Draft Notes and Rumors

There has been much speculation the past several weeks about where the future of Drew Henson lies. The once talented signal caller for the Michigan Wolverines, and the prospect many thought would've been the first player chosen in the 2000 draft, opted to sign a contract with the New York Yankees and pursue a career in professional baseball rather than throw the pigskin. Unfortunately to date things have not worked out for either side.

The story seems like a nightmare for Henson in the Yankee farm system; presently he's batting .180 and regularly watches ground balls roll through his legs at third base.  Their have been rumblings for a while Henson may return to the football field and the Yankees are seemingly hoping he makes that choice.  Though the organization had high hopes for Henson since he returned from injury, he's shown no pattern of progress on the baseball diamond and now a source here in New York has told us Henson may not be in plans of the "pinstripes" as they retool after a quick exit from the MLB playoffs. 

Henson could petition for the 2003 draft and may even be given free agent status if he returns to football.  Either way, the former quarterback will be a hot commodity should he end his baseball career.

A pair of talented running backs make their way back from injury this weekend.  LSU junior LaBrandon Toefield practiced for the first time since breaking his arm in early October.  The running back will probably not see action Saturday night against Alabama when the Tide visits Baton Rouge, but it is worth watching.  We've previously reported Toefield is giving serious consideration to leaving for the draft after the season.

Southern Miss running back Derrick Nix may return to action Thursday night against Louisville. Nix underwent surgery to relieve pressure on a nerve that was causing severe pain in his right leg. 

Lastly, Boss Bailey, the highly rated outside linebacker from Georgia, sustained an injury to his right knee that was not deemed serious.  It will raise red-flags come pre-draft examinations though as Bailey tore a ligament in the same knee two years ago, which forced him to the sidelines for the entire season.

Please Note:  We will be on site scouting Louisville/Southern Miss, Army/Tulane and Alabama/LSU starting Thursday and may be slow in answering questions on the message board.  We hope to be posting full reports by Friday evening. 

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