Archive for February, 2009
The beginning of the NFL free-agency period started with the axe swinging on some big name players in the game. The Bucs cleaned out a lot of lockers on Wednesday. Here are the Top 10 cuts thus far.
1. Marvin Harrison – WR – Colts: A certain Hall of Famer that bit the injury bug the last two seasons
2. Derrick Brooks – LB – Bucs: The heart and soul of the team and one of the catalyst for the rise of the Bucs
3. Donnie Edwards – LB – Chiefs: K.C. will probably do a lot of cleaning but Edwards was always a high performer
4. Patrick Surtain – CB – Chiefs: Once a highly sought after free-agent, Wednesday saw him a cap casualty
5. Warrick Dunn – RB – Bucs: T.B was a team that ran out of running backs last year. Wed. they cut one of their best ever.
6. Joey Galloway – WR – Bucs: The emergence of a younger Antonio Bryant made the aging physical freak expendable
7. Damon Huard – QB – Chiefs: An obvious money move but is K.C. well enough at QB to make this move?
8. Cato June – LB – Bucs: Part of the serious purging going on in T.B. The Bucs are getting young from the top down
9. Anthony Weaver – LB – Texans: Once a big part of a great Ravens’ defense. Couldn’t hold value in Houston
10. Ike Hilliard – WR – Bucs: Another cut you can blame on Antonio Bryant.
Today’s video of the day comes from Pennsylvania. Wide Receiver Salath Williams out of Bishop McDevit H.S.. He’s a big 6’4″ 185lb wide receiver that runs smooth routes and comes up with big plays . Williams caught 49 passes for 899 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2008. He’s already a commit to Pittsburgh. Check out his highlight video.
Today’s video of the day comes out of the State of Florida. Coral Springs Charter’s Antoine Tharp is one of the more underrated defensive backs in the 2010 class. In a state like Florida that is rich with talent, it’s easy to get overlooked but Tharp’s skills are not easy to pass by. The 5’10” cornerback from Coral Springs Charter is a threat in the return game, a menace in the kicking game with his blocks and a scare on defense if you are going to put the ball up in his direction. Tharp has interceptions and pass breakups all over his film. Check it out: Antoine Tharp’s highlight video.
When you rise up the charts as fast as Jeff Luc has in recruiting circles, you become a candidate for the rumor mill. In Jeff Luc’s case, many have speculated on his chances of going to the University of Miami, why his family moved from the Miami to Port St. Lucie and their connection with the family of Bryan Pata, the murdered UM football player
Luc’s brother, Alex has reached out to set some things straight and inform those interested as to what the real situation is. The Luc family were Miami residents when Jeff was younger. With too much free time on his hands and plenty of negative influences around, Jeff started to drift off the path to success.
“Jeff was headed in the wrong direction,” Alex said in referring to their time in Miami. “He hung out with the wrong crowd and was always in and out of trouble.”
Luc’s parents tried everything and according to Alex, they were left no other choice but to move out of Miami and chose Port St. Lucie. It was there that Jeff discovered football and got his act together. “He made his 360 degree turn around,” said Alex. “If it wasn’t for the sport, I don’t know what would have been of Jeff,” he added.
Despite Jeff getting on track, his parents are a little reluctant to have him return to Miami because they know his old friends and the old neighborhood loom in the darkness waiting to reclaim him. However, Alex insists that Jeff has changed and what tempted him in the past can no longer do so.
“I am pretty much convinced that those days are behind him,” said Alex. “He has matured a lot and he’s a very good kid. My parent have not given him full credit for that yet.”
Alex has counseled his brother on several occassions as to what kind of people he should keep around him and feels that Jeff will do what is right.
Then there’s the Bryan Pata situation. When Pata was murdered a lot of the Luc family and friends said that if Pata didn’t go to Miami he would be alive today but Alex disagrees. “I don’t think that is right because no one really knows what happened,” he said.
Jeff’s plans, if he were to attend UM would, be to wear #95 in honor of Bryan Pata. Alex attended Florida St. and admits that he is a big FSU fan but wants to make it clear that the decision as to where Jeff goes to school is Jeff’s. He also states that Jeff is really “hyped” that people are recognizing him. This could be bad news for Treasure Coast opponents this year. I think they better all find out what “hyped” means. Does that mean more big hits to put on next year’s highlight film? Treasure Coast High School has just moved to Class 6-A in the State of Florida. There’s a chance he could have a few games against Dade County opposition if Treasure Coast makes it to the playoffs.
Here are the “unofficial” and some “official” combine 40 times for the Defensive Backs from Tuesday’s NFL combine action. Official times posted later. The defensive backs seemed quite a bit less athletic than the wide receiver group. I guess that means more NFL passing records will fall in coming years.
We’ve all heard terms like “Quarterback U” and we’ve heard people make the assertion that if you want to play quarterback you need to go to this school or that school. Here are the facts, if you want to play quarterback in the NFL, it’s more about what you do and less about where you go to school. As the table below shows, NFL quarterbacks come from all over. In the list below, I have listed the starters for all of the NFL teams for the 2008 season. Now before you go all haywire, I went with either the individual that started the majority of the games or the quarterback that was supposed to start the season for the team.
Only three schools have more than one NFL starter and that’s USC (Palmer and Cassell), Purdue (Brees and Orton) and Boston College (Hasselbeck and Ryan). One of the schools had this happen due to injury (USC with Cassell) and another when the slated starter failed to live up to expectations (Orton – Purdue replacing Rex Grossman).
As far as a conference breakdown, the SEC, the conference noted for defense, has the most quarterbacks starting in the NFL with six, followed by the Pac-10 with five, the ACC with four and Conference USA with three. Three NFL QB’s are from Division I-AA schools (Romo, Flacco and Warner). One is from a NAIA (Kitna-Lions).
Here’s the list:
|Browns||Derek Anderson||Oregon St.|
|Buccaneers||Jeff Garcia||San Jose St.|
|Cardinals||Kurt Warner||Northern Iowa|
|Chargers||Phillip Rivers||NC State|
|Cowboys||Tony Romo||Eastern Illinois|
|Falcons||Matt Ryan||Boston College|
|Jaguars||David Garrard||East Carolina|
|Jets||Brett Favre||Southern Miss.|
|Lions||Jon Kitna||Central Washington|
|NY Giants||Eli Manning||Ole Miss.|
|Panthers||Jake Delhomme||SW Louisiana|
|Pittsburgh||Ben Rothliesberger||Miami of Ohio|
|Seahawks||Matt Hasselbeck||Boston College|
|Titans||Kerry Collins||Penn St.|
|Vikings||Tavaris Jackson||Alabama St.|
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Today’s Video of the Day comes from Maryland. Brian Lucas is a powerful back with a nose for the endzone. Brian Lucas is tough to tackle as evidenced by his 14 touchdowns. Rushed for 1,137 yards and 7.3 yards per carry. Also plays a pretty mean linebacker. Ended his junior year with 80 tackles, 3 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries. Check out his video. Brian Lucas highlight video.
Monday was another busy day for Treasure Coast Linebacker Jeff Luc. Syracuse and Michigan made official offers for the hard hitting linebacker. This runs the number up to 18 Division I offers for Luc since his highlight video first appeared on Gridironstuds.com. Both schools learned of Luc just last week after viewing his video on Gridironstuds. One week later, they dropped official offers on the table. Luc will also take a peek at the University of Miami this weekend on an unofficial visit. The Canes are bidding hard to have Luc become the next great linebacker at the ‘U’.
Also seeking Jeff Luc on Monday was both the Under Armour and Army All American Bowl. Both prestigious high school All Star games invited Luc to join them at the conclusion of this upcoming season. It’s been a fast pace for Luc this offseason and there is more to come his way. Stay tuned.
Today’s video of the day comes out of the State of Florida and running back Will Powers who rushed for 1903 yards on 205 carries and scored 25 TDs also caught 10 passes for 150 yards. On defense has 126 tackles 17 TFL 5 sacks and 1 int. 2008 State of FLA 1B Player of the Year Sun Sentinel Defensive Player of the Year. His school Jupiter Christian was the Florida Class 1B champions. Check out his video, click on the link: Will Powers highlight video.
Abilene Christian’s Johnny Knox cranked out an eye popping 4.25 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine followed by Deon Butler (Penn St.) coming in at 4.26. Those times were unofficial. Also listed below are the official times. Darrius Heyward Bey out of Maryland had the fastest official time at 4.30 which as we all know is flying. Interesting note. The official times for the 40 yard dash at the combine are only “half” electronic. In other words, the clock is started by hand on a player’s movement and then the finish is captured electronically. This is as opposed to the clock being started electronically on the player’s movement.
|Darrius Heyward Bey||4.32||4.30|
|John Parker Wilson||4.87|