This season, everyone talked about how Georgia's QB Stetson Bennett is the same age as the Ravens Lamar Jackson, 25 years young, but in two different stages of their career. I feel like this headline was swept under the rug during the holidays, but North Texas quarterback, Austin Aune, is making headlines as the 29 year old who's entering the transfer portal.
Aune, who is turning 30 this September, has quite the resume, and a sports journey that might be a movie one day. After dropping out of high school, Austin Aune became a three star recruit and committed to TCU as a quarterback. As a dual-sport athlete in high school, he was drafted in the 2012 MLB draft in the second round by the Yankees.
One of the nations top shortstops, Aune played six seasons in the Yankees farm system, tallying 148 RBI's and 20 homers between High A and Class A. He was released by the team in 2017. He then walked onto Arkansas for spring ball, but then later transferred to North Texas in 2018. It took a few years of rising up the ranks until 2021, where he became the starter mid way through the season. He lead the Mean Green from a 1–3 start to a 6–6 record, and even upset No. 22 UTSA.
During the 2022 season, the North Texas starter tossed 33 touchdown passes for a school record. He was thinking about declaring for the draft, but opted for the transfer portal instead.
I think this is wild. The guy refuses to hang it up, despite making it to the minor leagues in baseball, and living his glory days in college slinging the pig skin. This isn't the first time we've seen older plays stick around the CFB. James Stefanou was a 32 year old Australian kicker for Colorado, Tim Frisby was a 39 year old U.S. Army Ranger and wide receiver for South Carolina, and Brandon Weeden was a fellow 29 year old Yankees draft pick turned college QB for Oklahoma State.
Honestly, I think the it's a crazy move, but I respect the hustle. Who knows, maybe Aune will transfer to a power five then get drafted. Maybe the next Kurt Warner story incoming?