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Pope, Eric, the Second

#7 Oklahoma QB Eric Pope reclaimed his starting job, and proceeded to go 25/36 for 343 yards and 4 TD as Oklahoma routed Texas 52-13.

Devy Flexes His Guns in Miami

The Saints pull the upset over Miami. Saints QB Aaron Devereaux threw for 3 TD as the New Orleans defense held Miami to 5 rushing yards in the 31-27 victory.

Meep Meep

UTSA snaps #11 Rice's 26-game winning streak in CUSA games with a decisive 31-20 road victory. QB Justin Radford threw for 208 yards and had 3 total TDs.

Foster: Chicagoan for QB

Bears QB Mohammed Foster has come into his own as the team has jumped to a 6-3 start. Foster put up 102 on the ground, including a 45-yard TD, in a 20-10 victory over LA.


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    Rabid's Weight Loss Journey

    Most of you don't yet know, but I've been working on losing weight for about a month now. I've been sponsored by a company called Zurvita, I take their products (their "Transformation System") and I have a celebrity Life Coach, Peter Nielsen. Peter has a radio show as well as a TV show on the Discovery Life Network. I weigh too much for standard home scales, so I can only weigh myself at a hospital (or truck stop...) but I take measurements weekly. I've lost 8 inches from my waist and 9 from my hip since I started. I have set a series of goals, with a final goal of losing 400 pounds. My most recent goal was to begin walking for exercise. I wanted to walk from my house to the highway and back (200-300 yards) by Halloween. Yesterday I reached that goal. I have been making vlogs of my journey, though I'm not very good at it yet, I figured this week's one is particularly meaningful to me so I am sharing it here with all of you, my friends. I'll be calling in to Peter's radio show tomorrow sometime between 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM, (http://player.listenlive.co/56821) if anybody is interested in hearing more about what I'm trying to do. This has been a difficult journey but I know in my heart it is going to succeed. I want to do so much with my life, and I will. I don't have time to make excuses anymore.
  2. 22 points
    Welcome to Legacy Of Presented by BOFA. What I'm/we're going to do in this (hopeful) series is examine a Senior Player's Career and how their fanbase will/should remember them. In the first article, we examine QB Jake Davis. Recruiting: QB Jake Davis 6-3 227 Fr Skyline (Sammamish WA) 2.5 o f 5.0 Pocket Davis was the highest rated QB in the 2019 Recruiting Class, alongside Chris Billings. The battle for Davis was really only between Washington and Washington State. Washington had Senior Julius McIntosh at the helm, while Wazzou had Junior David Oates holding down the fort. But, Washington had just recruited 4.5* Samuel Connor. However, Coach Dean went all in on Davis and earned his commitment. Samuel Connor would eventually transfer to Eastern Washington. From the outset, there were high expectations on Davis. Statistics (all from Wiki): 2020 - 193/328 - 58.84% for 2,357 Yards. 17 TDs - 14 Picks. 127.77 QB Rating 2021 - 262/436 - 60.1% for 3,290 Yards. 23 TDs - 9 Picks. 136.8 QB Rating 2022 - 276/431 - 64.04% for 3,561 Yards. 31 TDs - 7 Picks. 153.93 QB Rating 2023 - 156/235 - 66.38% for 2,075 Yards. 18 TDs - 2 Picks. 164.13 QB Rating Total - 887/1,430 - 62.03% for 11,283 Yards. 89 TDs - 32 Picks. 144.37 QB Rating His Junior Season was incredible, and his Senior year so far is even better. I think when you look back at a long time starter like Davis, seeing his year over year improvement leaves a good feeling in the hearts of Huskies Fans. Davis will go down as one of the most prolific QBs in PAC-12 History. But, is that enough? Awards: National: None Conference: 2022 All PAC-12 2nd Team The PAC-12 has had some stellar QB play over the past few years, and Davis wasn't able to break through until his Junior Year. But, with a QB as highly touted as Davis, you'd expect him to make more noise in Conference. Awards aren't the end all be all, but, they do provide a snapshot of a player's performance against his competition. What we can glean from Davis's accomplishments is that he's been at best the 2nd Best QB in the PAC-12 in his first 3 Seasons. Team Performances: 2020 - 3-9 (3-6) 2021 - 8-5 (5-4) 2022 - 10-3 (6-3) 2023 - 6-1 (5-0) Total - 27-18 (19-13) Jake's first year was super rough. But, they improved mightily into 2021 and were outstanding at points in 2022. They currently lead the North, but have a huge game coming against Oregon later in the year. That game should decide who wins the North. The QB isn't the only player on the field, but he is the most important. A QB's performance often times determines whether a team wins or loses, Jake is 60% as a QB, including a 3-9 year. That's pretty good, it's not going to set any records. But for most of his tenure, Washington was a dangerous team to play. Rivalries: Rivals for Washington are: Oregon, Washington State, USC 2020 - 1-1 2021 - 1-1 2022 - 2-1 Davis is 2-1 against both Oregon and Washington, and 0-1 against USC. Washington has match-ups with all 3 this season, and those wins will go a long way to determining how fans remember him. Going 2-1 this year will leave him 6-4 all time against Washington's biggest Rivals. That will leave a great feeling in the heart of Huskies fans for years to come. Verdict: So, how will Washington fans remember Davis? Will they remember a talented passer who couldn't elevate his team? Will they remember a highly touted recruit who couldn't win the Division? I think they'll remember a guy with a hell of an arm, but who wasn't quite good enough to get the team over the bump. They lead the North now, and winning it this season will add a lot to Jake's legacy. If they win the North, Washington fans will look back at his tenure with rose colored eyes. Losing the North, again, may leave a sour taste in the mouth.
  3. 21 points
    It is here, folks. #CROOTSZN is upon us. After waiting for (literally) months and months on end, recruits are now able to commit organically to programs. There is a wide variety of success so far amongst Big Ten programs and we will dive into that momentarily. First, a couple of house cleaning items. I will be writing recruiting recaps this year and will try my best to get them up Sunday evening or Monday afternoon. The number that you will see prior to the player is their ranking within their position. There are a few players that are committed but do not show up on interface (local connections). To combat this I am not including those players in these recaps until they are on interface mainly due to the skewing of recruiting rankings that would happen. Please DM me with any corrections or things you’d like to see in later editions. Without further adieu, let’s jump into the first recruiting recap of the year! Penn State National Ranking: 5 Conference Ranking: 1 Total Commits: 6 Average Potential: 4.41 Class So Far Penn State and coach @grv413 has really gotten off to a good start. They are ranked 5th in the nation right now and they have three 5.0’s on board already. Corner CeeCee Sykes and the future receiving duo of tight end Kenyan Brock and wide receiver Kaprice Gleen would be cornerstones of any recruiting class in the nation. Defensive tackle Stuart Lewis is going to be a redshirt candidate and a likely four year starter in the middle of the line. A Battle to Keep an Eye On Penn State is currently locked in a battle for Martin Gray, a 3.0/4.0 quarterback with Rutgers. This would be a good get for Penn State because their starter will be a junior next year and Gray could redshirt and see the starting role for 3 years as a 4.0/4.0. Ohio State National Ranking: 17 Conference Ranking: 2 Total Commits: 4 Average Potential: 4.37 Class So Far The Ohio State running back powerhouse continues to grow with the commitment of Trevoris Rhodes. Rhodes is the second ranked back in the nation and he sits as a 1.5/5.0 power back. With two 5.0 senior ends graduating, coach @fever_ful tested the international waters and brought in Chidiegwu Ekwueme, a 2.0/5.0 end. Look for Ekwueme to be a mainstay on the line of the Buckeyes as he isn't positionally ranked but would either be #2 or #3. A Battle to Keep an Eye On Ohio State does need a little depth at the outside linebacker spot and they are deep in a battle with Michigan for Jason Grant, a 1.0/4.0 linebacker from Ohio. This is one guy they want to keep in state as the hard hitting Grant measures at 6’4 243. Illinois National Ranking: 18 Conference Ranking: 3 Total Commits: 8 Average Potential: 3.81 Class So Far Illinois has the most commits in the Big Ten as of right now. Even though six of the commits are 3.5 potentials, they grabbed two high impact players early. They grabbed the top guard in the class in 3.0/4.5 Spencer Norton. Norton will be the starter for four years. They also grabbed the second ranked corner in the class Johntey Bryant. He is a 1.5/5.0 zone corner and coach @FlutieFlakes could end up redshirting him and starting dual 4.0/4.0’s. A Battle to Keep an Eye On Illinois isn’t locked in many battles right now, but look for that to change as they can now go after some of their top commits. One player to keep an eye on is the battle for Noel Tucker, a 1.0/4.0 OLB from Illinois. The Illini currently trail Missouri, but with points freed up I look for them to make a quick push. Northwestern National Ranking: 32 Conference Ranking: 4 Total Commits: 5 Average Potential: 3.9 Class So Far Coach @MasonAsher came in and had some holes to fill as well as build depth. He has quickly grabbed a four year starter at tight end in 1.0/5.0 Tonell Jackson, as well as future starter Thierno Jones at the wide receiver spot. The linebacker crew will be very thin next year and bringing in two 2.5/3.5 outside linebackers and a 3.0/3.5 inside linebacker will provide help next year. A Battle to Keep an Eye On Northwestern is in quite a few battles right now but the most important is likely the battle for Ajani Flowers, a 2.0/4.0 outside linebacker. They are currently fending off East Carolina and Mississippi State and if they can grab Flowers, he’ll likely immediately slot in for playing time. Wisconsin National Ranking: 36 Conference Ranking: 5 Total Commits: 5 Average Potential: 3.5 Class So Far Wisconsin is struggling this year and needs to build depth for the future. After the first wave of commits, it looks like they are doing just that. They finally landed their quarterback of the future by getting a pledge from Daniel Young, a 1.5/5.0 commit from Ohio. Even though they have eight quarterbacks on the roster, Young will be the starter for four years, potentially after a redshirt if coach @taffyowner wants to keep rebuilding around him. They also need bodies on the line as they lose three guards to graduation. Austin Fox, a 3.0/3.0 guard, will help with that and will likely start next season. A Battle to Keep an Eye On Wisconsin is in two battles for 3.5 potential wide receivers, although trailing in both.. With Young on board Wisconsin does need some wide receivers down the road, especially with no 3.5’s or higher on the roster after this season. Look for Wisconsin to make a push for some wide receivers in the coming weeks. Maryland National Ranking: 39 Conference Ranking: 6 Total Commits: 3 Average Potential: 4.33 Class So Far Maryland is a little thin on inside linebackers and they grabbed a big fish as Joshua Kauffman, a 1.0/4.5 backer from Maryland pledged his commitment. There are a couple different ways coach @tsweezy can go with him next year but running a 4-3 I expect he will redshirt and start after Charlie Vasquez graduates next year. They also grabbed a 4.5 potential long snapper and a top 50 wide receiver in Da’Jonte Montgomery. A Battle to Keep an Eye On Maryland is currently in a battle for a 1.0/4.5 guard in the group of five pool with Ball State. Maryland use some bodies on the line and grabbing Kieran Edmondson out of Florida would really be a help for them going forward. With as many battles as Ball State is in right now, Maryland could hang around and nab two 4.5 potential guards late in the process. Purdue National Ranking: 42 Conference Ranking: 7 Total Commits: 7 Average Potential: 3.35 Class So Far There is filling depth, and then there is FILLING DEPTH. Coach @inspiral2 is definitely doing the latter as he has five 3.0 commits so far. Depth is paramount to any class and with four of the five in the top 100 positionally, I’d say Purdue is doing a fine job. They also snagged their quarterback of the future in Ryan Ellington, a 1.0/5.0 hybrid quarterback out of Florida. Ellington will redshirt next year and then fight for the starting job as a redshirt freshman. A Battle to Keep an Eye On Purdue is in a fight with Notre Dame for 1.0/4.0 corner Miles Eason, one of the best players to ever come out of Dugger Union High School in Indiana. Eason is a defensive stalwart on a team that has won 0 games in the last two years and they have allowed 38 or more points in every game since last year. If Purdue can snag him to be a fringe starter in the future they are going to be in the good graces of Dugger Union forever. Minnesota National Ranking: 69 Conference Ranking: 8 Total Commits: 1 Average Potential: 4.5 Class So Far Minnesota currently sits at 69th (nice) in the recruiting rankings nationally, and officially is the first place team in the lower half of the Big Ten’s recruiting ranking. They have one commit and it is at a much needed spot. DeSean “Double D” Dotson is a 1.5/4.5 defensive end who might start next year, but could feasibly redshirt to provide an extra year of success at that spot. A Battle to Keep an Eye On With the rostered cornerbacks pretty weak right now, Minnesota is heading after Jonathan Vereen, a 1.0/4.0 from Elgin, Minnesota. They currently lead North Dakota State for him but that could change quickly. Look for coach @lucas to make Vereen a priority. Rutgers National Ranking: 71 Conference Ranking: 9 Total Commits: 1 Average Potential: 4.5 Class So Far Coach @Quasar has filled an area of need with their first commit in the class. They lose their top three corners and their best returnee will be a 3.0/3.0 who ruptured his ACL this season.. By grabbing D’Andre Norwood from New Jersey they will be able to slot him in immediately. Norwood is a 1.0/4.5 who should see the field for four years. A Battle to Keep an Eye On They need to grab an outside linebacker in this class and they are currently pursuing Gabe Strange, a 1.0/4.5 linebacker from Pennsylvania. They are behind Temple for his services right now but Syracuse lurks in the distance. With just one 3.5 on the roster, it is paramount that Maryland secures Strange. Michigan State National Ranking: 96 Conference Ranking: 10 Total Commits: 1 Average Potential: 4.0 Class So Far Michigan State is one of the teams in the Big Ten with a commitment that isn’t reflected on the interface, so I will not mention him as it would alter the recruiting class rank. They do have Zaire Childs, a 1.0/4.0 cornerback committed after the first round of commits. He will be a help to their secondary in the future and will have the highest potential the moment he steps on campus. A Battle to Keep an Eye On It’s an understatement to say that Michigan State needs defensive ends. With six on the roster this year, only two will return for next season with one being a 2.5/2.5 senior. Michigan State is locked into a battle with Central Michigan for a home state lineman, 1.0/4.0 Jarvis Shaw. They currently lead, but Central Michigan is right behind. I don’t really want to say that Shaw is a must get, but Shaw is a must get for coach @SlinkyJr, especially since it is the only defensive end he is on currently. Iowa National Ranking: 102 Conference Ranking: 11 Total Commits: 3 Average Potential: 3.5 Class So Far Iowa sits at 11th in the conference and outside of the top 100 nationally in the rankings, but I expect that they will steadily rise. Coach @wrigleyfan has added some depth pieces but is hitting the group of five pool hard. Their top commit so far is likely defensive tackle Dahntay Lacy. Lacy will provide depth and could see the field as a redshirt freshman in two years. Iowa is moving in the right direction with their depth signings, and are still in on top targets. A Battle to Keep an Eye On Iowa is currently pursuing the services of Ames High School senior, Will Clinton. The 1.0/4.0 cornerback is being tempted by both Iowa and Northern Iowa as Iowa State is out of the picture. This would be a big get for the future of Iowa if they hold their lead. Nebraska National Ranking: 111 Conference Ranking: 12 Total Commits: 2 Average Potential: 3.5 Class So Far Nebraska has signed two commits so far. One being Sincere Hayes, a 1.5/3.5 tight end from Iowa, and the other being a local connection, corner Javon Dykes who is not ranked positionally. Nebraska filled two needs and they are in good shape, despite having just two commits signed through the first week of commits. It should be a big week next week for coach @caesari and the Huskers. A Battle to Keep an Eye On With Calvin McKay and Alshon Collier seniors next year, it is paramount that they bring in a target for their quarterback to throw to. They are locked in a battle with North Dakota State for Antonne Taylor a 1.0/4.5 wide receiver from Iowa. It is a neck and neck battle right now but this is a guy that should be on the top of Nebraska’s board right now. If they pull him in, look for him to redshirt before being the main target as a freshman Indiana National Ranking: 134 Conference Ranking: 13 Total Commits: 1 Average Potential: 3.5 Class So Far Indiana has pulled in one commit so far, a punter out of Illinois. Jonah Stanford is a 1.0/3.5 punter who should redshirt and then be boomsticking balls for the Hoosiers. Coach @Jamzz likely put one point on Jonah, and then rode the coattails to victory. A Battle to Keep an Eye On Indiana is in around a dozen battles right now, so it’s likely going to end up a great class or a weak class depending on how he chooses to spend points. Because the Hoosiers are in so many battles I wanted to pick the position which I think Indiana needs to focus on the most. They are in two close battles right now for offensive guards. The first is a 3.0/4.0 guard from Michigan who they are battling Bowling Green and Maryland for and the second is a 3.0/3.5 guard from Texas they are battling Ball State for. I don’t mean to put this lightly, but IU really needs linemen in the worst way. They will only have four tackles and three guards rostered next year, four of which will be seniors. Michigan National Ranking: 141 Conference Ranking: 14 Total Commits: 0 Average Potential: 0 Class So Far It sucks. Coach @jmjacobs has failed to get any croots and is in last place both nationally and in the conference. A Battle to Keep an Eye On However, Michigan is in a good spot as they are in the lead on multiple 5.0 players. Look for Michigan to start prioritizing some players they really want to grab. They are leading on two 1.0/5.0 tackles which paired with a quarterback should be a dynamic trio. Michigan is currently locked in a battle with Ohio for a 1.0/4.5 scrambling quarterback by the name of John Coleman. Coleman would redshirt and would be the starter by his sophomore year, if not sooner. This battle is one to keep an eye on.
  4. 20 points
    Congrats to Ken Peelle on the long and successful career. He will finish with 419 receptions, 5,283 yards, and 22 TDs.
  5. 20 points
    Seneca, SC -- "What do you mean, Los Angeles?" Sean Graham was born and raised in Seneca, South Carolina, a town of about 8,000. He lives with his parents and younger sister next door to the house of Senator Lindsey Graham, who has now been in Congress for over 20 years. Graham has always been into football, and he plays TE and DE for Seneca High's team. Recruiting service Rivals ranked him as one of the top two receiving TEs in the nation. When the time to begin the recruiting process began, he decided to leave the handling of his recruitment to his father, Brittany. "I knew he could help me along the way to make the best choice for my future," he told the Los Angeles Times. Graham received interest primarily from two schools - USC (in California) and Clemson. "When my dad told me that the two schools that were coming after me were Clemson and USC, I was very excited. I'm really close to my family and I wanted to stay nearby, so the two main schools in South Carolina recruiting me sounded like a dream." As the cycle went on, Clemson's interest started to drop off and USC was coming after Graham hard. "I have a lot of respect for Coach @Hagan, but I was wondering why he had changed his accent while he was talking to me," Graham said. "Still, there were signs I should have known. When I asked coach how [true freshman from Seneca, ILB Greg] Schlosser was doing at inside backer, he was really confused and said that someone named 'Nate Garrett' was playing very well. I thought he was just having a moment." Since USC was the only school still showing significant interest, Graham decided he would commit so he could focus on his academics first. It was only after he announced his commitment on Twitter and he began receiving excited replies from the Trojan faithful did he realize what he had done. Two days after his initial Tweet, he tweeted once again: "My dad has always told me I should keep my word no matter what, so I've decided to head out to California to play under Coach Jumbo despite my mistake. Hopefully we can can compete for the SEC next year!" He probably has some learning to do - but it'll have to happen quickly, as he could reportedly start for the Trojans as soon as next season.
  6. 18 points
  7. 16 points
    Hoping to do this weekly (or at least fortnightly), but here's a quick overview of the playoff picture (and draft order) as my spreadsheet and my eyes see it. Make your own playoff picks here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfx7et26VIpz14ZRP1YTpaywLG3XP6wYWRw9UKWbl5e7gp-Ew/viewform?usp=sf_link I. Projected Playoff Picture AFC In: 1. Kansas City Chiefs (12.1-3.9) 2. Jacksonville Jaguars (11.5-4.5) 3. Buffalo Bills (10.9-5.1) 4. Baltimore Ravens (10.4-5.6) 5. Las Vegas Raiders (9.7-6.3) 6. Miami Dolphins (9.5-6.5) Out: 7. Indianapolis Colts (9.2-6.8) 8. Tennessee Titans (8.8-7.2) 9. Houston Texans (7.6-8.4) NFC In: 1. Detroit Lions (12.7-3.3) 2. Washington Redskins (11.7-4.3) 3. San Francisco 49ers (10.7-5.3) 4. Atlanta Falcons (9.2-6.8) 5. Green Bay Packers (11.3-4.7) 6. Philadelphia Eagles (11.0-5.0) Out: 7. Dallas Cowboys (10.1-5.9) 8. Da Bears (9.5-6.5) 9. Los Angeles Rams (9.3-6.7) 10. New Orleans Saints (7.5-8.5) II. Week 11's Biggest Games: Miami Dolphins (6-3) at Tennessee Titans (5-4) Both teams are in direct competition with each other for a wild card spot. Both have been wracked by injuries, with Tennessee bearing the most deleterious of them all after losing Thomas Wheeler. This may very well be an elimination game for the Titans, who need to prove they can beat this caliber of team with Ryan Clark at the helm. Buffalo Bills (7-2) at Baltimore Ravens (6-3) Both are in the lead for their division. Buffalo has only a little more than zero margin for error with Miami breathing down their necks and no safety assured by a wild card spot. Baltimore is projected to win their division by 4 games and should be considered the safest team in the NFL at this point. Las Vegas Raiders (6-3) at Green Bay Packers (7-2) Both are projected to earn the top wild card spot in their conference. Both teams share a division with a team projected to win 12+ games. Neither will play their own division leader until week 14. Each has already played the other's division leader: Green Bay beat Kansas City, and Las Vegas lost to Detroit. Dallas Cowboys (6-3) at Detroit Lions (8-1) Dallas is currently the first team out of the playoffs in the NFC. Detroit is currently the #1 seed in the NFC. The Cowboys' Super Bowl run may as well have kicked off when they beat a favored Seattle on the road. The Detroit Lions' Super Bowl run has thus far been confined to the preseason. Both teams play in the only two divisions in the NFL with three teams at 6-3 or better, meaning less margin for error. Washington Redskins (8-2) at Los Angeles Rams (5-4) Los Angeles is fifth in the wild card race, but they are currently only one game back of San Francisco in the loss column in the division race. They have played the fifth-hardest schedule in the NFL by win percentage and the hardest by point differential. Despite holding the second-best record in the NFC, Washington is only one game ahead of both Dallas and Philadelphia in the loss column. They have a win against both so far with a second game to come. Atlanta Falcons (5-3-1) at New Orleans Saints (3-5-1) New Orleans has won back-to-back games after their bye week after a 1-5-1 start. They are not in the wild card race by any means. Their only path is the division. Atlanta remains the heavy favorite to win the division and virtually locks it up again with a win, but a loss would make their margin for error thin. New Orleans has the easiest remaining schedule in the league; Atlanta has the 9th-easiest. III. How In Is In? Locks Baltimore Ravens (projected to win division by 4.2 games and nobody else is better than 3-6 right now) Should Be In Atlanta Falcons (projected to win division by 1.7 games; will either be a tier higher or lower next week) Kansas City Chiefs (projected to win division by 2.4 games, ranked lower than the Falcons because the Raiders are a stronger challenger than the Saints) Detroit Lions (best team in the league even with a tough division and potential wild card race; still 2.6 games ahead of first team out Dallas) Jacksonville Jaguars (projected to win division by 2.3 games, up 2 in the loss column) San Francisco 49ers (projected to win division by 2.4 games, up 1 in the loss column) Work Left To Do Buffalo Bills (Miami's breathing down their neck but hasn't passed them yet) Green Bay Packers (Second-best record in the NFC, second-best record in the division, but only a game clear at the present time) Washington Redskins (leading the toughest division in the NFL; both the "leading" and the "toughest division" parts can't be overstated) Philadelphia Eagles (one of the scariest teams in the league with Bridgewater at quarterback, can Allan Taylor shake off the rust and take them even higher?) Miami Dolphins (very tight wild card race, but the division may be a possibility as well with a win in hand over Buffalo) Las Vegas Raiders (very tight wild card race, the division race is a tougher sell) IV. How Out Is Out? One Push Away Indianapolis Colts (very tight wild card race with Miami and Las Vegas, any of the three could be in the projected #5, #6, or #7 spot any given week) Dallas Cowboys (Graham Burnett is lighting it up, tied in the loss column for the second wild card spot, best non-playoff team in the field overall) Da Bears (handed Detroit their only loss so far, also tied in the loss column for the second wild card spot, but still projected to tail off) Los Angeles Rams (have already played the meat of their schedule and sits only 1 game back in the loss column of San Francisco, but SF's remaining schedule is even easier) Hanging On By A Thread Tennessee Titans (would be a tier above if Thomas Wheeler were healthy with this same record, but standing has deteriorated already with Clark) Houston Texans (within 2 games of a playoff spot with an explosive offense, but a tough remaining schedule and a defense that's not up to snuff) New Orleans Saints (within 2 games of the division and can take tiebreaker from Atlanta at home, but would still be a game back with a win) V. Bust for Bryce/Oof for Oghale Projected Draft Order (Wins) 1. Cleveland Browns (1.6) 2. Arizona Cardinals (2.1) 3. New York Giants (3.7) 4. Denver Broncos (3.8) 5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4.9) 6. Cincinnati Bengals (5.1) 7. Carolina Panthers (5.5) 8. Minnesota Vikings (5.5) 9. New York Jets (5.8) 10. Seattle Seahawks (5.9) 11. Pittsburgh Steelers (6.2) 12. Los Angeles Chargers (6.5) 13. New England Patriots (6.7) 14. New Orleans Saints (7.5) 15. Houston Texans (7.6) 16. Tennessee Titans (8.8) 17. Indianapolis Colts (9.2) 18. Los Angeles Rams (9.3) 19. Da Bears (9.5) 20. Dallas Cowboys (10.1) - 21. Atlanta Falcons (9.2) 22. Miami Dolphins (9.5) 23. Las Vegas Raiders (9.7) 24. San Francisco 49ers (10.7) - 25. Baltimore Ravens (10.4) 26. Buffalo Bills (10.9) 27. Philadelphia Eagles (11.0) 28. Washington Redskins (11.7) - 29. Green Bay Packers (11.3) 30. Jacksonville Jaguars (11.5) - 31. Kansas City Chiefs (12.1) - 32. Detroit Lions (12.7) Agree? Disagree? Make your own playoff picks here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfx7et26VIpz14ZRP1YTpaywLG3XP6wYWRw9UKWbl5e7gp-Ew/viewform?usp=sf_link
  8. 16 points
    Tavion Sankey commits to play his college football in San Antonio The Roadrunners just made some noise on the recruiting trail by signing not just the #1 QB (#2 Scrambler in the nation) in the state of Texas, but the first 5.0 star recruit that will ever wear the blue and orange in San Antonio. Coach mahrowkeen has ties to the Katy area, where he grew up, and had he and his staff had their sights set on getting the young signal caller to take the program from up and coming to a potential championship contender in their conference. Putting so many resources into swaying Sankey may come as a bit of a surprise considering the team signed Levi Danielson just last season. But, early on in the recruiting process, Sankey was not getting attention from national blue bloods or even in-state contenders. After being in a close battle with Louisiana-Lafayette the first week, the 'Runners knew that they couldn't let such a dynamic player leave the state. With junior quarterback Justin Radford likely to return for his senior year, it is likely that Sankey will redshirt his first year on campus. The staff is likely very tempted to get such an explosive dual threat athlete on the field to run the offense. But, patience is likely the best route to allow for Sankey's growth and that of the program overall. In conference, Charlotte can be looked at as an example. Chris Billings is making an impact in his last year of eligibility. Billings did not have much talent around him and struggled before finding his footing this year. Giving Sankey a year to sit would give the staff the rest of the season and next year to continue to bring in talent for when Sankey would finally see the field to start the '25 season. Talent currently exists on this roster, but the idea would be bringing in players that could grow along with their new quarterback. Anything is possible, and it doesn't seem that the staff is ruling out playing Sankey as a true freshman considering the supporting cast he would have to start. If the decision was made for him to play right away, this would be the team around him: RB Samuel Laws 5-7 228 (So) Anton (Anton TX) 3.5 of 4.5 [Power] RB Eddie Abrams 6-1 177 Jr Van Vleck (Van Vleck TX) 3.5 of 3.5 [Speed] WR Tyler Hansen 6-4 225 Jr Goliad (Goliad TX) 4.5 of 4.5 [Target] WR Jermon Bailey 6-0 181 So DeLeon (DeLeon TX) 3.5 of 3.5 [Speed] WR Nicolas Robertson 6-5 200 (So) Johnson City (Johnson City TX) 3.5 of 4.0 [Target] WR Maxwell Currie 6-4 211 So Joaquin (Joaquin TX) 2.0 of 3.5 [Target] TE Dontae Tolliver 6-2 197 Fr Willowridge (Sugar Land TX) 1.0 of 4.0 [Receiving] (currently redshirting) Sitting out a year would see him miss the opportunity to play with Tyler Hansen and Eddie Abrams. Either way, the excitement around the football program going forward has reached an all time high. I'm not sure there is a wrong decision to make, there are still five regular season games along with continuing down the recruiting trail that may help decide.
  9. 16 points
    The depth chart is freakin mess. Little talent and no depth. As far as drafting, I need everything. No need to worry about Arizona - LOL. Some advice? How would you define a Target Receiver? What routes would be best for a Target Receiver?
  10. 16 points
    Team Rankings So, these are rankings that I created using statistics provided on the Wiki for Team Stats. Offense and Defense are ranked separately. These are comparative, meaning your rankings aren't individual. It's a measure of how you rank versus the rest of the league. Categories: These are applied to both Offense and Defense. Points Per Game Pass Yards Per Game Rush Yards Per Game 3D% Yards Per Carry Yards Per Attempt Points Per Play Sacks Per Game Turnovers (Takeaways) Per Game If you lead the league in Points Per Game on Offense, you get 10 Points. If you have the worst, you get a % of Points associated. The theoretical high grade on Offense and Defense is 10. 10 is arbitrary by the way, could be 100. But I chose 10, fuck you. However, a high offensive score is good, a high defensive score is bad. You want High Offense, Low Defense. Rankings: Offense Defense Contenders/Pretenders; #1 Pick Edition In this segment we'll look at the Top Contenders for the #1 Pick in the upcoming draft, and decide who's really contending for the prize, and who's pretending. Cleveland Browns (0-7): The Browns are a complete mess, they have the worst ranked offense and 29th Ranked Defense. The Browns turned the reigns over to Jordan North at QB, and he has not played well at all. He doesn't exactly have anything exciting at WR to throw to, but still, he's been ass my dude. The running game hasn't been there either, this team can't move the ball and can't score. On Defense, they can't stop anyone and can't prevent anyone from scoring. Several players on this team have asked for trades or exclaimed frustrations with the organization. This team has really 2 more chances to win, Week 9 at Cincinnati, and Week 17 against Cincinnati. I can't see this team getting to more than one win. Verdict: Contender Cincinnati Bengals (0-7): Unlike Cleveland, the Bengals have a good (maybe?) Quarterback. He's gone off at some times, but the running game is tanking this offense. They're Bottom 3 in the league on Both Offense and Defense. Ron Thomas would have help quite a bit this season. The defense has been especially bad. This team has a few chances to win however, Week 9 against Cleveland, Week 10 against the Jets, Week 11 at the Giants, and Week 17 at the Browns. I can't see this team finishing unbeaten in that span, likely winning 2 out of 4. Verdict: Pretender New Orleans Saints (1-5-1): Woof. How did we get here New Orleans? The Offense isn't really clicking, they seem to max out middle of the pack of the league and are horribly inefficient (last in YPC and 18th in YPA). The OL is a sieve, giving up 3 Sacks a game and have the 9th most Turnovers Per Game. The defense has never been great, but they've been especially bad this year. They can't get pressure on the QB, getting the fewest Sacks Per Game and have struggled to create turnovers. Luckily for them, they play in the NFCS which is really struggling this year. They have winnable games Week 12 against Arizona, Week 13 against the Jets, and Week 16 against the Bucs. But, none of those are guaranteed. Going winless in those games could lock up the Top Pick. Verdict: Contender Arizona Cardinals (0-7): Arizona brought in a lot of vets in the past off-season in hopes of stabilizing their play and giving themselves a base level to build off of. But the wheels have completely fallen off. A resurgent SF and LAR have made the West far more competitive. QB AJJ has played like AJJ. Trevon Yeldon has done what he can, but the rest of team just lacks talent. The Defense has a Grade of 9.19, the only unit in the league with such a high grade. That, to me, shows a level of incompetence that you can't coach around. Flat out, this team needs an infusion of talent, and getting the #1 Pick would go a long way towards that. They have winnable games in Week 12 against the Seahawks, Week 13 at the Saints, and Week 15 at the Seahawks. If they lose out to the Seahawks, they would only need to lose to the Saints to be a true contender. Verdict: Contender
  11. 15 points
    A little fun for Halloween--tiered by spooky Halloween/horror characters from movies that made me shit my pants. What's really scary? This NFLHC season is half over, and there are still three teams without a win. How? Because we've reached a point, 10 years in, where there are distinct haves and have nots in this League. The Lions have great players, great coaching, great chemistry. The Browns...have not. The Colts have good players, solid coaching, but the chemistry is going to take time. The Texans...have a decent QB...? So, the top half of these rankings feature teams with 2 of 3 positive qualities, while the bottom is the opposite. That's the way I see it, which, for those of us below #16, is pretty damn scary. Remember, if you don't like where you are in these rankings...play better! Freddy Krueger, from Nightmare on Elm Street - "a powerful force and almost completely invulnerable...kills you in your sleep" 1. Detroit Lions The Lions are murdering everyone, and they are the scariest team in the League this season. When I was a kid, right when the Nightmare movies were coming out, Freddy was the baddest dude around, and legitimately scared the shit out of me. That's how I feel about the Lions. (Spoiler: Freddy dies in every movie, just like I think the Bears are gonna take down the Lions this week.) Oogie Boogie, from Nightmare Before Christmas - "a sinister and voraciously power hungry creature" 2. Jacksonville Jaguars 3. Washington Football Club 4. Green Bay Packers 5. Buffalo Bills  6. Miami Dolphins 7. Baltimore Ravens  I'm a bit new to Nightmare Before Christmas, but holy shit did it freak out Bingo Jr. when he watched if for the first time. Particularly Oogie Boogie, who also has a great song. He's made of bugs and snakes stuffed into a burlap sack, and is terrifying. Each of these clubs have a scary-ass, Oogie Boogie-type QB for others to game plan around, and when they don't play well (which is rare), they are just as scary to their fans. Special shout out to Green Bay for knocking on the Chiefs last week. Michael Myers, from Halloween - "...almost a supernatural force—a force of nature. An evil force that's loose." 8. Kansas City Chiefs 9. Las Vegas Raiders  10. San Francisco 49ers  11. Indianapolis Colts The Chiefs took a bit of a tumble with two straight losses, albeit to #1 and #4. They, like the rest of this crew, have been mostly frightening all season, and their outlook on the rest of the campaign seems like it's gonna be pretty SPOOPY for the rest of their opponents. Michael Myers is a great spook because he just keeps coming at you. With these QBs, that certainly applies. The Raiders gave the Lions all they could handle on Sunday night; and Todd Lester and Aaron Shea will keep throwing until their arms fall off. Jason Voorhees, from Friday the 13th - "virtually indestructible" 12. Atlanta Falcons 13. Dallas Cowboys  14. Philadelphia Eagles 15. Tennessee Titans Nobody takes a hit and keeps ticking quite like Jason Voorhees. You Just. Can't. Kill. Jason. The Cowboys, left for dead two weeks ago behind surging WAS and PHI division opponents, stepped up and slated the Eagles in a tough contest. The Titans lost their QB to injury, and came right back and won with Ryan Clark before a Bye week. Atlanta keeps getting slashed--last week by the Bears--and are still in the lead in the NFC South. That is true indestructibility. Ghostface, from Scream - "charming and even flirtatious, but a ruthless killer, when not being stabbed." 16. Chicago Bears 17. New England Patriots 18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Here's the deal with Ghostface...sure, he killed a bunch of people, and he looked pretty scary doing it. So, he's got moments of really awesome. At the same time, there's no overt muscularity or supernatural power to him. He's just a man, under a great mask. Will the real Bears, Patriots, and Bucs continue to wear a scary mask? Or will they be exposed as flesh and blood in the end. Chicago is leaning toward the former, while the latter feels likely for NEP and TBB. Annie Wilkes, from Misery - ..."will do anything to see her favorite fictional character live on, including kidnapping the author, breaking his legs and torturing him until he writes the perfect story." 19. Carolina Panthers 20. Los Angeles Rams 21. Pittsburgh Steelers  Another old-school movie character that some of you might not appreciate. Suffice to say, Misery was scary as hell when my friends and I were younger. And, it was psychologically torturous as well as grimly violent (spoiler: she "hobbles" the writer by breaking his ankles). What these three franchises are currently doing to their fans, and other teams, is psychological torture. They mean so well, yet continue to baffling act counter to their best interests, just like Annie. They are, however, hoping someone writes a perfect story ending to their seasons...but nothing in horror movies ends well. Gage Creed, from Pet Sematary [sic]- "The terrible twos are downright horrific when this little guy is resurrected from the dead." 22. New York Jets 23. Seattle Seahawks 24. Denver Broncos 25. Los Angeles Chargers of San Diego Two Stephen King novels/movies back-to-back, because Gage is perfect for this group of lovable losers. Gage is the ultimate creepy weirdo kid in Pet Sematary, and he's two...just like the number of wins this group has (sorry, Chargers, I know you're at 3, just go with it.) At times, these teams have risen up and taken down a big boy, but it's been few and far between. Really, Gage is just a little boy, that can be pushed around, even if he is spiky. To make matters worse, these teams turn into corpses on the road. Fire Face, from Insidious - "I don't like when he walks around at night." 26. Houston Texans 27. Minnesota Vikings It is patently unfair that these two, both with 3 wins, are below a bunch of two-win outfits right now. That should make their coaching staffs red in the face. Houston just can't seem to catch Alex Leshoure on fire for more than one game. Ditto the passing game for the Vikings. Fire Face was an interesting character that was much more about style than substance. Clear? Chucky, from Child's Play - "appears to be a cute toy..." 28. New York Giants  29. New Orleans Saints 30. Cincinnati Bengals 31. Arizona Cardinals  32. Cleveland Browns  Sorry, NYG, for not moving you up higher. You only just beat ARI, so it's not like it was a monumental win (no offense, Chirpies). Each of these teams have shown no consistent fight, and not much in the way of success, outside of the one-off (or two-off) win here and there. Like Chucky, these are just dolls--paper dolls--ripe for the kicking, even if they have murderous intent.
  12. 14 points

    CFBHC v1.6g

    CFBHC v1.6f October 28th, 2019 Pre-Release v1.6.4.10 Notes: Thanks to all those who submitted feedback to Jumbo's committee and thanks especially to Jumbo for helping me process some of the information. As usual thanks to all those I asked to test various parts of this. Thanks to the users who gave me the idea for this. General Info / Idea Continued updated to recruiting based on properly submitted feedback. NFLHC Added two new designations to player lines. Medical History/Injury Players will receive [+] in their attribute line to signify they have a history of injuries or are affected negatively by past injuries. The numbers of '+' in the tag can increase up to a maximum of three. Players with the [+++] designation will always retire at the conclusion of the season. Personal Conduct Players will receive a [#] in their attribute line to signify they have a history of personal conduct or drug problems that have negatively affected them in the past. Only one # will ever be present in the designation.
  13. 14 points

    The Detroit Lions Celebrate Halloween

    In the mist of an amazing 7-0 run to start the year, the Lions made time today for some holiday shenanigans and hosted a team sponsored Halloween party. Here are some highlights: Kicker Brent Hankton stole CB Keyshawn Thompson's jersey from his locker and wore it, claiming he was dressing up as “an actual football player”. Punter Bryan Johnson was reportedly unhappy about the insinuation of this statement, saying to team reporters “kickers are people too”. Kenyon Randall and his two favorite blockers Dwayne Lawton and Joe McCord decided to pander to the children attending with their costumes of Baby Shark (Randall), Mommy Shark (Lawton), and Daddy Shark (McCord), according to height. Defensive tackle Earl “E-Jax” Jackson completed the quartet by dressing as Grandpa Shark. Quarterback Rob LeCount was unanimously awarded “worst pun” for his calculator costume, while wide reciever Jeremy Cook received the “best pun” award for his portrayal of Guy Fieri. According to team sources, there are no functional differences between the two awards. As always the pumpkin carving contest was highly competitive, featuring many innovative designs. Taking home the first place prize was Center Don Teteak for this masterpiece: But shout outs to Nathan Iverson, Rex Walsh and Bryan Johnson for their designs. And a special mention for Shamarcus Pierce, who decided to forgo traditional high effort design for a minimalist pumpkin which was described by an anonymous teammate as “almost as cute as Shamarcus himself”. The Lions host the Chicago Bears this Sunday, and have announced that families who show up with at least one member in costume will receive 50% off stadium parking and non-alcoholic concessions (restrictions may apply). Be sure to come out and cheer on your Lions!
  14. 14 points
    This deals with NFLHC coaches mostly because it's not as much of a problem in CFBHC but if you are an NFLHC coach and you play players with the OUT tag I will begin keeping track of how many times you do it and will remove you from your team at my discretion. This has gotten totally out of control the last few months. I'll reserve judgment on a case by case basis but if you do it twice I will almost certainly remove you from your team and ban your owner/gm from rehiring you. Enough is enough this is causing major problems.
  15. 14 points
    We'll be keeping the Power Rankings somewhat brief this week, as I'm in a "training" all day today, and I'm quite sure I'll prefer a hole in the head to more work after today. Anyway, it was a very interesting week in the NFLHC with some colossal upsets, a few "system reset" results, and one incredibly impressive breakout performance. It added up to a huge Week 7, and while we're starting to see some real separation, it does feel like the crazy is only beginning in this season. Your comments below will help decide on next week's theme...please add your thoughts: it makes the discussion so interesting! Remember, if you don't like where you are in these rankings...play better! 1. Detroit Lions 2. Kansas City Chiefs 3. Jacksonville Jaguars 4. Washington Football Club 5. Buffalo Bills  This is the top tier now. I admit the hypocrisy of not altering the top two despite their battle last week, but stay with me: with ALL the results so far this season, and the incredible game played by DET-KC, whom else should be #2? The Jags have a case, surely, as do the other two in this tier. But, I'm quite sure that WAS and BUF are just happy to be this high in the Rankings right now...I believe this is the highest I've ever ranked either franchise. WAS blew the doors off the offensive missile silo with Bowman-to-Royal, and BUF made quite a statement stalemating Nick Hall and the Raiders. 6. Green Bay Packers 7. Atlanta Falcons 8. Philadelphia Eagles The Packers are lurking, waiting for other contenders or pretenders to falter. The Falcons exorcised some Skaggs-sized demons with a crucial come-from-behind win in CAR. And the Eagles shut down the Niners something fierce. I've got all three of these teams penciled into the Playoffs...can they stay there? Each needs just a little more of SOMETHING...right? 9. Miami Dolphins 10. Baltimore Ravens  11. Las Vegas Raiders  12. San Francisco 49ers  13. Tennessee Titans The Ravens are the high-risers here...between that nasty D and Marcus Black playing excellent football, seems like BAL might waltz to the North title. The Dolphins, Raiders, and Niners all tripped on different sized stones this weekend, but that figures to be more of the exception than the rule. I was so impressed with the Titans getting the win with 1) a new quarterback, and 2) a completely new offensive system. 14. Indianapolis Colts 15. Dallas Cowboys  16. Los Angeles Rams 17. Pittsburgh Steelers  18. Carolina Panthers Quite frankly, this is too high for the Rams and Steelers after performances on Sunday, but didn't really have anywhere else to put them. The Panthers, my preseason Super Bowl pick, have looked terrible in all their close losses. It FEELS like they can turn it around, but the evidence is simply not there. The Cowboys had a nice win in the Monday nighter and will continue to be a serious thorn in the sides of their NFCE mates. The Colts are...a mystery. I thought Indy might be ready to turn the corner after the Titans win, but now I think that was MUCH more about Wheeler going down than the Colts being contenders. 19. Chicago Bears 20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21. Seattle Seahawks 22. Denver Broncos 23. New England Patriots Every single one of these teams can play spoiler going forward. It is highly unlikely that any (other than the Seahawks, really) make the Playoffs, but each are some version of a wildcard. Broncos finally put together a game and somehow beat the Dolphins and now Troy McMurray is my adopted godson and Marshawn Matthison is coming over for Thanksgiving dinner. 24. Houston Texans 25. Minnesota Vikings 26. Los Angeles Chargers of San Diego Not to put too fine a point on it, but these teams are approaching their win ceiling on the year. That is not a BAD thing, necessarily, except for the Texans, because there was always going to be some rebuilding happening this year. I'm gonna say each team gets 2 more wins total in 2023. 27. New York Jets 28. New York Giants  29. New Orleans Saints 30. Cincinnati Bengals 31. Arizona Cardinals  32. Cleveland Browns  I don't have much to say here, folks. These teams are different versions of bad. Now, of course I know that means I'm jinxing the Broncos this week and NYJ is going to Tyson Chadwick the Broncos into another frustrating loss.
  16. 13 points

    [2023] State Of The States

    This will be a quick analysis of the current W/L of each state. Where does your state rank currently? Is a certain team in your state slacking behind? Here is the data current to this last week..... (No data for Alaska, Vermont, Maine) Tier 1 1. Missouri 83.33% (5-1) 2. Indiana 74.07% (20-7) T-3. Oklahoma 71.43% (15-6) T-3. Hawaii 71.43% (5-2) T-3. Minnesota 71.43% (5-2) T-3. North Dakota 71.43% (5-2) Tier 2 7. Maryland 69.23% (9-4) 8. Louisiana 64.71% (22-12) 9. Tennessee 61.54% (16-10) 10. Washington 60.00% (12-8) Tier 3 11. California 59.26% (32-22) 12. Michigan 57.58% (19-14) T-13. Mississippi 57.14% (12-9) T-13. Pennsylvania 57.14% (12-9) T-13. Delaware 57.14% (4-3) T-13. Idaho 57.14% (4-3) T-13. South Dakota 57.14% (4-3) 18. Illinois 56.00% (14-11) 19. Texas 55.42% (46-37) 20. South Carolina 52.38% (11-10) T-20. Iowa 52.38% (11-10) 22. Florida 51.85% (28-26) 23. North Carolina 51.11% (23-22) Tier 4 T-24. Colorado 50.00% (10-10) T-24. Arizona 50% (7-7) Tier 5 T-26. Oregon 47.37% (9-10) T-26. Massachusetts 47.37% (9-10) 28. West Virginia 46.15% (6-7) 29. Virginia 45.17% (16-19) T-30. Georgia 42.86% (12-16) T-30. Kentucky 42.86% (12-16) T-30. Utah 42.86% (9-12) T-30. Nebraska 42.86% (3-4) T-30. New Jersey 42.86% (3-4) Tier 6 35. Ohio 39.62% (21-32) 36. Alabama 39.39% (13-20) 37. Kansas 38.46% (5-8) 38. Nevada 35.71% (5-9) Tier 7 T-39. Arkansas 28.57% (4-10) T-39. Connecticut 28.57% (4-10) T-39. New Hampshire 28.57% (2-5) 42. New York 20.00% (4-16) 43. Wyoming 14.29% (1-6) 44. New Mexico 7.14% (1-13) 45. Montana 0.00% (0-7) Interesting Takes/Surprises? Any upcoming powerhouses? Coming up: Looking at average team recruiting rankings combined with average team recruiting points per state. This will figure out which states have been over and under performing so far in recruiting. Source: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-4TW4AbPK5mFQsa6Sk5587gg5eQZX_I_4ZHr6S0Y6WQ/edit?usp=sharing
  17. 13 points

    [2023] NFLHC Power Rankings Week 9

    A week of shifting sands in the Power Rankings. Lots of movement at the top, especially the Top 10. I'm still a bit shocked at how many truly awful teams we have in the League, mine included. This is gonna be a fun playoffs, because 16 teams are quite good, and have been for awhile. So, I'll use coaching aphorisms that I can imagine @SlinkyJr says on the basketball court to describe each tier this week. Maybe a hokey theme, but whatever. It's where I'm at. Remember, if you don't like where you are in these Rankings...play better! "Attaboy. That's why you're our guy." 1. Green Bay Packers 2. Detroit Lions 3. Miami Dolphins  4. Kansas City Chiefs  Quite frankly, this was a difficult decision, to move the Packers back up top following the Lions close loss to the Bears. The Packers have been demolishing teams of late (and have a gimme this week in Denver), so I thought we'd honor the premise of the Power Rankings (...play better!) and move the Cheeseheads back up to #1. DET doesn't fall far, as they have been far and away the most dominant team thru the full stretch of the season. Miami, who lost to Denver two weeks ago, has bounced back with important wins against AFC rivals, including the latest take down of the Bills. So, they bounce back up with the losses incurred by others around them. Ditto the Chiefs, who were on a bye this week, but have been so good all year. I would not be at all surprised if these teams were the playing for both Conference Championships the week before the Super Bowl. "I like it. I like it. How'd you do that?" 5. Buffalo Bills 6. Baltimore Ravens 7. Indianapolis Colts 8. Jacksonville Jaguars 9. San Francisco 49ers  10. Las Vegas Raiders  11. Washington Football Club I can feel the questions and concerns (and salt?) roll in with this tier. "Why drop the Jags and Washington so far after losing to good teams?" "Why NOT drop the Bills further?" "What's the deal with the Colts anyway?!?!" All good questions. Here's some answers: a) the Bills lost by the home field advantage in MIA, the #3 team in our rankings this week. Yes, the Bills need to start winning the games they're not expected to to be taken seriously, but they've played quite well all season. b) the Jags got held own significantly by the Colts AT HOME. Sowell looked pedestrian and the vaunted Jaguar D didn't really show up. Disappointing. The Niners absolutely whipped the 'Skins in Washington. Bowman and Friends played terribly, that is an objective fact. For that REALLY disappointing performance, they get the hammer. Now, the nice part about this tier (and yes, I'm including the super impressive Ravens, winners of 6 straight) is that they ALL can still make major waves. All have shown the type of promise that may see them as a #1 or #2 seed in the Playoffs when all is said and done. Particularly the Jags, who have it all in front of them, provided they play up to their potential. "Well done! Play like that, and you just might start soon..." 12. Chicago Bears 13. Atlanta Falcons 14. Philadelphia Eagles 15. Dallas Cowboys  16. Tennessee Titans And here ends the "Good" teams in the NFLHC. The Titans took one on the chin from the Raiders (though perhaps more solidly played than I would have expected...the Ryan Clark Experiment isn't a total bust), while the other four had nice wins, especially the Bears in knocking off the previously undefeated Loins. The Falcons edged past the Bucs in Tampa, but lost LaMichael Harley to a light injury. The Eagles opened a can on the Seahawks in Seattle, getting right with the run game in time for Allan Taylor to come back. The Cowboys sent the Panthers to a 2-6 early grave with a standout performance from RB Kalei Keil (16 rushes for 102 yards, and a score). The Bears' win over the Lions was all about the OLine: particularly what to do with OG Siula's new injury. But...they also got a mix-match of play from their tackles: LT Brian Chavez was Top Player at 9.44, while RT Marcus Waterman was Low Player at 2.36. If CHI can get that ironed out, Mohamed Foster is gonna keep playing the like-addition MVP candidate he has been. "Good. Now do it again!" 17. New York Jets 18. Los Angeles Chargers of San Diego 19. Houston Texans 20. New England Patriots How did the 3-5 Jets somehow sneak back to #17? No idea really, other than two straight wins with backup Tyson Chadwick. Of course, we're gonna tamper expectations there a bit by reminding that those wins were against the 2-6 Broncos and 3-5 Pats. This entire quartet would not be considered a "good team" by anyone, but they DO have more than 2 wins, so that's why they're all here. Let's call this group the "Best of the Worst"...even the Texans and Chargers, both coming off annihilations of lower quality teams, don't get the jump into the upper tiers. They just haven't proven it consistently. "Take a seat, you need a breather" 21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 22. Carolina Panthers 23. Los Angeles Rams 24. Pittsburgh Steelers  25. New Orleans Saints 26. Seattle Seahawks This tier is shocking. Truly. The 'Hawks won their division last year. The Rams, who should have, only played like the Rams of old toward the end of the season, portending a tailing up this season. Uh, no. The Steelers, presumptive favorites in the AFC North, just got dinged hard for needing a new QB, despite signing Norris Brooksheer to a long-term deal. Yikes. Also, PIT is now completing their Yo-Yo season with two straight losses heading into a week 9 bye: lose 3, win 3, lose 2. New Orleans just unloaded on the Vikings, so they get a casual bump up, but we've seen no evidence they deserve to be higher. The Panthers, with ALL that promise, fall to a meager 2-6. Two wins. That's all that overextended salary cap hath wrought in the Queen City. The Bucs are actually punching above their weight this last few weeks, highlighted by the close loss to the Falcons in the Thursday night game. The Bucs ain't good, but they have been playing better of late, thus topping this tier. No they just need some WRs, and hopefully ones with all their ACLs. "Just go get some water, son..." 27. Cincinnati Bengals 28. Denver Broncos 29. Minnesota Vikings  30. New York Giants  31. Arizona Cardinals  32. Cleveland Browns  This group is officially the Race for the #1 Pick!!! Woohoo! Holy moly these teams are bad. The Bengals top this group because they just beat the Browns...barely. The Vikes, Giants, Broncos, and Cardinals all got whomped by teams that don't necessarily have any business whomping them (with apologies to the Ravens in beating NYG). We're not gonna say that anyone is actively TANKING, but an alien visiting Planet Earth could make the logical conclusion that these six teams WERE actively tanking. So, who gets the pick? Right now, it's the Browns' to lose.
  18. 12 points
    Welcome back! Today, we examine the Legacy Of Chris Billings. Recruiting: QB Chris Billings 6-2 213 Fr Edisto (Cordova SC) 2.5 of 5.0 [Scrambling] Billings was among the highest rated players in the 2019 Recruiting Class. Being in the state of South Carolina, the dominate thought is that he would go to Clemson. And Clemson did get involved early and tried their hardest to land Billings. But, Billings had other ideas. Instead of going to the ACC, he decided to go to Charlotte and play in the C-USA. This was a huge surprise to the Nation, but Billings was confident in his decision. Statistics (From Wiki): Billings spent his first two seasons running around trying to make something out of nothing. But, ball don't lie. He was plain bad. The C-USA is not a defensive Juggernaut of a Conference, but Billings still performed poorly. As a Junior, he did much better. He cut down his turnovers drastically, but still had troubles getting the ball to his teammates consistently. Following his Junior Year still, it seemed like Billings would end up being a total bust. But, his senior year has been very good. He's completing over 68% of his passes, with a QB Rating just shy of 170. We have to mention that Charlotte's SOS this year is the worst in the FBS. Awards: National: None Conference: None The C-USA has had some good QB play, Eric McLean is the top guy who comes to mind. Alexander Cassidy at Southern Miss is also very good. Riley West was great early on. But, a player with Chris Billings' talent should have at least been able to make 2nd Team All-Conference. He's on pace to make one of those teams this season, but 49ers Fans have to feel disappointed with how his first 3 years went. Team Performances: Woof. Charlotte is Bowl Eligible for the first time in Chris Billings' tenure. The 49ers went 2-22 in his first two years. It took scheduling the easiest schedule in the country to get to 6 Wins. Charlotte still has plenty of time left in the season to make the Conference Championship Game. 2023 could go a looong way to improving Billings' legacy. Of course, Quarterback isn't the only player on the field. But, just like I mentioned in the Jake Davis article, QB is the most important position. We partially a measure a QB's success in the teams W-L Record. And so far, Chris Billings doesn't measure well here. Even within the Conference, winning about 25% their games against the C-USA is not a good look. Mitigating Circumstances: 1. Coaching Instability Coach @Isaac recruited him to Charlotte and coached him through 2020. He then left the program and Coach Bills50 filled in for part of the 2021 season before retiring due to family reasons. In 2022, Coach dderk started as the Head Coach of the 49ers. Part way through the season, he then left. This opened the door for Coach Isaac to return to the program. But, in 3 seasons, Chris Billings had 4 Different (3 Unique) Coaches. All 3 Coaches had their different philosophical approach to the game. Had their own schemes and concepts. Chris Billings was constantly learning new schemes and terms. He's now spent a full season back in Coach Isaac's system and is playing very well. What if he had been in this system the whole time? Does Charlotte perform better? Is our view of Chris Billings different? 2. Supporting Cast Here's his starting OL as a Freshman: OT Elliot Doss 6-1 269 (Fr) Gilman School (Baltimore, MD) 2.0 of 2.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Curtis Williams 6-7 278 Sr Sheehan (Sheehan CT) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] C Charles Lloyd 6-3 277 (Fr) Jacksonville (JackJrnville, NC) 2.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Norris Thompson 6-1 277 (Sr) Bertie (WindJrr NC) 2.5 of 2.5 [Run Blocking] OT Mark Daugherty 6-4 280 Sr Bishop Donahue (McMechen WV) 2.5 of 2.5 [Run Blocking] This group was among the worst in the Country. LG Curtis Williams could only do so much. Here's his starting OL as a Sophomore: OT Will Childers 6-2 321 Fr Grady (Atlanta GA) 2.5 of 2.5 [Run Blocking] OG Walt Shank 6-6 261 (So) Pendleton County (Soanklin, WV) 3.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] C Charles Lloyd 6-3 277 (So) Jacksonville (JackJrnville, NC) 3.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] C Bryan Blue 6-2 280 Fr Amite (Amite LA) 2.5 of 2.5 [Pass Blocking] (as RG) FB Francesco Hager 6-0 243 (So) Shade (Cairnbrook, PA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] (as RT) Elliot Doss tore his ACL early on, and that forced FB Francesco Hager to start. But, with Doss, this was still among the worst in the country. Here's his starting OL as a Junior: OT Parker Bush 6-5 290 (Sr) Williams (Williams, CA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] OG Walt Shank 6-6 261 (Jr) Pendleton County (Soanklin, WV) 3.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] C Charles Lloyd 6-3 277 (Jr) Jacksonville (JackJrnville, NC) 3.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Drew Dyer 6-2 321 Fr Union City (Union City TN) 2.5 of 2.5 [Run Blocking] OT Gavin Matthews 6-5 294 Fr Thomas County Central ( GA) 2.5 of 2.5 [Pass Blocking] Much improved, but still a rough unit. Here's his starting OL as a Senior: OT Gavin Matthews 6-5 294 So Thomas County Central (GA) 2.5 of 2.5 [Pass Blocking] OG Walt Shank 6-6 261 (Sr) Pendleton County (Soanklin, WV) 3.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] C Charles Lloyd 6-3 277 (Sr) Jacksonville (JackJrnville, NC) 3.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Benjamin Bateman 6-4 277 So Twin Valley (Pilgrims Knob VA) 2.5 of 2.5 [Run Blocking] OT Will Childers 6-2 321 Jr Grady (Atlanta GA) 2.5 of 2.5 [Run Blocking] Another Step Back. OL has plagued Charlotte for years. I think we can attribute part of his failures early on due to the poor play of his OL. Verdict: 49ers Fans will have a complicated feelings about Billings. If Charlotte wins the Division and can somehow beat Rice in the Championship Game, Charlotte fans may forget the 2-22 start. Even with that possible outcome, 49ers fans may look at his senior season and wonder why he couldn't do that earlier. I think in the end, 49ers fans will look at his tenure with disappointment. All the talent in the world, but he just couldn't put it together for 3 Years. Charlotte going 6-30 in 3 years with a QB like Chris Billings can't end any other way. A Potential C-USA Championship can't wash those years away.
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    Welcome one and all to the NUDE KICKOFF Now both bigger and nuder Once again @llamas has flown out to Ann Arbor to join tsweezy at the Harbor of Ann Arbor. A little surprising given their big time matchup at NDSU this evening, but plenty of time to fly back out there to get his team the dub. Guest star Ann the Vann Aka @DarthJarJars sister Tsweezy: Whew glad we have the evening slot, I would hate to have to choose between the club and my players, but honestly I bet they’d win tonight even if I stayed here all day that’s how much confidence I have in this team. Llamas: ___ Ann: I'm sure the girls would love to have you here. Let’s see what we have on our plates today. A nice double-header in the morning slot! Good thing they are in the morning so people can sleep in because these are absolute snoozers. Indiana at Rutgers and Wisconsin at Purdue. In the afternoon we have the absolute cowards Minnesota hosting CMU in the middle of conference play (although I think the game will be great). The evening is time for the real shit. Ohio State at Penn State and of course the game of the week: Maryland at Michigan. We’ve got twice the number of games to go over, but who on Earth could last twice as long as last time? So let’s keep it shorter and sweeter, as inspired by @Nittany Boiler quickies First: Indiana at Rutgers Well, dreams of #UNDEFEATEDINDIANA are gone after they dropped 2 straight to Michigan State and yours truly. Now they face a Rutgers team who is honestly tough to get a read on. They blew out Miami (OH), were blown out by Nebraska, but also lost squeakers to Michigan and weren’t bad against Ohio State. They’re ok I guess? Mediocre? Uninspiring? Too hard to tell anything about? Either way, Indiana has been performing above expectations this year, and still has the highest punting average in the country. This is a prime opportunity to right the ship, but we’ll see what the B1G Boi Table™ has to say about it. Indiana Rutgers Record 4 – 2 3 – 3 Team Talent Rank 82nd 59th Strength of Schedule Elo Points for/against 35 – 20 19 – 17 Yards for/against 399 – 293 243 – 278 Pass/Run/Balanced? Better Run D Better rush attack, ok D Best Players QB Rangi Grey, RB Kamar Blackmon, P P.K. Crowe DT Shawn Marshall Turnovers/Takeaways 3 – 7 7 – 5 OL Rating 4.1 (56th) 4.35 (40th) Sacks given/taken 12 – 12 14 – 8 All Time Series 2—7 Indiana has some better stats, but losing the turnover and sack battles comparatively. The line is Indiana by 17, but I actually think that Rutgers could take this one, especially if Indiana doesn’t protect the football appropriately. They for sure cover at the very least. Ann: I heard that the Indiana punter is kind of cute, so I'm choosing Indiana. Next up: Wisconsin at Purdue. This is not Wisconsin’s year. Nothing is going right for them. I guess they are balanced on offense? CB DeSean Newton is playing well? Purdue on the other hand is playing much better and has started to hit their stride. They dropped a game vs. Notre Dame, but other than that have looked good, leading the B1G west and really only needing to beat Illinois next week to all but clinch it. They’re 11th in the playoff poll, they get a ton of sacks, and really the only danger here is getting caught looking ahead to next week. Wisconsin Purdue Record 0 – 6 5 – 1 Team Talent Rank 78th 14th Strength of Schedule Elo Points for/against 13 – 30 26 – 16 Yards for/against 202 – 356 327 – 292 Pass/Run/Balanced? Bad all over, but balanced Better Passing and pass D Best Players CB DeSean Newton, ATH Jeremiah Butler, DE Landon Crowder, OLB Robert Devlin Turnovers/Takeaways 11 – 3 4 – 8 OL Rating 3.63 (84th) 4.38 (37th) Sacks given/taken 5 – 13 19 – 7 All Time Series 4—5 I don’t think there’s much of a threat. I like Purdue to cover the 20 point spread and set up next weeks de facto West division championship game. Guest: Where even is Rutgers? I think I gotta go with the trains. CHOO CHOO The only afternoon game is Minnesota hosting (ugh) Central Michigan. I can’t believe they’re making me look up stats from other conferences. Central Michigan at least is a very intriguing team. QB Byron Suggs is leading the nation in both passing yards and TDs with 2223 and 20. Second place in those stats have <2000 yards and 17 touchdowns. He is just a dominant force, even behind a mediocre line and their defense has been playing alright as well. For their part, Minnesota just lost to Purdue and could be facing some disappointment about seeing the West slip away from them. They do have a pass heavy offense that beat Illinois though, along with a strong defensive line and the 20th most talented team. Central Michigan Minnesota Record 4 – 2 4 – 2 Team Talent Rank 96th 20th Strength of Schedule Elo Points for/against 35 – 19 27 – 18 Yards for/against 464 – 273 377 – 317 Pass/Run/Balanced? Incredible passing attack, ok D Pass heavy, balanced D Best Players QB Byron Suggs, ILB Justice Noriega, DT Kareem Lindsey DE Malachi Pickett, DT John Stanton, Shane Slade Turnovers/Takeaways 2 – 7 4 – 7 OL Rating 3.78 (74th) 4.43 (36th) Sacks given/taken 10 – 8 11 – 10 All Time Series Never Played The line says Minnesota by 15 but there’s no way Suggs doesn’t at least keep it close. If we weren’t the official B1G TV partner (and I think they’re really second guessing that choice) I’d root for the CMU upset, and think it might still happen, but I’ll pick Minnesota with home field advantage. Ann: That groundhog is just so creepy, so I'm going with Central Michigan. Moving onto the evening slate we’ve got Ohio State going to Penn State. Both of these teams have had disappointing starts to their seasons relative to expectations, and the loser is likely to have some soul-searching to do about what went wrong. They have tons of talent, phenomenal DEs and passing stats (shout-out to OSU TE Jonas Schumacher for being a total stud), but yet somehow find themselves losing games. Ohio State Penn State Record 3 – 3 4 – 2 Team Talent Rank 28th 9th Strength of Schedule Elo Points for/against 23.5 – 20 30 – 16 Yards for/against 363 – 290 382 – 250 Pass/Run/Balanced? Pass focused O, pass stopping D Pass heavy, good D Best Players TE Jonas Schumacher, DE CeCe Condon WR Dominic Dixon, DE Oghale Adelangwe, ILB Xavien Bowers Turnovers/Takeaways 9 – 6 3 – 8 OL Rating 3.73 (75th) 4.87 (14th) Sacks given/taken 14 – 11 16 – 8 All Time Series 4—6 Truthfully, I think the blame for Ohio State can be pinned on that abysmal OL, and I think PSU takes advantage. Give me the Nittany Lions at home, and covering the 5.5 point spread. Ann: Fuck Ohio State, give me the lions. Ah at last, the main course. Usually broadcasters recuse themselves from games they cover, but ain’t no rules saying a coach can’t talk up his own team! Maryland had a shockingly low-scoring game last week, beating Indiana 14-12, but I admit we were looking ahead to this week and the 2 missed field goals didn’t help either. Michigan looks tough. They’re 8th in the initial playoff rankings for this season with only a loss at Notre Dame weighing them down. However, a closer look indicates a bit of a paper tiger perhaps? They play every game super close, are losing the turnover battle thus far despite having the 26th most talented team, and overall just have not impressed me with putting away teams they should blow out. Maryland Michigan Record 5 – 1 5 – 1 Team Talent Rank 31st 26th Strength of Schedule Elo Points for/against 38 – 18 29 – 26 Yards for/against 384 – 280 368 – 334 Pass/Run/Balanced? Good and balanced Balanced O, balanced D Best Players QB Brian Andersen, RB Marc Beasley, CB Isaiah Simpkins RB Nick Rowland, WR Antonio Jackson, DE Arthur Trahan, ILB Luke Blankenship Turnovers/Takeaways 2 – 10 7 – 9 OL Rating 4.63 (23rd) 4.9 (11th) Sacks given/taken 14 – 5 12 – 7 All Time Series 2—7 An interesting aspect of this game is the kicking situation. Michigan is 5/11 on the season for FG, going 1/7 on 40+ yarders. Does this make them more aggressive on those 4th down attempts? Will the momentum swings be a huge deal? I say yes. Maryland has a rousing victory to spur them onto a great season! #DOITFORTURNTLE Ann: Michigan is the best team in the country and will win because of that. Tsweezy: wait I thought paying meant you had to agree with everything I said, what a scam here smh. alright time for us to split any catch these flights, thank goodness I could expense this as a recruiting trip, let’s go live to the field!
  20. 12 points
    Coach TuscanSota takes the podium for a brief statement. Hi. Sorry, it's past midnight where I am right now. I know that a lot of fans are up in arms and brandishing pitchforks. I really do. If you think you're frustrated with what's going on this season, you aren't the only one. We're evaluating everything we can to determine what's going on. Considering that we've made little to no changes in terms of our starts, apart from our draft class in the off season and sending Quentin Smith off, we hoped that we could carry the same momentum that got us into the playoffs and back onwards. Well, turns out that an 0-3 start of the season can change things. Especially when you don't submit your gameplan for at least one of those games -- and you know it wasn't submitted on time because of how good the defensive players on your opponents team turned out to do in the results. And then you wonder how well the team could've done if you found time to be able to submit it a day earlier. Excuse me while I go meta, but it's been a really frustrating year for me. I'm not talking about game results. I'm sure everyone's seen it here in the forums and the shoutbox but I've been more vocal over recent losses than I have in the past. I'm sorry for that. None if it has anything to do with this site or the community. It's not because of losses to teams we shouldn't be losing to or teams we should be competing with. I wish I could say why right now, but it's outside of the scope of this thread -- if you want an idea go ahead and look through the General Section of the forum. In terms of both NFLHC (and CFBHC) I have certain expectations for my squad(s), and when we don't meet those expectations, especially in absolute catastrophe, it's hard. I'm sure some of you know the feeling. And the tough part is, I'm at a point right now where I don't even know where to begin on how to fix the problems with this team or where the problem even lies. All I'm trying to say is in the scope of this season, we're doing everything we can to figure out why we're not meeting our expectations. Whether it's because of Brooksheer or if it's our overall gameplan. Maybe it's because I don't have the time to do this. Maybe I just suck. I don't know. Don't pity us. Just keep playing. We're evaluating everything and fixing what we can. Because that's what we've been trying to do. Thank God it's a bye week. ~ Tuscan
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    Swipet's Recruiting Analysis

    Swipet's Recruiting Analysis: 2023 I apologize for the delay since this was a project that has been in the works for a few months, but i wanted to go in depth with where the nations top talent lies and how you could potentially learn from this as to where to pipeline and put your host camp locations for the future. Croots by State (Both P5 and G5 Lists Combined) The Numbers Now Lets sort it by Pro Potential Players (4.0 Potential and Higher) By the Numbers Again for Pro Players Now lets look at how many teams are in each state And the Numbers Finally, lets put this all into perspective and see how many available pro players there are for each team Now overall players Compared to IRL Division 1 football. IRL is nearly balanced across all states
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    Nittany Boiler

    [2023] Week #10 - FNF

    Well, ladies and gentlemen, Appalachian State has left the ranks of the beaten. First win!
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    Kansas State Lands a Flurry of Commits Swipet has been hitting the recruiting trail very hard this offseason and it has paid off so far. On Sunday, Kansas State received verbal commitments from nine separate players spanning across the country. ATH Samuel Bryan DeLeon (DeLeon, Texas) A true athlete on the field, he has been utilized as a Quarterback on the offense and a Middle Linebacker on defense as he displays rare speed and quickness with his 6-4 223 pound frame. The position that Samuel will probably play in the BigXII is still yet to be determined and will probably be sorted out as soon as he comes on campus in the spring. This will be the second consensus 5 star recruit that has committed to Kansas State and will lead the new generation of talent when Brendan Scherer leaves for the NFL draft. SS Chauncey Blakely Ritenour (Overland, Missouri) Seek and Destroy is the name of the game for Chauncey. He is a literal heat seeking missile in the secondary and has one of the most impressive game films in the country. He has received numerous offers from Oregon State and Illinois State but has elected to remain as close to home as possible and committed to Kansas State hoping to provide an immediate uplift in his freshman season. WR Sha’quan Fowler Stratford (Stratford, Oklahoma) A true wide receiver that can fill an immediate need for next year is the perfect combination for Swipet and Sha’quan. Will probably not redshirt as he shows fantastic speed in space and a true knack for the ball especially on deep routes. ILB Jahmir Swann Blair Oaks (Jefferson City, Missouri) Possibly the most underrated piece so far in the recruiting class as he is somewhat undersized at 6’1” but makes up for the size and length with a body that any girl would leave their guy for. Quickness is off the charts as a middle linebacker but would need to work on speed and be in the film room to become a potential factor for Kansas State in the future. OG Austin Doty Pampa (Pampa, Texas) Shows remarkable strength and size but has little technique that caused D1 coaches to put their offers elsewhere. But has an amazing floor and can provide some great potential as a possible day 1 starter or at worst, start as a redshirt freshman. But here are the rest that are expected to reshirt and see some action in the near future OG John Hyatt Marshall (Marshall, Arkansas) FS Greg Mello Royal Valley (Hoyt, Kansas) DT Walt Lannister Mount Diablo (Concord, California) LS Aiden Trimble Westville (Westville, Oklahoma)
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    While virtually every other coach in the nation is still out recruiting, UC Davis has closed up shop for the season. "Recruiting on the FCS scale involves airplanes, buses and cars," UC Davis President Janet Napolitano began her statement, "our university's commitment to being green and eco friendly does not philosophically agree with mass recruiting policies so we have decided to limit the time frame in which our coaches can recruit for the year. Furthermore, we believe it is illogical to invite recruits to our campus when toxic smoke from nearby fires blocks out the sun and forces us to cancel classes. Thankfully, Coach Dacder has informed us that he has already signed a full class, and as reward I will be giving myself a $100,000 bonus." Dacder had this to say: "Well I think it's a bit insane, but at the same time it lets me kick my feet up and focus on gameplanning for the rest of the year, so I can't really complain. Besides, I'm sure the guys we got will be fine for the time being." Those players are listed below:
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    Current top 10 large dozen coach smackemz is running the Richmond Marathon on November 16th. I have run roughly 15 half marathons, but this will be my first attempt at running a full marathon. I'm bib # 2356 if anyone wants to track my progress. Maybe the idea that you guys might be tracking will keep me from hitting the wall at mile 20.
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    Response to notice of allegations First off, I would like to say that I am disappointed by these allegations and how they were presented to me. It is noted in the allegations that witnesses said that I would not give elaborate answers when asked about the switch in my depth chart, and that being used against me feels like injustice. For one, I was not asked any questions by anyone in authority about switching the players in my depth chart. I feel that I should not have to answer any questions about my depth chart to other members unless I want to. There could be strategic reasons (which will be outlined in my private message) for making switches, and I may not want to give opponents information. I will break down my public rebuttal to the notice of allegations in multiple parts, and more private information will be given directly to the committee. 1st- I made no promise of Ryan Trent starting for me. He was a JUCO player who had both a family tie to Duke, and Duke was a primary preferred school. To suggest that I promised Ryan Trent anything is blatantly false. He was a JUCO players, and JUCO players did not have promises made to him. I offered him a scholarship, nothing else. Having a player on the depth chart at any time does not make a promise to be a starter. He knew before coming to the school that Jordan Harley was on my roster and yet he still decided to come play here. 2nd - I was accused of not being forthcoming with information on why I chose to make the switch between players. I will give my more private reasons directly to the committee, as I do not feel as I should have to publicly discuss my gameplan reasons for making a change. Like I said before, I do not think it is fair to use stuff I didn’t say in the shoutbox against me in this. Everyone here is a coach, and people I may play against. While the strategic reasons may be little, I feel I reserve the right to make a change without explaining my gameplan reasons. If it were a QB who was at the center of this, having to answer in the shoutbox to claims could give an advantage to other teams. However, I don’t like slippery slope answers, so I will say on principle, I should not be punished for not being forthcoming with “witnesses”. I also did mention the gameplan reasons to other members on another forum. 3rd - I feel that the committee should have questioned me first so I could explain my reasoning, and avoid any kind of public confrontation, which could have resolved this much quicker. I feel like with my length on the site, I should have been asked directly versus having this being sprung on me. In Summary - There was no promise of starting made to Ryan Trent. I had gameplan reasons for making the position switch, among other reasons, and those reasons will be sent to you directly. I am disappointed by the process of this notice of allegations. I hope that all of these allegations will be dismissed quickly, as they have no merit and they only serve to stir up gossip and cause distractions.
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    2023 Week #8 Projected Playoff Rankings (1) Oklahoma Sooners vs (8) Michigan Wolverines (2) LSU Tigers vs (7) Tennessee Volunteers (3) Oklahoma State Cowboys vs (6) Florida Gators (4) Oregon Ducks vs (5) SMU Mustangs
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    Rory Weston is an absolute joke of a QB. That fan is an idiot, fire him into the sun.
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    [2023] Miami Dolphins Hire New GM

    Hello everyone and thanks for gathering to watch, both here and around the world. It's time for: After some long hard soul-searching, I've decided to take my talents to south beach. The Miami Dolphins made me an offer I couldn't refuse, and I'm proud to be joining such a historic franchise. This is arguably the best trio in the game right now with myself, @smackemz, and @vtgorilla and together we are going to win some Superbowls. Not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, etc.. I'll open the floor to questions from our audience. Happy to be here
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    [2023] Week #8 - 1 PM

    Is Eric McLean the next AJJ? Through seven games here are their stats. Jefferson - 145/244 (59.4%), 1,580 yards, 12 TDs, 8 INTs McLean - 146/246 (59.3%), 1,586 yards, 12 TDs, 8 INTs
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  32. 10 points
    The first 3 games of the The Third Saturday in October were played in 2014, 2015 and 2018. Alabama won 24-7 in 2014 and 32-23 in the 2018 SEC Championship game on their way to securing their second national championship. Tennessee won a defensive slugfest in 2015 by a score of 9-7. Since 2020 it has become a yearly fixture, and is quickly becoming a must watch SEC matchup. Tennessee won that year in another close game, 13-10, which marked Goldson's first win against the Tide. The following season, Tennessee was off to a dismal and unexpected 0-4 start. That changed on the Saturday afternoon of Week 7, as Tennessee rallied in the 4th to get a 30-24 home win behind a strong Goldson performance. This would the last game that the legendary @SageBow would coach, as he resigned for personal reasons. A fitting way for him to finish. This marked the first time Tennessee had a lead in the series despite a -25 point differential over the first 5 games. 2022 was perhaps the best game of the series. Saturday afternoon came around again, with a 7-0 and highly ranked Alabama hosting a 4-3 Tennessee team with 3 losses against quality competition. The game was tied up at the end of every quarter, finishing 17-17 at the end of regulation. Both teams played clean football, finishing with no turnovers, but the kicking game had kept the game tied. The Volunteer's Patrick Major had missed a 47 yarder early in the 4th but composed himself to make his next 3 that kept Tennessee fighting. His counterpart Jason Damico missed field goals of 51 and 55 yards that prevented the Tide from winning it in regulation. The first overtime ended with a field goal each. Tennessee only managed a field goal in the second overtime period, and Tide QB Linus Petty willed himself across the goal line, pushing through a crowd of Volunteers to end the threat of an upset in Tuscaloosa. This leaves the series tied at 3-3. Goldson is 2-1 against Alabama, and Alabama QB Greg Carnes is yet to make an appearance against the Volunteers. This game is shaping up to be another classic, with a resurgent Tide looking to crush the dreams of perhaps the best Volunteers team since the 2019 Playoff Semifinalist, while Goldson is looking for another signature win and to keep the hopes high in Knoxville. Tune in on the 3rd Saturday afternoon in 3 years to watch the 3-3 all time 3rd Saturday in October series (I'm sensing a trend here) sway in the favour of one team. Good luck @CadeRich5, looking forward to it.
  33. 10 points
    Portland State (0-6) at Montana (0-7) Missoula, MT - 37 F 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT1 OT2 OT3 SCORE Portland State Vikings (0-6) 7 0 0 0 - - - 7 Montana Grizzlies (0-7) 0 7 0 7 - - - 14 And there it is. For the first time in site history, the Montana Grizzlies won a football game. They defeated Portland State 14-7, thanks to some great defense and a 4th quarter drive that will go down in history. This Toilet Bowl matchup, most likely pitting the two worst teams ever in site history, lived down to its already extremely low expectations. But, Montana won. It had to happen eventually, and eventually appears to be today. Let's take a look at how this game went down. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- First Quarter, 15:00; Portland 0, Montana 0 The game started at 7:00 pm local time, though it could have started at 3:00 am and probably would have the same turnout. The weather stayed just above freezing for most of the night, but weather was not the most likely factor as to why there was a low turnout. The real reason is that both of these teams are really bad at football. And it showed right from the start, as Montana kicked off and the ball almost immediately went out of bounds, drawing a flag. A collective sigh is heard from the crowd. Here we go again, same old terrible Grizz football. Both teams would go three-and-out to start, which is mostly due to both teams being horrible on offense and less because of great defense. That changed with the first play for Portland on their 2nd possession, in which Rashaad Rivers ran for 25 yards before being knocked out at the Grizz 37. Spoiler alert, this would be Portland's longest offensive play of the night. A couple quick passes later, Rashaad Rivers ran it in from 13 yards out to give Portland the early lead. Fans seemed to be somehow more miserable then they already were. Scientists are still unsure of how that is possible. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- First Quarter, 6:36; Portland 7, Montana 0 Down 7 early, Montana seemed destined to once again lose a football game. They would actually get a first down on their next drive before stalling out and punting again. Portland also got a first down before having to punt. And right before Montana could attempt another 3rd down, the first quarter ended. Already, Toilet Bowl 2K20 was 1/4 over. And already, it looked like Montana was doomed to lose forever. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Second Quarter, 15:00; Portland 7, Montana 0 Montana would actually be able to convert this 3rd down, one of only three such conversions on the night. One name that will become important later is receiver Bryant Wheeler. He made a great catch to get the first down, his first of the night, and the Grizz finally had some momentum. They would get just past midfield before they had to punt. This moment is important because this would probably be the lowest point of Montana Grizzlies football, and maybe, the lowest single point of any college football team. Because after this punt, the tide, for the first time ever, starts to shift in the Grizzlies favor. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Second Quarter, 11:01; Portland 7, Montana 0 It's first and ten at the Portland 15. Riley Aldridge takes a 3 step drop and fires towards Bankston Bell. The pass, however, never ends up in Bell's hands. Stephen Donaldson jumped the route and got the interception before being tackled by Bell at the 19 yard line. A rare momentum swing for Montana. They decided to capitalize on it by throwing into the endzone on the first play. Wheeler caught the ball, but failed to get a foot down. But for a second, the crowd actually cheered, something Montana fans rarely get to do. That support helped the Grizz get a first down on the next play, and James West finished the drive with a 6-yard touchdown run. With the extra point, the game was tied. The rest of the quarter would see the amount of offensive ineptitude you would expect from a game lovingly called the "Toilet Bowl". Portland could not get close enough to try a last second field goal, and so they let the clock expire, with the score tied at 7. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Halftime; Portland 7, Montana 7 During the intermission, fans that decided to come to the game were starting to feel it. A feeling they hadn't had in a long time. The feeling of having a chance. The feeling of hope. Once one person gets infected with hope, it spreads faster than the common cold. Pretty soon, by the time the game was ready to kick-off again, every Montana fan in attendance could feel the energy flowing through the stadium. It was still mostly empty, but the people that were there were electric from this point on until the end of the game. They are a big part of how the Grizz were able to pull this off. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Third Quarter, 15:00; Portland 7, Montana 7 Montana would start with the ball to begin the second half, and with the crowd back into the game, the team went on a drive. It seemed like they were getting 5 yards on every play, and eventually they got it down to the 13 yard line. Half of the quarter had gone by, and Montana failed on this third down play, so they brought in their extremely unreliable kicker, Gary Chisholm. He has had trouble kicking everything this year, as shown by his opening kick going out of bounds to start the game. But a 30-yard field goal should be makeable, right? Apparently not. The kick curved right and missed. The crowd started to get quiet again. Who knows how many more times they would be in this good of a field position. Points are at a premium, and it was looking like this missed kick would keep Montana from winning once again. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Third Quarter, 7:57; Portland 7, Montana 7 Not wanting to be outplayed too much, Portland drove down the field with equal efficiency, converting on 2 third downs. With a minute left in the third, the drive stalled at the 24 yard line and they sent out their equally horrible kicker in David Osborn. And just like Chisholm, his attempt went wide. And after 3 quarters, the two teams were still deadlocked at 7. One quarter left, and the Grizzlies for once, had the confidence on the sideline that they were going to get the dub. That is, until the 4th quarter actually started. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Fourth Quarter, 15:00; Portland 7, Montana 7 Jeremy Harris had been a ballhawk all day for the Vikings. He had 2 passes defensed in the first 3 quarters and generally played airtight coverage on Darren Melendez all game. In the beginning of the fourth, he stayed with Melendez as they both went 40 yards downfield. Gage tossed up the 50/50 ball, and Harris won, getting the pick and returning it to midfield. The air in the stadium all at once deflated. Same old Grizz, rearing their ugly heads once again. This would be their best chance at victory for the rest of the season, and they were about to blow it. Unless, of course, Portland ends up blowing it themselves. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Fourth Quarter, 12:45; Portland 7, Montana 7 The Vikings were able to get 3 quick first downs on 3 consecutive passes, setting them up at the 23 yard line. A 3rd-and-10 sack forced the Vikings to kick a 44-yard field goal with 8 minutes to go. The snap was good, the hold was good, and the kick looked true...until it curved right and hit the post. A second missed field goal gave Montana hope once again that this time would be different. This time, Montana was going to win. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Fourth Quarter, 7:51; Portland 7, Montana 7 This Montana drive will go down in history. The Gage-to-Wheeler connection was in full swing as they connected on 3 passes for 33 yards. When they passed midfield, they gave it to West a couple times to get another first down. Then Gage found Jesse Davila for 13 yards, and all of a sudden Montana was in the red zone. A couple more quick passes, and Montana had first-and-goal at the 7. With three minutes to go, Montana decided to play it safe with two West runs. Unfortunately, both runs got exactly 0 yards. On third-and-goal, Gage faked the handoff to West and threw it up to Wheeler on the fade route. Every Montana fan expected the pass to be too far, or worse, intercepted, but what they didn't expect was Wheeler making the catch while getting one toe in. Even as the ref raised his hands to indicate touchdown, the crowd was nervous that there would be a flag or that he didn't get a toe inbounds. When they showed the replay on the jumbotron, the crowd went into a frenzy. He clearly got the foot in, and the touchdown would give Montana the lead. After 20 consecutive games of losing, the Grizzlies has a 7 point lead in the fourth quarter. But there was still work left to be done. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Fourth Quarter, 1:38; Portland 7, Montana 14 A touchback on the kickoff would place Portland at the 25. All Montana had to do was prevent Portland from reaching the end zone. That almost happened, as Portland had a huge 60-yard pass get called back on a holding penalty. Three straight incompletions gave the Vikings a 4th and 20 at their own 15. The crowd was the loudest it had been in years. Aldridge threw up a prayer, and it was caught. Unfortunately for Portland, the player that caught the ball was James Bowen, and he plays for the Grizzlies. The soon to be victorious Grizzlies. For the first time in nearly 2 years, Montana won a football game. A 20-game losing streak, ended on Thursday night. To the average person, this win may not be that special. Surely Montana winning is like having the lesser of 2 evils win. Both teams are terrible, but Montana is just less terrible. But to the Montana fans, this win is a turning point. Even if they lose every game this year (highly likely), they won't be able to take away this one win. They'll be back to being the punching bag soon, but tonight, it's a party in Missoula. Montana won. FINAL SCORE: Montana 14, Portland 7
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    Austin, TX Welcome back in Longhorns Nation, the focus of today's program is to look at the recruits that Coach Ape has brought in already this cycle and to speculate about their future roles on the team. Let's drive right in and examine the commitments one by one. DT Zaquan Dykes 6-5 288 Fr Northland Christian (Houston TX) 2.5 of 4.0 2-Gap Zaquan comes in as an electric performer in the high school ranks. Dykes was ranked the 4th best DT in the the recruiting class. He's ready to start right away at the next level. He'd fit best in a 3-4 defensive front. Dykes has a possible pro future ahead of himself if he can reach his ceiling in Austin. The path for Dykes in his first year is not completely set, that will depend if Redshirt Junior Zion Gaines declares for the draft or not. Either way, Longhorn nation should be excited for such a highly touted front 7 recruit. OLB Ricardo Cortes 5-11 224 Fr Roscoe (Roscoe TX) 2.5 of 4.0 Coverage A common theme will start to emerge soon for you with this class of recruits so far. Coach Ape has been laser focused on building up the defensive front 7 and has acquired some in state studs. Ricardo Cortes is the 8th ranked OLB in the class and will be ready to play almost right away after coming to Austin. Cortes is more of a coverage guy than a blitzer, but the Longhorns needed to get some more natural Outside Linebackers on the team. Cortes fills that role swimmingly. OT Uzoma Akabueze 6-7 263 Fr Abuja (Nigeria) 3.0 of 4.0 Run Blocking The Longhorns are going international and they have landed a huge recruit out of Nigeria. Uzoma Akabueze was ranked as the 4th best international recruit. Uzoma has been described as a natural lineman and won't need a lot of adjustment time to play the game at a high level. This is good because the Longhorns were looking very barren at OT before this recruiting cycle. He should step in and start right away for the team. DE Shaq Edwards 6-5 254 Fr DeLeon (DeLeon TX) 1.0 of 4.0 Blitz Shaq alert everyone! Coach Ape has added another Shaq this the squad. This time he's a Defensive End. Edwards is a little more raw than the other players in the class so far but he does have a nose for sacks and will possibly be playing on Sundays. He's ranked as the 19th best DE in the class but will possibly take a redshirt next year to work on getting his game up to the speed of the college game DE Aaron Holguin 6-6 258 Fr Flour Bluff (Corpus Christi TX) 2.0 of 4.0 Contain Look out Big 12 because Coach Ape has effectively recruited an entire defensive line of the future this class now. Aaron Holguin comes to Austin ready to make an impact. With the lack of depth at DE moving forward for the Longhorns Holguin will likely slide into a starting spot as a freshmen. He's more developed than Shaq Edwards and will be able to start right away if needed. He was ranked as the 9th best DE in the class. TE Dereece Taylor 6-5 194 Fr DeLeon (DeLeon TX) 3.0 of 4.0 Receiving Coach Ape did a little double dipping in DeLeon this cycle. He was able to pull in Shaq Edwards teammate Dereece Taylor, giving Benjamin Lockwood a huge asset in the pass game moving forward. Dereece is a huge threat in the passing game from the Tight End position and is highly developed already. He will likely be able to see the field right away next year and hit the ground running. Dereece was ranked as the 2nd best TE in this class. P Cedric Renaudin 5-7 185 Fr Marseille (France) 1.0 of 4.5 Power Going abroad again the Longhorns snagged an elite special teams player, this time from France. Cedric Renaudin came late to American Football but found himself quite the natural at punting. He's going to need a year at least to adjust to the college atmosphere and will learn from Transfer Tristian O'Rourke. Cedric was the 6th Ranked International recruit. CB Shaq Lawson 5-11 187 Fr Westwood (Austin, TX) 1.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] And last but not least Shaq Lawson who had already committed to the Longhorns (thanks to Coach Ape's great local connections) brings the class to 8 players so far. All of the 8 players so far are pro potential guys. Having been committed already Lawson was not ranked in this class but would possibly slot in around the 30th-45th best CB in the class. He's still raw and will likely redshirt with the other Shaq in this class before taking the field for the Longhorns.
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    WEEK 7 CONFERENCE STRENGTH RATINGS I have been keeping track of some numbers over the course of the season so far, and I have been intending to do some media pieces with them. Unfortunately, I have been very busy, so I have not been able to do what I had hoped. That being said, I had a little extra time on my hands, and I put together my conference strength ratings. Let me know what you think! 1. Big 12 - 9.22 2. SEC - 8.00 3. Big Ten - 7.07 4. Pac-12 - 6.97 5. ACC - 6.73 6. American - 5.59 7. Mountain West - 4.12 8. C-USA - 3.96 9. MAC - 3.21 10. Sun Belt - 1.54
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    Florida International Receives First Recruiting Commits by Rusty McPherson - Panthers beat writer The Florida International Golden Panthers received commits from four different players this past weekend. Let's review them: QB Jean Antoine Robinson (Hernando Leopards): 2/4 Stars Robinson is a pure pocket passer. He thrived in a spread system that the Leopards used to great effect on the way to a berth in the district tournament. With senior quarterback Gavin Copeland graduating this season, there is a good chance that Robinson could get the nod to start as a true freshman. That decision will likely come down to Robinson and current backup quarterback Vincent Seymour who will be a redshirt sophomore. ATH Nick Darden (Hillsborough Terriers): 1.5/4 Stars Hillsborough had a rough year this year, but one player that stood out was TE/WR combo Nick Darden. Darden was by far the Terriers' best receiver and would be placed all over the formation. He likely won't be the best blocker out of the gate, but that shouldn't be a problem as the Panthers have a very good blocker in the current starter, to-be reshirt senior Brandon Reinhardt. Darden, if not redshirted, will likely sit behind Reinhardt on the depth chart, but still could see the field as a receiving tight end. C Will McCabe (Fort Lauderdale Flying L's): 2/3.5 Stars The Panthers already have a solid center in to-be redshirt junior Aaden Ellis. That said, it this was a great move for the future as the Panthers don't have a true backup center (they mostly use a combo of interior linemen). Also, if redshirted, McCabe can help for the long term. McCabe could start if necessary, however, being a big part of the Flying L's rebounding from a poor season his junior year. OLB Keme Johns (Yellowknife, Canada Titans): 1/3.5 Stars Yes, Canada does play football. While this is a surprising commit, this is Florida International University after all. To be honest, it is hard to see how much Johns will contribute to the Panthers given the uncertain situation the Panthers have after this season on the outside of the linebacker corps. But it also is hard given that Johns played amateur football for a non-school affiliated under-19 club on a First Nations reservation. Regardless, Johns is quite an athlete, especially in coverage, and could grow to be a solid contributor for the Panthers in the future.
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    [2023] Pac-12 Recruiting Recap, Week 4

    It's that #BLESSED time of year, everyone! The one where schools and fans alike start hearing that beautiful word: COMMITTED. The Pac-12 Network is back again to provide full coverage of the proceedings for you! Without further ado, let's find out who will play for the Conference of Champions and how well the Pac-12 schools are doing in convincing recruits.... National Rankings: Conference Average Rank: 47.92 Committed Recruits (by potential) >=3.0 star recruits All Commits Curr. Croot Rank Team 3-Star 3.5-Star 4-Star 4.5-Star 5-Star Croot Total Tot. Stars Avg. Stars Avg. Skill 5 62 Arizona 0 3 2 0 0 5 18.5 3.70 1.50 5 116 Arizona State 4 1 0 0 0 5 15.5 3.10 1.20 2 48 California 0 0 1 1 0 2 8.5 4.25 1.25 4 126 Colorado 1 0 0 0 0 1 3.0 3.00 1.50 5 46 Oregon 0 2 3 0 0 5 19.0 3.80 1.00 6 35 Oregon State 0 1 5 0 0 6 23.5 3.92 1.25 2 51 Stanford 1 0 0 0 1 2 8.0 4.00 1.00 2 22 UCLA 0 0 0 0 2 2 10.0 5.00 1.00 7 3 USC 1 1 1 0 4 7 30.5 4.36 1.57 4 10 Utah 0 0 0 3 1 4 18.5 4.63 1.00 10 12 Washington 0 7 1 0 2 10 38.5 3.85 1.10 2 44 Washington State 0 1 0 0 1 2 8.5 4.25 1.75 Team breakdowns: USC Trojans (Class Size: 7, National Rank: 3) DE Kamar Lott 6-4 263 Fr Lake Stevens (Lake Stevens WA) 1.5 of 5.0 [Blitz] K Tim Rosenberg 5-8 187 Fr Sonoma Valley (Sonoma CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Power] KR Luca Morse 6-0 233 Fr West Covina (West Covina CA) 2.5 of 3.0 [Hybrid] ILB Max Brabham 6-2 247 Fr Galileo Academy (San Francisco CA) 1.5 of 5.0 [Mike] OT Javari Hightower 6-3 273 Fr Glendale (Glendale CA) 1.5 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] SS Brayden Land 5-10 190 Fr Valley (Bakersfield CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] TE Sean Graham 6-6 234 Fr Seneca (Seneca SC) 2.0 of 5.0 [Receiving] This week: The Men of Troy get off to a flying start, already signing more blue-chip players than they did all of last year. On top of that all of them are rated as top five at their position or better, led by #2 OT Javari Hightower from nearby Glendale. The other three players will anchor each level of the Trojan defense in the upcoming years. Looking forward: USC has some spicy battles brewing. They're neck and neck with Nevada for 4.5 DT Mateo Martinez, trail UCLA for guard Brian Sullivan, and stud CB Rashawn Brinson has received a lot of recent attention from Oregon to make this a fight - he once looked like a Trojan lock. Utah Utes (Class Size: 4, National Rank: 10) WR Booker Sproles 5-11 160 Fr Lakeland (Lakeland FL) 1.0 of 4.5 [Speed] ILB Rakeem Dubose-Seay 5-11 233 Fr Archbishop McCarthy ( FL) 1.0 of 4.5 [Will] CB Jeremy Wesley 5-11 176 Fr Port St. Lucie (Port St. Lucie FL) 1.0 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] CB Tierre Harvey 6-2 198 Fr Cumberland Valley (Mechanicsburg PA) 1.0 of 5.0 [Man Coverage] This week: Utah carries the momentum going from last year's recruiting class over into 2023. Utah ranged far and wide to sign this week's commitments, going into sunny Florida and not-so-sunny Pennsylvania. The Utes are shoring up their boundary players, as Sproles makes another target for Sir Finn to throw to and Wesley and Harvey will be a nightmare lockdown tandem for opposing signal-callers. Looking forward: Utah is still doing a lot of work away from home. This week we'll spotlight the great state of Tennessee as the Utes are recruiting a pair of defensive linemen there: DE Ha'Sean Watson (leading Appalachian State) and DT Ne'igalomeatiga Tele (trailing North Carolina). ...we look forward to seeing Tele's name butchered on the 2028 or 2029 NFLHC Draft Broadcast. Washington Huskies (Class Size: 10, National Rank: 12) C Filip Lind 6-1 289 Fr East Bakersfield (Bakersfield CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] ILB Tazwell Sneed 6-1 243 Fr North Thurston (Lacey WA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Will] OG Jude Lynch 6-2 269 Fr East Bakersfield (Bakersfield CA) 2.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] OG Jay Melendez 6-3 317 Fr Renton (Renton WA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] OT Moe Blackley 6-4 274 Fr Shelton (Shelton WA) 1.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] OT Eric Casper 6-7 270 Fr Charles Wright (Tacoma WA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] QB Anthony Holmes 6-6 239 Fr Grand Junction (Grand Junction CO) 1.0 of 5.0 [Pocket] RB Andre Clay 5-11 202 Fr Decatur (Federal Way WA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Power] WR Devin Lovett 6-0 172 Fr El Dorado (Placerville CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Speed] SS Theodore Posey 6-0 181 Fr North Thurston (Lacey WA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] This week: The Huskies are the only team to sign a double-digit group this week, and they damn near recruited an entire offense while doing it. There's a full offensive line headlined by Moe Blackley, the heirs apparent to Jake Davis and Kofi Walls in Anthony Holmes and Andre Clay, and California product Devin Lovett to catch some passes. It's questionable if any of them will be starting next year, however. Looking forward: Washington seems to be looking to shore up their rush ends, and they have active interests in Idaho end Max Lewis Jr. and Hawaii native Natrone Scales. They're trailing Oregon and Fresno State for both players respectively, though. UCLA Bruins (Class Size: 2, National Rank: 22) WR D'Mario Russell 6-1 188 Fr Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland CA) 1.0 of 5.0 [Speed] WR Kiuga Faletolu 6-2 151 Fr Vernon (Vernon FL) 1.0 of 5.0 [Speed] This week: Quality over quantity for the Bruins so far with only two recruits in the fold. But what a pair they are! D'Mario Russell and Kiuga Faletolu will keep the Bruins tradition of excellent wide receivers rolling on and Aaron Harden will love throwing to them (for however long Harden stays in college anyway). Looking forward: UCLA looks ready to close on Cali guard Larry Bush but they also lead USC on the aforementioned Brian Sullivan. We know @cultur3 loves sticking it to USC, will they double-dip on interior linemen with that added bonus? There's also the Utah 5-star Quinn Linn that they trail Nevada for. Oregon State Beavers (Class Size: 6, National Rank: 35) DT Israel Booker 6-6 329 Fr Edison (Stockton CA) 1.5 of 4.0 [2-Gap] ILB Usher Sherman 6-2 243 Fr Trabuco Hills (Mission Viejo CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Will] ILB Abdoul Dubose 6-4 249 Fr Durant (Durant MS) 1.0 of 4.0 [Mike] K Gavin Belanger 5-10 180 Fr El Dorado (Placerville CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Accuracy] QB Will Braun 6-3 190 Fr Mission San Jose (Fremont CA) 2.0 of 3.5 [Scrambling] WR Richard Weathers 5-11 156 Fr Lahainaluna (Lahainaluna HI) 1.0 of 4.0 [Speed] This week: Admit it, you weren't expecting the Beavers here. Yet this is the reality we live in, and full credit to @jc_superman for being incredibly active and aggressive on the recruiting trail. They've had a great start to the croot season with starter-level players all throughout. You can see Oregon State's identity in this first group alone, with the bones of a 3-4 defense present plus what looks like an attempt at adding downfield shots to their running game. Looking forward: Oregon State continues to be busy little Beavers on the trail (not sorry) as they pop up in many different places. Notable battles include duking it out in Michigan with Ball State for #12 C Jerrod Mattingly, fighting Indiana for Pennsylvania product Giovanni Langston, and Portland State for local outside linebacker Carter Fletcher. Washington State Cougars (Class Size: 2, National Rank: 44) OLB Keme Penn 5-11 225 Fr Decatur (Federal Way WA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Coverage] QB Jared Raddick 6-4 226 Fr IMG Academy (Bradenton FL) 2.5 of 5.0 [Hybrid] This week: Now that @TuscanSota has a chance to recruit from the beginning of the season, he's bound and determined to show his chops. Landing the top-rated QB in the nation, 2.5/5 Jared Raddick, will go a long way towards that - heck, he's virtually the entire reason for this ranking. (No offense, Keme) Looking forward: Local clashes for the Cougars as Wazzu tries to fend off Colorado for 5-star SS Shawntez Crump, tries to make up ground on Boise for 5-star rush linebacker Kamar Brandon, and looks to maintain their lead on wideout Brent Messer over their best friends to the west. Oregon Ducks (Class Size: 5, National Rank: 46) OG Mario Valencia 6-2 300 Fr Capital (Boise ID) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] OLB Asher Carroll 6-1 220 Fr Beaverton (Beaverton OR) 1.0 of 4.0 [Coverage] OG Quinn Geiger 6-5 327 Fr Powers (Powers OR) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] DE Ewekapu Kekoa 6-3 254 Fr Kamehameha (Honolulu HI) 1.0 of 4.0 [Contain] OT Spencer Vogel 6-6 298 Fr Lebanon (Lebanon OR) 1.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] This week: Coach @bingo415 was just as aggressive as their in-state neighbors to the north, but their battles will take a bit longer to resolve it seems. In the meantime the Ducks picked up a lot of line talent on both sides of the ball, with Hawaiian Kekoa probably the most prized of the group. Looking forward: Oregon is probably the team with the highest-profile battles in the Pac-12. We already mentioned the spicy clash with USC for stud Rashawn Brinson as well as Idaho DE Lewis, but there's also a heated battle with BYU for Utah DT A.J. Keys. The tastiest though? Arizona ATH Sequan Ford (we project him as a WR) is leaning Oregon, but right behind? That boogeyman of recruiting TCU. Get your popcorn! California Golden Bears (Class Size: 2, National Rank: 48) DT Constantine Holland 6-6 314 Fr Justin-Siena (Napa CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [1-Gap] OLB Ned Morin 5-11 226 Fr Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland CA) 1.5 of 4.5 [Coverage] This week: Defense, defense, defense. Both Holland and Morin are vital players for Cal, as there weren't many (if any) true starting-level options at these positions once Mamadou Holloway and Adam Gibson move on to the pros. It wouldn't surprise us to see both starting after taking a redshirt year. Looking forward: The Golden Bears lead on a couple of players close to home - 4.5 WR Zamari Battle seems to like them more than he does Hawaii (hey wait that's not a Polynesian name), they are leading Air Force for defensive end Tiontay Proctor, and the same can be said of 4-star tackle Dillon Hutson but slot Arizona in as the "other team." Stanford Cardinal (Class Size: 2, National Rank: 51) K Filip Russ 6-3 211 Fr Trabuco Hills (Mission Viejo CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Power] OG Shaq English 6-5 307 Fr Tarkington (Cleveland TX) 1.0 of 5.0 [Run Blocking] This week: The Cardinal moved decisively to sign the class' 11th-rated guard Shaq English, and the Texan will take his game west to the Bay Area. He likely mans the right guard spot as a redshirt freshman, and Stanford will really enjoy having him there to clear the way for Jeremiah Bonner. Russ could take over for transfer Mario Bales in a couple of years. Looking forward: Furd looks to add to their receiver corps, leading New Mexico and Cal on Arizona wideout Takeo Marshall. Arizona Wildcats (Class Size: 5, National Rank: 62) DE Dwayne Briggs 6-3 251 Fr Moon Valley (Phoenix AZ) 1.0 of 4.0 [Blitz] DE Malik Aiken 6-6 248 Fr Desert Eagle (Scottsdale AZ) 2.0 of 3.5 [Contain] DT Andrew Lauer 6-6 306 Fr Clifton (Clifton AZ) 1.0 of 3.5 [2-Gap] DT Siaosi Autagavaia 6-4 325 Fr Thatcher (Thatcher AZ) 2.5 of 4.0 [2-Gap] ILB Myles Lipscomb 6-1 222 Fr Willow Canyon (Surprise AZ) 1.0 of 3.5 [Will] This week: Now THIS is a defensive-minded start to a class. Nothing but local front seven players to open up the Wildcat recruiting year, and four of them in the trenches. But Arizona needed bodies up front, and even Lipscomb is an important player as he is currently the only Will who will be on the 2024 roster. Looking forward: Dillon Hutson would make a good complement to redshirting tackle Patrick Sorensen if they can pry him away from Cal, local guard Maxwell Bradshaw seems to be torn between the 'Cats and UNLV, and they're leading on Cali kicker Jesse Wilhelm over Boise as they look to give current kick Jesse Baugh some healthy competition next year. Arizona State Sun Devils (Class Size: 5, National Rank: 112) ATH D'Andre Robinson 6-2 244 Fr Hamilton (Chandler AZ) 1.5 of 3.0 [Contain] C Steven Carney 6-1 240 Fr River Valley (Mohave Valley AZ) 1.5 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] OT Jeffrey Villegas-Marquez 6-4 274 Fr Blue Ridge (Lakeside AZ) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] QB Jaden Schrader 6-2 192 Fr Clifton (Clifton AZ) 1.0 of 3.5 [Scrambling] WR Luke Moss 6-4 162 Fr Alhambra (Phoenix AZ) 1.0 of 3.0 [Speed] This week: Quite the leap to our next Pac-12 class, Arizona State. Like Arizona, all their signees are local players. However the players in this group isn't as highly-rated. However these players could very well see the field as redshirt freshmen due to Sparky's current lack of depth, so State will happily take them. Looking forward: The big fish is local blue-chipper Mark Jansen. The Sun Devils have a lead for his services, but LSU isn't far behind. They're also still in the running for fourth-ranked tackle Samuel Lucero, although Hawaii is the favorite there. And yes, ASU and Arizona are battling on a couple of nearby recruits, as is tradition (the races on both - OT Isaac Callahan and OLB Jeremy Lott - are too close to call. As is tradition). Colorado Buffaloes (Class Size: 4, National Rank: 126) DT Jayden Sproles 6-3 314 Fr Akron (Akron AL) 1.0 of 2.0 [2-Gap] DT Vontrae Cleveland Jr. 6-3 314 Fr J.K. Mullen (Denver CO) 1.0 of 2.5 [2-Gap] FB Lawrence Dupree 6-1 259 Fr Lee Central (Bishopville SC) 1.0 of 2.5 [Run Blocking] SS Xavier Barney 6-1 180 Fr DeLand (DeLand FL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] This week: Bringing up the rear are the Buffs, who at least signed a decent amount of bodies even if the quality is lacking. Xavier Barney is the most exciting of the bunch; he looks to contribute right away as a true freshman with Ivan Borden moving on to the pros after this year. Looking forward: Colorado isn't doing nothing in recruiting, though. They're in on several high-profile recruits such as 5-star tackle Isaac McIntyre (trailing Oregon), 5-star strong safety Shawntez Crump (trailing WSU), and they lead Boise State on 4-star free safety Matthew Lindsey. Thanks for coming by everyone, we'll see you next week after another exciting round of Pac-12 Recruiting. On behalf of everyone at the Pac-12 Network, we wish you good times and happy crooting!
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    Nittany Boiler

    Week 9 Early Quickie!

    Sun Belt finishes early so the Quickie does also (Saturday Night Quickie)! Sun Belt played a full intraconference slate. Sun Belt Conference games: Coastal Carolina, Georgia State, Troy, Louisiana-Lafayette, and South Alabama with conference wins; Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, Texas State, Louisiana-Monroe and Arkansas State with conference losses. Standings: Week 9 East Georgia State 2-1 Troy 2-2 Coastal Carolina 2-2 Georgia Southern 1-2 Appalachian State 0-3 West Louisiana-Lafayette 3-0 South Alabama 3-0 Louisiana- Monroe 2-1 Texas State 1-2 Arkansas State 0-3 New Feature: Streakin' = Coastal Carolina, South Alabama, Louisiana-Lafayette, Troy (2 Wins) / Appalachian State (7 losses).
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    Iowa State is no longer just spooky: they now control their own destiny in the Big XII title race and probably become a favorite to get there if they beat TCU next week. Easily the biggest win in the program's history regardless of how the rest of the season goes, props to @Minnowsotan for the job he's doing this year!
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    [2023] Week #9 - TNF

    Set a new school record for wins tonight. Pretty nice
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    Remind me to post these every 4 games (after week 4, 8, 12, 16): AFC Offensive Player of the Month: RB Asante Sowell AFC Defensive Player of the Month: DE Carlos Washington AFC Special Teams Player of the Month: CB Samir Ware AFC Rookie of the Month: QB Marcus Black NFC Offensive Player of the Month: Kenyon Randall NFC Defensive Player of the Month: Keyshawn Thompson NFC Special Teams Player of the Month: Langston Landrum NFC Rookie of the Month: Ezekiel Williams Jr.
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    Saints cornerback Devin Little has spoken out in length about a recent controversial political issue, upsetting both certain fans and some teammates. "Aaron [Devereaux] has been irate after Devin's interview. Don't think they've spoken to each other since then. We all know Devy has strong feelings about what makes America great," Saints wide receiver Marcus Ratterman told the Times-Picayune. "I couldn't tell you what's the capital of Louisiana," Quincy Turner added "Leave me out of this." We sat down with Little earlier this morning. "This issue is very personal to me and I believe the current political leadership has not done enough to solve the crisis at hand. I'm feeling disrespected just because I chose to take a stand on the issue."
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    We are now into the meat of #CrootSZN and what a time it has been for Big Ten programs. There are some tiers developing in recruiting as well as some shake up at the top. There looks to be a big divide growing amongst the Big Ten, and that all starts with recruiting. There are four Big Ten teams at 48-51 in the national rankings we will eventually start to see that group separate a bit. Who can make a push in the upcoming critical juncture in recruiting? Who made a big push last week? What battles are going to be ones to follow? Let’s look at the #CrootSZN recap to find out. Ohio State National Ranking: 7 (18) Conference Ranking: 1 (2) Total Commits: 7 Average Potential: 4.57 Class So Far Ohio State and coach @fever_ful really catapulted up the recruiting rankings this week. They continue to solidify their defense as both free safety Curtis Lindsay and Lemond Rawls pledged to be a Buckeye. Both players are 5.0 potentials and Ohio State’s class is the cream of the crop in the Big Ten right now. They are making a push quickly to be the top class in the conference. A Battle to Keep an Eye On Ohio State is still in on Jason Grant, a 1.0/4.0 outside linebacker from Ohio. Now that they have secured some top players I wouldn’t be surprised to see them really go after Grant hard. This has been a battle that has transpired over the entirety of the season and I’m thinking that Ohio State will come through in the end. Penn State National Ranking: 10 (7) Conference Ranking: 2 (1) Total Commits: 9 Average Potential: 4.27 Class So Far Coach @grv413 did not gain any commitments this week but still stay a top 10 class in the nation. With seven 4.0+ players committed, I think Penn State is very happy with where they are at right now. Look for them to pull in some very solid players in the coming weeks now that Penn State has a good group in and can be a bit risky in their point allocation. A Battle to Keep an Eye On Penn State’s biggest battle is for an ATH out of Kentucky. The 1.0/4.0 is likely going to be a kicker, punter, or both. Alexander Donovan is being sought after by numerous schools but right now Penn State has a leg up on both Purdue and Old Dominion. Illinois National Ranking: 23 (32) Conference Ranking: 3 (4) Total Commits: 11 Average Potential: 3.81 Class So Far Just one commitment this time around for coach @FlutieFlakes and the Illini. It was a big one though as one of the nation’s top pass blocking centers committed. Shawn Slade, a 1.0/4.5 from Alabama is going to be a household name in the middle of the line for quite awhile. Paired with commit Spencer Norton, there won’t be much pressure up the middle. A Battle to Keep an Eye On Tucker was a player who I thought the Illini would make a move on a few weeks ago when they trailed Missouri. They still trail but now have some points freed up even more to make a move. This could be a situation where Illinois keeps putting the minimum amount on to stay in the race before taking over in a few weeks as Missouri doesn’t have any commits yet. Purdue National Ranking: 24 (24) Conference Ranking: 4 (3) Total Commits: 12 Average Potential: 3.66 Class So Far Purdue continues to fill depth but they also pulled in Jon Wood, a 1.0/5.0 run blocking fullback. Wood will be laying the ‘wood’ on linebackers for a long time as Purdue will be looking to run the ball a little more with the addition of Rafael Duffey into the mix this year as well. It is shaping up to be a great class from @inspiral2. A Battle to Keep an Eye On Purdue has been hot on the trail of battling with Notre Dame and one player that they are in a key battle for is 1.0/4.0 inside linebacker Jay Howard. Purdue trails Notre Dame for his services but it would be a key addition if Purdue can somehow sneak ahead and secure him. Maryland National Ranking: 39 (35) Conference Ranking: 5 (5) Total Commits: 4 Average Potential: 4.37 Class So Far Maryland didn’t get any commitments this time around but they are still filling needs nicely with three 4.5 potential players and a 4.0 potential coming into their squad this year. By now, I would have expected them to grab a couple linemen, but @tsweezy likely has a plan going forward for that. A Battle to Keep an Eye On Maryland is in a battle for Curtis Wiggins with Louisiana-Monroe out of the group of five pool. The 1.0/4.5 cornerback would be a welcome addition for the Terps and I could see them making a big push for Wiggins going forward. Northwestern National Ranking: 48 (42) Conference Ranking: 6 (7) Total Commits: 7 Average Potential: 3.86 Class So Far Coach @MasonAsher is still filling holes on his squad with immediate starters, and they also just pulled in running back Kai Evans, a 1.0/3.5 speed back who will likely redshirt and then be in the mix for a starting spot down the road. Close to 25% of Northwestern’s class this year will be Day 1 starters due to a lack of talent on defense. A Battle to Keep an Eye On Northwestern is in need of help on the line and they are in a battle with Florida State for Rongo Kamu, a 1.0/3.5 end out of Maryland. Northwestern leads the battle but Florida State isn’t far behind and has been right there close for weeks. Michigan National Ranking: 49 (77) Conference Ranking: 7 (10) Total Commits: 2 Average Potential: 5.0 Class So Far Michigan finished off the cornerstones of their offensive line for years to come as coach @jmjacobs snagged tackle Dillon Sadler. This gives the Wolverines two 5.0 tackles to bookend their offensive line for years to come. Look for Michigan to start pulling in some recruits to build around these two for the future. A Battle to Keep an Eye On Michigan is neck and neck with Ohio State for 1.0/4.0 corner Andrew Nesbitt. This would be a big grab out of the state of Ohio for the Wolverines. Look for Michigan to make a push for his services. Nebraska National Ranking: 50 (41) Conference Ranking: 8 (6) Total Commits: 5 Average Potential: 4.0 Class So Far Coach @caesari didn’t sign anyone in the last recruiting cycle but he should be pretty happy about where he stands right now. He does have some key players now in the mix for future years and with an average potential of 4.0, most all of his commits are future impact players. Look for the Huskers to start making some moves very soon. A Battle to Keep an Eye On Ibrahim Dubose III has been highlighted before and Nebraska is still very much in on the free safety. They do trail both Kansas and Kentucky now but they are still pursuing him. Look for Nebraska to make a push as they need a safety in the class. Michigan State National Ranking: 51 (50) Conference Ranking: 9 (8) Total Commits: 4 Average Potential: 4.25 Class So Far Michigan State and coach @SlinkyJr have been hot on the trail for some defensive help this year and they have found it successfully with three 4.0 commits and a 5.0 commit. They recently got the commitment of Antonie Blue, a 1.0/4.0 inside linebacker to join the fray out of Michigan. It looks like they are hitting Michigan hard and I don’t foresee that slowing anytime soon. A Battle to Keep an Eye On Michigan State needs defensive ends and they are currently in a battle with Central Michigan for Jarvis Shaw, a 1.0/4.0 end out of Michigan. They are on two 3.0 ends as well with no competition but securing Shaw should be at the top of their priority list. Wisconsin National Ranking: 66 (58) Conference Ranking: 10 (9) Total Commits: 5 Average Potential: 3.5 Class So Far Wisconsin and coach @taffyowner once again struck out on gaining any commitments from this past week. They are in need of some wide receivers for commit Daniel Young to throw to down the line, but so far they haven’t pulled any in. Look for Wisconsin to continue bulking themselves up with depth this year and then next year go for more of those highly touted players. A Battle to Keep an Eye On Like I stated above, Wisconsin really needs some wide receivers for their 5.0 quarterback commit to throw to. They are battling Northwestern for 1.0/3.5 Abdoulaye McFadden and with Northwestern in on multiple wide receivers they might be able to sneak him out of Illinois. Iowa National Ranking: 89 (110) Conference Ranking: 11 (13) Total Commits: 7 Average Potential: 3.57 Class So Far The Hawkeyes continue to build very good depth in this class and coach @wrigleyfan just pulled in two 4.0 defensive studs and a 3.0 potential tackle. Nick Rawlins and Will Clinton will be able to come in and quickly help with depth at the inside linebacker and strong safety spot, respectively. Iowa has a lot of different options with this class and it’ll be interesting to see how they sit next week. (If anyone can point me to where Rawlins and Clinton are on the master croot sheet, please let me know. I searched the G5 list too and couldn't find them.) A Battle to Keep an Eye On Iowa is continuing to build depth and gaining the commitment of 1.5/3.5 guard Mohe Weston could be key for them to do just that. I anticipate them to lock him up soon as a redshirt candidate and then a rotation guard for four years. They are battling South Dakota State and Kansas State for him right now. Minnesota National Ranking: 94 (88) Conference Ranking: 12 (11) Total Commits: 1 Average Potential: 4.5 Class So Far Coach @lucas’s only commit is still a highly touted defensive end from neighboring Wisconsin. Look for Minnesota to up the pressure on some of their recruits as they are in a lot of separate battles for commits. They do have some holes to fill and the quicker they can get players on board, the better. A Battle to Keep an Eye On Minnesota is still battling for corner Jonathan Vereen with North Dakota State. Corner is a big need for the Gophers so I’d imagine that Vereen is pushed near the top of their recruiting list. I would not be shocked to see this battle stretched out though as Minnesota is thin on commitments right now. Rutgers National Ranking: 95 (89) Conference Ranking: 13 (12) Total Commits: 1 Average Potential: 4.5 Class So Far Much like Minnesota, coach @Quasar and Rutgers still have just one recruit. A 4.5 cornerback will help them in the long run, but they are going to need to snag some other players to bulk up their defense. Look for Rutgers to make a push in the next couple weeks or it’ll not be a good look heading into 2024. A Battle to Keep an Eye On They need to grab an outside linebacker in this class and they are currently pursuing Gabe Strange, a 1.0/4.5 linebacker from Pennsylvania. Since we first looked at the battle a couple weeks ago, Rutgers has now pulled in front of Temple, and Syracuse is out of the picture. Unless Temple makes a swift move, Strange looks to be headed to Rutgers. Indiana National Ranking: 144 (141) Conference Ranking: 14 (14) Total Commits: 1 Average Potential: 3.5 Class So Far Coach @Jamzz is not in a good spot right now, honestly. With just one player committed the Hoosiers are really going to have to hit the phones hard these upcoming weeks. Being in the Big Ten you don’t want to have to fill your roster with 3.0’s but that might be what Indiana has to do this upcoming year. Look for the Hoosiers to gain a couple commitments and attempt to salvage their class these upcoming weeks. You don’t want to be third to last in the recruiting rankings if you can help it. A Battle to Keep an Eye On Indiana still needs linemen to fill out their roster as after this season they will be very thin. They are going after two quick play-and-play guards who would be huge for them going forward. Brayden Hall is a 3.0/3.5 pass blocking guard and they trail Ball State for his services right now. Jonathan Eastman is a 3.0/4.0 run blocker who they trail Bowling Green for. Picking up one, or both, would be huge for them.
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    UDReview: Redshirt Alert!

    REDSHIRT ALERT! Earlier in the season we took a look at some of the incoming recruits, and how they could effect the Blue Hens this year. Many of them, however, were instead redshirted, saving a year of eligibility and allowing each player to reach their full potential. This is a look at some of this year's redshirted players and how they've looked and progressed in practice throughout the year. QB William Campbell 6-3 231 Fr Lake Stevens (Lake Stevens WA) 2.0 of 3.5 [Hybrid] Easily one of the most exciting recruits of last year was the explosive quarterback William Campbell, as an incoming freshman he did contend a bit for the starting role, but ended up falling a bit short and was instead redshirted. The coaches stated that the main reason Campbell lost the QB battle was due to his awareness and ability to quickly scan the field and make a decision. For many high school quarterbacks it can be difficult to make the change from HS to college, because of how fast the game moves. Campbell has all of the physicals you would want from a quarterback, the arm strength, the accuracy, some running skills. Over the course of this season Campbell has worked extensively on his pocket awareness and knowing when to check-down or throw balls away. He had a tendency to try and roll out and run very early in plays. Coach Osu said, "He's developing a very good sense of the when the pocket's collapsing and when to get out and run. You can definitely tell he's made some serious strides in his time here." Barring any kind of offseason injuries or setbacks, Campbell should be set to be the starting quarterback next fall, unless incoming freshman Carter Schultz has anything to say about it. RB Elias Bailey 5-11 194 Fr Slippery Rock Area ( PA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Speed] When we last looked at Elias Bailey he was a back with some serious upside and a lot of speed, but not much else. When we look at Bailey now we see, well, honestly the same thing. Bailey's development has been pretty seriously hindered, by losing RB's coach Andrés Pardo to the offensive coordinator position. While Bailey looked decent to start the season, he hasn't been getting nearly as much 2nd team playing time as Richard Schaffer and Bruce Johnson, Juniors and Sophomores respectively. With head coach Osu now running much of the offensive substitutes and playing time in practice, some of the young talent has become a bit of an afterthought with his "win now" mentality. Despite all of this Bailey still has a very high ceiling, and has managed to distance himself from follow redshirt Mateo Underwood. He may find himself with some snaps next year after NFL prospect Barack Holmes departs, but the running backs room is only getting more crowed with 4 star RB Mark Williams coming in. WR Tyrod Terry 6-0 225 Fr Ocean City (Ocean City NJ) 1.0 of 3.5 [Target] Tyrod Terry is another player that was very raw coming out of high school, but the coaching staff had very high expectations for him. Terry had a very good spring, and many fans questioned why he wasn't on the depth chart to start the season. At the time coach Osu said, "To be honest I think receiver is one of the positions that we have the most young talent at. I love how Tyrod went out there and competed, it came down to him and a few other guys, but at the end of the day we went with seniority and decided we'd rather have Tyrod for a longer period of time at a high level. After a year out we think he will be able to start as a redshirt freshman next year." That plan seems to have worked well for the blue hens as many receivers have broken out and had good games this year, and Terry has also progressed extremely well. One of Terry's only weaknesses was his route running and agility. He got in the gym, and has worked a lot on the practice field. Terry is now lauded as one of the best route runners on the whole team by the wide receivers' coach. Next season we expect Terry to be at least 4 deep on the depth chart, and with another really good spring he may even jump up into the three spot. ILB Hugo Navarro 6-2 223 Fr Polytech (Woodside DE) 1.0 of 3.5 [Will] Navarro is a very interesting player for the Blue Hens because he hasn't really gotten that much playing time for the practice squads, but has still impressed in the little time he got. With the new defensive system there is only one spot on the field for an interior linebacker. As the season has progressed Navarro has slowly gotten more and more respect from this coaching staff that thought he was good, but Navarro has way exceeded where they thought he would be at this point in the year. Coach Osu said of Navarro, "Hugo was a late, but very welcomed addition to the recruiting class last year. He's very impressive in his coverage skills, he could just do a little better with play recognition and filling holes. I have no doubt that one day he will be a great starting player for us. Honestly, our coaching staff didn't expect much from this somewhat small kid from our home state. Hugo has showed us exactly what hard work will get you, and I feel great about his future." With Eddie Mills Jr. returning next year, and a few more talented players behind him, it may be a few years till Navarro gets his chance. Either way Delaware natives everywhere are watching and waiting for the hometown kid to get his chance. CB Jeffrey Hollis 5-10 160 Fr Mount Carmel Area (Mount Carmel PA) 1.5 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] Jefferey Hollis has been the best story out of all of those who have redshirted this year. In our spring preview we explained how Hollis suffered a terrible injury in the last game of his senior season. That injury led to somewhat of a slow start in spring camps. After thinking about transferring, he decided to stay at UD and what a decision it has been for him and the coaching staff. Hollis has established himself as the corner who shadows standout wide receiver Antonio Brown. Over the first three weeks Brown found himself getting very few receptions during practices due to how well Hollis covered him. Brown spoke with us about Hollis' development, "Jeff is a pain in my ass now, it surprising to me cause' his play during the spring was dogs***. I'm proud of him he's really worked on his game this year, and I can't wait ever day to go at him, it's a battle." Hollis wasn't expected to play much next year originally, but coach Osu said, "There's no question if he keeps this up he may end up as one of our top 2 corners out wide next year."
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    The Denver Broncos are aware of the disagreement that transpired in the locker room at practice today, and have issued the following statement. "In the midst of a disappointing season, tempers can flare and discussions can become heated. We value players with a natural competitiveness, and sometimes in the heat of the moment, players say things they wish they had not said. Especially young players, like Troy. We support all players working through the process of becoming a professional, and we support all players that react in challenging ways while looking out for a teammate. Deyonte knows his value to this organization--he proves it every Sunday, and validates the lofty expectations that accompany the Broncos taking a chance on him in the 1st round. We know that Deyonte was looking out for a teammate because he's a great teammate and a great Bronco. We're quite sure that he has what it takes to be a much-loved Captain of this team in the near future, as he is already much-loved by the whole Bronco Nation. We see immense value in Troy long-term with this team, and we will work with him to find more constructive outlets for his competitiveness than to minimize the efforts of a teammate, especially in the media. He has already improved his attitude greatly since the pre-draft process and now will be an option as a Captain. We will also work with Marshawn, a recent addition to the team, to improve the chemistry between he and Troy, and to improve his ball-handling." The Broncos choose Option 1, and will work diligently to improve everyone's contentment with the organization, especially Deyonte Davis.
  46. 9 points

    [2023] Pac-12 Recruiting Recap, Week 5

    The latest commits are in and it ended up mostly being a slow week for the Conference of Champions (with one notable exception). Every school in the Pac-12 pulled in between zero to two commitments (with one notable exception). So how did YOUR favorite Pac-12 school do on the trail? National Rankings: Conference Average Rank: 53.33 (-5.41) Committed Recruits (by potential) >=3.0 star recruits All Commits Curr. Recruit Rank Team 3-Star 3.5-Star 4-Star 4.5-Star 5-Star Recruits Tot. Stars Avg. Stars Avg. Skill 6 51 Arizona 0 3 2 1 0 6 23.0 3.83 1.42 6 121 Arizona State 4 2 0 0 0 6 19.0 3.17 1.25 2 73 California 0 0 1 1 0 2 8.5 4.25 1.25 5 134 Colorado 2 0 0 0 0 2 6.0 3.00 1.60 5 71 Oregon 0 2 3 0 0 5 19.0 3.80 1.00 8 36 Oregon State 0 1 6 1 0 8 32.0 4.00 1.19 2 75 Stanford 1 0 0 0 1 2 8.0 4.00 1.00 8 6 UCLA 2 0 1 2 3 8 34.0 4.25 1.50 7 9 USC 1 1 1 0 4 7 30.5 4.36 1.57 5 15 Utah 0 0 1 3 1 5 22.5 4.50 1.20 11 20 Washington 0 8 1 0 2 11 42.0 3.82 1.09 4 29 Washington State 0 1 1 0 2 4 17.5 4.38 1.38 (Link to full Pac-12 results here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1SgeQbpPOibcxUf8yd196GJEG0mnbWfiTb7Fr4UrN8xk/edit#gid=1688488529) Team breakdowns (This week's commits in bold): UCLA Bruins (Class Size: 8, National Rank: 6) (+16) CB Zaire Woods 6-1 177 Fr Williams (Williams CA) 2.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] DE Quinn Linn 6-0 260 Fr Provo (Provo UT) 1.0 of 5.0 [Blitz] OG Brian Sullivan 6-3 283 Fr Liberty (Bakersfield CA) 2.5 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking] OG Larry Bush 6-7 259 Fr Glendale (Glendale CA) 2.0 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking] OG Gavin Bautista 6-3 258 Fr Galileo Academy (San Francisco CA) 1.5 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] OLB Cayden Branch 6-1 243 Fr Vernon Kilpatrick (Malibu CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Coverage] WR D'Mario Russell 6-1 188 Fr Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland CA) 1.0 of 5.0 [Speed] WR Kiuga Faletolu 6-2 151 Fr Vernon (Vernon FL) 1.0 of 5.0 [Speed] This week: The first week of visits was a godsend for the Bruins. Once they could get recruits on campus they were able to lock down a number of stud players, catapulting them into the top 10. They have a trio of high-end guards that will secure the interior of the UCLA line for years to come and convinced blue-chip Quinn Linn to play in Los Angeles instead of Reno. Looking forward: UCLA looks to continue investing in their interior line, leading on Ripon center Devin Comer over Fresno and ASU and battling with USC (obv.) for 4-star De La Salle center Rory Otto. They've also taken a commanding lead on 5-star Mike linebacker Derek Helm. USC Trojans (Class Size: 7, National Rank: 9) (-6) DE Kamar Lott 6-4 263 Fr Lake Stevens (Lake Stevens WA) 1.5 of 5.0 [Blitz] ILB Max Brabham 6-2 247 Fr Galileo Academy (San Francisco CA) 1.5 of 5.0 [Mike] K Tim Rosenberg 5-8 187 Fr Sonoma Valley (Sonoma CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Power] KR Luca Morse 6-0 233 Fr West Covina (West Covina CA) 2.5 of 3.0 [Hybrid] OT Javari Hightower 6-3 273 Fr Glendale (Glendale CA) 1.5 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] SS Brayden Land 5-10 190 Fr Valley (Bakersfield CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] TE Sean Graham 6-6 234 Fr Seneca (Seneca SC) 2.0 of 5.0 [Receiving] This week: Nothing to announce for USC this week, but their current group is still strong enough to keep them in the top 10. Looking forward: It isn't doom and gloom for the Trojans though. They've taken the lead over Nevada for Cali DT Mateo Martinez, maintained their lead for over Oregon for CB Rashawn Brinson, and 4-star defensive end Omar Watson is a USC lean over Cal and Fresno. Utah Utes (Class Size: 5, National Rank: 15) (-5) CB Tierre Harvey 6-2 198 Fr Cumberland Valley (Mechanicsburg PA) 1.0 of 5.0 [Man Coverage] CB Jeremy Wesley 5-11 176 Fr Port St. Lucie (Port St. Lucie FL) 1.0 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] DE Ha'Sean Watson 6-2 245 Fr Meigs County (Decatur TN) 2.0 of 4.0 [Contain] ILB Rakeem Dubose-Seay 5-11 233 Fr Archbishop McCarthy ( FL) 1.0 of 4.5 [Will] WR Booker Sproles 5-11 160 Fr Lakeland (Lakeland FL) 1.0 of 4.5 [Speed] This week: The Utes score a G5 gem as Tennessee product Watson heads west to Salt Lake City over the nearby Appalachian State Mountaineers. He has the skill to start immediately and we fully expect to see him on the field in 2024. Looking forward: Utah isn't done with Tennessee by any means. They're hard in on another pair of defensive linemen from the state; end Freddie Lawrence looks likely to sign with them soon, and DT Ne'igalomeatiga Tele is undecided between them and North Carolina. They're also fighting with Maryland and Delaware for Florida tackle Willy Hill. Washington Huskies (Class Size: 11, National Rank: 20) (-8) C Filip Lind 6-1 289 Fr East Bakersfield (Bakersfield CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] ILB Tazwell Sneed 6-1 243 Fr North Thurston (Lacey WA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Will] OG Jude Lynch 6-2 269 Fr East Bakersfield (Bakersfield CA) 2.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] OG Jay Melendez 6-3 317 Fr Renton (Renton WA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] OT Moe Blackley 6-4 274 Fr Shelton (Shelton WA) 1.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] OT Eric Casper 6-7 270 Fr Charles Wright (Tacoma WA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] QB Anthony Holmes 6-6 239 Fr Grand Junction (Grand Junction CO) 1.0 of 5.0 [Pocket] RB Andre Clay 5-11 202 Fr Decatur (Federal Way WA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Power] SS Theodore Posey 6-0 181 Fr North Thurston (Lacey WA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] TE Geovanny Suarez 6-0 223 Fr Martin County (Stuart FL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Blocking] WR Devin Lovett 6-0 172 Fr El Dorado (Placerville CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Speed] This week: Business slowed way down for the Huskies this week with only one new player in the fold. Washington expects Suarez will be their hand-in-the-dirt tight end, pairing with redshirt Prince Irving eventually. Looking forward: Some interesting battles for Washington ahead. They are strongly contesting Fresno State for defensive end Natrone Scales, and they're still on the shortlist for Idaho DE Max Lewis Jr. although Oregon leads there. Then there's local wideout Brett Messer who is leaning towards Wazzu, and Cali guard Vince Obrien who is undecided between UCLA, UW, and Arizona. At least the Huskies are in the driver's seat for cornerback Damien McDonald and lead Washington State for OLB John Beach. Washington State Cougars (Class Size: 4, National Rank: 29) (+15) ILB Owen Potts 6-1 226 Fr Lake Stevens (Lake Stevens WA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Will] OLB Keme Penn 5-11 225 Fr Decatur (Federal Way WA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Coverage] QB Jared Raddick 6-4 226 Fr IMG Academy (Bradenton FL) 2.5 of 5.0 [Hybrid] SS Shawntez Crump 6-1 181 Fr Richland (Richland WA) 1.0 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage] This week: Another pair of highly-rated players signed including give the Cougars a nice ranking bump. #7 SS Crump is the big prize, but don't sleep on the 65th-rated Potts. Looking forward: WSU continues to focus on the local players. They've taken the lead on #10 OLB Kamar Brandon over Boise and they've kept their lead on WR Brett Messer over the Huskies. Oregon State Beavers (Class Size: 8, National Rank: 36) (-1) DT Israel Booker 6-6 329 Fr Edison (Stockton CA) 1.5 of 4.0 [2-Gap] ILB Abdoul Dubose 6-4 249 Fr Durant (Durant MS) 1.0 of 4.0 [Mike] ILB Usher Sherman 6-2 243 Fr Trabuco Hills (Mission Viejo CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Will] K Gavin Belanger 5-10 180 Fr El Dorado (Placerville CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Accuracy] LS Jared Coughlin 6-2 245 Fr American (Hialeah FL) 1.0 of 4.5 [Traditional] QB Riley Grossman 6-0 211 Fr Needles (Needles CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Scrambling] QB Will Braun 6-3 190 Fr Mission San Jose (Fremont CA) 2.0 of 3.5 [Scrambling] WR Richard Weathers 5-11 156 Fr Lahainaluna (Lahainaluna HI) 1.0 of 4.0 [Speed] This week: Think the Beavers are prioritizing the QB position? A week after signing Will Braun they double-dip at the position by snagging another Cali signal-caller in Grossman. Grossman will need more time than Braun in the weight room, but scouts believe Riley has the higher ceiling. Coughlin won't set many hearts aflutter, but the 4.5 potential isn't something we've seen in Corvallis very often. Heck, he could even play center if needed. Looking forward: Having said that Oregon State hopes he doesn't have to; they lead on #12 C Jerrod Mattingly but Ball State shows no signs of going away there. The Beavers have several other battles to tend to. They're neck and neck with Louisiana-Monroe for DE Zharvis Boucher (such a Louisiana name) AND with Indiana for DT Giovanni Langston. Arizona Wildcats (Class Size: 7, National Rank: 51) (+11) DE Dwayne Briggs 6-3 251 Fr Moon Valley (Phoenix AZ) 1.0 of 4.0 [Blitz] DE Malik Aiken 6-6 248 Fr Desert Eagle (Scottsdale AZ) 2.0 of 3.5 [Contain] DT Andrew Lauer 6-6 306 Fr Clifton (Clifton AZ) 1.0 of 3.5 [2-Gap] DT Siaosi Autagavaia 6-4 325 Fr Thatcher (Thatcher AZ) 2.5 of 4.0 [2-Gap] ILB Myles Lipscomb 6-1 222 Fr Willow Canyon (Surprise AZ) 1.0 of 3.5 [Will] WR Takeo Marshall 5-9 194 Fr Holbrook (Holbrook AZ) 1.0 of 4.5 [Speed] This week: Would you look at that? Arizona came out of nowhere to body Stanford, New Mexico, and Cal for 29th-ranked Marshall. He'll be a quality target for TRod 2.0, and the Wildcats have quite the strong start to their class with their seven in-state recruits. Looking forward: Things are a bit harder outside of the Copper State, however. They still trail Cal on tackle Dillon Hutson, and are in a three-way dance guard with UCLA and Washington for guard Vince Obrien. They've also fallen behind Hawaii for kicker Jesse Wilhelm. Oregon Ducks (Class Size: 5, National Rank: 71) (-25) OG Mario Valencia 6-2 300 Fr Capital (Boise ID) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] OLB Asher Carroll 6-1 220 Fr Beaverton (Beaverton OR) 1.0 of 4.0 [Coverage] OG Quinn Geiger 6-5 327 Fr Powers (Powers OR) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] DE Ewekapu Kekoa 6-3 254 Fr Kamehameha (Honolulu HI) 1.0 of 4.0 [Contain] OT Spencer Vogel 6-6 298 Fr Lebanon (Lebanon OR) 1.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] This week: This week's big faller are the Ducks, who haven't closed the deal on any of their battles from last week. Utah cornerback Jaiden Weathers signed with BYU; Nike HQ couldn't overcome the allure of playing so close to home. We're not really worried about Oregon though, we trust coach @bingo415 to eventually pull some players to Eugene. Looking forward: Outside of Weathers they seem to be holding serve with their other fights. #5 ATH Sequan Ford still favors the Ducks over TCU, they're battling BYU on two more Utah products (DT A.J. Keys and K Vaughn Bouchard), and are neck-and-neck with Boise State on Idaho defensive end Uterius Carter-Sutton. California Golden Bears (Class Size: 2, National Rank: 73) (-25) DT Constantine Holland 6-6 314 Fr Justin-Siena (Napa CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [1-Gap] OLB Ned Morin 5-11 226 Fr Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland CA) 1.5 of 4.5 [Coverage] This week: Oregon aren't the only Pac-12 team to drop so precipitously, unfortunately. Cal also failed to sign anyone this week although we expect them to rectify that in the next week or two. Looking forward: The Golden Bears still lead Hawaii on #18 WR Zamari Battle, Air Force for #14 DE Tiontay Proctor, and Arizona on OT Dillon Hutson, California products all. We imagine that Cal will leverage their local connections to help close the deal on these players. Stanford Cardinal (Class Size: 2, National Rank: 75) (-24) K Filip Russ 6-3 211 Fr Trabuco Hills (Mission Viejo CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Power] OG Shaq English 6-5 307 Fr Tarkington (Cleveland TX) 1.0 of 5.0 [Run Blocking] This week: Um, nothing. Maybe it was mid-terms or something? We know how seriously the Tree take their academics, after all. Looking forward: With Stanford getting blown out on Takeo Marshall, we're not really sure what their plan is now. None of our sources have heard anything out of Palo Alto. Arizona State Sun Devils (Class Size: 6, National Rank: 121) (-9) ATH D'Andre Robinson 6-2 244 Fr Hamilton (Chandler AZ) 1.5 of 3.0 [Contain] C Steven Carney 6-1 240 Fr River Valley (Mohave Valley AZ) 1.5 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] OT Jeffrey Villegas-Marquez 6-4 274 Fr Blue Ridge (Lakeside AZ) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] QB Jaden Schrader 6-2 192 Fr Clifton (Clifton AZ) 1.0 of 3.5 [Scrambling] RB Eddie Hope 6-1 211 Fr Davis (Kaysville UT) 1.5 of 3.5 [Power] WR Luke Moss 6-4 162 Fr Alhambra (Phoenix AZ) 1.0 of 3.0 [Speed] This week: Eddie Hope may not seem like a big deal, but the Sun Devils have a lot of... hope riding on the young man's shoulders. After a year or so learning the playbook and bulking up expect him to take over the reins at RB once Israel Carlson leaves. Looking forward: The Sun Devils made a huge push for dual-threat QB Mark Jansen, and the Clifton player looks close to signing with them. They're not doing quite as well on their other prospects - players such as DT Ali Loomis, OT Isaac Callahan, and OLB Jeremy Lott all have other schools they favor over Sparky. Colorado Buffaloes (Class Size: 4, National Rank: 126) (-9) DT Vontrae Cleveland Jr. 6-3 314 Fr J.K. Mullen (Denver CO) 1.0 of 2.5 [2-Gap] DT Jayden Sproles 6-3 314 Fr Akron (Akron AL) 1.0 of 2.0 [2-Gap] FB Lawrence Dupree 6-1 259 Fr Lee Central (Bishopville SC) 1.0 of 2.5 [Run Blocking] SS Xavier Barney 6-1 180 Fr DeLand (DeLand FL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] TE Gustavo Castellanos 6-4 201 Fr Falcon (Falcon CO) 2.0 of 3.0 [Receiving] This week: Colorado again struggles in recruiting, as only local (unrated) DT Vontrae Cleveland joins the Buffs. They lost out on safety Shawntez Crump Looking forward: Colorado is leading on a couple of prospects, the biggest of which is free safety Matthew Lindsey. They still lead Boise State, but the Hurricanes of Miami have joined the fray although they trail both out-of-state schools. Closer to home they still trail Oregon on 5-star tackle Isaac McIntyre, and they're behind rival Colorado State for cornerback Ayden Isaac. Thanks for coming by everyone, we'll see you next week after another exciting round of Pac-12 Recruiting. On behalf of everyone at the Pac-12 Network, we wish you good times and happy crooting!
  47. 9 points
    Jeremiah Shackelford on his school visit this past week Lubbock, TX Texas Tech football has been busy these past two weeks of recruiting! Coach acewulf has gotten word on a few impactful commitments for the upcoming season for the Red Raiders. Lots of guys that should be close to day 1 starters and could help shape the direction that Raider football will go in these upcoming seasons. Offensive Upheaval This week Texas Tech got a few commitments that are hinting toward new horizons for the Raider offense. The coaching staff got word of 3 commits this week, all on the offense, that are going to alter a lot of what fans can expect to see in Lubbock in the coming years. The crown jewel of the bunch is one Jeremiah Shackelford, the #3 WR in this season's recruiting class. This marks the 2nd ever 5.0 WR for the Raiders (The other being Dominique Dixon, who is currently redshirting this season) and the highest rated WR in school history. Dixon was close, but Shackelford beats him out just slightly. He is a perfect fit in the slot and looks like he can be an instant starter if needed. The Raiders have a hole opening up there with the team leader in TD receptions this season, Tyson Moss, graduating and heading to the NFL after this season, so look for Shackelford to make a huge impact there this upcoming season. When he committed, Jeremiah stated that one of the main reasons why he chose Texas Tech was the coaching staff itself. "Coach ace has gone all over the place offensive scheme wise since I've been following the college game. He ran a traditional Pro style, then threw it back with a bit of old-school Smashmouth and now has the team running something from this century this season. I noticed how flexible he was to see what his players strengths were and to play off of that to run what fits them the best. That's why I felt like he was the best fit to help showcase my talents." On a side note, this has marked a huge turn of events for Texas Tech on the receiving end as they have made a huge transition in scheme this past season. Below shows the comparison from the start of 2020 season and the start of the Solomon era at Texas Tech and the projected depth for next season. 2020 WR/TE Corps Projected 2024 WR/TE Corps Texas Tech has never had a 1000 yard receiver in it's history. This is going to be a bit of culture shock for Texas Tech. The other 2 commits from this week for the Raiders are OT Jordan Sofara and RB Jeremiah Davis. Davis is the #1 RB in the state of Texas and is a huge grab for the Raiders. RB has been a strong point in Lubbock to say the least so getting another quality guy is a great find. Sofara hopes to follow in the footsteps of current LT Russell Richards as a future 3-4 year starter for Texas Tech. Both guys are great additions to this class to try and help bolster the offensive ranks. Not so Distant Starters Jeffery Gauthier's time in Lubbock is coming to a close soon and who better to pick up the mantle for such a reliable kicker than the #7 Kicker in the nation? Aaron Griffiths committed to the Raiders last week and has been helping to fire up other recruits as well to make their way to Lubbock. Griffiths can easily be a 4 year starter at Kicker for the Raiders and the coaching staff is incredibly thankful that we have this battle won for the job next year. The other potential starter from the bunch is top 25 DE from this class Geno Jeffries. Curtis Jones shoes are going to be hard to fill next season, but Jeffries will at least help try and mitigate the loss. He was a welcome commit this past week as he looks like a very strong candidate for true freshman starter on a usually strong Defensive line for Texas Tech. Depth Pickups To round out these past 2 weeks of recruiting for the Raiders, the coaching staff got word of 2 commits to the offensive line in Maui Sam and Javorius Crosby. Sam is a slimmer, Run Blocking Center who looks like he could fill in for Charlie Becker in some situations if needed, but needs a bit of time to bulk up for the task. Javorius Crosby is a guy that the coaching staff is really excited for as he is incredibly versatile and can be played along a lot of different positions on the OL. He will also need some time to develop though as he is also fairly young. The coaching staff is incredibly excited so far for this current class of Raiders. We look forward to seeing them play in Lubbock these next few years!
  48. 9 points

    Mountain West Recrooting Round-Up

    Welcome All, to the Mountain West Recrooting Round-Up This will become a weekly series, from yours truly, as I highlight the number of signed croots for each team and highlight a specific recruit from each team. I hope you enjoy this Round-Up! Air Force ILB John Lawson 6-2 231 Fr Groveton (Groveton TX) 1.0 of 5.0 [Will] @stinsy looks to reinforce an aging inside linebacker corps, with the introduction of the highly touted John Lawson out of Groveton,Texas . He hails from the Indians as he looks to lead his team into the Texas HSFB playoff. He delivers bone crushing tackles as well as boasting great field awareness. This matches the cerebral Air Force playstyle. His teammates have known him to be quite the jokester despite being a leader. Last year, he was spotted doing standup at a local retitrement home. This is a great balance to the naturally serious attitude of the Air Force campus. Boise State TE Abdoul Colbert 6-6 190 Fr Sweet Grass County (Big Timber MT) 1.5 of 3.5 [Receiving] @Azul picks up a nice addition to the Broncos in Colbert. He comes from a town with a population of only thousands. He is a tall target but somewhat light. He is known for skying up and contesting for catches as he also plays basketball at the PF position averaging 11 rebounds a game. Granted, that there aren't many people as tall as him in his town, but that does not take away from his talent. His multi-sport background was a key factor in drawing Boise State's attention. Colorado State TE Marquise Youngblood 6-3 201 Fr Lakewood (Lakewood CO) 1.0 of 3.5 [Receiving] @The Gahsode also recruits a new addition to his receiving room from the Lakewood Tigers in Marquise Youngblood. He is as handsome and flamboyant as his game suggests, often hearing that he is allegedly JT Youngblood's cousin. When he is not highstepping into endzones or taunting opposing sidelines and crowds, he is courting women during the night. He is a high school legend not only on the field, but also in the streets. He is as much a player he claims to be on the field. with smooth talking. Only this time, CSU slid into his DMs with an offer. Fresno State CB JaQuan Houston 6-0 184 Fr Valley (Bakersfield CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] @Hchou17 looks to get A.J. Gilchrist some help with a new zone-oriented defensive back on this team. He is known among his teammates for being a student of the game and sometimes overanalyzing. This is no surprise as Houston was raised in a strict upbringing boasting a 3.9 GPA as well as a 1520 SAT score. He also heads his school's National Honor Society and trivia team. He can recall postmodern liteature and surrealism art pieces. Fun Guy. Hawai'i CB Arthur Sewell 5-11 181 Fr Ripon (Ripon CA) 1.0 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] @GigemAgs books this kid a flight to come play for the Raibow Warriors. Brian Bonds and Omari Driver-Hannah are looking to leave the program soon, so he needs replacements. He is an agile player as reflected by his pasttime of parkour and free running. He lunges out to deflect balls with his athleticism and disrupts routes with ease. He often spends much of his time running oh rooftops, sometimes taking breaks to think about his day. Sewell adds," I never thought of leaving the main land to play football and pursue a degree. I guess I will take up surfing in my free time." Knowing this young star, his future is very colorful. Nevada ILB Darron Owens 6-3 233 Fr Clark (Las Vegas NV) 2.5 of 3.5 [Will] @Joopear bolsters the Wolfpack defense with the recruitment of Darren Owens. He is known for being a quiet kid at school but is very vocal on the field. He sets the standard with his play as well as with his behavior. He is the epitome of a gentle giant, often taking his grandmother on walks. He is very obedient but if needs be, can make adjustments very quickly. He often volunteers around the grand city of Las Vegas and is quite the humanitarian with 400 hours of community service over his whole high school career. New Mexico TE Raymond Castillo 6-0 242 Fr Roma (Roma TX) 1.0 of 4.0 [Blocking] @DarthJarJar stocks up on meat and potatoes with the heavy handed Castillo from Roma, TX. He is used to punching and driving his opponents to the ground with his notorious past. He is seen as quick tempered because at a younger age he would pick fights with his peers. He recounts a time of fighting off a group of 13 year olds when he was 9. There were a lot of bloodied noses and tears to parents. He turned to football as a healthy alternative. New Mexico gets a much needed player to enfoce an aggressive culture. The question is, can he block Dean Fagan? San Diego State QB Nick Stewart 6-4 211 Fr St. John Bosco (Bellflower CA) 2.5 of 5.0 [Pocket] @pumph continues his tyrannical reign with an electric prospect in Stewart. He is looking to lead his team to a championship appearance for the decorated St. John Bosco team. His play is not only captivating but he is a down to earth player. His close friends and teammates often talk about his love for debating why Kanye West is the most influential artist of this generation and why The Office is better than Friends. He is as critical on his own performances, often looking for areas to improve. His potential is surging with power. San Jose State RB Brian Youngblood 6-0 215 Fr Mission San Jose (Fremont CA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Power] @redeye4 gains a well-polished player in his backfield with Mr. Youngblood. Youngblood is used to the Californian scenery but gets an environmental change as he travels to SJSU. He feels that he can be an instant playmaker for this team and give the school good reps straight off the bat. He also boasts power in other areas such as his second sport, baseball. The AD of his school often gets upset when he breaks old wooden bats, but he is lobbying for metal bats to be bought anyway. His favorite team is the Dodgers, with Clayton Chokesaw, I mean Kershaw. UNLV OG Mario Magee 6-3 309 Fr Gladstone (Covina CA) 1.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] @ChizDippler and UNLV acquire a thick and trunky boy in Magee. UNLV looks to turn around their troubles with a surprising quick guard that run blocks efficiently. He runs a blog on local burger joints in his area and often rips restaurants he doesn't like on Yelp. His hungry and huge stature proves him to be an immovable object for his opponents, with lineman often bouncing off his gut. He is also infamous for winning his city's annual hotdog eating contest and have multiple trophies. Hopefully his play does not reflect his own reviews on multiple eateries. One Star. Utah State DE Bryce Fleming-Roberson 6-7 261 Fr Hunter (West Valley City UT) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] @Clearlander and the Aggies look for some depth off the edge with Bryce Fleming Roberson.from West Valley City. He stays in-state for his family and his extended family. He has 5 uncles and 4 aunts on his mom's side and 15 cousins. They may vary in age and shape, but he is among the biggest family memeber of them all. He is hoping that they all can attend an Aggie game at least once and wants to have a tremondous statsheet. After all, his whole family is watching. Wyoming Last but not least....Yeah no croots locked up yet. Heh. Do not laugh at me. It is still pretty early anyway.
  49. 9 points
    Welcome to the mid-season(ish) review for the Mid-American Conference. We're at the 6 or 7 game mark of the season and entering the home stretch. Let's take a look at how things have played out thus far. We'll also crown a mid-season MVP for each team and name our mid-season All-MAC team. Who's ready for some MACtion? East Division Ohio PPG: 27.0 PPGA: 19.6 Mid-Season MVP: QB Austin Lowe (2,007 Yards, 286.7 YPG, 15 Touchdowns) Where they stand: The Bobcats and coach @bbates728 find themselves in the driver seat of the East Division. Led by the terrific play of QB Austin Lowe, Ohio sits at 5-2 on the season and 3-0 in the MAC. Lowe ranks 2nd in passing yards and touchdowns and is the key to the Bobcat offense. RB Mike Cazares has been solid thus far, rushing for 474 yards and 5 touchdowns. The end of the season has some challenges, as the Bobcats face upstart Bowling Green this week and have dates with Central Michigan and Akron. It won’t be an easy road for the division crown, but @bbates728 has to feel good knowing his Bobcats control their own destiny. Akron PPG: 16.0 PPGA: 23.0 Mid-Season MVP: DE Damione Ridley (15 Tackles, 3 TFL, 5 sacks) Where they stand: Sitting at 3-3 (2-1) are the Akron Zips led by coach @Garappogoat. The Zips aren’t lighting up the scoreboard on offense, but find themselves in a good position halfway through the season. Led by DE Damione Ridley, Akron has had some strong defensive play through six games. If they can start to get some more output from the offense, they could be a tough out the rest of the way. They will have a tough 2nd half of the season with games against Ball State, Western Michigan, Bowling Green and Ohio. They likely need to take at least 3 of those 4 games to have a chance to play in Detroit. Bowling Green PPG: 22.7 PPGA: 20 Mid-Season MVP: QB A.J. Coyne (1,885 Yards, 269.2 YPG, 12 Touchdowns) Where they stand: The Bowling Green Falcons led by @PoopyRhinoPickle, have had the hot hand of late winning 3 of their last 4 games, with their lone loss coming by a 4 point margin. QB A.J. Coyne has been instrumental in the team finding its way, averaging 269.7 YPG and throwing 8 touchdowns and 1 interception over the past 4 games. Coyne’s favorite target has been WR Brandon Lockhart who’s caught 48 passes for 670 yards and 4 touchdowns. There could be an argument that Lockhart is the team MVP, but we gave the nod to Coyne. Bowling Green are on the outside looking in, but have dates with Ohio and Akron remaining on the schedule. Their other conference games are against Toledo and Miami (OH). Realistically, they likely need to win all four of their remaining MAC games to have a chance at winning the division. The good news is they have a chance to take on the two teams currently ahead of them in the standings. Win those games and anything could happen. Buffalo PPG: 21.2 PPGA: 24.0 Mid-Season MVP: RB Alec Self (745 Yards, 124.17 YPG, 8 Touchdowns) Where they stand: There are three teams in the East that currently sit at 2-2 in MAC play. The Buffalo Bulls and coach @Jordan are one of those three teams. Unfortunately for them, both losses have come against the first and second place teams in the division. The Bulls have been led by talented RB Alec Self who’s averaging 124 YPG and has 8 touchdowns. QB Levi Thompson hasn’t been allowed to do much, but has been consistent thus far. He may not win them many games, but he also hasn’t cost them any. Like Bowling Green, Buffalo likely needs to win out to have a chance at a trip to Detroit, they will likely need a lot of help as Ohio and Akron will hold the head-to-head tiebreakers. The Bulls still have tough games against Ball State, Kent State and Western Michigan. Kent State PPG: 16.4 PPGA: 30.1 Mid-Season MVP: RB C.J. Williams (535 Yards, 76.4 YPG, 5 Touchdowns) Where they stand: The Golden Flashes are led by coach @Traith and find themselves with a 2-5 (2-2) record. Unfortunately, the Flashes lost a winnable game last week against a struggling NIU team. Kent has been led by RB C.J. Williams, who hasn’t been great, but is their best performer thus far. QB play has been the bigger issue as Cameron Hare has thrown more interceptions (8) than touchdowns (7). He’s a talented player, but will need to start performing better in the 2nd half of the season. The Golden Flashes remaining MAC schedule is tough. The have remaining games against Buffalo, Ohio, Miami (OH), and Central Michigan. It’s tough to seem them winning all four of those games, but that’s essentially what they will need to do. Becoming bowl eligible is probably the better goal for this squad, but there’s not much margin for error there either. Miami PPG: 6.1 PPGA: 30.4 Mid-Season MVP: DE Jason Ornelas (12 Tackles, 2 TFL, 2 Sacks, 1 FF) Where they stand: Ohhhhh Miami. I’m not going to dog on coach @chawsley too much, because this isn’t on him. He’s new and didn’t assemble this team, but he’s left to coach it. The RedHawks have just been brutal. Currently 0-7 on the season, there just hasn’t been anything good to write about thus far. The offense is non-existent averaging a paltry 6.1 points per game and hasn’t surpassed 200 total yards of offense in 5 of their 7 games. It’s just bad. The remaining schedule does provide a few opportunities for a win as Miami will take on Eastern Michigan and UMass. There’s no easy games for the RedHawks, but those two match-ups provide their best opportunity to avoid a 0-12 season. West Division Western Michigan PPG: 33.3 PPGA: 14.8 Mid-Season MVP: QB Keith Jackson (1,557 Yards, 259.5 YPG, 16 Total Touchdowns) Where they stand: The Broncos and their fearless leader coach @Pskeate are just chugging along this season, with their lone loss coming on the road in a tough game against Auburn. It’s been pick your poison for Western as both QB Keith Jackson and RB DeSean Madison (117 YPG, 9 touchdowns) have been excellent. The Bronco defense has been just as good, surrendering only 261 yards per game. I don’t want to disregard the remaining MAC opponents on the WMU schedule, but all signs point to a final week showdown against CMU. I can’t see the Broncos slipping up before the final game and even the Chippewas will have their work cut out for them. A lot can happen in 6 weeks, maybe we’ll all get lucky and Jackson and/or Madison will suffer injuries. Central Michigan PPG: 32.7 PPGA: 20 Mid-Season MVP: QB Byron Suggs (2,458 Yards, 351.1 YPG, 21 Touchdowns) Where they stand: Hot on the tail of Western Michigan are the rival Chippewas coached by @robcarlson77. At 4-3 (3-0) the Chippewas can’t help but feel like their loss to Oregon State in Week 1 presented a missed opportunity for a truly special season. The Chippewas started off 0-2, but reeled off 4 straight wins before their most recent loss to Minnesota. It’s been the Byron Suggs show this season as the talented Junior QB leads the nation in passing yards and touchdowns. The WR trio of Aikman, Coates and Peppers has feasted in the passing attack with all three surpassing 500 yards receiving and 5 touchdowns. The Chippewas last 5 games are all against MAC opponents and they can’t get caught looking ahead to the game against Western Michigan. There are still several tough games left on the schedule, including a road trip to Athens, Ohio to take on the East leading Bobcats. That game will feature the top two passers in the MAC, as of today. Ball State PPG: 20.8 PPGA: 27.3 Mid-Season MVP: RB Damani Lewis (724 Yards, 120.67 YPG, 7 Touchdowns) Where they stand: Coach @npklemm has led his alma mater to a 3-3 (2-1) record halfway through the 2023 season. The Cardinals are very much in the West Division discussion, but will need some help as a result of their loss to CMU in Week 6. The Cardinals are relying on their workhorse RB, Damani Lewis, while trying to minimize the responsibility of their talented, but inexperienced Freshman, QB Erik Parker. Parker has done a solid job, but when he is forced into having to do more, he has struggled at times. Ball State is a team on the upswing, but they have some tough games remaining in MAC play. The Cardinals have Buffalo, Akron, Toledo, Western Michigan and NIU. The Western Michigan game will be a tall task, but there’s no reason the other games can’t be wins if the game plan is executed properly. Northern Illinois PPG: 16.4 PPGA: 28 Mid-Season MVP: WR Maxwell Rider (48 Receptions, 535 Yards, 5 Touchdowns) Where they stand: The NIU Huskies find themselves without a coach as coach @Tyrone28 has had to step aside from coaching. The Huskies have really struggled this season as the offense just hasn’t been able to click. The previous staff relied heavily on QB Emmett Mast, but he has proven that he is prone to turnovers having thrown 14 interceptions through 7 games. The Huskies found some offensive balance in their most recent game, a win over Kent State, so perhaps they will begin to turn the corner. The Huskies have Central Michigan, Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, Toledo and Ball State left on their schedule. If NIU has finally figured out their offense and Mast stops turning the ball over, there are some opportunities to build some momentum into next season. Eastern Michigan PPG: 18.0 PPGA: 31.5 Mid-Season MVP: RB Tyler Pearson (793 Yards, 113.3 YPG, 8 Touchdowns) Where they stand: After finishing the 2022 season at 6-7, Eastern Michigan and coach @cobaltblade99 were hoping to continue their upward trend. Unfortunately, it’s been a difficult season for the Eagles who currently sit at 1-6 (0-3). Eastern has been competitive in a majority of their games, but hasn’t been able to come out with a win. They’ve lost their last 3 games by a combined 15 points. RB Tyler Pearson has been very good for Eastern, but they simply don’t have much of a passing game to compliment the talented back. QB Robert Frazier just hasn’t been good enough having thrown 10 interceptions and only 8 touchdowns. Coach @cobaltblade99 had to be expecting more from his Senior signal caller. The Eagles have two winnable games left against Miami (OH) and NIU, but also have more challenging games against Central Michigan, Ohio and Toledo. At this point, a bowl game is likely not realistic, so the Eagles will be playing for pride and looking to pull off some upsets along the way. Toledo PPG: 23.0 PPGA: 23.5 Mid-Season MVP: OLB Blake Gauthier (27 Tackles, 3 TFL, 3 Sacks, 1 INT, 1 FF) Where they stand: In the category of “things I didn’t see coming” the Toledo Rockets currently sit at 2-4 (0-3). After starting the season 2-0 under, the now coachless Rockets have stumbled to 4 straight losses. During that time, the offense has been absolutely brutal. The Rockets have arguably the best offensive line in the MAC, but it hasn’t been able to get things going through 6 games. QB Mario Pierre and RB Alvin Hines are talented, but young. Perhaps their lack of experience is the main issue. This is still a team with a lot of talent, who should be much better than their current record. The Rockets have no chance at contending in the West Division, but a bowl game is still in play. With conference games against Western Michigan, Bowling Green, Ball State, NIU and Eastern Michigan, I fully expect Toledo to give each of these teams a tough game. They may even steal a few if they can get their offense going. Mid-Season All-MAC Team QB – Byron Suggs (351.1 YPG, 21 Touchdowns) RB – Alec Self (124.17 YPG, 8 Touchdowns) WR – Joseph Aikman (50 Catches, 680 Yards, 6 Touchdowns) WR – Brandon Lockhart (48 Catches, 670 Yards, 4 Touchdowns) WR – Dontae Peppers (34 Catches, 592 Yards, 7 Touchdowns) TE – Miles Hooker (34 Catches, 492 Yards, 4 Touchdowns) OL – Western Michigan (4.30 Rating, 5 Sacks Allowed) DE – Kayden Soriano (14 Tackles, 3 TFL, 5.5 Sacks, 1 FF) DE – Damione Ridley (15 Tackles, 3 TFL, 5 sacks) DT – Ronnie Riley (13 Tackles, 3 TFL, 4 Sacks) DT – Kareem Lindsey (21 Tackles, 4 TFL, 3.5 Sacks) OLB – Blake Gauthier (27 Tackles, 3 TFL, 3 Sacks, 1 INT, 1 FF) OLB – Micah Bean (25 Tackles, 4 TFL, 2 Sacks, 1 INT, 1 FF) ILB – Leo Forrest (32 Tackles, 1 TFL, 1 Sack, 3 INT) CB – Keandre Williams (14 Tackles, 5 INT) CB – Miles Bradford (14 Tackles, 4 INT) FS – Geno Atkins (26 Tackles, 1 TFL, 2 INT) SS – Matthew Arnett (28 Tackles, 1 TFL, 1 INT) K – Sam Clifford (12/15 FG, 21/21 PAT) P – Eric Caudill (42.5 AVG)
  50. 9 points

    [2023] Week #8 - FNF

    *Me looking at all the Sun Belt West teams playing tonight prepping for the division slate.*
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