This week I posed a question to the group – if you could sprinkle magic dust on one non-QB position for the Texans in 2019 that would imbue the player(s) at that position with good health and All-Pro performance, who (or which position) would it be?
Why did I pose this question, you ask? Because there’s no meaningful Texans football until September, and I’m depressed – okay? When I’m depressed, I ask dumb questions and my friends humor me by answering them, all the while muttering behind my back wondering why the hell they keep me around.
So yeah, have some fun with this one. Mock me if you must. We all have our own way of dealing with Early Onset Offseason Depression. This is mine.
I’m going to go a little bit outside the box on this one since the obvious answers are likely to be either cornerback position and left tackle.
As the quarterbacks room for the Texas Longhorns experiences an unusual level of offseason uncertainty thanks to the new transfer rules, head coach Tom Herman and his staff added a talented preferred walk on to the program on Thursday with the commitment of Austin St. Michael’s Academy pro-style quarterback Sam Saxton:
The grandson of legendary Texas running back James Saxton, who became the first Longhorns All-American at the position in school history in 1961, the 6’5, 190-pounder was committed to Southern Miss from August until early December.
Saxton also held offers from Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Memphis, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Rutgers, Toledo, Tulane, and others.
The Kentucky football coaching staff has had no turnover this off season, at least until today. As first reported by Football Scoop, Kentucky’s director of recruiting, EK Franks, will be leaving Lexington to join the athletic department at Troy.
Franks signed onto Mark Stoops’ staff in August of 2018, and has re-signed less than five months later. He did serve the Wildcats for a full season, and recruiting is as good in Lexington as it has ever been.
Before coming to Kentucky, Franks worked as the director of player personnel at both Arkansas and Florida, and has coached at several other major programs.
Franks leaves Kentucky to take over as the assistant athletic director for football at Troy, which is a promotion in position even though it is a step down in program. However, that is typical for those looking to move up the ladder in athletics.
Sometimes you get the feeling these early mock drafts are designed to give the draft ‘guru’ someplace to go. Like those jobs where they say they give you a low eval score so each new eval the score goes up.
That’s how the first mock draft from Mel Kiper feels. Like if he said what he really thinks the Raiders will do, he’d lose all the sweet page views when nothing changed with each version.
The Raiders were so bad at pass rushing there was more of a distance between them and the next worst teams (17) than actual sacks recorded by the team that season (13) and somehow Mel Kiper has them making three first round picks without taking a pass rusher. Stunning development.
Here are his interesting first round picks for the Raiders which are sure to change several times before the draft.
Now a few days beyond the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft, the talent pool for April’s draft is officially set.
The biggest factor that’s been solidified this week is how defensive-heavy the top 10 seems to be looking. The strength of this year’s draft class appears to be on the defensive line, with a few players in the back seven vying to be a high pick as well.
In Mel Kiper Jr.’s first mock draft of the year, he has seven defenders going in the top 10 in front of the Cincinnati Bengals, who pick 11th. One of those defenders is linebacker Devin White, who Kiper has going eighth to the Detroit Lions.
Other well-known names such as Jonah Williams, Dwayne Haskins and Cody Ford also found themselves gone before the Bengals were on the clock.
Football Scoop has reported that Scott Satterfield has finished out his staff and will hire wide receiver coach Gunter Brewer. Brewer is a veteran coach that spent 2018 coaching the Philadelphia Eagles receivers. Before heading to the NFL Brewer was the co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach at UNC under Larry Fedora. At 54, Brewer will be the second oldest coach on the UofL staff, but he may just have the most energy. He’s known for his enthusiastic personality at practices as well as his great interviews off the field.
Brewer is a long time coach and he’s had some really good players flourish under his coaching. Randy Moss and Dez Bryant are the two biggest names but I really was impressed with the North Carolina receivers that he coached a few years back when they went the the ACC championship game.
Much has been made in Barry Odom’s three years about the job he and his staff have had to undertake rebuilding the program, after some less-than-whelming returns from the final recruiting classes of the Gary Pinkel era.
Some positions were decimated and needed a massive facelift. Some positions were pretty well set for the future and didn’t need all that much tweaking.
We looked at the 2012-18 recruiting classes (including Division-I transfers) to see where Odom and the staff needed to make the most immediate infusions and how well they addressed those deficiencies. To do this, we looked at how many players in each group signed with the Tigers in each class, then what proportion of those completed their eligibility or are currently on track to do so.
People who signed twice were counted both times. Because they were taking up a recruiting slot both times.
Yesterday we looked at the Titans impending free agents and discussed if they should be re-signed or allowed to hit the market. Today we look at the guys that are currently under contract that aren’t performing to the number they are set to make in 2019.
Before we do that, we need to look at the Titans current cap situation. Mike did a great job of breaking it down here, but I am not as smart as Mike so I will just tell you that the Titans currently have almost $43.5 million in cap space as we sit here today according to Over the Cap. That is plenty of room for maneuvering, but the way I see it, they have a pretty easy path to quite a bit more space.
The first two guys that should be cut are Ben Jones and Johnathan Cyprien. Now, before I get into the numbers that would free up, I want to say that Jones and Cyprien have both been really good for this team.
Tallahassee Democrat, September 26, 1975
Iowa State was a six-point favorite coming into September 27th, 1975, date with Florida State.
1975 Florida State vs. Iowa State Game Program
Lineups and Play by Play.
Tallahassee Democrat, September 28, 1975, published the following recap:
Iowa State wins 10-6.
Tribe goes boom, puff, puff, puff, puff.
All dressed up in hopeful clothes following an encouraging first two games, Florida State’s football team went nowhere here Saturday night – and in a most surprising manner.
Iowa State won the game 10-6.
Ready beforehand to let it all hang out, the Seminoles did.
They hung it out with a stunning opening bomb, Clyde Walker to Mike Shumann, for 78 yards and a touchdown that got them a 6-0 lead that stood for a half.
Michigan commit Giles Jackson is starting 2019 off on a high note for a few reasons. The Oakley, California native is a 4-star wide receiver and part of a talented class about to arrive in Ann Arbor. He is in Hawaii currently preparing for the Polynesian Bowl on Saturday.
Maize n Brew recently caught up with Giles to get his perspective of the week in Hawaii, the 2019 recruiting class and reaction of the hiring of offensive coordinator Josh Gattis.
“I was excited to get this invitation. It’s a huge opportunity to play your last game in Hawaii.” Giles said. “This is my first time in Hawaii and I was just impressed on how nice everything looked and how friendly people were. We’ve learned a few words and some of the Haka dance.