WAGs of College Football: 2013 Edition
AJ McCarron & Katherine Webb
After last year’s highly popular WAGs (“Wives and Girlfriends”) of College Football slideshow, we’re back again in 2013. While some familiar faces return, there are others whom we’re introducing for the first time — namely some very popular wives of college football head coaches.
At this point, Webb might be even more famous than her two-time national championship-winning, Alabama QB of a boyfriend. Since achieving overnight fame following Brent Musberger’s ogling of her during the 2013 BCS title game, Webb has been everywhere: At Super Bowl Media Day, in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, on ABC’s “Splash” and on the ESPYs red carpet (just to name a few places).
If this young Alabama fan’s reaction to getting Webb’s autograph during fall camp is any indication, her fame is extending well beyond the traditional 15 minutes.
Jadeveon Clowney & Kirsten Hardy
South Carolina’s star defensive end was reportedly introduced to Kirsten Hardy in December 2012, when she was in her second year as an Atlanta Hawks cheerleader. She’s only seen him play in person once — at the 2013 Outback Bowl (site of the “The Hit”) — but told Bleacher Report in June that Clowney is “really sweet and mature for his age.”
Hardy knows a thing or two about big hits herself: She was rushed to the hospital after falling and hitting her head on the basketball court during a routine last March.
Tajh Boyd & Taylor Stathes
Clemson’s star QB and his girlfriend Stathes — a former Tigers cheerleader and two-time finalist in the Miss Clemson Pageant — are still together and still look happy one year later. (The photo of them on the left is Stathes’ Twitter profile picture.)
From the looks of it, they’ll be spending this fall doing the long-distance thing. While Boyd finishes his career at Clemson, Stathes will be in grad school at the University of La Verne in California.
Jeff Driskel & Tarin Moses
Even if she wasn’t dating Florida’s starting QB, Tarin Moses would still be cheering him on at every Gators game — for she’s the captain of the UF cheerleading squad.
ESPN “College GameDay” first unearthed this archetypical QB-head cheerleader pairing prior to last year’s South Carolina-Florida game, during which Driskel threw for four touchdowns in a 44–11 rout. It’s amazing what the exposure of one’s better half can do from a self-confidence standpoint.
Derek & Heather Carr
The younger brother of former Fresno State star and 2002 No. 1 overall NFL draft pick David Carr, Derek married the former Heather Neel — who he met while she was waitressing at a local BJ’s during his freshman year — in June of 2012. Married life seemed to suit Carr quite well, as he threw for 4,104 yards and 37 TDs with just seven INTs last year.
Heather won’t be the only Carr cheering Derek on from the Bulldogs stands this fall. The couple welcomed their first child (a son named Dallas) on August 5th.
Blake Bortles & Lindsey Duke
Bortles is one of college football’s more underrated-yet-prolific QBs, having thrown for 3,059 yards and 25 TDs for UCF last fall while also rushing for eight more scores.
In a way, it’s fitting that his girlfriend, fellow UCF student Lindsey Duke, is also underrated-yet-prolific. But while Bortles’ M.O. is football, Duke’s is posting a lot of photos of herself wearing bikinis.
Here is Duke’s Twitter profile as well as her revealing cover shoot for the September issue of aXis Magazine, an Orlando entertainment publication. You’re welcome.
Jake & Brooke Heaps
Two years ago this summer, Heaps followed up a successful freshman season as BYU’s starting QB by marrying the former Brooke Shaw, a fellow BYU student two years his senior. The Heaps have since relocated from Provo, UT, to Lawrence, KS, as Jake hopes to get his playing career back on track with the Jayhawks after transferring — with Brooke there to cheer him along.
“If you are selfish and you’re giving them the silent treatment because they’re not home as much as you’d like, you need to understand that this is their job,” she told the BYU Digital Universe in September 2011. “Priority-wise you are ahead of football, but you can’t make them make that choice.”
Zach Craig & Jordan Daigle
While watching the Oklahoma State-Oklahoma game on TV last fall, Daigle — a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader who performs under the name “Jordan Elizabeth” — fell head over heels for Craig (a Cowboys safety and team captain) as he walked to midfield for the pre-overtime coin toss.
After the game, she initiated a Twitter correspondence that culminated in their first date prior to the Pokes’ appearance in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. They became serious over the spring, since which time one of them has made the four-hour drive from Stillwater to Dallas (or vice versa) to see the other almost every weekend.
It sounds like a small price to pay in order to date a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader.
Landon Collins & Victoria Lowery
Before Collins even arrived at Alabama as a prized DB, he and Lowery (his high school sweetheart) were already nationally known, but for a bizarre reason.
After Collins committed to the Crimson Tide in January 2012, Collins’ mother insisted he attend LSU and alleged that her son was lured to Tuscaloosa because Lowery — who had already decided to attend Alabama and with whom she did not get along — was offered a job in the school’s athletic department.
We take it the two women won’t be sitting together in the stands this fall to watch Collins play for the Tide.
David Scully & Sidni Vaughn
2012 was a good year for Scully. It began last June, when his girlfriend Vaughn — who had initially cheered against Georgia Tech when she was a cheerleader at in-state rival Georgia — decided to transfer to and cheer for the Yellow Jackets (both to be closer to Scully and better her chances of one day becoming a physical therapist).
Scully also had a successful second season as GT’s kickoff specialist while also converting 37-of-39 PATs and 4-of-8 field goals. It was probably much easier to have his girlfriend cheering on his sideline.
Baker Swedenburg & Claire Chapman
Mississippi State long snapper Winston Chapman has extra motivation to fire off accurate snaps to punter and teammate Baker Swedenburg — for the two will eventually be brothers-in-law.
Swedenburg was introduced to Chapman’s older sister, Claire, at a tailgate prior to the Alabama-MSU game in 2011. They went on their first date a week later, and he successfully proposed to her following the Bulldogs’ spring game this past April.
Talk about a very special type of puppy love.
Jameis Winston & Breion Allen
It didn’t take long for Winston to make his mark, with 365 yards passing and five total TDs in his debut as Florida State’s starting QB against Pitt on September 2nd. It also didn’t take long for the college football world to sit up and take notice of his better half: Rice sophomore women’s basketball player Breion Allen.
Allen — who was named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll as a freshman in 2012–2013 — grew up in Hoover, AL, just east of Winston’s hometown of Hueytown. And she was quite proud of her boyfriend’s performance against the Panthers - after which the internet discovered that (surprise surprise) the Seminoles’ new star QB has a fetching girlfriend.
Aaron Murray & Kacie McDonnell
There must be an unwritten rule that if you’re an SEC quarterback, you must date an aspiring model.
It appears as though Georgia’s Aaron Murray is following in the footsteps of Alabama’s AJ McCarron and Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel in that regard. Based on this Instagram post, Murray is currently dating Kacie McDonnell, a traffic and Philadelphia Eagles reporter with Fox 29 in Philly who previously dated Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder and has also been linked to Philadelphia Phillies catcher Jonathan Pettibone (in other words, she likes athletes).
In addition to her day job at Fox 29, McDonnell - who graduated from Villanova in 2012 - has tried her hand at modeling. Nice pull, Aaron. Maybe you have less in common with “McLovin” from Superbad than we thought.
Corey Dennis & Nicki Meyer
It would be kind of awkward if Ohio State’s Urban Meyer had to coach against Georgia Tech at any point over the next two seasons. One of the Yellow Jackets’ receivers, junior Corey Dennis, is dating his eldest daughter Nicki.
Dennis and Nicki Meyer (a former GT volleyball player) have been dating for at least the past year. Things seem to be getting pretty serious, as evidenced by what Dennis recently surprised his girlfriend with for an early 23rd birthday present: A Michael Kors purse that couldn’t have come cheap.
Cade Foster & Callie Smith
From the sounds and looks of it, Alabama placekicker Cade Foster has a better half to make him feel much better about his dismal performance in the Iron Bowl and the subsequent backlash he received from angry Crimson Tide fans.
According to Barstool Sports, Foster is currently dating Callie Smith, a junior telecommunications major and Sigma Nu sorority girl at Alabama who - surprise! surprise! - is also an aspiring model (she was 2010’s Miss Teen Kentucky) and TV personality (she’s currently an intern at Tuscaloosa’s WVUA-TV).
The SEC: Where even the much-maligned kickers have drop-dead gorgeous girlfriends.
Lane & Layla Kiffin
The better half of USC’s polarizing head coach, Layla Kiffin was the first wife of a college football coach who really got people talking, back in December 2008 upon her husband’s hiring at Tennessee. Despite several worthy challengers since then, she remains the “First WAG of College Football.”
While we normally can’t stand Lane Kiffin, we do have one reason to hope he has enough of a bounce-back season in 2013 to stick around with the Trojans: To keep his wife in Southern California. We have a hard time imagining her anywhere else.
Bret & Jen Bielema
Long married to his job going back to his tenure at Wisconsin, Bielema tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend Jennifer — who he met in Las Vegas in 2008 — in March 2012.
It’s very safe to say that Bielema definitely outkicked his coverage. Not only is she 15 years younger than he is, she also looks a lot better when she’s working on her tan than her husband ever will.
Charlie & Victoria Strong
Strong and his wife — whom he married in 2003 — have been through a lot together. Back when he was the defensive coordinator at South Carolina in 2001, he candidly told The State that his being black and her being white was one of the reasons why schools were slow to offer him head coaching jobs.
Now that Strong is firmly entrenched at Louisville (where he’s been since 2010), his wife is sharing in the success he’s experiencing. Their postgame embrace following the Cardinals’ Sugar Bowl victory last January was one of the best moments of the 2013 BCS bowl season.
Dabo & Kathleen Swinney
High school sweethearts are something special, but what Clemson’s head coach and his wife share goes beyond even that: They’ve been together since they were sixth-graders growing up in Pelham, AL.
Kathleen Swinney stood by Dabo through an up-and-down childhood — chronicled in detail last September by Yahoo! Sports’ Dan Wetzel — and a football career that started when Swinney was an Alabama walk-on. Kathleen has seen her husband come a long way to now coaching the preseason No. 8 team in the country.