February 2013

ACC Rankings: After Signing Day 2013


After Signing Day Coverage: ACC

 

Rankings: Ranking the ACC Recruiting Classes from No.1 to No.12
1. Florida State: The reigning Orange Bowl Champions were expected to dominate the Atlantic Coast Conference Recruiting and along with Clemson they did. They had 22 commitments including five stars Jalen Ramsey and Matthew Thomas.
2. Clemson: Singing Day went well for the Tigers who are turning in a true challenger for Florida State in the ACC. Even though they lost out on Montavius Adams they got Mackensie Alexander and flipped Korrin Wiggins.
3. Virginia Tech: As expected the Hokies landed a solid class for 2013 despite a poor season last year. The coaching and scouting of Frank Beamer probably helped. Their class includes five star cornerback Kendall Fuller and future quarterback Bucky Hodges.
4.Virginia: In addition to their solid collection of instate talent, the Cavaliers got help on the offensive line by flipping Eric Teltlow and getting a commitment from George Adeosun. I think the Cavs are going to be a surprise team in the ACC.
5. Maryland: The Terps closed out their 2013 class with a bang adding commitments from Yannick Ngakoue and Tavion Jacobs.
6. North Carolina: The up and coming Tar Heels put together a small but talented recruiting class that includes T.J Logan and Greg Webb that will make early impacts

7. N.C State: Even with a coaching change which usually doesnt bode well for recuriting the Wolfpack finished out the class by flipping Ali Kassem and adding three stars in Jumichael Ramos, Monty Nelson, and Jonathan Alston.
8. Miami: The Hurricanes committed Stacy Coely, and Augustus Edwards.
Here are the rest of the bottom recruitng schools in the ACC 9-12
9. Wake Forest
10. Duke
11. Georgia Tech
12. Boston College

NFL Free Agency 2013


Here is a list of NFL Free Agents from NFL Trade Rumors

2013 NFL Free Agents

Quarterbacks:

Brian Hoyer – ARI
Luke McCown – ATL
Joe Flacco – BAL
Tarvaris Jackson – BUF
Tyler Thigpen – BUF
Derek Anderson – CAR
Jason Campbell – CHI
Josh McCown – CHI
Bruce Gradkowski – CIN
Josh Johnson – CLE
Drew Stanton – IND
Jordan Palmer – JAC
Brady Quinn – KC
Pat Devlin – MIA – (Ex)
Matt Moore – MIA
Chase Daniel – NO
David Carr – NYG
Matt Leinart – OAK
Charlie Batch – PIT
Byron Leftwich – PIT
Kellen Clemens – STL
Rex Grossman – WAS
Vince Young – FA
Sage Rosenfels – FA
Seneca Wallace – FA
Donovan McNabb – FA
A.J. Feeley – FA
Troy Smith – FA
Chris Redman – FA
John Beck – FA
Stephen McGee – FA
J.P. Loseman – FA

Running Backs:

William Powell – ARI – (Ex)
Alfonso Smith – ARI – (Ex)
Javarris James – ARI – (RFA)
La’Rod Stephens-Howling – ARI
Antone Smith – ATL – (RFA)
Mike Cox – ATL
Anthony Allen – BAL – (Ex)
Damien Berry – BAL – (Ex)
Bobby Rainey – BAL – (Ex)
Tashard Choice – BUF
Armando Allen – CHI – (Ex)
Kahlil Bell – CHI
Cedric Peerman – CIN – (RFA)
Brian Leonard – CIN
Bernard Scott – CIN
Chris Ogbonnaya – CLE – (RFA)
Eddie Williams – CLE – (RFA)
Brandon Jackson – CLE
Felix Jones – DAL
Lance Ball – DEN – (RFA)
Chris Gronkowski – DEN – (RFA)
Joique Bell – DET – (RFA)
Jerome Harrison – DET
Stefan Logan – DET
Kevin Smith – DET
Ryan Grant – GB
Cedric Benson – GB
James Casey – HOU
Justin Forsett – HOU
Brock Bolen – JAC – (RFA)
Rashad Jennings – JAC
Jalen Parmele – JAC
Peyton Hillis – KC
Reggie Bush – MIA
Danny Woodhead – NE
Chris Ivory – NO – (RFA)
Andre Brown – NYG – (Ex)
Ahmad Bradshaw – NYG
Shonn Greene – NYJ
Jeremy Stewart – OAK – (Ex)
Mike Goodson – OAK
Owen Schmitt – OAK
Jonathan Dwyer – PIT – (RFA)
Chris Rainey – PIT
Isaac Redman – PIT – (RFA)
Rashard Mendenhall – PIT
Curtis Brinkley – SD – (RFA)
Jackie Battle – SD
Ronnie Brown – SD
Brandon Jacobs – SF
Steven Jackson – STL
LeGarrette Blount – TB – (RFA)
Darius Reynaud – TEN
Javon Ringer – TEN
Darrel Young – WAS – (RFA)
Cadillac Williams – FA
Johnny White – FA
Steve Slaton – FA
Thomas Jones – FA
Joseph Addai – FA
Ryan Torrain – FA
Jerome Harrison – FA

Fullbacks:

Corey McIntyre – BUF
Alex Smith – CLE
Greg Jones – JAC
Jerome Felton – MIN
Lex Hilliard – NYJ
Brit Miller – STL
Quinn Johnson – TEN
Owen Schmitt – FA
Ovie Mughelli – FA
Earnest Graham – FA
Moran Norris – FA
Lousaka Polite -FA

Wide Receivers:

Donald Jones – BUF – (RFA)
David Nelson – BUF – (RFA)
Ruvell Martin – BUF
Louis Murphy – CAR
Johnny Knox – CHI
Andrew Hawkins – CIN – (Ex)
Brandon Tate – CIN
Jordan Norwood – CLE – (RFA)
Josh Cribbs – CLE
Mohamed Massaquoi – CLE
Kevin Ogletree – DAL
Brandon Stokley – DEN
Kassim Osgood – DET
Donald Driver – GB
Greg Jennings – GB
Donnie Avery – IND
Austin Collie – IND
Micheal Spurlock – JAC
Dwayne Bowe – KC
Marlon Moore – MIA – (RFA)
Jabar Gaffney – MIA
Brian Hartline – MIA
Devin Aromashodu – MIN
Jerome Simpson – MIN
Deion Branch – NE
Julian Edelman – NE
Wes Welker – NE
Donte’ Stallworth – NE
Greg Camarillo – NO
Devery Henderson – NO
Courtney Roby – NO
Victor Cruz – NYG – (RFA)
Ramses Barden – NYG
Domenik Hixon – NYG
Jason Hill – NYJ
Braylon Edwards
Chaz Schilens – NYJ
Duke Calhoun – OAK – (Ex)
Derek Hagan – OAK
Emmanuel Sanders – PIT – (RFA)
Mike Wallace – PIT
Plaxico Burress – PIT
Seyi Ajirotutu – SD – (RFA)
Danario Alexander – SD – (RFA)
Richard Goodman – SD – (RFA)
Braylon Edwards – SEA
Ted Ginn – SF
Randy Moss – SF
Danny Amendola – STL
Brandon Gibson – STL
Steve Smith – STL
Roscoe Parrish – TB
Sammie Stroughter – TB
Brandon Banks – WAS – (RFA)
Terrell Owens – FA
Chad Johnson – FA
Mark Clayton – FA
Adrian Arrington – FA
Mike Williams – FA
Lee Evans – FA
Mike Sims-Walker – FA
Legedu Naanee – FA

Tight Ends:

Todd Heap – ARI
Michael Palmer – ATL – (RFA)
Tony Gonzalez – ATL
Ed Dickson – BAL – (RFA)
Dennis Pitta – BAL – (RFA)
Billy Bajema – BAL
Dorin Dickerson – BUF – (Ex)
Richie Brockel – CAR – (Ex)
Gary Barnidge – CAR
Ben Hartsock – CAR
Clark Harris – CIN
Richard Quinn – CIN
Alex Smith – CLE
Ben Watson – CLE
John Phillips – DAL
Will Heller – DET
Tom Crabtree – GB – (RFA)
Zach Potter – JAC – (RFA)
Maurice Stovall – JAC
Steve Maneri – KC – (RFA)
Jake O’Connell – KC
Martin Rucker – KC
Jeron Mastrud – MIA – (RFA)
Anthony Fasano – MIA
Michael Hoomanawanui – NE – (RFA)
Visanthe Shiancoe – NE
Bear Pascoe – NYG – (RFA)
Travis Beckum – NYG
Martellus Bennett – NYG
Dedrick Epps – NYJ – (Ex)
Jeff Cumberland – NYJ – (RFA)
Dustin Keller – NYJ
Brandon Myers – OAK
Leonard Pope – PIT
Dante Rosario – SD
Evan Moore – SEA
Cameron Morrah – SEA
Delanie Walker – SF
Mike McNeill – STL – (Ex)
Dallas Clark – TB
Jared Cook – TEN
Logan Paulsen – WAS – (RFA)
Chris Cooley – WAS
Fred Davis – WAS
Kellen Winslow – FA
Jeremy Shockey – FA
Vinsanthe Shiancoe – FA

Offensive Tackles:

D’Anthony Batiste – ARI
Pat McQuistan – ARI
Sam Baker – ATL
Will Svitek – ATL
Ramon Harewood – BAL – (RFA)
Bryant McKinnie – BAL
Colin Brown – BUF – (RFA)
Jeremy Bridges – CAR
Patrick Mannelly – CHI
Jonathan Scott – CHI
Dennis Roland – CIN
Andre Smith – CIN
Chris Clark – DEN – (RFA)
Ryan Clady – DEN
Jason Fox – DET – (RFA)
Gosder Cherilus – DET
Corey Hilliard – DET
Andrew Gardner – HOU – (RFA)
Rashad Butler – HOU
Ryan Harris – HOU
Jeff Linkenbach – IND – (RFA)
Winston Justice – IND
Eben Britton – JAC
Branden Albert – KC
Jake Long – MIA
Phil Loadholt – MIN
Geoff Schwartz – MIN
Sebastian Vollmer – NE
Jermon Bushrod – NO
Will Beatty – NYG
Sean Locklear – NYG
Austin Howard – NYJ – (RFA)
Jason Smith – NYJ
Zach Hurd – OAK – (Ex)
Khalif Barnes – OAK
King Dunlap – PHI
Demetress Bell – PHI
Max Starks – PIT
Frank Omiyale – SEA
Barry Richardson – STL
Robert Turner – STL
Jeremy Trueblood – TB
Jordan Black – WAS
Jammal Brown – WAS
Tyler Polumbus – WAS
Chad Clifton – FA
Tony Pashos – FA
Jeff Otah – FA
Brandon Keith – FA
Mario Henderson – FA
Lydon Murtha – FA

Guards:

Rich Ohrnberger – ARI
Garrett Reynolds – ATL
Chad Rinehart – BUF – (RFA)
Andy Levitre – BUF
Mike Pollak – CAR
Lance Louis – CHI
Chilo Rachal – CHI
Derrick Dockery – DAL
Evan Dietrich-Smith – GB
Antoine Caldwell – HOU
Seth Olsen – IND – (RFA)
Joe Reitz – IND – (RFA)
Tony Hills – IND
Steve Vallos – JAC
Bryan Mattison – KC – (RFA)
Russ Hochstein – KC
Nate Garner – MIA
Jamey Richard – NE
Donald Thomas – NE
Brian Waters – NE
Kevin Boothe – NYG
Brandon Moore – NYJ
Matt Slauson – NYJ
Alex Parsons – OAK – (Ex)
Cooper Carlisle – OAK
Jake Scott – PHI
Ramon Foster – PIT
Doug Legursky – PIT
Tyronne Green – SD
Rex Hadnot – SD
Louis Vasquez – SD
Leonard Davis – SF
Chris Williams – STL
Kevin Matthews – TEN – (RFA)
Kyle DeVan – TEN
Leroy Harris – TEN
Stephen Peterman – TEN
Deuce Lutui – TEN
Kory Lichtensteiger – WAS
Vince Manuwai – FA
Rob Turner – FA

Centers:

Todd McClure – ATL
Morgan Cox – BAL – (RFA)
Chris Spencer – CHI
Jeff Faine – CIN
Phil Costa – DAL – (RFA)
Dan Koppen – DEN
Dylan Gandy – DET
Don Muhlbach – DET
John Estes – JAC – (RFA)
Brad Meester – JAC
Thomas Gafford – KC
Joe Berger – MIN
Eric Olsen – NO – E
Brian De La Puente – NO – (RFA)
Justin Drescher – NO – (RFA)
Jim Cordle – NYG – E
Tanner Purdum – NYJ – (RFA)
Jon Dorenbos – PHI
Greg Warren – PIT
Mike Windt – SD – (RFA)
Clint Gresham – SEA – (RFA)
Tim Barnes – STL – E
Andrew Economos – TB
Fernando Velasco – TEN
Nick Sundberg – WAS – (RFA)
Andre Gurode – FA
Jason Brown – FA
Jamaal Jackson – FA

Defensive Ends:

Ronald Talley – ARI – (Ex)
Lawrence Sidbury – ATL
Arthur Jones – BAL – (RFA)
Ryan McBean – BAL
Shawne Merriman – BUF
Kyle Moore – BUF
Antwan Applewhite – CAR
Cheta Ozougwu – CHI – (Ex)
Israel Idonije – CHI
Robert Geathers – CIN
Wallace Gilberry – CIN
Michael Johnson – CIN
Auston English – CLE – (Ex)
Emmanuel Stephens – CLE – (Ex)
Juqua Parker – CLE
Frostee Rucker – CLE
Kenyon Coleman – DAL
L.P. Ladouceur – DAL
Mitch Unrein – DEN – (Ex)
Jason Hunter – DEN
Willie Young – DET – (RFA)
Kyle Vanden Bosch – DET
Cliff Avril – DET
Lawrence Jackson – DET
Dwight Freeney – IND
John Chick – JAC – (Ex)
George Selvie – JAC – (RFA)
Ropati Pitoitua – KC – (RFA)
Trevor Scott – NE
Turk McBride – NO
Justin Trattou – NYG – (Ex)
Osi Umenyiora – NYG
Mike DeVito – NYJ
Andre Carter – OAK
Matt Shaughnessy – OAK
Darryl Tapp – PHI
Vaughn Martin – SD
William Hayes – STL
Corvey Irvin – TB – (RFA)
Daniel Te’o-Nesheim – TB – (RFA)
Michael Bennett – TB
Dave Ball – TEN
Keyunta Dawson – TEN
Jarius Wynn – TEN
Chris Baker – WAS – (RFA)
Kentwan Balmer – WAS
Phillip Merling – FA
Antwan Odom – FA
Matt Roth – FA
Jonathan Fanene – FA
Ray Edwards – FA

Defensive Tackles:

Nick Eason – ARI
Vonnie Holliday – ARI
Vance Walker – ATL
Bryan Hall – BAL – (Ex)
Maake Kemoeatu – BAL
Spencer Johnson – BUF
Andre Neblett – CAR – (RFA)
Dwan Edwards – CAR
Nate Collins – CHI – (RFA)
Henry Melton – CHI
Amobi Okoye – CHI
Pat Sims – CIN
Justin Bannan – DEN
Kevin Vickerson – DEN
Ty Warren – DEN
Sammie Lee Hill – DET
Corey Williams – DET
Shaun Cody – HOU
Martin Tevaseu – IND – (Ex)
Antonio Johnson – IND
Fili Moala – IND
Terrance Knighton – JAC
Glenn Dorsey – KC
Shaun Smith – KC
Tony McDaniel – MIA
Randy Starks – MIA
Ron Brace – NE
Junior Galette – NO – (RFA)
Sedrick Ellis – NO
Rocky Bernard – NYG
Martin Parker – NYG
Chris Canty – NYG
Shaun Rogers – NYG
Desmond Bryant – OAK
Derek Landri – PHI
Steve McLendon – PIT – (RFA)
Casey Hampton – PIT
Aubrayo Franklin – SD
Clinton McDonald – SEA – (RFA)
Alan Branch – SEA
Jason Jones – SEA
Ricky Jean-Francois – SF
Isaac Sopoaga – SF
Jermelle Cudjo – STL – (Ex)
Trevor Laws – STL
Corvey Irvin – TB – (RFA)
Roy Miller – TB
Leger Douzable – TEN
SenDerrick Marks – TEN
Kedric Golston – WAS
Albert Haynesworth – FA

Linebackers:

Brandon Williams – ARI – (Ex)
Quentin Groves – ARI
Paris Lenon – ARI
Jamaal Westerman – ARI
Mike Peterson – ATL
Josh Bynes – BAL – (Ex)
Albert McClellan – BAL – (Ex)
Ricky Brown – BAL
Dannell Ellerbe – BAL
Paul Kruger – BAL
Bryan Scott – BUF
Kirk Morrison – BUF
Jason Phillips – CAR – (RFA)
Jordan Senn – CAR
Geno Hayes – CHI
Nick Roach – CHI
Brian Urlacher – CHI
Vincent Rey – CIN – (RFA)
Thomas Howard – CIN
Manny Lawson – CIN
Rey Maualuga – CIN
Dan Skuta – CIN
Christian Yount – CLE – (RFA)
Scott Fujita – CLE
Kaluka Maiava – CLE
Orie Lemon – DAL – (Ex)
Victor Butler – DAL
Ernie Sims – DAL
Anthony Spencer – DAL
Keith Brooking – DEN
Justin Durant – DET
DeAndre Levy – DET
Rob Francois – GB – (RFA)
Frank Zombo – GB – (RFA)
Brad Jones – GB
Erik Walden – GB
Connor Barwin – HOU
Tim Dobbins – HOU
Keyaron Fox – HOU
Bradie James – HOU
Jesse Nading – HOU
Barrett Ruud – HOU
A.J. Edds – IND – (Ex)
Moise Fokou – IND
Kyle Bosworth – JAC – (RFA)
Daryl Smith – JAC
Edgar Jones – KC
Bryan Kehl – KC
Brandon Siler – KC
Austin Spitler – MIA – (RFA)
Jason Trusnik – MIA
Jasper Brinkley – MIN
Erin Henderson – MIN
Marvin Mitchell – MIN
Dane Fletcher – NE – (RFA)
Niko Koutouvides – NE
Tracy White – NE
Jonathan Casillas – NO
Ramon Humber – NO
Scott Shanle – NO
Chase Blackburn – NYG
Adrian Tracy – NYG – (Ex)
Keith Rivers – NYG
Michael Boley – NYG
Josh Mauga – NYJ – (RFA)
Bryan Thomas – NYJ
Omar Gaither – OAK
Philip Wheeler – OAK
Akeem Jordan – PHI
Stevenson Sylvester – PIT – (RFA)
Larry Foote – PIT
Brandon Johnson – PIT
Antwan Barnes – SD
Shaun Phillips – SD
Leroy Hill – SEA
Tavares Gooden – SF
Larry Grant – SF
Clark Haggans – SF
Justin Cole – STL – (RFA)
Mario Haggan – STL
Rocky McIntosh – STL
Jacob Cutrera – TB – (RFA)
Xavier Adibi – TEN
Zac Diles – TEN
Gerald McRath – TEN
Will Witherspoon – TEN
Lorenzo Alexander – WAS
Rob Jackson – WAS
Chris Wilson – WAS
Clint Session – FA

Cornerbacks:

Michael Adams – ARI
Greg Toler – ARI
Robert McClain – ATL – (RFA)
Brent Grimes – ATL
Chris Owens – ATL
Chris Johnson – BAL
Cary Williams – BAL
Leodis McKelvin – BUF
Nate Ness – CAR – (RFA)
Captain Munnerlyn – CAR
Zackary Bowman – CHI
Kelvin Hayden – CHI
D.J. Moore – CHI
Pacman Jones – CIN
Terence Newman – CIN
Sheldon Brown – CLE
Vince Agnew – DAL – E
Mike Jenkins – DAL
Tony Carter – DEN
Tracy Porter – DEN
Drayton Florence – DET
Chris Houston – DET
Jacob Lacey – DET
Pat Lee – DET
Sam Shields – GB – (RFA)
Alan Ball – HOU
Quintin Demps – HOU
Brice McCain – HOU
Josh Gordy – IND – (RFA)
Cassius Vaughn – IND – (RFA)
Darius Butler – IND
Jerraud Powers – IND
Derek Cox – JAC
Rashean Mathis – JAC
William Middleton – JAC
Travis Daniels – KC
Bryan McCann – MIA – (RFA)
R.J. Stanford – MIA – (RFA)
Sean Smith – MIA
Marcus Sherels – MIN – E
A.J. Jefferson – MIN – (RFA)
Malcolm Williams – NE – E
Will Allen – NE
Kyle Arrington – NE
Marquice Cole – NE
Derrick Martin – NE
Aqib Talib – NE
Elbert Mack – NO
Michael Coe – NYG
Justin Tryon – NYG
Brian Witherspoon – NYG
Isaiah Trufant – NYJ – (Ex)
Brandian Ross – OAK – (Ex)
Phillip Adams – OAK – (RFA)
Coye Francies – OAK – (RFA)
Ronald Bartell – OAK
Joselio Hanson – OAK
Shawntae Spencer – OAK
Ronald Bartell – OAK
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie – PHI
Demarcus Van Dyke – PIT – (Ex)
Will Allen – PIT
Keenan Lewis – PIT
Chris Carr – SD
Antoine Cason – SD
Quentin Jammer – SD
Marcus Trufant – SEA
Tramaine Brock – SF – (RFA)
Dashon Goldson – SF
Bradley Fletcher – STL
E.J. Biggers – TB
LeQuan Lewis – TB
Ryan Mouton – TEN
Cedric Griffin – WAS

Safeties:

James Sanders – ARI
Rashad Johnson – ARI
Chris Hope – ATL
William Moore – ATL
Emanuel Cook – BAL – (RFA)
Sean Considine – BAL
James Ihedigbo – BAL
Ed Reed – BAL
Jairus Byrd – BUF
Sherrod Martin – CAR
Jeromy Miles – CIN – (RFA)
Nate Clements – CIN
Chris Crocker – CIN
Raymond Ventrone – CLE
Danny McCray – DAL – (RFA)
Eric Frampton – DAL
Charlie Peprah – DAL
David Bruton – DEN
Jim Leonhard – DEN
Ricardo Silva – DET – (RFA)
Amari Spievey – DET – (RFA)
Erik Coleman – DET
Louis Delmas – DET
Quintin Demps – HOU
Glover Quin – HOU
Chris Harris – JAC
Kyle McCarthy – KC – (RFA)
Abram Elam – KC
Jonathon Amaya – MIA – (RFA)
Chris Clemons – MIA
Andrew Sendejo – MIN – (RFA)
Jamarca Sanford – MIN
Josh Barrett – NE
Pat Chung – NE
Derrick Martin – NE
Rafael Bush – NO – (Ex)
Stevie Brown – NYG – (RFA)
Kenny Phillips – NYG
Yeremiah Bell – NYJ
LaRon Landry – NYJ
Matt Giordano – OAK
Michael Mitchell – OAK
Colt Anderson – PHI – (RFA)
Ryan Mundy – PIT
Corey Lynch – SD
Chris Maragos – SEA – (RFA)
Dashon Goldson – SF
Darcel McBath – SF
Darian Stewart – STL – (RFA)
Craig Dahl – STL
Ronde Barber – TB
Tanard Jackson – WAS
Madieu Williams – WAS

Kickers:

Olindo Mare – CHI
Mike Nugent – CIN
Josh Brown – CIN
Phil Dawson – CLE
Jason Hanson – DET
Shayne Graham – HOU
Nate Kaeding – MIA
Lawrence Tynes – NYG
Nick Folk – NYJ
Nick Novak – SD
Steven Hauschka – SEA
Billy Cundiff – SF
Rob Bironas – TEN
Ryan Longwell – FA
Neil Rackers – FA

Punters:

Kevin Huber – CIN
Reggie Hodges – CLE
Brian Moorman – DAL
Britton Colquitt – DEN – (RFA)
Nick Harris – DET
Donnie Jones – HOU
Pat McAfee – IND
Dustin Colquitt – KC
Shane Lechler – OAK
Jeremy Kapinos – PIT
Saverio Rocca – WAS
Ben Graham – FA
Jeremy Kapinos – FA
Jason Baker – FA
Chas Henry – FA
Daniel Sepulveda – FA

Top 5 Free Agents at Every Position

QB

1. Joe Flacco

2. Matt Moore

3. Jason Campbell

4. Tavaris Jackson

5. Matt Lineart

RB

1. Steven Jackson

2. Reggie Busch

3. Shone Greene

4. Cedric Benson

5. Rashard Medenhall

WR

1. Wes Welker-Pats

2. Greg Jennings-Packers

3. Dwayne Bowe-Chiefs

4. Mike Wallace-Steelers

5. Danny Amendola-Rams

TE

1. Tony Gonzalaz

2. Jared Cook

3. Dustin Keller

4. Fred Davis

5. Brandon Myers

OL

1. Ryan Clady

2. Jake Long

3. Brandon Albert

4. Sebastian Vollemer

5. Andre Smith

DL

1. Michael Johnosn

2. Harry Melton

3. Randy Starks

4. Cliff Avril

5.Michael Bennett

LB has the most depth

1. Paul Kruger

2. Anthony Spencer

3. Brian Urlacher

4. Shawn Phillips

5. Conner Barwin

6. Ray Malaluga

DB

1. Brent Grimms

2. Aquib Talib

3. Sean Smith

4. Dominque Rodgers Cromartie

5. Derek Cox

Punters:

Mat McBriar (DAL)
Matt Turk (JAC)
Daniel Sepulveda (PIT)
Donnie Jones (STL)

Kickers:

Jay Feely (ARZ)
Neil Rackers (HOU)
Nick Folk (NYJ)
Ryan Succop (KC) – Restricted
Graham Gano (WAS) – Restricted

2012 NFL Honors + Recap of 2012 Season + NFL News + CF Signing Day 2013


2013 National Signing Day-College Football’s Big Day! By: Joe Jacquez

 

 
Tempe-Here is the latest news from National Signing Day from the ESPN 300 including National Coverage, ASU, Michigan, and Central Michigan Football. Players that still have not signed include Eddie Vanderdoes, Tevin Lawson, Josh Mcneil, Cornelius Elder, Stacy Thomas, Taj Williams, Vita Vea, Michael Parker, Camion Patrick, James Hearns, Dillan Lawson, and Jamone Boyd. The SEC shined again racking up the top recruits and the school with the most is Alabama but Ole Miss is the steal of the day racking up a ton of recruits there program is in good hands.
 
Michigan: Here are the Michigan Recruits as of 2pm Eastern from Michigan GO Blue.com
 

2013 Michigan Football Signees
As of 2 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Feb. 6 (* Enrolled at Michigan in January)
Click on player name for bio

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (High School) Video
Kyle Bosch* OL 6-5 311 Wheaton, Ill. (St. Francis) Video Video icon
Jake Butt* TE 6-6 235 Pickerington, Ohio (Pickerington North) Video Video icon
Taco Charlton* DE 6-6 249 Pickerington, Ohio (Central) Video Video icon
David Dawson OL 6-4 282 Detroit, Mich. (Cass Technical) Video Video icon
Reon Dawson DB 6-2 175 Trotwood, Ohio (Trotwood-Madison) Video Video icon
Ross Douglas* DB 5-10 180 Avon, Ohio (Avon) Video Video icon
Jaron Dukes WR 6-4 197 Columbus, Ohio (Marion Franklin) Video Video icon
Chris Fox OL 6-6 297 Parker, Colo. (Ponderosa) Video Video icon
Ben Gedeon LB 6-3 215 Hudson, Ohio (Hudson) Video Video icon
Derrick Green RB 5-11 220 Richmond, Va. (Hermitage) Video Video icon
Delano Hill DB 6-0 198 Detroit, Mich. (Cass Technical) Video Video icon
Khalid Hill TE 6-2 230 Detroit, Mich. (Crockett) Video Video icon
Maurice Hurst Jr. DT 6-2 305 Westwood, Mass. (Xaverian Brothers) Video Video icon
Da’Mario Jones WR 6-2 185 Westland, Mich. (John Glenn) Video Video icon
Patrick Kugler OL 6-5 280 Wexford, Pa. (North Allegheny) Video Video icon
Jourdan Lewis DB 5-10 159 Detroit, Mich. (Cass Technical) Video Video icon
Mike McCray LB 6-4 230 Trotwood, Ohio (Trotwood-Madison) Video Video icon
Shane Morris QB 6-3 183 Warren, Mich. (De La Salle) Video Video icon
Henry Poggi DT 6-4 260 Baltimore, Md. (Gilman School) Video Video icon
Dan Samuelson OL 6-5 275 Plymouth, Ind. (Plymouth) Video Video icon
Wyatt Shallman RB 6-3 245 Novi, Mich. (Detroit Catholic Central) Video Video icon
De’Veon Smith RB 5-11 218 Warren, Ohio (Howland) Video Video icon
Channing Stribling DB 6-2 170 Matthews, N.C. (Butler) Video Video icon
Scott Sypniewski LS 6-1 230 Ottawa, Ill. (Marquette) Video Video icon
Dymonte Thomas* DB 6-2 195 Alliance, Ohio (Marlington) Video Video icon
Logan Tuley-Tillman* OL 6-7 307 Peoria, Ill. (Manual) Video Video icon
Csont’e York WR 6-3 185 Harper Woods, Mich. (Chandler Park Academy) Video Video icon

POSITION BREAKDOWN

• Offense (15): 6 OL, 2 TEs, 3 WRs, 3 RBs, 1 QB
• Defense (11): 3 DL, 2 LBs, 6 DBs
• Special Teams(1): 1 Long Snapper

ASU: Here is ASU’s latest news for their second recruiting class under Todd Graham
 

Todd Graham’s second recruiting class at Arizona State for the most part is set, but the Sun Devils could help themselves Wednesday with a couple key signatures.

Entering national signing day, the biggest question focuses on Joshua Dobbs, a talented quarterback from Alpharetta, Ga. Dobbs, a four-star prospect according to some recruiting services, committed to the Sun Devils in June but decided to visit Tennessee last month and since hasn’t talked much to reporters, making his intentions a mystery.

“When a kid decides to take a visit late, you get that euphoria and that buzz and that excitement, and all the strain goes to the team that had him committed originally,” said Tom Luginbill, ESPN’s national recruiting director. “Dobbs is talented. He’s a perfect marriage for both what (new coach) Butch Jones is going to do on offense at Tennessee and obviously what we’ve already seen from Todd Graham-coached teams, whether it’s been at Tulsa or Arizona State.”

Even with Dobbs, ASU’s 2013 recruiting class has gotten mixed reviews from industry experts. ESPN.com doesn’t rank the Sun Devils among its top 40, but Scout.com has them No.27 nationally and seventh in the Pac-12. Rivals has ASU 28th nationally and fifth in the Pac-12.

Entering this recruiting cycle, ASU’s biggest offensive need was at receiver, but Graham also wanted to add depth on the offensive line. On defense, ASU’s biggest need was in the secondary. Graham also wanted to bolster the defensive line, adding size. Last season, ASU didn’t start anyone taller than 6feet1 on defense.

“Even though that’s a strong point,” Graham said of his defensive line, “you can never be strong enough.”

As of Tuesday, ASU had 25 known commitments, five of whom — all three-star prospects, per Rivals — were receivers. A sixth, Tre’Vell Dixon from Baldwin, La., reportedly committed to ASU on Tuesday, then reportedly had second thoughts.

Defensively, four defensive backs — all three-star prospects — are expected to sign with the Sun Devils. A fourth, L.J. Moore, a four-star prospect from Fresno, Calif., is expected to decide Wednesday among ASU, California, Oklahoma and Oregon State. Marcus Hardison, a four-star defensive lineman from Dodge City (Kan.) Community College, already is set to sign and could provide immediate help up front, boosting a defense that ranked second nationally last season in sacks.

Two concerns:

Because of a small junior class, which provides a need for immediate help, ASU could sign as many as nine junior-college players. “That’s the thing that stands out to me when I look at Arizona State’s class,” Pac-12 analyst and former coach Rick Neuheisel said. “Nine junior-college players are an awful lot.”

The Sun Devils also missed on several in-state high school recruits. As of Tuesday, only Lakeside Blue Ridge linebacker Chans Cox, Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep tight end Grant Martinez and Florence athlete Nick Brown had committed to ASU, and Brown still has academic work to complete before he signs.

“When they got D.J. Foster (of Scottsdale Saguaro) last year I thought they might have been turning things around in keeping the best players in the state,” said Brandon Huffman, national recruiting analyst for Fox Sports/Scout.com. “But this year, I think it’s showing that that may have been a little premature.

“… When you look at how much talent there is in the state this year, and to see another Pac-12 school (UCLA) come in and get three players, that’s something Arizona State really has to be concerned with.”

Central Michigan: Here is CMU’s Recruiting Class for 2013 Courtesy of CMUAthletics.com

Central Michigan head football coach Dan Enos announced the addition of 21 student-athletes to the Chippewas’ football program on Wednesday.

“We are excited to welcome the 2013 recruiting class to the Chippewa family,” said Enos. “It is a group of gifted, high character, and hard-working individuals that will contribute to our program on the football field, in the classroom, and in the community. This day is the culmination of a lot of hard work by our staff and I want to thank them for their time and effort.”

The class includes 14 student-athletes who hail from the state of Michigan. Twelve of those players appeared in the Detroit Free Press Fab 50, while 11 were recognized on the Detroit News Blue Chip list. A total of nine were selected to play in the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game.

Broken down by position, the class is composed of five offensive linemen, four wide receivers, three defensive linemen and defensive backs, and one quarterback, running back, tight end, linebacker, punter/kicker, and “athlete.”

Twelve members of the recruiting class maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0, while 19 of the 21 helped lead their teams to championships and/or playoff appearances during their high school careers.

Central Michigan Football 2013 Recruiting Class

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/Last School Coach
Darrien Boone QB 6-2 190 Chicago, Ill./Hales Franciscan HS Cassius Chambers
Mark Chapman WR 6-0 180 Port Huron, Mich/Port Huron HS Ryan Mullin
Eric Cooper WR 5-11 177 Flint, Mich./Beecher HS Courtney Hawkins
Matt Cotiguala P/K 5-10 180 LaGrange, Ill./College of DuPage Gary Thomas/Kurt Weinberg
Alex Coty OL 6-4 280 South Bend, Ind./Clay HS Joe Szajko
Josh Cox DB 5-11 195 Warren, Mich./De La Salle Collegiate HS Paul Verska
Zach Crouch TE 6-5 230 Lowell, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS Don Fellows
Austin Doan OL 6-4 290 Romeo, Mich./Romeo HS Curt Reinas/Jason Couch
Derek Edwards OL 6-5 275 Novi, Mich./Detroit Catholic Central HS Tom Mach
Jack Ford OL 6-6 280 Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac HS Jim Webb
Gary Jones ATH 6-2 200 Allegan, Mich./Allegan HS Tony Danzig
Chris Kantzavelos DE 6-3 265 Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett HS Tom Meaney
Donny Kyre DE 6-2 250 Olivet, Mich./Olivet HS Dean Peters
Derrick Nash RB 5-10 195 Saginaw, Mich./Carrollton HS Greg Wasmer
Joe Ostman LB 6-3 235 St. Ignace, Mich./Lasalle HS Marty Spencer
Jeff Perry DB 6-2 227 Morris, Ill./Morris HS Alan Thorson
J.P. Quinn OL 6-4 270 Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley HS Bill Ellinghaus
Michael Steinhauer DT 6-3 275 Chelsea, Mich./Chelsea HS Brad Bush
Wesley Thomas WR 6-0 195 South Bend, Ind./Clay HS Joe Szajko
Tyree Waller S 6-1 215 Ypsilanti, Mich./Lincoln HS Chris Westfall
Corey Willis WR 5-10 170 Holland, Mich./Holland HS Shawn McMannus/Lamanzer Williams


Darrien Boone • QB • 6-2, 190 • Chicago, Ill./Hales Franciscan HS
Three-year starter at quarterback…a three-time all-conference and all-city selection…named all-area as a sophomore and junior…earned all-state honors after junior season…as a junior, led Fenger Academy to a conference championship and to the second round state and semifinals of city playoffs…became the only freshman quarterback in school history to lead his team to a city playoff berth…broke the schools record for all-purpose yards and most total touchdowns in a game and season…passed for 36 touchdowns and rushed for 10 as a junior…named Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Week twice as a freshman after throwing four and five touchdowns in back-to-back weeks…ran the 4×200 in track as a sophomore and lettered in basketball as a freshman…advanced to the city sectionals in the 4×200 relay and in the high jump…named principal scholar of HFHS…maintains a 4.0 GPA.
Mark Chapman • WR • 6-0, 180 • Port Huron, Mich./Port Huron HS    
Three-year varsity letterwinner and starter at quarterback…team co-captain in 2012…ranked No. 9 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 and No. 18 on Detroit News Blue Chip List…2012 Michigan Gatorade Player of the Year and Metro PCS Mr. Football…named team MVP, MAC Conference MVP, and won the Prep Kickoff Classic Outstanding Player Award…member of the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News Dream Teams…honored on AP Division 1-2 All-State First Team…two-time First Team All-MAC White 2012 and MAC Blue 2011 selection…also earned honorable mention recognition as a sophomore…led team to three consecutive playoff appearances…won a MAC White Championship in 2012…guided team to a school record 10 wins and a MAC Blue and District Championships in 2011…in 2012, rushed for 1,554 yards (8.7 avg.) and 25 touchdowns, completed 71-of-133 passes for 989 yards and eight touchdowns with one interception…totaled 5,033 yards for his career (3,035 rushing, 1,722 passing)…averaged 10.1 yards per carry with 44 rushing and 15 passing touchdowns…holds the single season school record for rushing yards (3,035), points in a season (150), and yards per rush (11.8 in 2011) and career record for points (363)…possesses a 3.75 GPA…four years all-academic in football, basketball, and track…member of the National Honor Society…winner of the Michigan Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award…also earned four letters in track & field, two in basketball, and one in powerlifting…brother, Jarret, and cousin, Winslow, are current members of the CMU football team.
Eric Cooper • WR • 5-11, 177 • Flint, Mich./Beecher HS
Three-year letterwinner and starter….played wide receiver, defensive back, and returned kicks…ranked No. 37 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50…in 2012, named First Team All-Genesee Area Conference as a wide receiver and all-state as a defensive back…honored on 2012 Flint Journal Dream Team…selected to play in the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game…earned first team all-conference honors as junior and second team recognition as a sophomore (WR)…led the Buccaneers to a conference, district, and regional championship during his career…totaled 51 receptions for 987 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2012…also recorded seven interceptions on defense…tallied 109 receptions for 2,051 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions for his career…also lettered four years in basketball and three years in track & field…earned all-conference honors in the long jump, 4×100 relay, 4×200 relay, 4×400 relay…received all-state recognition in the long jump and 4×200 relay.
Matt Cotiguala • P/K • 5-10, 180 • LaGrange, Ill./College of Dupage
Has three years of eligibility remaining after transferring from the College of DuPage in Illinois…recognized with all-conference honors as a punter/kicker on 9-2 team in 2012…averaged 42.7 yards per punt and converted on 5-of-8 field goals attempts…had a perfect 4.0 GPA and made the Dean’s List…started two varsity seasons at Lyons Township High School in LaGrange, Ill….as a senior, averaged 44.2 yards per punt and registered 56 touchbacks on 64 kickoffs…named all-conference, helping LTHS to a West Suburban Conference championship and the third round of the playoffs…also lettered in tennis one year.
Alex Coty • OL • 6-4, 280 • South Bend, Ind./Clay HS
Three-year varsity letterwinner…played defensive end and tight end at Clay HS…totaled 30 catches for 250 yards and eight touchdowns…led Colonials to a sectional runner-up finish in 2010…ranked as the No. 38 prospect in Indiana by 24/7 sports…also played two years of baseball.
Josh Cox • DB • 5-11, 195 • Warren, Mich./De La Salle Collegiate HS
Four-year letterwinner and three-year varsity starter…ranked No. 33 on Detroit News Blue Chip list…named All-Catholic and All-Macomb County…earned All-State Honorable Mention recognition…selected to play in Michigan High School Football East-West All-Star game…recorded 169 tackles and had five interceptions, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery in 2012…set two school records, returning an interception 104 yards for a touchdown and had 23 tackles in one game…played for former Chippewa Paul Verska at De La Salle Collegiate.
Zach Crouch • TE • 6-5, 230 • Lowell, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS
Two-year varsity starter at tight end and defensive end… ranked No. 30 on Detroit News Blue Chip list and No. 38 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50…No. 66-ranked tight end nationally in 2013 (24/7 Sports)…No. 40 on 2013 24/7 Sports Top Michigan Recruits list…No. 37 on Scout.com’s Michigan Preseason State Rankings…No. 10 on Lake Michigan Football Report Top 25 College Prospects list…No. 52-ranked tight end nationally by ESPN…named to D-Zone All-West Michigan Football Team and All-Michigan Offensive Team…recognized on 2013 MLive.com West Michigan Dream Team (Offense, Second Team)…earned all-conference honors at tight end and defensive end in 2011…led GRCHS to a 13-1 record and the Michigan Division 3 State Championship in 2012…team ranked third nationally by Max Preps (medium schools)…team named to 8th annual Max Prep Tour of Champions…caught 13 passes for 238 yards and three touchdowns in 2012…on defense, recorded 28 tackles, including seven for loss, and 2.5 sacks…helped the Eagles track & field team win a state championship in 2012, competing in the discus, 200-meters, and 4×200 relay…owns a 3.25 GPA.
Austin Doan • OL • 6-4, 290 • Romeo, Mich./Romeo HS
Three-year varsity starter…played on offensive and defensive lines and as a punter…ranked No. 45 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 and No. 48 on Detroit News Blue Chip list…named to AP All-State First Team (Division 1-2)…recognized on Detroit News and Free Press All-Metro East First Team…earned first team all-county and all-conference honors in 2012…voted team Most Valuable Player…selected to play in MHSFCA East-West All-Star Game…totaled 23 tackles, two quarterback hurries, and two passes defensed in 2012…punted 35 times for 1,345 (38.4 avg.) with a long of 65 yards, placing two inside the 200-yard line…led the Bulldogs to a MAC Red Championship in 2010 and the playoffs from 2010-12, advancing to districts in 2010 and 2011…also lettered one year in basketball and track & field…possesses a 3.75 GPA…member of the National Honor Society…earned All-Academic honors in three sports…attended the same high school as 2012 CMU recruit, linebacker Joe Bacci.
Derek Edwards • OL • 6-5, 275 • Novi, Mich./Detroit Catholic Central HS
Three-year varsity starter…started as a sophomore at Novi HS before transferring to DCC for junior and senior seasons…played right guard and right tackle…senior captain…ranked No. 16 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 and No. 26 on Detroit News Blue Chip list…ranked No. 78 nationally at position by Scout.com…named first team all-state, All-Metro Detroit North, all-area, and All-Catholic League…honored as team offensive lineman MVP…recognized as Midwest top performer by Rivals.com…won a Catholic League championship and finished as a state runner-up in 2011…led the Shamrocks to a Catholic League and state championship runner-up finish in 2012…named a KLAA Scholar Athlete…attended the same high school as current CMU tight end Mike Kinville.
Jack Ford • OL • 6-6, 280 • Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac HS
Two-year starter, playing on the offensive and defensive lines…ranked No. 42 on Detroit News Blue Chip list and No. 44 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50…ranked No. 28 in the state by Rivals.com and No. 41 by 24/7 Sports…Lake Michigan Football Report No. 2 recruit…listed as No. 37 recruit in Michigan by ESPN…named to Cadillac News Dream Team and Big North Conference Second Team in 2011…honored on Cadillac News Dream Team and Big North Conference First Team in 2012…also earned AP All-State honorable mention recognition and First Team Detroit Free Press and Traverse City Record Eagle Regional honors…selected to play in the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game…led the Vikings to a playoff appearance…CHS finished No. 6 in Lake Michigan Football Report rankings…made 35 tackles, including six for a loss, with one fumble recovery and one pass defensed in 2012…earned two varsity letters in track & field, serving as team captain as senior…selected Second Team Big North Conference in 2011…carries a 3.3 GPA.
Gary Jones • ATH • 6-2, 200 • Allegan, Mich./Allegan HS
Three-year letterwinner…played running back, wide receiver, and defensive back… ranked No. 41 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50…Kalamazoo Gazette/MLive.com Dream Team selection as an all-purpose player…three-time All-Wolverine Conference honoree…named all-county by the Allegan County News…three-time offensive team MVP…caught 36 passes for 873 yards (24.3/catch) and eight touchdowns, and rushed 25 times for 177 yards and two scores in 2012…also returned nine kickoffs for 302 yards (33.6/return) and one touchdown… made 49 tackles as a defensive back, forced three fumbles and intercepted three passes…returned an interception 103 yards for a touchdown, setting a Wolverine Conference record…also earned four letters in track & field and two in basketball…track team captain…four-year team MVP…selected MVP of conference track meet…state champion in the 200-meter dash as a sophomore…set school record in 100-meter dash (10.5 seconds) and 200-meter dash (21.5 seconds)…set the freshman long jump and high jump records …named all-county in basketball…honor roll student.
Chris Kantzavelos • DE • 6-3, 265 • Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett HS
Three-year varsity letterwinner and two-year starter…played tight end and defensive end…ranked as No. 73 overall recruit in the state of Illinois by MaxPreps…named to MaxPreps 2012 Illinois Preseason All-State Team…honored on EdgyTim.com (Rivals) All-State defensive team…earned All-Upstate Eight Valley and Courier-News All-Area First Team honors as a junior and senior…won conference championships in 2010 and 2011…helped lead the Hawks to three playoff appearances, advancing to the second round in 2010 and 2012…recorded 43 tackles, 18 quarterback hurries, 12 sacks, six passes defended, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, and one interception in 2012…possesses a 3.2 GPA.
Donny Kyre • DE • 6-2, 250 • Olivet, Mich./Olivet HS
Four-year starter on defense and three-year starter on offense…team captain as a senior…ranked No. 39 on Detroit News Blue Chip list…ranked No. 28 in Michigan Preps Class of 2013…voted most valuable defensive lineman and most improved player as freshman…named All-KVA, Battle Creek Enquirer All-Area Team, and Detroit Free Press Division 5 All-State Defense in 2011 and 2012…selected defensive and offensive MVP as a junior and senior…honored on 2012 Lansing State Journal Dream Team (offense) and AP Division 5 All-State (defense)…member of the Michigan High School All-Star Football Game Team West…led the Eagles to playoff appearances all four years…in 2010-11, won a district, regional, and semifinal championships and team finished as Division 5 runner-up…totaled 84 tackles, including 52 solos, 12.5 sacks, and two fumble recoveries in 2012…ended career with 240 total tackles (147 solos and 36 for a loss)…state powerlifting champion as a freshman…also a four-year letterwinner in track & field, earning All-KVA honors in 2011-12…most valuable shot put for the 2011-12 season…recognized multiple times on academic honor roll…carries a 3.3 GPA.
Derrick Nash • RB • 5-10, 195 • Saginaw, Mich./Carrollton HS
Three-year letterwinner…ranked No. 43 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 and No. 57 on Detroit News Blue Chip List…named The Saginaw News Offensive Player of the Year and to its Dream Team…earned First Team All-Tri-Valley honors…selected to the AP Division 5-6 All-State football team… selected to play in Michigan High School Football East-West All-Star game…led the Cavaliers to the playoffs in 2012…rushed for 1,934 yards and 34 total touchdowns…averaged 9.6 yards per rush in 2012…also had 211 yards receiving and a kick and punt return for a touchdown…broke the school record for most yards and touchdowns in a season…rushed for 768 yards as a junior…received first team all-conference honors in the 100 meters on CHS Track & Field team…owns a 3.56 GPA.
Joe Ostman • LB • 6-3, 235 • St. Ignace, Mich./Lasalle HS
Four-year letterwinner… played linebacker and tight end…ranked No. 32 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 and No. 51 on Detroit News Blue Chip List…selected to the AP Division 7-8 All-State football team…named a first team linebacker by the Detroit Free Press and to the All-U.P. Dream Team…honored as Ski Valley Conference North Defensive and Conference Player of the Year…named First Team Ski Valley Conference North and all-area as a linebacker and tight end…selected to play in the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game…led the Saints to a conference championship and advanced to the state semifinals in junior and senior seasons…as a senior, recorded 145 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery as well as 38 receptions for 638 yards and nine touchdowns…totaled 444 career tackles, 16 sacks, four interceptions, two forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries…had 76 career receptions for 1,098 yards and 11 touchdowns…also lettered four years in wrestling and track & field…a two-time state wrestling champion…owns the school record for consecutive wins (127), wins in a season (57), and career win percentage (93%)…three-time U.P. champion and four-time conference champion…maintains  a 3.8 GPA.
Jeff Perry • DB • 6-2, 227 • Morris, Ill./Morris HS
Three-year letterwinner…played linebacker/safety and running back…two-time all-conference and first team all-area honoree…all-state team defensive MVP…led the Redskins to the state finals in 2012, finishing as a runner-up…team was a conference runner-up and made a playoff appearance in 2011…won a conference championship in 2009 and 2010, going undefeated both seasons…totaled 91 tackles, three forced fumbles, two sacks, and one interception on defense and 679 rushing yards (7.5 avg.) and seven touchdowns (10 overall) on offense in 2012…three-year letterwinner in track & field…maintains a 5.47 GPA (weighted scale)…two-time academic all-state honoree…attended the same high school as current Chippewa offensive lineman Kevin Henry.
J.P. Quinn • OL • 6-4, 270 • Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley HS
Two-year varsity starter…two-time Upstate 8 All-Conference First Team honoree…earned all-area honors…named to EdgyTim.com (Rivals) All-State team…led the Wildcats to a 12-1 record, a conference championship, and to the state semifinals in 2012…recorded 55 pancake blocks as a senior…two-year varsity starter on NVHS lacrosse team…possesses a 3.0 GPA.
Michael Steinhauer • DT • 6-3, 275 • Chelsea, Mich./Chelsea HS
Three-year varsity starter…ranked No. 26 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 and No. 50 on Detroit News Blue Chip List…member of Detroit Free Press All-State Dream Team and All-Washtenaw County Dream Team…received AP Division 3-4 All-State Team Special Mention…earned First Team All-Southeastern Conference and all-league recognition…named to the East roster for the 2013 MHSAA All-Star Football Game…led the Bulldogs to SEC White Division championships in 2011 and 2012…in 2012, registered 74 tackles, including 12 for loss, seven sacks, one blocked field goal and returned two interceptions for touchdowns (58 and 22 yards)…started two years on basketball team…started two years on baseball team, earning all-league honors in 2012…helped team to district and regional championships…carries a 3.16 GPA.
Wesley Thomas • WR • 6-0, 195 • South Bend, Ind./Clay HS
Three-year varsity letterwinner and starter…team captain as a senior…selected First Team All-North Indiana Conference and all-state in 2012…voted team MVP…named Second Team All-North Indiana Conference in 2011… led Colonials to a sectional runner-up finish in 2010…caught 48 passes for 654 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior…had 57 receptions for 955 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior…totaled 113 receptions, 1,714 yards, and 22 touchdowns for his career…two-year letterwinner in track & field…ran the 100 meters in 10.6 seconds.
Tyree Waller • S • 6-1, 205 • Ypsilanti, Mich./Lincoln HS
Three-year varsity starter…played safety and wide receiver…team captain…ranked No. 47 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 and No. 56 on Detroit News Blue Chip List…a three-time All-Southeastern Conference selection…received all-state honorable mention from the Detroit News…member of All-Washtenaw County Dream Team…voted team MVP…selected to play in the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game…helped the Railsplitters go from a winless team to a playoff team and back-to-back winning seasons…in 2012, registered 53 tackles and two interceptions, taking one back for a touchdown, and had 874 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns…also saw spot duty at running back, rushing for 212 yards and three touchdowns…totaled 141 tackles and four sacks for career…three-year letterwinner in track & field, two-year captain, and two-year MVP…three-time All-Southeastern Conference…earned all-state honors as junior, finishing second in the state in the long jump (23’4”).
Corey Willis • WR • 5-10, 170 • Holland, Mich./Holland HS
Two-year letterwinner…played quarterback and defensive back…ranked No. 13 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 and No. 40 on Detroit News Blue Chip List…named Ottawa/Kent Player of the Year and First Team All-OK Conference quarterback in 2011…earned First Team All-OK Conference running back honors in 2010 as a sophomore…helped lead the Dutch to the school’s first district championship…rushed for a school record 2,334 yards and 33 touchdowns and passed for 1,100 yards and threw for 10 in 2011…owns the school record for touchdowns in a game (6) and longest kickoff return for a touchdown (95 yards)…ranked second in the state in rushing yards in a season…had 42 tackles and five interceptions, returning one for a touchdown as a junior…also lettered two years in track & field and basketball…named Ottawa/Kent County Track Athlete of the Year in 2011…finished as the state runner-up in the long jump (23’0’’)…placed seventh in the 110 meter hurdles final…owns the school record in the long jump (23’3”) and in the 110 meter high hurdles (14.5 seconds).

 

 
RK PLAYER POS HOMETOWN HT WT STARS GRADE SCHOOL
1

DE Loganville, GA
Grayson High School
6’5” 265 94

OLE MISS
SIGNED
2

DE Alpharetta, GA
Milton High School
6’3” 251 92

AUBURN
SIGNED
3

CB Tampa, FL
Wharton High School
5’11” 185 91

FLORIDA
SIGNED
4

CB Immokalee, FL
Immokalee High School
5’11” 175 91

CLEMSON
SIGNED
5

OT Lake City, FL
Columbia High School
6’6” 295 91

OLE MISS
SIGNED
6

OLB Miami, FL
Booker T. Washington High School
6’3” 205 90

FLORIDA ST
SIGNED
7

OLB Fort Wayne, IN
Bishop Luers High School
6’3” 212 90

NOTRE DAME
SIGNED
8

RB Belle Glade, FL
Glades Day High School
5’11” 216 90

FLORIDA
SIGNED
9

ATH Yulee, FL
Yulee High School
6’3” 243 90

ALABAMA
SIGNED
10

DT Auburn, CA
Placer High School
6’3” 310 90
11

CB Voorhees, NJ
Eastern High School
6’0” 185 90

OHIO STATE
SIGNED
12

S Murrieta, CA
Vista Murrieta High School
6’1” 205 89

USC
SIGNED
13

DT Vienna, GA
Dooly County High School
6’3” 281 89

AUBURN
SIGNED
14

CB Brentwood, TN
Brentwood Academy
6’0” 190 89

FLORIDA ST
SIGNED
15

QB-PP Fork Union, VA
Fork Union Military Academy
6’4” 212 88

PENN STATE
SIGNED
16

ILB Auburn, AL
Auburn High School
6’2” 242 88

ALABAMA
SIGNED
17

OC Killeen, TX
Harker Heights High School
6’5” 320 88

TEXAS
SIGNED
18

CB Olney, MD
Our Lady of Good Counsel High School
5’11” 190 88

VIRGINIA TECH
SIGNED
19

WR Crete, IL
Crete-Monee High School
6’3” 195 88

OLE MISS
SIGNED
20

QB-PP Sammamish, WA
Skyline High School
6’5” 214 88

USC
SIGNED
21

DT Elkton, MD
Eastern Christian Academy
6’3” 297 88

USC
SIGNED
22

RB Delray Beach, FL
American Heritage-Boca-Delray High
5’11” 197 88

NOTRE DAME
SIGNED
23

ATH Mission Viejo, CA
Mission Viejo High School
6’2” 181 88

NOTRE DAME
SIGNED
24

S Batesville, MS
South Panola High School
6’2” 200 88

OLE MISS
SIGNED
25

WR Monaca, PA
Central Valley High School
6’3” 190 88

ALABAMA
SIGNED
26

DT Muscle Shoals, AL
Muscle Shoals High School
6’3” 275 88

ALABAMA
SIGNED
27

RB Cypress, TX
Cypress Ranch High School
5’10” 200 88

OKLAHOMA
SIGNED
28

DE Ashburn, VA
Stone Bridge High School
6’3” 245 88

ALABAMA
SIGNED
29

OT Belle Vernon, PA
Belle Vernon High School
6’6” 285 88

PITTSBURGH
SIGNED
30

ATH St. Petersburg, FL
Saint Petersburg Catholic H. S.
5’10” 187 88

FLORIDA ST
SIGNED
31

OLB Jacksonville, FL
First Coast High School
6’2” 220 88

FLORIDA
SIGNED
32

RB Norcross, GA
Norcross High School
5’10” 192 88

ALABAMA
SIGNED
33

TE-H Rosenberg, TX
Terry High School
6’6” 228 88

TEXAS A&M
COMMITTED
01/06/2012
34

DE Avon, IN
Avon High School
6’3” 249 87

AUBURN
SIGNED
35

WR Fort Worth, TX
Southwest High School
6’1” 185 87

BAYLOR
SIGNED
36

DE Baton Rouge, LA
University Laboratory School
6’4” 230 87

ALABAMA
SIGNED
37

S Seffner, FL
Armwood High School
6’2” 183 87

USC
SIGNED
38

RB Richmond, VA
Hermitage High School
6’0” 215 87

MICHIGAN
SIGNED
39

CB Tyrone, GA
Sandy Creek High School
5’10” 165 87

GEORGIA
SIGNED
40

DT Jacksonville, FL
Sandalwood High School
6’4” 280 87

FLORIDA ST
SIGNED
41

ATH Jackson, LA
East Feliciana High School
6’3” 225 87

LSU
SIGNED
42

DT Crescent City, FL
Crescent City High School
6’3” 304 87

FLORIDA
SIGNED
43

CB Massillon, OH
Washington High School
6’1” 165 87

OHIO STATE
SIGNED
44

QB-PP Salt Lake City, UT
Cottonwood High School
6’3” 196 87

ALABAMA
SIGNED
45

TE-H Prattville, AL
Autauga Academy
6’6” 225 87

ALABAMA
SIGNED
46

DE Houston, MS
Houston High School
6’6” 260 87

MISS. ST
SIGNED
47

WR Oakland Park, FL
Northeast High School
6’1” 173 87

MIAMI (FL)
SIGNED
48

ILB Lawrenceville, GA
Central Gwinnett High School
6’1” 215 87

OHIO STATE
SIGNED
49

WR Middletown, OH
Middletown High School
5’11” 196 87

OHIO STATE
SIGNED
50

S Rossville, GA
Ridgeland High School
6’0” 190 87

OHIO STATE
SIGNED
51

WR Moreno Valley, CA
Rancho Verde High School
6’3” 203 87

WASHINGTON
SIGNED
52

OT Prattville, AL
Prattville High School
6’6” 284 86

OLE MISS
SIGNED
53

WR Fort Valley, GA
Peach County High School
6’2” 200 86

FLORIDA
SIGNED
54

RB Aloha, OR
Aloha High School
6’0” 205 86

OREGON
COMMITTED
10/18/2012
55

ATH DeSoto, TX
DeSoto High School
5’10” 174 86

OHIO STATE
SIGNED
56

DT Fort Lauderdale, FL
Saint Thomas Aquinas High School
6’4” 260 86

OHIO STATE
SIGNED
57

RB Plantation, FL
South Plantation High School
5’11” 200 86

ARKANSAS
COMMITTED
02/04/2013
58

DE Ramsey, NJ
Don Bosco High School
6’3” 230 85

MIAMI (FL)
SIGNED
59

S Tempe, AZ
Marcos De Niza High School
6’2” 199 85

UCLA
COMMITTED
01/23/2013
60

CB Loranger, LA
Loranger High School
5’10” 184 85

LSU
SIGNED
61

WR Sealy, TX
Sealy High School
6’5” 230 85

TEXAS A&M
SIGNED
62

CB Trotwood, OH
Trotwood-Madison High School
6’0” 203 85

OHIO STATE
SIGNED
63

RB Marietta, GA
Walton Senior High School
5’8” 190 85

ALABAMA
SIGNED
64

QB-PP Ashburn, VA
Stone Bridge High School
6’5” 220 85

STANFORD
SIGNED
65

S Bushnell, FL
South Sumter High School
6’1” 203 85

FLORIDA
SIGNED
66

ATH Cocoa, FL
Cocoa High School
5’9” 190 85

NOTRE DAME
SIGNED
67

TE-Y Camp Hill, PA
Cedar Cliff High School
6’4” 229 85

PENN STATE
SIGNED
68

S Orlando, FL
Dr. Phillips High School
6’1” 209 85

FLORIDA
SIGNED
69

TE-Y Little Rock, AR
Pulaski Academy
6’5” 240 85

ARKANSAS
SIGNED
70

CB Miami, FL
Miami Northwestern High School
6’0” 183 85

MIAMI (FL)
SIGNED
71

OLB Concord, CA
De La Salle High School
6’1” 213 85

USC
SIGNED
72

CB Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Rancho Cucamonga High School
5’11” 159 85

USC
SIGNED
73

ATH Orlando, FL
Jones High School
5’9” 176 85

FLORIDA ST
SIGNED
74

WR Santa Monica, CA
Santa Monica High School
5’11” 185 85

TEXAS A&M
SIGNED
75

RB Virginia Beach, VA
Bayside High School
5’10” 184 85

VIRGINIA
SIGNED
76

OT Dallas, TX
Lake Highlands High School
6’5” 295 84

TEXAS
SIGNED
77

ATH Seffner, FL
Armwood High School
5’11” 175 84

FLORIDA
SIGNED
78

ILB Anderson, SC
T. L. Hanna High School
6’1” 225 84

CLEMSON
SIGNED
79

WR Louisville, KY
Trinity High School
6’0” 180 84

LOUISVILLE
SIGNED
80

OLB Ashburn, VA
Briar Woods High School
6’4” 209 84

FLORIDA
SIGNED
81

RB North Little Rock, AR
North Little Rock High School
6’0” 212 84

ALABAMA
SIGNED
82

OT Owensboro, KY
Apollo High School
6’6” 290 84

NOTRE DAME
SIGNED
83

DT Hope Mills, NC
South View High School
6’4” 285 84

LSU
SIGNED
84

CB Sugar Land, TX
Dulles High School
5’11” 174 84

ALABAMA
SIGNED
85

DE Redlands, CA
Redlands East Valley High School
6’4” 245 84

UCLA
SIGNED
86

OG Huntsville, AL
Huntsville High School
6’5” 320 84

ALABAMA
SIGNED
87

QB-PP Wayne, NJ
Wayne Hills High School
6’2” 195 84

MIAMI (FL)
SIGNED
88

CB Detroit, MI
Cass Technical High School
5’10” 159 84

MICHIGAN
SIGNED
89

ATH Goose Creek, SC
Goose Creek High School
5’11” 193 84

GEORGIA
SIGNED
90

WR Mission Hills, CA
Bishop Alemany High School
5’11” 176 84

USC
SIGNED
91

OG Detroit, MI
Cass Technical High School
6’4” 282 84

MICHIGAN
SIGNED
92

DT Dallas, TX
Justin F. Kimball School
6’2” 275 84

TEXAS A&M
SIGNED
93

ATH Alliance, OH
Marlington High School
6’0” 180 84

MICHIGAN
SIGNED
94

OT Lemont, IL
Lemont High School
6’6” 285 84

LSU
SIGNED
95

WR Prosper, TX
Prosper High School
6’0” 172 84

NOTRE DAME
SIGNED
96

QB-PP Houston, TX
St. Pius X High School
6’2” 195 84

TEXAS A&M
SIGNED
97

ATH Wyomissing, PA
Wyomissing High School
6’3” 231 84

FLORIDA
SIGNED
98

S Midlothian, VA
Manchester High School
6’2” 203 84

VIRGINIA TECH
SIGNED
99

OLB Daytona Beach, FL
Mainland High School
6’2” 200 84

USC
SIGNED
100

DT Hoschton, GA
Mill Creek High School
6’1” 285 84

S CAROLINA
SIGNED
101

OG Wexford, PA
North Allegheny Sr. High School
6’4” 275 84

MICHIGAN
SIGNED
102

TE-H Riverside, CA
John W. North High School
6’4” 229 84

OHIO STATE
SIGNED
103

OLB Missouri City, TX
Thurgood Marshall High School
6’2” 220 84

UCLA
SIGNED
104

OT Peoria, IL
Manual High School
6’7” 314 84

MICHIGAN
SIGNED
105

DT Fort Worth, TX
Arlington Heights High School
6’5” 304 84

ALABAMA
SIGNED
106

OT Centerville, OH
Centerville High School
6’5” 265 84

OHIO STATE
SIGNED
107

WR Fort Lauderdale, FL
University School of Nova South
6’1” 175 84

VANDERBILT
SIGNED
108

S Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Rancho Cucamonga High School
6’2” 184 84

UCLA
SIGNED
109

RB Saint Louis, MO
John Burroughs High School
6’0” 205 84

OHIO STATE
COMMITTED
04/01/2012
110

WR Jacksonville, FL
Bishop Kenny High School
6’4” 189 84

FLORIDA
SIGNED
111

ATH Cedar Hill, TX
Cedar Hill High School
5’10” 160 84

TEXAS A&M
SIGNED
112

OLB Olney, MD
Our Lady of Good Counsel High School
6’1” 201 84

CLEMSON
SIGNED
113

OT Celina, TX
Celina High School
6’5” 262 84

TEXAS
SIGNED
114

OLB Trotwood, OH
Trotwood-Madison High School
6’3” 225 84

MICHIGAN
SIGNED
115

QB-PP Kingsland, GA
Camden County High School
6’3” 196 84

GEORGIA
SIGNED
116

DE Pickerington, OH
Pickerington Central High School
6’6” 249 84

MICHIGAN
SIGNED
117

DT Petaluma, CA
Casa Grande High School
6’1” 282 84

WASHINGTON
SIGNED
118

CB Charlotte, NC
Mallard Creek High School
5’11” 180 84

N CAROLINA
SIGNED
119

WR Houston, TX
Cypress Falls High School
5’10” 168 84

TEXAS
SIGNED
120

ILB Honolulu, HI
Punahou School
6’3” 231 84

UCLA
SIGNED
121

OG Madison, FL
Madison County High
6’4” 317 84

FLORIDA ST
SIGNED
122

ATH Joliet, IL
Joliet Catholic Academy
6’3” 217 84

USC
SIGNED
123

RB Elberton, GA
Elbert County Comprehensive H. S.
6’0” 205 84

CLEMSON
SIGNED
124

OT New Lenox, IL
Lincoln-Way West High School
6’6” 291 84

NOTRE DAME
SIGNED
125

OG Rockingham, NC
Richmond Senior High School
6’1” 325 84

CLEMSON
COMMITTED
02/06/2013
126

DE Brooklyn, NY
Thomas Jefferson High School
6’3” 229 84

CLEMSON
SIGNED
127

QB-PP Warren, MI
De La Salle Collegiate High School
6’3” 190 84

MICHIGAN
SIGNED
128

OLB Plano, TX
Prestonwood Christian Academy
6’4” 216 84

OHIO STATE
SIGNED
129

S Newnan, GA
Newnan High School
6’0” 194 84

GEORGIA
SIGNED
130

DT Fort Lauderdale, FL
University School of Nova South
6’5” 285 84

LSU
SIGNED
131

RB Philadelphia, PA
Imhotep Charter High School
6’1” 192 83

S CAROLINA
SIGNED
132

DE Somerville, NJ
Immaculata High School
6’5” 241 83

LSU
SIGNED
133

WR Charlotte, NC
Mallard Creek High School
6’3” 225 83

TENNESSEE
SIGNED
134

OT Parker, CO
Ponderosa High School
6’5” 295 83

MICHIGAN
SIGNED
135

DT Delray Beach, FL
Atlantic Community High School
6’2” 292 83

FLORIDA ST
SIGNED
136

TE-H New Orleans, LA
Edna Karr High School
6’4” 245 83

MIAMI (FL)
SIGNED
137

DE Moore, OK
Southmoore High School
6’3” 225 83

OKLAHOMA
SIGNED
138

OLB Miramar, FL
Miramar High School
6’1” 210 83

MIAMI (FL)
SIGNED
139

DE McDonough, GA
Eagles Landing Christian Academy
6’4” 250 83

NOTRE DAME
SIGNED
140

QB-PP Montgomery, AL
Carver High School
6’5” 215 83

AUBURN
SIGNED
141

TE-H Lake Charles, LA
Barbe High School
6’4” 225 83

LSU
SIGNED
142

OLB Woodberry Forest, VA
Woodberry Forest School
6’3” 221 83

NOTRE DAME
SIGNED
143

QB-DT Winter Park, FL
Winter Park High School
6’3” 204 83

UCLA
SIGNED
144

OT Miami, FL
Booker T. Washington High School
6’4” 333 83

ARKANSAS
SIGNED
145

OC Marietta, GA
Walton Senior High School
6’3” 289 83

GEORGIA
SIGNED
146

QB-PP Stockton, CA
Lincoln High School
6’2” 187 83

FRESNO ST
COMMITTED
10/12/2012
147

ATH Fairburn, GA
Our Lady Of Mercy High School
5’10” 165 83

INDIANA
SIGNED
148

CB Bastrop, TX
Bastrop High School
6’0” 180 83

TEXAS
SIGNED
149

RB Glassboro, NJ
Glassboro High School
5’11” 200 83

WISCONSIN
SIGNED
150

WR Oakley, CA
Freedom High School
6’3” 211 83

WASHINGTON
SIGNED
151

OLB Cypress, TX
Cypress Woods High School
6’2” 215 83

TEXAS
SIGNED
152

OG Denham Springs, LA
Denham Springs High School
6’4” 275 83
153

ILB Dublin, GA
West Laurens High School
6’1” 225 83

GEORGIA
SIGNED
154

S Jacksonville, FL
Trinity Christian Academy
6’0” 183 83

FLORIDA
SIGNED
155

QB-PP Modesto, CA
Thomas Downey High School
6’3” 189 83

HAWAII
COMMITTED
06/24/2012
156

CB Westlake, CA
Westlake High School
5’9” 175 83

OREGON ST
COMMITTED
12/30/2012
157

OG Wheaton, IL
Saint Francis High School
6’5” 311 83

MICHIGAN
SIGNED
158

CB Dothan, AL
Northview High School
6’1” 170 83

FLORIDA ST
SIGNED
159

DT Erial, NJ
Timber Creek Regional High School
6’1” 315 83

N CAROLINA
SIGNED
160

WR Milton, FL
Milton High School
6’4” 194 83

FLORIDA ST
SIGNED
161

DT Peoria, IL
Peoria High School
6’4” 275 83

MISSOURI
SIGNED
162

TE-H Tampa, FL
Jesuit High School
6’3” 231 83

CINCINNATI
SIGNED
163

ATH Citra, FL
North Marion High School
5’11” 162 83

GEORGIA
SIGNED
164

QB-DT Park Ridge, IL
Maine Township South High School
6’0” 192 83

NRTHWESTRN
SIGNED
165

ATH Clairton, PA
Clairton High School
6’1” 175 83

PITTSBURGH
SIGNED
166

WR Dallas, TX
Skyline High School
5’11” 170 83

OKLAHOMA ST
SIGNED
167 ATH Atlanta, GA
Marist School
6’4” 235 83

STANFORD
SIGNED
168

OLB Orlando, FL
Maynard Evans High School
6’3” 215 83

FLORIDA ST
SIGNED
169

TE-Y Durham, NC
Milford Academy
6’5” 226 83
170

WR Snellville, GA
Brookwood High School
6’1” 181 83

CLEMSON
SIGNED
171

QB-DT Harbor City, CA
Narbonne High School
6’2” 190 83

WASHINGTON
SIGNED
172

WR Mesquite, TX
West Mesquite High School
6’3” 205 83

UCLA
SIGNED
173

RB Winter Haven, FL
Winter Haven High School
5’8” 218 83

FLORIDA
SIGNED
174

DT Jackson, GA
Jackson High School
6’2” 277 83

VANDERBILT
SIGNED
175

QB-PP Terre Haute, IN
South Vigo High School
6’3” 212 83

PURDUE
SIGNED
176

WR Tyler, TX
John Tyler High School
6’1” 185 83

MISS. ST
SIGNED
177

QB-DT Alpharetta, GA
Alpharetta High School
6’3” 190 83

TENNESSEE
SIGNED
178

QB-PP Colleyville, TX
Heritage High School
6’5” 220 83

OKLAHOMA
SIGNED
179

TE-Y Pickerington, OH
Pickerington North High School
6’6” 231 83

MICHIGAN
SIGNED
180

QB-DT Bryan, TX
Bryan High School
6’4” 210 83

BAYLOR
SIGNED
181

ATH Birmingham, AL
Fultondale High School
6’1” 185 83

ALABAMA
SIGNED
182

DE Louisville, KY
Trinity High School
6’2” 240 83

KENTUCKY
COMMITTED
02/05/2013
183

ILB Cincinnati, OH
Moeller High School
6’1” 220 83

MICHIGAN ST
SIGNED
184

QB-PP Hicksville, NY
Holy Trinity Diocesan High School
6’2” 197 83

RUTGERS
SIGNED
185

RB Stockton, CA
Lincoln High School
6’1” 199 83

USC
SIGNED
186

CB Shreveport, LA
Green Oaks Magnet High School
5’11” 170 83

LSU
SIGNED
187

DT Waianae, HI
Waianae High School
6’1” 300 83

HAWAII
COMMITTED
11/25/2012
188

CB Washington, DC
Gonzaga College High School
6’1” 179 83

NOTRE DAME
SIGNED
189

QB-DT Kettering, OH
Archbishop Alter High School
6’1” 196 83

NOTRE DAME
SIGNED
190

OG Zachary, LA
Zachary High School
6’2” 315 83

TULANE
COMMITTED
06/23/2012
191

CB Fresno, CA
Central East High School
5’10” 180 83

UCLA
SIGNED
192

WR Pinson, AL
Clay-Chalkville High School
6’3” 210 83

VANDERBILT
SIGNED
193

OG West Linn, OR
West Linn High School
6’5” 263 83

OREGON
COMMITTED
04/30/2012
194 WR Rochelle, GA
Wilcox County High School
6’4” 193 83

N CAROLINA
SIGNED
195

QB-PP Jackson, MS
Jackson Prep HS
6’3” 203 83

OLE MISS
SIGNED
196

WR Columbus, GA
Carver High School
6’1” 190 83

FLORIDA
SIGNED
197

ATH Hollywood, FL
Chaminade-Madonna College Prep
6’1” 165 83

CLEMSON
SIGNED
198

WR Cleveland Heights, OH
Cleveland Heights High School
5’11” 173 83

W VIRGINIA
SIGNED
199

ATH Tulsa, OK
East Central High School
5’11” 170 83

OKLAHOMA
SIGNED
200

DE Miami, FL
Miami Norland High School
6’2” 240 83

ILLINOIS
SIGNED
201

WR Santee, SC
Lake Marion High School
6’4” 195 83

CLEMSON
SIGNED
202

ATH Piscataway, NJ
Piscataway High School
5’10” 185 83

RUTGERS
SIGNED
203

RB Nashville, TN
The Ensworth School
5’10” 170 83
204

WR Destrehan, LA
Destrehan High School
6’0” 190 83

LSU
SIGNED
205

WR Slidell, LA
Salmen High School
6’2” 190 83

SOUTHERN
COMMITTED
01/22/2013
206

ILB Dallas, TX
Jesuit Prep School
6’2” 225 83

TEXAS A&M
SIGNED
207

CB New Orleans, LA
Edna Karr High School
5’10” 170 83

TEXAS A&M
SIGNED
208

OG Lindale, GA
Pepperell High School
6’4” 315 83

LSU
SIGNED
209

WR Orlando, FL
Maynard Evans High School
6’4” 184 83

AUBURN
SIGNED
210 DE Sarasota, FL
Booker High School
6’5” 240 83

S FLORIDA
SIGNED
211

ATH Woodbury, NJ
Woodbury High School
6’0” 170 83

ALABAMA
SIGNED
212

QB-PP Matthews, NC
Butler High School
6’2” 190 83

TENNESSEE
SIGNED
213

OG N. Richland Hills, TX
Birdville High School
6’5” 290 83

TEXAS A&M
SIGNED
214

WR Dallas, TX
Jesuit Prep School
6’4” 203 83

TEXAS
SIGNED
215

OG Randolph, NJ
Randolph High School
6’5” 300 83

PENN STATE
SIGNED
216

DT Pendleton, SC
Pendleton High School
6’2” 315 83

OHIO STATE
SIGNED
217

QB-PP Los Angeles, CA
Cathedral High School
6’3” 205 83

LSU
SIGNED
218

S Toledo, OH
Central Catholic High School
6’2” 183 83

OHIO STATE
SIGNED
219

QB-DT Mentor, OH
Mentor High School
6’3” 198 83

N CAROLINA
SIGNED
220

RB Arlington, TX
James Martin High School
5’10” 190 83

TCU
SIGNED
221

QB-DT Marietta, GA
Marietta High School
6’2” 205 83

LSU
SIGNED
222

DE Miami, FL
Gulliver Prep School
6’2” 225 83
223

ATH Monroe, LA
Neville High School
6’0” 210 83

LSU
SIGNED
224

WR Talahassee, FL
Lincoln High School
6’4” 170 83
225

OT Bellflower, CA
Saint John Bosco High School
6’4” 267 83

USC
SIGNED
226

QB-PP Raleigh, NC
Wakefield High School
6’4” 213 83

S CAROLINA
SIGNED
227

ATH Marietta, GA
Kell High School
6’1” 181 83

GEORGIA
SIGNED
228

DE Milpitas, CA
Milpitas High School
6’3” 260 83
229

ATH Richmond, VA
Henrico High School
5’10” 163 83

VIRGINIA TECH
SIGNED
230

RB Rosedale, MS
West Bolivar High School
5’10” 190 83

OLE MISS
SIGNED
231

DT Carthage, TX
Carthage High School
6’2” 302 83

TEXAS A&M
SIGNED
232

RB Katy, TX
Cinco Ranch High School
5’11” 220 83

TEXAS STATE
COMMITTED
01/27/2013
233

WR Columbus, OH
Marion-Franklin High School
6’4” 200 83

MICHIGAN
SIGNED
234

RB Cordova, TN
Saint Benedict School
6’1” 210 83

OLE MISS
SIGNED
235

ATH Nokesville, VA
Kettle Run High School
6’3” 196 83
236

DE Houston, TX
Alief Taylor High School
6’3” 201 83

OREGON
COMMITTED
07/29/2012
237

ILB Charlotte, NC
Zebulon B. Vance High School
6’1” 207 83

S CAROLINA
SIGNED
238

WR Orlando, FL
Maynard Evans High School
6’2” 194 83

AUBURN
SIGNED
239

DT Foley, AL
Foley High School
6’3” 280 83

ALABAMA
SIGNED
240

WR San Antonio, TX
James Madison High School
6’5” 205 83

OKLAHOMA
SIGNED
241

ILB Dayton, OH
Chaminade-Julienne High School
6’1” 260 83

W VIRGINIA
SIGNED
242

ATH Fulton, MS
Itawamba Agri High School
6’2” 210 83

MISS. ST
SIGNED
243

WR Lenoir City, TN
Lenoir City High School
6’2” 200 82
244

OLB Bartow, FL
Bartow Senior High School
6’1” 230 82

FLORIDA ST
SIGNED
245

WR Wylie, TX
Wylie East High School
6’5” 200 82

OKLAHOMA ST
SIGNED
246

QB-DT Bradenton, FL
Manatee High School
6’2” 200 82

MISS. ST
SIGNED
247

WR Tampa, FL
Tampa Bay Tech
5’11” 194 82

LOUISVILLE
SIGNED
248

QB-DT Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Santa Margarita Catholic High School
6’2” 221 82

NEBRASKA
SIGNED
249 ATH Frankfort, KY
Franklin County High School
5’11” 180 82

KENTUCKY
SIGNED
250

S Mesquite, TX
West Mesquite High School
6’2” 205 82

TEXAS A&M
SIGNED
251

WR Pinson, AL
Pinson Valley High School
6’2” 200 82

AUBURN
SIGNED
252

OG Waco, TX
Waco High School
6’2” 308 82

BAYLOR
SIGNED
253

ATH Livingston, TX
Livingston High School
6’0” 190 82

TEXAS
SIGNED
254 OG Lynchburg, VA
Liberty Christian Academy
6’5” 285 82

VIRGINIA TECH
SIGNED
255

DT Baltimore, MD
Gilman School
6’3” 260 82

MICHIGAN
SIGNED
256

WR Westlake Village, CA
Oaks Christian High School
6’2” 200 82

STANFORD
SIGNED
257

OLB Pinson, AL
Pinson Valley High School
6’4” 195 82

VANDERBILT
SIGNED
258

ATH St. Peters, MO
Fort Zumwalt South High School
6’4” 210 82

MISSOURI
SIGNED
259

OT Suwanee, GA
North Gwinnett High School
6’5” 295 82

GEORGIA
SIGNED
260

RB Orlando, FL
Boone High School
6’0” 198 82

GEORGIA
SIGNED
261

DE Concord, CA
De La Salle High School
6’5” 245 82

STANFORD
SIGNED
262

QB-DT Wichita Falls, TX
Rider High School
6’1” 205 82

OHIO STATE
SIGNED
263

DT Honolulu, HI
Moanalua High School
6’3” 279 82

CLEMSON
SIGNED
264

QB-PP Brentwood, TN
Brentwood Academy
6’6” 238 82

FLORIDA
SIGNED
265 TE-Y Naples, FL
Barron Collier High School
6’4” 220 82

NOTRE DAME
SIGNED
266

RB McDonough, GA
Eagles Landing Christian Academy
5’9” 190 82

PURDUE
SIGNED
267

QB-PP Kentfield, CA
Marin Catholic High School
6’4” 175 82

CALIFORNIA
SIGNED
268

DE Upland, CA
Upland High School
6’4” 255 82

WASHINGTON
SIGNED
269

WR New Orleans, LA
G. W. Carver High School
6’4” 195 82

ALABAMA
SIGNED
270

ATH Ontario, CA
Colony High School
5’11” 175 82

ARIZONA
SIGNED
271

QB-DT Dallas, TX
Skyline High School
6’0” 180 82

OLE MISS
SIGNED
272

DT San Antonio, TX
James Madison High School
6’2” 267 82

OKLAHOMA ST
SIGNED
273

WR San Diego, CA
Abraham Lincoln High School
6’3” 190 82

OREGON
COMMITTED
09/23/2012
274

OC Carlsbad, CA
La Costa Canyon High School
6’4” 276 82

UCLA
SIGNED
275

WR Raleigh, NC
Wakefield High School
6’3” 205 82

N CAROLINA
SIGNED
276

OG Corona, CA
Centennial High School
6’4” 267 82

OREGON
COMMITTED
02/06/2013
277

OLB Matthews, NC
Butler High School
6’3” 238 82

STANFORD
SIGNED
278 ATH Baldwin, LA
West Saint Mary High School
6’0” 185 82

NEBRASKA
SIGNED
279

ILB Tallahassee, FL
Lincoln High School
6’3” 235 82
280

DT Indianapolis, IN
North Central High School
6’5” 291 82

INDIANA
SIGNED
281

ATH Hudson, OH
Hudson High School
6’2” 215 82

MICHIGAN
SIGNED
282

DT Shaker Heights, OH
Shaker Heights High School
6’3” 280 82

OHIO STATE
SIGNED
283

QB-DT Erie, PA
Cathedral Prep School
6’3” 210 82

MICHIGAN ST
SIGNED
284

DE Katy, TX
Katy High School
6’3” 250 82

OKLAHOMA
SIGNED
285

WR Alpharetta, GA
Alpharetta High School
6’2” 193 82

VANDERBILT
SIGNED
286

DT Port Saint Lucie, FL
West Centennial
6’4” 250 82

FLORIDA
SIGNED
287

OLB Crestview, FL
Crestview High School
6’3” 215 82
288

DT Youngstown, OH
Austintown Fitch High School
6’4” 305 82

OHIO STATE
SIGNED
289

ILB Indianapolis, IN
Warren Central High School
6’0” 220 82

GEORGIA
SIGNED
290

OG Elkton, MD
Eastern Christian Academy
6’2” 323 82

USC
SIGNED
291

ILB Woodbridge, VA
C. D. Hylton High School
6’3” 230 82

FLORIDA ST
SIGNED
292

DE Memphis, TN
Memphis Central High School
6’4” 236 82

LSU
SIGNED
293

S Fresno, CA
Central East High School
6’1” 192 82

OKLAHOMA
SIGNED
294

WR Tallahassee, FL
Lincoln High School
6’0” 162 82

GEORGIA
SIGNED
295

RB Memphis, TN
Whitehaven High School
5’10” 183 82

OLE MISS
SIGNED
296

ILB Orlando, FL
East River High School
6’1” 230 82

GEORGIA
SIGNED
297 WR New Orleans, LA
Holy Cross High School
6’2” 191 82

LSU
SIGNED
298

DE Lee’s Summit, MO
Lee’s Summit West High School
6’4” 255 82
299

DE Chamblee, GA
Chamblee High School
6’5” 235 82

GEORGIA
SIGNED
300

OG Orange, CA
Lutheran High School
6’6” 315 82

UCLA
SIGNE
 
NFL News: The Giants released Ahmad Bradshaw, Ravens defensivmen Haloti Nagta will undergo an MRI, The agent for Joe Flacco says he deserves top pay, the Eagles wont release Vick, and 49ers Whitner predicts Super Bowl Title in 14.
NFL Honors 2013
 

AP Most Valuable Player presented by Papa John’s: Adrian Peterson
Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year: Jason Witten
AP Coach of the Year: Bruce Arianas
AP Comeback Player of the Year presented by Lenovo: Peyton Manning
AP Offensive Player of the Year: Adrian Peterson
AP Defensive Player of the Year: J.J Watt
AP Offensive Rookie of the Year presented by Pepsi Max: Robert Griffen III
AP Defensive Rookie of the Year presented by Pepsi Max: Luke Kochley
Pepsi Max Rookie of the Year: Russell Wilson
FedEx Air & Ground Players of the Year: Air: Peyton Ground: A.P
GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Year: Torrey Smith @ N.E
Bridgestone Play of the Year: Ray Rice 4th and 29 run
NFL.com Fantasy Player of the Year presented by SAP: Adrian Peterson
“Greatness on the Road” Award presented by Courtyard Marriott: Russell Wilson
Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award: I dont really care
Salute To Service Award Presented by USAA: Charles Tilman

To me they voted right on every award

Pro Football HOF + NFL/Cardinals News + College Football


NFL Notes
 
Cardinals: The Rest of the Cardinals Coaches have been announced. Bruce’s Staff is 4 bigger than Whiz’s staff. John Lott and Alosi remain at their previous positions.

–Special teams coordinator: Amos Jones (last job, special teams coach, Pittsburgh Steelers)

– Quarterbacks: Freddie Kitchens

– Wide receivers: Darryl Drake (receivers coach, Chicago Bears)

– Running backs: Stump Mitchell (head coach, Southern University)

– Tight ends: Rick Christophel (head coach, Austin Peay)

– Assistant tight ends, assistant special teams: Steve Heiden (tight ends coach, Concordia University)

– Assistant offensive line: Larry Zierlein (OL coach, Hartford of UFL; was Steelers’ OL coach from’07-’09)

– Defensive line: Brentson Buckner (intern DL coach, Steelers, 2010-12)

– Pass rush: Tom Pratt (consultant, IMG Academy)

– Linebackers: Mike Caldwell (linebackers coach, Philadelphia Eagles)

– Outside linebackers: James Bettcher (special assistant to head coach, Indianapolis Colts)

– Defensive backs: Nick Rapone (defensive coordinator, University of Deleware)

– Cornerbacks: Kevin Ross (safeties coach, Oakland Raiders)

– Defensive assistant/assistant defensive backs: Ryan Slowik

– Offensive assistant: Kevin Garver (offensive assistant, University of Alabama)

– Strength and conditioning: John Lott

– Assistant strength and conditioning: Pete Alosi

An interesting Side Note the offensive line coaching duties are split between three men: Zierlien, Moore, and Goodwin. In other NFL News thousands helped the Ravens celebrate at their parade, Ray Lewis does his dance for one last time, President Obama congratulated the Ravens, Kapernick wants to start training within a week, Dashon Golson wants long term security from San Fran, and the Lions realased Petterman and Vanden Bosech. Rob Ryan and Romeo Crennel are going after the Browns DC job.

 

2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class Congrats to the 2013 class! By Joe Jacquez

Larry Allen-G/T: Allen was a second round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys and played 12 years for “America’s Team.” He was an 11 time pro bowler, an eight time pro bowler(7 times at the tackle position and once at the guard position. He won a Super Bowl on January 28th 1996 when the Cowboys beat the Steelers 27-17 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe. He protected legend QB Troy Aikmen constantly.
Chris Carter-WR: Carter was a fourth round draft pick of the Eagles in the Supplemental Draft but spent 12 of his 16 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. He ranked second all time in total receptions and receiving at the time of his retirement and amazingly caught touchdowns from 13 different passers. He is currently an analyst for ESPN.
Curly Culp-DT: Culp was the second round pick of the Broncos in 1968, but never played a snap for them. He was traded to the Chiefs in training camp then dealt to the Oilers in 1974. He won the 1975 Defensive Player of the Year award and was a 6 time pro bowler. He is from ASU so I am glad he got in.
Warren Sapp-DT: Sapp was a first round draft pick of the Buccaneers in 1995 started right away and had 96.5 career sacks as an interior lineman. Some funny trivia he had four interceptions and 2 career touchdown receptions which shouldn’t be possible. He won a Super Bowl in 2003. He was a 7 time Pro Bowler and a 6 time All Pro and current analyst for NFL Network.
Johnathan Ogden-T: Ogden was the first overall draft pick in Ravens history in 1996 and helped the Ravens offense rack up 5,000 yards in back to back seasons. He was an 11 time pro bowler and a 9 time all pro and he won a Super Bowl in 2001.
Bill Parcells-Coach: Parcells got elected to the HOF on his fourth try a long overdue election considering he personally has turned around 4 NFL Franchises and led two of them to Super Bowl titles. He turned around the Patriots, Giants, Jets, and the Cowboys. In 19 seasons of coaching he won 183 games counting the postseason and his finest moment was probably with the Giants in the 80′s when he and Lawrence Taylor won a title for NY.
Dave Robinson-LB: Robinson was the Packers first round pick in 1963 as well as a third round pick of the old AFL Chargers but he signed with the Packers and he was glad he did. He was apart of three consecutive NFL Titles and played along side Bart Starr and was apart of the Vince Lombardi Era and he was the starting Linebacker for the Packers Super Bowl I and II titles. He also played for the Redskins.
My 2013 Hall of Fame Class Snubs
Art Mordell
Ed Delabarto Jr
Tim Brown
Jerome Bettis
Michael Strahan
College Football: Signing Day is tomorrow and we will cover it here is the top 100 high school prospects and where I think they will go: (The majority of the top 100 has already committed but some still have to decide. This list is courtesy of 247sports.com. decisions are unpredictable I am just guessing. I think Mississippi, Alabama, and Texas will have the best days

1. DE Robert Nkemdiche Mississippi, LSU, Florida, Alabama, Auburn
2. DE Chris Jones Mississippi State (Committed)
3. OT Laremy Tunsil Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn
4. CB Vernon Hargreaves III Florida (Committed)
5. OLB Jaylon Smith Notre Dame (Committed)
6. DT Eddie Vanderdoes Alabama, Notre Dame, USC, Washington, UCLA
7. QB Christian Hackenberg Penn State (Committed)
8. OT Dorian Johnson Pittsburgh (Committed)
9. CB Tre’Davious White LSU (Committed)
10. DT Montravius Adams Georgia, Clemson, Auburn, Alabama, Florida
11. OLB Johnathan Allen Alabama (Committed)
12. ATH Derrick Henry  Alabama (Committed)
13. DT Kenny Bigelow USC (Committed)
14. OLB Matthew Thomas Florida State, Miami, USC, Alabama, Georgia
15. ILB Reuben Foster Alabama (Committed)
16. S Su’a Cravens USC (Committed)
17. RB Alex Collins Arkansas (Committed)
18. WR Robert Foster Alabama (Committed)
19. RB Kelvin Taylor Florida (Committed)
20. TE OJ Howard Alabama (Committed)
21. WR Robbie Rhodes Baylor (Committed)
22. RB Thomas Tyner Oregon (Committed)
23. ATH Ricky Seals-Jones Texas A&M (Committed)
24. DE Carl Lawson Auburn (Committed)
25. S Tony Conner Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State
26. OT A’Shawn Robinson Alabama, Texas, USC, Florida State, Arkansas
27. DE Elijah Daniel Mississippi (Committed)
28. WR Laquon Treadwell Mississippi (Committed)
29. S Vonn Bell Texas, Alabama, Ohio State, Arkansas, Auburn
30. QB Max Browne USC (Committed)
31. CB Kendall Fuller Virginia Tech (Committed)
32. OLB Alex Anzalone Florida (Committed)
33. RB Keith Ford Oklahoma (Committed)
34. CB MacKensie Alexander Auburn, Mississippi State, Clemson, Rutgers, Texas A&M
35. G Darius James Texas (Committed)
36. S Holland Fisher Virginia Tech (Committed)
37. QB Brice Ramsey Georgia (Committed)
38. DE DeMarcus Walker Florida State (Committed)
39. CB Jalen Ramsey Florida State (Committed)
40. RB Ryan Green Florida State (Committed)
41. S Max Redfield Notre Dame (Committed)
42. S Leon McQuay III USC (Committed)
43. OT Hunter Bivin Notre Dame (Committed)
44. OLB Daniel McMillian Florida (Committed)
45. CB Eli Apple Ohio State (Committed)
46. S Tahaan Goodman UCLA (Committed)
47. S Priest Willis UCLA (Committed)
48. TE Adam Breneman Penn State (Committed)
49. OT Kent Perkins Texas (Committed)
50. OLB Larenz Bryant South Carolina (Committed)
51. RB Altee Tenpenny Alabama (Committed)
52. S Artie Burns Miami (Committed)
53. DE Joey Bosa Ohio State (Committed)
54. G Grant Hill Alabama (Committed)
55. DT Darius Page Alabama (Committed)
56. WR Stacy Coley Florida State, South Florida, Miami, Florida, Louisville
57. WR Jalin Marshall Ohio State (Committed)
58. DE Alquadin Muhammad Miami (Committed)
59. DT Greg Gilmore LSU (Committed)
60. CB Cameron Burrows Ohio State (Committed)
61. OT Derwin Gray Maryland (Committed)
62. RB Taquan Mizzell Virginia (Committed)
63. S Marcell Harris Florida (Committed)
64. RB Tyren Jones Alabama (Committed)
65. G David Dawson Michigan (Committed)
66. RB Alvin Kamara Alabama, Georgia, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland
67. ATH ArDarius Stewart Alabama (Committed)
68. OLB Kendall Beckwith LSU (Committed)
69. WR Steven Mitchell USC (Committed)
70. RB Ezekiel Elliott Ohio State (Committed)
71. RB Corey Clement Wisconsin (Committed)
72. OT Ethan Pocic LSU (Committed)
73. DE Tim Williams Alabama (Committed)
74. CB Chris Hawkins USC (Committed)
75. DE Frank Herron LSU (Committed)
76. DT Isaiah Golden Texas A&M (Committed)
77. CB Cole Luke Notre Dame (Committed)
78. DT Kelsey Griffin South Carolina (Committed)
79. QB Mitch Trubisky North Carolina (Committed)
80. S Dymonte Thomas Michigan (Committed)
81. QB Shane Morris Michigan (Committed)
82. TE Marcus Baugh Ohio State (Committed)
83. C Khaliel Rodgers USC (Committed)
84. RB Derrick Green Michigan (Committed)
85. RB Ty Isaac USC (Committed)
86. WR Derrick Griffin Texas A&M (Committed)
87. QB Cooper Bateman Alabama (Committed)
88. WR Stanvon Taylor Oklahoma (Committed)
89. OT Evan Lisle Ohio State (Committed)
90. S Hatari Byrd Oklahoma (Committed)
91. ILB Isaac Savaiinaea UCLA, Texas A&M, Stanford, Notre Dame, Arizona
92. QB Cody Thomas Oklahoma (Committed)
93. RB Kailo Moore Mississippi (Committed)
94. QB Kevin Olsen Miami (Committed)
95. OLB Mike Mitchell Ohio State (Committed)
96. DT Elijah Qualls Washington (Committed)
97. C Patrick Kugler Michigan (Committed)
98. QB Asiantii Woulard UCLA, Clemson, Kentucky, South Florida, NC State
99. S Tray Matthews Georgia (Committed)
100. QB JT Barrett Ohio State (Committed)

Nkem3_crop_exact
 
College Football Recruiting: Big Ten/MAC
 
Here is a list of last minute news on Big Ten Recruiting from Brian Bennett of the ESPN Big Ten Blog
 
We’re less than 24 hours away from the only day of the year where a fax machine still seems relevant to society.


Here is the latest on MAC Recruiting as we go into National Signing Day from Maxpreps.com
 
James Alexander, WR
King (Detroit, MI)

6-1/185
Committed
Mycial Allen, DB
King (Detroit, MI)

5-11/185
Committed
Ervin Alston, LB/FB
Fleming Island (Orange Park, FL)

Committed
Jarred Alwan, LB/RB
Camden Catholic (Cherry Hill, NJ)

6-1/225 
Committed
Caleb Bailey, LB/RB
Romeoville (IL)

6-2/215  
Committed
Khairi Bailey, DE
Julian (Chicago, IL)

6-3/240 
Committed
Aaron Banks, DB/WR
Simeon (Chicago, IL)

6-3/200
Committed
Matt Barone, OL
Montour (McKees Rocks, PA)

6-3/285
Committed
Josh Bass, OL
Harper Creek (Battle Creek, MI)

6-5/285
Committed
Blake Bean, LB
Stillwater (OK)

6-1/225  
Committed
Chad Beebe, WR/DB
Aurora Christian (Aurora, IL)

5-5/125
Committed
Bert Birdsall, DB
Christian Brothers (St. Louis, MO)

5-11/150
Committed
Chris Blair, DB/SS
East Forsyth (Kernersville, NC)

6-0/180   
Committed
Calvin Blank, TE/DE
North Vigo (Terre Haute, IN)

6-5/230
Committed
A.J. Bolden, OL
Millbrook (Winchester, VA)

6-3/305
Committed
Darrien Boone, QB
Chicago Vocational (Chicago, IL)

6-4/190 
Committed
Brandon Bossard, QB
Methacton (Norristown, PA)

6-3/205 
Committed
Joel Bouagnon, RB
Aurora Christian (Aurora, IL)

6-2/225
Committed
Durrell Bristol, OL
Groveport-Madison (Groveport, OH)

6-3/325 
Committed
Cedric Brittnum, OT
Simeon (Chicago, IL)

6-5/275
Committed
Dorian Brown, RB
Baldwin (Pittsburgh, PA)

5-10/172
Committed
Dwayne Brown, OL
Warren Central (Indianapolis, IN)

6-5/330  
Committed
Buddy Browne, OLB
Williamstown (NJ)

6-3/210  
Committed
Collin Buchanan, OL
Southfield (MI)

6-5/295
Committed
Jaleel Canty, DB
Everett (Lansing, MI)

5-9/190
Committed
Brian Carter, OL
Harrisburg (PA)

Committed
Victor Cave, FB
Glen Este (Cincinnati, OH)

6-2/210
Committed
Mark Chapman, ATH
Port Huron (MI)

6-0/165
Committed
Daryl Chestnut, RB
Columbus (Miami, FL)

5-9/190 
Committed
Eric Church, RB/CB
Timber Creek Regional (Erial, NJ)

5-9/180
Committed
Clark Clancy, OL
Avondale (Auburn Hills, MI)

6-4/250 
Committed
Roman Clay, RB/LB
Lancaster Catholic (Lancaster, PA)

5-11/215 
Committed
James Coleman, RB/QB
Christ the King (Middle Village, NY)

6-3/215
Committed
Kent Collins, OL/DL
Los Alamitos (CA)

 
Committed
Eric Cooper, WR/DB
Beecher (Flint, MI)

6-1/180 
Committed
Jim Cooper Jr., K
Mainland Regional (Linwood, NJ)

6-1/205
Committed
Fred Coppet, RB
St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

5-9/150  
Committed
Alex Coty, TE/DE
Clay (South Bend, IN)

6-5/265
Committed
Josh Cox, DB/RB
De La Salle Collegiate (Warren, MI)

5-11/180 
Committed
Cory Crawford, WR
Palmetto (FL)

5-11/180
Committed
Willie Creear, DB
Lindbergh (Renton, WA)

5-10/170
Committed
Zach Crouch, TE
Christian (Grand Rapids, MI)

6-5/235 
Committed
David Curle, OL/DL
Utica Eisenhower (Shelby Township, MI)

6-4/277 
Committed
Joseph Davidson, WR
Findlay (OH)

6-7/202
Committed
Corey Davis, WR
Wheaton-Warrenville South (Wheaton, IL)

6-3/195
Committed
Daniel Davis, DE
Grand Blanc (MI)

6-3/245
Committed
Jackson Day, OL
Penn (Mishawaka, IN)

6-4/280
Committed
Austin Doan, OL/DL
Romeo (MI)

Committed
Steve Drida, K/SS
West (Waukesha, WI)

6-2/190  
Committed
Blake Dueitt, DE
Hough (Cornelius, NC)

6-2/255
Committed
For More on the latest recruiting news visit espn.go.com and maxpreps.com
 

Here is a video with all the top highlights from the 2012 NFL Season
2012 College Football All Star Skills Challenge-Dallas 2013 Here are the results
 

Quicken Loans QB Accuracy
1. EJ Manuel – Florida St – 232 points
2. Jordan Rodgers – Vanderbilt – 224 points
T3. Mike Glennon – NC State – 222 points
T3. Ryan Nassib – Syracuse – 222 points

Obstacle Course
1. Giovani Bernard – RB – UNC – 27.7 seconds
2. Alec Ogletree – LB – Georgia – 28.5 seconds
3. Khaseem Greene – LB – Rutgers – 29.3 seconds
4. TJ McDonald – S – USC – 32 seconds

Skechers GoRun Hands Competition
1. Cordarrelle Patterson – WR – Tennessee – 29.7 seconds
2. Robert Woods – WR – USC – 30.0 seconds
3. Kenny Vaccaro – S – Texas – 33.8 seconds
4. Matt Elam – S – Florida – 34.8 seconds

Mercedes-Benz Lineman Strength Challenge
1. Damontre Moore – DE – Texas A&M – 21.3 seconds
2. Sam Montgomery – DT – LSU – 22.2 seconds
3. Sylvester Williams – DT – UNC – 25.1seconds
4. Alex Okafor – DE – Texas – 25.8 seconds

Speed Kick
1. Brett Maher – Nebraska – 27 points
2. Caleb Sturgis – Florida – 21 points
T3. Brett Baer – Louisiana-Lafayette – 16 points
T3. Dustin Hopkins – FSU – 16 points

Quicken Loans Team Competition
1. Rodgers, McDonald, Woods, Moore, Sturgis
2. Manuel, Ogletree, Elam, Montgomery, Hopkins
3. Glennon, Greene, Vaccaro, Okafor, Maher
4. Nassib, Bernard, Patterson, Williams, Baer

Super Bowl 2013 Recap + College Football


Super Bowl 47: Ravens-34 49ers-31 By: Joe Jacquez

 RAY GOES OUT A CHAMP!
Ravens win Super Bowl 47 on last stand and Flacco
 
New Orleans- Ever since Ray Lewis announced that he was going to retire before Baltimore’s first playoff game against Indy in December the Ravens were determined to win another title for him and a first for legend Ed Reed. The Ravens survived a power surge and a 49ers momentum swing and they won football’s biggest prize. Well they accomplished just that and now the legend’s Lewis and Reed and the rest of the Ravens are world champions and have reached the summit. This victory for Baltimore concludes a remarkable season of rookie QB’s, comebacks, and evolution in the NFL and it ends in New Orleans a super city despite the blackout when a legend possibly the best mike backer to ever play the game of football Ray Lewis hands the torch of leadership to a elite…yes I said elite QB Joe Flacco. Wow what a year and what a super bowl for the ages. I am telling you right now both these teams are built to win long term and this isn’t the only Harbaugh Bowl we will see in our lifetime. Ray Lewis always said leading up to this game despite all the rumors and controversial stories that he is involved in he wanted to give all he had and win this Super Bowl for his teammates, and now great players and people Haloti Nagata, Boldin, Ed Reed, Jacoby Jones, Torrey Smith, Paul Kruger, Joe Flacco, and the rest of the Ravens can finally hoist the Lombardi Trophy and Lewis has his second super bowl and goes out as a champ. What a story and what a perfect way to end your career. In terms of a Cardinals perspective on the Super Bowl I am so glad for Anquan Boldin a great WR for the Cardinals and he had a magical ride in the playoffs and was the true X factor of the Ravens offense, he deserves a Super Bowl title and he has it. This is the epic storybook ending for the dyansty John Harbaugh and Ozzie Newscome have built in Baltimore and the Ravens are defiently going to dominate the AFC, and for Cardinals fans we know how hard it will be to compete in the West, the 49ers are a great team in all three phases led by a great coach and they will be back and they will win the Super Bowl. Just like any other Super Bowl especially in the last 6 Super Bowls where the game has been so close this game comes down to momentum and after the blackout the 49ers killed the Ravens and the 28-6 romping that they had built. The Ravens had taken a 28-6 lead on the first play of the game thanks to a 109 yard kickoff return for a touchdown the longest in Super Bowl history and scored 17 unanswered points in a 4:10 span. The explosive 49ers offense was helped by a turnover. Lets get into the game. I think the 49ers will regret some of the decisions and the drives that they had. They were way to conservative early and it costed them later. In the first quarter Kapernick was stopped cold and the Ravens took all the way down the field and scored a TD on their first drive thanks to a Flacco to Boldin TD pass that gave the Ravens a 7-0 lead. On the next 49ers drive they drove it down the field like they do best but they had to settle for a FG from David Akers thanks to a bend but don’t break defense. Stars Vernon Davis and Ed Reed were injured on a collision during the drive but both eventually returned. If the Ravens did one thing right all year long on defense it was their red-zone defense. Next 49ers possession same situation 49ers driving for a Touchdown and rookie speedster Lamichael James fumbles the ball away, gives the ball to the ravens and the ravens take it down the field and scored on a Flacco to Pitta TD pass 14-3 Ravens just like that and at that point they were in total control of the football game. Turnover Margin and points off turnovers were so key. The Ravens scored 14 points off San Fran turnovers and the 49ers blew a ton of chances to score some points. But there was more. On the ensuing San Fran possession Kapernick threw a INT into the arms of Ed Reed the man you don’t want to throw a pick to and once again a chance to score stopped. The Ravens are driving attempt a FG but its a fake the FG kicker runs to the left side but a missed block causes him to not get there and they don’t get the first down. I can defiantly see why the Ravens did it and it actually is a great coaching decision by John. They were either going to pin the 9ers deep or they were going to try to score another TD. You have to take chances in a game like this the Ravens did and San Fran didn’t. Field position mattered a ton in this game, San Fran was constantly backed up in their own end zone. Near the end of the first half Kapernick was second guessing himself and almost threw another pick probably the nerves of a young quarterback in the Super Bowl. Some will argue that the 49ers should have switched to Alex Smith but they have to stick with the young gun, it is experience for next year. Then came more bad news. Before the end of the half Jacoby Jones caught a heaved pass from Flacco and it was suddenly 21-3. Then the 49ers had another chance to score a TD coughed it up and settled for another FG: FG’s do not win championships. That was the difference in the game: The 49ers could have won easily if they had scored touchdowns. They gave away 21 points luckily they had a chance to win it at the end. The Ravens finished drives and the 49ers did not, and the Ravens were excellent on 3rd down. At the end of the half Flacco had 193 yards and 2 touchdowns and both TE’s(Pitta, Dickerson, and Davis) were big factors. I said the keys to the second half: the 49ers had to stay with the gameplan and they could comeback and the Ravens and Caldwell had to stay aggressive. Then came the 109 yard kickoff return its 28-6 and basically the game is over for the 49ers. Then came the dramatic power outage which is still in limbo as to why although many are speculating that it was Beyonce’s amazing halftime show that did it. The League said it was an outside power surge but the real reason isn’t known. What we do know is it gave the 49ers the momentum they needed: It killed the Ravens momentum and it gave the 49ers the chance to regroup. Well they did just that scoring 17 points in a 4:10 minute span thanks in large part to a Ray Rice fumble. It started with a Kapernick to Crabtree TD that made it 28-13 and gave Collin some confidence back and then the explosive offense got to work: Ted Ginn Jr had a big return which set up a Frank Gore TD run(both RB’s and defenses were non existent in the game) and now its 28-20. The X factor for the 49ers offense: Delani Walker. Then came a Justin Tucker 19 yard FG 31-23 followed by a no surprise Kapernick QB keeper for a TD 31-29. Then another Justin Tucker FG 34-29 and then things got interesting. The Ravens defense stopped the 49ers cold and then they committed a safety themselves with a fake punt run out of the back of the endzone. Once again great stratagey by Coach Harbaugh. The 49ers would only have 0:04 seconds to return it and the Super Bowl was over. Final: 34-31 and at 4 hr 15 min it was the longest Super Bowl in NFL history(partly due to the 37 min power shortage delay). Some more notes on the Super Bowl. Joe Flacco was Super Bowl MVP throwing for 287 yards and 3 touchdowns and no surprise no interceptions and he is officially the man for the Ravens he is going to be one of the richest QB’s in NFL history getting the franchise tag in the offseason and is yes elite. His postseason numbers are comparable to Joe Montana and Steve Young: 12 TD’s 0 picks we haven’t seen that in the modern era he has beaten all the great QB’s and he does all the things to win. Dont even tell me he isn’t elite. I would put him in the top 6 of current starting QB’s. The teams I think will compete the most for the Super Bowl next year: Broncos, Patriots, Packers, Falcons, Texans, Seahawks, and yes the Redskins they have a dual threat offense and a great secondary and I know no team in modern era of football has ever repeated in a super bowl but I think the Ravens and 49ers are built to win long term: well coached, disciplined, dual threat offenses, great defenses, and great special teams and can get back to the Super Bowl easily. The one thing the 49ers need to do is repair their secondary and the Ravens need to compensate for the loss of Lewis and Reed and repair the secondary. Ravens grades: Pass offense-A+ pass defense: C rush offense: D+ rush defense: C special teams: A coaching: A. For the 49ers: Pass offense: A rush offense: D+ rush defense:A pass defense:F special teams:D coaching:C. By the way that no call holding play at the end was holding but he could have extended the play and caught the touchdown. This super bowl taught me one thing: Defense doesnt matter and I am happy for Ed Reed, Lewis, Boldin and all the great Ravens players. In NFL News the Cardinals are going after Alex Smith, Titus Young got released from the Lions, and Devin Hester is hoping for a fresh start and the Combine is February 20th and Commissioner Rodger Godell has announced that the 34 minute power shortage wont hurt NO’s chances of hosting another super bowl.In Cardinals news Bruce won the coach of the year encouraging news for the new era.
Super Bowl Highlights 2013
College Football Notes: With all this NFL stuff we cant forget about College Football its recruiting time!
Michigan: Signing Day is February 6th and Michigan will hold a live webcast of their event. The Michigan Football Experience will be held in June.
ASU: We mourn Tyrice Thompson who was fatally murdered great WR and a great man. Signing Day is February 6th and congrats to Curly Culp.
College Football Recruiting Updates/Links: 12 conferences in 12 Days(We will do PAC 12 today/Big Ten MAC toomorow rest of confrences after national sigining day with updates)
Oregon: http://www.oregonlive.com/ducks/index.ssf/2013/02/oregon_ducks_football_recruits.html
Arizona:
Arizona State
California
Colorado
Oregon State
Stanford
UCLA
Utah
Washington
Washington State
Nationally here are the top 40 rankings from ESPN.com
Here is the Top 100 college football recruiting players from 247Sports.com and Bleacher Report
Nkem3_crop_exact
Big Ten and Mac toomorow and rest of the conferences over the next days with updates from the signings. We will cover signing day from a Pac 12 Mac Big Ten Central Michigan ASU Michigan and National perspective. The most commitments nationally so far go to Texas AandM with 32.
Dobson Sports: Dobson won Men’s Basketball Senior Night 73-47 over Tuscon Magnet High School at Dobson. Girls and Guys prepare for sectionals meanwhile 6 of our wrestlers are at State!

Super Bowl Prediction 2013


Super Bowl Prediction 2013

By: Joe Jacquez-NFL/CF Writer

New Orleans- I have analyzed all of the possible match ups and story lines for this big game and now I am just going to simply going to pick the game. I believe the 49ers will win 29-24 I just think they are a better overall team and have more of everything. I think the key matchup will be each team’s WR core vs. each team’s Secondary. I think the difference in the game is the 49ers read option led by Captin Krunch and the run game led by Gore and an X factor Lamichael James. The 49ers will focus on taking away Ray Rice and the deep ball and I think there pass rush will do that. I think they create a turnover and they have a great scoring defense. Bottom Line there will be another party in San Francisco and the Bay Area. If the game comes down to the last 2 minutes I think Baltimore will win but San Fran has to much and will win in a Harbaugh classic. If the Ravens can spread the ball they can win with Flacco, Smith, Pitta, and Jones. Special Teams will be a factor. Its going to be great Reports on Monday on HOF, Award winners + other stuff. Tweet throughout the game on Tweet Deck!
Prediction: San Fran-28 Baltimore-24. Great HarbaBowl!

Super Bowl Week 2013: Feature Saturday + Game storylines + NFL News


NFL News + Friday/Thursday’s Events: Today is Rodger Godell’s press conference. We will see how well received he is considering he is not well liked in New Orleans due to the Saints bounty scandal we shall see. Conflict with the NFL Owners and NFL PA might start up again today the NFL PA released a statement complaining about safety and is threatening grevinces  The Harbaugh’s said today that a game win trumps the sibling rivalry. Culliver is sorry for his ugly remarks. In non Super Bowl NFL news Texans star RB Arian Foster wont have heart surgery. USC QB Matt Barkley says he is no less of a QB this year than last year(referring to a down year compared to expectations) as he prepares for the NFL Draft which is in 83 short days. Rodger Godell said in an interview with NFL Network that testing for HGH is close for the NFL. That is NFL News for Today. Friday’s super bowl events included NFL Experience and the Fan Gallery but included some local events. It included Rebulding Together which is a service project for NFL Players, the 2013 Super Bowl Breakfast, and the 2013 Merlin Olsen Super Bowl Luncheon. Local art events included the Gospel Celebration, and the VH1 best Super Bowl Concert ever. It was awesome I am not going to lie. That is a wrap on NFL News. The big Thursday Event was the Charaties Dinner and the Pat Summerall award went to New Orleans native, Saints legend, and CBS sports guy Archie Manning who is of course the brother of Peyton and Eli. Game analysis and preview tomorow including top matchups keys for both teams and strength’s and weakness’s for both teams. Were almost there. Some of the other interview highlights included Michael Phelps, Carl Brandt, Troy Aikman, and Cam Newton. In other news 67% of NFL fans would let their sons play football. Also another top storyline is the distractions that come with being in New Orleans. I think both teams have handled it well.

Top Story lines of the Super Bowl from NBC Sports

From Lewis to Kaepernick to Harbaughs and beyond: The best of Super Sunday

/

Opinion
NBCSports.com contributor
updated 2:49 a.m. ET Feb. 1, 2013
Michael Ventre

It should be simple. Just follow the football up and down the field on Sunday, examine the scoreboard after it’s all over, and you will have consumed and digested all you need to know about Super Bowl XLVII between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens, along with whatever other snack horrors you shoved into your mouth over four hours or so.

Alas, if it were only that simple. As longtime members of the Super Bowl intelligentsia will attest, there usually are several significant storylines of which to keep track. They are layered in like cheddar cheese in nachos. They are mixed in like cashews in chicken curry. They sometimes appear by surprise like feta inside a turkey burger.

(Hey, you know you’re thinking more about Sunday’s feast than football anyway; I’m just trying to express this in terms you can understand.)

Here is a look at the 10 or so top storylines for this edition of the Super Bowl, created specifically for those who may not have as much experience with the game as they do with the refrigerator:

THE RAY LEWIS CHRONICLES: The fancy bed with four posts and an ornate cover upon which Cleopatra was carried by her minions is known as a litter. Now imagine Ray Lewis being carried into the Superdome on a litter, and you’ll have an idea of how much this Super Bowl belongs to the Baltimore Ravens’ veteran middle linebacker, for better or worse. In fact, someday he might become the first mummified member of the Hall of Fame. During this Super Bowl, you will hear every single Ray Lewis factoid ever unearthed, from his Atlanta troubles in 2000 to his alleged jones for deer-antler spray. His name will become a drinking game. His face will be on camera more often than the football itself. If he makes a significant contribution to the outcome, commissioner Roger Goodell will kiss him on the lips, and the city of Baltimore will re-name itself “Rayland.” If he has a so-so game and/or the Ravens lose, you’ll still see him do interviews with a laurel wreath on his head. Whatever the result, Ray Lewis will be the “Gangnam Style” of this Super Bowl.

THE HANDSHAKE: Really, this entire Super Bowl is just a lead-up to the post-game Harbaugh handshake. The handshake in general between opposing coaches has become somewhat of a defining moment in a football game. Through body language and demeanor, you can tell if the handshake is a genuine expression of sportsmanship between two accomplished professionals, or an opportunity for the winner to perform a touchdown dance with his eyes while the loser transforms into raging green-eyed monster. Now add a couple of Harbaugh-specific touches to this upcoming flesh press: Jim and John grew up competitive enough to wrestle each other over the salt shaker, and Jim is notorious for once insulting Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz during the handshake with a pompous dismissiveness not seen since the days of Genghis Khan. This moment will garner so much attention that it’ll be an upset if CBS doesn’t offer to sell advertisers a 30-second spot in the middle of it.

THE KAEPERNICK PISTOL: It is neither a Civil War souvenir your grandpa kept in a glass case in his study, nor something Congress is pondering a ban on, although it does cause grave concern in many cities. The 49ers’ offense contains elements of “The Pistol,” a variation of the shotgun formation that was created by former Nevada head coach Chris Ault for Colin Kaepernick, who starred at quarterback for the Wolf Pack and is now the Niners’ signal-caller. In this Pistol arrangement, Kaepernick takes the snap from center from about four yards back, then proceeds to move forward like a shopper on Black Friday. Since Kaepernick and his Pistol took over for mild-mannered Alex Smith in the middle of a Nov. 11 game against the Rams after Smith suffered a concussion, opposing defenses have gone into DEFCON 1 (nuclear war is imminent), and Sunday will see the final outcome. Kaepernick is a lean, muscular, fast professional athlete, not a North Korean with his finger on the button. Yet there is a common thread: No one has any idea what each will do next or how to stop him.

MOSS GROWING ON MOSS: Niners veteran receiver Randy Moss has the unique distinction of being one of the best in history at his position while sleepwalking through half his career. Critics agree: He always gives 100 percent effort sometimes. This season, he was the 49ers’ fourth-best receiver with 28 catches. If he were smart, he could have flown under the radar for this Super Bowl. Then, if he made any contribution whatsoever, he would have been hailed as a wise elder statesman who still has something left in the tank. But he popped off this week and claimed he’s the greatest wide receiver of all time. Cue intense focus on egomaniac in decline. Now he’s got some pressure. Now he has Jerry Rice Nation on him. Now he has to play like the greatest wide receiver of all time, even at the age of 35. It’s possible. It’s also possible he could pursue a career after football as a motivational speaker, but I wouldn’t count on that, either.

E PLURIBUS FLACCO: Translated, it means “Out of many, Flacco.” Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco’s job is to take the many Ravens, unify them and make them his team. He’s the leader. Ray Lewis is the loquacious frontman, but in terms of determining the game’s outcome, Lewis is just a flamboyant supporting actor. The Ravens’ fortunes in this Super Bowl will depend on Flacco’s performance. So far, so good. After all, just getting this far is a monumental achievement. Of course, Tony Eason got this far. So did Chris Chandler and Neil O’Donnell. And who talks about them? Considering the assaults on his character that Flacco has absorbed over the course of his career, his name really should be spelled Flak-O. A piñata at a reform school takes less abuse. Flacco needs to have an outstanding, mistake-free game, or else, instead of getting the new contract at $20 million per year that he reportedly seeks, the Ravens may just say, “Nevermore.”

MR. SMITH GOES TO NEW ORLEANS BUT DOESN’T PLAY: Granted, it’s conceivable Alex Smith, who got Colin-oscopied out of the starting quarterback job for San Francisco, could get into the game Sunday. Kaepernick could get hurt. In a burst of inspiration, Jim Harbaugh could decide a Two Pistol formation is twice as good as one. Smith could get some tattoos, don a No. 7 jersey, and run onto the field posing as Kaepernick while the real Kaepernick sits bound and gagged inside a beignet delivery truck. But it’s highly doubtful Smith will get in the game. Therefore, he’ll be shown on camera a lot, looking wistful. You might even see CBS fade to commercial on Smith’s face, then show a spot in which a little kid is cheered up by his mother with some cereal, then come back to Smith’s face again. But I bet that if the camera is on his face at the moment when one of the announcers mentions that he’s still making $5 million this season whether he plays or not, he cracks a smile.

BACK TROUBLE: Either San Francisco will have trouble with a Baltimore back, or vice versa. Frank Gore is the leading rusher for the 49ers. Ray Rice is his counterpart for the Ravens. If this game goes according to the script, Kaepernick will have a dazzling game in a Niners win and be the named MVP. But it might not. There’s a good chance one of these two running backs will carry himself into the record books with a monstrous display of two-legged havoc. Neither would ever be mistaken for a lady gazelle. Each is the football equivalent of a cement mixer traveling downhill with no brakes. While both can also catch the football out of the backfield, Rice is more prolific at it (61 catches this season to 28 for Gore). If either back is named MVP, that lucky guy will have to treat his offensive line to dinner. It would not only be a nice gesture to reward some unsung heroes for their tireless efforts, it would also serve as a huge boost to the New Orleans economy.

CULLIVER UNRAVELS: In the “Bad Timing Department,” add Niners cornerback Chris Culliver’s name as a new board member. Former 49ers offensive lineman Kwame Harris recently made headlines when he was charged with felony domestic violence and assault charges from an August beating of a former boyfriend. That opened the door to a discussion of whether a gay player would be welcome in the NFL. And Culliver not only walked through that door, he tagged it with anti-gay graffiti. He told a radio host: “We ain’t got no gay people on the team. They gotta get up out here if they do. Can’t be with that sweet stuff. … Nah, can’t be … in the locker room man.” Later, he opined that gays should wait 10 years after retiring from the NFL to come out. So now Culliver, who ordinarily might not be a story in this game unless he got torched by an opposing wide receiver, is alone on an island in more ways than one, especially considering the size of the gay and lesbian community in the city in which he plays. While media from around the world gathers at the Super Bowl, he might want to take this opportunity to come out as somebody who can play and keep his piehole shut.

HEED REED: The topic of concussions is a painful one. So it’s tough to root for Ravens veteran safety Ed Reed to knock opponents senseless. He’s in a quandary, and so are his fans. Pulverizing opponents is part of what makes him great. But it might also be causing him some memory loss, to which he alluded this week. Reed is more low key than Lewis, but no less important to the success of the Ravens’ defense. He’s one of those guys who shows up everywhere and makes opposing quarterbacks believe they’re hallucinating. This will be a major test for Reed when you consider the men he’ll spend the game chasing down: Kaepernick, Gore and pass-catchers like Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis. And when he tackles them, he’ll have to do so in a way that probably seems foreign to him. The 49ers are probably a little more comfortable knowing that Ed Reed’s hits won’t be as brutal as they once were. But they’ll still be nervous knowing that the sound of Ed Reed’s footsteps is as terrifying as ever.

X Games Aspen 2013 - Day 4
  The Week in Sports Pictures
Catching air in Aspen, defending titles Down Under and on the ice, plus tackling fans on the court.

ROGER GOODELL, NEW ORLEANS, CANDLELIGHT, SOFT MUSIC: New Orleans can’t stand the NFL commissioner, but it can’t give him up, either. New Orleans can’t quit Roger. It’s because Roger hurt the city when he brought the hammer down on the Saints in the Bountygate case. The city got upset. It stopped taking Roger’s calls and ignored his texts. But there was that whole Katrina thing. Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue was the leader of an effort to keep the Saints in New Orleans, to rebuild the Superdome, and to secure future Super Bowls after Hurricane Katrina unleashed its wrath on the city in 2005. But Goodell was his right-hand man at the time and performed much of the administrative grunt work. It’s safe to say that Goodell was as much of a friend to New Orleans as Tagliabue was after that devastating event. Relationships are complicated. Right now, New Orleans is looking at old photos of Roger on its iPad while eating a pint of Ben & Jerry’s and saying things like, “He’s not welcome in my bars and restaurants,” and “I hope he grows a second head.” But who really knows how New Orleans will react when it sees Roger at the game, and especially after the game, when he presents the Vince Lombardi Trophy to the winning team? Here’s hoping New Orleans keeps it classy and says to Roger, “You look great.” And Roger returns the favor by saying, “You too. What are you doing later?”

MANTI TE’O’S GIRLFRIEND: You didn’t really think you were going to get though a piece about football without mention of that, did you?

Michael Ventre is a regular contributor to NBCSports.com. Follow him on Twitter  http://twitter.com/#!/MichaelVentre44

© 2013 NBC Sports.com  Reprints
Here is video of the commissioner’s press conference and the Harbaugh’s press confrence
Archie Manning - 2013 Honoree

Feature Friday: Collin Kapernick’s Story
New Orleans- Every year while covering all the story lines and events that is the Super Bowl I normally focus on one particular story and I do a feature on it. This year I decided to do it on 49ers rookie QB Collin Kapernick. Most people know Collin as the star rookie QB for the 49ers that has been the starting QB since Week 11 and has become one of the best dual threat QB’s in the NFL and has led San Fran to the playoffs and the Super Bowl mainly thanks to a college scheme known as the zone read option which is run out of the pistol formation. What most people don’t know is that Collin is adopted. I am also adopted so I thought it would be fun to do a story on Collin since I could relate. Collin has never met his birth mother and sometimes being adopted myself I think he feels that why meet her if she really didn’t take care of him. Well when you dive deeper into his story you find out why his birth mother gave him up. At the time when she gave him up she was 19, she was very broke and she was looking for an adopted family that had some money, obviously loved kids, new how to parent, and loved sports specifically football. Kapernick’s birth mother was a nurse at the time and she picked another birth mother Teresa Kapernick and her husband Rick. They only had one request a boy. The Kapernick’s at the time had two other kids son Kyle and daughter Devon. Unfortunatly they had lost two kids to heart defects which is an amazing story within itself. Most parents after they loose two of their kids would not want another one but this shows how much these people love kids and love parenting. This just proves what I said ” “I’ll never forget that day,” says Teresa. “They brought him in an infant carrier and set him down. The birth mother [Russo] was there. I looked at her and she nodded and I just picked him up out of the carrier. The minute I picked him up, I just cried. We gave her a big hug. And she needed a couple more minutes. And then we left.” Wow. Collin turned out to be a tough athletic tornado and he was great at every sport. He was so good at baseball he could have played in the MLB but he knew where his heart lay. What I thought was funny: his family named him Bo after famous multi sport athlete Bo Jackson. He was another Jim Thorpe. Collin ended up choosing the University of Nevada not a big name school but it worked out for him. He had four great years there and he was drated by the 49ers and the rest is history. He actually wanted to play for either the 49ers or Packers when he was younger I guess his wish came true and now he is in the Super Bowl what could be better for him? Kapernick hasn’t decided if he is going to meet his birth mother and I understand that is his decision and I am not going to tell you if he should or not. For me personally being adopted I don’t want to meet my birth mother. First of all I love my family as is and I would’nt change a thing and like Collin my birth dad wasn’t around and my mother was a drug user and an alcoholic. I know Collin loves his family and so do I that is all that matters. Good luck to him on Sunday I feel for him and what a great story.
Other NFL Notes from NFL.com
Toomorow we will have my top storylines, my top matchups, key’s for both teams, ?’s and advantages for both teams my breakdown of the game from both teams and of course the prediction that is all toomorow and on Sunday I will do a twitter chat during the Super Bowl. Happy Greatest week in the world and super bowl Sunday of course

Super Bowl Week 2013:Wed/Thurs(with live updates)


An Event filled Wednesday/Thursday at Super Bowl Week! By: Joe Jacquez-NFL/CF Writer

 

New Orleans- Compared to yesterday’s raucous wild and silly media day Wednesday’s slate of events were much more relaxed while at the same time fun. After Tuesday most players and coaches are blocked off to the media. That doesn’t mean the interviews and circus stops for ESPN, CBS, FOX, NFL Network, and all the radio teams down at Radio Row which by the way is hectic. The interview highlights of Wednesday included Brett Farve, Drew Brees, and the Harbaugh parents. There were three events for fans to participate in. The first held at Loyala-Roasell Hall was the NFL’s Sports Prep: Career Expo where fans get to learn about sports career’s both as a player or as a journalist(writer/broadcaster). Then came the Super Bowl XLVII Media Center Bridgestone Fan Gallery which featured exhibits and pictures for the fans to look at from past super bowls and this super bowls. Finally a daily event that started yesterday called NFL Experience which is an active play area for younger kids featuring rides games and other things so the kids can experience the NFL. Today’s events included Fan Gallery, and NFL Experience but also included local events. Tazon Latino VII a concert featuring local artists and food, and Super Bowl Bulevaurd. Other events include the Legends for Charities Dinner which starts at 5 and will present the annual Pat Summerall Award and finally the Celebrity Bowling Classic. Alot of the stuff that goes on during Super Bowl Week is really a bunch of fun pointless stuff that has nothing to do with the game itself. Top interviews today included Beyonce, Troy Aikman, comedian Trey Martin, Osi Umenyoia, and local artist Akbar Gbaja-Biamila. Here are some more notes. On Saturday I will analyze all the factors of the game and predict a winner and on Sunday I will have a live twitter chat under the #TWJSuperBowl13. Also cant wait for the commercials and I hope Beyonce’s halftime show lives up to the hype. Other interviews included Pats TE Rob Gronk, Michael Irvin, and Marshall Faulk.
 
Super Bowl Practices: Both the 49ers and the Ravens held their first Super Bowl Practices yesterday. For the 49ers Ahmad Brooks and Star DE Aldon Smith were limited but are expected to play and for the Ravens Ellerbe and Pitta look sharp and nobody was held out. Lets just say both teams look focused and sharp. The Lombardi Trophy was delivered today and celebrities and players made their picks.
 
Media Circus + Radio Row: Lets just say it is crazy
 
Super Bowl Sideline: Lets just say it is crazy to. Their are more people on a SB sideline than any other and now people are saying they want neurological consultants on the sidelines.
Super Bowl Crew: You can view more info on him at Pro Football Reference’s officials page. He will be joined by Darrell Jenkins (umpire), teve Stelljes (head linesman), Byron Boston (line judge), Craig Wrolstad (field judge), Joe Larrew (side judge) and Dino Paganelli (back judge). Bill Spyksma will be the replay official, and Terry Sullivan will be the replay assistant.
Super Bowl Stats: Ravens Stats from Baltimore Sun: 137.7 – Joe Flacco’s passer rating during Baltimore’s three straight touchdown drives in the AFC title game.

At halftime in the Ravens’ 28-13 win over the New England Patriots a week and a half ago, Ravens coach John Harbaugh told offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell to open up the offense. And after another tentative drive to start the third quarter, the Ravens wisely asked quarterback Joe Flacco to let it rip. Working exclusively out of the shotgun with three wide receivers on the field, Flacco led the Ravens on three straight touchdown drives, in the process leading them to Sunday’s Super Bowl. On those three drives, Flacco completed 14 of 18 attempts for 136 yards and three touchdowns. His passer rating during that 14-minute hot streak was 137.7.

one – career sacks for Aldon Smith with Justin Smith off the field.

San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith has been a beast in his first two NFL seasons, racking up 35.5 sacks, including 19.5 this season. But Smith hasn’t sacked a quarterback in his past five games. Might the torn triceps that 49ers defense end Justin Smith, who usually lines up beside him, have something to do with the lack of production? Smith missed the final two regular-season games and is not at full strength in these playoffs. According to ESPN Stats and Info, all but one of Aldon Smith’s 35.5 career sacks came with Justin Smith on field. And in the 141 dropbacks that Aldon Smith played without Justin Smith, he had only one sack. Justin Smith will play in the Super Bowl either way, but Aldon Smith is probably hoping he is much healthier and effective after the Super Bowl bye week.

1,342 – defensive snaps the Ravens have played this season.

The Baltimore defense has been on the field for 1,342 plays this season, including the playoffs, which is the most that any defense has played since 2001, according to ESPN Stats and Info. The Ravens defense has played an average of 85.3 snaps in the postseason — 17.4 more than their regular-season average. No wonder they are allowing 415 yards per game in the playoffs. But statistically speaking, they have actually been more efficient, allowing fewer yards per play in the playoffs (4.9) than they did in the regular season (5.2). Oh, the only other defense to play more than 1,300 snaps? Last year’s New York Giants, who won it all.

5.2 – yards per carry for the 49ers between the tackles in 2012.

While piling up an average of 164.6 rushing yards per game this season, including playoffs, the 49ers did a lot of their damage between the tackles with Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore, who leads the 49ers with 1,423 yards in 18 games. According to Pro Football Focus, Gore and the 49ers have averaged an impressive 5.2 yards per carry between the tackles this season. However, they have averaged just 4.4 since Week 15 — not as good, but still above the league average — and the Ravens have allowed just 3.7 yards per carry between the tackles over the same span. Strength versus strength, expect some loud collisions on Super Sunday.

7-0 – Baltimore’s playoff record when Flacco doesn’t throw a pick.

As I wrote in this space last week, Flacco’s passing numbers this postseason are on the verge of being historic. Elite passer or not, Flacco has eight touchdown passes and zero interceptions this postseason, and he can tie Joe Montana’s postseason record if he gets to 11 touchdown passes. Cool stat, but don’t discount the lack of interceptions. According to Cold Hard Football Facts, the Ravens are 7-0 in the postseason when Flacco does not throw a pick. They are 1-4 when he does throw an interception, and the win was the game in Foxborough in 2009 when he attempted just 10 passes. It’s a no-brainer stat, but re-emphasizes the value of ball security.

49ers Stats that stand out: Brothers Jim and John Harbaugh met once before as NFL head coaches. On Thanksgiving Day of 2011, John’s Baltimore Ravens defeated Jim’s San Francisco 49ers, 16-6. The Ravens sacked 49ers quarterback Alex Smith nine times in the game, their highest sack total in 92 games under John Harbaugh. It is also the most sacks allowed by the 49ers in 36 games under Jim Harbaugh. When scoring 20-plus points, Jim Harbaugh’s San Francisco 49ers are 22-0-1 in their last 23 games. Including playoff games, the 49ers have only lost one game in the Harbaugh era when scoring 20 or more points. Jim Harbaugh’s all-time coaching record (including playoff games) is 27-8-1. Those 27 wins are tied with Steve Mariucci for the third-most wins by a head coach in his first two seasons in NFL history. The only coaches with more wins in their first two seasons are George Seifert (32) and Barry Switzer 28). Harbaugh, Mariucci and Seifert all attained those victories coaching the San Francisco 49ers. Switzer for the Dallas Cowboys (1994-95).The San Francisco 49ers had the NFL’s second-best scoring defense this season, allowing 17.1 points per game (the Seattle Seahawks had the top-rated scoring defense, allowing 15.3 points). The Ravens had 12th-ranked scoring defense in 2012, allowing 21.5 points per game. In Super Bowl history, teams with a top-two scoring defense are 16-5 when they do not face another top-two scoring defense on Super Sunday.Among the 18 teams with multiple Super Bowl appearances, the San Francisco 49ers are the only team never to have lost in the Super Bowl, going 5-0. The next-best winning percentage among teams that reached multiple Super Bowls belongs to the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants, with each going 4-1 on Super Sunday.The San Francisco 49ers are 21-11 in games played in the Superdome, including a 55-10 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV. Among teams with at least 10 games played in the Superdome, the 49ers have the league’s best winning percentage (.656).The Baltimore Ravens’ Joe Flacco (114.7) and San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick (105.9) were the two highest-rated passers in the 2012 playoffs. Alex Smith’s 101.0 rating from the 2011 playoffs, which placed him third behind Drew Brees and Eli Manning last year, would rank him below Flacco, Kaepernick, Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers this year. For More Stats visit NFL.com

  

Super Survey: ESPN interviewed many former players and experts about the state of the safety of the game. It was interesting take a look:

Where do you see the NFL in 30 years?

Brandt: “I don’t think we’re Montgomery Ward. Montgomery Ward, at one time, was the leading retailer in the world and they made the mistake of saying we’re not going to go into the little towns, we’re just going to go into these big places, and they stood still. The league may doze, but it will never close. They’re always looking for ways to make things better. They’ve been working on making the game safer and they’ll continue to make it safer.”

Pereria: “I see it not a whole lot different than it is. I think the league will go as far as it can and still go further than it is now to try to make the game safer. But I don’t think it’s going to make the league disappear as some people have said. I think this is still a once-a-week game that people get very passionate about their games.”

McGinest: “I think the NFL definitely is going to be here to stay. I think that this is the best game in the world. I think that they’re doing everything in their power to keep it that way and to make it one of the safest games. I don’t think it’s going to look different. I think they’re just changing certain things to make it safer. If you’re talking about hit zones, if you’re talking about staying away from head shots and stuff like that, that’s not something we’re not used to hearing. So I don’t think we’re going to go back to leather helmets with no face masks or no helmets. This game is going to be the way it is. I just think they’re doing everything and taking every precaution to make it safer.”

O’Hara: “Football is not going to disappear in 30 years. Will it look different? Of course it’ll look different. Look at the game 30 years ago to today — different game, different rules, different equipment. So 30 years from now, absolutely, it’ll be a different game.”

Are the safety concerns overblown?

Foxworth: “My responsibility is just to protect the rights of the players and their health and safety, so I don’t think that there can be enough [attention given to safety issues], especially given some of the things that have happened as a result of some of the head injuries. I’m pretty sure that those players and their families would say that there’s no such thing as too much attention on the health and safety of the guys. So I come from that standpoint, and, being a former player, it’s something I’m keenly aware of from a personal standpoint, and a lot of my friends are in this league and I know a lot of our kids may potentially be in this league. So it’s very important that we put as much effort, time and money toward evolving the game and the science of the game as we can.”

Smith: “The game is what we signed up for. We didn’t sign up for tennis. We didn’t sign up for swimming and didn’t realize we were going to go out there and get tackled. We signed up for football, which we knew was a physical sport.”

Davis: “Let’s be real honest. It’s a gladiator sport. Coliseums were built for it. People like to watch it and we’re talking about big, strong, fast men. There are going to be collisions. There are going to be injuries. Do all the things you have to do to make it as safe as possible, but the reality is there’s always going to be some danger.”


Hebert:
 “A little bit. But the NFL is so popular because it’s the modern-day gladiator. I mean, I don’t know what that says about mankind. But you can also look at boxing and ultimate fighting and how popular they are. Fans don’t want to see flag football. I still think football will be here. You can change it, but you can only change it so far.”

McGinest: “I think it’s necessary based on some of the studies, some of the former players and what they’re going through, some of the players now. It’s necessary. And it’s also showing that the NFL cares about its players. If they’re taking time to put on these full-on studies and they’re going through every precaution with the testing of the gear and the helmets and they are willing to change certain things about the game to make sure that it’s going to be here and be a safer game, it has all the signs of going in the right direction.”

Boone: “I just never understood how you change the game when you have players who are bigger, stronger and faster every year. It’s just football. It’s going to be physical. It’s a physical sport. There are going to be injuries, but we’re doing things to correct it.”

What one change would you make to improve safety?

Pereria: “The safety issue is really all about the head. That’s something the league has been focusing on for a long time and they’ll continue to focus on making the rules broader than they are right now. Right now, only nine players are protected in certain situations. Can you go further? Possibly. The whole notion is going to try to be to get the head out of the game and get back to the wrap and tackling as opposed to lowering the head. They’re serious about that, and they should be. To me, as I watch so much football on Sundays, it’s already made a difference. You see situations where a defender really has a chance to blow up a receiver and he doesn’t. To me, that means the rules are taking effect and that the fines have made a difference.”

Davis: “They’re making the game safe for quarterbacks and star players. But they’re not making it safer for all players. You never hear of a defenseless running back. You never hear of a defenseless linebacker. Defensive players aren’t protected. Unless you make it safer for all players, I don’t think you’re doing as much good as you can. You have to put everyone on equal footing.”

Reed: “Defensive players should be protected, too. Offensive guys, quarterbacks in general, shouldn’t be treated better than everybody on the football field.”

McGinest: “I would take out the chop-block. That’s another thing we don’t talk about. A lot of emphasis is on the head, guys getting concussions and stuff, but there are also a lot of players getting their ACLs knocked out because now guys are diving. Now that they know they can’t go high, guys are starting to attack with chop-blocking. That’s also knocking guys’ careers either out or messing them up. Not everybody’sAdrian Peterson coming back from those injuries. A lot of guys, they take the wrong hit on the knee, they’re never the same player.”

O’Hara: “I think the only real way to get everybody on the same page is to somehow get all the players in the NFL and all the coaches in the NFL and all the referees, get everybody in the same building and have, ‘This is what is acceptable and this is what is not.’ No second- and third-person regurgitation of the facts and, ‘Here’s what we’re looking for,’ because that needs to be consistent and everybody needs to hear the same message. Centralize the education, basically.”

What else can be done to make things safer?

Hebert: “I think you truly have to take it out of the players’ hands as far as whether you’re going to go back into the game or not after a head injury. As a player, when it comes to your teammates, you never want to be looked upon as a wuss. You want to be a tough son of a gun. To me, it totally has to be out of the hands of the players.”

[+] Enlarge
Shaun O'Hara
AP Photo/Mel Evans“You wouldn’t give your son a circular saw and let him go and start whittling wood,” former lineman Shaun O’Hara said. “You would teach him how to use that.”

Davis: “Look, the guys I played with and the guys that are playing now were schooled a certain way. It’s too late for us and maybe too late for the guys still playing in the NFL. But the next generation is where a difference can be made. The kids that are coming into Pop Warner now need to be taught how to tackle properly. And maybe, just as importantly, they have to be taught that if you get dinged, if you take a hit to the head and you don’t feel right, you go straight to the coach or the doctors and tell them immediately. People do that with ankle injuries. You hurt your ankle, you come out of the game. Head injuries need to be treated the same way.”

Foxworth: “In nine years, you can ask me that question and I’ll have a definitive answer. But I don’t know. We don’t know how much damage repetitive hits do or whether it’s the big knockout blows that do the damage. There are just so many questions. We’re not sure about the best treatments and the quicker recovery time and if there are any precursors that make someone predisposed to have these kinds of brain injuries. Those are questions that will be answered by this Harvard research, and at that point, I think we can be able to set forth clear protocols of how to treat a player after a practice or how many hits [before] it’s time to sit a guy out. Those sorts of things that are changes that can be made easily.”

Brandt: “I think it’s like the Internet. People that are older, like myself, are not Internet-savvy. Kids that are 7 or 8 know more about it than I do. I think it’s a thing that you build from the bottom up. Where I think we have a problem is that we have a lot of youth football leagues and the guys that are coaching sometimes get overzealous. I think we’re gradually educating that element.”

Would you let a young son start playing football right now?

Bowman: “I’m not going to deter my kids from the game. When they see the game, they understand what it’s all about. It’s a physical game.”

Suggs: I respect [the president's comments] for the simple fact that this is a very physical and dangerous sport, especially considering that with the concussions and the current findings of Junior Seau. A parent would be reluctant [to let] his or her child play football. I think, if you play the game right and you play it appropriately, that injuries are part of the game.”

Pereria: “Sure, I would. But I’d also be out there with him, coaching and working with the coaches to make sure that the game, at that level, is being coached properly and that kids are keeping their heads up and abiding by the rules that are still in the NFL rule book, which defines tackling as wrapping your arms around the opponent and taking him to the ground.”

Miller: “Everyone has their own opinions, but I would let my kid play football. It’s a violent game, but not too violent. At the same time it builds character, hard work, dedication, responsibility. All of those things are important. They are taking caution to be careful and concerned for the players’ safety and taking that into account more.”

Foxworth: “My son’s so young, I like to think that we would have made advances by the time he’s old enough to play to make it safer. Given the current state of the game, I wouldn’t stop him from playing it, but I’d be very cautious about the exposure and the frequency with which he may come into contact with those type of dangers.”

O’Hara: “If my son wanted to play football, I would absolutely let him. I would drive him. But I would teach him. You wouldn’t give your son a circular saw and let him go and start whittling wood. You would teach him how to use that. There’s a proper way to use power tools. So my issue is, when I hear parents say, ‘I don’t want him to play football,’ well, it’s because you don’t want to take the time to teach him how to do it right. Or you don’t know how to teach him right. So that, to me, is a big sticking point. When I see kids that want to play football, I just want them to learn it the right way. We need to make sure our coaches are teaching our kids the right way to do things, because for every one kid that gets hurt, that’s something that could affect a whole lifetime.”
Super Bowl History: 20 biggest stats from Athlon Sports.com. Today in Super Bowl History on January 31st 1988 John Elway became the oldest player to win Super Bowl MVP as his Broncos beat the Redskins.

162,900,000: People who watched Super Bowl XLV
The Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers put together the single-most viewed television program in American history in 2011. The previous record had been the Colts-Saints Super Bowl on Feb. 7, 2010 with 153.4 million viewers. Last year’s Super Bowl between the Giants and Patriots was the No. 2-most viewed program with 159.2 million.

0: Time the Vikings have led in the Super Bowl
The Jaguars, Browns, Texans and Lions have never played in a Super Bowl and therefore never led in the Big Game. However, the Vikings have played in four Super Bowls and never held a lead. That’s 240 minutes of gametime either tied or trailing.

414: Record passing yards for Kurt Warner
The former grocery bagger threw for an Super Bowl-record 414 yards in the win over the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV. This included his 73-yard game-winning touchdown pass to Isaac Bruce with just over two minutes remaining. Warner also owns the No. 2 passing performance (377 yards for Arizona in a loss to Pittsburgh) and the No. 3 performance (365 yards in a St. Louis loss to New England).

204: Timmy Smith Super Bowl rushing record
The Denver Broncos began Super Bowl XXII by taking a 10-0 lead into the second quarter over the Washington Redskins. But then Doug Williams and Timmy Smith happened. The record 35-point second quarter put the game all but out of reach by halftime. The game was special for a variety of reasons. First, Williams was the first black quarterback to win the Super Bowl, and Smith became the only player to top 200 yards rushing in a Super Bowl. He finished with 204 yards on 22 carries with two touchdowns as the Redskins set the Super Bowl record for total offense with 602 yards. Ironically, Smith ended his entire NFL career with exactly 602 yards (21 games).

10: Largest comeback in Super Bowl history
The aforementioned Redskins set this record as well after trailing 10-0 to Denver before finishing off the Broncos 42-10. The deficit was tied in the 2009 season when Drew Brees and the Saints fell behind 10-0 before coming back to defeat the Colts 31-17.

103,985: Largest crowd to attend a Super Bowl
The 1979 season featured the largest crowd to ever attend a Super Bowl when the Steelers defeated the Rams 31-19 in Pasadena, Calif. The Rose Bowl hosted the Los Angeles Rams that year in what remains the closest thing to a home-field advantage in a Super Bowl.

6-10: Worst record by a Super Bowl winner the following year
John Elway won back-to-back Super Bowls for the Denver Broncos (XXXII, XXXIII) and ended his playing career in style. However, his Broncos went on to accomplish something no other Super Bowl champion had done once he retired. By losing 10 games in 1999, the Broncos posted the worst record by a Super Bowl champion the following season. Denver finished last in the AFC West.

6: Most Super Bowl appearances by any one player
Mike Lodish played 11 seasons in the NFL, and six of them ended in the Super Bowl. The defensive lineman was drafted out of UCLA in 1990 and played five years for the Buffalo Bills (1990-94) before his six-year career with the Broncos. He played in all four of the Bills’ Super Bowls and won twice with the Broncos, making him the only player in NFL history to have played in six Super Bowls. Sixteen players have played in five Super Bowls.

5: Most Super Bowl starts by any one quarterback
John Elway started five Super Bowls when he won his second Lombardi Trophy in 1998 when Denver handled Atlanta with relative ease. Last season, Tom Brady matched Elway with his fifth Super Bowl start. However, neither can claim the most Super Bowl victories as Pittsburgh’s Terry Bradshaw and San Francisco’s Joe Montana won all four of their Super Bowl starts.

7: Fewest rushing yards gained in a Super Bowl
The Monsters of the Midway were one of the most dominate defensive units in NFL history, and it led to the Chicago Bears lone Super Bowl win back in 1985. In the Louisiana Superdome, William Perry and Mike Singletary posted the best defensive performance in Super Bowl history by holding New England to just seven yards rushing. The Patriots’ 123 total yards of offense is the second-lowest total in Super Bowl history.

42,000: Average cost of a 30-second commercial in Super Bowl I
The cost of a television ad in Super Bowl I was $42,000 per 30-second spot. That number reached seven figures for the first time in 1995 ($1.15 million) and has more than tripled since. This year, CBS is anticipating more than $225 million in ad revenue alone at a 30-second per unit cost of $3.8 million.

338: Media credentials issued for Super Bowl I
By 2012, the number swelled to 5,156 accredited media members to cover Super Bowl XLVI, a record for the championship game.

22.6: Lowest QB rating for a Super Bowl winner
Ben Roethlisberger completed 9-of-21 passes for 123 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions in Pittsburgh’s Super Bowl XL win over Seattle. It is the worst performance by a Super Bowl winning quarterback. At 23 years and 340 days, Big Ben was also the youngest quarterback to ever win the big game.

3: Fewest points scored in a Super Bowl
The 1971 Miami Dolphins are the only team to ever play in a Super Bowl and not reach the endzone. Their 24-3 loss to Dallas in Super Bowl VI featured the lowest scoring offense in the history of the game. The 1974 Minnesota Vikings are the only other team not to reach at least seven points on Super Sunday, but at least they reached the endzone — albeit on defense when Terry Brown recovered a Steelers’ fumble in the endzone. They missed the extra point and set the Super Bowl record for fewest total yards of offense with 119.

9: Bills’ Super Bowl record for turnovers
The Dallas Cowboys crushed the Bills 52-17 in Super Bowl XXVII. This lop-sided affair was headlined by a Super Bowl-record nine turnovers lost by Buffalo. Strangely enough, Dallas also claims the No. 2-most forced turnovers with eight against Denver in the Super Bowl XII win and seven forced against Baltimore in the Super Bowl V loss. How did they lose to the Colts after forcing seven turnovers? Speaking of…

34-3: Record of team with fewer turnovers than the opponent
Turnovers are simply the name of the game and there is no more telling stat than this one. In the Super Bowl, the team with fewer turnovers is 34-3 all-time. The formula is fairly straight forward: Protect the football and become a champion.

11: Player to have won the MVP and the Super Bowl in the same year
Bart Starr (1966), Earl Morrall (1968), Terry Bradshaw (1978), Mark Moseley (1982), Lawrence Taylor (1986), Joe Montana (1989), Emmitt Smith (1993), Steve Young (1994), Brett Favre (1996), Terrell Davis (1998) and Kurt Warner (1999) are the 11 double-dippers.

22-24: Coin toss winners record in the Super Bowl
The winner of the opening coin toss has gone on to win 22 Super Bowls while the loser has won the game more frequently. However, the last decade has indicated that teams should be rooting against the coin toss. The winner of the last nine coin tosses has gone on to win the Super Bowl just three times. Strangely, only three times has a team deferred to the second half and all three have taken place in the last four seasons. The 2010 Packers are the only team to ever defer on the coin toss and then win the Super Bowl.

1: People to win the Super Bowl as a head coach and player
Tom Flores won two Super Bowls as the head coach of the Raiders and was technically on the 1969 Kansas City Chiefs roster. However, he did not see any time on the field in Kansas City’s win Minnesota in Super Bowl IV. Mike Ditka, a Hall of Fame tight end for the Bears, Eagles and Cowboys, caught two passes for two passes for 28 yards and touchdown in Super Bowl VI. He then led the Bears to the championship in 1985 to become the only Super Bowl-winning coach to have won the big game as a player as well.

Today in Super Bowl History: John Elway becomes oldest player to win Super Bowl MVP on Jan 31st 1988 as Broncos beat Redskins.

Cardinals Perspective on Super Bowl 47: There are many ways we can put an Arizona/Cardinals perspective on this Superbowl. First of all Larry Fitzgerald is headed back to the super bowl after a great pro bowl wearing a suit and tie for NFL Network. Good luck Larry. Many Cardinals players are here and Coach Airianas is here. Many former Cardinals players are here including LB Clark Haggans of the 49ers and of course star WR Anquan Boldin a former Cardinal great who is in his second super bowl. Lenaord Davis also on the 9ers is here and former Cardinal star and NFL Legend talked with Dan Bickley of azcentral.com about the state of the Cardinals: http://www.azcentral.com/video/2127421378001 Michael Bidwell said today that the Cardinals will still run some 3-4.


Super Bowl Halftime + Commercials: I am sure that the super bowl commericals will be awsome heck that is why many people watch the Super Bowl here is some of the Favorite Super Bowl commercials as voted on by the people from PBS News hour but first here is Beyonce talking about her performance at halftime and here press conference but first events for today were listed above and will be recaped but here is the NFL Experince Schedule for the fans:

Here are some Commercials from this year

90:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.: NFL SHOP open
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.: You Make the Flag (NFL Rush Zone for Kids)
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: NFL Player Readings (NFL Rush Zone for Kids Field)
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: NFL PLAYERS Autograph Signings with ANTONIO BROWN, Pittsburgh Steelers, and VICTOR CRUZ, New York Giants (Autograph Stage)
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: You Make the Call Referee Clinic (Command Center)
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: FUEL UP TO PLAY 60 Clinic (Rush Zone Clinic Field)
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.: NFL PLAYERS Autograph Signings with BRANDON CARR, Dallas Cowboys, and CHRIS GIVENS, St. Louis Rams (Autograph Stage)
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: FUEL UP TO PLAY 60 Clinic (Rush Zone Clinic Field)
3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.: NFL PLAYERS Autograph Signings with EARL THOMAS and MARSHAWN LYNCH, Seattle Seahawks (Autograph Stage)
3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.: You Make the Call Referee Clinic (Command Center)
3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.: NFL PLAY 60 Youth Football Clinics (Clinic Field)
4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.: NFL Player Readings (NFL Rush Zone for Kids Field)
4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.: New Orleans Saints Cheerleaders (Entertainment Stage)
4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.: You Make the Flag (NFL Rush Zone for Kids)
5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.: NFL PLAYERS Autograph Signings with CALAIS CAMPBELL, Arizona Cardinals, and JAMAAL CHARLES, Kansas City Chiefs (Autograph Stage)
5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.: FUEL UP TO PLAY 60 Clinic (Rush Zone Clinic Field)
6:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.: Game Day Prep (Locker Room)
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.: NFL PLAYERS Autograph Signings with BENJAMIN WATSON, Cleveland Browns, and KORDELL STEWART, Pittsburgh Steelers; retired (Autograph Stage)
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.: You Make the Call Referee Clinic (Command Center)
7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.: NFL PLAY 60 Youth Football Clinics (Clinic Field)
7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.: FUEL UP TO PLAY 60 Clinic (Rush Zone Clinic Field)

21st NFL Experience

NFL experience

Highlights from her press conference

Super Bowl Grub-Pig Out America!

Ideas for a Super Bowl Party by ABC News-

NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame Announcement

Here are the modern era and senior committee nominees:

Modern-Era Finalists

Position Player/Owner/Coach
G/T Larry Allen
RB Jerome Bettis
WR Tim Brown
WR Cris Carter
Owner Edward DeBartolo Jr.
LB Kevin Greene
DE Charles Haley
Owner Art Modell
OT Jonathan Ogden
Coach Bill Parcells
WR Andre Reed
DT Warren Sapp
OG Will Shields
DE Michael Strahan
CB Aeneas Williams

 

Seniors Committee Finalists

Defensive tackle Curly Cupp and Linebacker Dave Robinson have been chosen as Senior Committee finalists


Picture6_crop_exact

The announcement will take place Saturday February 2nd on NFL Network. For me my guaranteed NFL hall of famers have to include Chris Carter, Warren Sapp, Johnathan Odgen, John Lynch, Jerome Bettis, Art Modell, Bill Parcells, Larry Allen, and Tim Brown.

The Other big highlight of Super Bowl Week is NFL Honors the announcement of the awards in the NFL Here are my final picks

MVP: Adrian Peterson

Comeback Player of the Year: Peyton Manning

Offensive ROY: Russell Wilson

AP Coach of the Year: Chuck Pagano + Bruce Arianas

AP Offensive Player of the Year: AP

DPOY: JJ Watt

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Vontez Burfict

ROY: Tie-Luck and RGIII

Play of the Year: Jacoby Jones Catch against Denver

Other Notes Observations for this game: Final Super Bowl Mailbag

Heading into toomorow’s Feature Friday and unbiased no prediction breakdown of the game and then Saturday’s prediction and final thoughts and of course my twitter chat on the big day I thought I would give some final thoughts on the story lines surrounding the game. Ray Lewis is destined to finish his career with a super bowl ring. Both Joe Flacco and Collin Kapernick are great young QB’s. Read Option + Caldwell Factor. Ed Reed + Randy Moss two peas of the same pod: Both trying to win first super bowl ring both legendary players. Anquan Boldin gets another shot. Much more covered in toomo

NFL  News: http://www.nfl.com/news

We leave you for today with some Media Highlights: Interviews Features-The Best

Feature on Jim and John from ABC News

Finally here is some highlights from Media Day

How about some favorite Beyonce Songs?

Players Celebs make Super Bowl Picks

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-videos/0ap2000000133146/Super-Bowl-XLVII-predictions

For More visit the media sites

Coyotes/Suns + ON


Coyotes Hockey Report by Coyotes.nhl.com Jerry Brown: G7 of 48: Oilers-2 Coyotes-1(OT)

The Edmonton Oilers have left many NHL barns during the past few seasons with plenty of black-and-blue marks and no points. They are serving notice that the times might be changing — and their latest marquee draft pick is leading the way. 

Nail Yakupov, the first player taken in last June’s NHL Draft, batted a power-play rebound just off the ice and into the net 3:52 in overtime – his fourth goal in his sixth NHL game – as the Oilers allowed the tying goal in the dying seconds of regulation but rebounded to beat the Coyotes, 2-1, on Wednesday night.

Nick Johnson scored a 6-on-4 power play goal with 19 seconds left in regulation to earn the Coyotes a point, but Yakupov’s third power-play goal of the season earned Edmonton the extra point.

“Nail has outstanding hand-eye coordination,” Edmonton Head Coach Ralph Krueger said. “I think that puck might have been on the ice by the time he hit it, but it might have been on the ice a millisecond when he swatted it in.

Lennart Petrell scored 4:51 into the game for Edmonton and goalie Devan Dubnyk made the lead stand up until Johnson knocked in a rebound on the doorstep after Phoenix pulled goaltender Chad Johnson for an extra attacker.

But Phoenix center Antoine Vermette caught Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle with a high stick 2:22 into overtime, Taylor Hall’s shot caromed off teammate Ryan Whitney’s hand and Yakupov was waiting.

“That’s a couple (of mid-air swats) Yakupov’s had like that. That’s his spot at the side of the net,” Dubnyk said. “That’s good for us if he keeps doing that.”

Phoenix had won five straight and 10 of the last 11 meetings with the Oilers dating to the 2009-10 season. Dubnyk lost all four meetings with Phoenix last season and was 1-4-2 in seven career starts before making 27 saves this time.

Chad Johnson, who shut out Nashville in his Phoenix debut on Monday, played well again with 19 saves.

Phoenix played without five regulars including leading scorer Steve Sullivan (lower-body injury). Despite dressing only 11 forwards, which forced Head Coach Dave Tippett to mix and match lines all night, Phoenix (2-4-1) had several choice scoring chances but couldn’t solve Dubnyk until Nick Johnson‘s late goal.

“It’s unfortunate not to get two points out of the game because I thought we deserved it,” Tippett said. “We have to keep battling, it’s all we can do when you look where we are. We weren’t giving up much at all and we were getting some pretty good chances. You’d like to see a couple of those go in, but some nights they do and some they don’t.”

Photo by Getty Images.

The Oilers came into the game with the NHL’s No. 1 power play, having scored 10 of their 14 goals with the man advantage. They came up empty on their first three chances Wednesday, but cashed in when they needed one to win.

“Dealing with their late goal and sticking with it to get the two points showed a lot of character in another real big growth opportunity,” Krueger said. “We would have liked to get Dubie the shutout, but the important thing is the two points. All other numbers are irrelevant.”

The Oilers took a quick lead when veteran Ryan Smyth, scoreless in his first five games, made a power move from behind the Phoenix net and put a backhand shot on net. Chad Johnson made the save, but Petrell charged up the slot for the rebound and put it up and over Johnson for his first goal of the season.

The Coyotes pushed hard for the equalizer. Seconds after Sam Gagner hit the crossbar for Edmonton in the second period, Dubnyk made two huge saves – one on Alexandre Bolduc in the slot and another on Nick Johnsonfrom just outside the blue paint to protect the lead. Early in the third period, Oliver Ekman-Larsson sent Vermette in alone with a long stretch pass, but Dubnyk outguessed the Phoenix center to make the stop with the blocker.

Phoenix got one last chances when Gagner was called for interference with 1:46 left, and the Coyotes pulled Chad Johnson for a two-man skating advantage. It finally paid off when Radim Vrbata‘s backhander was stopped but the rebound deflected off David Moss and was left sitting for Nick Johnson to tie the game.

Derek Morris hit the post for Phoenix before Vermette’s high-sticking penalty led to Yakupov’s game-winner.

“That was a tight game,” Chad Johnson said. “I think we battled hard the whole game to get a point there. It was just unfortunate at the end there. I guess if you look at it, it’s nice to get at least one (point). It’s just disappointing, you know? There were shots there that kind of went up in the air and hit one of their guy’s gloves; I guess it just bounced straight to them.”

Game Notes + Observations by: Johnathan B Sr

Dave Tippett: Here are the coaches comments after the game about the controversial game winning goal: “”I wasn’t given one. It’s obvious it’s a missed call. It’s off his hand and the next guy that touched is the one that scored. Things happen fast out there, calls get missed sometimes. It’s frustrating because that’s a game I think we deserved to win, with the group we had I thought we competed hard.” The Coyotes need to find a way to compete hard and win games though.

Nick Johnson: After playing 16:01 in his first two games he got more experience yesterday playing 18:02.
Chad Johnson: wants to put his debut behind him and foucus on the games ahead showing a sign of confidence and maturity. He defiently played well saving 19 shots. There weren’t many shots on goal in a defensive battle.
Michael Lombardi: Lombardi the Coyotes C rejoined the team this year after a stint of absence with another team is out indefiently creating a whole at the C position
Ownership Situation: The latest news in a three year drama filled Coyotes ownership situation came about yesterday. A report surfaced that former Sharks owner Greg Jamison doesn’t have enough capital to close out the 308 million dollar buyout creating questions about if this team will remain in Glendale in the near future.
NHL News + OSN: In NHL News the Blackhawks win streak is over as rival Minnesota wins in a shutout, Vancouver and outstanding goalie Roberto Lungo shutout Colorado 2-0 and Ottawa Senators player Scott Spezza is out indefinably and will have surgery. Today the Rangers meet the Penguins in a great Eastern Conference Showdown. In NBA news the Heat ripped the Nets and are truly still trying to find themselves and our mid season report Card is in: Carmelo Anthony is MVP, Tyson Chandler is DPOY, Damion Lillard is rookie of the year and Danny George is most improved. Coach of the year: Jim Boylan of the Bucks and Mark Jackson of the Warriors have to be the top candidates. In both confrences after the top 6 its fair game for the last two playoff spots. Watch out for the Pacers to rise, Trailblazers to rise, and Boston to fade completely opening the door for Philly and Detroit and for the Lakers to rise. Top teams: Miami and San Antonio-NBA by Dan Johnson. In OSN Rudy Gay was sent to the Raptors in a three team deal, Howard hurt in loss to Suns, today is Jackie Robinson’s birthday, a new PED list includes A-Rod could tarnish is career, and in the NFL the NFL recieved a record 14 million in fake merchandise and Packers WR Donald Driver is retiring. In CBB Mississippi’s Jones out for the year and in NCAA Football Bill Snyder gets a five year extension from K State and the Dbacks signed Cliff Pennington to a three year deal and Martin Prado to a deal through 2016-OSN by multiple writers
Suns Basketball Report by Suns.com: Lakers-86 Suns-92
When the NBA schedule was released on July 26, NBA fans in Phoenix and Los Angeles quickly circled January 30 on their calendars. 

Suns vs. Lakers at US Airways Center is always one of the most popular matchups of the season, but this particular game had an added dimension of intrigue. Not only was it the homecoming of former Suns point guard Steve Nash, but it was the first time the Suns have rocked their all-black jerseys in 13 years.

In what was to be a “blackout,” there were many rays of light emanating from the Suns on Wednesday as they captured a thrilling 92-86 victory over the Lakers.

“Our fans were incredible tonight,” Suns Head Coach Lindsey Hunter said. “The atmosphere was just electric. It’s everything you want to see in an NBA game.”

Besides a warm welcome during introductions, Nash received a video tribute that commemorated his 10 seasons in the Valley, resulting in a standing ovation. But his homecoming would be spoiled after that.

Although, it did seem like the night would go L.A.’s way when the Lakers utilized a 21-10 run to give themselves separation at the beginning of the second half. By shooting 13-for-20 in the third quarter, the Lakers moved out to a double-digit lead heading into the fourth.

However, much of that lead could be attributed to the Suns’ icy shooting. After shooting 48 percent in the first period, the Suns cooled off from the field in the two middle periods, connecting on only 36 percent of their shots in the second and third quarters.

But it was the Lakers that went ice-cold in the fourth, totaling only 13 points in the final period on 4-of-20 shooting.

“Everyone was engaged and solid in their defense,” Suns point guard Goran Dragic said. “We knew that (Lakers shooting guard) Kobe (Bryant) was going to get a bunch of isos and everybody from the weak side came from the strong side to try to make him see a lot of bodies and try to force him to pass the ball.”

Meanwhile, the Suns drained 11-of-16 of their tries and exploded for 29 in the fourth period behind a season-high 27 points from reserve forward Michael Beasley. With the score knotted at 86-86, Beasley would put the Suns ahead on a driving layup with 43.8 ticks left on the clock.

“He was aggressive,” Dragic said of Beasley’s performance. “He didn’t think much. When he was alone he didn’t pump-fake, he just shot the ball.”

Dragic added later, “He was just in the zone.”

After a missed layup by Kobe Bryant, Luis Scola was fouled and drilled two free throws with 17.8 ticks left in the contest. On the ensuing in-bounds play, Dragic sealed the game on a deflection that caused the Lakers to hurry a last-second shot; one they wouldn’t convert on.

The difference in the game came down to turnovers, with the Suns surrendering eight less on the night. In fact, the Lakers coughed up six critical turnovers in the fourth period, allowing the Suns to rally back to capture their eighth victory when trailing by double figures this season.

“We just told each other that we didn’t want to lose,” Beasley said. “Especially in front of a crowd like that on national TV.”

Besides Beasley’s epic night, Suns center Marcin Gortat contributed 14 points and 12 rebounds, while power forward Luis Scola (12 points), Dragic (11 points and eight assists) and swingman Jared Dudley (11 points) rounded out the rest of the Suns in double figures.

The Suns improved to 2-0 at home and 3-0 against Pacific Division teams under Hunter. In addition, the Suns have now defeated the Lakers three-straight times at home, which is their longest streak against L.A. since the 2004 season.

Meanwhile, the Lakers dropped their eighth-consecutive decision on the road. But more importantly, the Suns moved to 1-0 with their black jerseys during the 2012-13 season.

Beast-ley
Since Hunter took over as head coach of the Suns, forward Michael Beasley has responded. In the previous four games since the coaching change, the former No. 2 pick has averaged 16 points and 5.3 rebounds.

In addition, he’s shot 51 percent from the floor, 3-of-6 from three-point land and a perfect 7-of-7 from the line. Beasley was at it again Wednesday, totaling 10 points and three steals on 1-of-1 shooting from downtown in the first half.

On the night, Beasley racked up a season-high 27 points on 12-of-20 shooting to go along with five steals and four rebounds. It was third effort of 19 or more points in five games and his first 20-point effort at home this season.

“I’m just playing aggressive,” Beasley said. “I’m trying to turn over a new leaf.

“No more nonchalant Beas. Back to the ‘Beast.’”

Center of Attention
Since moving out of Dwight Howard’s shadow as his backup in Orlando, Gortat has made a name for himself around the NBA. It turns out, he’s also learning how to play against the Lakers’ seven-time All-Star.

On Wednesday, Gortat posted his best game ever against his former teammate by totaling 14 points and 12 boards, all career-bests against the Lakers center. His previous highs against Howard were 12 points and 12 rebounds.

On the other end, Howard added nine points and 14 rebounds.

“I have to tell you,” Gortat said of his injury-plagued former teammate, “that Dwight Howard isn’t the Dwight Howard I used to know.”

Back in Black
With the debut of the 1990s black NBA Hardwood Classics jerseys Wednesday, the Suns asked fans to help eclipse the Lakers by wearing all black to the game. It was the first of seven times that Phoenix will don those jerseys this season, but it was the first time that they’ve been worn on the court since 2000.

What the Suns want to avoid are the orange uniforms. They are winless in those thus far this season.

Quotable
“This place is special to me,” Nash said of his return to Phoenix. “The last eight years and the two years earlier in my career, and what the city has done for me is special.”

And when asked about how his return to Phoenix compared with Nash’s, former Suns Head Coach Mike D’Antoni said, “I couldn’t really hit a jump shot. I just sat over there and blew some timeouts.”

Other Suns Notes by Dan Johnson: Michael Beasley has turned from irrelevant inconsistant and an attitude problem to suddenly playing really well scoring 20 points in his last 3 games. Credit Hunter who has made him his season project and has put him in better situations. The Suns players really like Hunter and based on their play this decision might work out. This game suns lakers january 30th is always a fun game. But when Steve Nash makes his return along with Coach Diantoni it is pretty special. The Suns rightfully honored Nash before the game. 

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 670 other followers