February 28, 2019 / 1:23 AM / 7 months ago

College football notebook: Female commit makes history

Toni Harris made history this week by accepting a scholarship offer to play football at Central Methodist University in Missouri, becoming the first female player at a skill position to sign a letter of intent.

FILE PHOTO: Sep 15, 2018; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Alex Hornibrook (12) throws a pass during the first quarter against the BYU Cougars at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

A native of Detroit, who played free safety last fall at East Los Angeles Community College, Harris announced the news Tuesday on Twitter. The 22-year-old chose Central Methodist over offers from at least four other schools, according to a report in Sports Illustrated.

Harris has been playing football since she was 6. She played wide receiver and cornerback in high school in Michigan. She made three tackles and one tackle for a loss last season at East L.A.

“A lot of coaches didn’t believe in me,” Harris told ESPN in January. “A coach told me nobody’s ever going to play you to be at the next level. In the end, you’ve got to push yourself. I’m going to focus on my goals.”

—Alex Hornibrook is transferring after three seasons as Wisconsin’s starting quarterback, Badgers coach Paul Chryst confirmed.

“Alex informed us of his decision to leave the team earlier today,” Chryst said in a prepared statement. “He contributed to a lot of our recent success and we want to thank him for all he did for our program. We wish him the best of luck.”

Hornibrook, a redshirt senior, appeared in 35 career games but was limited to nine in 2018 because of concussion-related symptoms. The MVP of the 2017 Orange Bowl, he completed 60.5 percent of his passes for 5,438 yards with 47 touchdowns and 33 interceptions during his three years with the Badgers.

—Former Arkansas starting quarterback Ty Storey will play at Western Kentucky as a graduate transfer in 2019, he announced on social media.

Story appeared in 10 games last season, starting nine, for the Razorbacks, who finished 2-10. He completed 143 of 250 passes for 1,584 yards, with 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Two other quarterbacks also started last season for Arkansas, which brought in SMU graduate transfer Ben Hicks this offseason as its presumptive starter.

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