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Maryland Plays Host to Florida Gulf Coast on Black Friday

Posted on 25 November 2011 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland returns to Comcast Center after its trip to Puerto Rico to face Florida Gulf Coast… The Terrapins are 2-2 overall after winning one of three at the 5-hour Energy Puerto Rico Tip-Off… The Terps beat Colorado, 78-71, in the middle of the three games… They lost to 15th-ranked Alabama, 62-42, before dropping the finale to Iona, 89-63.

Storyline

  • Terrell Stoglin led Maryland in scoring at the tournament, averaging 18.3 points per game on the island… Stoglin had a career-high 32 points in the win over Colorado, scoring 25 points in the second half to lead the Terrapins back from an 11-point deficit… The sophomore’s previous career-high was 28 points set last year at North Carolina, and he became the first Terrapin to hit the 30-point plateau since Greivis Vasquez had 41 on 2/27/2010 in a double-overtime win at Virginia Tech.
  • Stoglin comes into tonight’s game leading the Terrapins in scoring with a 19.3 ppg average overall… He has hit 23 of 25 free throws (.920) this season and is among the leaders in the Atlantic Coast Conference at the line.
  • Senior Sean Mosley led Maryland with 21 points in the loss against Iona… He hit 4 of 8 from 3-point range and went 7-for-12 from the floor… Mosley was hot from long range in San Juan, hitting 9 of 16 behind the arc… He is Maryland’s second-leading scorer overall with a 12.3 ppg average.
  • Redshirt freshman Ashton Pankey has been a pleasant surprise in the early stretches of this season… He already has two games with double figures in rebounds, and his 11 against Iona are the most by a Terrapin so far this season… His 8.8 rebounds-per-game average is among the top 10 in the ACC.
  • Junior forward James Padgett is third on the team in scoring (7.3 ppg) and second in rebounding (6.5). Amazingly, 20 of his 26 rebounds so far have come on the offensive glass.
  • Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon is only the eighth head coach in Maryland basketball history (1923-24) and only the fourth coach the Terps have had in the past 43 seasons (since Lefty Driesell became the new coach in 1969-70).Scouting The Eagles
  • Florida Gulf Coast had a record of 2-3 overall following a 60-50 loss at Miami on Tuesday night…. Sherwood Brown had 19 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out after playing 29 minutes in the game… Brown was 8-for-12 from the floor.
  • The Eagles lay claim to victories over Ave Maria University and Prairie View A&M, while they lost games to Texas Christian and Southern Methodist by one point each… Led by first-year head coach Andy Enfield, FGCU was picked to finish eighth of 10 teams in the Atlantic Sun preseason poll.
  • FGCU’s roster is laden with youth – seven of the 13 players are freshmen and two are seniors… Three Eagles average double figures in scoring, led by junior guard Sherwood Brown, who averages 11.8 ppg and 6.4 rpg.
  • Freshman guard Brett Comer scores at 11.2 ppg and averages 5.0 assists, with guard Bernard Thompson also scoring in double figures (10.8 ppg).
  • Christopher Varidel has connected on 11 of 24 3-pointers (.458) this season… As a team the Eagles are connecting at a .464 mark including .393 from 3-point range.

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Ravens Waive McCann, Add Williams From Practice Squad

Posted on 05 November 2011 by WNST Staff

For Immediate Release

RAVENS ROSTER MOVES

The Baltimore Ravens have waived CB/RS Bryan McCann and promoted OLB Chavis Williams from the practice squad to their 53-man roster.

A 6-3, 227-pound rookie from Alabama, Williams originally signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent this past July.

He appeared in 33 career games for the Crimson Tide, producing 17 tackles in four seasons (2007-10).

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Terrapins Open with Alabama at Puerto Rico Tourney

Posted on 03 August 2011 by WNST Staff

Terps won 1998 tournament in Puerto Rico

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland has drawn NIT-finalist Alabama for its first-round matchup on Thursday, Nov. 17 in the 2011 Puerto Rico Tip-Off, it was announced Wednesday by ESPN Regional Television.

The Terrapins, who face the Crimson Tide on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. ET, are in a half of the draw that includes three semifinalists from last year’s postseason NIT. Champion Wichita State will face Colorado in the other first-round matchup in the Terps’ half of the bracket in Puerto Rico.

In its only other trip to a tournament in Puerto Rico, Maryland won the Puerto Rico Shootout in 1998. The Terrapins beat AU-Puerto Rico, UCLA and Pittsburgh en route to the championship of the event, played in Bayamon, P.R.

Temple will open play in the 2011 event against Western Michigan, with Purdue meeting Iona in the other afternoon-session game.

Each team will play three games in the tournament, playing on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Nov. 17, 18 and 20 at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in San Juan. Minnesota beat West Virginia for the tournament championship a year ago.

PUERTO RICO TIP-OFF SCHEDULE

(All times Eastern)

THURSDAY, November 17

Temple vs. Western Michigan, 10:30 a.m. (ESPNU)

Purdue vs. Iona, 1 p.m. (ESPNU)

MARYLAND vs. Alabama, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)

Wichita State vs. Colorado, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Friday, November 18

Temple-WMU winner vs. Purdue-Iona winner, 1 p.m. (ESPNU)

Temple-WMU loser vs. Purdue-Iona loser, 3:30 p.m.

Maryland-Ala. loser vs. WSU-Colorado loser, 6:30 p.m.

Maryland-Ala. winner vs. WSU-Colorado winner, 9 p.m.

Sunday, November 20

7th-place game, 11:30 a.m.

5th-place game, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)

3rd-place game, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Championship, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

– Terps –

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Navy Announces 2011 Football Recruiting Class

Posted on 30 June 2011 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md.-Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo released the names of the 2011 Navy football recruits on Thursday evening as 52 prospects representing 16 states went through induction ceremonies and began plebe summer.

“We are very excited about the group we have coming in this year,” said Niumatalolo. “If they work hard and do the things they are supposed to do in Bancroft Hall, in the classroom, in the weight room and on the practice field they have a chance to be a part of something special.”

The state of Florida produced the most prospects with eight, while six incoming recruits hail from Texas.  Georgia, Tennessee and California produced five prospects each.

Navy football season tickets are currently on sale at the Ricketts Hall Box Office, by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY or by logging on to the web at www.navysports.com. Navy opens the 2011 campaign on Sept. 3 against Delaware.  The Mids will play five games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium this fall, including an Oct. 1 date with Air Force, and will play host to Army at FedExField in Landover, Md.

NAVY FOOTBALL CLASS OF 2015
Name                          Position            Hgt.            Wgt.            Hometown/High School
Kody Akers                QB                   5-10            190            Delaware, Ohio/Rutherford Hayes
Colin Amerau             PK                    6-2            185            Alexandria, Va./Mount Vernon
Adrian Barnaby                        DL                    6-1            275            Deltona, Fla./Trinity Christian Academy
DJ Beard                        DB                        6-0            180            McDonough, Ga./Ola
Pablo Beltran              P/K                   6-2            200            Humble, Texas/Atascocita
Jimmy Britton                        DB                        6-2            210            Togers, Ark./Heritage
Greg Bryant Jr.                        QB                   6-2            185            Fayetteville, N.C./Jack Britt
Allen Caldwell                        DL                        6-3            250            Crestview, Fla./Crestview
Joe Cardona                        LS                    6-3            200            El Cajon, Calif./Granite Hills
Ruben Carson              SB                    5-8            170            Hoover, Ala./Hoover
Noah Copeland                        FB                    5-10            205            San Antonio, Texas/Brandeis
Kyle Cregge              OL                    6-2            279            Alpharetta, Ga./Milton
Aaron Davis                DL                    6-0            265            Manvel, Texas/Dawson
Jordan Drake                        OLB                        6-4            210            Douglasville, Ga./Chapel Hill
Brendan Dudeck             QB                   6-0            188            Hamilton Square, N.J./The Hun School
Chris Ferguson                        DB                   6-2            195            Angier, N.C./West Johnson
Tanner Fleming                        OL                    6-2            260            Deltona, Fla./Deltona
Parrish Gaines                        DB                        6-2            185            Smyrna, Tenn./Smyrna
Daniel Godkin              DL                    6-4            230            Las Vegas, Nev./Palo Verde
Bradyn Heap                 OL                    6-3            265            South Jordan, Utah/Bingham
John Hendrick                        QB                        6-1            185            Tampa, Fla./Sickles
Sam Holguin                        WR                        6-3            195            Pacific Palisades, Calif./Saint Monica
Dale Howard             DL                    6-0            275            Baxley, Ga./Appling County
George Jamison             DB                   6-0            190            Memphis, Tenn./Evangelical Christian
Chris Johnson                        OLB                        6-1            205            Cape Coral, Fla./Cape Coral
Eric Johnson             SB                    5-10            185            Fayetteville, N.C./Jack Britt
James King                 WR                  6-2            195            Orinda, Calif./Miramonte
Anthony Lewis                OLB                 6-0            210            Salt Lake City, Utah/Cottonwood
Carrington Lewis             OLB                 6-3            197            Helena, Ala./Pelham
Marcus Lewis                SB                    5-8            170            Cape Coral, Fla./North Fort Myers
Austin Marshall                        OL                    6-3            300            Rossville, Tenn./Evangelical Christian
Isaiah McElrath                        DL                    6-2            280            Milton, Fla./Pace
Brice Musgrove                        DL                    5-11            275            Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill
Chris Nurthen             DL                    6-3            226            Phoenixville, Pa./Great Valley
Nate Otto                        OL                    6-2            265            Houston, Texas/Clear Lake
Togasii Peko                        DB                        6-0            177            Henderson, Nev./Bishop Gorman
Maika Polamalu                        FB                        6-0            200            Pottstown, Pa./Pottsgrove
AJ Pouncy              DB                   6-1            190            Humble, Texas/Atascocita
Paul Quessenberry            DL                    6-2            230            Carlsbad, Calif./LaCosta Canyon
Lonnie Richardson            DB                   5-11            195            Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven
Vinny Rider                DL                    6-4            260            Athens, Ohio/Athens
Dan Ring                        DL                        6-2            270            Lighthouse Point, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons
Shakir Robinson                        DB                        5-10            190            Brunswick, Ga./Brunswick
Quinton Singleton            FB                    6-0            190            Manning, S.C./Scotts Branch
Will Strauss              OL                    6-5            245            Brentwood, Calif./Heritage
Josh Tate                        DB                   5-11            180            Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood
David Thurston                        LB                    6-1            225            Broomfield, Colo./Arvada West
Obinna Uzoma                        OLB                        6-3            215            Wake Forest, N.C./Knightdale
Kody West                 QB                   6-2            195            Murfreesboro, Tenn./Riverdale
Geoffrey Whiteside            SB                    5-10            177            Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Hartley
Ryan Williams                        SB                    5-8            170            Helena, Ala./Pelham
Jake Zuzek               OL                    6-0            290            Brookhaven, Pa./West Philadelphia Catholic

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Terps Join Purdue, Temple in 2011 Puerto Rico Tip-Off Field

Posted on 27 April 2011 by WNST Staff

Here is the official release, courtesy of the event…

Strong Tournament Field Headed to 2011 Puerto Rico Tip-Off
Temple, Purdue and 2011 NIT Semifinalists headline field

The annual destination event of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off has secured all eight teams for the 2011 field to be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17, 18 & 20, at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico, in the cosmopolitan Hato Rey district of San Juan.

The field for the fifth annual Puerto Rico Tip-Off includes Alabama, Colorado, Iona, Maryland, Purdue, Temple, Western Michigan and Wichita State. Both Purdue and Temple reached the second round of the NCAA Championship. Wichita State topped Alabama in the NIT championship game, while Colorado was a semifinalist. Iona earned a berth to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, advancing to a title game, while Western Michigan reached the second round.

The 2011 Puerto Rico Tip-Off, a bracket-format tournament, will feature 12 games over three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a championship match Sunday, Nov. 20.

For the fifth straight year, the BIG EAST will serve as the event’s sponsoring conference.

Minnesota topped West Virginia 74-70 for the 2010 Puerto Rico Tip-Off title. Other former winners were Villanova in 2009, Xavier in 2008 and Miami (Fla.) in 2007.

The family-friendly tournament and resort destination of Puerto Rico host the teams to three days of play, practices and immersion into the Puerto Rican culture and landscape. Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Web site at www.puertoricotipoff.com.

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Alabama’s Mark Ingram is Best RB in 2011

Posted on 12 April 2011 by Brian Billick

Alabama’s Mark Ingram is considered by many as the top running back in this year’s draft.  He isn’t going to wow anyone with his size, speed, and physical skill-set, but he runs hard and with a purpose.  His running style is actually very comparable to Emmit Smith.

Ingram is a patient runner that shows great vision, staying behind his blockers before shooting through an opening.  He has nifty footwork and change of direction in tight spaces that make it very difficult to get a clean hit on him.  He uses jukes and cutback lanes well to set up blocks and creates running lanes down the field.  Ingram runs “angry” and stays behind his pads, ensuring that he falls forward for a couple more yards after contact.  His uses his low enter of gravity to run with a strong base and a powerful stride.  Even when watching him run the forty-yard dash, he runs with high knees and uses his big powerful thighs.  Throughout the rest of this month, he will be on a mission to prove to teams that he can protect the passer in the backfield, and also have the hands to check out in the flat and be a threat in the passing game as well.

While Mark Ingram may be the best overall running back prospect available in the draft, teams will be evaluating his against the “value” they could get in later rounds.  With passing systems becoming much more prevalent in the NFL, the value of the first round running back may becoming extinct.

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Julio Jones Pushing Green as Top WR Prospect

Posted on 04 April 2011 by Brian Billick

Julio Jones is a three year starter from Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide.  He measures in at 6’2 3/4 and 220 pounds.  Jones has always been considered an elite prospect with a high first round grade, but he raised his stock even more during the NFL Scouting Combine.  It was there that he ran a 4.39 forty-yard dash and jumped a 38.5 inch vertical, all while having a bone injury in his foot.  Not only does that show supreme athleticism, but also a certain level of toughness that some NFL prima donnas at the wide receiver position lack.

Jones carries that toughness onto the field as well.  He shows a no fear mentality when going across the middle, and often gives up his body in order to make a catch.  He also displays that 4.39 speed in his route running by maintaining close to full speed when coming in and out of breaks.  He also shows the ability to be a great double move receiver that is so often used in NFL passing systems.  When the ball is in his possession, he runs “angry” and often picks up yards after contact.  Jones is best when the defensive back tries to play press coverage, but could work on his technique to eat up separation when the corner is playing off coverage.  He has above average hands, but will sometimes drop an easy pass by letting it get into his body.

Jones’ combine workout was very impressive, and encouraged NFL scouts and talent evaluators to go back and look at additional tape.  Some teams have claimed to move him ahead of AJ Green on their draft board, but I would still consider him a close second.   I believe Jones to be very comparable to Anquan Boldin and will give his future team that tough presence at the wide receiver position.

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The ‘fall’ of the Ravens defense started many Aprils ago

Posted on 17 November 2010 by Luke Jones

If you’ve been wearing out your Greg Mattison dartboard over the last several weeks, you’re probably not alone.

After all, the current Ravens defensive coordinator is solely responsible for the fall of a once-dominant unit all the way to 10th in the NFL, right?

(As an aside, how spoiled are we to be frustrated with a unit still better — statistically — than 22 other defenses in the league?)

From eliminating the submissive three-man rush to playing tighter, press coverage in the secondary, Marvin Lewis, Mike Nolan, or Rex Ryan would be coaching this defense to the elite level it enjoyed over the last decade instead of the mortal status it currently holds.

If only it were that simple.

Placing blame on a few individuals is common practice (Mattison, maligned cornerback Fabian Washington, and, until recently, “overrated” linebacker Terrell Suggs are popular targets these days), but the defensive problems run far deeper.

Personnel issues, aging stars, a key injury (anyone remember Domonique Foxworth?), and — perhaps — coaching shortcomings have left the Ravens with an above-average defense pursuing ghosts of dominance on the M&T Bank Stadium turf.

Truth be told, the current deterioration of the Baltimore defense began years ago, even while the unit was enjoying perennial elite status.

Anyone who’s followed Ozzie Newsome’s 15 years in Baltimore knows organizational success begins and ends in April. Shrewd trades and a sprinkling of free-agent signings have contributed over the years, but the Ravens have traditionally made their money with the NFL Draft, especially on the defensive side of the football.

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And herein lies the problem with the current defense.

Since the Ravens drafted Suggs with the 10th overall pick in the 2003 draft, Newsome has used only one first-round pick on a defensive player, tackle Haloti Ngata in 2006.

By no means is that an indictment of Newsome, director of player personnel Eric DeCosta, and the scouting department in Owings Mills. The Ravens had no choice but to address the offensive side of the football in hopes of reaching the pinnacle of the NFL.

If defense alone truly wins championships, the Ravens would have a showcase full of Vince Lombardi Trophies in the lobby at 1 Winning Drive, but Baltimore has fallen short with a number of elite defenses, all because of offensive units that couldn’t get out of their own way.

As a result, the team has used five of its last six first-round picks on offensive players, including quarterback Joe Flacco (2008) and current starting linemen Ben Grubbs (2007) and Michael Oher (2009). Meanwhile, the defense largely maintained the status quo, carrying the mantra of dominance for years.

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Perhaps seeing leaks last season, the front office emphasized defense in April, drafting Sergio Kindle from Texas and the mammoth Terrence Cody from Newsome’s alma mater of Alabama. Ultimately, a draft’s success cannot be gauged for a few years, but the short-term return has been negligible halfway through the 2010 season.

In fairness, if you could have predicted Kindle’s fall down two flights of stairs in late July, forget about running an NFL front office; I’m asking you for this weekend’s winning lottery numbers.

Cody, on the other hand, still has time to contribute in the short-term and has played better in the Ravens’ last two games after a slow start to his professional career.

But one draft was not going to fix a philosophical shift in recent years that focused on offense with defensive upgrades taking a backseat. A simple look at the defensive picks in the Ravens’ first three rounds since 2004 shows the underwhelming results (the round in which the player was selected is noted in parentheses):

2004: DE Dwan Edwards (2nd)
2005: LB Dan Cody (2nd)
2006: DT Haloti Ngata (1st), CB David Pittman (3rd)
2007: None
2008: LB Tavares Gooden (3rd), S Tom Zbikowski (3rd)
2009: DE Paul Kruger (2nd), CB Lardarius Webb (3rd)
2010: LB Sergio Kindle (2nd), DT Terrence Cody (2nd)

Far more alarming than the lack of first-round selections is the volume of players who failed to make an impact as higher selections. Dan Cody (injuries) and Pittman (ineffectiveness) barely made it on the field in their brief time in Baltimore, and it remains unknown whether Kindle will ever play again, let alone contribute at a high level.

Other players, such as Edwards before signing with Buffalo last offseason, Gooden, and Kruger, have been little more than role players, contributing at times but failing to make a significant impact, though recent draft picks deserve more time to develop.

In contrast, a look at the Ravens’ defensive selections in the first three rounds from 1996 to 2003 shows a much different picture:

1996: LB Ray Lewis (1st), CB DeRon Jenkins (2nd)
1997: LB Peter Boulware (1st), LB Jamie Sharper (2nd), S Kim Herring (2nd)
1998: CB Duane Starks (1st)
1999: CB Chris McAlister (1st)
2000: None
2001: CB Gary Baxter (2nd)
2002: S Ed Reed (1st), DE Anthony Weaver (2nd)
2003: LB Terrell Suggs (1st)

The number of players chosen is similar (11 defensive players chosen in eight years compared to the 10 defenders selected in the seven drafts since 2004), but every player on the latter list started multiple seasons — many of them at elite levels — except Jenkins, who was largely considered a bust in his four years with the Ravens. Of course, the six first-rounds selections paid the largest dividends, but their other picks made significant contributions as well.

Looking at their draft record since 2004 and comparing it to the franchise’s first eight years in Baltimore reveals that in addition to the front office using fewer first-round picks on defensive players, it hasn’t been nearly as successful finding defensive talent in the second and third rounds, especially at cornerback where the unit currently struggles.

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Pick 57: Meet gigantic Terrence Cody

Posted on 23 April 2010 by WNST Staff

With the 57th pick of the 2010 NFL Draft, the Ravens selected defensive tackle Terrenc Cody from Alabama. Here is some information about the newest Ravens’ run stopper, who is a big, big man.

Cody’s wiki is below:

Terrence Bernard Cody, Jr. (born June 28, 1988[2]) is an American football nose tackle. He currently attends the University of Alabama in his senior year, where he earned the nicknamed “Mount Cody” for his gargantuan frame.[3][4] Earning consensus All-American honors consecutive times, Cody anchored one of college football’s best defenses during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Described as a “6-5, 360-plus-pound athletic anomaly”,[5] he is considered one of the rare two-gap nose tackles that NFL teams covet for their 3-4 defenses, and projected as a first-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.[3][6]

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A native of Fort Myers, Florida, Cody attended Riverdale High School. As a child, he wore size-10 shoes by the age of eight, and was never eligible for the Pop Warner youth leagues because he was always over the weight limit.[7] Already 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) and 275 lb (125 kg) as a ninth-grader, Cody began playing high school football and displayed extraordinary athleticism, causing his high school coach, Scott Jones, to predict “he could be making $2 million playing in the NFL” at some point.[8] He played only two years of varsity football, as a freshman and a senior, because he struggled academically, had to help take care of his seven younger siblings and ended up “running with the wrong crowd.”[3]

After sitting out his sophomore and junior seasons, Cody dominated as a senior. In a game against North Fort Myers, he had a memorable collision with star running back Noel Devine. “Terrence hit and spun Noel Devine so hard that [Devine] was on the sideline puking,” coach Jones said.[6]

Cody was not ranked among the nation’s elite football prospects in 2006 by any recruiting service. Nonetheless he was offered athletic scholarships by the University of Miami and the University of South Florida, but could not qualify academically.[9] Cody eventually signed with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

[edit] College career

I haven’t seen anybody who’s a match for this guy one-on-one. Nobody playing on Saturdays, or Sundays probably.

Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt.[8]

[edit] Mississippi Gulf Coast

Cody played two seasons at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston, Mississippi as a nose tackle. As a freshman he recorded 48 tackles with 2.5 sacks and an interception. In his sophomore year, he added 31 tackles and 3.5 sacks while anchoring a Bulldog defense that ranked number one in the state in rushing defense and total defense. Mississippi Gulf Coast finished the season with an 12–0 season record and a NJCAA Co-National Championship.[10] Cody was named to the NJCAA All-American first team.[11] He also earned a three-star rating by Rivals.com and was listed as the No. 47 junior college player in the country.[12]

Despite his dominance, he had trouble drawing scholarship offers, as his weight of 410 pounds (190 kg) scared off many teams. “A lot of people are just wary of guys that big,” Mississippi Gulf Coast coach Steve Campbell said. “You know when people say that if things seem too good to be true that they usually are. A big guy like that who’s that athletic, you just don’t believe what you’re seeing.”[6]

However, after Cody had his weight down to 385 lb (175 kg), a number of schools offered him scholarships, including Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Florida State.[13] He was heavily recruited particularly by Alabama′s Nick Saban, who was in need of a true nose tackle for his 3-4 defense.[3] Cody recalls Saban telling him, “We need a body like yours in the middle, to stop the run, to change the rhythm of the game.”[14] Cody committed to the Crimson Tide on November 29, 2007.[15]

[edit] Alabama

“Offenses have to assign two blockers to [Cody] and he routinely clogs up the middle anyway. He forces running backs into other tacklers’ arms and opens up rushing lanes for teammates.”

Cody made an immediate impact for the Crimson Tide defensive line, recording four tackles—one for loss—in a 34–10 rout of the Clemson Tigers. He and the rest of the defense also held the Tigers, which included stud running backs James Davis and C. J. Spiller, to zero net rushing yards.[17] With his presence in the middle of the Crimson Tide defensive line, Cody earned himself the nickname of “Mount Cody.”[8] By mid-season he was already considered the No. 1 nose tackle prospect for the 2009 NFL Draft by league scouts.[18]

Against Arkansas, Cody dominated Razorbacks center Jonathan Luigs—the 2007 Rimington Trophy winner—and helped the Crimson Tide to a 49–14 win. In a memorable play on a fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line late in the first half, Cody blasted past Luigs and left guard Wade Grayson to grab running back Michael Smith before he could reach the end zone.[6] In Alabama’s rout over Georgia at Sanford Stadium, Cody was instrumental in holding Doak Walker award candidate Knowshon Moreno to just 34 yards rushing.[19] In the seventh game of the season against Ole Miss, he received a knee injury during the third quarter[20] which sidelined him for two weeks.[21]

In the annual Iron Bowl versus rival Auburn, Cody and teammate Bobby Greenwood sacked quarterback Kodi Burns, giving Cody his first half-sack of the season. He also recovered a fumble, which set up an Alabama touchdown.[22] In the 2008 SEC Championship Game versus Florida, Cody recorded three tackles in a 31–20 loss. In the loss, the Crimson Tide allowed 142 yards rushing[23]—the second most in the 2008 season. In the season finale, he recorded one assisted tackle, while holding the Utah Utes to 13 yards rushing.[24] However, Alabama went on to lose the game 31–17, finishing the season 12–2.[25]

Alabama′s rush defense considerably improved in 2008. After giving up 128.4 rushing yards a game in 2007, the Crimson Tide only allowed 78.8 yards per game in 2008. “As far as one guy who has changed our team more than any, you’d have to go with Terrence,” offensive lineman Mike Johnson said.[3] Cody was subsequently given the team’s Defensive Achievement Award for a newcomer who has played a critical role in the effectiveness of his unit.

“Cody’s statistics may not blow you away; […b]ut he still can be the most dominant player on the field because of the double- and triple-teams opposing teams give him.”

Despite being commonly regarded as a top prospect, Cody decided to skip the 2009 NFL Draft. On Christmas Day 2008 an “announcement” on his Facebook page said that he was leaving early, but turned out to be a joke by his girlfriend.[26]

Prior to the 2009 season, Cody has dropped about 10 pounds, worked on his conditioning, and hopes to keep himself in the game on third-down passing situations. He was often replaced by Josh Chapman on passing downs in 2008.[27] Cody checked in at fall practice at 354 pounds, however Nick Saban says he needs to be down near 340 in order to become an every-down player and pass-rusher.[28] By the time Alabama plays Virginia Tech on September 5, Cody planned to be down to 345,[29][30] and eventually dropped his weight to 349.[31] Only a couple of days before the season opener, Cody and a few of his teammates were sidelined with flulike symptoms. Cody returned after a three-day absence.[32]

Cody has been named to the 2009 Lombardi Award, Lott Trophy, and Outland Trophy watch lists.[33][34][35] Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 1 defensive tackle in college football in 2009.[36] On October 14, 2009, Cody and fellow teammate Rolando McClain were announced as two of the twelve finalists for the 2009 Lombardi Award.[37] Cody was also named to The Sporting News and CBS Sports midseason college football All-American teams.[38][39]

In a game against Tennessee on October 24, Cody blocked his first two field goals of his career, including a 44-yard attempt in the game’s final seconds, to secure Alabama’s 12–10 win.[40] According to Yahoo! Sports’ national columnist Dan Wetzel, Cody earned himself Heisman Trophy consideration with his performance against the Volunteers.[16] A couple of weeks later, Mike Hiserman of the Los Angeles Times also called for Heisman consideration for Cody, describing him as “the best player on what might be college football’s top defense.”[41]

“Other than [Ndamukong] Suh, there might not be another player in college football who disrupts a game plan the way Cody does. [… He] is a wall-to-wall space occupier. It takes two, sometimes three, offensive linemen to keep him from pushing the pile into the backfield.”

On November 10, Cody was named one of four finalists for the Lombardi Award, alongside Jerry Hughes, Gerald McCoy and Ndamukong Suh.[43] He is the seventh Crimson Tide player to be named a finalist and the second in a row, joining offensive tackle Andre Smith, who was a finalist for the award in 2008. Former All-American linebacker Cornelius Bennett is the only Alabama player to win the Lombardi Award, capturing the honor in 1986. However, Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh won the award.[44] On November 19, Cody joined Pat Angerer, Eric Berry, Jerry Hughes and Ndamukong Suh as the five finalists for the 2009 Nagurski Trophy,[45] but was again beat out by Suh for the award.[46] And on November 23, Cody, Brandon Spikes and Suh were announced as the three finalists for the 2009 Bednarik Award,[47] which eventually went to Suh as well.

In his two seasons at Alabama, Cody helped the Crimson Tide to lead the Southeastern Conference in rushing defense, allowing opponents a rushing average of only 78.8 and 78.1 yards per game in 2008 and 2009, respectively. No individual player reached the 100-yards rushing mark against the Crimson Tide in those two years (the closest being Anthony Dixon, who rushed for 81 yards against Alabama in 2009). Also, while Cody was not an effective pass rusher himself, his presence has done a lot to improve Alabama’s pass rush. Wrote Michael Casagrande: “The power that comes with his size typically forces opposing lines to focus two players on blocking him, thus creating favorable rushing lanes for unblocked linebackers.”[48]

Prior to the 2010 BCS National Championship Game, Cody draw awestruck praise from Texas players and coaches. “They call him Mount Cody. Mount Cody is for a reason. He plays like he’s 450 pounds. He can move like he’s Sergio Kindle,” said Longhorns guard Charlie Tanner.[49] Alabama’s defense held Texas to 81 yards rushing (more than 70 yards below their season average) on 28 attempts, and helped the Crimson Tide to their first national title since 1992.[50]

Along with Crimson Tide teammates Javier Arenas, Mike Johnson, Leigh Tiffin, and Colin Peek, Cody will participate in the 2010 Senior Bowl, the NFL audition for top senior prospects, on January 30, 2010.[51] In the Senior Bowl weigh-in at the Mobile Convention Center, Cody tipped the scales at 370 pounds, which hurt his draft status according to NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock.[52]

[edit] College awards and honors

[edit] College career statistics

Year GP–GS Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Fumbles Blocked
Solo Ast Total Loss–Yards No–Yards Int–Yards BU PD QBH Rcv–Yards FF Kick
2008 11–11 7 16 23 4.5–14 0.5–5 0–0 0 0 2 2–0 1 0
2009 14–14 12 16 28 6.0–11 0–0 0–0 1 1 3 0–0 0 2
Total 19 32 51 10.5–25 0.5–5 0–0 1 1 5 2–0 1 2

[edit] Professional career

[edit] 2010 NFL Draft

“Regardless of questions on weight or build, when you look for that 3-4 centerpiece, a guy who has the physical traits of a block-occupying clogger who will let your linebackers play with freedom, Cody’s that type of guy.”

Frequently drawing comparisons to Ted Washington and Shaun Rogers,[69][70][71] Cody is considered one of the rare two-gap nose tackles that NFL teams covet for their 3-4 defenses.[3][6] Many NFL experts therefore project Cody to be selected in the first-round of the 2010 NFL Draft.[72][73][74][75][76] One of the teams interested in Cody were his near-hometown Miami Dolphins, who lost their veteran nose tackle Jason Ferguson to injury during the 2009 season.[77]

Some pro scouts, however, are concerned about Cody’s weight and say he needs to be down to 340 pounds in order to be an effective NFL player. They have questioned whether he has the stamina to be a three-down player, or the quickness to be an effective pass rusher, at his college weight of about 360 pounds.[28][78][79] ESPN′s K. C. Joyner analysed Cody’s relative playing time in a four-game SEC stretch in October 2009 (at Kentucky, at Mississippi, vs. South Carolina, vs. Tennessee), and found that Cody was in the Alabama defensive lineup on only 122 of 281 plays.[80] But Joyner also found that Cody drew an impressively high amount of double-teams (63.6 percent, compared to Albert Haynesworth‘s 2007 double-team mark of 51.3 percent) in that span.[80]

At the 2010 Senior Bowl, Cody disappointed a lot of NFL scouts when he weighed in at 370 pounds, 16 above his official weight according to the 2009 Alabama media guide.[81] In the game, however, Cody “moved pretty well for a 370-pound behemoth” and used “his hands well to create a little space to get penetration”.[82] He finished with 1.5 tackles for loss.[83] At the NFL combine, Cody weighed in at 354 pounds, but according to Mike Mayock he is still not worthy of a first-round pick.[84] Cody worked out at API in Pensacola, Florida, along with Sam Bradford, Jason Worilds, and former Alabama teammates Mike Johnson and Roy Upchurch.[85] He made pre-draft visits to the Baltimore Ravens, the New York Jets, the San Diego Chargers, and the Kansas City Chiefs.[85][86]

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Cody was selected 57th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens.

[edit] Personal

By his own admission, Cody grew up poor. His mother worked two jobs, as a traveling nurse and a bus driver, to care for him and his seven younger siblings.[9] His parents were not married, but his father, a construction worker, was a big part of his life until he died in a car accident when Cody was 11.[3] At the end of his junior year of high school, Cody moved in with the family of a high school teammate, Jason Milliken.[3]

In his two years at Alabama, Cody has become the Tide’s most popular player because of his outsized personality and body. Says quarterback Greg McElroy: “He’s an enjoyable person to have on our team, have in the locker room, and (he) has great charisma. He has fun when he plays the game, and that’s a big reason why he’s so popular.”[89]

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Friday Morning’s Crab Cakes and Light Beer

Posted on 13 March 2009 by Chris Bonetti

The Swinging Bunt

David Cook, really?  “Ladies and Gentlemen, may I have your attention please!  Welcome to the 2009 ACC Tournament in beautiful Atlanta, Georgia.  We want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting all the schools competing this weekend and because of that… we at the ACC want to reward you the fans for being so great!  For tonight, we’ve booked a very, very special musical guest for your halftime entertainment… American Idol winner, DAVID COOK!!!!”  Crickets, that’s all I can see happening when that announcement gets read over the Georgia Dome PA system.  But then again, it is an improvement over Lil’ Mama who performed last year.  Or is it?  I actually have no idea… I don’t know who either one is.

That’s a big man!  Former Alabama left tackle Andre Smith is getting beat up pretty well nowadays by the national media, but he really can’t blame anyone but himself.  He was suspended for the Sugar Bowl by Nick Saban for having inappropriate relations with an agent, and then he showed up overweight to the draft combine and left without notice before interviewing or working out for teams.  Smith was once considered a lock top-5 pick now today his stock continues to plummet by the minute it seems.  It really doesn’t help him that this is the video coming from the University of Alabama Pro-Day yesterday in Tuscaloosa yesterday.  I don’t want to be mean by posting this… but it’s interesting like a train wreck.  The man is costing himself millions with each tenth of a second.

Scanning the Blogosphere

Orioles Hangout gives their Spring Mid-Term grades to the birds from down in Fort Lauderdale.

Fanhouse has another nice ACC Tournament Preview.

NFL.com’s Blog on College Pro-Days takes a look at the University of Maryland workout from yesterday.  Fast rising wide out Darrius Heyward-Bey had another outstanding performance.  Will he be around at #26 when the Ravens might be looking for a receiver?

Watchdog has an excerpt of the transcript of the Q and A between Michael Phelps and Matt Lauer to be seen on Dateline this Sunday evening.

Inside Lacrosse has their weekend picks including UMBC-Maryland, Hopkins-‘Cuse, and Loyola-St. John’s.

Faceoff says Loyola will stick with Jake Hagelin in goal for their game against St. John’s this weekend.

CMS Video of the Day

March Madness means big television ratings for both ESPN in the conference tournaments and CBS during the NCAA’s, which in turn means that we’ll be seeing great commercials coming from all the usual suspects.

Adidas has a few great spots ready to premier featuring Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard, Tracy McGrady, and Josh Smith.  Each is shown with gear from a school they think is the team to beat for the college hoops crown.  Must be pretty tantalizing for Bruin, Jayhawk, Cardinal, and Panther fans to see these guys holding their team’s jersey.

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