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2007 All-SEC Freshman QB To FIU

Speaking with friends in Mississippi, it looks like Mississippi State QB Wesley Carroll is going to transfer to FIU after being granted his release on Wc Tuesday from the Bulldogs.

Carroll was an All-SEC Freshman QB two years ago and was an All-State quarterback for Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas High during his prep career. When WC arrives at FIU in January, he will have to redshirt next season, because of the transfer and will be a redshirt junior in 2010.

In his freshman season, WC earned the starting job at MSU and played in all 13 games for the Bulldogs throwing for 1,392 yards with 9 TDs and 7 INTs.

WC lost his starting job this season after just 4 games throwing for 560 yards with 3 TDs and 7 INTs. The folks in Mississippi say WC did not get a fair shake at the QB job this season after just 4 games. MSU was 1-3 after 4 and WC threw for 528 yards with 3 TDs and 6 INTs after those 4 games.


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Big news. Welcome to the family Wesley!


I thought you wrote that an All-SEC Freshman QB two years ago and All-State quarterback for Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas High during his prep career was enrolling at FIU.

Stop playing with me Pete. I'm still emotionally unstable, recoving from the ULM and FAU games.

If this is a joke, it's not funny!

Here's what ESPN had to say about W. Carroll comming out of high school:

"Right now Carroll is a better athlete than he is a pure quarterback, but the skills are there for him to develop down the road. He has adequate size and very good foot speed for the position. He is a bit of a gunslinger who has a knack for making plays when things break down, and he is a very tough runner. He has a good arm, but not what you would term elite. He can move around, buy time and when he gets on the perimeter, he can be a true run/pass threat. He can run the option, is tough and plays with an attitude that teammates gravitate towards. He is accurate in the short-to-intermediate passing game and shows good wrist snap and RPMs but does not get many opportunities in the vertical passing game. Is effective passing on the run and can throw off balance. This is a player who needs the rough edges to be trimmed off and become more polished as a passer. His drops are inconsistent and mechanical, almost as if he's not comfortable. Delivery is unorhtodox, he pumps and pats when unnecessary and does not always carry the ball close to his chest to protect it when on the move or in the pocket. Overall, once Carroll cleans things up, his passing tools and athleticism provide him some real upside at the next level."

source: http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/recruiting/tracker/player?recruitId=36167&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fncf%2frecruiting%2ftracker%2fplayer%3frecruitId%3d36167

early christmas!!

Great scoop Pete.

Big News!

big time stuff..... it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

so we won't see him till 2010...so its between him and Colt.

Wow, that is good for FIU. But PP, correct me if I am wrong, but you said in your blog he would be a redshirt Jr. But, if he played two years in college already, and will have to sit out next year b/c of the transfer rule, thus wasting a year of eligibility, doesn't that mean he will only have one season of eligibility left for FIU to take advantage of?

I may be wrong so please, dont everyone jump down my throat, just looking for a clarification.

Well he played two years up there and then is transferring for his junior season (which he will sit out) but is taking a red shirt that season, so he should still have 2 years of eligibility left once he gets on the field for FIU

Looks like David Van Dyke, brother of DeMarcus from UCG will be playing football at FIU. He's another Booker T. kid...

Good news keeps rolling in.

I wonder how the Wesley vs Colt thing will go, don't know much about Colt.

Go GPanthers

He was a 3-star kid out of high school...and has pretty extensive playing experience with and against SEC teams, so it definitely is a good news. Also, just as important, it helps in that he is from St. Thomas Aquinas, thus the possibilities of creating the first ever "pipeline" with such a storied program. You can't discount the fact of kids brining in more kids that they know, have played with and against.....

Oh well...another piece to the puzzle is, apparently, being put in the program. Colt Anderson...and Hughes...now have some strong competition for 2010 and 2011....

Thanks for the news!!

This is a great news, I was concern about the next qb after PM, but I think we will be ok. It is interesting to see that both of our team leaders in offense and defense were named third team Sunbelt, sometimes leadership means to do what's right for the team and forget personal glory, congrats to PM and SB for a great job leading the way.


I go one step Further, We have 4 QB signed now, PM, WY, CA & Hughes and one committed in McCloud and Carroll transferring. Someone ore something has got to give. You only got so much scholarships.

And how will this affect the recruiting of Nico Flores.

Does this mean that maybe with all this QB depth, Younger goes back to play receiver ? He ran scout team WR under Strock in 2006 and is one of the better athletes on the team. Good size and speed to stretch the field. I have to think that Colt is still in the plan to play at somepoint, but with WC coming on board you have to use your current CHESS pieces wisely.


whats the word on James Jones? He gonna be ready for next Season.

I don't think you are allowed to redshirt the year you have to sit out for transferring - that kind of defeats the purpose, doesn't it? PP, can you shed some light on the situation?

I'm almost positive you're allowed to Red Shirt the year you lose because of transferring. This kid started as a freshman at MIss. State so he should be fine. If I'm not mistaken, I think Alex Galindo and Hicks both used their red shirts when they had to sit out a year because of transferring into the B-Ball program.

Carroll can use that redshirt if he transfers to FIU.

Most people tend to think of redshirt season as being used for freshman or sophomores so they can develop physically (especially in football) or as a medical thing (that's actually a separate category of redshirt). In reality, they can be used at anytime and for pretty much any reason. Actually, I don't think the NCAA cares for what reason you use a redshirt for. Every player gets at least one redshirt year that they can use for any reason they wish. The whole purpose behind the redshirt is to provide both schools and players flexibility as to when they can use their 4 years of eligibility.

The NCAA requires that you sit out a year if you transfer from a D-I school to another D-I school... but if said player hasn't used his redshirt (and I guess Carroll hasn't), he and his new school can tell the NCAA to use this year as his redshirt so that he has two seasons at his new school. And no, it doesn't defeat the purpose of the "transfer rule", because he still has to sit out a year. The NCAA doesn't say you have to forfeit a year of eligibility... it says you have to sit out a year. That's two different things.

And, as pikedanny pointed out, both Galindo and Hicks used their redshirt year the season after they transferred from their respective schools (Kansas and Pepperdine).

Anyway... I guess this is good news, if only because I believe competition's a good thing at QB. Especially at QB. We should see someone step up from this pack. I also hope, as FIUBlueandGold mentioned, that this news (if it's true) will allow Younger to be moved to another position where FIU can better utilize his talents. I would say WR, since he already knows the offense and he did WR for a season under Strock.

Actually... I should've said that you can use the redshirts almost at anytime. Once you've played a down in any given season, you cannot use the redshirt. You could get a medical redshirt if you get hurt during the season, but before you reach a certain number of games or minutes or plays played (depending on the sport).

So, yeah, this guy should be good to use his redshirt for pretty much whatever he wants, if he hasn't used it already.

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