Rian “Goo” Wallace was embarrassed. The type of embarrassment you feel after someone waves at you, and you wave back, only to realize they were waving at someone else.
Wallace, a linebacker for the Temple Owls, earned first-team All Big East honors last year with 101 tackles, second best in the conference. He decided to forgo his senior year for a shot at the NFL, and he’s been working out at Temple during the spring semester, making sure the scouts see the best of “Goo” there is to see.
He was going through his routine one day and this kid – one he’d never seen before – was running circles around him. Was he a junior college player? Maybe an undrafted player from last year? Wallace just couldn’t figure it out.
“What NFL team are you trying out for?” Wallace made the mistake of asking.
Lamar McPherson, the subject of Wallace’s inquiry, smiled.
“I’m going to be a freshman at Syracuse,” McPherson says.