Will Connor McCaffrey's decision to play two sports influence Oliver Martin decision?

Discussion in 'Football' started by Golden, Aug 2, 2016.

  1. Golden

    Golden Well-Known Member

    Now that Connor has decided to play two sports (baseball and basketball) does that influence Oliver Martin to do the same with football and baseball?
  2. SteveGarvey1

    SteveGarvey1 Well-Known Member

    I doubt it. He's his own man. Doubt Kirk would encourage him to play both, if he chooses Iowa.
  3. Hawkfnntn

    Hawkfnntn Well-Known Member

    I doubt KF encourages that either. But I doubt he would flat out discourage it. He’s had players do track and football both before. And I think KF would have been on the staff back when Danan Hughes played both. Maybe he wasn’t I can’t remember what years that was now. As far as baseball and football over lapping I don’t think there really is much of one. Just with the training I suppose. The games never would so their wouldn’t be any prioritizing there to be made. Connor will have the tougher back and forth with that then Martin if he chooses to do both.

    It does make one wonder though if he wasn’t Frans kid how would coach be towards that with someone else. He’s a pretty good player/prospect so of course that’s a huge factor but most coaches at D1 hoops wouldn’t be crazy about sharing a player with baseball.
  4. thetrza

    thetrza Well-Known Member

    If anything it makes it less likely that Oliver chooses Iowa. Its one less spot on the baseball team.
  5. HawkinGoferLand

    HawkinGoferLand Well-Known Member

    Football spring practices would conflict with baseball season, but it can be done (play both sports)
  6. Hawkfnntn

    Hawkfnntn Well-Known Member

    I still wish Wagner would have played football too... 6'7 220 WR... Even if he was just a redzone guy that'd be worth having...
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  7. ArvadaHawk

    ArvadaHawk Well-Known Member

    It would depend on how much training Martin would miss getting ready for baseball. As a WR, I think it could be doable. It'd be easier to do football/baseball than basketball/baseball, simply because hoops and baseball seasons overlap.
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  8. MoreCowbell

    MoreCowbell Well-Known Member

    Worked out pretty well for Jeff Smardzija at Notre Dame.
  9. Robowe

    Robowe Well-Known Member

    Recent examples:

    Football/baseball --> Jameis Winston (Florida State) -
    Basketball/baseball --> Patrick Connaughton (Notre Dame) - drafted in both sports (played for Portland last year)
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  10. nilkin

    nilkin Well-Known Member

    Another IA WR & BB player that was very successful at both:

    Hughes spent his collegiate football career playing wide receiver for the University of Iowa from 1989 to 1992.
    Danan Hughes also played outfield for the Hawkeyebaseball team and was one of the best two-sport athletes in Iowa history. Hughes was drafted in the 3rd round of the 1992 amateur baseball draft by theMilwaukee Brewers.[1] Only two Hawkeye baseball players have been drafted higher since 1992.
  11. herkeye

    herkeye Well-Known Member

    If I'm not mistaking, I do believe Tim Dwight and Bashir Yamini ran track along with playing football.
  12. SteveGarvey1

    SteveGarvey1 Well-Known Member

    Danny Ainge. Didn't do that great for the Blue Jays but was a pretty fair player for the Celtics.
  13. Robowe

    Robowe Well-Known Member

    Ainge never played college baseball at BYU. Drafted out of HS for baseball. But, did play professionally in both sports.
  14. PlanoHawk

    PlanoHawk Well-Known Member

    Actually, if he's got college-level game on the diamond, it would make it a better situation for the baseball roster. The baseball team doesn't have to use any of its 11.7 scholarship allotment money as football would cover his ride.
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  15. trj

    trj Well-Known Member

    So how good is Oliver Martin as a baseball player? I am too lazy to do the homework. Is he D-1 schollie worthy? MLB potential? Is he playing baseball because he is just one of those guys that loves to compete at everything?
  16. haydensly

    haydensly Well-Known Member

    Bo Porter played football and baseball at the U of I, both pretty successfully. I always thought his future was in football but he went on to be a major league manager in baseball.
  17. Logo

    Logo Active Member

    I know Illinois and Iowa have both offered him a baseball scholarship for over a year now. He is also a great swimmer. His 16 year old sister was at the US Olympic swim trials and placed 4th. One spot higher and she'd be in Rio.
  18. Hawknigh

    Hawknigh Well-Known Member

    Yes, but did Iowa offer him the baseball scholarship first before Illinois?