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Recent CFB Greats – Where are They Now?

There comes a time when you need to halt, windup, and toss in the white towel.

So when a colleague facetiously questioned what I reckoned former Oklahoma quarterback Jason White could possibly be achieving at that very moment in time, I decided to take a stand (following a hoarse chuckle, that is).

Because you can only take so many discussions of what alcoholic beverage John David Booty prefers to wash down with his fast food (cohorts and I perceive the ex-Trojan quarterback a Carl’s Jr. guy), I stepped out of the box to recall some of the notable college football athletes over the last decade who beg the question, “where are they now?”

Steve Slaton-West Virginia

Paired with quarterback Pat White, Slaton and his West Virginia contingent to this day headline one of the illustrious college football duos of my childhood recollection.

The electrifying back, once featured smack dab on the front of Sports Illustrated circa 2007, found his signature in Mountaineer record books and Big East milestones.

The initial fourth-string tailback developed into the one of nation’s most devastating athletes by the time his career concluded, stockpiling a grand total of 3,923 yards and 50 touchdowns in 35 games as a starter.

And that’s excluding his receiving accolades.

Upon heading to the Texans in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft, Slaton’s rookie season would mark the lone successful season of the West Va. product, as his numbers dwindled.

A few short stints with the Dolphins and Bears ultimately sent the tailback to the Toronto Argonauts in 2014, which goes to show that not all talent carries over to the next level.

Jared Zabransky-Boise State

The opening of the Boise State era was perhaps pieced together by the quarterback from Hermiston, Oregon.

Zabransky assisted in notching Boise’s fifth consecutive WAC championship, while securing an unblemished 12-0 record for the Broncos and setting up a memorable 2007 season that still airs on ESPN Classic.

10 November 2005: Boise State Broncos quarterback #5 Jared Zabransky feels the pressure as Fresno State defensive end #71 Garrett McIntyre chases him during the third quarter at Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, CA. Fresno State defeated Boise State 27-7.

Jared Zabransky helped start an incredible decade of success at Boise State.

Trickeration, deception, the whole nine yards. The 2007 Fiesta Bowl between Oklahoma and Boise State will certainly go down in history as one of college football’s prized postseason contests.

Executing a flawless hook-and-lateral with seconds on the clock, Zabransky and head coach Chris Petersen executed the Statue of Liberty play to convert a game-winning two-point conversion, conquering the Big 12 foe 43-42.

Failing to get a bid in the 2007 NFL Draft, Zabransky was snatched by the Texans as a practice squad member for a year before being signed by Pittsburgh.

Following a single season in the CFL, the quarterback cut ties with football.

Dwayne Jarrett-USC

A part of Pete Carroll’s Trojans from 2004 to 2006, Dwayne Jarrett sparks the question, “what the heck ever happened to that guy?”

Considering the wide receiver posted boisterous numbers throughout his career, it’s difficult to shy away from an athlete who was a two-time All-American.

Declaring early, Jarrett fell to 45th overall to Carolina in 2007. The rest is pretty much history.

A couple starts at wide receiver in as many seasons, the receiver was then charged with a DUI, resulting in Carolina’s decision to cut Jarrett.

Like many, he regressed to the CFL for a short duration, only to soon leave the game.

Da’Quan Bowers-Clemson

When the papers were signed and Bowers put on the Clemson hat, the Tigers had landed land a versatile athlete to anchor the defense.

Bowers topped the country in sacks and tackles for loss as a senior as ACC DPOY and Bronco Negurski awards followed.

At times you can’t point fingers or blame the lack of talent on a player’s report card at the NFL level, so while Bowers remains just another name called by Roger Goodell, injuries and setbacks surely hindered what could have been a force for years to come.

Instead, the former No. 1 player out of high school remains an unrestricted free agent.

 

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