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    INTRODUCTION Through the history of NFLHC, many good QB prospects have come through the ranks. But after the QBs taken in the 2016 NFLHC Draft, just one taken in the following drafts has made even a Pro Bowl. Thomas Wheeler, taken #4 in 2015, made his first just this season. So, we thought we would rank the QBs from the 2017 draft up to this year’s class - not based on career results, but just as prospects entering NFLHC. This allows for a comparison between this year’s prospects in a very strong QB draft (though based on the results of this article, perhaps one that’s been a bit overrated) and prior prospects at the position. We’ve broken the listed prospects down into four tiers based on how good of a prospect we thought they were and included some honorable mentions at the end. Over the past 6 classes, here are the top 10 overall prospects. This is a collaborative piece between myself and @Jumbo - all research, writing, composition, and glory is shared. TIER 4 10. QB Graham Burnett 6-3 211 R Oklahoma [Pocket] 82 (2020) Following the graduation of our #5 ranked prospect, Norris Brooksheer, Burnett immediately took over in Norman as starting QB of the Sooners as a true freshman. He definitely did struggle in his first two years especially compared to the first eight on this list; 30 TD to 18 INT in his first two seasons doesn’t exactly scream top prospect. His peripheral passer rating was better however, and solid completion percentage and YPA showed that he was still a promising prospect. He then proceeded to fully break out in his third and final year as a true junior, nearly winning the Heisman and leading Oklahoma to the playoffs where they lost a very close game to a tough Alabama squad. Burnett was pretty clearly the 10th best QB on the list overall based on his accomplishments and scouting criteria. Burnett’s best season was not as good as any of the other QBs on this list (besides AJJ, by efficiency standards) and he was the one most in danger of being knocked off in favor of some of the other QBs in consideration. Outside of his grades, his scouting traits were not that great; he’s not athletic and his 25 Wonderlic is tied for the second worst amongst all the QBs who appear on this list. Overall, Burnett was not an amazing prospect and his draft position was likely helped by a weak 2020 QB class. That said, he still would likely have been a top 10 pick with his grades either way. 9. QB Mohammed Foster 6-0 194 R West Virginia [Scrambling] 82 (2021) Foster was a one-season wonder at West Virginia whose dual-threat ability, and big play potential made him an intriguing quarterback prospect despite an embarrassing 22 on the Wonderlic and questions about his decision-making ability.His gaudy QB rating of over 182 in the magical 2020 WVU run saw him skyrocket on most draft boards after taking home the Big XII Player of the Year, Walter Camp, and Heisman Trophy awards. Unfortunately, a single absurd season does not equate to a top tier rating and so Foster finds himself just above Graham Burnett due primarily to his single notable season eclipsing that of the gunslinger from Oklahoma. Outside of the 2020 season, though, his achievements are pedestrian at best, with a high passer rating of just 141 in his previous two seasons as a starter, a TD/INT ratio of 36:19, and a completion percentage milestone of a mere 61%. However, it cannot be ignored that much of Foster’s value is derived from his ability to extend plays and make magic happen outside the pocket. Overall, his inability to carry a team (traits found in others on our list, Jefferson and King specifically) hurt him in the long run and his reliance on a generational talent at WR who accounted for 35% of all completions, 40% of all yards, and a staggering 61% of all touchdowns the quarterback amassed, place him here at #9. TIER 3 8. QB A.J. Jefferson 6-3 194 R North Carolina [Pocket] 82 (2017) Touchdown Jesus (or the False Prophet, depending on your perspective) was the first ever generated recruit to be drafted by an NFLHC team. Taken #2 by the Falcons, a team that had quite literally just won the Super Bowl, the expectations on AJJ were immense heading into the NFL. While he hasn’t quite lived up to those expectations, as a prospect he was probably the most intriguing player on this list. Jefferson was perhaps the most, but certainly first highly-touted recruit at QB CFBHC has seen. And when he came in, he had probably the most exciting true freshman season that the CFBHC world has ever seen as well. He attempted 642(!) passes in 14 appearances, which is over 45 attempts per game. He ended that season with 45 touchdown passes and 21 interceptions. Any game that AJJ played in was bound to be an exciting one. He slumped a bit more in his sophomore season before reaching approximately the same efficiency in his true junior year, after which he declared his eligibility for the NFLHC Draft. Now, while AJJ’s efficiency in total for his career was… not good. His career passer rating is worse than Mohammed Foster’s, who at least offered something as a scrambler. However, that is almost certainly offset by the sheer number of times he threw the ball. There are four 4-year starters on this list, and AJJ had the most career attempts by almost 200. When you played North Carolina from 2014-2016, you knew that you would be going against a QB throwing it 40 times a game basically no matter what. And yet by most measures he still managed to find some success. There were some worries that he had been broken and become too much of a gunslinger, and to some extent that has been validated in NFLHC as he has struggled to throw even with Akili Wallace in the backfield. Nonetheless, as a prospect his cannon arm and relative success on a UNC team that did nothing but throw the ball made him seem like he had elite upside at the very least. You could argue for him to be higher based on his scouting traits - he probably has the strongest arm of any QB here - but his questionable statistical success limits his ceiling on the list to here. 7. QB Alex Leshoure 6-1 205 R Boston College [Pocket] 82 (2019) Alex Leshoure’s CFBHC career is a tale of two Alexes. His redshirt freshman and sophomore seasons were AJJ-like - limited efficiency on lots of throws, and his team had a ceiling of 9 wins. His junior and senior seasons, meanwhile, were two of the best that CFBHC has ever seen. In fact, by passer rating, they’re the two best individual seasons thrown by any player on this list. Unsurprisingly, while his Boston College squad was capped at 9 wins in his first two seasons, they made the semifinals and National Championship in his last two years when he had on average about 200 fewer attempts. Balance works (especially if you have playoff Ben Curry). If you just looked at those final two seasons, you would think that Leshoure’s placement on this list is pretty low. But there are a few reasons he doesn’t rank higher as a prospect. He was surrounded by talent - as a senior he threw to two 4.5/4.5 WRs with a 3.5/4.5 in the slot along with a 4.5/4.5 tight end. While his Wonderlic of 37 was pretty good and his grades by the scouts were good, there were many who felt that Leshoure’s ceiling was limited. His scouting report noted that he might be more of a game manager, and with the talent around him at Boston College those concerns felt legitimate. It was very tough to ignore how good Leshoure was in his final two seasons, and that’s why he did eventually end up as a top ten pick. He was also relatively athletic for a pocket quarterback, more easily allowing for him to run schemes like the spread and pistol. King and Leshoure were very, very close in terms of ranking. Leshoure is just barely edged out for perceived ceiling reasons as well as the concerns that he played with more talent than did King. Leshoure’s final two seasons were obviously great and likely superior to King’s, but his first two were also much worse in comparison to King’s first two. Still, going with either wouldn’t have been bad, and even though they’re in the same tier with a third QB they both are relatively clearly superior to the quarterback ranked #8. 6. QB Joel King 6-1 220 R Houston [Pocket] 82 (2019) How many seasons has Joel King been a starter? One of the seemingly ageless players of CFBHC, Joel King was an unrelenting workhorse at Houston, dragging them to four straight AAC title games (winning the game and the MVP award to go with it three of the times) and three straight Bowl Games as well as a playoff appearance in his senior season. Of course, the whispers of competition and imbalance in the AAC continued to hound him throughout his career and culminated in a disrespectful 5th place Heisman finish in 2018 despite posting one of the best seasons we’ve seen from a CFB QB with a passer rating over 181 to go with an outstanding 72.6% completion percentage on 330 yards per game, the second time he’d thrown over 72% in his career. And the career is what’s important to consider here: King’s prospectus is more about the sum of the parts than any one season (looking at you Foster, Burnett). That consistency (along with stellar Pro Day grades, a non-disqualifying combine performance, and a bonkers 40 on the Wonderlic) made him a prospect that NFL scouts and GMs were tripping over themselves to move into position to select first overall (this one included!). Overall, King edges out Leshoure here for a couple of reasons. First, Leshoure spent his time at BC surrounded by a plethora of NFL-caliber talent, while King certainly did not at Houston. And despite that, they are quite comparable statistically. Second, I think that the concerns about competition in the AAC during King’s tenure are blown far out of proportion. In 2014 (his freshman season), King led his team to a AAC CCG victory over a powerful #10 Boise St. side, with King taking the game MVP, again as a freshman. There were also the USF and UCF rosters of 2016-2018 which were much stronger than they are now given credit for. And King beat them all, a lot. His Houston owned the conference with so much less talent. TIER 2 5. QB Norris Brooksheer 6-3 207 R Oklahoma [Pocket] 82 (2017) Norris Brooksheer rounds out the Tier 2 list. Besides Shea, the only QB on this list to go #1 overall - although Matt Jones looks likely to join those ranks - actually ended up right below a player who went #5 overall in the same draft. That’s because, of course, not every front office would make the same decision when given the #1 pick (see: this GM’s actions with the #1 pick in the 2016 draft). That doesn’t mean that taking Brooksheer was inherently the wrong decision - his main concern was how much of his production came from Tai Miller, although that’s looked more prescient once he began play in NFLHC. In college, Brooksheer did improve his play every year, although he really only started for two full seasons. His two full seasons starting were great, throwing 65 TDs to just 12 interceptions and upping his play from a 170 passer rating to a 180 from sophomore to junior. He won the National Championship as a sophomore and then managed to take home the Heisman as a junior. Although his only two seasons as a starter were as good or better than Jarius Jones’ seasons, there were a couple of concerns that knocked him down just below. First was the aforementioned Tai Miller conundrum. Miller caught almost 50% of Brooksheer’s passing yards as a sophomore although that improved to around 40% as a junior. Secondly, while his scouting grades look pretty good on the surface - a 40 Wonderlic is among the highest of any of these QBs and he looked to be a good manager with good accuracy, though with a questionable arm - he has similar concerns to a QB appearing later on this list in that he appeared to be mostly a game manager, though perhaps as elite a game manager as you will get. Nothing about him made him look like he would ever fully win games on his own in NFLHC. Still, Brooksheer was good enough to justify going #1 if he was to hit his ceiling as an elite game manager who would basically never lose you games on his own. While that clearly hasn’t happened - the Bears recently drafted another QB who appears on this list - a QB with an extremely high floor could seem favorable to an expansion team when compared to someone who was slightly lower floor higher ceiling like Jarius Jones. Ultimately, none of the top three from that draft particularly worked out anyway so it’s mostly moot, but Brooksheer is slightly less of a preferable prospect in a vacuum. 4. QB Jarius Jones 6-1 205 R Iowa [Pocket] 83 (2017) Jarius Jones is a peculiar QB prospect. On the one hand, he entered the NFL with the elusive 83 designation, and found ways to lead Iowa to increasing amounts of success each season as a starter alongside flashes of personal greatness. On the other hand, his career statistical progression reads like that of a misappropriated talent who didn’t find his gameplan fit until his final season in Iowa City, and was labeled by many with the dreaded ‘game manager’ tag. In many ways, he finds himself outside of the top tier solely due to a horrific 2015 showing where, despite a 10-4 finish capped off by a Citrus Bowl win and MVP honors, he finished the year completing just 64% of his passes (7th worst among all seasons of every QB on our list) and a passer rating just north of 130 (3rd worst among the same). It became clear that despite a breakout 2014 season (151 rating, 40 touchdowns on 549 attempts), Jones didn’t work in a volume passing offense. Had Jarius performed somewhere between his 2014 and stellar 2016 seasons, it’d be a more rosy lookback for him, statistically speaking. That said, it’s mostly good in regards to his outlook as a prospect. Many saw Jones as a statue in the pocket, immobile and unathletic. These myths were dispelled by an above-average showing at the 2017 Combine, where he edged fellow signal caller Norris Brooksheer in the 40, vertical, broad jump, and 3-cone, only being bested in the Wonderlic (34 to Brooksheer’s 40). In his private workouts, GMs learned of his stellar game management ability and comparable arm strength to the other top prospect (being beaten in perceived accuracy). This revelation fell in-line with what scouts saw in his final season at Iowa, where he threw just 333 times (compared to 672 in 2015), and posted some impressive numbers - 71.2% completion, 177.3 rating, and 10.3 ypa, which is good for 3rd best among all seasons evaluated here. Overall, Jones finds himself just above Brooksheer for the following reasons: Brooksheer had the incredible Tai Miller to lean on at Oklahoma, while Jones had no such weapon in the passing game at Iowa in his final year and ended with a comparable stat line. The pedigree of 83 is also something that cannot be overlooked, all argument about the value overall aside. At the time of the 2017 draft, most considered this an enormous indicator of professional success, and it plays into our comparative ranking of Jones and Brooksheer here. 3. QB Tanner Bowman 6-2 203 R Penn State [Pocket] 82 (2021) One of the most decorated and successful quarterbacks in CFB history, Tanner Bowman stepped into the starting QB spot on a stacked Penn State roster in 2019 and managed to exceed expectations, winning two B1G titles, two national championships, two B1G Player of the Year awards, and two 1st Team All American honors in, you guessed it, two seasons. And although he never won the big one, taking third in 2019 and second in 2020 Heisman Voting, he cleaned up the Davey O’Brien and Johnny Unitas awards in 2020. It feels bad to keep him out of the top tier simply because he had the good fortune of playing in State College on an absolutely stacked roster, but to us he is a shade behind the two tier one prospects on our list, but 2019 is a pretty good exemplification of our reasoning. Bowman was good, real good, but he wasn’t great, and it can be postulated that he didn’t have to do much other than not throw the ball away for his team to finish 16-0 and take home the National Championship. This knocks him out of the top tier, but strictly above guys like Jarius Jones and Norris Brooksheer because of what he did in 2020. Bowman’s 2020 season was absolutely gross, gaudy, insane, whatever word you want to use to describe 44 touchdowns against 6 interceptions, 71% completion percentage, and a 181 passer rating. In any other season, he would have added the Heisman to his collection, but Mohammed Foster happened and stymied his prospects to etch his name into history. Overall, Tanner Bowman is a name that will be forever enshrined in CFB, B1G, and Penn State lore as a stupidly efficient passer who was able to meet and even exceed the lofty expectations hoisted on him as a starting quarterback for the 2019 and 2020 Nittany Lions, some of the most impressive and talented rosters in CFB history. His career record of 31-1 overall (that’s a winning percentage of 97%, for those keeping score at home), and 18-0 in the B1G will be difficult to replicate as recruiting fertility moves south and power shifts and balances out in the bigger conferences. TIER 1 2. QB Matt Jones 6-3 208 R Purdue [Pocket] 83 (2022) You like that?! It was honestly very, very close between Shea and Jones - the two are basically in a tier of their own. Purdue’s acclaimed starting QB has won 10 games in each of his four seasons as a starter and as of publishing time for this article might go on to win a national championship this year. He had a passer rating of 162 as a freshman and has only improved on that since, with each of his successive seasons looking better and better. Two seasons with a 71%+ completion percentage is incredible. Surprisingly, however, Jones’ first career individual accolade came this season when he won the B1G Offensive Player of the Year award, though more may be to come. Jones’ consistency and winning pedigree are unmatched by any QB prospect ever in the history of CFBHC. Tanner Bowman might be better in this regard, but he only started in two seasons compared to four for Jones. The team will have finished in the top 13 in all four of his seasons and top 10 in three when his career is over, and his 46 wins that might top out at 48 are the most of any of the QBs appearing on this list, and perhaps the most of any QB in history. His only real serious loss was to Penn State in last year’s B1G conference championship game, a forgivable offense considering that team only lost one game in two years. With Tucker Dowden taking some of his shine in what could easily have been a QB award sweep for him otherwise, Jones’ final season could possibly not match the shine of Shea’s, unless he takes the Heisman or wins it all, both of which are distinct possibilities. But combine that unknown with his unknown scouted abilities, and he falls just short of the number one placement. Honestly, though, if he does win the Heisman or national championship this year… I would move him to #1, even without knowing his scouting ratings. He’s just flat out been that good. His past two seasons are very comparable to Shea’s final two and his freshman and sophomore campaigns are significantly better than Shea’s only other playing time. 1. QB Aaron Shea 6-2 204 R Missouri [Pocket] 83 (2018) The hype leading up to the first pick of the 2018 NFLHC Draft was simultaneously the most palpable I’ve ever experienced as a member of the site (in part because the Eagles picked #2 that season) as well as the most predictable. Shea #1 was a forgone conclusion long before draft night, and for good reason. He had everything you want in a quarterback, and he had it in spades. Statistical progression? Check. Heisman Trophy? Check. Combine? Check. Double check. I could continue here, but you get the point, so let’s start with the numbers. Shea got better every season, taking a huge leap from 2015 to 2016, and again in 2017 (smaller leap), when he posted his crowning jewel of a season completing 72% of his passes, throwing 35 touchdowns against just 4 interceptions, and recording a passer rating just shy of 180 before dragging his team to another SEC CCG and a CFB Playoff appearance on his way to a Heisman Trophy, 1st Team All-American, as well as Johnny Unitas and Davey O’Brien awards. Some will say that Shea shouldn’t be #1 on the list (and it’s close) because he never won a bowl game, conference championship, or playoff game. To those I say this - Missouri had no place in the SEC CG in 2016 or 2017, and they had no place in the playoff in 2017. They made those games because of their generational QB talent who dragged them there kicking and screaming. And they lost those two SEC Championship games by a combined 6 points to a loaded Alabama team that eclipsed them in talent in every conceivable way. One man can only do so much. Shea beats Matt Jones in my mind because Jones is still an unknown from a Combine/Pro Day standpoint, and because of the hype he generated as a surefire franchise QB from the time he took his first snap in 2016 to his last Combine event. It is yet to be seen if Jones will garner the same amount of attention throughout the scouting and pre-draft process as Shea and for that reason, and again it’s very close, Shea tops our list. JUST MISSED [Unordered] QB Christian Barkley 6-3 211 R Texas Tech [Pocket] 81 (2019) Barkley had a great 2018 season, but before that he was relatively mediocre. Most scouts at the time weren’t looking at him as a first round prospect - he eventually was picked at the top of the second round, and there were some that were even surprised at that. Soluna did pick him though, so that was followed by a bunch of people pretending they thought he was elite all along. Nonetheless, the major reason for Barkley missing this list is that nothing about him screamed elite as a prospect, while everyone who made the list at least seemed to have the potential to make it into that echelon. QB Donald Culver 6-1 192 R Utah [Pocket] 81 (2022) Culver suffers from Graham Burnett syndrome and that his only good season was this past one. The problem with that is his prios stats were even worse - sure, he was not actively coached, but a 120 passer rating last season is extremely worrying. His season this year leading Utah to the playoffs was a great one, but his supporting cast might be a bit underrated and without any scouting information it’s tough to justify putting a guy with one real elite season onto this list, especially when he’s not an 82 or 83 like the rest. QB Brett Fisher 6-2 211 R Miami [Scrambling] 82 (2020) Fisher was really, really good up until his senior season. Most of the good players on his Miami team left, and his production cratered as a result. While some would disregard that information, the fact that his production fell off a cliff worried many scouts and he nearly fell out of the first round entirely as a result. Everything else was solid - all his other seasons and his scouting grades looked good. But that terrible senior season, along with production that was really good but not quite reaching the heights of any of the players who made this list was enough to keep Fisher away from it. QB Ryan Harris 6-4 213 R Fresno State [Pocket] 82 (2022) While Harris has seen some success in college and is looked at as a promising QB prospect for the upcoming draft by some, there are a few things holding him back. His performance as a senior has not been inspiring, as his Fresno team failed to make a bowl even in the Mountain West. That should be concerning for someone looking for a QB to lead an NFLHC franchise. Besides that, we aren’t sure of his scouting ratings quite yet and without an elite WR like Sam Hiller-Weeden his stats have barely looked up to par. He seems like he should have a high ceiling, but might need to go to a good situation to find success. That doesn’t cut it for a top QB prospect. QB Tommy Jones 6-3 198 R Michigan [Pocket] 82 (2018) He was an 82 overall so he was considered for about a second. That said, he was picked in the fourth round and wasn’t particularly a good prospect outside of his overall à la Jamal Brunell, so he was basically the first prospect discarded from consideration. QB Matty Swift 5-11 198 R Texas A&M [Pocket] 82 (2019) QBs under 6 foot are worrisome. But outside of that, there were some serious concerns when it came to Swift, which is why despite being projected to be #1 at some point he fell all the way through half of the second round. His Pro Day showed accuracy and mechanics concerns, two of the most important aspects of playing QB in NFLHC, and there were also serious worries about how much of his production came from throwing to Adrian Jankowski. Ultimately that was enough to keep him off the list, although he would probably end up #11 if we had continued that far. QB R.J. Stanford 5-11 203 R Arkansas [Pocket] 80 (2018) Although a hybrid now, Stanford was a prolific pocket passer coming out. An amazing Pro Day that basically showed him as an elite QB in most facets shot him up draft boards, with many thinking he would go in the first round, though he eventually went in the second to the Giants. Despite his amazing Pro Day, Stanford was just an 80 overall. And although he threw the ball on par with the amount of times AJJ did, his production wasn’t as good - as a senior his passer rating was just 120 (Although on about 650 attempts). That was enough to keep him off.
  2. 25 points
    The following ranking was generated based on how close coaches are to executing the perfect gameplan for their lineup, efficiency with the gameplan versus opposition, depth chart management, and recruiting. There have been roughly 450 coaches that I could accurately parse data for so this represent slightly less than the top 5% all time users. If you are on this list you should feel very proud - but that isn't to discourage other users. I chose not to reveal the full list for obvious reasons but I may figure out a way (maybe asking in this thread?) to give you a rating for yourself if you aren't on this list so you can maybe compare. Not sure yet. Bold coaches are still active.
  3. 25 points
    Franz Kafka

    [2021] NFLHC Franzies

    Welcome to the 2021 edition of the Franzies! Full season awards given out to the best, brightest, and those who we may want to forget. Most Important Player Brian Brown, QB Best Coach inspiral Best Overall Team Butterfinger Ball Carrier Award (Most fumbles) Terrence Rodgers, RB - 6 fumbles, 5 lost Stonehands Award (Most drops) Tommy Pottios, WR - 10 drops Stickum Award (Most catches without a drop) Richard Wilson, WR - 78 catches Loss is More Award (Most tackles for loss) Ryan Frey, DE - 12 TFL Inch by Inch Award (Lowest yards per catch, minimum 50 catches) Tyron Chambers, WR 11.48 ypc, 60 catches Dangerzoneh 'Fullbacks Are People, Too' Award (Best offensive season by a FB) Alex Engram, FB - 9 carries, 23 yards, 3 TD Securing the Rock Award (Most carries without a fumble) Major Morris, RB - 229 carries Everyone is Fumbling Award (Team with the most lost fumbles) - 11 I Drop, You Drop, We All Drop the Passes (Team with the most drops) - 24 - 24 Quit While You're Ahead Award (Player with the highest QBR, regardless of attempts) Rob Corp, QB - 139.76 Dink and Dunk Award (lowest yards per pass attempt, regardless of attempts) Cody Albright, QB - 32 attempts, 4.13 ypa Tough Sledding Award (Lowest ypc, min. 100 carries) Daniel Hutchins, RB - 3.26 ypc on 115 carries Swiss Cheese Award (Lowest team OL rating) - 7.61 Go Deep Award (Highest yards per catch, minimum 50 catches) Brian Gary, TE 16.9 ypc, 52 catches Just Punt on Third Down Award (Lowest 3rd down %) - 23.53% Can't Get Off the Field Award (Highest opponents' 3rd down %) - 45.3% Sackmaster Award (Most sacks) Ron Rice, DE 16.5 Living in the Backfield Award (Most combined sacks and TFL) Ryan Frey, DE 26 (14.0 - 12) Useless Statline Award (Players who made a statsheet - barely) Offense: Will Fuller, RB - 2 carries, 0 yards Defense: Jared Clay, ILB - 3 tackles Special Teams: Tyler Oliva, K - 1/5 FG Who is This Guy Award (lowest rated player to score a touchdown) Mamadou Wynn, RB - 132 total yards, TD - 67 rating Mama, There Goes That Man Award (highest yards per carry, regardless of attempts) Marvin Washington, RB - 39 carries, 7.23 ypc Secret Service Award (Team who allowed the fewest sacks) 8 sacks allowed Thanos 'Perfectly Balanced' Award (team closest to 0 in point differential) +1 All Night Long Award (Back with the most carries Terrence Rodgers, RB 337 Out of the Backfield Award (Back with the most receiving yards) Mike Latta, RB 260 receiving yards Head in the Clouds Award (Tallest player to catch a pass) Kevin Knight, TE 6'8" - 31 catches, 439 yards, TD I Will Break You Award (Most forced fumbles) Barron Anthony, DE - 3 One Hit Wonder Award (Best stats in their only appearance) OFF: Rob Corp, QB 17/23, 260 yards, 2 TD DEF: Nathaniel Woodworth, CB 3 tackles, 2 INT, PD 70s are people, too (Best seasons from sub-80 rated players) OFF: Cody Hunter, WR 79 rating - 977 yards, 11 TD DEF: Kenji Sagatomo, OLB 79 rating - 44 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 5 TFL, 2 FF, PD This is Mine Award (Most interceptions) Cameron Newhouse, CB 9 INT -- Congratulations to all the winners!
  4. 21 points
    [2021] Big XII Season Superlatives The 2021 season has ended, and it's been another wild year in the Big XII conference full of memories, friendship, and football? Your yearbook committee is pleased to present to you our picks for the 2021 Season Superlatives! Cutest Couple: Acewulf and Solomon McLaughlin Everyone knew this pair would win. Ace is Solomon's biggest fan, and will never miss an opportunity to share his love for him. In return, Solomon showed his love and devotion for his coach by rushing for 1,753 yards and 22 touchdowns in the regular season, leading the conference and 5th in the nation. We wish the best for you guys! Most Athletic: tprochnow “I was a running back, corner back and punt/kick returner in HS. Played varsity all 4 years. I was getting D1 looks..." I mean this guy just sounds like a stud. Most Likely to Succeed: smckenz3 Sure, he may have had a down year in 2021. But he's a top-tier coach who cruised to the playoffs last year, and he used those hard-earned playoffs points to pull in an outstanding recruiting class. Add in the slew of stellar players coming in off of a redshirt season and we're sure he has a bright future ahead of him. Best Promposal: DangerZoneh I mean, nobody has actually seen it but he HAS to have some fantastic promposals to get all of the top croots he's pulling in. Maybe we should get the NCAA to look into exactly what's in the cakes he's been writing "Prom?" on. Life of the Party: Swipet "" Sounds like a party animal to me. Most Changed: panther/randye/ZackTyzwyz Three coaches in one season? What the heck was happening down in Stillwater? We've seen this coaching staff change from the reliable panther who built them into a force, to randy who is a legendary coach and was recently rated the best in sim history, to whatever the frick you call Zack. Most Likely to Make Millions: ConstipatedApe The University of Texas finally canned their longtime coach after he just stopped showing up to work. They filled that new vacancy with Ape. Ape is a coach with a national championship under his belt, and is getting paid by a very prestigious (rich) university known for its boosters with pockets deeper than their oil wells. I'd say Coach Ape is going to be set for life. Most Likely to Win a Pulitzer Prize: Stormstopper Storm consistently puts out some of the highest quality media on the site. Game previews, recaps, stats, players of the week, you name it. He's destined to go on to win the highest honor a young journalist can earn. Best Person to Share a Deserted Island With: Minnowsotan You know what I want on a deserted island? Some god damn peace and quiet. Minnow has been a member here since May 24, 2014 and only has a post count of 291. He's a man of few words and a man of action. What more could you ask for? Most Persistent: HAFFnHAFF A long-time member of the conference who recently took Oklahoma. During his time at Kansas State, it took two seasons to win their first conference game ever and he never gave up. At Kansas State he also babysat star quarterback / drama queen Rahim Murrell, an impressive feat displaying monk-like patience and persistence. Plus he's a pastor, which is neat.
  5. 21 points
    Rocketcan

    [2021] End of a New Beginning

    Coach Rocketcan encourages his defense during the Boca Rotan Bowl. The Panthers would eventually lose 31-27.  End of a New Beginning by Rusty McPhearson, - Panthers beat writer With the final whistle of the 2021 Boca Rotan Bowl, the FIU Panther's unlikely season came to an end in defeat. Despite keeping the game close the entire 60 minutes, they fell to the Central Michigan Chippewas, 31-27. The ground game was alive and well with running back Mayer Ewing leading the way with 24 carries, 119 yards and a touchdown. Quaterback Gavin Copeland contributed another five carries for 29 yards and a touchdown. The passing attack was balanced and distributed, if somewhat anemic as Copeland completed 14 of 19 attempts, a touchdown and an interception. The defense, however, could not stop Chippewas' quarterback Byron Suggs from picking apart the Panther defense for 280 yards and three touchdowns. Regardless of the outcome, there is a positive feeling around this team that did not exist a year ago at this time. Even then, when then-interim coach Rocketcan was signed to the job full-time, many were questioning the move and wondered if this was the slow death of the still young program. The turnaround since was unpredictable. During the 2021 season, the Panthers tripled their school record win total in a season to finish with six, had the best recruiting year in the C-USA East, defeated their rival FAU Owls, and made a bowl game for the first time in school history. Sophomore defensive end David Tracy sacks FAU Owls quarterback Gregory Crowder during the cross-state 24-20 win. As sad as it is to see such a promising season end, the Panthers are definitely trending up. After going 2-3 as interim head coach in 2020, Coach Rocketcan finishes this year at 6-7. To see FIU flirt with it's first winning season in school history is certainly cause for excitement and could potentially mean a new contender is rising in the C-USA East. 
  6. 18 points
    WEST LAFAYETTE - Purdue Boilermakers head coach Mark Inspiricht took over the program in 2013, and soon after head coach DangerZoneh took the head coach job at TCU. Now, eight seasons later, the two programs find themselves ready to face each other in the 2021 CFBHC Playoff Semifinals. Although the two programs have risen to the top in 2021, it has been a long journey for the two programs to crawl out of their conferences' basement and into the CFBHC Playoffs. Both teams would struggle in 2014 and finish 4-8; however, the seasons would be capped with a win over their rivals. Purdue would go 1-7 in conference with a sole win in its final game over archrival Indiana in a stagnant 11-10 game. Meanwhile, TCU's mediocre season would be capped with a monumental upset over Texas. By 2016, Purdue and TCU would improve to 9 and 10 wins respectively. In the following four seasons from 2017 to 2020, Purdue and TCU would have 3 and 2 seasons with at least ten wins. Aside from 2019 TCU, both teams would become perennial bowl selections. In 2020, each team would lose its conference championship but each program would receive its first major bowl selection. Purdue would go on to win the Rose Bowl over Oregon and TCU would lose the Sugar Bowl to Georgia. Throughout these eight seasons, we have seen once prominent CFBHC programs fall from glory while Purdue and TCU have continued to climb. Not many teams have had a coach stay as long as these two programs. Now, both of these teams enter this CFBHC Playoff Semifinals game as conference champions with their first playoff win under their belt. Eight seasons of building a program comes to this one game and a chance at a national championship appearance for one team. A once-in-a-lifetime chance for most CFBHC programs. Have you considered Purdue for your national champions? Will the Horned Frogs be able to bring their head coach to tears of happiness again?
  7. 17 points
    Yo what up, here's a mock Pick # Team Picks 1 Chargers QB Matt Jones 6-3 208 R Purdue [Pocket] 83 2 Giants DE Timothy Key 6-2 240 R Florida [Contain] 83 3 Bengals OT Kyle Will 6-5 272 R Michigan [Pass Blocking] 82 4 Bills RB Trevon Yeldon 6-0 233 R Oregon [Power] 82 5 Bills (Cards) QB Ryan Harris 6-4 213 R Fresno State [Pocket] 82 6 Cards(Seahawks) RB DeSean Dockery 5-10 201 R Louisville [Speed] 81 7 Bills (Houston) ILB Tyrese Thompson 6-3 228 R Auburn [Mike] 82 8 Jags WR Jarvis Ward 5-9 189 R Texas A&M [Speed] 82 9 Vikings DE Sebastian Smallwood 6-1 254 R Alabama [Blitz] 82 10 Niners CB Kenyon Justice 6-1 177 R Auburn [Zone Coverage] 82 11 Bears OT D.J. Franklin 6-6 302 R Montana [Pass Blocking] 82 12 Browns OG Angelo Denny 6-6 268 R UCLA [Pass Blocking] 81 13 Pats OLB Evan Walsh 5-11 218 R Nevada [Coverage] 81 14 Loins QB Andre Webb 5-11 213 R SMU [Pocket] 81 15 Chargers(Colts) WR Tevin Lattimore 6-2 225 R Missouri [Target] 81 16 Ravens WR Morgan Patton 6-3 193 R Penn State [Target] 81 17 Falcons DT Shamar Ware 6-5 278 R Penn State [2-Gap] 82 18 Chiefs QB Donald Culver 6-1 192 R Utah [Pocket] 81 19 Skins ILB Markus Golden 6-5 240 R Ole Miss [Mike] 81 20 Saints DE Parker Holmes 6-3 247 R Tennessee [Contain] 81 21-32 Steelers FS Seth Scott 6-2 193 R Colorado [Man Coverage] 81 21-32 Broncos CB Kyle Cunningham 6-4 183 R Baylor [Zone Coverage] 80 21-32 Titans OT Brian Chavez 6-1 299 R Baylor [Pass Blocking] 82 21-32 Jets WR Daniel Hobbs 6-4 219 R Missouri [Target] 80 21-32 Panthers C Xavier Cuellar 6-3 249 R Florida [Run Blocking] 81 21-32 Bucs C David Sutton 6-1 273 R Louisiana Tech [Pass Blocking] 81 21-32 Rams CB Kamari Cheatham 5-10 221 R NC State [Man Coverage] 80 21-32 Packers DE Miles Slater 6-1 248 R Washington [Contain] 80 21-32 Raiders OLB Jabari Fletcher 6-5 239 R Texas [Coverage] 81 21-32 Eagles FS Khalil Dennis 6-2 219 R Vanderbilt [Zone Coverage] 81 21-32 Cowboys WR Ja'Wuan Howard 6-2 186 R Georgia [Target] 80 21-32 Pats (Miami) QB Kyle Davidson 6-6 230 R Michigan State [Pocket] 80 Shoutout to Klemm for helping out with the mock! We'll do another one later in the offseason. Enjoy!
  8. 16 points
    It’s been six seasons since the Oklahoma Sooners and Penn State Nittany Lions met in the 2015 CFBHC National Championship game. Most of the stars have moved on to the NFL, where they have seen varying levels of success and made a name for themselves at the highest level of play. But thanks to a triple overtime national championship game that has gone down as perhaps the greatest game ever played, they’ve long been immortalized in the lore of college football. As the sixth anniversary of the game approaches, I got the chance to sit down with several stars of the game. Tai Miller, Norris Brooksheer, Greg Hadnot, and Ozzie Love represented the Sooners; Todd Jennings, Mark Harrington, Anthony Beltran, and Kadeem Martin represented the Nittany Lions. The memories surrounding the game were vivid. Norris Brooksheer, OU Quarterback: “It’s strange. We went down to Dallas the Monday before the game so that we could acclimate to the town. You know- try and feel as at home as possible. We ate some good barbecue. Texas barbecue, man! It’s the best. That’s what I remember most about the week before the game. [laughs]” Greg Hadnot, OU Running Back: “Oh yeah! I remember, it was like the Wednesday night before the game and Coach Ted took the whole team out to this outdoor barbecue place outside the city. It was like an hour bus ride. We were all getting antsy, but once we got there, it was the best brisket we’d ever had. We were so relaxed that night, just eating and having a good time. But when Thursday morning came, when we were just a few days away from actually playing, you could start to feel the whole team tightening up.” Kadeem Martin, PSU Cornerback: “We got down Wednesday. Flew in to DFW, went straight to our hotel. Ate a catered meal from some barbecue joint, then the coaches gathered us for a team meeting. I’ll never forget what they said. They told us ‘it’s our time. This is what we’ve worked towards, this is what you wanted from the beginning. Enjoy this week, but get your minds right. Work as hard as you’ve ever worked. We’re so close.’” By the time the game rolled around, the city was buzzing. Every hotel within an hour of the stadium was booked full, and the traffic near the stadium in Arlington was crazy by noon of championship day. Martin, PSU: “I’m usually pretty calm before games, but I was feeling the butterflies all day for sure. The guy I shared a room with woke up at four o’clock, sweating because he was so nervous. The man only played special teams.” Ozzie Love, OU Defensive End: “I threw up.” Mark Harrington, PSU Wide Receiver: “We got to the stadium probably two or three hours before game time. We expected it to be like an away game, since we were so close to Oklahoma, but there were a lot of Penn State fans there. We had traveled well. You could tell we were all tense. But we were focused. It was a good tense, it meant we were ready to go.” Todd Jennings, PSU QB and 2015 Heisman Winner: “I did my usual pregame routine. After we all walked the field, I put on my game pants and socks, my lucky shirt, and went to go talk to Coach. We always had a meeting before warming up. It usually was only about ten minutes, but this time it lasted almost thirty. Lots of the typical stuff, just going over plays and looks I might see. I told him we were going to come out firing, and I wasn’t wrong.” Jennings and the Nittany Lions won the coin toss and deferred. After their defense forced a 3 and out, the Penn State offense marched 58 yards and kicked a field goal. Oklahoma matched the score on their next drive. But then Penn State broke the game open. Harrington, PSU WR: “It was tied up 3-3 when we got back on the field. Pete [Choboian] broke off a nice run to get the drive started, I remember. It took us four plays to get four first downs. We were just clicking. Coach Soluna had a script for this series, which I still remember. It was a simple trap play to start, which Pete broke for about 20 yards, and then a Drago route. That was my first catch of the day. It probably went for 15. Then we ran some play action, then another Drago, this time to Curtis [Settles]. Just like that we were 20 yards out and knocking on the door. Whole thing only took a couple minutes off the clock.” Jennings, PSU QB: “It was third down, I’d just thrown an incomplete pass. Clock had stopped after a first down run play. We went to one of our bread and butter plays- Tree 400 China. Trips right, Mark ran a deep flag while Curtis curled underneath. I think Omari Waddy, our Tight End, was running a crossing route. My first read was to him, but the safety tried to come up on him. Mark was so wide open. There wasn’t anyone in ten yards.” The Penn State fans went nuts. The Sooners were fired up as well. Brooksheer, OU QB: “I was determined to match that drive. They’d made us look pretty silly. We got the ball on the 25 and I told Tai that I’d find him.” Tai Miller, OU Wide Receiver: “First quarter ended and we had a little bit of something going. I still hadn’t caught a pass. Me and Kadeem [Martin] had been dueling, and Norris was mostly checking down. Greg was rocking, though. We were handing the ball off and getting chunks of seven or eight yards. We were probably on the fifty when Norris gave me the signal.” Martin, PSU CB: “I’d been ready to play Tai Miller since the beginning of the season. There wasn’t a better Wide Receiver in the game. I’d studied film of him all week, and only him, and for whatever reason when he got that sign from Brooksheer, I knew what it was gonna be. I guessed right. It was just a slant route, but I baited it. Next thing I knew, the ball was in the air and I was in position to jump it. So I did.” Brooksheer: “Immediately after the ball left my hand I knew it was an interception. Kadeem played me like a fiddle. He was off to the races then, and I had to go make the tackle.” Brooksheer made the tackle after a nearly 40 yard return, and a few plays later Pete Choboian punched it in from 2 yards out. With 10 minutes left in the second quarter, Penn State was up 17-3. The rest of the quarter was relatively quiet. Alejandro Aguirre hit from 42 with 3:00 left on the clock, and then Penn State matched that field goal with no time left to head into the locker room up 20-6. Love, OU DE: “It was so quiet in the locker room. We felt defeated. We were getting our teeth kicked in, hadn’t scored a touchdown, and didn’t even get the ball to start. We were a sieve defensively, too. Seemed like whatever Penn State wanted to do, they did.” Miller, OU WR: “I was pissed. I hadn’t even caught a pass, and the only time a ball had even come my way was that pick.” Hadnot, OU RB: “You could hear a pin drop. Coach Ted came in and lit into us, accusing us of not playing hard and being sloppy. I had my head down the whole time. He grabbed me by the back of my shoulder pads and pulled me to my feet and yelled in my face. ‘Do you want to win a championship?’ he asked. I nodded. His face was so red. ‘Then f****** act like it!’” Anthony Beltran, PSU Defensive Tackle: “Our locker room was still determined, but we were hype. In our minds, we were just one more half from a championship. We were in the driver seat. We thought that if we scored immediately out of the half we’d break their will.” Penn State did score. Todd Jennings led a march down the field that took five minutes off the clock and was capped with another 2 yard Choboian plunge. It was 27-6 and the Penn State sideline was rocking. Harrington, PSU WR: “At that point, I was so confident we’d win that I would’ve bet my life on it.” Hadnot, OU RB: “We were dead in the water. There was hardly any life on the sidelines. But Coach Ted pulled the offense together before the kickoff and lit a fire underneath us. I don’t even remember what he said, but it awoke something. He did the same thing with the defense while we were on the field. Some of my teammates told me later he wasn’t even watching the drive. He spent all three minutes getting the team’s mind right.” Brooksheer, OU QB: “Our offense had been awful during the first half. We turned the corner on that first drive. Greg had only like 35 yards in the first half, but the first play of the drive he took a counter for 20. Then I hit Tai for his first catch of the game for 30. We got Kadeem on a sluggo since he’d bit the slant so hard earlier. Two plays, 50 yards. All of a sudden, we had a little mojo.” Martin, PSU CB: “That sluggo still haunts me. I knew better than to try to jump it twice. But we were feeling so good. We were up 21 in the national championship game, and I thought if I could get another interception not only would I be rubbing salt in the wound, but it would seal the game. Our offense hadn’t been stopped, our defense hadn’t given up a touchdown… I wanted to be the hero right there.” Beltran, PSU DT: “I think they scored in like 6 plays. We slowed them down a little in the red zone, but they ran a third down play action and caught us napping. Little touch pass to the tight end, and suddenly it was 27-13. We still were in control, though. We weren’t feeling too out of sorts.” The Nittany Lions took the field again after a great kick return, giving them possession at their own forty yard line. After a short completion to tight end Omari Waddy and a four yard run by Pete Choboian, it was 3rd and 1. Jennings, PSU QB: “We lined up with two tight ends and a fullback. The ball was going to Pete, no doubt. They knew it and we did, too. We motioned our fullback, Darren [Michael], from the right side of the line to the left and snapped the ball. During that motion, Ozzie Love shifted from shading a 6 technique to a five, head up over our tackle. Just that little adjustment was enough to blow the whole play up.” Love, OU DE: “I was a short guy, but I was pretty quick. Fullback shifted away from me, I shaded over, and I jumped the snap. I ripped through the tackle and was on top of Choboian as soon as he had the handoff. I grabbed around his shoulders and tried to rip him down, but he went right through my arms. I thought I’d seriously f***** up, but in reality, I’d slowed him down just enough.” Jennings, PSU QB: “Pete didn’t stand a chance. They brought the blitz, Love hit him early, and he kind of got stood up. He was swarmed as soon as he was through Love’s initial hit. Next thing I knew, the ball was rolling on the ground. Backwards towards me and towards Love. He scooped it up before I even knew what was happening.” Love, OU DE: “The ball kind of rolled right to me, and then bounced up into my arms. I cradled it against my chest and slid down immediately. Possession, OU.” Martin, PSU CB: “When we came on the field, we knew they were gaining momentum. We also knew we were in real big trouble if we couldn’t get a stop.” The next four minutes were all Greg Hadnot. He carried the ball 6 times for 37 yards, including a five yard touchdown run. Suddenly, the score was 27-20. It was a one possession game. Hadnot, OU RB: “By that point, we were back in the race. After the first drive, the third quarter had been all us. The fans were so loud you couldn’t hear yourself think.” Harrington, PSU WR: “For all the craziness up to that point, the thing I remember about the beginning of the fourth quarter was the lull. It was a calm before the storm, looking back. We ran like five plays and then had to punt. They did the same. For that time, it seemed like a stalemate. When we got the ball back is when things went absolutely nuts.” With 11:45 to go in the game, Penn State took the field on their own 28 yard line. For the next four minutes, Todd Jennings methodically picked apart the OU defense while Pete Choboian picked up two huge third down conversions to keep the drive alive. After a 12 yard pass to Curtis Settles, Penn State was inside the 30 and seemed to be knocking on the door. Martin, PSU CB: “It finally felt like we were back on our game. Our offense was gonna give us a cushion. I’d been feeling tense most of the fourth quarter up to that point, but the path to the trophy was looking clear as day.” Love, OU DE: “For whatever reason we couldn’t stop them that entire drive. They made us look silly. But God bless Jerry Walker.” Jennings, PSU QB: “Literally all game I’d avoided Jerry Walker. He was playing free safety for them, and I had not challenged him deep once. I didn’t make the conscious decision to go at him, but the opportunity just kind of presented itself. Mark was running a simple go route and his corner sat. It looked like there was a window to pick up 15 or 20 yards- hell, knowing Mark, he may have been able to score. I tried to zip it to him, but got hit as I released. The ball hung up in the air for just a moment too long.” Harrington, PSU WR: “It basically became a 50/50 ball, but Jerry Walker had the better shot at it because I had to come back to it. He was full speed to the sideline and jumped up in front of me. I tried to reach over his shoulder and knock it out, but he was able to pin it against his hip. Next thing I know, the OU sideline was going berserk. I didn’t even have to check to see if he’d caught it. I knew.” With the ball on their own 11 and 8:00 on the clock, Norris Brooksheer and the OU offense took the field once more. Brooksheer, OU QB: “We were determined to not let that drive go to waste. We knew it was our last real shot at making something happen.” Hadnot, OU RB: “I told Coach Ted to feed me. He did. Tai told him he wanted the ball. He got it. We were confident and making plays. It was maybe the best drive of the entire season for us.” For the next 6:00 minutes, OU drove 89 yards in 9 plays. Brooksheer was 4/4 on the drive, with three completions to Tai Miller for 30 yards. Hadnot carried the ball on the other 5 plays, including a 34 yard scamper that set them up with 1st and goal on the 3 yard line. The very next play, Brooksheer threw a touchdown to wide receiver Jose McGinest to tie the game. Martin, PSU CB: “We were at a loss. The game was far from over, but we’d gone from almost a sure victory to the fight of our lives. We certainly didn’t give up, but OU just dominated us that drive.” But it wasn’t over. Mark Harrington had been the star wideout for a Heisman winning QB all season. By the fourth quarter, he had 6 catches for 84 yards and a touchdown to his credit. When Jennings needed bailing out, the ball was almost always going his way. So when the Nittany Lions got the ball back on their own thirty with just over 2:30 left in the game, all eyes were on him. Jennings, PSU QB: “We had 80 yards to go and 1 timeout left. We knew we needed some big plays, and we knew Mark was the guy who provided those typically. So we went to him early.” Harrington, PSU WR: “I think the first one fell incomplete. It was just a little long. Next play we picked up a first down on a crossing route to Curtis that went for 18, and then we hustled to the line. That’s the play. I ran a post pattern and got behind Jerry Walker. 40 yards, just like that. We were inside the 25.” Love, OU DE: “We called a timeout once they got to the line. We had to. We were gassed. There was a minute or so left on the clock. We knew if they scored, they won.” Two plays later, the OU defense had stood firm. Harrington had caught a screen pass that only went for one yard, and then Jennings was sacked for a loss of 4. With time winding down, Ozzie Love broke through and recorded another sack, this one driving the Nittany Lions back to the 34 yard line. Beltran, PSU DT: “Coach Soluna called a timeout with three seconds left. 51 yarder for [kicker Matt] Fisk. He missed, and it was on to overtime.” Martin, PSU CB: “We never stopped being confident. We had the talent, we had the ability… going into overtime, we still believed the game was ours.” Brooksheer, OU QB: “I don’t think either team believed they were going to lose. We had all the momentum, but even still Penn State was as determined as ever. That’s why I wasn’t shocked that it went into three overtimes, because the competitive spirit on that field was at an all time high. You couldn’t find two more competitive teams.” Penn State got the ball first and were held to a field goal. OU sent it into the second OT period after an Alejandro Aguirre field goal following a sack by PSU Defensive Tackle Anthony Beltran. In the second overtime, Tai Miller caught two passes and Greg Hadnot capped it off with a touchdown. Penn State answered right back with a 4 yard touchdown from Todd Jennings to tight end Omari Waddy. To begin the third overtime, PSU handed the ball to Pete Choboian twice and then threw an incomplete pass to the back pylon, intended for Mark Harrington. A 25 yard field goal followed, putting their tenuous lead at 40-37. Miller, OU WR: “We were dog tired, but we smelled blood in the water. We knew that 25 yards meant a championship. Coach Ted gave us 3 plays coming off the sideline. One was a draw play to Greg, who took it six yards. One was a play action to Hugh Warren, who broke a tackle and took it 14 yards. The last was a dive play, which Hadnot took to the one yard line. It was second and goal from the one.” Beltran, PSU DT: “Coach called a timeout after we nearly gave up a touchdown. There’s a reason he's considered such a good coach: he called their play. He told us that they were going to run a play action on second and goal, with a little novel route to the tight end, and he was right. We had a blitz dialed up for the exact play he said they’d run, and Brooksheer had to throw it out of the back of the end zone.” Hadnot, OU RB: “All day, I’d wanted the ball. It was no different this time. I tapped my helmet, we got the play and it was just one of those big-on-big plays where we run right at them. ‘Bring your hat,’ Coach Ted would always say. And they brought theirs. Third and goal from the one, and I tried to jump over the pile.” Beltran, PSU DT: “He tried to jump over me and extend over the goal line. It didn’t work.” Facing 4th and Goal from the one yard line, OU called a timeout. During their deliberations on the sideline, the coaching staff made one of the gutsiest calls in CFBHC history. Rather than take the field goal and send it into the fourth overtime, they sent their offense back onto the field. Three tight ends, a fullback, and Hadnot. Miller, OU WR: “I was dying on the sidelines. To not be on the field for that play was excruciating.” Hadnot, OU RB: “Bring your hat. We were going to beat them by running right at them. I lined up behind my fullback, Ian Smith, and all eyes were on me. I remember smiling.” Beltran, PSU DT: “That bastard smiled at me as I got down in my stance. I was pissed. I was ready. This play was for all the glory, I wasn’t about to let him grin at me like a moron and then take the championship away from me.” Brooksheer, OU QB: “We got our fullback some carries in our offense, but no one expected it. I snapped the ball from under center, turned right, handed it to Ian, and then faked a handoff left to Greg. It wasn’t sexy, it wasn’t super confusing, but it was enough. Ian bowled over a linebacker and broke the plane. We were champions.” OU won, 43-40. In the immediate aftermath, analysts couldn’t stop talking about the decision to go for it. Greg Hadnot was awarded MVP for his 18 carry, 143 yard, 2 TD performance. Before long, the title game was named the greatest sporting event of 2015, and later of the decade. I asked each of the eight I interviewed for their final words on the game. Brooksheer, OU QB: “It was the greatest game I’ve ever been a part of. There’s never been another game like it on a stage like that.” Jennings, PSU QB: “I still have nightmares about Jerry Walker. My time at Penn State was incredible, and I wouldn’t change a thing about it, except for that one throw. It was a well coached, well executed game, and it came down to just a couple plays. If I would’ve been on the other side of it… man. I wish we’d have come out on top.” Harrington, PSU WR: “I told my wife that she wasn’t allowed to talk about it. She grew up in Oklahoma, so she made the mistake of teasing me about it once. Now we don’t mention it, ever. It was easily the biggest fight we've ever had.” Hadnot, OU RB: “The rest of my career was kind of a blur. That was certainly the pinnacle. And you know what? I’m very happy with that.” Beltran, PSU DT: “You’re the first and last person I’ll ever talk to publicly about that game. Now that I’ve walked through it, any more conversation about it will be behind closed doors with my therapist.” Love, OU DE: “I didn’t make it to the NFL, and now I’m on staff here at OU. I can’t go anywhere without being stopped still, all because of that game. I haven’t bought a drink in Norman since.” Miller, OU WR: “I’ll always remember the frustration and the grind of that game. Not having a catch in the first half, then storming back the way we did and being an integral part of the offense. It was the hardest I’ve ever played, and it paid off.” Martin, PSU CB: “Tai and I are teammates now. We go against each other in practice every day. And every time he beats me, he says ‘Boomer Sooner.’ I hate it. But a couple weeks ago he tried to run a slant on me and I picked it off. After we got back to the line I got up in his face. ‘You know better than to run slants against me,’ I told him. ‘It never works out for you.’” Miller, OU WR: “[laughing] Yeah, then tell him what happened next.” Martin, PSU CB: “What? Nothing happened. I shut you down the rest of practice is what happened.” Miller, OU WR: “Nope. I beat you twice for touchdowns. And after practice I showed you the championship ring I keep in my locker. You know, from when I beat your ass when you were at Penn State? I got the last laugh that day.” I thanked them for taking the time to sit down with me. It was obvious the loss still smarted when for the former Penn State players, but even they had to admit: they had played in the greatest championship game of all time.
  9. 16 points
    Tucker Dowden, Owner (Auburn) fixed
  10. 15 points
    Welcome to the SEC Network's NFLHC Draft Previews! QB Tucker Dowden 6-3 211 R Missouri [Scrambling] 80 QB Tucker Dowden 6-3 211 (Sr) Bentonville (Bentonville, AR) 5.0 of 5.0 [Scrambling] 2021 Stats 73.85%, 3,947 yards, 35 TD, 4 INT, 10.12 ypa, 186.42 QBR 667 rushing yards, 7 TD, 9.26 yp Arm Talent Here, Dowden throws a 45 yard pass across the hash marks for a touchdown. He has plus arm talent and can make all the throws at the next level. Touch In addition to having a cannon, Dowden has great touch on passes. Here, he is able to drop in a big gainer between two defenders. The Deep Ball - Averaging an insane 10+ ypa, Dowden's best skill is the deep ball. Decision Making In the above clip, Dowden goes through his progressions before making the right decision. Doesn't Rush Throws Dowden waits for his receiver to clear the outside linebacker before firing a strike to the sideline. Rushing Prowess Dowden was a terror on the hoof this season, rushing for nearly 700 yards and 7 touchdowns. It's up in the air how these skills will translate at the next level, but there's no doubt about his mobility. Sometimes Stares Down Receivers Although this is a nice gain for Dowden, he sometimes locks in on his primary target. He'll need to improve that at the next level. NFLHC Match Made in Heaven? Dowden would fit in nicely in Nashville as the heir apparent to Thomas Wheeler. The Titans' elite roster combined with their pass-friendly offense makes this a nice combination. Good luck at the next level, Tucker! @vtgorilla
  11. 14 points
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  12. 13 points
    Jets free safety Reshad Jenkins says he's "comfortable" with his current contract. Jenkins is currently in the hunt for the Super Bowl, coming off of a wonderful year in which he recorded 31 tackles, 3 interceptions, and 4 passes defensed. There has been some talk whether the 27 year old, who had just signed an extension last year, was already considering sitting out in hopes of seeing an increase payday. "I got my contract man. I'm already feeling set for prime years, no idea where this nonsense comes from. I just signed a deal and I'm fully planning to honor it. I'm just going to go out there and play and hopefully win us a title. Jenkins current contract is set to expire after the 2025 season, at which point the free safety will be 31. Jenkins and all other starting Jets secondary players gain 20% chemistry for their next game and 12% starting chemistry each at the beginning of next season if none of them are replaced.
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    PAC-12 coaches @paperllamasunited and @bingo415 each took a gander at the tantalizing National Title matchup between the Missouri Tigers and the Purdue Boilermakers taking place on July 8. Each coach took a different approach to the write-up, and each has predicted a final score and MVP for the game. It should be a fantastic Championship featuring two worthy teams! From PaperLlamasUnited (thanks, Llamas!!): Missouri and Purdue are two explosive offenses, and just looking at some of their stats on paper easily shows why they're both here, competing for the Natty. During the regular season, Mizzou outperformed Purdue's high profile offense by nearly half a yard per play (8.47 yards per rush+pass, versus 8.04), scored six more offensive touchdowns (60:54), and had one less turnover by QBs and RBs (5:6). It's easy to see why some might give the Tigers the nod over the Boilermakers. Names known around the football world, to diehard and casual fans alike, are Missouri's Tucker Dowden, and Purdue's Matt Jones. Expect to hear a lot about both in the lead up to, during, and after the game. The focus of both of these offenses is to run the game through both of these players. At Missouri, the Tigers can literally run through Dowden, who posted 667 rushing yards and 7 TDs on the ground, even breaking off a 60-yarder to help cement his bid for the Heisman. (In fact, no other player in the SEC had a run of a longer distance.) Purdue has had issue with mobile quarterbacks before (see: 2020 against Iowa), and will look to contain Dowden's scampering with the likes of stud contain DE Derrick Dawkins (31 tackles, 4TFL, 10.5 sacks), true freshman phenom contain DE Landon Crowder (38 tackles, 6TFL, 12.0 sacks), and coverage OLB Jeremy Woodall (22, 2, 3.0). The trio is going to have their hands full, having to keep an eye out for Dowden moving on his feet, and also needing to shut down junior Tiger power back Nathan Coleman (1376 yards, 18 TD), but the task shouldn't be impossible. Dawkins has a great match up against redshirt freshman 2.5/4.0 run blocker Roberto Robledo, possibly the biggest individual position battle in the game. Dawkins can abuse right tackles when he catches them off guard... but can also disappear from the stat sheet against some of these lower ranked skill tackles. He was shut out from the sheet against Wisconsin and Ohio State (playing a 2.0/3.5 guard at RT), but posted 2 of his 10.5 season sacks on poor Michigan State 2.5/2.5 Luke Wynn, and added another in a Week 2 match up against Ole Miss, who also foolishly played a guard (albeit 3.5/3.5 pass blocking) at right tackle. If Dawkins can get inside Robledo's head, and allow the rest of the front-8 Boilermakers (aforementioned Crowder & Woodall, stud ILB Sammy Dawkins [50 tackles, 5TFL, 4PD, 2FF & 2FR]) to take control of a crumbling offensive line and the line of scrimmage, this game goes from a challenge for Dowden and co. to an uncomfortably stressful day for the Tigers. Mizzou has some great receivers - Daniel Hobbs (73-1152-13) and Tevin Lattimore (77-1211-14) will both be making headlines at the next level - but Purdue can match up well with ballhawk Jordan Westbrook (7 INTs, 7PD) and athletic freak Jeremiah Butler (4, 2). Purdue's big weak spot on defense - LOLB Robert Devlin did not make a stat sheet as a redshirt freshman - can be blanketed by the fact that Missouri doesn't target TE Noah Graham all too much (16-276-1), so if they run Graham out Devlin's way, doubling up and dropping SS Mario Randle or FS Zahir Cason over the top can eliminate Dowden's potential 3rd or 4th read. With the choo choo cavalry coming (28.0 sacks posted by Boilermakers), and Dawkins' presumed blowing up of Robledo, there might not be time to allow Dowden to even make it that far in his progressions, and he's going to have to force some throws at Westbrook or Butler. When Matt Jones is out there, things are going to be different. I mean, yeah, both Purdue and Missouri are going to give their RBs ~20 carries per game. And yeah, Missouri posted a comparable 26.5 sacks as a defense, Purdue is trotting 2.5/4.5 redshirt freshman Milo Arndt out there at left tackle, and Missouri has a stud freshman DE of their own in Cooper Simpkins (46 tackles, 7TFL, 13.0 sacks). But Simpkins doesn't have an equal pass rushing nightmare across from him - LE Charles Boykin posted 5.0 sacks, DT Victor Grace posted 5.0, and OLB Kaz Hadley posted 3.5. Grace is going to have to go up against an interior of guards Christopher Shelley (4/4 [JR]) and Martin McCollum (4/4 JR), and center Jude Shanks (3/3.5 JR). They all match up solidly with him, allowing either isolation against Grace, or a "double team" of getting an extra hand on the guy while pass blocking, and assisting the other interior lineman with blocking either nose tackle Khalil Hodge (3.5/3.5, no sheets) or a free blitzing LB in one of Edward Lay (4.0/4.0 Will, 33 tackles, 1TFL) or Cesar Uribe (2.5/4.5 Mike, no sheets). Some simple slide blocking frees up a lineman to help double team Simpkins, allowing "MJ the M.D." enough time in the pocket to be his typical surgeon self. WR1 Frederick Bartlett (58-963-7) is going to have a tough day with CB David Triplett (3 INT, 2PD) following him everywhere, but WR2 Milo O'Connell (51-813-10) should absolutely pick on the inexperienced Devon Bruce, a 1.5/4.0 (FR) who managed one interception on the season. Should MJ need to go to his third read, 6'4" slot WR Oscar Franco (38-549-6) should be able to run free from Purdue nickelback Alpha Lovett, who will simply be graduating after the game, not good enough for the pros. But what about Mizzou FS Gabriel Mallory, who had 7 INTs? Purdue doesn't have to go deep, and in fact, they often target TE Ajani Winston more than anyone else - he lead the team with 68 snags for 1019 yards and 12 TDs. Quick Slants Armchair postseason coach Llamas reminds actual competitive teams that going back to the basics can win them the championship. How Missouri's Offense Can Win: Utilize Noah Graham in the passing game as a blocker, allowing Dowden time to scramble around and find one of his many pro potential WRs or to scoot upfield when coverage is locked down. 3 yards per play is enough to grind out a 1st down. Dowden's been rushing for nine and a quarter per carry. How Purdue's Offense Can Win: Smart throws. Send the WRs deep, forcing Mallory deep, and then cut up the shallow middle with TE Ajani Winston. How Purdue's Defense Can Win: Blitz Dowden... with LBs.. Sending enough pressure, while keeping the contain from the DEs, will force him into making throws he'd rather not. How Missouri's Defense Can Win: Keep Mallory down in the intermediate passing range, following Winston everywhere. Surrender field goals, not touchdowns. Settling the Score Dowden deserves to be on the big stage, he's got the elite arm and leg talents of a CFBHC Legend. He's going to get in the end zone one way or another. Missouri Tigers 17 ...but the rest of his Tigers team just doesn't quite have what it takes. Some of them are just a bit too young, or just overmatched. It's simply not their time yet. They have a great nucleus, and while it remains to be determined who, or how good, their QB of the future they have, the're going to have to be the team that Purdue was to Penn State the last few years, good enough to compete, but just outshined at the end of the day by the better overall roster. Purdue Boilermakers 34 Matt Jones passes for a TD early, but it's Brendan Milton, one of the "least-important", or perhaps "overlooked by this analyst", players on the field, taking home MVP Honors. MVP: Brendan Milton, 25 carries, 129 yards, 3TD From Bingo415: I'll allow Llamas' write-up to stand as the "fact-based, scientific" choice. For me it comes down to balance: which offense can take the pressure off their top-tier QB with a solid run game, freeing up Dowden or Jones to do what they do best. I've been really impressed by Nathan Coleman running the ball for Mizzou. The Tigers' 6.7 OLine rating in the semifinal against an absolutely beastly Auburn DLine was fantastic, and it allowed Coleman to scoot his way to 129 and two scores, with an additional 46 and a touch from Dowden on the ground. Purdue has just as much firepower in Brendan Milton and a very nice OLine rating averaging 6.4 in the playoffs. Milton went off against a TCU team that is one season away from where Auburn was this year. His 167 and 2 scores let Jones pick apart the Horned Frog secondary that was peeking in the backfield most of the game. While Jones isn't the running threat that Dowden is, he does more than enough throwing the ball in short-to-intermediate routes that are effectively runs. The Missouri DLine will get pressure on Jones here and there, and they'll need to as the back 7 isn't quite as talented as Purdue's secondary. Jordan Westbrook, the Fiesta Bowl MVP, led a fantastic effort from the Boilers pass defense that made up for a lack of pressure on TCU's Felix Luck. Look for one of Westbrook, Dawkins, or Zahir Carson to again pick off Dowden. Whether it matters or not remains to be seen. Lastly, let's examine the coaching in the Natty. @inspiral is coming off perhaps the most impressive two season run in site history with his worst-to-first turn with the Packers leading to this fantastic Purdue season. Meanwhile, @vtgorilla has pulled all the right strings for Dowden and company this season, and is adept at bringing out the best in his players. Inspiral is probably the slightly more conservative of the two game planners in this matchup, and I'm going to guess that safe and steady might win the day in a match-up this tight. Slight nod to Inspiral here. So...I'll go with the following for Monday night-- Mizzou 24 - 30 Purdue MVP: Matt Jones, 25-32, 275 yards, 2 TDs
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    DangerZoneh

    [2021] Bowl Games - Day #11

    First things first - congratulations Inspiral! You’re a heck of a coach and truly deserve this. Could not imagine losing to a more worthy coach. You’re someone I respect and look up to a lot. You built this team up from nothing and now it’s your time to take them into the promised land. I said it before the playoffs and it bears repeating - I don’t think there’s a team as complete as Purdue in the country, and my team showed that they’re no exception. As for my team, it’s always tough to end a season, but I could not have asked for more from these guys. I entered this season with the goal of winning the Big XII and not only accomplished that but won a playoff game on top of that! Felix Luck was incredible in his first year starting. He’s an excellent young man and has earned everything every step of the way, including the starting job! Now we get to one of my favorite activities - looking forward to next season! I’m going to return 18/22 starters on offense and defense. Saying goodbye to Adriel Sierra, Shamar Burroughs, Elliot Webster, and Matthew Dyson and saying hello to new faces like FT Grady and Patrick Ross. This has been an exciting and validating season, but now the real work starts. We’ve shown we can make it to this point, now we need to win. TCU’s future is as bright as the present, and while the result today is disappointing, I can’t wait to see the future! Again, congratulations Inspiral! Go win it all! CHOO CHOO!
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    stormstopper

    [2021] Divisional Sunday - 1 PM

    Congratulations to the New England Patriots on putting the Dolphins in the AFCCG.
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    #3 TCU Horned Frogs (12-1) vs. #6 Michigan Wolverines (11-2) The best of the best play on Sundays. Yes, many of the players in this game will go on to the NFL, and with any luck some will have long-lasting success at the pro level. But before we get there, we head down to Atlanta this Sunday for the first of at least seven Big XII bowl games. First-time playoff participant TCU takes on former national runner-up Michigan, the winner moving within two games of a national championship and the loser destined to wait until next year. Michigan is a team of balance. They score a lot. They play elite defense. They can run the ball, they can throw the ball, they can block (and I mean they can really block), they can rush the passer, they can stuff the run, they can cover downfield. They are usually able to adjust to Plan B if Plan A fails. Unfortunately for the Wolverines, that's seemed to happen quite a lot lately. Michigan's often had to pull out wins by the skin of their teeth down the stretch. They needed double-overtime to beat 5-7 Michigan State to kick off the second half of their season, single-overtime to beat 5-7 Rutgers a few weeks later, and double-overtime to avoid a 17-point collapse against Ohio State in the regular season finale. In that time, they've also doubled up Indiana, shut out Maryland, lost narrowly to a 7-5 Penn State, and lost by two touchdowns to fellow playoff participant Purdue. That by-the-skin-of-their-teeth ethos reminds one of the 2018 Horned Frogs that started 11-0 before a three-game losing streak to close the season and led straight into a backslide in 2019. But TCU also carries several of the hallmarks of that squad. They wreak havoc on defense. They throw the ball a lot. Their offense comes and goes, but when it's on it's truly on. Balance isn't the goal; the goal is to hit you with their attack of choice at your weakest point they can reach and see if you're talented enough to stop them. Now, Michigan's likely the most talented team TCU's played all year. That means there's no single lynchpin that TCU can hit to unravel everything. Instead, there's five: the Wolverine offensive linemen. Led by senior left tackle Kyle Will, this offensive line has been the foundation of an offense that averages a full 33.0 points per game. This has been one of the best offensive lines in the country despite its youth: they start sophomores at left guard, center, and right tackle. But Kyle Will and right guard Steven Davidson provide the veteran leadership, this line communicates and acts as one singular entity, and that's worked wonders for the offense. They've given Gabe Cooper enough time to complete 65.8% of his passes for 27 touchdowns and 9 interceptions; they've given Gabe Barrientos time to get open downfield for 1,021 yards on just 58 catches; they've cleared enough room for Jaden Whitley to go for 1,274 yards on 5.2 yards per carry with 16 rushing touchdowns. TCU, though, has one of the most disruptive fronts in college football. They have combined for 15 sacks, which isn't a ton on its own. Add in 21 more tackles for loss, 7 fumbles forced and 5 recovered (one for a touchdown) and we're getting somewhere. Now consider what they set the table for: a secondary led by Roman Blackmon (6 INT) and William Cooper (4 INT), a secondary that holds opponents to 56.6% passing and a 113.8 passer rating, a secondary with 10 touchdowns allowed to 12 passes intercepted. TCU entered bowl season ranking #3 in the country in points allowed per game, and that's not an accident. The day that Gabe Cooper had against Purdue isn't atypical for opponents facing this TCU defense. But if TCU wants to win this game, defense won't be enough. They're going to need to throw on Michigan, because they've made it clear that running the ball isn't their priority. That will require a few different things to happen. Right tackle Elliot Webster will have to keep star defensive end Lucas Benton out of the backfield. Benton's racked up an unreal 14.0 sacks this year, and the pass rusher extraordinaire will have no shortage of opportunities to add to that total given how often TCU throws the ball. TCU wishes Tyson Chadwick had this assignment, but he'll instead be dealing with redshirt sophomore Lukas Ott (which should be an advantage-TCU matchup). Assuming Felix Luck stays upright for TCU, he'll need to know where cornerback Zion Evans (6 INT) and safety Kai Alston (4 INT) are at all times. Griffin McHanna is going to have to make some key plays here; Finn Nielsen can keep Evans busy, Miguel Aguilera can draw the attention of the linebackers and safeties, and that leaves the wild card at flanker to move about the secondary unnoticed (or at least less noticed). I can't say I like the matchup for TCU. Michigan's offensive line is one of the few that can truly stand up to TCU's defensive front. Michigan's secondary is no joke, and I think it will pose problems for TCU's pass-heavy offense. But TCU's also been playing better football on a more consistent basis, winning 6 of their last 8 games by at least 14 points apiece while Michigan's needed five overtimes in seven games. I think this game could easily go either way, but I'll ride the hot hand in this one. Give me the Frogs. #3 TCU Horned Frogs (12-1) 19, #6 Michigan Wolverines 16
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    Earlier today, Utah State University hired it's newest coach, TuscanSota. Formerly retired after a three-year stint at his Alma Mater, Baylor University, the head coach expressed interested in help building the program. The Utah State Aggies went 5-7 this season. The season took a turn for the worse when their former coach, ZackTyzwyz, left to rally the Oklahoma State Cowboys to a phenomenal season. "Thank you, thank you. I'm happy to be here in Logan, Utah with all of you today. Can I just say first... DAMN y'all have some beautiful mountains. I mean it. Coming from Texas, I've never seen such a gorgeous place than right here. I could go on about the beautiful mountain ranges here. Really. However, I know that's not the main topic for today... I recently decided that I could take on the duties of being a Head Coach as I continue to maintain my private life. Those who might know me understand that I've set certain goals in pursuit of improving my well-being - both professionally and personally. I've consulted with friends and family about what I should do, and where I should go. Now that I am here, I hope to continue these pursuits and help build a foundation for our players and bring great value to our university. Thank you for having me here with all of you today." "I am open to taking any questions from the press."
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    Orlando, FL - Today the UCF Golden Knights introduced their next head coach, alexfall862, amid a crowd of tens of fans at the Live Oak Event Center this evening. alexfall862, who is fresh off leading a moribund Wyoming program to it's first bowl bid in program history, had this to say: "I'll really miss the kids in Cheyenne Casper Jackson Cody I mean Laramie. The last year has been a wild ride, and I'm ready to bring that same energy to the AAC conference, @TheTodd15, and the UCF Golden Knights. I wish @bellwoodbomb611 and the MWC all the best, and would be more than happy to mentor the next Wyoming victim head coach. At Wyoming, I promised 2 wins within 5 years. I got triple that goal in just one year. At UCF, I see us being capable of bowling most seasons - so conference championships should be in our sights. We'll run a system similar to what we ran in Wyoming, with a human quarterback and 5 eligible receivers. If we have the bodies, we'll also take a stab at fielding an entire offensive line. I'll now take questions from the press in attendance."
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    beerandstuff

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    Rome

    [2021] Bowl Games - Day #2

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    Offensive Player of the Year QB David Edmondson, San Diego State Defensive Player of the Year DE Jeremy McKinney, San Diego State Offensive Freshman of the Year RB Chris Fraser, Hawaii Defensive Freshman of the Year Tristan Benjamin, San Diego State Coach of the Year Gigemags11, Hawaii 1st Team All-Conference QB- David Edmondson RB- Xavier Valentine FB- Kamari Traylor WR- Uriel Tapia WR- William Broughton TE- Mason Parks OG- Hunter Herndon OG- Wyatt Putnam OT- Noel Tatum OT- Aaron Walls C- Mayer Cornelius DE- Jeremy McKinney DE- Da'Quan Darden DT- Martin Thompson DT- Omar Adcock ILB- Fox Kemp ILB- Jairo Arce OLB- Javorius McNeil OLB- Cameron McGraw CB- Tristan Benjamin CB- Tegray Wingard SS- Victor Pederson FS- Benjamin Ridley K- Phillip Crow P- Phillip Crow KR- Johnny Hough 2nd Team All-Conference QB- Jordan Godwin RB- Chris Fraser FB- Andrew Alley WR- Zion Payton WR- Maurice Yarbrough TE- Frank Moffett OG- Frank Sharpe OG- Paul Wynn OT- Aboubacar Harley OT- Constantine Yeager C- Jael Cervantes DE- Zach Dockery DE- Aaron Zambrano DT- Patrick Baldwin DT- Damani Gilchrist ILB- Micah Wahl ILB- Deandre Simon OLB- Jeremy Gilmore-Thornton OLB- Jordan Butler CB- Raekwon Hemphill CB- A.J. Gilchrist SS- Matthew Solomon FS- Dwayne Reid K- Maxim Jarvis P- Greg Ruff KR- Jayson Geary
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    Joel King said he feels more comfortable in the Bengals' offense after adjusting to a new coaching staff in 2021. "When we started last year, it was kind of an elementary level, in terms of ‘I’m hearing the play, I’m thinking about the footwork I have to take, the identification, trying to remember what routes guys are running and all that," he said. "Now, I think I’m kind of owning the offense and having a better understanding of it." No one would ever mistake King for Brian Brown, though he should at least benefit from a strong supporting cast in Cincinnati in the next year or two, pending draft results. King is entering the 4th and final year of his 4 year, $24 million rookie deal. Joel King's 2022 starting confidence is +15%.
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    Franz Kafka

    [2021] Pro Bowl Snubs

    2021 PRO BOWL SNUBS Who got the shaft in this year's Pro Bowl voting? RB Troy White 5-11 200 3 Louisville [Speed] 84 He should've been in because... White was second in all of football in yards per carry (among qualified RBs), second in touchdowns, and first in points per touch. He's one of the main reasons the Eagles received a coveted first round bye last weekend. He should've been in over.... RB DeNorris Jackson 6-0 235 R UCF [Power] 80 The verdict based on stats... White: 1,308 rushing yards, 14 TD, 4.9 ypc, 156 receiving yards, TD Jackson: 1,389 rushing yards, 10 TD, 4.48 ypc, 34 receiving yards Level of snub.... Very high CB Travis Chatman 5-10 172 7 Washington [Zone Coverage] 98 He should've been in because... He led all NFC corners in pass deflections, pick sixes, and was T-4th in total interceptions. Chatman's only flaw was that opposing QBs didn't challenge him often - Dallas was #1 in football in fewest passing yards allowed. He should've been in over.... CB George Brady 5-11 181 6 Nebraska [Man Coverage] 84 The verdict based on stats... Chatman: 6 INT, 8 PD, 2 TD, 8 tackles Brady: 7 INT, 4 TD, TD, 18 tackles Level of snub.... High OLB Arlie LeClair 6-2 245 7 Virginia Tech [Coverage] 87 He should've been in because... He was the only OLB to record 50+ tackles and 3+ INT, despite being benched the final week of the season by the Chiefs. He was one of the main reasons their pass defense was fourth best in the AFC and played a huge role in helping KC exceed expectations. He should've been in over.... OLB Lukas Forman 6-3 233 2 Connecticut [Coverage] 85 The verdict based on stats... LeClair: 50 tackles, 3 INT, 3 TFL Forman: 43 tackles, 5 sacks, 4 TFL Level of snub.... Medium RB Ron Thomas 6-0 194 3 Iowa [Speed] 88 He should've been in because... Thomas was third in yards per game of qualified AFC RB and had a substantially higher yards per carry than one of the Pro Bowl selections. Not to mention the fact that he was benched for the Bengals' season finale - he would've ended the year third in the AFC in rushing yards. He should've been in over.... RB Sean Bell 6-1 209 1 Baylor [Speed] 81 The verdict based on stats... Thomas (15 games): 1,319 yards, 12 TD, 4.63 ypc Bell: 1,373 yards, 13 TD, 4.34 ypc, 26 yards receiving Level of snub.... Low QB Aaron Shea 6-2 204 3 Missouri [Pocket] 94 He should've been in because... Shea was one of two AFC QBs to throw for 4,500+ yards and have a QBR of 100+. He was able to stay efficient despite attempting the third most passes in all of football. He should've been in over.... QB Thomas Wheeler 6-1 208 6 Florida State [Pocket] 93 The verdict based on stats... Shea: 101.89 QBR, 64.33%, 4,913 yards, 40 TD, 13 INT Wheeler: 95.92 QBR, 61.73%, 4,942 yards, 42 TD, 15 INT Level of snub.... Very Low
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