Real SJ from “The Blind Side” to play football, basketball at SMU

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Moody Coliseum has been a popular destination for local celebrities and athletes.

This season, SMU will have a celebrity on its team. Sort of.

Sean “SJ” Tuohy Jr., played by Jae Head in the movie “The Blind Side,” will play his final season of college basketball at SMU. His mother, Leigh Anne, announced the move on her Instagram page.

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“I’m sad you can’t see my level of enthusiasm because I’m just giddy that our little SJ is going to take his fifth year of eligibility and play not only basketball but FOOTBALL as well at SMU,” Leigh Anne Tuohy posted on Instagram.

SJ Tuohy played his first three seasons of basketball at Loyola (Md.) University. He graduated in May and will enroll at SMU as a graduate student to play both football and basketball. Tuohy, a 6-feet, 180-pound point guard, played in 30 career games in three seasons at Loyola, scoring 10 total points.

Tuohy is part of the family who took in current NFL player Michael Oher when he was in high school. Oher’s rise from homeless Memphis child to first-round draft pick prompted the book and movie.

Tuohy’s father, Sean, holds the the Southeastern Conference career and single-season record for assists. He played point guard for Ole Miss from 1979-1892.

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If you have driven by my house the past several days this is what you have seen… I know one ask one self why is @sjtuohy and his father @stuohy1 constantly doing the same thing over and over and over with what appears to be a football. Well it is a football …I'm sad you can't see my level of enthusiasm because I'm just giddy 🤗🤗 that our little SJ is going to take his fifth year of eligibility and play not only basketball but FOOTBALL as well at SMU and finish his Masters degree there! Now I get to scream at stupid people not only on Sunday's at Michael's games but on Saturdays as well! SJ has got some serious hand/eye coordination and between his Dad, his brother @michaeloher and his brother-in-law @cannon5smith coaching him up… He will probably be the best holder ever to hold..ever! Or he will be to me anyway😉 So we will get our calendars out and grid the @panthers @smufb @smubasketball @memphisgrizzliesnba and for Cannon @memphisfootball and hopefully can squeeze in a few @olemissfb and @olemissmbb Go Team! Good grief … They are now using the car headlights to snap! Enough for me… I'm going to bed… And dream of pink and sparkly not basketball and footballs! #TeamTuohy

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