Archive for September, 2011

Scout’s Notebook: San Diego State@Michigan

SCOUT’S NOTEBOOK: SAN DIEGO STATE@MICHIGAN

San Diego State’s best efforts weren’t enough to be beat Michigan despite the presence of Ryan Lindley and Ronnie Hillman on offense. The Wolverines quick strike offense proved to be too much to handle and keep up with for the Aztecs in their 28-7 loss to their Big Ten opponent.

Have gun, will travel

Senior quarterback Ryan Lindley is one of the very best at his position thanks to his cannon-like arm and compact delivery, which allows him to effortlessly toss dart-like throws into the heart of the defense.

Unfortunately for the Aztec signal caller, he’s playing out his final year in college with a short deck, as his top two receivers, Vincent Brown and DeMarco Sampson, have both moved on the NFL.

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Scout’s Notebook: San Diego State@Michigan

SCOUT’S NOTEBOOK: SAN DIEGO STATE@MICHIGAN

San Diego State’s best efforts weren’t enough to be beat Michigan despite the presence of Ryan Lindley and Ronnie Hillman on offense. The Wolverines quick strike offense proved to be too much to handle and keep up with for the Aztecs in their 28-7 loss to their Big Ten opponent.

Have gun, will travel

Senior quarterback Ryan Lindley is one of the very best at his position thanks to his cannon-like arm and compact delivery, which allows him to effortlessly toss dart-like throws into the heart of the defense.

Unfortunately for the Aztec signal caller, he’s playing out his final year in college with a short deck, as his top two receivers, Vincent Brown and DeMarco Sampson, have both moved on the NFL.

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Week 3 Expeditious NFL News & Notes

Expeditious NFL News & Notes is put together to provide a wide range of number oriented morsel’s especially suited to those who crave the delicacy and nerdy ness of NFL statistics, news, notes and just about anything that can be put to the mix. If you not quoting one note each week then I’m not doing my job.

AFC EAST

New England Patriots – Tom Brady during the regular season has an overall record of 113-32 which ranks him number one in winning percentage (.779) by active quarterbacks in the NFL today. Add this bizarre twist to his numbers that every time he throws for multiple touchdowns that equal his interceptions his is only one game above the .500 going 6-5 overall. Brady’s winning percentage climbs to .798 taking those multiple touchdown games away while

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Rosstradamus Ramble—Week 3

Wow. What a week three. Upsets, crazy finishes, controversy…who could ask for anything more?

I’ll happily admit I was wrong about the Giants-Eagles game. I thought the Giants would get smoked. They did not. Instead, they battled gamely and secured a well-deserved 29-16 win over their bitter rivals. Eli Manning rebounded from a blah performance against St. Louis to have a nearly flawless effort in Philadelphia: 16-23 for 254 yards with four touchdowns and most importantly, no interceptions. Victor Cruz stepped up in the absence of Mario Manningham to grab a pair of TD passes and Ahmad Bradshaw had 139 total yards and a score in the win, but the story ends up being about Michael Vick’s injury. Chris Canty hit Vick legally, make no mistake about it. Vick broke his non-throwing hand on the play, but do not let that cloud the issue: Vick wasn’t all

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One To Watch | Trumaine Johnson, Montana

Way out West—from what I’m told it’s where the deer and the antelope play—the University of Montana has built a powerhouse football program. The Grizzlies had their streak of 17 straight seasons of making a playoff appearance snapped last season. It was a record at the I-AA level, now known as the NCAA Division 1 Football Championship Subdivision, and the Griz are ready to begin a new streak in 2011. It is easy to get preoccupied with the big name schools like Alabama and USC but dig a little deeper and there is one tremendous football program out West, and what they have achieved is about as good as it gets in college football at any level.

Last weekend the Grizzlies defeated defending FCS National Champion Eastern Washington 17-14 as Montana played their first Big Sky opponent of the early season. “That ranked

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Week 2 Expeditious NFL News & Notes

Expeditious NFL News & Notes is put together to provide a wide range of number-oriented morsels for those of us who crave the delicacy and nerdy-ness of NFL statistics, news, notes and just about anything that can be put into the mix. If you’re not quoting one note each week, then I’m not doing my job.

AFC EAST

New England Patriots – The number one offense in the National Football League has one 6th round pick in quarterback Tom Brady and two undrafted players in BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Wes Welker as their offensive leaders in passing, rushing and receiving yards.

Miami Dolphins – Rookie running back Daniel Thomas has already out-rushed incumbent Reggie Bush. Although Thomas has one more carry than Bush, the rookie from Kansas State has out-gained the six-year veteran 107 to 56. Bush’s yards

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Scout’s Notebook: Pittsburgh@Iowa

SCOUT’S NOTEBOOK: PITTSBURGH@IOWA

A sloppy and mistake-prone Iowa team was outplayed for much of last Saturday’s game with Pittsburgh, who featured an overpowering defense in the first three quarters of the contest. But the Hawkeyes rode the arm of quarterback James Vandenberg in the final stanza, as they delivered a remarkable comeback in a 31-27 thriller.

From Clueless to Heroic

James Vandenberg couldn’t get much right in the opening moments of the game. Although the center, James Ferentz, could be blamed for not picking up a charging Chad Alecxih on a quarterback sack, ending the first Buckeye possession, the outcome of the second series was all on the triggerman. On 2nd-and-10 from the Pitt 26, Vandenberg was picked off as a result of staring down his receiver, Keenan Davis, which prompted cornerback Jarred

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Scout’s Notebook: Pittsburgh@Iowa

SCOUT’S NOTEBOOK: PITTSBURGH@IOWA

A sloppy and mistake-prone Iowa team was outplayed for much of last Saturday’s game with Pittsburgh, who featured an overpowering defense in the first three quarters of the contest. But the Hawkeyes rode the arm of quarterback James Vandenberg in the final stanza, as they delivered a remarkable comeback in a 31-27 thriller.

From Clueless to Heroic

James Vandenberg couldn’t get much right in the opening moments of the game. Although the center, James Ferentz, could be blamed for not picking up a charging Chad Alecxih on a quarterback sack, ending the first Buckeye possession, the outcome of the second series was all on the triggerman. On 2nd-and-10 from the Pitt 26, Vandenberg was picked off as a result of staring down his receiver, Keenan Davis, which prompted cornerback Jarred

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Rosstradamus Ramble—Week 2

Week 2 is in the books. We’re starting to learn some things but for the most part, it’s another case of, “I can’t explain that.”

The Jets throttled the Jaguars, which I expected. Mark Sanchez played alright; he was disinterested at times, focused and accurate when he had to be. His go-to guy was tight end Dustin Keller, which shouldn’t surprise anyone since it’s early in the season. Keller had a stretch of 3 games early in 2010 in which he totaled 17 catches for 241 yards and 5 touchdowns. He did not catch a touchdown the rest of the season. So far in 2011, he has 11 grabs for 162 yards and a pair of scores. Perhaps Sanchez and the coaching staff should maintain the connection between the two. I’m not sure

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Mike Tomlin: Leaders Do Not Conform

After being throttled by division rival Baltimore Ravens in week 1, the Pittsburgh Steelers rebounded by shutting out the Seattle Seahawks 24-0.

On the first drive of the game, Seattle defensive back Brandon Browner was called for pass interference on the Steelers’ Mike Wallace. The resulting 39 yards mark-off put the ball at the one yard line but Pittsburgh failed to come away with any points, getting stopped cold on fourth and goal from the one. However, they would not be stopped in their next three possessions, scoring a pair of touchdowns and a 20-yard field by kicker Shaun Suisham.

“I just told the team this is the same team that got blasted last week in

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