NCAA Draft Eligible Wideouts Part DEUX

You got part one a few weeks ago, so lets just get started with part two.

 

Tavon Austin, 5-9. 179 lbs. WR, West Virginia

Earlier in my posts I talked about Tavon’s quarterback Geno Smith, and as good as he will be, Austin was there to help him out a lot.  Plain and simple he is a play maker.  He reminds me of Percy Harvin, and had carries as well as receptions this season.  He had over 600 rushing yards and over 1,000 receiving yards this season.  The only problem that is dropping him out of first round mock’s is his size.  Even small, I think he will make a big impact in the NFL and be a 2nd or 3rd round pick.

 

Terrance Williams, 6-1, 201 lbs., WR Baylor Bears

I watched a lot of tape on this kid, because I wanted one of my favorite NFL teams to draft him.  His junior year he had RGIII throwing him the ball, and pulled in 10 touchdowns and 900 yards.  He came into his senior year with something to prove.  He pulled in over 1,800 yards to lead the NCAA, and had 97 receptions for 12 touchdowns.  His a number one receiver and a team will win big if he drops into later rounds.  I think he will be a number one receiver in the NFL someday.

 

Quinton Patton, 6-0 202 lbs., WR Louisiana Tech

Patton really stood out this year in the senior bowl.  He makes he good catches on contested balls, and runs great routes that create separation.  He had a good season with over 100 receptions and 1,2000 yards.  Look for this former Community College player to be a 2nd or 4th round pick that makes an impact his rookie year on whatever team takes a chance on him.

Have a good weekend everyone, and tune in next week for a surprise preview.  Also, if you find time Saturday night UFC 158 is going to be great.  Take it easy.

 

Philip Botti

 

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The Man, The Myth, The Legend

After 40 years of coaching University of Boston’s Ice Hockey program, Head Coach Jack Parker announced he will be retiring after the end of this season. While there he led the Terriers to three NCAA Championships (1978, 1995, 2009), 11 conference titles, and 21 Beanpot crowns. “Boston University hockey and Jack Parker are synonymous,” Director of Athletics and Senior Vice President Mike Lynch said. “I am tremendously honored to have had the opportunity to work side-by-side with him for the past nine years. I have great admiration for everything he has accomplished and we’ll do our very best to continue his incredible legacy going forward.”

“Jack has had an outstanding career at Boston University,” said Dr. Robert A. Brown, Boston University’s president, at Monday’s press conference. “He has been a mentor and coach to so many great young men over the years, which is a very important part of his legacy. I very pleased to announced that Jack will be staying on with us as part of the BU family as a special advisor to me to help with our fundraising campaign that we announced publicly in September. Jack’s connection with our alumni and friends will be invaluable as we try to make athletics a major part of this university campaign.”

three-time recipient of the Spencer Penrose Award (NCAA Div. I Hockey Coach of the Year), Parker ranks third all-time amongst Division I hockey coaches in career victories with 894. His win total marks the most of any college hockey coach at the same institution and he also holds the record for NCAA tournament appearances as a coach with 24.

Parker has been associated with the BU hockey program ever since 1963, when he arrived on campus as a freshman. A Somerville native and Catholic Memorial High School standout, he was a sparkplug at center for the 1966-68 Terrier varsity teams that combined for a 72-22-4 record and he served as team captain his senior year. He began his coaching career right out of college at Medford High School. After one year, he returned to his alma mater to serve as an assistant under his former mentor, Jack Kelley. He worked in that capacity for three years before being elevated to the program’s B-team post in the fall of 1972. in 1973 Parker was named the 10th coach in Terrier history. Since the formation of Hockey East in 1984, Parker has led BU to seven conference tournament titles and eight regular season crowns. His 421 in the league is a Hockey East record.

His first Penrose Award came in 1975, when he and his team had the best major college record in the nation. he then received the award again during the 77-78 season, posting a record of 30-2 and the NCAA title. Parker earned this award for a third time during the 2008-2009 season after having a record of 35-6-4 and bringing home the National Championship yet again.

Parker has had some major accomplishments throughout his career. During his tenure he won 21 Beanpot titles, 11 conference titles, 7 Hockey East titles, and 3 National titles. Also 66 of his former players went on to play in the NHL, and 23 went onto the Olympic teams. one of his proudest moments came in 1980 when former Terriers Mike Eruzione, Dave Silk, Jack O’Callahan, and Jim Craig were apart of “The Miracle on Ice” team.

In recent years, Parker has been inducted into The Sports Museum’s Tradition (2009) and named a recipient of the NHL’s Lester Patrick Award (2010). Parker was inducted in the Boston University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994 after receiving the school’s Distinguished Alum Award two years prior. He also was presented an Honorary Doctors of Letters degree by BU in 1997.

 

 

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The Duquesne Men Top Detroit

The Duquesne University Men’s Tennis team improved to 8-3 with a 5-2 win over Detroit on Friday night.

The Dukes came out firing, picking up a 8-4 victory at #2 doubles. After dropping a close match at #1, Rich Robbie and Ben Klaas clinched the doubles point in a hard fought 9-8(4) battle at #3; “I was impressed with the ability of our guys to remain focused and win the doubles point over a solid Detroit team,” said Coach Camillo.
Robbie and Klaas improved their record to 9-1 on the season.

The momentum carried over into singles as Alex Aleman was first to finish with a 6-2 6-2 victory over Pablo Nunez at #4. The sophomore from Cuyahoga Falls leads the team with 9 singles wins this spring.
Detroit bounced back through wins at the #3 and #6 positions, tying the match at 2-2.
However, Peter Carpenter was able to secure a straight sets victory at #2. Max Rubin ensured the Dukes came away with the win by defeating his opponent 7-6(3) 6-4. Rich Robbie solidified the win through a marathon 6-3 4-6 7-6(4)) at #1.

“It was great that everyone was able to contribute, especially since we lost a close one to them last year. Winning the doubles point was crucial, and our success can be attributed to the work we have been putting in with Coach Camillo,” said junior captain Pete Carpenter.

The Dukes are off until March 13th when they host Temple at 1:30.

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Heros Get Remebered, But Legends Never Die

In college sports it is too often that coaches are measured by their number of wins and loses, championships, ETC. However, the great ones are remembered for much more. Under Head Coach Jim Miller the wrestling program at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, has added to their trophy case. From 1991-2013 at the NCWA Cliff Keen National Duals, the knights have won 404 dual meets and only lost 34. The last four wins lead to a third consecutive (and seventh overall) National Duals Division III title. Under Millers tenure the team has won 20 consecutive Iowa Conference Championships and have not lost a dual to a conference foe since the 1993-1994 season. Since 1996, Wartburg has won 9 NCAA Titles, have produced 34 individual National Champions, 138 All-Americans, and 70 Academic All-Americans. Miller, who took over the program in 1991, announced in September that he would be stepping down at the end of this year. To many of the students he was much more than a coach to them. the assistant coach will be taking over for him when he steps down. The president of the college said “Not only did he put together a wrestling program that is envy of the nation, he lived Wartburg mission in a way that I envy.”

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NCAA Draft Eligible Wide Receivers Part UNO

This years draft looks to have pretty good talent when it comes to the wide receiver position.  There are guys with great hands, and guys that can really stretch the field with their speed.  Tennessee has two good receivers coming out this year, and many people see the top guy being from Cal.  The first three guys I am going to talk about are my favorite wideouts in this years draft.

1.  DeAndre Hopkins, 6-1, 200 lbs., WR, Clemson

DeAndre played as the number two reciever to Sammy Watkins when he first joined the team, but this year he got show his talent with speed and good hands.  He can stretch the field but has reliable hands to bring in those long passes.  His best game he had 13 receptions for over 190 yards, and two touchdowns.  He finished the season with over 1,400 yards and 18 touchdowns.  Right now he is my favorite receiver in the draft and think a team will get a steal picking him

2.  Cordarrelle Patterson, 6-3, 200 lbs., WR, Tennessee

Patterson is a very raw player, and made the best out of a good opportunity this season after the Vols had another top receiver kicked off of the team.   Patterson is fast and can straight up burn people down the field.  He still has a lot to learn, and a lot of skills to develop but his size and speed are amazing.  He had small numbers not gaining more than 1,000 yards, but his skills are going to make him a great asset to teams.

3. Keenan Allen, 6-2, 215 lbs., WR, California

Allen is a strong guy, that can really go up and catch the ball.  People say he attacks the ball in the air, but his numbers weren’t as great for a guy who is seen as the top receiver in the draft.  His struggles this year come mostly because he didn’t have anyone to put the ball somewhere for him to catch.  He is good after the catch, and get the tough yards after contact.  He also has good speed, as well as quickness and will probably be the first receiver to go in this years draft.

 

Thanks for listening this week guys, and I hope you have been enjoying it so far.  Tune in next week while I preview more wideouts.  Take it easy.

 

Philip Botti

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The Dukes in Conference Action

The Dukes had their second conference match this weekend as they faced the St. Bonaventure Men’s team of New York. The Bonnies are known for being a feisty group of guys “The team always comes out fighting” said freshman Peter Carpenter. The Dukes dropped the doubles point for just the third time this season losing at the #1 and #2 spot. The #3 Team of Ben Klaas and Richard Robbie picked up another win proving too solid for the Bonnies.

In singles action the dukes dropped three of four first sets on courts 1-4. Max Rubin added “It was weird playing on just 4 courts, as opposed to the usual 6. Being on the sidelines and watching the guys play is stressful.” The first match to finish was #3 singles. Freshman Corey Robinson was able to overcome senior Luis Guevara’s aggressive game style for a 6-4, 6-2 victory. The Dukes built confidence off of the win at three, allowing them to take four of the next five singles matches with wins across the board less the number two spot. Final score resulting in a 5-2 win in favor of the Dukes.

Duquesne will face Detroit away this friday at 6pm. Go Dukes!

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NCAA Draft Eligible Players Preview Part DEUX of the dudes who run the ball

Welcome back ladies and gentleman, and thanks for returning to see my rant about players who I believe NFL teams will find great success with, or who might cause their fans to throw random objects at computers and televisions.  Lets start.

Montee Ball, 5-11 210 lbs., RB, Wisconsin

Monete Ball is just one of the great running back prospects that have come through Wisconsin.  The senior had a scare at the beginning of the season when he was attacked off the field in an incident which didn’t stop him from scoring 22 touchdowns this season.  People think he should have went out last year, but I dont believe he is a different player.  He carries the ball a lot on even though he has had some costly fumbles I think he will be reliable.  He sees holes and hits them, and runs with great balance and sees the field well.  He will be a later pick but teams will get a steal if and when they choose him.

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Ray Graham, 5-9 195lbs., RB, Pittsburgh

Coming off of a knee injury, Ray managed to run for 1,024 yards and 11 touchdowns.  The numbers dont jump off of the page, but I think he still has some value in this years draft.  I dont think he will become the next Adrian Peterson, but I think he can be a good number two running back in this league.  He showed his worth in the Notre Dame game running for more than 170, and put up another 100 on Rutgers.  Look for him picked late, and look for him to stick around in the league for a while.

Ray Graham Ray Graham #1 of the Pittsburgh Panthers evades a tackle by Ramon Buchanan #45 of the Miami Hurricanes on September 23, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Kenjon Barner, 5-9 188lbs., RB, Oregon

Barner is fast, and his speed was well used at speedy Oregon   He was their featured back this year and ran for over 1,700 yards and 21 touchdowns.  He can also catch the ball, and get the tough yards after the catch.  I think his speed will transition well into the NFl, and I think he is a guy that can hit a hole and beat everyone on the field for 70 yards.  He may not be huge, and doesn’t take hits well, but I think he can be a solid steal for a team in the fourth or fifth round.

Kenjon Barner carrying football

Well this was a short one, and I think that running backs are the hardest to pick.  Lots of guys go un drafted and turn into studs.  So I may end up being completely wrong but its still fun.  Next week I will be looking at Receivers and hope you all tune in again.  Thanks. Philip Botti

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