Welcome back to Three Downs and Punt, where we're relieved that the Big 12 finally figured out their 2011 schedule so we can start mapping out road trips.
Before we get started, a quick 'hi' to reader Lucy T. from Tennessee.
"Ryan, I know you are a Tennessee grad and I know that shouldn't have an effect on your work, but can you tell me something that will make me feel better about Tyler Bray's 5-for-30 performance in the Orange and White game?"
No, Lucy, my class ring has no influence on what I write.
No, Lucy, I have nothing to say that will make you feel better.
To the plays!
First Down: Russell Wilson roulette
Speaking of SEC quarterbacks, the most talked-about QB in America's biggest powerhouse conference isn't even an SEC quarterback. Yet. In fact, he's not playing quarterback anywhere. He's the second baseman for the Class A Asheville Tourists of the South Atlantic League.
On Tuesday night I traveled to upstate South Carolina to see Russell Wilson's Tourists take on the Greenville Drive. He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. The last time I'd seen him on the field it was the last Thursday of October at the North Carolina State Wolfpack's Carter-Finley Stadium.
That night he looked tired because he'd rushed for three touchdowns and threw for a fourth in an overtime win against the Florida State Seminoles. On Tuesday, he just looked tired.
"It's been a difficult few days," he admitted. "It's hard to escape all the talk about it."
To read the rest of Ryan McGee's take on the Russell Wilson situation, as well as his analysis of the Department of Justice letter to the NCAA, you must be an ESPN Insider.