars record setting point guard Jimmer Fredette led BYU to its first Sweet 16 appearance in 30 years. He led BYU to its highest national ranking since 1988. Jimmer was a consensus All-American and won the Naismith, Wooden, and every other player of the year award out there. He is a lock to be an NBA first round draft pick.

So why is he considering a football career?

During the BYU spring football game last Saturday, KSL radio color analyst Marc Lyons explained he spotted Fredette at a BYU football spring practice earlier in the week. Lyons said that BYU Director of Football Operations Duane Busby informed him that Fredette was at practice because Fredette was considering using his fifth year of eligibility playing football if the NBA didn’t work out.

Don’t believe me? Listen to the audio yourself here. In the Cougar Cuts box, click on the button next to “Apr 9th 2011 Blue White Spring Game On KSL Radio.”

Like LeBron James, Fredette played wide receiver in high school and even earned all-state honors as a junior. Fredette quit after his junior year, however, to concentrate on basketball.

Maybe it is a New York thing. Fredette is from Glens Falls, which is only 160 miles away from Syracuse—home of Greg Paulus. You may recall that upon completion of his four years as a Duke basketball star, Paulus went to Syracuse and quarterbacked the Orangemen in 2009.

Is there any substance to these plans? Fredette about it.

It doesn’t make sense on any level. BYU has several big, strong, fast receivers. Even if he made the team, Fredette would never see the field. NCAA rules require that Fredette use his fifth year immediately. The NBA thing wouldn’t have time to “not work out” before the 2011 football season ends, let alone start.

What's really going on here? Lyons got Jimmered!

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