MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 24: Stedman Bailey #3 of the West Virginia Mountaineers catches a pass in front of Morris Claiborne #17 of the Louisiana State University Tigers during the game on September 24, 2011 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
I'm not much of an NFL guru, but when a WVU player goes in the first round (and quite surprisingly, I might add) of the NFL draft, I tend to sit up and pay a little more attention than I otherwise might. Fine, and I suppose a slow week at work doesn't hurt the process either. Amidst my research about the other first-round draft picks, I came across this little tidbit from LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne (who went sixth overall to the Dallas Cowboys) during his interview with the Cowboys' official website:
On who was the best receiver he went against last year:
Last year we had a lot of tough receivers, but I would have to say (Marquis) Maze from Alabama or the guy from West Virginia (Stedman Bailey).
Now, don't get me wrong, I find it pretty difficult to get to troll Claiborne. He was, afterall, the first defensive player taken in last week's draft and stands to make several dozen times my salary for the foreseeable future. But you can't even remember the guy's name? Like, you didn't get tired of hearing "Geno Smith pass complete to Stedman Bailey" over and over and over again on the Mountaineer Field PA system every time the guy in the gold #3 jersey caught a ball against your coverage?
I get that when these guys watch film they don't study names but numbers of opposing players (since you can't even see the name when you line up against them). But he remembered Maze's name, so is it really too much to ask him to remember the guy who posted 8 receptions for 115 yards and TD against you? I guess it's conceivable that he was referring to Tavon Austin (he of the 11 catches for 187 yards), but I like to think he was referring to Bailey, since, you know, THIS:
Okay, okay, that wasn't even a reception. And that kind of fracas probably happens several dozen times a season, so it's not all that memorable. And it wasn't too much later in the game that Claiborne returned a kickoff for a touchdown, effectively breaking WVU's will as the Mountaineers tried to mount a comeback. But I'm sorry, you gotta remember the name of the guy who did THIS:
Right? Right. Glad everyone is with me now. Although, I have a feeling everyone in the country is going to remember Stedman Bailey's name after another season full of THIS: