USA had 3 players named SBC Player of the Year this season: Brittany Fowler-Softball Augustine Rubit-Basketball Jordan Patterson-Baseball
University of Kentucky freshman, and former Florida All-State offensive lineman James Elliott has transferred to The University of South Alabama. The class of 2011 graduate of Pensacola Catholic redshirted last season as a true freshman while in Lexington.
James Elliot first committed to the University of Michigan and coach Rich Rodgriguez. When Rodriguez was let go and Brady Hoke became the head coach, Elliott reopened his recruitment, eventually settling on the University of Kentucky the final week before signing day.
Elliott had a celebrated prep career at Pensacola Catholic.
He became a starter midway through his freshman year and went on to be a three time all-area pick by the Pensacola News Journal. He was selected to play in the East-West High School All-Star Game and had 17 DI offers.
He was rated a 3-star by Scout.com (who ranked him as the No. 65 guard prospect in America).
He was rated a 3-star OG by rivals.com.
He was rated a 3-star OG by ESPN (who ranked him as the No. 20 OG prospect in America).
Go here for game highlights (from UK’s signing day coverage)…
As a freshman this year, he was listed at 6’3,301 on the Kentucky roster. Center is where he will likely begin his USA career.
Brandon BridgeFormer Alcorn St. QB and Ontario native Brandon Bridge will continue his football career as a University of South Alabama Jaguar. As a prepster in Canada, Bridge was one of 31 Canadians selected to represent Team World vs. the United States, on a roster that also included players representing American Samoa, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico and Sweden.
Bridge was the starter in 2010 as a true freshman, but fell out of favor with newly hired coach Melvin Spears (since placed on administrative leave). The genesis of the rift between Spears and Bridge seems to date back to a hip flexor injury that sidelined Bridge early in the 2011 season.
In 2010 as a true freshman Brandon Bridge completed 150 of 291 passes (51.5%) for 2,086 yards, 19 TD with 13 Interceptions. He also rushed for 601 yards and 8 TD despite being sacked 24 times.
Perhaps the most impressive feat that season came in the third game of his college career against a very stout Mississippi State defense when he passed for 193 yards and 1 TD on 13 of 24 passing, while rushing for 77 yards and a TD.
Playing through pain this past season for 5 games Bridge was still a respectable 49 of 98 (50%) for 632 yards, 5 TD with 4 Interceptions and 9 Sacks. He had also rushed for 129 yards and 2 TD.
After his decision to transfer from Alcorn State, Bridge visited South Alabama along with Mississippi State and Northern Arizona.
Freshman highlights at Alcorn State …