Thursday, September 11, 2008

Profiles In Overrated College Football Players: James Laurinaitis

James Laurinaitis is a linebacker for the Ohio State University. he's an All-American and the son of one of the dudes from the Road Warriors. he's also the man crush of Kirk Herbstreit and Brent Musberger. one would assume listening to those two talk about Laurinaitis that he was in fact the greatest linebacker in the history of college football, not just a pretty good player who happens to play for ESPN's favorite college football team to talk about. if he played for say, Iowa, noone would care anything about him. he'd just be some 3 star recruit with a famous dad, who was kind of good at football. but ESPN chooses not to live in reality. and so for that he tops my list of the MOST OVERRATED players in college football.

if anyone actually watched him play in the BCS title game last year they would have gotten an eyeful of him missing tackles, playing out of position, and generally looking lost when faced with the task of tackling players with NFL speed. but don't take my word for it, here's an Ohio State fan's thoughts on the issue. i have no real hatred for the kid, he's a good solid player, but as are most things that come out of Herbibot's mouth...the idea that this kid is the best linebacker in college football is just laughable.

get used to listening to his name though, because you'll be hearing a lot of it this week as ESPN gears up for the big USC vs. Ohio State matchup. aka THE GAME OF THE CENTURY OF THE YEAR. and while you are enjoying the ass beating that the Trojans put on Ohio State that hopefully boots them out of the top 10 and out of any shot at another BCS Title Game this Saturday, go ahead and ask yourself a question...could that fucking guy start for USC? no. could he start for most any SEC team? not likely. so why is he thought of as the top linebacker prospect in the country? only the Herbibot knows for sure. just hope and pray your favorite NFL team doesn't fall for this pile of hype, remember Chad Greenway the much hyped Iowa linebacker prospect that the Vikings took in the 2nd round? yeah me neither.

James Laurinaitis- good college football player? maybe. future 1st round draft pick? not if there is any justice in the world. as good as AJ Hawk? fuck no. likely to be shown up by all the insanely awesome USC linebackers on Saturday while he tries to chase around Joe McKnight and CJ Gable as they squirt past him for long gains and likely touchdowns? guaranteed.

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