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Former BC Guard Chris Herren Jr. Makes A Most Unlikely Career Change

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL: JAN 15 Boston College at Syracuse
SYRACUSE, NY - JANUARY 15: Boston College Eagles Guard Chris Herren Jr. (24) dribbles the ball up the court during the second half of the College Basketball game between the Boston College Eagles and the Syracuse Orange on January 15, 2020, at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY.
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Remember Chris Herren, Jr.? Son of the brilliant but troubled Boston College legend Chris Sr., he walked on and was strikingly successful for a brief period of time before transferring to San Diego.

He quit the team this past spring for what were said to be personal reasons and had two seasons of NCAA eligibility left.

So what would any baller do?

Why, enroll at Alabama and walk the football team, as a wide receiver, despite never having played before.

That’s pretty much the definition of audacious. Alabama football is no joke. A lot of people have walked on over the years, but without having ever even played? That’s just...impossible.


Well, maybe not.

First, Herren will be a practice player and a deep one at that. The odds of him seeing more than a few minutes of playing time in the next two years are pretty low.

On the other hand, though, coach Nick Saban was impressed enough to let him try and Herren is a reasonably athletic person. He wouldn’t be the first guy to try to go from basketball to the gridiron, but he might be the least likely. It’s worth keeping an eye on anyway.