Ryan Tannehill is back and eager to make fans excited for 2018

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Number 17 is back in uniform on the practice field with a big smile on his face. 

Every May all NFL teams hold voluntary practices for players to come out and run through plays they do not really use for months. Not really “voluntary” practices, all players come out and get to work in the blistering sun and prepare themselves for training camp essentially.

For number 17, it is pure excitement to be on the field.

Frustrating by watching the game with the coaches, even worse watching practice as well all of 2017. After being sidelined with a torn ACL, Ryan Tannehill couldn’t take the smile off his face in the first day of Dolphins OTA’s. Discouraged by watching the game with the coaches, even worse watching practice as well.

After a season of Jay Cutler under center, Tannehill looks to be more poised and more ready than ever. After six years of Tannehill in Miami, theres not much more to say than he is arguably and above average quarterback. With a frustrating and wavering fan base in Miami, these Dolfans want to see an elite Tannehill. All in all, this may be his last chance to prove himself to the Dolphins and to the city of Miami.

Under the steady eye of head coach Adam Gase, Tannehill has improved through the work they have put in together. Gase has had history with great quarterbacks as in Peyton Manning, other than the fiasco of Cutler last season, Tannehill has improved and can only get better from here.

His last eight games on the field included 215 yards per game, 69.1 percent of his passes were completed, with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. Let’s face it, he looked pretty good. The five picks are a little too much for eight games, but he looked like a solid quarterback.

You can tell Tannehill was eager and and ambitious to get out on the football field all last season on the sideline. Standing next to Gase and other coaches, listening on in every play, helping and guiding other players through out the game and just being involved constantly along with being on crutches. With a year off he has a better understanding on what Gase and this offense is trying to do to get back in the playoffs.

With some work left to do for the rest of OTA’s and going into training camp this summer, Tannehill and the rest of the gang need to get back on track with their “star” quarterback. It all starts with a healthy Tannehill and the rest will fall into place for the Fins. The multiple weapons Miami acquired through the draft and offseason include Danny Amendola, Albert Wilson, Frank Gore, Mike Gesicki, Durham Smythe and Kalen Ballage. This will give Tannehill a chance to start fresh with some new players and return to the scheme of this offense.

 

All Things Deejay Dallas; he is no RB, he is everything.

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Miami Hurricanes Athlete Deejay Dallas is the whole enchilada. What are you going to get out of him? He can run the ball from the backfield, catch the ball on a fly, take back punts and kicks and do you want him to throw the ball? Done.

 

Reigning from Brunswick, Georgia, Dallas is going into his second year at The U. Being one of the most versatile players in the country, he is expected to shine this year and have an even bigger impact for this Hurricanes team. Starting in the receiver position last year he then transferred to running back. He also played quarterback in the wildcat along with punt and kick returns.

Playing 12 of the 13 games last year as a freshman, Dallas ran for 217 yards, three touchdowns on 41 carries. He also caught four passes racking up 92 yards.

He is listed at 5’10 220 pounds. He has gained an impressive 25 pounds in the offseason after being 195 in 2017. The sturdy and speedy Dallas is an extremely skilled athlete that can handle multiple roles on the field. He clocks in at 4.45 in his 40 yard dash and is one of the faster guys on the team. He is also already helping out freshman like Cam’Ron Davis and Lorenzo Lingard with their game and ways to improve in certain areas.

Dallas and Jeff Thomas are a lock for punt and kick returns for the Canes this upcoming season. Both speedsters put on a show with their legs last year and look to do go above and beyond this year. This Miami Hurricanes team has a lot of promising signs to be exceed everyones expectations this year.

With the guy who can do it all, Deejay Dallas is a big aspect to this team and their success. If healthy of course the one-two punch of RB1 Travis Homer and Dallas in the backfield can be lethal. Running backs coach Thomas Brown is by far impressed with what Dallas has become. Not only impressive but there is more to come from him with a whole lot of potential.

300 Pairs of Shoes are Donated by Lonnie Walker IV to Hometown Basketball League

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After signing for almost $2 million with he San Antonio Spurs, former Cane Lonnie Walker IV donates 300 pairs of Adidas Crazy BYW shoes. Where? A Youth Basketball League in his hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania.

Drafted in the first round by the San Antonio Spurs, Lonnie Walker IV has shown all signs of greatness in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League. Aside from the court, off the court he is already helping out the youth of the country.

Walker went back to his hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania where he donated 300 pairs of Adidas Crazy BYW shoes to a local basketball league. The estimated worth of all 300 pairs? $30,000  for the Blacktop Basketball League in Reading.

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Adidas executive Eric Wise attended and played basketball at the same high school as Walker in Pennsylvania. So it was only right for both of them to be in attendance. The former Hurricane has already shown many signs of professionalism on the court. Now he has already made an impact on his own community giving back to local basketball players.

“Lonnie has been nothing but genuine in being a role model and carrying himself the right way,” Blacktop board member Wynton Butler said. “That’s what he’s done from the beginning. He’s everything we knew he would be, in terms of how he carries himself. He’s been nothing but a perfect role model.

The connection between Wise and Walker helped him sign an endorsement deal with Adidas prior to the 2018 NBA Draft. At 19 years-old, Walker is averaging double-digit figures with the Spurs. He looks to live up to the hype on and off the court.

And with the 13th pick the Miami Marlins select Connor Scott out of Plant HS

As we all know the Miami Marlins have had a roller coast ride over the past five years or so. After trading basically their entire in the offseason last year, they have been fishing for depth desperately.

With high hopes going into the draft, the Marlins selected Connor Scott out of Plant High School in Tampa, FL. An outfielder who stands 6’4 and 180 pounds. The lefty was also a pitcher in high school and highly recruited to the University of Florida. Committing to be a Gator he was also ranked No. 18 overall in the MLB pipeline and the third highest outfielder by Baseball America. Scott is very silent at the plate when loading but explodes at the point of impact. Seems to have power to all fields with an above average arm from centerfield and decent speed to add to his strengths.

After the pick was in and his name was called, Scott heard Jeter’s voice welcoming him aboard. For the past five years, the Marlins have used their first round pick on a high schooler. All five have yet to make it to the show for the Fish.

The other two players the Marlins selected on Monday night are also high school players. Along with shortstop Osiris Johnson (53rd) and catcher Will Banfield (69th).

Being the first outfielder drafted in the first for the Marlins since Christian Yelich back in 2010, Scott seems to fit perfect within the mold of this Marlins outside. Speedy, strong defensively with a little bit of pop in their bat. Comparing to Lewis Brinson, the Marlins current centerfield, Scott looks to be the same player with potentially more power from the left handed side.

Hitting a total of .520 in his final year with 5 bombs in 20 games, Scott was also lights out on the bump. Going 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA in 23 innings. All in all from the offensive side he hit .424 in 72 games in high school.

The Marlins look to sign Scott soon for a contract worth a little more than $4 million.

As for the other draft picks, Johnson, a 6’0 180 pound shortstop out of Encinal High School in California is a player with a lot of tools and has the potential to be better. Committed to Cal-State Fullerton, he is 17 years old and has high expectations in the future to help out this Miami team.

The third pick, catcher Will Banfield out of Brookwood High School in Georgia is a Vanderbilt commit with great potential behind the plate. The sky is the limit for him behind the plate and great signs with the bat in his hand. Banfield is a highly anticipated player that fans should be excited to see in the upcoming years.

A very early preview of the 2018 Miami Hurricanes

Mark Richt and his Canes expect to be in contention again this year in the College Football Playoffs. 

Finally breaking out into the big picture and being able to play in a New Years Six Bowl, Miami made a statement last year. Coming in at No. 8 in the way too early rankings according to ESPN, The U looks to get back in a bowl game and make some noise.

Mark Richt and the Canes went 10-3 capturing the ACC Coastal Division. Not ending the way most fans wanted to, losing 34-24 in the Orange bowl to the Wisconsin Badgers. However, Richt has the boys in the right track to have, what is expected, a remarkable season.

The Hurricanes have many offensive weapons, the turnover chain should make its appearances once again this year, and the question that always lingers is the QB job. Having all the right pieces, Miami just needs to put them together.

Malik Rosier is coming off a 10 win season with the Canes. The fifth year senior has proven that he can get the job done at times but at other times fans aren’t the biggest supporter of him. During the three game losing streak Miami had last year to end the season, Rosier’s passing percentage was 44.9 percent. N’Koski Perry, Cade Weldon and true freshman Jarren Williams are ready to take his job this offseason. If Rosier’s accuracy doesn’t play up to par, there will cost likely being some changes on who is under center.

No matter the QB, this offense has weapons. Coming off knee surgery and looking better than ever, Ahmmon Richards is back along with speedsters Jeff Thomas and Mike Harley. In the backfield it includes Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas who we have all seen what they can do. The two freshman tight ends Will Mallory and Brevin Jordan have high expectations coming into this program and making a name for themselves. Other players like Lorenzo Lingard, Lawrence Cager, and Mark Pope also are going to have a big impact on this offense.

Lets face it, the offensive line has not been great. The only sure things are the two seniors of Tyree St. Louis and Tyler Gautheir. Also, sophomore Navaughn Donaldson have the job locked. The rest of the O-Line is up for grabs. The summer is long and this coaching staff will put something together to protect the line.

The dazzling turnover chain caught the country’s attention last year 30 times. With 13 fumbles and 17 interceptions, the Canes should repeat this number of turnovers. However, during their 1-3 finish the coverage struggled as opponent completed 70.1 percent of their passes in those four games and only picking it off once.

The D-Line is looking solid though, with Joe Jackson, Johnathan Garvin, Gerald Willis and highly anticipated Nesta Silvera all have NFL talent. This line should hold it down and go to work int he trenches foe this Canes team. Other than them, the rest of this defense is about to improve with some new players and current ones. Jaquan Johnson, Michael Jackson and Trajan Bandy lead the secondary. Michael Pickney, Shaq Quarterman, and Zach McCloud lead the linebacker squad with other competitors in line.

With Michael Bagdley out the door, Bubba Baxa will fill his shoes in a big role for this Miami Hurricanes team. Punter Zach Feagles struggled last year, we all know that. With a lot of offseason work he should grow and make this season better than last. Also, expect Jeff Thomas or Deejay Dallas to back up Braxton Berrios job last year at punt returner.

With work to do this offseason, Miami will look to get back into the College Football Playoffs discussion and the ACC title game. Mark Richt is building a championship caliber team little by little. There has been signs and it has been proven last year. Opening up against LSU, Miami’s goal to come out with some fireworks and show the world the U is back.

Prediction:

National Ranking: 4

ACC Coast Prediction: 1

College GameDay Picks Week 10

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Army at Air Force

Des – Air Force

Thurman – Air Force

Corso – Air Force

Kirk – Army

Gaby – Air Force

Penn State at Michigan State

Des – Penn State

Thurman – Penn State

Corso – Penn State

Kirk – Penn State

Gaby – Penn State

LSU at Alabama 

Des – Alabama

Thurman – Alabama

Corso – Alabama

Kirk – Alabama

Gaby – Alabama

Clemson at NC State

Des – Clemson

Thurman – Clemson

Corso – Clemson

Kirk – Clemson

Gaby – Clemson

Baylor at Kansas

Des – Baylor

Thurman – Baylor

Corso – Baylor

Kirk – Baylor

Gaby – Baylor

Arizona at USC

Des – USC

Thurman – USC

Corso – Arizona

Kirk – USC

Gaby – USC

Stanford at Washington State

Des – Stanford

Thurman – Washington State

Corso – Washington State

Kirk – Stanford

Gaby – Washington State

Texas at TCU

Des – TCU

Thurman – TCU

Corso – TCU

Kirk – TCU

Gaby – TCU

Iowa State at West Virginia 

Des – West Virginia

Thurman – West Virginia

Corso – Iowa State

Kirk – Iowa State

Gaby – Iowa State

Virginia Tech at Miami (Kirk Calling Game)

Des – Miami

Thurman – Miami

Corso – Virginia Tech

Gaby – Miami

Oklahoma at Oklahoma State

Des – Oklahoma State

Thurman – Oklahoma State

Corso – Oklahoma State

Kirk – Oklahoma

Gaby – Oklahoma State

Sold Out Crowd Top 25 — Week 10

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1) Alabama (8-0) – Nick Saban has had we week to get ready with a big matchup against LSU in Tuscaloosa.

2) Georgia (8-0) – The Bulldogs continue to steam roll through the SEC.

3) Ohio State (7-1) – What a massive come from behind win for the Buckeyes against number two Penn State. Ohio State is back in the College Playoff picture, like we knew they would be.

4) Wisconsin (8-0) – The Badgers took care of Illinois and continue to take care of business on their side of the B1G.

5) Clemson (7-1) – Clemson came to play against Georgia Tech. They displayed how dominant they can be once again. When it is all said and done, the Tigers will be in the playoff.

6) Notre Dame (8-1) – Notre Dame is one point away from being undefeated. They showed how good of a team they are in a massive win over a good NC State team. The College Football Playoff committee will be much nicer to Notre Dame than I am being right now. Do not be surprised to see them in the playoff picture later on today.

7) Miami (7-0) – Although they have not put together a comfortable win since Duke in September, Miami escaped October undefeated. The Hurricanes carry the nations longest active winning streak — 12 games. The Canes host Virginia Tech in a matchup that could decide the ACC Coastal.

8) Penn State (7-1) – Penn State was leading the whole game, but could not close it out when it mattered most. A late Ohio State touchdown was the dagger for the Nittany Lions, who fell 39-38.

9) Oklahoma (7-1) – The Sooners took care of a powerful Texas Tech offense on the road. It was a homecoming for Baker Mayfield, who started his career with the Red Raiders. Bedlam looms on the horizon in a big College GameDay matchup.

10) Virginia Tech (7-1) – The Hokies have outscored their last three opponents 106-20. Their team is clicking on all cylinders and Justin Fuente believes they are the best team in the ACC. They will have to prove that against a tough Miami team in a top 10 matchup in South Florida.

11) Oklahoma State (7-1) – The Cowboy offense stalled a bit against Texas last weekend, but bounced back in a big way at West Virginia. Stillwater is going to be absolutely nuts for this weekends matchup with Oklahoma.

12) TCU (7-1) – Turnovers killed the Horned Frogs who dropped a big game at Iowa State. The Big 12 just got a lot more interesting. The Frogs travel to Austin to take on a confident Texas team that could be catching the Frogs at a great time.

13) Washington (7-1) – The Huskies are still in a position to win the PAC 12 and they probably will. The loss to Arizona State put them on the back burner, but they are still very relevant. It must be those 10:30 start times.

14) UCF (7-0) – This team will not lose. Period. I wonder where Scott Frost will end up next year?

15) USC (7-2) – After getting demolished by Notre Dame, the Trojans put a similar beat down on Arizona State in a Pac 12 After Dark game. They host Khalil Tate and the potent Wildcat offense this weekend.

16) Stanford (6-2) – Last week, I talked about the risk factor in Thursday night road games. Oregon State gave Stanford a real scare, but the Cardinal found a way to pull it out.

17) Iowa State (6-2) – Matt Campbell has something going on in Ames. You will not find one person that would have told you that Iowa State would beat two top five teams this season. Oh, and they are playing their third string quarterback.

18) LSU (6-2) – The Tigers had a bye week to get ready for this weeks game, but so did Alabama. This matchup is always one of the best of the season and I expect this to be another great game. LSU plays hard and Alabama needs to respect them.

19) Auburn (6-2) – The SEC had plenty of bye weeks for some reason. Auburn has to travel to College Station to take on a Texas A&M team that just got smoked by Mississippi State. The Tigers host Georgia in two weeks.

20) Mississippi State (6-2) – Since dropping two straight (Georgia and Auburn) the Bulldogs have won three straight. They will likely make it four when as they host UMass this coming Saturday.  Memphis (7-1) – Memphis’ only loss on the year came against a UCF team that does not look like they are going to lose at all. They have beaten two ranked teams this year and continue to prove they are worthy of being at least talked about.

21) NC State (6-2) – The Wolfpack suffered a tough loss to Notre Dame, but they kept it close in the first half. Notre Dame is as good as they have been and teams like NC State cannot always over come those types of teams. They are still very much in the picture in the ACC and they host Clemson in a game that will likely decide the ACC Atlantic. USF (7-1) – Unfortunately for the Bulls, their undefeated streak comes to an end in a tough home loss to Houston. They travel to Connecticut to take on the Huskies. Memphis (7-1) – Memphis’ only loss on the year came against a UCF team that does not look like they are going to lose at all. They have beaten two ranked teams this year and continue to prove they are worthy of being at least talked about.

22) Memphis (7-1) – Memphis’ only loss on the year came against a UCF team that does not look like they are going to lose at all. They have beaten two ranked teams this year and continue to prove they are worthy of being at least talked about.

23) USF (7-1) – Unfortunately for the Bulls, their undefeated streak comes to an end in a tough home loss to Houston. They travel to Connecticut to take on the Huskies.

24) Arizona (6-2) – If you have not heard of Khalil Tate you have to go search him up right now. The Wildcats quarterback is averaging 13.4 yards per carry and has 926 yards rushing with eight touchdowns. He has had a run go for over 70 yards in four consecutive games. That is something nobody has done in 10 years. The Wildcats have also won four straight games. They hope to make that five when they take on USC in Pasadena.

25) Michigan (6-2) – Welcome back, Wolverines. You have a couple of extremely winnable games coming up before you travel to Madison to take on Wisconsin. Prove that you belong.