Month: October 2019

10 months agoLiverpool captain Jordan Henderson still has 2013/14 frustrations

first_imgLiverpool captain Jordan Henderson still has 2013/14 frustrationsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool captain Jordan Henderson admits he still has regrets over their 2013/14 league title failure.Henderson was suspended for three crucial fixtures towards the end of the season.The skipper said, “I was disappointed not to play those last few games. That is something I have had to live with.“But things move on quickly and I try to use things like that as learning curves.“But we are years on here, a totally different squad of players and totally different scenario. I don’t like to look too far back into the past. All I’m focused on is to keep winning games for this football club, as much as we can, to be successful and to end up winning trophies.“I feel we’re ready now. We definitely have the potential to win trophies. But it’s up to us to go and do it on the pitch. I have every confidence with the talent that we’ve got and the people in the dressing room that we can go and produce trophies in the very near future and hopefully it’s this season.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd legend Keane impressed by Torreira: But Arsenal overall…

first_imgMan Utd legend Keane impressed by Torreira: But Arsenal overall…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Roy Keane is yet to be won over by Unai Emery’s Arsenal.Keane was speaking before Arsenalks defeat at Southampton.”I’m not convinced,” said Keane on Sky Sports. “At the back, the defence, they have had a few injuries, but the jury is still out for me and tough games are coming up, they’ll be a big test.”The best of Arsenal’s summer signings has been Lucas Torreira, and Keane has challenged him to keep improving.”He’s done well,” said Keane. “He’s had a good start but the winter months are coming up.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool encouraged in interest for RB Leipzig striker Werner

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool encouraged in interest for RB Leipzig striker Wernerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool have been encouraged in their interest for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.The German World Cup striker has netted 11 times this season for RB Leipzig – making him one of the Bundesliga’s hottest properties.His current deal expires in 2020 and now Bild says he is hesitating on a new deal.Liverpool are looking for back up to Roberto Firmino, with Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge tipped for moves away.And with uncertainty over 22-year-old Werner’s future in Germany, Liverpool believe they could get him for around the £36m mark. last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool recalling Taiwo Awoniyi from Gent

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool recalling Taiwo Awoniyi from Gentby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are ready to bring Taiwo Awoniyi back to Anfield.The Daily Mail says Awoniyi is set to return to Liverpool from his loan spell at Gent.The 21-year-old Nigerian youth international fell out of favour at the Belgian club following their appointment of Jess Thorup as their new coach in October, with the forward not seeing eye-to-eye with the new man.In addition, Gent have signed Crystal Palace forward Alexander Sorloth on loan for the remainder of the season, meaning they are now happy to cancel the loan and send Awoniyi back to Liverpool .The Reds are likely to find another club for the forward to play for in the second half of the season. last_img read more

a month agoArsenal boss Emery insists Xhaka has his total confidence: We’re talking

a month agoReal Madrid coach Zidane tells 2-goal Benzema: Keep it up!

a month agoMourinho resists Schalke, AC Milan interest for Real Madrid offer

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Mourinho resists Schalke, AC Milan interest for Real Madrid offerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is hoping to secure a return to Real Madrid after turning down a number of jobs during the summer.Mourinho has been without a club since he was sacked by the Red Devils in December after a poor start to the 2018/2019 Premier League campaign. Goal says the Portuguese boss would be keen on a return to the Bernabeu if the club decide to part ways with Zinedine Zidane. Although Madrid are currently top of the La Liga with 14 points from their opening six games, the Frenchman has been under growing pressure after a number of unconvincing performances.The 56-year-old has attracted significant interest from the likes of Monaco, Lille, Wolfsburg, Schalke and AC Milan between May and September. last_img read more

Poch ready for Solskjaer meeting

first_imgThey will meet at Wembley on Sunday but 20 years ago Mauricio Pochettino was watching Ole Gunnar Solskjaer perform Champions League miracles for Manchester United at Camp Nou.Tottenham host United in the Premier League this weekend – arguably the first real test of Solskjaer’s interim reign, which has so far delivered five wins from as many matches across all competitions.Four of those came against sides currently in the bottom half of the table, while the other was over Championship strugglers Reading in the FA Cup third round last time out. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Nevertheless, a resurgent United will travel to Wembley looking to bridge the six-point gap between themselves and the top four. Pochettino, who has been widely tipped to take over at Old Trafford come the end of the season, is relishing Sunday’s challenge and fondly remembers the finest moment of Solskjaer’s career, having been present to witness that sensational comeback against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final.”I have good memories because also I remember when he scored after 90 minutes at Camp Nou. I was with Tony Jimenez, my goalkeeping coach, we were then at Nou Camp in 1999,” Pochettino told a media conference.”I remember him when he scored the second goal in injury time and how I shouted the goal of Manchester United, that was unbelievable. We were neutral people watching a fantastic game.”I have good memories of him. It was this type of moment; on Sunday we are going to meet at Wembley when 20 years ago I was shouting for a goal that he scored for Manchester United.”Next up: Man Utd.  #COYS pic.twitter.com/QLop0WXF3Q— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 10, 2019Paul Pogba’s form has mirrored that of United under Solskjaer, the World Cup winner netting four goals and adding three assists in his four games since Jose Mourinho left the club, but Pochettino warned against the dangers of focusing too much on one individual.”When you play in this Premier League every weekend, or every three days as we’ve been playing in the last few months, always it’s about the opponent having a few players that can make the difference,” Pochettino said.”Like last Tuesday it was [Eden] Hazard, and now Pogba. Pogba is a very talented player, a great player of course. But it’s not only Pogba or Hazard, there are different players around.”Of course they are special players. Manchester United have a great squad with great players with a lot of quality. Of course we are not going to be only focused on Pogba. We need to be focused on the whole team, not just one player.”last_img read more

Smith Rowe completes Leipzig loan

first_imgArsenal forward Emile Smith Rowe has joined RB Leipzig on loan until the end of the season.The 18-year-old has made six appearances for the Gunners this term, featuring four times in the Europa League and twice in the Carabao Cup, but has not yet played in the Premier League.Leipzig are currently fourth in the German top tier, and Smith Rowe could feature alongside highly rated 22-year-old striker Timo Werner.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? He will link up with the Bundesliga outfit with the hope of more game time, following in the footsteps of fellow England youth international Jadon Sancho who has starred for Borussia Dortmund over the last two seasons.Sancho has earned a debut for the Three Lions’ senior squad against the USA having scored six times and notched nine assists in the league this term alone.We are delighted to announce the loan singing of @emilesmithrowe!The 18-year-old joins us on loan until the end of the season from @Arsenal and will wear the number 18 shirt.Welcome to Leipzig, Emile!🔴⚪ #DieRotenBullen pic.twitter.com/VSfLZNdNqv— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) January 31, 2019The former Manchester City academy player spoke out in December about how a move to the Bundesliga has benefitted his career and encouraged other young English players to play abroad.Callum Hudson-Odoi was also keen to force through a move to Germany after Chelsea received a £35 million ($45m) offer from Bayern Munich, who were reportedly eyeing the winger as a replacement for departing duo Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.However, Chelsea have refused to let the teenager leave despite him still being keen on a move to Bavaria.Smith Rowe’s deadline-day departure comes after Arsenal completed the loan signing of Denis Suarez until the end of the season.Midfielder Suarez, who links up with his former Sevilla boss Unai Emery, signed a new contract with Barcelona upon leaving for the Premier League, although Arsenal will have an option to make the move permanent this summer.The Gunners also announced today that right-back Hector Bellerin completed surgery in Spain after suffering ACL damage against Chelsea that ruled him out for up to nine months.last_img read more

Things Got Chippy Between Oklahoma And Baylor Before Kickoff

first_imgOklahoma Baylor fight ahead of their game.Twitter/@ScottBellDMNOklahoma and Baylor players were chirping at each other before the game and had to be separated by referees.No. 11 Oklahoma takes on Baylor today in a crucial Big 12 match-up, and about an hour before kickoff, tensions between the two teams boiled over into some trash-talking and shoving.Check it out:From the College Gameday telecast: Things getting a little chippy in Norman about a half hour before the Baylor-Oklahoma kickoff. pic.twitter.com/j9lW7GItel— Scott Bell (@ScottBellDMN) November 12, 2016If that little scuffle is any indication, this game should be pretty intense. These two teams don’t like each other that much.The Sooners are 7-2 and first in the Big 12,  but need to win out to have any shot at making the College Football Playoff. Baylor would love nothing more than to spoil that for the Sooners.The Sooners won last year’s contest, 44-34, and are 22-3 all-time versus the Bears.Oklahoma is a 17.5-point favorite, and you can catch the game on ABC at noon. It should be a good one.last_img read more

Little confident Scotland’s ‘natural ability’ will bring success

first_imgKim Little believes there are plenty of positives for Scotland to take into the rest of their first Women’s World Cup, after their opening fixture ended in a 2-1 defeat to England.Nikita Parris’ penalty broke the deadlock after a controversial VAR decision, before Ellen White doubled the Lionesses’ lead just before half-time.But Shelley Kerr’s side played much better in the second half, as Claire Emslie’s goal made it a nervy finish for England, and Little is confident they can show more of their quality in their next two games. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Obviously I’m disappointed we didn’t get any points from the game, but I think from our first to second-half performance you can see the improvement in what we’re capable of,” she said.“We have natural ability in our team and I think it was eventually going to come through at some point.“We flattened in midfield to create less space for England and make it easy to pick up the ball, especially for myself and Caroline [Weir]. We had a bit more belief too, but we know we have that ability.“We play against and with a lot of the [England] players so we know what we’re capable of and the level of quality we have in comparison to them. But they have a little bit more experience than us maybe.“We can’t do anything about it now, that’s three points gone but there’s six more we can get. So we’ll look forward and hope to do that.”Scotland’s next clash in Group D sees them take on a Japan side with a lot less experience, with just six of their squad from the 2015 Women’s World Cup, who reached the final, involved in this summer’s tournament.Kerr’s side then conclude the group stages with a fixture against lowly-ranked Argentina, who are back in the competition for the first time since 2007.Kim Little Georgia Stanway England Scotland 2019Asked whether the close nature of the result and goal scored would give her side positives going into those games, Little said: “Yes, I think so.“It’s nice to get a goal and I think we deserved that. We created some good chances in the second half.“[Emslie] scored a great goal and got in some good positions,” the midfielder continued.“Just the quality in the final positions, getting good balls into the box, is maybe what would have made the difference.“I think when they scored the first goal we then naturally dropped off because of the pressure of going 1-0 down, so we need to learn from that and maybe be more on the front foot if that is to happen again.”Little also expressed her “appreciation and gratitude” at playing at her first World Cup, and her first major tournament, having missed the 2017 Euros due to injury.The 28-year-old is widely considered one of the best players in the world and played a huge part in qualification for both tournaments, but ruptured her ACL before Scotland headed to the Netherlands.A leg break in October added yet another down to a rollercoaster journey to this summer’s competition, but made Little even more grateful to be on the pitch on Sunday.“It’s great to be here with my team-mates and represent my country at a World Cup,” she said, adding that her thoughts while lining up were: “Just appreciation and gratitude for being here and being able to play football on the biggest stage and taking in the occasion, to enjoy it.”Scotland face Japan on Friday, June 14 in Rennes, before heading to Paris to take on Argentina on Wednesday, June 19.last_img read more

The Big Lead Names Top 25 College Football Programs Of Last 25 Years

first_imgA detail of a Nike official NCAA size football as it sits in the end zone while the West Virginia Mountaineers stretchon the field prior to playing against the Clemson Tigers during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)College football has gone through a number of eras. The sport dates back to the late 1800s, and has gone through a number of massive shifts in power and structure. The last 25 years, going back to 1992, represents a roughly modern period for the sport, though even in that quarter-century, we’ve seen a number of big changes.Within that time frame, very few programs have gone without a down period. Even Alabama fell way back to the pack in the SEC for a few years, before Nick Saban took over the program. Consistency is hard, especially with how quickly coaches change jobs and players cycle in and out.The Big Lead put together a list of the Top 25 programs of the last 25 years. It’s a pretty interesting group overall, and while No. 1 is basically inarguable, we’re sure there’ll be plenty of debate about the placement of other programs down the list.Unsurprisingly, Alabama came out on top of The Big Lead’s college football rankings of the last 25 years.The Crimson Tide have long been a strong program. After some down years, Nick Saban has arguably taken things to new heights.Since 2009, Alabama has taken home five national titles. Here’s what TBL has to say about Alabama’s spot.National Titles: 5 (2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017) Top 10 Finishes: 13 Top 25 Finishes: 17 Record since 1993: 238-85-1 (.736)The down years are deep into the rearview mirror. Alabama has reached heights that few programs do over the last decade, winning five national titles and perpetually being in the title mix every season. A handful of other programs have had more consistency over the last 25 years, but none has become the gold standard that Alabama has become under Nick Saban.Three other SEC programs crashed the top 10 of The Big Lead’s list. Here is the rest of that group:2. Ohio State 3. Florida State 4. Florida 5. Oklahoma 6. USC 7. Nebraska 8. LSU 9. Auburn 10. TexasIn total, the SEC and Big Ten tied with six school each in the full top 25. The ACC and Big 12 each placed four programs on the list.Three schools from the Pac-12 made the cut. There were also two other programs from other conferences, or in the case of Notre Dame, the independent ranks. It should be noted that a number of these programs have changed conferences in the last 25 years, so those numbers are based on where they currently play.[The Big Lead]last_img read more

4-Star Recruit Announces He’s Choosing Oklahoma Over Ohio State

first_imgOklahoma's cheerleaders leading the football team onto the field.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: The Oklahoma Sooners run onto the field prior to the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Oklahoma topped Ohio State on the gridiron last fall. The Sooners won a key recruiting battle over the Buckeyes this morning.Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Oakland four-star cornerback Woodi Washington announced his commitment to Oklahoma moments ago. He chose the Sooners over Ohio State.Washington is the No. 4 player in Tennessee and the 20th-rated cornerback in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.He is the 182nd-rated player in the nation.Here’s Washington’s announcement, via Twitter.100% Committed to The University of Oklahoma pic.twitter.com/ZhKmztUb7v— Woodi Washington‼️? (@WashingtonWoodi) July 6, 2018Washington is the 15th overall pledge for Oklahoma in the 2019 cycle. You can see Oklahoma’s current recruiting class here.Oklahoma has the No. 1 recruiting class in the Big 12, and the Sooners are also ranked fourth nationally.You can see the 247Sports’ Composite Team Recruiting Rankings here.last_img read more

Nick Saban Gives Injury Update For Star Running Back

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide takes the field before playing against the Louisiana State University Tigers.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide takes the field before playing against the Louisiana State University Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Najee Harris is part of Alabama’s impressive stable of running backs. He hasn’t been able to do much running lately though.Harris is working through a foot injury and has been put in a cast. Alabama fans shouldn’t worry though, according to Nick Saban.Saban told the media today that Harris’ foot problem is “minor” and that the team anticipates having him for the season opener against Louisville.Nick Saban post-practice: “Najee Harris has a cast on his foot. He has a minor foot injury. Totally staying off it for a week, but not a long term issue.”— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) August 16, 2018Saban: Najee Harris has a minor foot injury. Training staff thought a cast could help him heal faster. “This is not a long-term issue that we think is going to be a significant problem for the opener.”— Ben Jones (@BW_Jones) August 16, 2018As a true freshman last year, Harris rushed for 370 yards and three touchdowns on 61 carries. The onetime five-star recruit provided a major boost in the national championship game against Georgia.In that contest, Harris rushed for a team-high 64 yards on six carries. His output came after receiving only six total carries in Alabama’s previous five games.Harris, along with Damien Harris, Josh Jacobs and Brian Robinson Jr., will be one of the top backfields in America this year. The Crimson Tide are loaded at the running back position.Alabama opens its 2018 season against Louisville on Sept. 1.last_img read more

Syracuse DB Tyrone Perkins Suffered A Gruesome Leg Injury

first_imga syracuse fan gets mad during a game against north carolina state<> at Carrier Dome on October 27, 2018 in Syracuse, New York.Syracuse football is ranked No. 19 in the country at the moment, but the start of the team’s game against Wake Forest hasn’t gone very well. The Orange have already given up a touchdown – and lost a player due to injury.Senior defensive back Tyrone Perkins, on a punt return following the first possession of the game, suffered what appeared to be a gruesome leg injury. Perkins was unable to extend his leg after the play.The ACC Network made the decision not to show replay of the injury. Perkins was later carted off the field after a long delay.It was a scary scene. Perkins slapped hands with his teammates on the way to the locker room after the injury.Tyrone Perkins is the injured Syracuse player. Both training staffs are attending to him. It’s a leg injury— Brent Axe (@BrentAxeMedia) November 3, 2018ACC Network chose not to show the replay of Perkins’ leg injury.— Brent Axe (@BrentAxeMedia) November 3, 2018????@CUSE #OrangeNation prayers going up for @CuseFootball DB Tyrone Perkins. #CUSE???? #SYR #WakeForest pic.twitter.com/z0uinxtmjX— Nicki Mayo (@nickimayonews) November 3, 2018Syracuse, with a 6-2 record on the year, is in the midst of its best season in a half-decade. But the Orange look like they have their hands full on Saturday.Update: Perkins has been taken to the hospital for further evaluation.Tyrone Perkins has already been taken locally to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center along with a member of the SU medical staff for further evaluation.— Brian Higgins (@BrianHigginsSU) November 3, 2018Wake Forest leads 7-0 after an early touchdown. We’ll keep you updated on Perkins’ status.last_img read more

Predicting The Polls After Week 12 Of The 2018 College Football Season

first_imgohio state head coach urban meyer on the sidelineCOLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts after a play against the Maryland Terrapins during the second half at Capital One Field on November 17, 2018 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)With next week being college football’s rivalry week, it seems a number of team’s with big-time contests on the horizon might have gotten caught looking ahead. It was an interesting week.One contender – West Virginia – wound up losing and knocking itself from College Football Playoff contention. Two others – Ohio State and Michigan – survived despite upset bids.Alabama was somehow even tied with The Citadel at halftime before pulling away in the third quarter.All in all, it looks like there are eight teams in the hunt for the College Football Playoff – Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan, Georgia, Oklahoma, Washington State and Ohio State.Let’s take a look at what we think the Coaches’ Poll will look like on Sunday morning:AlabamaClemsonNotre DameMichiganGeorgiaOklahomaOhio StateWashington State (game not over)LSUUCFWest VirginiaTexasUtah StatePenn StateFloridaWashingtonSyracuseUtahKentuckyMississippi StateBoise StateNorthwesternIowa StateCincinnatiArmyCollege football fans – do we have it right?last_img read more

Photos: Meet The Girlfriend Of Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins

first_imgohio state quarterback dwayne haskinsINDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 01: Dwayne Haskins Jr. #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass down field in the game against the Northwestern Wildcats in the second quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Ohio State’s star quarterback, Dwayne Haskins, is probably playing in his final college football game today. The Buckeyes’ QB is expected to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft following his team’s Rose Bowl game.Haskins, a redshirt sophomore quarterback, is projected by some analysts to be the No. 1 quarterback taken in the upcoming draft.Ohio State’s star quarterback will probably depart the program, along with Urban Meyer, after tonight’s Rose Bowl contest.Life has certainly been good to Haskins this year, both on and off the field.The Heisman Trophy finalist has been brilliant on the field. Off of it, he’s dating Savhana Cousin. The couple has been together for two years.“You’re the flower that I gotta protect.. happy 2 year anniversary to my love @savhana_arai many more to come. I’m so blessed to have you in my life, let’s conquer the world together,” Haskins wrote in October.Haskins’ girlfriend accompanied him at the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York City back in December.“They cheer for you during your big plays, but I’m your biggest fan even on your worst days. Proud is an understatement. No matter what, I will always have your back. Good luck to you. Love you always kid,” she wrote.Haskins and those close to him are about to go through some major changes, as the star QB is expected to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft and begin a professional career.For now, though, Haskins and Ohio State are set to take on Washington in the Rose Bowl.Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.last_img read more

CFB Program Denied 2 NFL Teams Permission To Interview Its Coach

first_imgA general view of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 24: Clouds over the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum turn pink in color as the sun sets during the Oregon State Beavers and USC Trojans college football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 24, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)USC has denied the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals permission to speak to new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury, according to a report from ESPN insider Adam Schefter.Kingsbury was fired by the Texas Tech Red Raiders earlier this fall after failing to lead the team to a bowl game. He wasn’t on the open market for long, as the Trojans scooped him up for their vacant offensive coordinator position.Despite recently signing a contract with USC, several NFL teams are interested in interviewing the offensive mind for their head coaching vacancies.So far, USC has said no.USC so far has denied the Jets and Cardinals permission to interview Kliff Kingsbury for HC jobs, per league sources.https://t.co/rAyB5IDIvB— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 5, 2019Schefter revealed a new NFL rule states teams must request permission from college athletic directors to interview college coaches. If the school denies an NFL team’s request “the NFL club should respect that decision just as it would respect a similar decision from another NFL club.”It’s an interesting start to the Kingsbury-USC relationship.last_img read more

Top NFL Draft WR Won’t Be Participating In NFL Combine

first_imgJalen Ramsey running the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEBRUARY 29: Defensive back Jalen Ramsey of Florida State runs the 40-yard dash during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 29, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Just about every top prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft will be attending the NFL Combine. Unfortunately, one of the top wide receivers won’t be able to make the trip.According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Marquise Brown recently underwent surgery on a LisFranc injury and will not attend the NFL combine. Per the report, he is likely to miss his Pro Day as well.However, Schefter did note that Brown is expected to be available when training camps open in the summer.Brown is projected as a first-round draft pick. NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein has Brown listed as comparable to DeSean Jackson as a prospect.It is possible though that his inability to show his skills on the field could negatively impact his draft status in late-April.Oklahoma WR Marquise Brown, a projected top 15 pick in April’s NFL Draft, underwent surgery for a LisFranc injury last month that will prevent him from participating in the combine and his Pro Day, but he still is expected to be ready for summer training camp, per league sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 18, 2019Mock drafts similarly project that Brown will be a high draft pick. Zierlein and NFL analyst Maurice Jones-Drew project him to go No. 19 overall to the Tennessee Titans, while Tankathon projects him to go to the Oakland Raiders at No. 27 overall.Brown has been the go-to guy for each of the last two Heisman trophy winners at Oklahoma.In 2017, Brown caught 57 passes from Baker Mayfield for 1,095 yards and seven touchdowns.The following year, with Kyler Murray under center, Brown caught another 75 balls for 1,318 yards and ten touchdowns.Brown led the Sooners in receiving yards in both seasons.last_img read more

4-Star UGA QB Commit Carson Beck Used Florida To Get Georgia Offer

first_imgGeorgia's mascot waving a Georgia flag.ATHENS, GA – OCTOBER 01: Hairy, mascot of the Georgia Bulldogs, waves a flag after a touchdown against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Four-star quarterback Carson Beck’s recruitment has been an absolute whirlwind. Now that he is committed to Georgia, however, he says things are over.The Dawgs are the third program to receive Beck’s commitment, across two different sports. Florida wound up being the bridesmaid in this situation twice.The Jacksonville native was originally set to play baseball for the Gators, before deciding to switch his focus at the next level to the gridiron. Last June, he gave his pledge to Nick Saban and Alabama.That commitment ended on February 4, days ahead of National Signing Day 2019. Alabama has two quarterbacks joining the program in the 2019 class: Taulia Tagovailoa and Paul Tyson, both four-star players.From there, Beck named Florida his leader once again, this time for football. He also set up a March 12 visit, which doesn’t appear to be in the works.On Sunday, Carson Beck unexpectedly committed to Georgia, a decision he says is final.86-percent of 247’s crystal ball voters had him heading to Florida, so this was a surprise to everyone, except for Beck.In a new interview with First Coast News in Florida, Beck admits that he named Florida as his leader to try and increase interest from two other schools, one of which was Georgia.The plan clearly worked.We sat down with Mr. Football & UGA commit Carson Beck (@carsonbeck01). We confirmed his recruitment is no longer open“I had obviously named Florida my leader. I put that out there to say hey this is the team coming at me the hardest…”Full interview:https://t.co/I0asoQG3y0 pic.twitter.com/gs0nWApxZg— Ben Murphy (@BenMurphyTV) March 6, 2019Georgia started to recruit Beck harder, bringing him in for a visit in Athens. That is all he needed to officially join the Dawgs’ 2020 class.Beck is ranked No. 62 player in the class. 247Sports has him ranked No. 3 among pro style quarterbacks and No. 7 in Florida.With this year’s sudden transfer of Justin Fields, the second-ranked 2018 recruit, Georgia’s quarterback depth is pretty light. After Jake Fromm took over the job in the fall of 2017, another highly touted signal caller, Jacob Eason, transferred to Washington. After Fields left for Ohio State, the Dawgs flipped OSU commit Dwan Mathis in return, as a member of the 2019 class. It also added JuCo recruit Stetson Bennett IV, who had previously left the team as a walk-on, back as a scholarship player.Now, Beck is the sole quarterback in Georgia’s 2020 class, which is ranked No. 12 in the country at the moment.last_img read more