Thursday may have been a high point for the Texas Tech football program upon learning that former quarterback Patrick Mahomes was taken in the top 10 of the 2017 NFL Draft. On Friday afternoon though, the Red Raiders dipped right back down as star wide receiver Jonathan Giles took to Twitter to announce that he was leaving the program and transferring out of Lubbock. Giles was a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist a season ago after catching 69 passes for 1,158 yards and 13 touchdowns. Those numbers led the team in each category despite trailing off a bit down the stretch as Tech missed out on a bowl game. Playing time could have been a big factor in the decision to leave the program as both Cameron
Posted: April 28, 2017, 9:48 pm
Pitt DT Jeremiah Taleni has been kicked off team for disciplinary reasons. Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi dismissed nose tackle Jeremiah Taleni from the team Friday for disciplinary reasons, leaving the Panthers down a potential senior starter entering the summer. Taleni was competing for a starting spot this spring after a 2016 campaign that saw him tally three sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss in seven games, three of which he started.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 8:26 pm
Brian Kelly proselytized multiple abstract concepts this spring. By the end of the 15 practices and subsequent media sessions, even the Irish coach knew some of his references to “grit” would be met by muted eye rolls from the press. If a questioner included the word in their query, Kelly reacted with tongue-in-cheek approval, “You’ve been listening.” In his press conference the day before spring practices commenced, Kelly used the phrase “attention to detail” six separate times. While he was referring to his players on the football field, Kelly could have also been discussing the ongoing—but supposedly close to finished—construction at Notre Dame Stadium known as Campus Crossroads. The three
Posted: April 28, 2017, 8:00 pm
ESPN 300 defensive back A.J. Lytton committed to Florida State on Thursday, giving the Seminoles another top prospect from the D.C., Maryland, Virginia (DMV) area, Lytton is the No. 28-ranked prospect in the 2018 class. With Lytton's commitment, Florida State continues its streak of landing at least one ESPN 300 prospect from the DMV area going all the way back to 2012. The staff has landed 12 such prospects during that span, including Joshua Kaindoh, the No. 1-ranked defensive end in the 2017 class, defensive back Levonta Taylor and defensive end Josh Sweat. The streak is impressive and has added a ton of talent to the Florida State roster from out of state. Lytton is no exception, as he is
Posted: April 28, 2017, 5:29 pm
Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive Drafting a successor to Eli Manning was never really in play for the Giants on Thursday night. There were quarterbacks they liked as an option in the first round -- particularly Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes -- but they were long gone by the time they picked at 23. So they never really had a chance to find their Quarterback of the Future. Of course, that was only Day 1. The draft continues on Friday night when the Giants have two more picks to make in Rounds 2 and 3 -- and two more chances to draft the quarterback who'll take over for Manning somewhere around 2020. At this point they're looking at more developmental projects -- if any they like last
Posted: April 28, 2017, 3:00 pm
Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer Close Covers Texas A&M and the SEC. Joined ESPN in 2012. Graduate of the University of Houston. Follow on Twitter Texas A&M's social media blitz began long before Thursday night. Fans who ventured over to Texas A&M’s football Twitter feed or the account of the program’s social media arm, @AggieFBLife, have been inundated with NFL draft data during the last week. Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin, who is part of NFL Network's draft coverage this week, made sure to get in on the action when he stepped onto the television set on Thursday. That #whosnext hashtag? That’s a message directed at recruits, one the Aggies have used for years, as if to say, “Who’s next to commit to
Posted: April 28, 2017, 2:45 pm
The Carolina Panthers’ No. 8 overall draft pick, Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey, had some advice to a reporter who asked what he’d say to those who question whether he can be an “every-down” running back in the NFL. “I would just tell them to watch the tape,” he said, speaking over the phone from his parents’ home in Denver. Christian, I have believed you since January (with only a few lapses in judgment along the way). Ask my beat partner, Joseph Person, about the match I predicted for Carolina way back in Tampa Bay, when the Panthers were slogging through another tough loss. Boy, was he tired of me ranting about you by April, bless his heart. Yes, McCaffrey carried the load as a running back
Posted: April 28, 2017, 2:35 pm
In 2016, Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo produced his most inspired coaching job yet. It took another quarterback injury to finally drag the Midshipmen down. The next week, with sophomore Zach Abey, the third-stringer, behind center, Navy fell to Army for the first time since 2001.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 1:06 pm
Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images And don’t be surprised if he makes a big splash. When former LSU WR Malachi Dupre is at his best, he’s making catches like this: And like this: But we weren’t given as much
Posted: April 28, 2017, 1:00 pm
With 32 picks in the books, NFL teams have a chance to reset their draft board for Friday and rounds two and three. Below are the top 50 players available starting with the 33rd overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. The two main traits NFL teams want in a running back prospect: can you navigate and create? Cook is exceptional in both areas with the foot quickness and vision to gash defenses. His history of shoulder issues could knock him down draft boards, but he has the best talent at running back in this class. 2. Forrest Lamp, OT/OG, Western Kentucky (6-4, 309, 5.00, #76) A four-year starter at left tackle, Lamp might be able to stay at tackle in the NFL, but he projects much better inside at
Posted: April 28, 2017, 12:08 pm
Takkarist McKinley stood onstage at the NFL Draft in Philadelphia on Thursday, holding a photograph of his late grandmother. McKinley, 21, had just been picked by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round and he was keen to credit Myrtle Collins, the woman
Posted: April 28, 2017, 11:52 am
Nobody, but nobody, has had a better trip to Italy than Jim Harbaugh, who took his Michigan football team along for the ride because, well, he’s Jim Harbaugh and, besides, it was an excellent way to thumb his nose at the NCAA. Harbaugh also thumbed his nose at Russell Crowe, or maybe he paid tribute to him. Whichever way you look at the quality of his recitation of a few lines from “The Gladiator,” one thing’s for sure. This is an image that won’t soon leave our memories. And so, it appears, Harbaugh is still having a grand old time in Italy, where he’s engaged in a wide variety of activities, including personally gifting Pope Francis with a Michigan helmet and a sweet pair of Michigan Air Jordan
Posted: April 28, 2017, 8:56 am
Johnny McRight is one of the diehard Ole Miss football fans and he's got a seat front and center to hear coach Hugh Freeze speak on a Monday morning. This is the Rebel Road Trip: A normally joyous occasion when Freeze and athletics director Ross Bjork take a weeklong tour to pump up the program's most ardent followers. The Rebels are knee-deep in an NCAA investigation that threatens to stop all the momentum the program has gained over Freeze's first five years as coach.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 6:22 am
Chris and Invictus try their hand at creating a pro style big board
Posted: April 28, 2017, 5:00 am
Michigan’s Swiss Army knife did a lot for the Wolverines in 2016. The Cleveland Browns used the 25th pick, the one they got in a trade with the Texans, to select Jabrill Peppers, one of the most versatile players in the NFL draft. At the combine, Peppers told reporters that while at Michigan, “My mindset was whatever I had to do I’m gonna do it to the best of my ability and try to make plays when I can.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 3:00 am
5-star CB Anthony Lytton commits to Florida State: Maryland football misses out on elite local prospect
Maryland footballs highest-rated target in the Class of 2018 is off the board. Five-star cornerback Anthony Lytton committed to Florida State Thursday night. Lytton is the No. 1 player in Maryland, the No. 3 cornerback in the country and the No. 21 overall prospect in the Class of 2018, per the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 12:44 am
When you think of legendary head coach Bear Bryant, the Alabama Crimson Tide typically comes to mind. After all, that’s where he solidified his status on the Mount Rushmore of college football and had the most success of any coach not named Nick Saban. Some outside the South may not realize it though, but Bryant really developed his reputation running a football team at another SEC and only some fans would be able to guess that came during his eight seasons at Kentucky. During his tenure in Lexington, Bryant guided the Wildcats to their first SEC football title (in 1950) and saw unprecedented success (before or since) on the gridiron at the school that included several top 10 finishes. Now it
Posted: April 27, 2017, 10:33 pm
Spring practice has wrapped up at Nebraska and a pair of offensive lineman are on their way out of the program for greener pastures in the Cornhuskers old home of the Big 12. First up on the moving van is offensive lineman Zach Hannon, who announced on Thursday he will transfer to Kansas. The Kansas City native is a graduate transfer so he should be able to play right away with the Jayhawks. He’s not the only offensive lineman pursuing a graduate transfer from Lincoln however, as Dwayne Johnson also announced his intention to earn his diploma next month and move on to a Big 12 school — in this case Texas Tech. The back-to-back departures is a bit of a blow to the Cornhuskers depth along the offensive
Posted: April 27, 2017, 9:25 pm
Alabama head coach Nick Saban will be squaring off against his former defensive coordinator and current Georgia head coach Kirby Smart at next week’s Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament in Georgia. The event will be held next week at Reynolds Plantation resort on Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Ga. Smart will be playing with former Georgia football player David Dukes, while Saban’s partner will be former Alabama running back Mark Ingram, a Heisman Trophy winner, DawgNation.com reports. Smart and Saban worked together on Alabama’s staff for almost a decade before Smart became UGA head coach last season. Things have gotten heated on the recruiting trail between the two – see Maurice
Posted: April 27, 2017, 9:14 pm
Joe McKnight Shooter Football Star was Roid Raging ... Before Shooting 1 4/27/2017 1:30 PM PDT The man who shot and killed Joe McKnight says the ex-NFL player was fueled by a mix of steroids, pain pills and weed during their fatal confrontation ... and he only pulled his gun out of fear. Ronald Gasser filed new court docs in the murder case against him -- claiming he learned McKnight "was under the influence of marijuana, pain pills, and anabolic steroids at the time [he] attacked Mr. Gasser." Unclear where Gasser got his information -- it seems his legal team may have had access to McKnight's toxicology results following the autopsy. However, in the docs Gasser paints a picture of a man in full
Posted: April 27, 2017, 8:30 pm
An early-signing period would be in December, while recruits could take official visits their junior years. Duke coach David Cutcliffe sure isn’t wholeheartedly endorsing the recruiting rules changes that could become official in 2018. The NCAA is a formal step away from adding an early signing period for football recruits.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 6:54 pm
The four-time FCS All-America wide receiver from Eastern Washington is projected to be taken in the second or third round Friday night - the middle day of the three-day draft in Philadelphia. What's vastly different from most draft selections is the father and paternal grandfather with whom Kupp will gather in Newport Beach, California, also played in the NFL. With Cooper's selection, the Kupps will become the fifth family with three generations in the NFL following the Higgins-Suhey, Pyne, Matthews and Chickillo family trees.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 3:59 pm
ROME – Michigan held its first football practice in Italy today, but Donovan Peoples-Jones did not participate. The freshman wide receiver from Cass Tech was at the field, but did not practice. When asked if he was injured, Peoples-Jones said, “No, I’m good. They just held me out.” Pep Hamilton, the new assistant head coach and passing game coordinator, said that Peoples-Jones has missed “quite a few practices” this spring, although a reason was not given. Even so, when Peoples-Jones has been on the field, he has shown plenty of potential. “You see flashes of potential,” Hamilton said. “We know he has potential. You see flashes of extreme talent. An unusual combination of size, strength, speed
Posted: April 27, 2017, 3:25 pm
Michigan State reportedly has added another recruit to its 2017 class. Kicker Cole Hahn from West Des Moines Valley High in Iowa tweeted this morning that he has accepted a scholarship offer from the Spartans for this fall. He had committed in January to walk on for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Hahn, 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds, is considered the 26th-best kicker in the 2017 class, according to ESPN.com, and was the No. 15 prospect at the Kohl’s Camps for kickers. He made 23 of 33 field-goal attempts in his high school career, including a 52-yarder as a senior, and sent 59 of his 66 kickoffs for touchbacks last season according to the Des Moines Register. He is a high school teammate of MSU quarterback signee
Posted: April 27, 2017, 3:20 pm
For the first time in his life, Stanley "Boom" Williams didn't feel like playing football. Last Summer, Williams' 18-year-old sister—Kenyatta Millbrooks—passed away suddenly. The tragedy flattened Williams, and it left him questioning whether he wanted to play out his junior season at the University of Kentucky during such a time. Eventually, Williams realized that football and the people it brings together could help him cope with what happened. He went on to record 1,170 rushing yards (6.8 yards per carry), leading Kentucky to its first winning season since 2009. After an emotional junior season, Williams declared for the 2017 NFL Draft. STACK caught up with him at IMG Academy in Bradenton,
Posted: April 27, 2017, 8:29 am
April 27, 2017 ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- When Braylon Edwards decided to finish his degree at the University of Michigan, a friend sent him a video of "Back to School," a 1986 movie about a man attending college with his son starring Rodney Dangerfield. "I busted out laughing," said Edwards. "That perfect dive of his at the end of that movie can't be beat." Edwards, 34, is getting the last laugh, though, on Saturday (April 29), when he walks across the stage to pick up his diploma at Michigan Stadium. "Now my parents can wave and scream and cry and cheer," said Edwards, whose parents are Malesa Plater and former Wolverine and NFL running back Stanley Edwards. Braylon's general studies degree focused
Posted: April 27, 2017, 8:00 am
We were all there, but let’s recap just in case: On April 14, grad transfer Scott Pagano committed to Oregon after including the Oklahoma Sooners in his final two schools. OU was confident, but the decision made sense in that Pagano wanted to be closer to his family in Hawaii and, having just won a championship at Clemson, probably wasn’t as worried about that. Fair enough. The next day, a double whammy: Owasso safety Josh Proctor announced his commitment to Ohio State, and Bixby offensive lineman Bryce Bray committed to Oklahoma State at their spring game. For an OU program that had aimed for a clean sweep of the best in-state recruits, the intrusions by Mike Gundy — and especially by Urban
Posted: April 27, 2017, 5:00 am
The San Francisco 49ers are inducting FB Tom Rathman into their Hall of Fame and on Wednesday, held his press conference in the 49ers museum at Levi’s Stadium. He spoke to the media off camera shortly after taking photos in front of his complete game worn uniform. Rathman expressed being very humbled and honored to being enshrined in the 49ers museum. He gave much credit to fellow running back Roger Craig as the mentor who taught Rathman what the expectations were being a 49er: going to the playoffs every year. Craig’s wife was in the delivery room when Rathman’s wife gave birth to their first child while they were on a road trip in Milwaukee to play the Packers. He described what he looked for
Posted: April 27, 2017, 5:00 am
Draft coverage is top-heavy. It always has been and it probably always will be. The top 50 players get 75% of the bandwidth. A decent number of onlookers dig a little deeper and check out the bottom half of the top 100. Only the intrepid few wander down off those heights and explore players beneath the top 150. Like all good explorers they are looking for one thing: treasure. Great players get overlooked every year. Deep in the third day of the draft when the bright lights have faded and the majority of football fans have turned away, some very valuable draft cards get turned in. Antonio Brown was a 6th rounder. There's talent in them thar depths... you just have to dig a little harder to find
Posted: April 27, 2017, 5:00 am
Defense 1. Myles Garrett, Texas A&M 2. T.J. Watt, Wisconsin 3. Tyus Bowser, Houston 4. Derek Barnett, Tennessee 5. Takkarist McKinley, UCLA 6. Carl Lawson, Auburn 7. Derek Rivers, Youngstown State 8. Charles Harris, Missouri 9. JoJo Mathis, Washington 10. Taco Charlton, Michigan 11. Jordan Willis, Kansas State 12. Tim Williams, Alabama 13. Tarell Basham, Ohio 1. Jonathan Allen, Alabama 2. Solomon Thomas, Stanford 3. Malik McDowell, Michigan State 4. Montravious Adams, Clemson 100. Caleb Brantley, Florida 1. Reuben Foster, Alabama 2. Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt 3. Haason Reddick, Tample 4. Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State 5. Jarrad Davis, Florida 6. Ryan Anderson, Alabama 7. Blair Brown, Ohio 1. Marshon
Posted: April 27, 2017, 2:54 am
IRVING, Texas — SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey says the league is happy with Hoover, Ala., as its home for football media days, but is open to exploring the possibilities for other locations in the future. The SEC has held media days in the Birmingham suburb for years, and before that in Birmingham. But Sankey said the conference’s 11-state geographic footprint provides alternatives. “It’s been on my mind,” he said. “I would not foreclose the opportunity to move around.” Sankey noted the SEC’s men’s basketball tournament, which has rotated to various locations — and which next year is scheduled to be played in St. Louis — as a potential example. “We’ve built something special in Hoover,” he said.
Posted: April 26, 2017, 11:45 pm
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