The PPG is reporting that Worthington was released. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10251/1085829-66.stm
More after the jump.
Umm, I thought the coaches loved Worthington. I'm really confused by this one. Did Worthington get in trouble? Anyone have any insight on this? If not , I assume they just thought this new kid, Al Woods, is better than both Harris and Worthington. In light of the fact that Woods was released and not claimed off waivers, I'm worried this roster move may be based more upon the coaches ego than what is good for the team. By that, I mean that coaches will often go for physical talent (size, speed, etc) rather than desire, effort, and attitude because they believe they can motivate the kid and make him reach his physical potential better than the last set of coaches. It seems to me what usually happens is the new set of coaches fail just like the old set failed. I don't know why we drop Worthington, who, from all reports, is a good kid that worked very hard throughtout spring training and at camp, and take a kid that has never lived up to his potential.
In any event, here is a draft report on Woods that I found on the web:
Al Woods, 6'4, 309,
Strengths: Good overall size and strength. Impressive upper body strength. Came on strong at the end of his senior year. Showed off his work ethic by losing weight prior to his senior year and his played improved as a result.
Weaknesses: Never lived up to expectations at LSU. Athleticism is marginal. Lack of production prior to his senior year raises concerns that he was motivated only by getting a NFL contract.
Comments: Woods has the talent to succeed, and some believe he may finally figuring out how to reach his full potential. However, he was buried on LSU's depth chart of most of his career and only saw playing time as part of their rotation. He's a boom-or-bust prospect and shouldn't be taken any earlier than the 5th round.