If you've been watching the reports out of the Spring Drills on Quarterbacks Brett Basanez [6-2 210] and C.J. Bacher [6-2 190], you've noticed that statistically C.J. is out performing Baz.So Luis Castillo tested positive for steroids...
Here's the breakdown from the practices where they've reported QB performance:
Apr 2: Baz 8-13-1 passingC.J. is turning in the kind of performance that first got Basanez noticed in his first Spring, and that eventually led to his present position on the NU depth chart.
Apr 9: Baz 11-22-0-124yds
C.J. 16-20-0 121 yds 2 TDs
To be fair, Bacher usually runs against the 2nd team defensive players. With all the injuries to the D side starters, both QBs are facing kids who are still learning the basics of the NU defense, its easy to look good against a kid trying to remember the complex coverages NU tries to run.
But after the first Saturday practice, I jokingly asked Coach Walker is there could be a QB controversy at NU this year. He didn't even smile when he said that Basanez is the Wildcat's number one - he was dead serious.
However, you now know another unspoken reason why ex QB - now R-Back Chris Malleo opted for playing time at another position.
And you know that going into 2005, the Cat's have a pretty decent QB backup waiting in the wings.
and he had the guts [and brains] to come forward now and admit that he violated the NFL rules on "banned substances."-- da Coach
The good news is that NU Coach Randy Walker immediately sent a letter to the NFL stating that he never tested positive for anything at NU, and that nobody has every tested positive for anything during his tenure as the head of the Wildcats.
AD Mark Murphy has also chimed in with an explanation of NU's policy toward using alcohol and drugs - its pretty tough.
So will this hurt Luis' chances in the NFL?
One NFL scout commented that while Castillo still projects as a first round choice, they weren't going to spend a "lot of time on him," but his agent says that the response from the teams looking at Castillo is very positive.
On NFL GM told ESPN, "If his performance on the field didn't match up [with his combine performance], you'd have to wonder in light of the positive [steroid] test," said the GM. "But he's a very active, strong, productive player on film."
Coming forward now could be good or bad for Luis - if he drops out of the first rounds, he could drop out of the the big money - the San Francisco Chronicle pointed out today that the difference between the first round and the bottom of the 2nd is about $2.85 million.
That's a lot of money, a pretty big "punishment" for trying to recover from a tough injury.
What's sad is that Castillo was just trying to get back to the level of performance he showed last Summer - before the elbow injury.
What's also sad is that a guy with such a great record at NU could now give the entire Wildcat program another "substance" caused black eye.
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