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  1. 11 points
    NEWS NETWORK Slowly but surely the 2022 season is advancing on all of us and for the returning players in the ranks of the 2021 CFBHC National Champs, Purdue, this probably means one thing first: Wrapping up the excessive partying that surely followed what many fans and players perceived an overdue big year for this program. And what a big year it was! With QB phenom Matt Jones leaving for the NFLHC, hopes among B1G fans rooting against the Choo Choos are probably running high that 2021 was a one hit wonder and Purdue will return to their wallflower status of the past soon enough. To answer that, let me paraphrase said National Champion QB: You won't like what we have to say about this. You. Won't. Like. That. THE CHANGES There are rays of sunshine for those who want Purdue to fall into the abyss again and causes for concern for their fans, don't get me wrong. The impressive 2021 offense lost a good deal of starters to the NFL, some of them stars in their own right. RB Brendan Milton and TE Ajani Winston, both coming off of 1000+ yard seasons, WR1 Frederick Bartlett and starting FB Dennis Chapman are the more prominent Seniors behind QB Matt Jones that won't be returning in 2022. But also, that's about it on bad news. People who watched a lot of B1G football will argue, that the Receiving Corps that coach inspiral fielded only got better behind Bartlett and while the skill positions surely lost some talent, the line hasn't. ESPN metrics ranked the 2021 OLine right behind the top units in the Big Ten and with all of the players that were starting - after some rotation in the first half of the Boilermakers' season - returning and the addition of JuCo OG Bryce Wallace, this will probably only get better. THE D The picture changes entirely when you look at Purdues Defense. On this side of the ball there was only one starter graduating after the Championship season. FS Zahir Cason, though, failed to make a lasting impression in his Senior season and buzz on the campus is that both his short term replacement JuCo FS Gabriel Allen and Freshman FS Tristan Landry are looking like they will make the name Carson - or whatever it was - be forgotten even earlier. What definitely hurt was DE Derrick Dawkins declaring early for the draft, coming off a 10.5 sack season and forfeiting his Senior year to test draft waters. This catapulted Senior 3.5 star recruit Jasiah Graham into an unexpected starting spot but also will give Sophomore DE Landon Crowder a chance to shine even more brightly. Crowder was a highly praised croot out of Texas, had a spectacular Freshman season - and he also came up big in the playoffs, making two statsheets, a couple of sacks and 3 TFLs. He has reportedly made big strides in the offseason, too. Generally, it was the Defense that came up big in the playoffs for coach inspiral and made them from Championship contender into Champ. And on that side of the ball, the Choo Choos definitely got better. In conclusion, West Lafayette could already boast about a big D last year and it looks like it just got a little bigger. THE QUESTION MARK Of course, there's the QB position. Nobody can just replace a player of Matt Jones's caliber, but again, "dat Purdue guy" was able to land a big JuCo transfer and secure the services of QB Kyle Jefferson, younger brother to Atlanta Falcons signal caller AJ. He is inheriting a well-formed team that looks ready for another year of dominating and will certainly want to prove a point to the nation. But can he? After a very mixed bag of a 2019 Freshman season, Jefferson lost the starting position to QB Bryce Thompson at Duke and coach Darman never looked back. Being frustrated after not seeing the field once in 2020, Jefferson took the initiative and transfered to gain starting experience in Chattahoochee Technical College, GA. While he certainly has the skills, there are doubts about his mental fitness for a position of such high pressure. After all, many pundits claimed that feeling Bryce Thompson breathing down his neck was the it-factor in KJ never settling in at Duke. THE CONCLUSION Says here that Purdue once again will be a bane in the Big Ten. Anything below a two-digit win count would probably be a disappointment to the coach who ignored desperate calls and big paychecks from his Alma Mater Syracuse and several other big prestige programs to stay with his boys. Says here, too, that while Purdue won't get bad again anytime soon, they also won't replicate this seasons' success. Kyle Jefferson will be able clean his name of perceived stains but won't live up to his predecessor, another Big Ten title is in reach but another National? Not very likely. So, after all, both the fans and the haters should have something to cheer about in 2022. Purdue Depth Chart for 2022 Purdue Schedule:
  2. 3 points
    It has been announced that bellwoodbomb611 will be stepping away from NFLHC, as well as CFBHC, for the next 2 years. Coach Bellwood has decided to go on a two-year LDS (aka Mormon) mission, and will be leaving for Long Beach, California on August 15th. Bellwood is in the process of selling the Minnesota Vikings franchise to Jamzz, who would take over immediately (pending approval). Jamzz had been the Vikings scout, and is very well qualified to run this team. He has been involved with all recent executive actions on the team, and will do a great job. On a more personal note, I'd like to thank you all for the time that I've had on this site. I feel like I've made some really great friends, and I'm so happy that I was recommended to the site over two years ago. I'm going to miss you all. If you'd like to keep in contact with me or hear about the things that I'm doing during the next two years, send me a message (preferably on Discord) and I'll hit you up with my email/add you to my weekly emailing list, which will be my primary source of communication while I am away. I am super excited for this opportunity, this is something I've wanted to do since I was a little kid. I've also been assigned to primarily serve the Spanish-speakers in the area, which will be awesome. Hopefully I'll be fluent by the time I get back. I sure hope this place is still around in two years, because I will rejoin in a heartbeat. Raise your Kotars, -Bellwood
  3. 3 points
    Coaching in Utah, I take anything I can get and figure it out later. I can't afford to be picky. I don't let DT affect scheme, I use what I have.
  4. 3 points
    Seems like a pretty good media series idea. Someone could come up with all-division teams for each division, talk about the strengths, weaknesses, etc then predict who would win a hypothetical playoff among them.
  5. 3 points
    Historical across time, offense: a backfield of Mohammed Foster and James Otero with Raheem Robinson at wide receiver, each in their final year in college Historical across time, defense: Peak Morris Millen and peak Kenyatta Henderson just murdering opposing backfields. Historical in real time, offense: College Aaron Kotar with Marcus Barry in the backfield, throwing to Mike Triplett, Marvin White, Ryan Mitchell, and Marcus Banks--AKA the actual 2014 Ohio State offense. Historical in real time, defense: College Anthony Ortiz, Earl Jackson, Louis Peterson, and Dewey Tomlinson all in the front seven--AKA the actual 2014 Oklahoma State defense. Current, offense: Sean Jenkins, JC Weldon, and Donnie Allen all catching passes for the same team. Doesn't even matter who's quarterback, they could probably make Nu Battles look good. Current, defense: Older Morris Millen and older Kenyatta Henderson still just murdering opposing backfields.
  6. 2 points
    College or Pro, which players, to maximize fun or domination, should be teammates? If you want to go one further: in which system and under which coach should this hypothetical tandem/trio/group play? Go! I'll start: Allan Taylor only really had one year with a great Speed back (Kevin Richards, though Troy White and Marshawn Miller may get there), and it may have been in the wrong system. I'd have loved to see Taylor run the ol' Nebraska Triple Option set with Vaughan Abraham or Akili Wallace as the traditional I-back. We'd see numbers like the old 2013 Onterrio Smith-at-Miami days...
  7. 2 points
    Minneapolis, MN - After the recent departure of owner and GM bellwoodbomb611, the Minnesota Vikings revealed that the next owner of the franchise to be @Jamzz. Previously Jamzz was the scout of the Vikings, hired before the 2021 season. It was also announced that @Minnowsotan would remain the head coach of the team, with one year still remaining on his contract. Jamzz also announced that he would be taking over the duties of general manager in addition to owning the club. Finally, Jamzz said that he would be interviewing potential candidates for the now vacant scouting position. Anyone interested should PM Jamzz. Both Jamzz and Minnowsotan are now available for questions.
  8. 2 points
    How about that all-NFCS defense? DE: Early Davis, ATL DE: Kendrick Droughns, CAR DT: Frank Williams, TB DT: Jeremy Miller, NO ILB: Andre Brooks, TB ILB: Garrett Holiday, NO OLB: Derrick Martin, TB OLB: Austin Olson, NO CB: David Wilburn, ATL CB: Cameron Newhouse, TB CB: Nate Tensi, CAR FS: Darius Jones, ATL SS: Darren Manning, CAR
  9. 2 points
    Honestly this is one of the nicest media pieces I've seen on the site. Glad I didn't overlook it because of being basically afk for a few weeks!
  10. 1 point
    Devereaux, Jenkins, Sterling Brown and the NO oline Can't really beat the scenarios storm came up with in the friggin first post but I'll plug in a semi-homer concept that would be beastly. An all-NFCS offense would be neat, based on recent performances: Skaggs and/or Heiden - because of bigger synergy effects with the run game - throwing to Jenkins, Richard Wilson, Monte Jackson and Curtis Henry. Akili Wallace at RB with DNJ for 3rd or relief duty. The line would consist of monsters of all (jersey) colors, too - mostly gold/black and red/black though.
  11. 1 point
    Will you let me use the Big Ten logo throughout the series? Because 1) Branding is everything and 2) it's the one trick I have Thanks, though, glad you enjoyed it! When I'm done with the B1G the plan was to do some national 2022 prep media too, but first there's like 2 or 3 more teams to write about in my own conference.
  12. 1 point
    Brian Brown and Asante Sowell. Unstoppable pass, unstoppable run.
  13. 1 point
    Mohammed Foster, J.C. Weldon, and the 2021 version of Mohamed Mustafa.
  14. 1 point
    It’s been six seasons since the Oklahoma Sooners and Penn State Nittany Lions met in the 2015 CFBHC National Championship game. Most of the stars have moved on to the NFL, where they have seen varying levels of success and made a name for themselves at the highest level of play. But thanks to a triple overtime national championship game that has gone down as perhaps the greatest game ever played, they’ve long been immortalized in the lore of college football. As the sixth anniversary of the game approaches, I got the chance to sit down with several stars of the game. Tai Miller, Norris Brooksheer, Greg Hadnot, and Ozzie Love represented the Sooners; Todd Jennings, Mark Harrington, Anthony Beltran, and Kadeem Martin represented the Nittany Lions. The memories surrounding the game were vivid. Norris Brooksheer, OU Quarterback: “It’s strange. We went down to Dallas the Monday before the game so that we could acclimate to the town. You know- try and feel as at home as possible. We ate some good barbecue. Texas barbecue, man! It’s the best. That’s what I remember most about the week before the game. [laughs]” Greg Hadnot, OU Running Back: “Oh yeah! I remember, it was like the Wednesday night before the game and Coach Ted took the whole team out to this outdoor barbecue place outside the city. It was like an hour bus ride. We were all getting antsy, but once we got there, it was the best brisket we’d ever had. We were so relaxed that night, just eating and having a good time. But when Thursday morning came, when we were just a few days away from actually playing, you could start to feel the whole team tightening up.” Kadeem Martin, PSU Cornerback: “We got down Wednesday. Flew in to DFW, went straight to our hotel. Ate a catered meal from some barbecue joint, then the coaches gathered us for a team meeting. I’ll never forget what they said. They told us ‘it’s our time. This is what we’ve worked towards, this is what you wanted from the beginning. Enjoy this week, but get your minds right. Work as hard as you’ve ever worked. We’re so close.’” By the time the game rolled around, the city was buzzing. Every hotel within an hour of the stadium was booked full, and the traffic near the stadium in Arlington was crazy by noon of championship day. Martin, PSU: “I’m usually pretty calm before games, but I was feeling the butterflies all day for sure. The guy I shared a room with woke up at four o’clock, sweating because he was so nervous. The man only played special teams.” Ozzie Love, OU Defensive End: “I threw up.” Mark Harrington, PSU Wide Receiver: “We got to the stadium probably two or three hours before game time. We expected it to be like an away game, since we were so close to Oklahoma, but there were a lot of Penn State fans there. We had traveled well. You could tell we were all tense. But we were focused. It was a good tense, it meant we were ready to go.” Todd Jennings, PSU QB and 2015 Heisman Winner: “I did my usual pregame routine. After we all walked the field, I put on my game pants and socks, my lucky shirt, and went to go talk to Coach. We always had a meeting before warming up. It usually was only about ten minutes, but this time it lasted almost thirty. Lots of the typical stuff, just going over plays and looks I might see. I told him we were going to come out firing, and I wasn’t wrong.” Jennings and the Nittany Lions won the coin toss and deferred. After their defense forced a 3 and out, the Penn State offense marched 58 yards and kicked a field goal. Oklahoma matched the score on their next drive. But then Penn State broke the game open. Harrington, PSU WR: “It was tied up 3-3 when we got back on the field. Pete [Choboian] broke off a nice run to get the drive started, I remember. It took us four plays to get four first downs. We were just clicking. Coach Soluna had a script for this series, which I still remember. It was a simple trap play to start, which Pete broke for about 20 yards, and then a Drago route. That was my first catch of the day. It probably went for 15. Then we ran some play action, then another Drago, this time to Curtis [Settles]. Just like that we were 20 yards out and knocking on the door. Whole thing only took a couple minutes off the clock.” Jennings, PSU QB: “It was third down, I’d just thrown an incomplete pass. Clock had stopped after a first down run play. We went to one of our bread and butter plays- Tree 400 China. Trips right, Mark ran a deep flag while Curtis curled underneath. I think Omari Waddy, our Tight End, was running a crossing route. My first read was to him, but the safety tried to come up on him. Mark was so wide open. There wasn’t anyone in ten yards.” The Penn State fans went nuts. The Sooners were fired up as well. Brooksheer, OU QB: “I was determined to match that drive. They’d made us look pretty silly. We got the ball on the 25 and I told Tai that I’d find him.” Tai Miller, OU Wide Receiver: “First quarter ended and we had a little bit of something going. I still hadn’t caught a pass. Me and Kadeem [Martin] had been dueling, and Norris was mostly checking down. Greg was rocking, though. We were handing the ball off and getting chunks of seven or eight yards. We were probably on the fifty when Norris gave me the signal.” Martin, PSU CB: “I’d been ready to play Tai Miller since the beginning of the season. There wasn’t a better Wide Receiver in the game. I’d studied film of him all week, and only him, and for whatever reason when he got that sign from Brooksheer, I knew what it was gonna be. I guessed right. It was just a slant route, but I baited it. Next thing I knew, the ball was in the air and I was in position to jump it. So I did.” Brooksheer: “Immediately after the ball left my hand I knew it was an interception. Kadeem played me like a fiddle. He was off to the races then, and I had to go make the tackle.” Brooksheer made the tackle after a nearly 40 yard return, and a few plays later Pete Choboian punched it in from 2 yards out. With 10 minutes left in the second quarter, Penn State was up 17-3. The rest of the quarter was relatively quiet. Alejandro Aguirre hit from 42 with 3:00 left on the clock, and then Penn State matched that field goal with no time left to head into the locker room up 20-6. Love, OU DE: “It was so quiet in the locker room. We felt defeated. We were getting our teeth kicked in, hadn’t scored a touchdown, and didn’t even get the ball to start. We were a sieve defensively, too. Seemed like whatever Penn State wanted to do, they did.” Miller, OU WR: “I was pissed. I hadn’t even caught a pass, and the only time a ball had even come my way was that pick.” Hadnot, OU RB: “You could hear a pin drop. Coach Ted came in and lit into us, accusing us of not playing hard and being sloppy. I had my head down the whole time. He grabbed me by the back of my shoulder pads and pulled me to my feet and yelled in my face. ‘Do you want to win a championship?’ he asked. I nodded. His face was so red. ‘Then f****** act like it!’” Anthony Beltran, PSU Defensive Tackle: “Our locker room was still determined, but we were hype. In our minds, we were just one more half from a championship. We were in the driver seat. We thought that if we scored immediately out of the half we’d break their will.” Penn State did score. Todd Jennings led a march down the field that took five minutes off the clock and was capped with another 2 yard Choboian plunge. It was 27-6 and the Penn State sideline was rocking. Harrington, PSU WR: “At that point, I was so confident we’d win that I would’ve bet my life on it.” Hadnot, OU RB: “We were dead in the water. There was hardly any life on the sidelines. But Coach Ted pulled the offense together before the kickoff and lit a fire underneath us. I don’t even remember what he said, but it awoke something. He did the same thing with the defense while we were on the field. Some of my teammates told me later he wasn’t even watching the drive. He spent all three minutes getting the team’s mind right.” Brooksheer, OU QB: “Our offense had been awful during the first half. We turned the corner on that first drive. Greg had only like 35 yards in the first half, but the first play of the drive he took a counter for 20. Then I hit Tai for his first catch of the game for 30. We got Kadeem on a sluggo since he’d bit the slant so hard earlier. Two plays, 50 yards. All of a sudden, we had a little mojo.” Martin, PSU CB: “That sluggo still haunts me. I knew better than to try to jump it twice. But we were feeling so good. We were up 21 in the national championship game, and I thought if I could get another interception not only would I be rubbing salt in the wound, but it would seal the game. Our offense hadn’t been stopped, our defense hadn’t given up a touchdown… I wanted to be the hero right there.” Beltran, PSU DT: “I think they scored in like 6 plays. We slowed them down a little in the red zone, but they ran a third down play action and caught us napping. Little touch pass to the tight end, and suddenly it was 27-13. We still were in control, though. We weren’t feeling too out of sorts.” The Nittany Lions took the field again after a great kick return, giving them possession at their own forty yard line. After a short completion to tight end Omari Waddy and a four yard run by Pete Choboian, it was 3rd and 1. Jennings, PSU QB: “We lined up with two tight ends and a fullback. The ball was going to Pete, no doubt. They knew it and we did, too. We motioned our fullback, Darren [Michael], from the right side of the line to the left and snapped the ball. During that motion, Ozzie Love shifted from shading a 6 technique to a five, head up over our tackle. Just that little adjustment was enough to blow the whole play up.” Love, OU DE: “I was a short guy, but I was pretty quick. Fullback shifted away from me, I shaded over, and I jumped the snap. I ripped through the tackle and was on top of Choboian as soon as he had the handoff. I grabbed around his shoulders and tried to rip him down, but he went right through my arms. I thought I’d seriously f***** up, but in reality, I’d slowed him down just enough.” Jennings, PSU QB: “Pete didn’t stand a chance. They brought the blitz, Love hit him early, and he kind of got stood up. He was swarmed as soon as he was through Love’s initial hit. Next thing I knew, the ball was rolling on the ground. Backwards towards me and towards Love. He scooped it up before I even knew what was happening.” Love, OU DE: “The ball kind of rolled right to me, and then bounced up into my arms. I cradled it against my chest and slid down immediately. Possession, OU.” Martin, PSU CB: “When we came on the field, we knew they were gaining momentum. We also knew we were in real big trouble if we couldn’t get a stop.” The next four minutes were all Greg Hadnot. He carried the ball 6 times for 37 yards, including a five yard touchdown run. Suddenly, the score was 27-20. It was a one possession game. Hadnot, OU RB: “By that point, we were back in the race. After the first drive, the third quarter had been all us. The fans were so loud you couldn’t hear yourself think.” Harrington, PSU WR: “For all the craziness up to that point, the thing I remember about the beginning of the fourth quarter was the lull. It was a calm before the storm, looking back. We ran like five plays and then had to punt. They did the same. For that time, it seemed like a stalemate. When we got the ball back is when things went absolutely nuts.” With 11:45 to go in the game, Penn State took the field on their own 28 yard line. For the next four minutes, Todd Jennings methodically picked apart the OU defense while Pete Choboian picked up two huge third down conversions to keep the drive alive. After a 12 yard pass to Curtis Settles, Penn State was inside the 30 and seemed to be knocking on the door. Martin, PSU CB: “It finally felt like we were back on our game. Our offense was gonna give us a cushion. I’d been feeling tense most of the fourth quarter up to that point, but the path to the trophy was looking clear as day.” Love, OU DE: “For whatever reason we couldn’t stop them that entire drive. They made us look silly. But God bless Jerry Walker.” Jennings, PSU QB: “Literally all game I’d avoided Jerry Walker. He was playing free safety for them, and I had not challenged him deep once. I didn’t make the conscious decision to go at him, but the opportunity just kind of presented itself. Mark was running a simple go route and his corner sat. It looked like there was a window to pick up 15 or 20 yards- hell, knowing Mark, he may have been able to score. I tried to zip it to him, but got hit as I released. The ball hung up in the air for just a moment too long.” Harrington, PSU WR: “It basically became a 50/50 ball, but Jerry Walker had the better shot at it because I had to come back to it. He was full speed to the sideline and jumped up in front of me. I tried to reach over his shoulder and knock it out, but he was able to pin it against his hip. Next thing I know, the OU sideline was going berserk. I didn’t even have to check to see if he’d caught it. I knew.” With the ball on their own 11 and 8:00 on the clock, Norris Brooksheer and the OU offense took the field once more. Brooksheer, OU QB: “We were determined to not let that drive go to waste. We knew it was our last real shot at making something happen.” Hadnot, OU RB: “I told Coach Ted to feed me. He did. Tai told him he wanted the ball. He got it. We were confident and making plays. It was maybe the best drive of the entire season for us.” For the next 6:00 minutes, OU drove 89 yards in 9 plays. Brooksheer was 4/4 on the drive, with three completions to Tai Miller for 30 yards. Hadnot carried the ball on the other 5 plays, including a 34 yard scamper that set them up with 1st and goal on the 3 yard line. The very next play, Brooksheer threw a touchdown to wide receiver Jose McGinest to tie the game. Martin, PSU CB: “We were at a loss. The game was far from over, but we’d gone from almost a sure victory to the fight of our lives. We certainly didn’t give up, but OU just dominated us that drive.” But it wasn’t over. Mark Harrington had been the star wideout for a Heisman winning QB all season. By the fourth quarter, he had 6 catches for 84 yards and a touchdown to his credit. When Jennings needed bailing out, the ball was almost always going his way. So when the Nittany Lions got the ball back on their own thirty with just over 2:30 left in the game, all eyes were on him. Jennings, PSU QB: “We had 80 yards to go and 1 timeout left. We knew we needed some big plays, and we knew Mark was the guy who provided those typically. So we went to him early.” Harrington, PSU WR: “I think the first one fell incomplete. It was just a little long. Next play we picked up a first down on a crossing route to Curtis that went for 18, and then we hustled to the line. That’s the play. I ran a post pattern and got behind Jerry Walker. 40 yards, just like that. We were inside the 25.” Love, OU DE: “We called a timeout once they got to the line. We had to. We were gassed. There was a minute or so left on the clock. We knew if they scored, they won.” Two plays later, the OU defense had stood firm. Harrington had caught a screen pass that only went for one yard, and then Jennings was sacked for a loss of 4. With time winding down, Ozzie Love broke through and recorded another sack, this one driving the Nittany Lions back to the 34 yard line. Beltran, PSU DT: “Coach Soluna called a timeout with three seconds left. 51 yarder for [kicker Matt] Fisk. He missed, and it was on to overtime.” Martin, PSU CB: “We never stopped being confident. We had the talent, we had the ability… going into overtime, we still believed the game was ours.” Brooksheer, OU QB: “I don’t think either team believed they were going to lose. We had all the momentum, but even still Penn State was as determined as ever. That’s why I wasn’t shocked that it went into three overtimes, because the competitive spirit on that field was at an all time high. You couldn’t find two more competitive teams.” Penn State got the ball first and were held to a field goal. OU sent it into the second OT period after an Alejandro Aguirre field goal following a sack by PSU Defensive Tackle Anthony Beltran. In the second overtime, Tai Miller caught two passes and Greg Hadnot capped it off with a touchdown. Penn State answered right back with a 4 yard touchdown from Todd Jennings to tight end Omari Waddy. To begin the third overtime, PSU handed the ball to Pete Choboian twice and then threw an incomplete pass to the back pylon, intended for Mark Harrington. A 25 yard field goal followed, putting their tenuous lead at 40-37. Miller, OU WR: “We were dog tired, but we smelled blood in the water. We knew that 25 yards meant a championship. Coach Ted gave us 3 plays coming off the sideline. One was a draw play to Greg, who took it six yards. One was a play action to Hugh Warren, who broke a tackle and took it 14 yards. The last was a dive play, which Hadnot took to the one yard line. It was second and goal from the one.” Beltran, PSU DT: “Coach called a timeout after we nearly gave up a touchdown. There’s a reason he's considered such a good coach: he called their play. He told us that they were going to run a play action on second and goal, with a little novel route to the tight end, and he was right. We had a blitz dialed up for the exact play he said they’d run, and Brooksheer had to throw it out of the back of the end zone.” Hadnot, OU RB: “All day, I’d wanted the ball. It was no different this time. I tapped my helmet, we got the play and it was just one of those big-on-big plays where we run right at them. ‘Bring your hat,’ Coach Ted would always say. And they brought theirs. Third and goal from the one, and I tried to jump over the pile.” Beltran, PSU DT: “He tried to jump over me and extend over the goal line. It didn’t work.” Facing 4th and Goal from the one yard line, OU called a timeout. During their deliberations on the sideline, the coaching staff made one of the gutsiest calls in CFBHC history. Rather than take the field goal and send it into the fourth overtime, they sent their offense back onto the field. Three tight ends, a fullback, and Hadnot. Miller, OU WR: “I was dying on the sidelines. To not be on the field for that play was excruciating.” Hadnot, OU RB: “Bring your hat. We were going to beat them by running right at them. I lined up behind my fullback, Ian Smith, and all eyes were on me. I remember smiling.” Beltran, PSU DT: “That bastard smiled at me as I got down in my stance. I was pissed. I was ready. This play was for all the glory, I wasn’t about to let him grin at me like a moron and then take the championship away from me.” Brooksheer, OU QB: “We got our fullback some carries in our offense, but no one expected it. I snapped the ball from under center, turned right, handed it to Ian, and then faked a handoff left to Greg. It wasn’t sexy, it wasn’t super confusing, but it was enough. Ian bowled over a linebacker and broke the plane. We were champions.” OU won, 43-40. In the immediate aftermath, analysts couldn’t stop talking about the decision to go for it. Greg Hadnot was awarded MVP for his 18 carry, 143 yard, 2 TD performance. Before long, the title game was named the greatest sporting event of 2015, and later of the decade. I asked each of the eight I interviewed for their final words on the game. Brooksheer, OU QB: “It was the greatest game I’ve ever been a part of. There’s never been another game like it on a stage like that.” Jennings, PSU QB: “I still have nightmares about Jerry Walker. My time at Penn State was incredible, and I wouldn’t change a thing about it, except for that one throw. It was a well coached, well executed game, and it came down to just a couple plays. If I would’ve been on the other side of it… man. I wish we’d have come out on top.” Harrington, PSU WR: “I told my wife that she wasn’t allowed to talk about it. She grew up in Oklahoma, so she made the mistake of teasing me about it once. Now we don’t mention it, ever. It was easily the biggest fight we've ever had.” Hadnot, OU RB: “The rest of my career was kind of a blur. That was certainly the pinnacle. And you know what? I’m very happy with that.” Beltran, PSU DT: “You’re the first and last person I’ll ever talk to publicly about that game. Now that I’ve walked through it, any more conversation about it will be behind closed doors with my therapist.” Love, OU DE: “I didn’t make it to the NFL, and now I’m on staff here at OU. I can’t go anywhere without being stopped still, all because of that game. I haven’t bought a drink in Norman since.” Miller, OU WR: “I’ll always remember the frustration and the grind of that game. Not having a catch in the first half, then storming back the way we did and being an integral part of the offense. It was the hardest I’ve ever played, and it paid off.” Martin, PSU CB: “Tai and I are teammates now. We go against each other in practice every day. And every time he beats me, he says ‘Boomer Sooner.’ I hate it. But a couple weeks ago he tried to run a slant on me and I picked it off. After we got back to the line I got up in his face. ‘You know better than to run slants against me,’ I told him. ‘It never works out for you.’” Miller, OU WR: “[laughing] Yeah, then tell him what happened next.” Martin, PSU CB: “What? Nothing happened. I shut you down the rest of practice is what happened.” Miller, OU WR: “Nope. I beat you twice for touchdowns. And after practice I showed you the championship ring I keep in my locker. You know, from when I beat your ass when you were at Penn State? I got the last laugh that day.” I thanked them for taking the time to sit down with me. It was obvious the loss still smarted when for the former Penn State players, but even they had to admit: they had played in the greatest championship game of all time.
  15. 1 point
    Very much looking forward to the rest of this series, great preview!
  16. 1 point
    Bandit is OLB/SS hybrid in this case.
  17. 1 point
    The Bengals are happy to hear that Joel feels confident with the new coaching staff and their offensive system. Although this season didn’t see the success the organization hoped for, there were noticeable bright spots from many of the team’s young talent. Joel’s improvement this season and newfound confidence have the Bengals looking forward to the future.
  18. 1 point
    Weeze56m

    ECU Legendary Seniors, 2021 edition

    Pirate Legends and Heroes 2021 Edition QB Liam Carver, 952 of 1588 attempts, 11,258 yards, 85 TD, 33 Int, 133.15 QBR 189 attempts, 1015 yards, 11 TD, 5.37 YPC With the 2021 season coming to an end for the Pirates, the players come home after a crushing defeat to Southern Miss. The 38-10 routing in St. Pete was a hard pill to swallow for many of the guys who felt they were the better team, and had come so far from where they were so many weeks ago. Defense seemed to be playing better, offense seem to be clicking. We were even on the verge of seeing the first Pirate player ever to get a 1000 yards receiving in a season. In fact, if they had played a mircle game, they might have been able to get 2 1000 yard receivers, one with double digit touchdowns. Alas, it was not to be. However, the end of the season brings something else for us to enjoy. Final Stat lines for seniors. This season also sees a number of special seniors who have manage to put up solid, school record breaking numbers. As the old saying goes, Heroes get remembered, but Legends never die. And we are doing our part to ensure these Legends never will. QB: First and Foremost, we have to Start with Liam Carver. He has been the "Face of the Franchise" for the Pirates since 2018 where they almost won their first Conference Title. 2018 was also the first time the Pirates have reached that game since 2014 where they lost to then conference opponent Boise St. Both times they were under ObliviousLax leadership. This fact alone will put Carvers name in a special place in peoples heart. Right next to Kevin Moore, the QB in 2014. Carver will also be remembered fondly among fans because he brought the team back from cellar dwellers to respectable standing given that the previous two seasons(2016 and 2017) the Pirates had gone a total of 4-20. Carver's Career passing yards shatters every other quarterback in team history. At over 11,200 yards, the next closest person was Willy Cowan(2016-2019) at just under 2,700 yards. As for touchdowns, you could add every other quarterbacks career touchdown totals, multiple it by two, and you still would be short of Carvers total passing touchdowns. Carver has known nothing but success at ECU. He made a bowl game every season he started and won 3 of the four. Liam Carver will enter the draft this year, and while he isn't expected to be a top QB option, we hope to see him go in the later rounds, or get picked up early in the UFA market. He is a quality quarterback who can excel given the right pieces, and right coaching. Career Accolades: (School) 1st Career Passing Yards, 1st Career Passing Touchdowns, 1st career QBR, 2nd Career completion percentage, 1st Passing Yards in a season, 1st Passing Touchdown in a season, 1st QBR in a season, 2nd Passing Yards in a Game, 2nd Passing Touchdowns in a Game. 1st Rushing Yards for QB(Career and season) 1 Rushing touchdowns for QB(Career and Season) 1st career YPC(at least 100 attempts) all time. Fun Facts: Never had a 4.0 or higher receiver. First QB to start for 4 seasons. Only Pirate QB to have a better career pass completion is Kevin Moore(2014). Only Two players are left from his recruit class(2017), K Patrick Gaffney and P Copper Waller. OL: 2021 Offensive Line: 13 Games, 5.3 Rating, 28 SA The Pirate offensive Line was probably the biggest disappointment of the 2021 season. Coming in, Many expected the Pirates to have one of the most dominating lines in the AAC. With three 4.5 stars, a 4.0 and a 3.5, they should have been one of the best lines in school History. Especially given their SoS this season. Instead, they had the worst o-line rating since 2017, and have given up the most sacks in recent history. Some of the blame can easily be placed on having such a young Runningback. Xavier Stanly, true sophmore was not ready to take over, however he was the only choice they had. What was the most frustrating, was the inconsistency. They would have fantastic games against strong opponents and end with a 6.3, but would play a team like tulane and end up with a 4.0 rating. However, the season aside, OG Mendy Pace, Donald St. John, and even right OT Jonah Lyon have been apart of some of the best offensive line units in school history. between 2018-2020, the line finished with a 6.1 rating or higher. Having played so well in recent years is probably what makes this season such a mix bag of emotions. Pace and St. John in particular have been such a long time staple of the offensive line, it will be interesting seeing the battle during training camp next season to see who steps up and takes the job. Players in the draft: Offense QB Liam Carver 6-3 207 R ECU [Scrambling] 68 (UFA) OT Quincy Estep 6-3 270 R ECU [Pass Blocking] 74 (4-7) OG Mendy Pace 6-2 287 R ECU [Run Blocking] 72 (4-7) OG Donald St. John 6-7 260 R ECU [Run Blocking] 68 (UFA) Seasonal Notes: Offense -Jared Talbert broke every freshman receiving record set by Leon Burris in 2020. (13g 59 catches, 919 yards, 12 touchdowns, 15.58 YPC). Also Broke Patrick Cornett's record for most receiving touchdowns in a season. Second player in ECU history to reach double digit receiving touchdowns in a season. -Leon Burris Broke Pratrick Cornett's Record for single season receptions, and yards. (13g 67 Catches, 981 yards, 8 touchdowns, 14.64 YPC). Burris has also moved up to third all time in both receptions and catches. Currently second all time in receiving touchdowns. -First time in school history two players have reached at least 900 receiving yards in a season. -Carver is fifth all time in rushing yards. Tied for third for rushing touchdowns all time. -Longest run of the season was for 37 yards, which ended in a touchdown. -Xavier Stanly's 726 rushing yards is the fewest any starting RB has totaled at the end of the season, (Started 10 of 13, 165 attempts, 726 yards, 9 touchdowns, 4.4 YPC) and only second player in school history not to get at least a 1000 yards( Eli Tuitama, 2020, 11g, 197attempts 841yards(missed two games)) DE Isiah Townsend 16g, 58 tackles, 3 TFL, 15 Sacks, 3 FF, 1 FR, DE One of the big things Coach Weeze wanted to change when he arrived in Greenville was the defense. He wanted to create a more aggressive, faster defense that could get after the QB. If you look at his recruiting, you see he has laid the grown work for those type of players. Fast man corners, agile ends, and bulky tackles to clogg up the middle. But even in this transition era, where the last players of the old regime are slowly fading away, and the new guys are coming in, Coach Weeze has found talent and the type of players he needs to keep the team growing in the right direction. Isiah Townsend will graduate this bring as the leading all time sacker for the East Carolina Pirates. He has stated he will not move on to a pro career, instead hopes he can find his way into coaching. Townsend only played two seasons for the Pirates, but proved to be a very productive player. He broke a career record established in 2016 by Jeremy Jones, a 2* Defensive end. He also broke a single season sack record established in 2014 by defensive end Alfred Robinson. In his two seasons, Isiah is also now the leading tackler among defensive line players. An Honor that use to belong current teammate and fellow graduate Mateo Graft-Hart. While 15 isn't a high number, its a new standard for the young guys coming in to try and beat. It shows a continued development and growth by the Pirates for a new level of success. While Isiah was continuing to add to his sack total, he got to see a young true freshman shine and set a new record among freshman for sacks. Aiden Daneils is likely to start opposite of Theo-Gunn next season, ECU's first 4* defensive end. Daneils stated after the bowl loss, he and the other ends were challenge by Townsend to break now only his single season record, but also his career record. "He told us he doesn't wanna come back in a couple seasons for homecoming and find his records are still standing. He was always about the front of his jersey, not the back. He is gonna be missed in the locker room probably more than any other guy leaving this season." Isiah and his ability to get after the ball carrier will be missed next season, and the many seasons to come. Career Accolades: 2020 2nd team All-Conference, 1st career sacks(15), 1st among D-Line in career tackles(58), 1st single season sack record(7.5)(x2), 2nd Single season tackles among D-Line(29), 1st in forced Fumbles(3)*, Tied 1st for TFL(3)*. 11th All time in tackles. *began tracking stat in 2021 DT Mateo Graft-Hart 13G, 55 Tackles, 7.5 Sacks, 1 FR DT Grat-Hart game flying out the gates his freshman season, and followed that up with an impressive sophomore season. Setting a freshman record for defensive players, he totaled 4.5 sacks, and ten tackles in four games. The following season, Graft-Hart came out and unloaded on offenses. in 8 games, he tallied 43 tackles and 3 sacks leading to an All-Conference honor. These two seasons alone made him one of the most productive D-Line players ever at ECU. However, entering his Junior year, Graft-Hart could not keep up the level of production that he had shown, and lost his starting job to Liam Childers. While he remained a starter on the 4-3 scheme, he would only make 1 appearance for his junior and senior season. While Graft-Hart disappeared for the last two seasons, he set a total goal for incoming players to strive for. Career Accolades: 2019 All-Conference, 1st for D-Line tackles in a season(43), 2nd All time among D-Line for tackles(55), Fun Fact: Only Starter in 2020 not to make a stat sheet. 13th all time in tackles. ILB Kaden Richmond 12G, 64 Tackles, 1 TFL, 1 Sack, 1 FF, 1 PD ILB Kaden Richmond has had a quiet career at ECU. Though given who he following up, he was gonna have to have a hell of a career to make a name for himself. Sebastian Chaney, one of the all time greatest tacklers in ECU history, made it a challenge for Richmond. But over the last two seasons, Richmond has been steady and silently good. Names Like Isiah Townsend, and Jasiah Francis have stolen the spotlight away from a man who has creeped up and become 9th all time in Tackling in only 2 seasons. Richmond lead the team in tackles during the 2021 season with 37 tackles, and 1 for loss. Career Accolades: 9th all time in tackles. Lead team in tackles 2021. Players in the draft: Defense CB Kamari Cheatham 5-10 221 R NC State [Man Coverage] 80 *Former Pirate, FS 2018 Seasonal Notes: Defense Two starters only made 1 appearance, CB Jonah Epps and DT Mateo Graft-Hart Isiah Townsend Tied his single season sack record of 7.5, and became leading team sacker. Defense had no 4* or higher. Only 2 3.5* players 2nd worst rush defense in the conference, but surprisingly 4th best pass defense in the conference. Reverse of what was expected. K Patrick Gaffney, 39G, 127/127 XP, 48 FGM of 53 FGA, 90.57% K Patrick Gaffney is without question the most successful kicker in school history. 127 extra points, and 48 field goals made over the course of three seasons. He leads in just about every statistical option there is for a kicker to lead in. Extra points, FGM, and FG%. Following up W.K. Coffman, Gaffney has been an unsung hero for the Pirates. His 127 extra points blows the previous record of 85 by Robbie Fitzpatrick out of the water. An interesting little side fact about Gaffney, despite his records, he is the lowest rated kicker the team has ever started. 2014-2018, the Pirates had a 4 or 5 star rated player. And thanks to recruiting this season, they'll have another 5 star player lining up soon. As he Graduates this spring, like so many others, he will be leaving behind a huge legacy. The Gold standard for all future kickers. Career Accolades: 1st in XP made and attempted(127), 1st in Field goals made and attempted(48/53), Fun Fact: First 3* kicker to start. Tied(39) for 1st for kickers in games played. P Cooper Waller 39 G, 42.6 avg P Cooper Waller is the longest starting punter in school history. Like Gaffney, Waller made his first start in 2019. Three years of playing for the Pirates, and he ends his career with the best punting average of any punter. 42.6. His best season occurred in 2020 where he ended the year with a 44.8 average. Players in the draft: Special Teams P Cooper Waller 5-8 158 R ECU [Accuracy] 65 (UFA) Seasonal Notes: Special Teams Waller and Gaffney, both were apart of the 2017 recruiting class. Both began play in 2019. Gaffney's 5 missed field goals all came from the 2021 season. Waller's lowest punting average came in the 2021 season, 40.3 9 players. The Pirates are losing 9 Players who have been major for the continued success of the school. Of those nine, 5 are moving on to try their luck in the NFL. 9 players who have in some way, shown they are better than the many players who have come before them. Each in their own way leave behind an amazing legacy. A Legacy that future players will be compared to.
  19. 1 point
    bingo415

    Change my View

    (I'm gonna try to not be a homer while doing this...here goes) Yeldon has improved every year, with a worse OLine situation, while Trufant has not. Improvement is a more clear sign of progression as a prospect. Trufant -- 2019 (FR) - 3.0/5.0 Power (playing with a 3.5/4.5 QB) 1,703 yards, 23 TDs, 5.57 YPC 2020 (SO) - 4.5/5.0 Power (playing with a 4.5/4.5 QB) 1,451 yards, 22 TDs, 5.06 YPC 2021 (JR) - 5.0/5.0 Power (playing with a 4.5/4.5 QB) 1,167 yards, 15 TDs, 6.4 YPC (projects to 1,556 yards, 21 TDs, 6 .1 YPC) 2021 OLine for WISC: (L to R) 4/4, 3.5/3.5, 4/4, 4.5/4.5, 2.5/3.5 Yeldon -- 2019 (FR) - 3.0/5.0 Power 1,454 yards, 20 TDs, 5.59 YPC (playing with a 3.0/4.0 QB) 2020 (SO) - 4.0/5.0 Power 1.545 yards, 22 TDs, 5.52 YPC (playing with a 4/4 QB) 2021 (JR) - 5.0/5.0 Power 1,467 yards, 17 TDs, 6..73 YPC (projects to 1,956 yards, 23 TDs, 6.8 YPC, playing with a 4/4 QB) 2021 OLine for Oregon: (L to R) 2.5/4.5, 3.5/3.5, 2.5/3.0, 2/5, 2/4.5 Yeldon has improved year after year, has done more with less help (OLine and QB), and has been the focal point of the offense while still racking up nearly 7 yards per carry. Yeldon is the better prospect.
  20. 1 point
    Darman

    Change my View

    So I've always been a fan of speed rbs who have power rb size. So my thing is Speed Rbs with bigger size are more valuable than smaller backs as an all around role
  21. 0 points
    Minnowsotan

    The Crocodile Hunter Retires

    On Sunday it was announced that former ISU linebacker Steven "The Crocodile Hunter" Irwin would be stepping away from football for good. "I've had a good time playing in the NFL, I would like to thank the Tennessee Titans for giving me a chance to play and live my dream as becoming a pro football player." Steve Irwin graduated from Iowa State in 2017 having the greatest defensive career in Iowa State history, he holds the current school record for most tackles in a career with 165 and most tackles in a single game with 16 in his first year. "I was ruthless on the field" Irwin said, "Whenever someone calls the the 'Crocodile Hunter' I have to live up to that name and play my best football everyday so I do not let people down." After his 4th season at Iowa State he was signed by the Titans as an undrafted free agent. "I never thought I would be given the chance to prove myself, I came out as an undrafted linebacker not many teams are looking to start an undrafted free agent and be happy with the results." The crocodile hunter then packed his bags to Tennessee saying his adjustment to the Nashville area was "Uplifting, feeling and smelling that high elevation air puts a lot of air in your lungs. Coming from the flatness of Iowa I liked the change in scenery." His career was about average for an undrafted free agent he recorded 12 tackles in 2 games his first season, things were looking up for the Crocodile Hunter until the next season when he didnt see a single play. When asked about how he felt about being benched he said "There is not much I can do. I put on a good face and play when I am needed to play, I step up and rise up to the occasion when given the chance." After the 2021 season he was released and then became a free agent this past year. Irwin just like in his NFL career sitting and waiting for someone to call upon him when he wanted to still be a part of a team. "During this past season sitting in free agency gave me a lot of time to think. I have lived in Tennessee for the past 4 years of my life, I have volunteered in this community I have grown to be a part of the Nashville life. I have a family now and I cant move around when I am already settled in a place I call home. I felt it was in the best interested of me and my family that I put football aside and start focusing on my community work and helping grow my family." Steve Irwin still responds to fans who call him the crocodile hunter with a big white smile and offers to give signatures to whomever asks for one. "Seeing people that I have inspired is the greatest hunt of them all." He says happily.
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