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Ravens cornerback Humphrey charged with third-degree robbery

Posted on 25 January 2018 by Luke Jones

Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey was arrested and charged with third-degree robbery on Thursday, according to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.

The arrest stemmed from a Jan. 13 incident in which Humphrey allegedly took a phone charger from an Uber driver outside the Hotel Capstone on the University of Alabama campus. According to the accuser, Humphrey had asked to borrow the charger and then refused to give it back, elbowing the driver without leaving a mark or doing any injury.

Upon arriving at the scene, University of Alabama Police discovered the charger did not fit Humphrey’s phone and returned it to the driver. The incident report indicated Humphrey was suspected of using alcohol.

Humphrey was booked into the Tuscaloosa County Jail Thursday morning on a $2,500 bond.

The Ravens are aware of the incident.

“Marlon told us that it was a misunderstanding regarding a $15 telephone charger, which he thought was his,” the team said in a statement. “Our understanding is that he has been interviewed by University of Alabama Police and is cooperating. We are monitoring the situation.”

Humphrey, 21, was selected in the first round of the 2017 draft after a standout collegiate career at Alabama and played in all 16 games as a rookie, making five starts and finishing with two interceptions. He is the son of former NFL running back and Alabama product Bobby Humphrey.

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Humphrey’s time arrives for playoff-hopeful Ravens

Posted on 06 December 2017 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey will be playing at Heinz Field for the first time Sunday night, but he has an idea of what to expect against Pittsburgh.

Facing the NFL’s fourth-ranked passing attack in his first start in place of the injured Jimmy Smith, the first-round rookie knows he’ll have a bullseye on his back as Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger surveys a Baltimore secondary now without its top corner. Humphrey acknowledges this in a matter-of-fact way without a hint of intimidation or even all that much excitement in his voice.

It’s not the first time he’s been under the microscope on a big stage, of course, as it was just two years ago that he was a redshirt freshman starting for a national championship Alabama team.

“I’m sure if there’s a weak link they have to pick out, it would definitely be me,” said Humphrey, referencing the big plays he gave up against Detroit last Sunday. “Big Ben likes to throw it up. He’s a great quarterback, so I’m sure if he has to take those shots, it’ll probably be at me.”

The six-foot, 197-pound cornerback struggled as Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford targeted him frequently after Smith suffered a torn Achilles tendon late in the second quarter, but it’s not as though Humphrey hadn’t already shown enough for the Ravens to be confident in him. It was just a couple weeks ago when many began wondering if Humphrey was on the cusp of earning a starting position before a thigh issue limited him to seven defensive snaps in Week 12.

His talent was evident from the first day of organized team activities when he was still two months shy of his 21st birthday. Humphrey didn’t look much like a rookie in the spring and summer as he practiced press coverage and displayed the kind of polish you expect from a cornerback with at least a couple seasons under his belt.

This past Sunday was arguably the first time the moment has looked too big for him since he was selected with the 16th overall pick in April’s draft, and he still recovered in the fourth quarter to intercept a Stafford pass to help preserve the win.

“He has good composure on the field. He has God-given speed,” 10th-year cornerback Brandon Carr said. “The ability he has, he can make up for a lot of things that he hasn’t learned yet as far as technique and the ins and outs of the receivers. But he has a knack for just going out there and making plays.”

The Ravens would surely prefer having Smith on the field against the likes of All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown and deep threat Martavis Bryant in a nationally-televised prime-time game, but it’s not as though they’re throwing Humphrey to the wolves as an untested commodity. He’s already logged more than 300 defensive snaps this season — including 55 against an Oakland offense that included wide receivers Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper — after frequently spelling a banged-up Smith and replacing Carr when he struggled to slow down Green Bay’s speedy receivers late last month.

According to Pro Football Focus, Humphrey has graded a respectable 41st among qualified cornerbacks and is allowing a passer rating of just 52.3 when targeted. He has collected 25 tackles and two interceptions to go along with eight pass breakups. The latter stat ranks second on the team and reflects how quarterbacks had already tried to test the rookie with little success before Stafford’s last Sunday.

Prior to Smith’s injury, coaches had boasted that they had three starting corners on the league’s third-ranked pass defense, and the numbers support that idea as Humphrey has played 18 or more snaps seven times this season.

“I think it’ll help a lot,” Humphrey said. “Coaches have given me a lot of time to play for me [being] a backup corner. It’ll definitely help that I’ve got some game experience.”

Of course, the apprenticeship is now over as Humphrey will start opposite of Carr and the Ravens will try to avoid their second straight late-season collapse following an injury to Smith. There’s no safety net as the next men up on the depth chart are also inexperienced in Maurice Canady, Jaylen Hill, and Stanley Jean-Baptiste.

Frankly, this exact scenario with the oft-injured Smith is why general manager Ozzie Newsome passed on prospects at other positions of need to select Humphrey. Some growing pains are likely or even inevitable down the stretch, but his talent and even-keeled personality are major reasons why the Ravens believe they can endure Smith’s absence this time around after it was their fatal flaw last December.

“If a ball is completed on him, it’s not ‘sulk and go in the tank’ like some rookies can do,” said defensive coordinator Dean Pees about Humphrey early last month. “Every defensive back that is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame has gotten beat — every one of them. It is just a matter of the ones that are really in there are the ones that could forget that and go play the next play.

“I’m certainly not putting him in that category yet, but he has that quality.”

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Ravens choose depth, upside over immediate need by picking Humphrey

Posted on 28 April 2017 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — For years, the Ravens didn’t invest much in the cornerback position.

Since taking Jimmy Smith in the first round of the 2011 draft, Baltimore hadn’t selected a corner before the fourth round in five consecutive drafts, instead going with late-round projects and cheap veteran band-aids to fill out the depth chart behind the injury-prone Smith and a declining Lardarius Webb. The strategy resulted in the secondary remaining an annual weakness as the likes of Chykie Brown, Asa Jackson, Kyle Arrington, Jerraud Powers, and Shareece Wright were asked to fill meaningful roles at one time or another.

That’s why I can’t be too critical of general manager Ozzie Newsome’s decision to take Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey with the 16th overall pick of the 2017 draft on Thursday night. At six feet and 197 pounds, Humphrey’s upside as an outside corner is obvious as he’s only 20 years old and played at a high level for the best program in the nation over the last two seasons. But talent evaluators acknowledge his raw technique and struggles defending the deep ball with a few even wondering if he’s better suited to play safety at the next level. That’s not exactly a dream endorsement for your newly-branded first-round cornerback.

In other words, it’s far from a sure thing that Humphrey will be a starter in 2017, especially with the free-agent acquisition of reliable veteran Brandon Carr last month. There would be no shame in that, of course, as plenty of talented cornerbacks didn’t start as rookies.

There’s no disputing that the secondary is loaded, but did the Ravens maximize their value when you consider their bigger needs and the other highly-rated prospects who remained on the board?

If we’re sticking with Newsome’s Alabama connection alone, defensive end Jonathan Allen and inside linebacker Reuben Foster would have been slam-dunk Week 1 starters and tight end O.J. Howard could have been a much-needed play-maker for quarterback Joe Flacco. Pass rushers such as Takkarist McKinley, Taco Charlton, Charles Harris, and T.J. Watt were also on the board.

Of course, the top three wide receivers were snatched up long before the Ravens were on the clock, but the offensive line also has major holes to be filled.

Would they have been better served grabbing a talent at one of these other positions and waiting to take a cornerback with this draft considered so deep at the position?

Newsome acknowledged Thursday night that the Ravens took calls from teams wanting to move up to the 16th spot, but the proposed returns weren’t appealing enough for him to make a deal. Humphrey was certainly a consensus first-round pick, but it may not have been out of the question to still land him later in the round while picking up an extra pick or two to use in a deep draft.

When the Ravens had better overall rosters five or six years ago, the addition of Humphrey would have been praised as a luxury pick with huge upside. But a team needing immediate help at multiple positions may not feel a great impact from him in his rookie season, putting even more pressure on Newsome to nail his three Day 2 picks.

Humphrey may prove to be a terrific cornerback, but the Ravens drafted for depth and upside instead of filling a more pressing need. It’s an interesting choice for a franchise at a crossroads after missing the playoffs in three of the last four years.

Time will tell whether it works out.

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Ravens officially sign Trent Richardson to offseason roster

Posted on 18 April 2016 by Luke Jones

After nearly two months of anticipation, the Ravens officially signed running back Trent Richardson for the start of the offseason training program in Owings Mills on Monday morning.

Baltimore was first linked to the third overall pick of the 2012 draft during the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, but the organization wanted the former Cleveland and Indianapolis running back to get into better shape. Head coach John Harbaugh said last month that the Ravens had reached an “unofficial agreement” with Richardson, but the 25-year-old is now an official member of the 90-man offseason roster.

The University of Alabama product wasn’t sure if his NFL career was over after he was cut by the Oakland Raiders last August and sat out the 2015 season. However, general manager Ozzie Newsome — also a former Crimson Tide great — and the Ravens were willing to give Richardson another chance despite a disappointing start to his career.

After a solid rookie season with the Browns in which he rushed for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns, Richardson quickly fell out of favor in Cleveland and wasn’t any better following a trade to Indianapolis as both organizations were dissatisfied with his weight and lack of commitment to the game. In 46 career games, Richardson has averaged just 3.3 yards per carry.

The 5-foot-9, 230-pound back rushed for over 3,000 yards in a brilliant collegiate career.

Richardson will still have to earn his way onto the 53-man roster this summer as he’ll compete in a crowded backfield that already includes Justin Forsett, Buck Allen, Lorenzo Taliaferro, and Terrance West.

Wide receiver Kamar Aiken signed his restricted second-round tender on Monday, and Baltimore also announced the signings of three exclusive-rights free agents: wide receiver Jeremy Butler, return specialist Kaelin Clay, and offensive lineman Ryan Jensen.

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2015 Senior Bowl – Ravens guide

Posted on 24 January 2015 by Dennis Koulatsos

As I prepare to watch the 2015 Senior Bowl, here is a list of players – by position – that the Ravens scouting department has interviewed. It tips the Ravens hand in the direction the team is leaning towards in terms of needs:

  • RB – David Cobb – Minnesota
  • FB – Zach Zenner – South Dakota State
  • TE – Nick Boyle – Delaware
  • WR – Justin Hardy – East Carolina, Tyler Lockett – Kansas State, Devin Smith – Ohio State
  • G – Tre Jackson – Florida State, Laken Tomlinson – Duke, Jamil Douglas – Arizona State
  • DT – Grady Jarrett – Clemson
  • DE – Nate Orchard – Utah, Lorenzo Mauldin – Louisville,  Owamagbe Odighizuwa – UCLA, Henry Anderson – Stanford
  • ILB – Stephone Anthony – Clemson, Bryce Hager – Baylor
  • CB – Craig Mager – Texas State, Eric Rowe – Utah, JaCorey Shepherd – Kansas, Quinten Rollins – Miami (Ohio)

The Ravens like mature players. They gravitate towards team captains, as leadership is a trait that they value. They also love game film, and the Senior Bowl presents an opportunity to evaluate these players against their peers. Should be fun to watch, as there is no doubt that we will see a handful of these players in a Ravens uniform sometime between April 30 – May 2, at the conclusion of the 2015 NFL draft.

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Former Ravens fullback McClain arrested on synthetic marijuana charge

Posted on 06 November 2014 by Luke Jones

Former Ravens fullback Le’Ron McClain was arrested on a felony charge of trafficking synthetic marijuana in Alabama on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old was arrested in his hometown of Tuscaloosa after being found with 122 grams of synthetic marijuana, also known as “spice.” McClain hasn’t played in the NFL this season after being cut by the San Diego Chargers in March, and he last played for the Ravens during the 2010 season.

McClain is being held on $500,000 bond and could reportedly face a minimum three-year prison sentence and $50,000 fine if convicted of the charge under Alabama state law.

Drafted by the Ravens in the fourth round of the 2007 draft out of the University of Alabama, McClain made the Pro Bowl in 2008 and 2009. His best season came in 2008 when he received extensive time at tailback, rushing for 902 yards and 10 touchdowns.

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Mosley named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month

Posted on 30 October 2014 by Luke Jones

The praise continues to come for Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley as he was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for October on Thursday.

The 17th overall pick of May’s draft is viewed by many as a favorite to win the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award as he ranks fourth in the league in tackles and has graded out as the NFL’s best inside linebacker, according to Pro Football Focus. Mosley collected 42 tackles and two interceptions in four October games and played his best contest as a pro against the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 5 when he compiled 15 tackles and an interception in a 20-13 defeat.

For the season, Mosley has 76 tackles (three for a loss), two interceptions, six pass breakups, five quarterback hits, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery while starting all eight games next to fellow inside linebacker Daryl Smith.

“Besides just being a good football player and a good athlete, he’s a very, very intelligent guy,” defensive coordinator Dean Pees said. “A lot of times, rookies come in and you have to teach them how to study. And that was what was always great about having Ray [Lewis] and those guys around. They kind of followed his lead for a while. He has Daryl, [who] does a great job, but he’s kind of a guy that was like that when he came in. That’s what he is, and it’s very evident in how he plays.”

The University of Alabama product’s emergence is a major reason why the Baltimore defense currently ranks second in points allowed per game and seventh in run defense.

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Trips to Alabama, Georgetown, UMBC headline Towson non-conference schedule

Posted on 04 August 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON ANNOUNCES 2014-15 MEN’S BASKETBALL NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
Tigers open season at Alabama on November 14; travel to Georgetown and Temple while hosting LaSalle

TOWSON, Md. – Road contests at Alabama, Georgetown and Temple and a home game against 2013 NCAA “Sweet 16” participant LaSalle highlight the 2014-15 Towson University men’s basketball non-conference schedule, which was released by Tiger head coach Pat Skerry on Monday.

Coming off a season in which the Tigers won a Division I school record 25 games and advanced to the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), Skerry and the Tigers will look to build off that recent success by taking on a challenging non-conference schedule.

“We’re excited to play a strong non-conference schedule, which we always do,” said Skerry. “It’ll test us early and prepare us for the rigors of Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play.”

After graduating four senior starters, including two-time CAA Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon, the Tigers will have a new look heading into the 2014-15 season. Fans will have a chance to get an early preview of the team when Towson hosts an exhibition game against Slippery Rock inside SECU Arena on November 7. The exhibition contest will be part of a doubleheader with the Tiger women’s team.

The Tigers then go on the road for the first five games of the regular season. Towson opens its 2014-15 campaign by taking on Southeastern Conference (SEC) foe Alabama in Tuscaloosa on November 14. That game will be part of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.

After battling the Tide, the Tigers will visit local rival Morgan State on November 17. Towson then finishes off play in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic at Monmouth University from November 21-23. The four-team field also includes Central Connecticut State, Bethune-Cookman and host Monmouth.

The Tigers play their first regular season game inside SECU Arena, where they went 15-1 a year ago, onNovember 26 against Division III foe, Goucher College.
Towson will take on a pair of teams from Baltimore next, traveling to UMBC on November 29 and hosting Coppin State on December 3.

On December 7, the Tigers will make their second trip in three years to the Verizon Center to take on Georgetown. The game will be part of the BB&T Classic, which will be a doubleheader broadcast on Fox Sports 1. The opening game of the BB&T Classic pits George Washington against Charlotte.

Towson will then collide with a pair of teams from Philadelphia. On December 10, the Tigers will travel to Temple and on December 20, they’ll host LaSalle.

Before Christmas break, Towson will make the short trip to Annapolis to take on Navy on December 22. The Tigers wrap up non-conference play at home on December 29 hosting Fairleigh Dickinson.

All game dates are subject to change. Stay tuned to TowsonTigers.com as game times, ticket information, the CAA schedule and TV broadcast schedules will be announced in the coming weeks.

2014-15 Towson Men’s Basketball Schedule
November 7                        Slippery Rock (exhibition doubleheader with women’s basketball team)
November 14                      at Alabama (CBE Hall of Fame Classic)
November 17                       at Morgan State
November 21                       vs. Central Connecticut State (CBE Hall of Fame Classic)
November 22                      vs. Bethune-Cookman (CBE Hall of Fame Classic)
November 23                      at Monmouth (CBE Hall of Fame Classic)
November 26                      Goucher College
November 29                      at UMBC
December 3                        Coppin State
December 7                        at Georgetown (BB&T Classic)
December 10                      at Temple
December 20                      LaSalle
December 22                      at Navy
December 29                      Fairleigh Dickinson

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Alabama QB McCarron wins Unitas Golden Arm Award

Posted on 09 December 2013 by WNST Staff

ALABAMA’S AJ McCARRON WINS THE 2013 JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD

BALTIMORE, MD (12/9/13) — Alabama Quarterback AJ McCarron is the winner of the 2013 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc. and Transamerica.

McCarron had an outstanding year in leading the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide to an 11-1 record, completing 67.6% of his passes for 2,676 yards and 26 touchdowns against only 5 interceptions.

A top leader known for his ability to orchestrate an offense, McCarron compiled a 34-2 record (.943) as a starter at Alabama. He holds the Alabama record for throwing 30 touchdown passes in 2012, and once went 291 pass attempts without throwing an interception (the second-longest streak in SEC history).

McCarron, who was a finalist for last year’s Golden Arm Award, was selected from an original field of 30 in the annual competition to name the top college quarterback in the nation. Other finalists for the 2013 award included Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Derek Carr (Fresno State), Jordan Lynch (Northern Illinois), and Aaron Murray (Georgia).

The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award is named after the man many refer to as the greatest quarterback ever to play the game of football. Johnny Unitas was an 18-year veteran of the NFL, who played his collegiate career at the University of Louisville before joining the Baltimore Colts in 1958. His career passing figures include 2,830 pass completions for 40,239 yards, 290 touchdowns, and throwing a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games.

Candidates for the Golden Arm Award – which has been presented at the end of each college football season since 1987 – must be college seniors or fourth-year juniors on schedule to graduate with their class. In addition to the accomplishments on the field, candidates are judged on their character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, and leadership qualities.

Past Golden Arm Award winners include: Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997); Carson Palmer (USC, 2002); Eli Manning (Ole Miss, 2003); Matt Ryan (Boston College, 2007); Colt McCoy (Texas, 2009); and Andrew Luck (Stanford, 2011).

McCarron will receive the 2013 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award at a ceremony to be held this coming Friday, December 13, 6-9 p.m., at the Embassy Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor & Grand Historic Venue, 225 N. Charles Street in downtown Baltimore.

The ceremony will feature remarks by one of Johnny Unitas’ favorite targets during his years with the Baltimore Colts, NFL Hall of Famer Raymond Berry. Proceeds from the Golden Arm Award help to support the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation. The Foundation provides financial assistance to underprivileged and deserving young scholar-athletes throughout Maryland and Kentucky.

The namesake of the Golden Arm Award has a storied football history. Inducted into Pro Football’s Hall of Fame in 1979, Johnny Unitas was named the top quarterback of all-time in commemorations of the NFL’s 25th, 50th, and 75th anniversaries. In turn-of-the-century listings, he was named to Sports Illustrated’s list of top 10 athletes, Time Magazine’s list of 10 most influential athletes, and ESPN’s series on the 50 greatest athletes of the century.

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Rolando McClain arrested again in Alabama

Posted on 22 April 2013 by WNST Staff

As first reported by WHNT in Huntsville, Baltimore Ravens LB Rolando McClain was arrested again Sunday night in his hometown of Decatur, Ala.

McClain was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, both misdemeanor charges.

According to the WHNT report, McClain was arrested at Pines Park. Police forced a large crowd gathered in the park to leave when the troubled former Crimson Tide LB refused to and began cursing at the police.

McClain’s arrest is the latest in a disturbing track record over recent years. He was arrested in 2011 and charged with reckless endangerment, menacing, third-degree assault and firing a gun in city limits. A conviction was overturned in circuit court when the victim declined to testify. He was arrested again in 2013 for a window tint violation and gave arresting officers a false name.

McClain was suspended two games for conduct detrimental to the Oakland Raiders in 2012, the suspension was reportedly separate from the off-field issues. He said he was “mentally done” as a Raider via a Facebook post during the course of last season, adding “looking forward to playing for an actual ‘team.'”

The Ravens signed McClain two weeks ago, giving him a deal worth as much as $1.1 million. General Manager Ozzie Newsome told reporters “Rolando is just (being) given an opportunity to make our 53-man roster, that’s it” last week. He added “I think the guys in the locker room will be able to provide him with the proper guidance as to the way John (Harbaugh) wants his football players to be.”

McClain purchased a home in Madison, Ala. earlier this offseason and vowed to clean up his act off the field prior to signing a one-year deal with the Ravens.

That included an admission that he needed to distance himself from his hometown in order to get his career back on track.

“I love my friends and my city and I won’t turn my back on them,” McClain told the Madison Weekly News in March. “I just need to make better decisions in my life. I won’t be making as many visits to Decatur.”

As of late Sunday night, the Ravens had not offered public comment about the arrest.

WNST will continue to monitor and update this story throughout the day Monday via AM1570, WNST.net and @WNST on Twitter.

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