Steven Rhodes is a 24-year-old former sergeant in the Marines and a new member of the Middle Tennessee football team. But because he played in a military-only intramural football league last year, he must sit out this season per NCAA rules. Despite being a UNC opponent, I hope he's on the field when we play them September 7th.
"Rhodes finished his five years of active service in the Marines this summer, when he called MTSU coaches in hopes of landing a spot as a walk-on player for the Blue Raiders. They happily granted the request of the athletic 6-foot-3, 240-pound Marine sergeant. He has played both tight end and defensive end thus far in preseason camp. But not long after arriving on campus, Rhodes was told that his participation in a military-only recreational football league in 2012 would hinder his immediate eligibility to play Division I college football, per an NCAA rule."