Football – Soccer Superfly XP http://soccersuperflyxp.com/ Tue, 24 May 2022 23:16:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/favicon-14-150x150.png Football – Soccer Superfly XP http://soccersuperflyxp.com/ 32 32 10 things we can’t wait to see the most this football season https://soccersuperflyxp.com/10-things-we-cant-wait-to-see-the-most-this-football-season/ Tue, 24 May 2022 23:16:08 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/10-things-we-cant-wait-to-see-the-most-this-football-season/ The college football season continues to draw closer. West Virginia’s 2022 season opener in the Backyard Brawl is just 100 days away. Not only does this upcoming season bring the return of the Backyard Brawl, but there will also be many more exciting and interesting stories to follow. Here are 10 things we can’t wait […]]]>

The college football season continues to draw closer.

West Virginia’s 2022 season opener in the Backyard Brawl is just 100 days away.

Not only does this upcoming season bring the return of the Backyard Brawl, but there will also be many more exciting and interesting stories to follow.

Here are 10 things we can’t wait to see the most this fall:

10. West Virginia Natives in Key Roles

Neal Brown’s roster will be filled with Mountain State natives, and many of them will play key roles for Mountaineers this year.

It’s hard to start anywhere but the trenches when talking about West Virginia natives.

Dante Stills is back for another season, as are Zach Frazier, Wyatt Milum and Doug Nester.

Kicker Casey Legg is back for his senior season in redshirt, where he will once again be called upon to do some big kicking.

Beyond those five WVs, four more will have larger roles this year, though those roles remain undefined.

Three are graduates of Morgantown High School: Caden Biser, Nick Malone and Preston Fox.

Fox showed up in the Gold-Blue Spring Game and did take after take to wow the Mountaineer faithful. He even earned a SportsCenter Top 10 spot for a one-handed catch and earned a scholarship from Neal Brown after the showcase.

Malone also made great strides and won the coveted Nickolich Award, which is given annually to the best extra on the team. Biser should also see an increase in playing time this year as well.

Additionally, Cincinnati transfer Zeiqui Lawton will be called upon to add depth on the defensive line.

9. Can the defense stay strong again?

Statistically, West Virginia’s defense has been one of the best units in the Big 12 each of the past two seasons.

In 2021, the WVU defense ranked No. 11 in the NCAA in red zone defense, No. 14 in first down defense and was among the nation’s top 35 groups in third down defense, the least of penalties and rushed defence.

Additionally, over the past three seasons, WVU has held opposing teams within 250 yards passing 26 times, within 200 yards 16 times, and within 150 yards nine times.

WVU defensive coordinator Jordan Lesley coaches some of his players during spring football training in 2022. (Photo: Anjelica Trinone)

There’s been a noticeable change in the secondary, but WVU safety coach Dontae Wright is “excited” about the progress of his squad and defensive backs as a whole. Charles Woods is back to lead WVU defensive backs, while a host of new additions add plenty of intrigue to the unit ahead of the season.

Once again, the defensive line should be one of the strongest units in West Virginia this year. Led by the aforementioned Stills (more on him in a bit), three of WVU’s top four sack-getters will return with the Mountaineers, including Taijh Alston, who took a massive leap in his first full, injury-free season. with the Mountaineers. .

8. Key Transfer Portal Additions

Brown and his coaching staff have been busy adding players through the transfer portal.

The most notable of these additions is incoming quarterback JT Daniels, who comes from Georgia to WVU.

Besides the signalman, arguably the most talked-about newcomer is transfer linebacker Lee Kpogba, who is expected to play one of the most important positions in the defense, linebacker Mike.

Two other key additions to the defensive side of football are safety Hersey McLaurin and corner Marcis Floyd.

On offense, redshirt senior running back Lyn-J Dixon joins a running back room that would be full of home hitters. Also joining the offense is tight end Brian Polendey.

7. Three Thursday Night Games

Thursday night games are back!

Once a staple of the WVU football schedule during the Big East days, the Mountaineers will play not one, not two, but three Thursday night games this season.

West Virginia starts the year on a Thursday night, in the spotlight against its fiercest rival – a game we’ll talk about later in this article.

Three weeks after that game, the Mountaineers will defend the Black Diamond Trophy when they travel to Blacksburg, Va. to face Virginia Tech on September 22.

Three weeks later, the Baylor Bears will come to Morgantown for a Thursday night contest.

Interestingly enough, West Virginia’s Oct. 13 game against Baylor will be the Mountaineers’ first prime-time home game under Neal Brown.

6. Oklahoma’s final regular season stop at Morgantown

Continuing to watch the calendar, two things will likely happen for the last time this year.

The first is Oklahoma’s final regular season stop at Morgantown. The other is West Virginia’s final regular season trip to Austin to face the Longhorns.

Texas and Oklahoma are heading to the SEC in the near future.

Although the release date for the two Big 12 programs is not set in stone, it is expected that they will no longer be present at the conference after the 2023-2024 academic year. Other reports indicate that they could both disappear after this coming year.

That means this will likely be the Sooners’ last trip to Puskar Stadium in Milan, and WVU’s last trip to Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium, in the regular season as conference opponents.

WVU’s Jackie Matthews defends Braxton Burmeister’s final pass to Tre Turner to seal West Virginia’s win over No. 15 Virginia Tech at Puskar Stadium in Milan on September 18, 2021. (Photo: Tanner Halstead)

5. Defend the Black Diamond Trophy

For the first time since 2004, the Mountaineers will defend the Black Diamond Trophy.

In the first meeting between the two programs since 2017, West Virginia defeated No. 15 Virginia Tech 27-21 in Morgantown last fall.

This time around, the Hokies will host a WVU team aiming to retain the trophy.

West Virginia leads the all-time series 29-23-1 and is looking to win back-to-back games against Virginia Tech for the first time since 2002-03.

4. A new starting quarterback

One thing is certain as this season approaches: the Mountaineers will have a new starting quarterback in Septe. 1 roll.

Three of the four quarterbacks in this competition were on the field at the Gold-Blue Spring Game last month. The newest addition to the quarterback battle is Georgia transfer JT Daniels.

Daniels has the most collegiate experience of the four, with redshirt second Garrett Greene the only other quarterback on the roster with multiple games under his belt.

Redshirt freshman Will “Goose” Crowder appeared in a game last fall, and real-life freshman Nicco Marchiol had just finished his high school football career when the Mountaineers played their final game last fall. last season.

The four quarterbacks not only have different levels of experience, but also very different skill sets.

Crowder showed real arm talent and leadership skills in the Gold-Blue Spring Game, opening it with a 75-yard touchdown in four games. He added a touchdown pass later in the first half to a wide-open Sam James as he led the passing stat sheet in the hot Saturday.

Greene is best known for his feet, showing real quickness on some spells in 2021. He wasn’t as successful as Crowder in the spring game but finished with 132 passing yards.

Marchiol is one of the most highly anticipated high school prospects in recent memory, and he shows quite a bit of running and passing prowess. He threw for 75 yards and added a touchdown with his feet in the first half.

The presumed favorite, however, is Daniels, the man with the most college experience. The former five-star recruit was considered an elite arm talent out of high school and once threw for 32 Division I touchdowns, but injuries prevented him from unleashing his full potential.

3. Graham Harrell’s Attack

The new OC showed off some of his attacking abilities in the spring game. And if the Gold-Blue play was any indication, there’s one thing to expect from the offense: downward shots.

WVU offensive coordinator Graham Harrell watches his offense during spring training 2022. (Photo: Nick Farrell)

Harrell’s success as a player and coach is well documented. He graduated from Texas Tech as one of the most prolific passers in college football history, throwing for 15,793 yards, 134 touchdowns and 34 interceptions for the Red Raiders under Mike Leach. Texas Tech went 2-1 in the bowls with Harrell at quarterback and won a bid for the 2009 Cotton Bowl.

As a coach, his offense has been one of the best in the Pac-12 Conference in each of the last two seasons with USC.

Can he bring the same success to the Mountaineers?

2. Dante Stills’ final season with the Mountaineers

True son of the Mountaineers, Dante Stills announced his return to the program in January for one more run in the Old Gold and Blue.

This decision might come as a bit of a surprise to fans — or even Stills himself. A highly touted prospect in the Class of 2018, Stills originally planned to try his luck in the NFL after just three seasons. However, as the 2022 season approaches, he is preparing for his fifth season as a mountaineer.

Stills has been one of WVU’s top producers on defense over the past two seasons, picking up where his brother Darius left off. The former Freshman All-American led the Mountaineers in sacks the previous two seasons, and the 19 he had in his career ranks sixth all-time.

In 2021, Stills racked up a career-high 36 tackles and seven sacks while notching his first interception. It was good enough to earn first-team All-Big 12 academic honors.

At the start of 2022, Stills will sit seven sacks behind his dad, Gary, while wearing the same jersey number, No. 55. Could the former polar bear climb to claim his dad’s No. 2 spot? in the record books?

1. Backyard Brawl Returns

College football’s best rivalry returns.

West Virginia will face its arch-rival on the gridiron for the first time since 2011 when it takes the trip down I-79 to take on Pitt on Sept. 1.

Although Pittsburgh has the all-time series advantage, the Mountaineers have won 15 of the last 22 meetings, dating back to 1990. WVU is also 3-2 against Pitt at Heinz Field since the Panthers started playing their home matches.

Even beyond the return of heated rivalry, this year’s reunion has some interesting stories, especially at quarterback. Pitt star Kenny Pickett was recently drafted by the Steelers, forcing the Panthers to look to a move to Kedon Slovis to take the reins in 2022.

Ironically, Slovis and possible WVU starter JT Daniels have a history. Slovis was Daniels’ replacement at USC in 2019 under Graham Harrell. Daniels, unfortunately, suffered a season-ending injury, opening up the job for Slovis and triggering Daniels’ eventual move to Georgia.

Three years later, the former teammates will stand on the rival sideline to open the season, while Daniels has support from Harrell’s attack.

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Kylian Mbappé’s saga shows that the power of football lies in the players, not in the clubs | Football https://soccersuperflyxp.com/kylian-mbappes-saga-shows-that-the-power-of-football-lies-in-the-players-not-in-the-clubs-football/ Mon, 23 May 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/kylian-mbappes-saga-shows-that-the-power-of-football-lies-in-the-players-not-in-the-clubs-football/ So Which side are you on in the fallout following Kylian Mbappé’s decision to stay with Paris Saint-Germain? Watching the extraordinary outrage in Spain, with the press accusing the Frenchman of lacking class and La Liga calling the deal ‘scandalous’, has raised eyebrows. But not as much as PSG being able to offer a €200m-plus […]]]>

So Which side are you on in the fallout following Kylian Mbappé’s decision to stay with Paris Saint-Germain? Watching the extraordinary outrage in Spain, with the press accusing the Frenchman of lacking class and La Liga calling the deal ‘scandalous’, has raised eyebrows. But not as much as PSG being able to offer a €200m-plus package for the best player in the world – despite losing €224m last year.

There are no good guys here, only a nagging unease that the laws of economic gravity are being challenged to the detriment of the game we love. As La Liga put it in an unprecedented onslaught, the transfer showed that state-owned clubs, like Qatar-run PSG, ‘don’t respect and don’t want to respect the rules of such a sector. important that football” and that “sporting integrity” was at stake.

These are big demands and La Liga have backed them by pledging to file a complaint with UEFA and the EU. However, Real Madrid is not a model of virtue in this area. Last year, they were at the heart of the European Super League project, which threatened the sporting integrity of European football far more than Mbappé remaining with PSG. Recently they have also been one of four Spanish clubs ordered by EU’s highest court to repay millions of euros after it ruled they had received state aid.

PSG have privately brushed off La Liga attacks, with one manager insisting to me their €224m loss was allowed under UEFA’s current Financial Fair Play rules, which have been relaxed due to the pandemic. It is also understood that at a meeting of the PSG board this month, it was revealed that Lionel Messi netted the club €15m last season, even after taking everything into account. its costs.

The message was clear. Yes, Mbappé’s contract is incredibly expensive. But the club believe they can recoup that money and comply with UEFA’s new Financial Fair Play rules which come into force in 2025.

Perhaps. But cynics hope the rules are more robust than the previous incarnation, which proved easier to circumvent than the Maginot Line – with PSG and Manchester City among the culprits. There are also well-founded fears that state-run clubs are creating inflationary pressures on the transfer market, while PSG chief executive Nasser al-Khelaifi’s huge influence over UEFA and the European Association clubs is also impossible to ignore.

In my opinion, however, the reaction to Mbappé’s new deal goes beyond the understandable delicacy of club-run sovereign wealth funds. It’s also about how easy it is for teams to consolidate their advantage and ruin leagues. Would anyone bet against PSG, who have won eight of the last 10 Ligue 1 titles, next year? And the year after? Or Bayern Munich, who have won 10 Bundesliga titles in a row, another procession?

PSG supporters hail Kylian Mbappé’s “magnificent” decision to stay at PSG – video

Of course, there are exceptions – look at Manchester United. But while English football is certainly more unpredictable, as we saw again on a dramatic final day, Manchester City have still won four Premier League titles in five years and only eight clubs have finished in all three. first in the last 25 years. Eight! – the same number as in the first five years of the Premier League between 1992-93 and 1996-97, when Norwich, Blackburn and Aston Villa all contested the title.

Data from the Sporting Intelligence website, which tracks player wages across multiple leagues and sports, shows there is a strong link between how much a club spends on wages and where it finishes in the table. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

In the United States, where salary caps, luxury taxes and drafts for college players ensure the major leagues remain spicy and risky, the difference is stark. Major League Baseball has had eight World Series winners over the past decade and five other teams have finished second. In other words, 13 of MLB’s 30 teams have battled it out for the sport’s biggest prize in the past 10 years.

In the NHL, meanwhile, 14 of the league’s 32 clubs have played in a Stanley Cup final since 2012. In the NFL, the figure is 13 of 32, with some teams able to go from non-officials to contenders to the Super Bowl within a couple. of years.

Curiously, however, this lack of competitive football balance has not dented the game’s popularity. One explanation, based on detailed data analysis by economists Dr Babatunde Buraimo and Dr Rob Simmonsis that viewers are much less interested in watching competitive games than they once were – and instead they want the big names, regardless of the opposition.

And there’s no one bigger than Mbappé right now. According to one football executive I spoke to, the deal emphasizes an even bigger shift of power in favor of the players, most of whom are content to deliberately terminate their contracts so that they get all the money from a new deal.

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This executive also pointed out that it makes sense for Mbappé to wait and face PSG and Real Madrid. And also for PSG to pay a huge signing fee rather than having to sign another player from a competing club.

It’s hard to argue with that. But whether the macabre phantasmagoria of football is so beneficial to the rest of us is another matter altogether.

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Endzone Athletics and the Next Chapter of Spring Hill Youth Football https://soccersuperflyxp.com/endzone-athletics-and-the-next-chapter-of-spring-hill-youth-football/ Sat, 21 May 2022 15:08:45 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/endzone-athletics-and-the-next-chapter-of-spring-hill-youth-football/ The Spring Hill Youth Football League is a non-profit organization that focuses on coaching children in youth football and competitive cheerleading. Led by Coach Steve Farrell and other volunteer staff, the league practices at Veterans Park in Spring Hill. Their season begins around mid-June and can run until November. Operating with their five age ranges […]]]>

The Spring Hill Youth Football League is a non-profit organization that focuses on coaching children in youth football and competitive cheerleading. Led by Coach Steve Farrell and other volunteer staff, the league practices at Veterans Park in Spring Hill. Their season begins around mid-June and can run until November. Operating with their five age ranges of 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U allows coaches to teach children in ranges that will be conducive to their growth.
Although the league has been around for over 25 years, it is currently in its second year under Coach Farrell and his wife. Despite the short time frame, they have already won their first championship with their 10-year-old team winning the Spring League Soccer State Championship.

When the former owners of what was then known as the Spring Hill Athletic Association approached Coach Farrell to hand him the reins and its expansion, he jumped at the chance. Having been in corrections since 2011, he understands how essential programs like these are to the community. “When we got to Hernando County, we realized there wasn’t much for young people to do in Hernando County,” Farrell said. “I had almost 11 years in corrections working in the local county jail and unfortunately I have seen the age of children getting younger and younger and younger getting arrested. The more we talk to young people, the more we realize that they had nothing to do. So it seems to be a common problem. So, as a community, we need to give these kids something to do. We have to give them the opportunity to be great.
This is where expansion comes in, as it not only applies to the league taking in newly traveling teams, but also integrating more facilities. Veterans Park is no longer the only location they operate from. Coach Farrell and company were able to secure an indoor training facility, dubbed Endzone Athletics, for the organization in December. After a brief period in which staff allowed the football team exclusive use of the building, the site was fully opened from May.

Now open to the general public, the staff admits children from 5 to 13 years old to join their program. It’s more than just conditioning, however. Due to the league’s status as a non-profit organization, coaches are able to provide high school students with volunteer hours through tutoring young children. Coach Farrell believes these opportunities are important for the kids because it gives them the chance to get scholarships to go to college. Since many parents in Hernando County cannot afford to send their children to college, Coach Farrell feels this program is a necessity.
“And if we can’t put them through college,” Coach Farrell added, “then we at least give them a good set of core values ​​so that they’ll be adults and make good, solid decisions when they’re Realize that if they want something, they have to go to work.
The league amenities don’t stop there, as they also allow parents to drop their kids off with the coaches if the kids are bored or the parents are busy. Once there, kids are free to work out, hang out with friends, or even play video games. The staff really want Endzone Athletics to be a center for the community to come together and have fun.

Coaches have seen tremendous growth in demand since they started. Two years ago the staff struggled to fill even two or three age categories, but now they comfortably field four teams. Coach Farrell also noted that it’s not just the kids who have the desire, but also the parents who want to help.
“Working and watching the group of families come together and being willing to do the same for these kids just lets you know you’re living in a good community,” Farrell said. The coaches also have a “pie in the sky” goal of one day securing 10 acres of land. This would allow them to open an indoor training facility large enough to hold workouts, wrestling, indoor flag football, and competitive cheerleading. Ideally, the land would also be large enough for an outdoor court.
“At the end of the day, if we can get a kid through college or keep the kid out of jail, we’ve basically done what we’re supposed to do,”

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6 Pac-12 Football Stars Named to Lott IMPACT Trophy Preseason Watch List https://soccersuperflyxp.com/6-pac-12-football-stars-named-to-lott-impact-trophy-preseason-watch-list/ Thu, 19 May 2022 23:19:21 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/6-pac-12-football-stars-named-to-lott-impact-trophy-preseason-watch-list/ Believe it or not, college football is only 100 days away. The anticipation is already starting to build. The first marker the season is approaching is the release of college football’s many preseason awards watchlists. Just at the right time, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation announced the 42 candidates for the Lott Impact Trophy pre-season […]]]>

Believe it or not, college football is only 100 days away. The anticipation is already starting to build.

The first marker the season is approaching is the release of college football’s many preseason awards watchlists. Just at the right time, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation announced the 42 candidates for the Lott Impact Trophy pre-season watchlist Wednesday, May 19.

The Lott IMPACT Trophy, named after four-time Super Bowl champion Ronnie Lott, is awarded annually to the best defensive player in college football based on performance and character. The award is unique because it weighs character and athletic performance equally.


A Pac-12 student-athlete has won the Lott Impact Trophy three times, with UCLA’s Eric Kendricks being the most recent in 2014. Utah’s Devin Lloyd was a runner-up last season. Six players from six different Pac-12 teams have been named to the preseason watch list this season.

Pac-12 Conference 2022 Lott IMPACT Trophy Pre-Season Watch List Candidates

Player

school

Position

Year

Kyon bars

Arizona

defensive lineman

Junior

Levani Damuni

Stanford

linebacker

Junior

Nick Figueroa

USC

defensive lineman

Graduate student

Daniel Scott

cal

Security

Senior

Noah Sewell

Oregon

linebacker

Second year

Sion Tupuola-Fetui

Washington

defensive end

Junior

Prior to his NFL Hall of Fame career, Ronnie Lott played at USC as one of the greatest defensive backs in college football history from 1978 to 1980. Lott was named the Pac Defensive Player of the Century. -12 in 2015.

The 2022 Pac-12 football season begins Thursday, September 1 when the Arizona State Sun Devils host Northern Arizona. Until then, follow #Pac12FB for all the news from the Conference of Champions.

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Women’s soccer and bowling honored by Prince George’s County with proclamations https://soccersuperflyxp.com/womens-soccer-and-bowling-honored-by-prince-georges-county-with-proclamations/ Tue, 17 May 2022 18:59:25 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/womens-soccer-and-bowling-honored-by-prince-georges-county-with-proclamations/ Soccer 05/17/2022 14:29:00 History links BOWIE, Md. – the Prince George’s County Council released a proclamation Tuesday morning honoring the success of Bowie State‘s women’s soccer and bowling program, including the 2021 and 2022 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) championship ) at the Wayne […]]]>


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BOWIE, Md. – the Prince George’s County Council released a proclamation Tuesday morning honoring the success of Bowie State‘s women’s soccer and bowling program, including the 2021 and 2022 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) championship ) at the Wayne K. Curry Administration Building.

The Bulldogs women’s bowling team won their sixth straight CIAA championship; the 10 of the programand overall, scoring the most championships won by a program in conference history as the Bulldogs football team earned its third straight CIAA title.

“What can I say I have beauty and intelligence because these young women have excelled in everything expected of them in class and in competition,” the head coach said. women’s bowling. Andrew Campbell mentioned. “Truly honored to be alongside the football team and other groups that have won championships this season.”

Also, Head Football Coach Damon Wilson was named 2021 CIAA Coach of the Year, AFCA Super Region Two Coach of the Year and American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) DII National Coach of the Year, becoming the first CIAA coach to win the prestigious award after leading the Bowie State Bulldogs to the program’s first-ever NCAA football quarterfinal appearance.

“Thank you for this honor and for inviting our student-athletes here to experience it, it’s incredible,” Wilson said. “I want to thank my assistant coaches because without them none of the honors mentioned would be possible. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and grateful to be the head coach of Bowie State University.”

Prince George’s County officially recognized the success of Wilson and the women’s soccer and bowling programs through proclamations.

For the most current information on Bowie State University athletics and its 13 varsity sports teams, please visit www.bsubulldogs.com.

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UTSA football: evaluating the defensive line https://soccersuperflyxp.com/utsa-football-evaluating-the-defensive-line/ Sun, 15 May 2022 19:04:17 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/utsa-football-evaluating-the-defensive-line/ Sixth in a position-by-position series on the 2022 UTSA Roadrunners after spring training. Who’s back: Brandon Matterson, senior; Brandon Brown, sophomore; Asyrus Simon, junior; Trumane Bell, senior red shirt; Lamonte McDougle, senior redshirt; Christian Clayton, junior red shirt; Redshirt freshman Ronald Triplette; Jaden Jones, a redshirt sophomore; Walker Baty, second in red shirt. Who has […]]]>

Sixth in a position-by-position series on the 2022 UTSA Roadrunners after spring training.

Who’s back: Brandon Matterson, senior; Brandon Brown, sophomore; Asyrus Simon, junior; Trumane Bell, senior red shirt; Lamonte McDougle, senior redshirt; Christian Clayton, junior red shirt; Redshirt freshman Ronald Triplette; Jaden Jones, a redshirt sophomore; Walker Baty, second in red shirt.

Who has left : Jaylon Haynes, Lorenzo Dantzler.

Signatories 2022: Zach Causey, Chace Davis, Tai Leonard.

What to expect: The Roadrunners prided themselves on the depth of their three-man defensive front last season, rotating eight or nine players to stay fresh in the trenches.

Even with the departure of the unit’s two most consistent stalwarts and leaders in Haynes and Dantzler, coach Jeff Traylor believes the group can incorporate new pieces to maintain a similar approach.

“I promised those kids when I recruited them that I was going to play against them and we’ve done that since we’ve been here,” Traylor said. “Now we’ve lost a ton of really good leaders and that’s where we need to strengthen.”

Matterson, a Brandeis product returning for an additional year of eligibility in 2022, said he’s looking to step into one of those leadership roles, dedicating himself to a new mindset of moving past mistakes and moving forward. full speed.

He had 76 tackles, nine tackles for loss, 2½ sacks and a pair of forced fumbles over four years, appearing as a rotational piece in 2018 and 2019 before becoming a starter in most of the past two seasons.

“His potential is through the roof,” Traylor said. “He could be a game-changer if he committed to doing it all the time. And he has done so so far.

Brown, a sophomore who entered the program last year as a transfer from Tulane, will try to fill Haynes’ shoes in the middle of the defensive line after stepping into a starting role during the second half of last season.

Earning the nickname “Little Bull” as a nod to Haynes’ nickname “Bull”, Brown had 23 tackles with three tackles for loss and two forced fumbles last year. He provides the D-line group with a central anchor against the run at 305 pounds and said he’s looking to expand his game to become more of a passing thrower in 2022.

“I was getting my feet wet,” Brown said. “This year, I’m really looking to make a name for myself and I’m getting into it.”

Simon appears to have the inside lane on the third starting spot, slipping into a bigger role last season with 26 tackles and three tackles for loss.

After missing time in his first season due to an irregular heartbeat – a condition that needs monitoring but hasn’t become a problem in recent months, Simon said – the junior plans to become a leader this season.

Traylor said Simon’s communication skills and desire to lead make him a natural in the role.

“Asyrus is just different,” Traylor said. “He is very mature. He is very intelligent.

Bell, a senior who ranked second on the team with five sacks in 2021 after leading the Roadrunners with 4½ sacks in 2020, could end up playing multiple roles in the UTSA defense.

The lightest defensive lineman on the roster at 255 pounds, Bell also worked as an outside linebacker throughout the spring, which allowed him to potentially play with the line group on passes while sliding to linebacker. in racing situations.

Redshirt junior Clayton and redshirt senior McDougle, who previously played in Washington state and West Virginia before arriving at UTSA last year, were also regulars in the rotation until 2021.

The remaining spots on the depth chart will likely be filled by developing young players such as redshirt sophomore Baty and redshirt freshman Triplette or transfers JUCO Causey and Davis.

Projected depth chart

defensive end

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2023 quarterback rookie Jaden Rashada visits Oregon football this weekend https://soccersuperflyxp.com/2023-quarterback-rookie-jaden-rashada-visits-oregon-football-this-weekend/ Sat, 14 May 2022 01:40:08 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/2023-quarterback-rookie-jaden-rashada-visits-oregon-football-this-weekend/ Things continue to get interesting in Oregon’s pursuit of a quarterback in 2023. Pittsburg, CA 5-Star Quarterback (0.9856 out of 247Sports Composite) Jaden Rashada will return to Eugene this weekend for an unofficial visit, as 247Sports’ Brandon Huffman first reported and confirmed by a source at DucksDigest.com. Rashada has been closely linked with Oregon for […]]]>

Things continue to get interesting in Oregon’s pursuit of a quarterback in 2023.

Pittsburg, CA 5-Star Quarterback (0.9856 out of 247Sports Composite) Jaden Rashada will return to Eugene this weekend for an unofficial visit, as 247Sports’ Brandon Huffman first reported and confirmed by a source at DucksDigest.com.

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Man tries to sell $8,000 worth of stolen football gear to Central HS, police say https://soccersuperflyxp.com/man-tries-to-sell-8000-worth-of-stolen-football-gear-to-central-hs-police-say/ Thu, 12 May 2022 01:43:55 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/man-tries-to-sell-8000-worth-of-stolen-football-gear-to-central-hs-police-say/ MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis police say a man stole more than $8,000 worth of football equipment from Central High School and attempted to sell some of it a month later at the Kroc Center in Midtown. In late December, Central High’s head football coach reported a burglary at the Bellevue Avenue school. Coach William Wright […]]]>

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis police say a man stole more than $8,000 worth of football equipment from Central High School and attempted to sell some of it a month later at the Kroc Center in Midtown.

In late December, Central High’s head football coach reported a burglary at the Bellevue Avenue school. Coach William Wright told police someone broke into the locker room on the southeast side of the school and took away about $8,500 worth of items.

Central High School

Among the items were 19 shoulder pads, 20 helmets, a sports video camera and a monitor.

Investigators said they developed Ke’Von Henderson, 21, as a suspect after someone spotted him selling stolen football equipment outside the Kroc Center on East Parkway South.

Michael Working, a Memphis defense attorney and Central High Football supporter, had heard of the burglary at Central and had even seen surveillance video of the crime.

“He was showing them to people from his trunk like a guy in a movie on a New York street corner selling hot watches in a trench coat,” Working said.

He said he confronted Henderson about selling the stolen football gear and even took a photo of Henderson.

Henderson in blue allowing customers to try on shoulder pads. Courtesy of Michael Working

“He said I didn’t know anything about it. I said it was funny because it’s the exact same silver sedan that was parked outside the locker room where the dude was loading all the gear into the car, and the guy looked exactly like you in the video,” said Working. “He just ran.”

Work called the police and Coach Wright. He said Wright was able to take a look at one of the helmets that Henderson had sold to someone and identified it as one of the center helmets.

“There was a number inside,” Working said.

Working said he was able to find Henderson and asked him to return the stolen equipment, but he never responded.

“He took the hard route,” Working said.

Court records show Henderson was charged with theft of goods and false reporting in 2020.

Police say Henderson and two women stole $1,500 worth of clothing from City Gear on South Third.

Ke’Von Henderson

Henderson was a City Gear employee and told officers he tried to arrest the women running out of the store with the clothes.

Detectives said video footage from the store, however, showed Henderson waiting for the women to arrive and directing them where to park.

Henderson has a court date for that case later this month.

He faces new charges of building burglary. Henderson is being held on $10,000 bond.

Henderson said none of the stolen football gear was ever found. He set up a GoFundMe to help replace stolen equipment.

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Ohio State football recruiting: No. 1 QB prospect Dylan Raiola in Class of 2024 commits to Buckeyes https://soccersuperflyxp.com/ohio-state-football-recruiting-no-1-qb-prospect-dylan-raiola-in-class-of-2024-commits-to-buckeyes/ Tue, 10 May 2022 03:15:00 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/ohio-state-football-recruiting-no-1-qb-prospect-dylan-raiola-in-class-of-2024-commits-to-buckeyes/ The world of college football is in the middle of the 2023 recruiting cycle, but it’s never too early to start looking ahead. Dylan Raiola, a five-star prospect and the No. 8 player overall on 247Sports Composite, announced his commitment to Ohio State on Monday night. Raiola, the 247Sports No. 1 quarterback prospect, picked the […]]]>

The world of college football is in the middle of the 2023 recruiting cycle, but it’s never too early to start looking ahead. Dylan Raiola, a five-star prospect and the No. 8 player overall on 247Sports Composite, announced his commitment to Ohio State on Monday night. Raiola, the 247Sports No. 1 quarterback prospect, picked the Buckeyes over Alabama, Georgia, Oregon and USC. He surprised everyone with the announcement during his birthday celebration.

Raiola, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound high school student from Chandler, Arizona, has become a true superstar in his recruiting class. His size has already impressed several high school football analysts, including 247Sports national recruiting expert Chris Singletary.

“This dual-sport athlete who also plays baseball has a great athletic profile,” Singletary wrote. “He has a well-proportioned build and frame. With his sturdy lower body, he is able to generate power and speed on his throws. As he continues to mature and grow, he could top the scales at 235 pounds. His athleticism is good and should improve as he progresses throughout his career.”

Raiola threw for 3,241 yards, threw for 32 touchdown passes and had nine rushing touchdowns in 12 games as a sophomore despite being relatively inexperienced as a high school starter.

“Raiola is a player who has very few holes in his game even though he still has two years of high school left,” Singletary wrote. “He’s ahead of the curve with his mechanics and has the arm strength that puts him in elite company. Because of his ability, physical talent and positive traits, his talent positions him to play in n Any offensive pattern with high-level results. The more reps he plays and has, his decision-making and feelings will only quicken and become second nature. Being a Power Five starter for several years and perhaps being a selection of all conferences seems destined for its future.

Raiola has made several unofficial visits this spring, including a trip to the Ohio State spring game. He is the son of former Nebraska center and 14-year-old NFL veteran Dominic Raiola; although the Cornhuskers were not among his finalists, he also attended Nebraska’s spring game.

This commitment is huge for Buckeyes coach Ryan Day, who is looking to get off to a strong start on the court in the race to the top class in 2024. Raiola is the first player to commit to the Buckeyes in the next round of recruitment, the second five-star player to announce his decision and the highest-ranked player hired in his class. High-ranking classes usually benefit from the snowball effect, and the foundation Raiola established on Monday night could spark a wave of high schoolers committing to the Buckeyes. Generally speaking, players are the most important scouts during any cycle.

On the pitch, Raiola should be a star. Redshirt second CJ Stroud could leave for the NFL after this season and second Kyle McCord will likely step in if Stroud moves on. This should open the door for Raiola and current true freshman Devin Brown to battle it out for the top spot on the depth chart in 2024.

The quarterback job at Ohio State has become a launching pad for NFL success, and Raiola could be next in line at Columbus.

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The college football world needs Nick Saban but can’t have him https://soccersuperflyxp.com/the-college-football-world-needs-nick-saban-but-cant-have-him/ Sun, 08 May 2022 11:30:00 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/the-college-football-world-needs-nick-saban-but-cant-have-him/ Athletic directors and school presidents are scrambling. What the world of college football needs is Nick Saban in charge. Saban is unavailable, not even to save college football. The current mess was recently summarized by former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, right now no one is in control of anything… and i’m not sure it’s always […]]]>

Athletic directors and school presidents are scrambling. What the world of college football needs is Nick Saban in charge. Saban is unavailable, not even to save college football.

The current mess was recently summarized by former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops,

right now no one is in control of anything… and i’m not sure it’s always good

If only the NCAA, school presidents and athletic directors had listened carefully to Saban’s warnings about the dangers of free agency, there might have been rules to limit NIL’s conversion from a good way to compensate players. into unlimited “pay-to-play”. agreements made with recruits and transfers.

Three years ago, Nick Saban was the first to warn immediate eligibility through the transfer portal created free agency for college football. One of the results was, again as predicted by Nick Saban,

(the new transfer rules were going to) make the rich even richer

Nick Saban has mastered the new rules

Saban and Alabama football has adapted and gained more value from transfers than any other program.

Now that rookie buying and transfers have become commonplace thanks to a never-wanted NIL loophole, Saban is convinced the current state of college football is unsustainable.

Others argue that the worries are overblown. The most common retort is that the same financial transactions have always taken place. The only difference being that most were hidden in the past, now it is done openly. Josh Pate disagrees,

The other “no big deal” answer is that the inflated trade value will cause market corrections and stabilize well below high school players who get $8 million trades. While this answer is partially true, it ignores the reality that boosters do not make “market-based” investments. In many cases, they do the opposite by intentionally nurturing their passion for a specific program and trying to buy championships.

The current frantic attempt by the NCAA or the feds to remedy the situation will likely be futile. The NCAA has no credibility and even if the US Congress came across good solutions and adopted them, an organization similar to the NCAA would have to enforce new rules.

Bob Stoops and others think a new organization is needed.

In my opinion, we need a new leadership group. The NCAA and the way it has been has really failed overall. Who still follows the rules and who gets how they enforce them? It seems so ambiguous. … I was very disillusioned for a very, very long time on the NCAA

Who would be the ideal person to lead a new organization? Nick Saban sure, but the Alabama football world isn’t about to let that happen.

Issues of “pay for play” are broader than football. Men’s basketball is a bit different and other sports are affected as well.

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