Graham escaped legal problems back home in Tallahassee, Fla., and was brilliant enough to throw for five touchdowns with Rakeem Cato in the doghouse. But Graham suffered his second injury and reportedly didn't study for drug tests. He and Fletcher, who wasn't all that, eventually turned up at Pikeville.
Snyder reached for two junior-college quarterbacks in Laudenslayer and Press Taylor. Laudenslayer had as much chance of beating out Brian Anderson as I did, and Taylor may own the school record for passes rejected at the line in practice.
Defensive tackle Marques Aiken got his degree and transferred to Cincinnati for his fifth year. Safety Donald Brown was promising on the field, but got into trouble off it. When I saw offensive lineman Darrell Martin move into the dorms for August camp, I just knew he wouldn't cut it. Tackle Corey Tenney probably would have prospered in the FCS.
And do you remember how over-hyped receiver Michael Rhynes was? And how invisible DB Cartavious Baldwin was? At one point, we thought Trevor Black was going to be something at linebacker. Until he wasn't.
Fortunately for the sanity of coach Doc Holliday and Herd fans in general, this class wasn't a washout. Far from it - for one thing, that Dobson guy turned out pretty well.
Alex Schooler and Jordan Jeffries were good offensive linemen, though Jeffries' hip injury cut short his senior season. Cornerback Monterius "Pacman" Lovett turned into a leader and figured in a greatly improved secondary last year. Billy Mitchell became a part-time starter at linebacker before concussions ended his career.
Talented receiver Troy Evans had an eventful two seasons out of junior college. He was much more productive than fellow juco Wayne Bonner, who caught eight passes in 2009 and four in 2011. Andre Booker ran a few punts back for touchdowns, and Matt Pickett ... the man stuck it out. No shame in that.
And finally, there was an unexpected, non-signing bonus: Some running back named Essray Taliaferro walked on in 2009. Last year, he ran for 1,140 yards and 10 touchdowns in a 10-win season Snyder could only dream about.
That's the reminder I share today: National Signing Day should be put in proper perspective, though Thundering Herd fans can be allowed a little room for celebration.
After all, Wednesday provides a brief respite from basketball season.
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