A who’s who of who volume two: getting to know the Riders neg list

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It’s one of the best and worst times of the year.

American college football is into the post-season and while most of the games are meaningless in the grand scheme of things. Those who love the sport will watch. You could call it dedication or sickness. Depends on how you want to look at it.

Regardless, between now and the new year, there’s basically going to be a football game on every night, which is great. The fact that the season is almost over is not.

Sadly, none of the players on this part of the Riders’ neg list are playing in a bowl game, but there are still some other players across the league you can keep an eye on.

So, here’s another edition: a who’s who of who? Getting to know the Riders neg list.

Kaleb Barker – QB – Troy University

Barker just finished his final season at Tory. He threw for 3,628 yards in 2019 including a season-high 504 yards against Southern Miss. Overall, it was a positive year for Barker with 30 touchdowns compared to 10 interceptions.

Especially when you consider he missed most of last season with a knee injury. Interestingly, his hair has become increasingly boring throughout his time at Troy.

Hamp Cheevers – DB – Boston College

First off, great name. He’s already interesting thanks to that alone.

There’s not a whole lot on Cheevers right now. A lot of analysis about him apparently being a potential hidden gem in the 2019 NFL draft.

As far as I can tell, he’s currently a free agent meaning there’s a chance he could be in Saskatchewan in the not too distant future. He’s been signed by the Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons and Tennessee Titans since going undrafted.

Antonio Garcia – OL – Troy University

Garcia is also currently a free agent. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in 2017. The 26-year-old from Houston developed blood clots in his lungs during camp, causing him to lose 40 pounds. He was put on injured reserved and released the following May.

Garcia’s also been signed by the New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins. In 2018, he was suspended four games for violation of the NFL’s performance enhancing drugs policy. He may become my Green Cast podcast co-host, John Fraser’s favourite Rider should he come north.

Chaz Green – OL – University of Florida

As has been the trend in these lists since Jeremy O’Day became the Riders general manager, Green is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Cowboys in 2015 with stops in New Orleans, Oakland and Denver.

He’s not to be confused with Chaz Green, a receiver at Louisiana-Monroe, like Google apparently has.

Tony Lippett – DB – Michigan State University

Surprise, another NFL free agent.

Lippet has quite the football background, in high school he played quarterback, receiver and defensive back. He was recruited as a receiver but started as a defensive back before getting red shirted by the Spartans.

He returned for his red-shirt freshman year as a receiver. He stayed at receiver until he converted back to defensive back in the NFL.

Josh Love – QB – San Jose State University

Love’s college career just came to an end, and he’s going out on top.

Though San Jose State won’t play in a bowl game, Love did take home some hardware. He is the first Spartans Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year in some 30 years. Love threw for near 4,000 yards this year with 22 touchdowns and just eight interceptions.

Tre McBride – REC – The College William & Mary

Don’t expect McBride to be in Regina next season as he’s signed by the XFL to play for the DC Defenders, which sounds like a club 3DownNation’s Josh Smith would be a part of.

He’s bounced around the NFL with stops in Tennessee, Chicago, New York, Jacksonville and Washington. He’s got experience as a returner as well.

Marcus Murphy – RB – University of Missouri

Murphy is another free agent. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 2015, seeing some time at kick returner that season before being released. He made stops in New York and Indianapolis before spending a couple of seasons in Buffalo.

Donnel Pumphrey – RB – San Diego State University

Pumphrey — despite having a great name — is also currently a DC Defender in the XFL. At San Diego State, Pumphrey ran wild all over the Football Bowl Subdivision. He finished his career with an FBS-record 6,405 yards rushing.

Though, some question the record as bowl game stats didn’t count prior to 2002. Regardless, impressive numbers. He’s been with the Philadelphia Eagles twice and the Detroit Lions.

Terrance Smith – LB – Florida State University

Smith is yet another free agent. He was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2016 and he’s also spent time with the Miami Dolphins.

He won a national championship with Florida State in 2013. Something that TSN’s Rod Black probably already knows, just in case he does come to Saskatchewan, Smith’s the son of former Clemson University receiver Terry Smith and his cousin is superstar Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

Joel Gasson is a Regina-based sports writer, broadcaster and football fanatic. He is also a beer aficionado.