Archive for July, 2011

The D-Line: 2011 Syracuse Preview

Normally, locals are to thank when the stands are filled at Yankee Stadium. That wasn’t the case this past December, when a college program that had struggled to fill half of its enclosed home venue sealed a long sought revival with an upset victory in the inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

When the supposedly neutral field morphed into a distinct home court advantage, it was thanks in large part to the fans that had traveled south from upstate New York. Clad in Orange and Navy, the migrators journeyed to see a Syracuse team that they had refused to travel across town to support only 12 months earlier.

An 8-5 season, a restored sense of pride, and anticipation for continued progress were now the themes of the day for Syracuse Football,

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UNC Jr. WRs: Jheranie Boyd & Erik Highsmith

Anyone that watched North Carolina’s season opener against LSU last year probably thought, as did we, that sophomore wide receiver Jheranie Boyd was in for a breakout season as quarterback T.J. Yates’ primary target. After all, he caught six passes for 221 yards (second-most in UNC history) in the narrow 30-24 loss to the Tigers. Yet, the remainder of Boyd’s 2010 campaign ended up far less impressive, with the 6’2”, 195-pound wideout posting just eight additional receptions on the year and totaling no more than 37 yards in any single contest following the Tar Heels’ defeat in Baton Rouge.

Boyd acknowledges that he fell far short of expectations last season, telling the Gaston Gazette late last month that his lackluster showing in his second year with the program is something he and head coach Butch Davis “have been on the same page [about] this whole off-season.”

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UNC Jr. WRs: Jheranie Boyd & Erik Highsmith

Anyone that watched North Carolina’s season opener against LSU last year probably thought, as did we, that sophomore wide receiver Jheranie Boyd was in for a breakout season as quarterback T.J. Yates’ primary target. After all, he caught six passes for 221 yards (second-most in UNC history) in the narrow 30-24 loss to the Tigers. Yet, the remainder of Boyd’s 2010 campaign ended up far less impressive, with the 6’2”, 195-pound wideout posting just eight additional receptions on the year and totaling no more than 37 yards in any single contest following the Tar Heels’ defeat in Baton Rouge.

Boyd acknowledges that he fell far short of expectations last season, telling the Gaston Gazette late last month that his lackluster showing in his second year with the program is something he and head coach Butch Davis “have been on the same page [about] this whole off-season.”

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Podcast: RB Rashad Jennings, Jacksonville

Heading into his third season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, running back Rashad Jennings is proving to be one of the top backups in the National Football League. Jennings took the bull by the horns last season making the most of his opportunities, especially when he earned three starts filling in for an injured Maurice Jones Drew. On the season, Jennings averaged 5.5 yards a carry for 459 yards with the addition of 26 receptions, not to shabby for a big back close to 6’1″ and 230 pounds. This season expectations will grow for Jennings, as may his workload. This episode of All Access Football is hosted by Bo Marchionte.

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Podcast: LB Kelvin Sheppard, Buffalo Bills

Third-round pick, Kelvin Sheppard, joins the NFL Draft Bible to talk football. The former LSU Tiger looks to become part of the foundation of the Buffalo defense as the Bills look to rebuild. This episode of All Access Football is hosted by Bo Marchionte.

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Podcast: RB Carlos Brown, New York Jets

Former Michigan Wolverine Carlos Brown talks about his time in Ann Arbor and chance of making the New York Jets crowded backfield. This episode of All Access Football is hosted by Bo Marchionte.

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NFL Draft: BCS Busters OLB Prospect Watch

Mr. BCS Buster Kenny Franek breaks down the top senior outside linebackers coming out of the WAC, Mountain West, Conference USA, Sun Belt and MAC heading into the 2011 season:

Adrian Robinson, Temple: This MAC product can do it all. Robinson can play both linebacker and defensive end positions and also help on punt returns and the field goal defensive unit. He may not stuff the stat sheet, but he has a very sound game and plays very disciplined. At 6’2” 250 pounds he can deliver big hits to opponents. His downfall may be his sideline-to-sideline speed. Ranked by most in the top five in the nation at his position, Robinson will have no problem making a path to the NFL. The question is whether he will play on the line in a four-three alignment or at the second level in a three-four scheme.

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NFL Draft: BCS Busters OLB Prospect Watch

Mr. BCS Buster Kenny Franek breaks down the top senior outside linebackers coming out of the WAC, Mountain West, Conference USA, Sun Belt and MAC heading into the 2011 season:

Adrian Robinson, Temple: This MAC product can do it all. Robinson can play both linebacker and defensive end positions and also help on punt returns and the field goal defensive unit. He may not stuff the stat sheet, but he has a very sound game and plays very disciplined. At 6’2” 250 pounds he can deliver big hits to opponents. His downfall may be his sideline-to-sideline speed. Ranked by most in the top five in the nation at his position, Robinson will have no problem making a path to the NFL. The question is whether he will play on the line in a four-three alignment or at the second level in a three-four scheme.

Tank

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Boston College Offense Generating Buzz

There was a different look to Boston College football this past spring, one that has brought a louder-than-normal buzz to Chestnut Hill heading into the 2011 football season. The source of that change? A new offensive coordinator in Kevin Rogers (formerly of the Minnesota Vikings), who very quickly seemed to bring life to an offense that one player noted with reservation in a Q&A with the school’s official athletic website “has been a letdown at times to our team.” Proof of Rogers’ influence on the Eagles’ offensive playbook was almost immediate; in the team’s first scrimmage of spring practice, for instance, the team scored six touchdowns on offense, something which players duly noted afterward “hasn’t happened in a long time around here.”

So too did sophomore quarterback Chase Retting appear to mature greatly both mentally and physically under center, finishing the spring with a strong performance

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Boston College Offense Generating Buzz

There was a different look to Boston College football this past spring, one that has brought a louder-than-normal buzz to Chestnut Hill heading into the 2011 football season. The source of that change? A new offensive coordinator in Kevin Rogers (formerly of the Minnesota Vikings), who very quickly seemed to bring life to an offense that one player noted with reservation in a Q&A with the school’s official athletic website “has been a letdown at times to our team.” Proof of Rogers’ influence on the Eagles’ offensive playbook was almost immediate; in the team’s first scrimmage of spring practice, for instance, the team scored six touchdowns on offense, something which players duly noted afterward “hasn’t happened in a long time around here.”

So too did sophomore quarterback Chase Retting appear to mature greatly both mentally and physically under center, finishing the spring with a strong performance

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