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2014 Pre-Combine Mock Draft

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2014 Pre-Combine Mock Draft

Posted on 21 February 2014 by Nick Dorsey

 

The NFL season is over and now the long off-season takes flight. Fans of every team now have reason for optimism as we head into the next few months. Free Agency brings excitement, but nothing creates more buzz and discussion than the NFL draft.

The draft is the most crucial part of building a consistent winning franchise, not free agency. If you think differently, look no further than the Super Bowl winning Seattle Seahawks.

The combine is days upon us, so now it is time for my pre-combine mock draft. For the record, it is extremely too early to begin these discussions, but we do them anyway. It is hard to predict what teams will pick whom without seeing how free agency unfolds. So now its time for the way too early mock draft:

1. Houston Texans- Johnny Manziel

This is the most college player that has entered the draft since Tim Tebow. Manziel has a unique skill set, but his size makes him a difficult prospect to judge. Russell Wilson is a huge reason why the door is now open for Manziel to potentially be the number one overall pick. His ability to extend the play makes him an attractive prospect. This is Johnny Manziel’s best place of opportunity at being a successful NFL QB to me.

2. St Louis Rams- Greg Robinson

St Louis has this second pick thanks to the Washington Redskins for the RG3 pick just a few short years ago. The Rams have other needs, but they do hold the 13th pick as well. So with the second pick, they will draft the top left tackle prospect of their choice. Jake Long went down with an ACL tear, so they will need a replacement until he is once again healthy. Greg Robinson is SEC battle tested and his presence was hard to miss when watching the national championship game.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars- Jadeveon Clowney

The Jaguars are in need of a QB also, but this team has been amongst the worst in pass rush for years. Gus Bradley enters year two and he is a defensive minded head coach. He was there to see how Seattle rebuilt their defense through the draft and he will mimic that exact process. They drafted a safety at the start of round two last draft, so now its time to build the front of the defense. Clowney would be a home run pick for the Jags at the third spot. He has all the potential in the world to be a top 5 defensive player in the league. His motor is at times question, but we will see his motivation at full force once he hits the field.

4. Cleveland Browns- Teddy Bridgewater

Many draft experts will put Blake Bortles as this selection, but the hire of Kyle Shanahan makes this my clear-cut choice. It’s no secret that the Browns need a franchise QB. This would be a good situation for Bridgewater because there are weapons in Cleveland. They have Jordan Cameron, Josh Gordon and a good offensive line. I like this situation for Bridgewater.

5. Oakland Raiders- Blake Bortles

Another top QB prospect goes off the board here in Oakland. Pryor did not look all that bad in limited situations last season, but as Dennis Allen heads into a make it or break it year, a QB selection could be the risk taken here. Bortles has the prototypical size and look of a franchise QB. Oakland is in need of other weapons to help a QB out, so a Sammy Watkins selection remains a possibility.

6. Atlanta Falcons- Jake Matthews

The Falcons had a horrific season last year after entering it as a potential super bowl contender. Nobody could have predicted Atlanta’s downfall, but it could be a blessing in disguise. It will not take them long to get back into the NFC south race, but they need to fix the offensive line and defense. Protecting their franchise QB is priority number one, so the next best left tackle is the selection here. As the draft gets closer, it would not surprise me to see Atlanta try and trade up to the second selection to make a play for Clowney.

7. Tampa Bay- Anthony Barr

Barr is one of my favorite prospects in the NFL draft. He is a polished pass rusher and the Bucs need to add more of those types of players. Their defensive front is solid, but their linebacker corps needs work. Barr would be a perfect fit for this situation. Lovie Smith is now head coach so defense will be the selection here. It is between Barr and Mack, but I see Smith taking a chance on the big school player.

8. Minnesota Vikings- Khalil Mack

Mack is one of the more interesting prospects in the draft. He made his name at the start of the college football season by having a monster game against Ohio State. Mack is a versatile linebacker and there’s not a better situation for him than going to a team led by coach Zimmer. Zimmer was a genius in Cincinnati when working with defense. Mack’s raw ability in combination with a great coach like Zimmer makes this a tremendous selection. Last season the Vikings selected Floyd and Rhodes to the defense, they now address the middle with this selection.

9. Buffalo Bills- Eric Ebron

This is one of my to die for NFL prospects in this years draft. Ebron has great size, but also incredible athleticism to go with it. Ebron was a force for North Carolina all season. Tight ends have become so important in today’s game and the Bills don’t have a stud tight end. There is talk about Watkins here, but they drafted Woods and Goodwin last draft. They are still without a stellar tight end to assist their young QB, so I feel they will go star tight end over receiver here.

10. Detroit Lions- Darqueze Dennard

The Lions need to repair their secondary fast. Their defensive line is amongst the best in the league, but the back end of the defense continues to fail them. In a division that features Aaron Rodger and Jay Cutler, the secondary needs to be up to par. Dennard is the local Michigan St product and the top CB in the draft, so this would be the best selection for Detroit.

11. Tennessee Titans- Sammy Watkins

The Titans have several different holes on both sides of the ball. Ken Wisenhunt comes in as head coach, so you know he will try and reboot the offense. Tennessee needs a receiver to compliment Kendall Wright and Watkins would be the perfect piece to go along with Wright. Delanie Walker was also a solid tight end last season, so with Watkins being added to the mix they have a good foundation.

12. New York Giants- Taylor Lewan

The Giants were horrific on offense last season all around. Eli Manning had a turnover-crazed year and the run game was non-existent. They addressed the offensive line last season with the selection of Justin Pugh, but they are going to need more than just him. Lewan is one of the best tackles in the draft and would help Eli feel more protected. Maybe with better protection, Eli wont be throwing so many interceptions. Linebacker is a possibility here too such as Mosley from Bama.

13. St. Louis Rams- Mike Evans

Mike Evans was Manziel’s go to man at Texas A&M and his size is ridiculous. He is reminiscent of Vincent Jackson and his size is needed in the Rams receiver rotation. The Rams have solid weapons, but all of them are on the smaller end. Evans would give the Rams the size they need and his presence would help free up Tavon Austin.

14. Chicago Bears- Timmy Jernigan

Jernigan is the top defensive line prospect and even one of the best defenders in the entire job. He was a big part of a physical Florida state defense that helped them win the national championship. The Bears need to repair the defense because they do have a high powered offense. The defense at one point suffered the loss of seven defensive starters. They need to begin to fix the defense so what better way to start with the defensive line. Jernigan’s strength is being a force in the run game, but he also is versatile. Soldier Field would be a great fit for Jernigan.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers- CJ Mosley

The Steelers have holes on the offensive line and could deal with that here, but their defense needs help as well. It is in need of a spark of youth on the interior of the line backing corps. Jarvis Jones was the outside pick in the last draft and he will get better with time. The Steelers could use help on the interior defensive line, but with Mosley dropping here it is tough to pass on this kind of hard-nosed playmaker.

16. Dallas Cowboys- Ha Ha Clinton Dix

It is time for the Cowboys to finally draft a safety. There was speculation that they would select Vaccaro last year, but were unable to. The Dallas defense was one of the worst defenses in the league, especially in the back end. It is time for Dallas to add another defensive playmaker to the secondary along with Morris Claiborne. The defensive front could be in play here too, keep in mind Louis Nix III and Aaron Donald.

17. Baltimore Ravens- Cyrus Kouandjio

There is speculation that wide receiver and tight end are needs here, but offensive line right now is the bigger issue in Baltimore. The Ravens could not run the ball last season if their lives depended on it and Joe Flacco was constantly on his back. The Ravens can deal with their needs at receiver and tight end later in the draft. The receiving class is deep and Baltimore only needs a second tight end. Dennis Pitta will be retained, but it is uncertain what will happen with both the tackles. Cyrus gives Baltimore a great left tackle prospect and drafting from Alabama is a common occurrence with Ozzie Newsome.

18. New York Jets- Marqise Lee

The Jets defense was so good it helped lead them to an improbable eight win season. Geno Smith was a roller coaster ride in his rookie season, but ended the last quarter on a high note. There is no talent surrounding Geno Smith, so adding weapons around him is a necessity. Stephen Hill has been a disappointment and Santonio Holmes is found more on milk cartons in New York then on the field. Cumberland ended up being Smith’s most reliable target and that needs to be fixed. Lee gives Smith a reliable playmaker who can also get down the field. New York should not be thinking any other position of need with this pick.

19. Miami Dolphins- Morgan Moses

Moses is a tackle prospect that will rise as May comes closer. He has great size, but he is slightly raw. Just look at last years draft and you will see this is not a reach. Offensive line draft selections were at a premium last year and teams were selecting players higher than they were supposed to go. Moses fixes an obvious need for Miami with the ongoing bullying scandal. Zach Martin is an obvious choice here for most draft experts because of his versatility. While this is true, don’t overlook ties that Moses has with Miami. New offensive coordinator Bill Lazor was the head coach at Virginia that recruited Moses to play there.

20. Arizona Cardinals- Zach Martin

The Cardinals continue to build on the offensive line to help protect Carson Palmer. Cooper was unable to play last season because of a season ending injury in the preseason. Adding Martin to the mix along with a healthy Cooper would boost their overall offensive play right away. Martin is in question whether he can be a left tackle or not. The safe thing with drafting him is his versatility. He has the potential to be an all-pro guard, similar to a Marshall Yanda.

21. Green Bay- Aaron Donald

This is one of my top 5 favorite players in the draft. Donald’s only concern is his size, but I am not worried about that at all. This guy is the definition of a football player. If you watch the Pitt film, disruptive is all that you see. Donald is an absolute monster and pairing him with BJ Raji would be incredible. The Packers need to revamp the defense and this would be a fantastic start. While secondary is a need, it is going to be hard to pass on a guy like Donald.

22. Philadelphia Eagles- Calvin Pryor

The Eagles offense was high powered in Chip Kelley’s coaching debut. That does not need any work, but the defense does. Having Pryor slip to their laps at 22 would be hard for Philly to pass on. They need more playmakers in the secondary. A defensive pass rusher could be of interest here, but is there a pass rusher higher rated than Pryor at this spot?

23. Kansas City Chiefs- Odell Beckham Jr.

The Chiefs defense for the most part of last season was great, especially when healthy. The offense needs more to it than just Charles carrying the load. To help take the pressure off, Alex Smith needs another weapon on the outside that is dependable. Dwayne Bowe is your bigger style of receiver, so I don’t see Benjamin as the pick here. Beckham is that dependable and physical type of receiver KC needs.

24. Cincinnati Bengals- Justin Gilbert

Leon Hall was hurt last season and Terrence Newman is way past his prime. Having the second rated Corner slip to 24 here would be great for the Bengals. Their front seven is already in place, so the secondary will be the part of the defense that needs repair. Gilbert at 24 would be a steal.

25. San Diego Chargers- LaMarcus Joyner

You could argue that Joyner would be the number one corner in the draft if it weren’t for his short stature. His ball instincts are the best of any corner in this year’s class. San Diego needs to continue to add to their secondary, especially when facing Denver twice a season. Pass rusher could be another position of interest here, but Joyner would be a great defensive playmaker from day one.

26. Cleveland Browns- Allen Robinson

Allen Robinson is the best receiver out of the Big 10 and possesses great size at 6’3. His speed is in question, but the Browns already have a speedy Josh Gordon to stretch the field. Robinson will be a late riser as the draft gets closer. It doesn’t hurt the Browns to add more weapons to the mix, especially if they draft Bridgewater at 4. Running back could also be a pick here. The day of running backs going in the first round are just about over, but at least the Browns have a previous first rounder in this draft to play with.

27. New Orleans Saints- Antonio Richardson

The Saints played Terron Armstead last season, the rookie from Arkansas Pine-Bluff, he did decent. The Saints found success in the post season running the football, so they would like to continue that trend. Adding a tackle like Richardson would boost the run game and it would help protect Bree’s even more than he already is. Richardson would be a good value pick here.

28. Carolina Panthers- Kelvin Benjamin

I am a huge fan of Benjamin as a prospect. To me, he is the second best receiver in the draft, but his inconsistent hands make it hard for people to rank him that high. He has all the size and athleticism that make him a man child and man amongst boys. If Carolina is lucky enough to draft him, the NFC south better watch out. Cam Newton needs more weapons than just the aged Steve Smith on the outside. Adding Benjamin to this offense would be lethal and if this pick does indeed happen, I’m ready to make an offensive rookie of the year pick.

29. New England Patriots- Austin Seferian-Jenkins

It is no question that the Patriots want to get back to their two tight end offense they liked to run with Gronk and Hernandez. Jenkins gives the Patriots an athletic tight end with great size. His playmaking ability in the red zone makes him attractive here and would help keep the pressure off the injured Gronkowski. They could look at receiver, but they had several rookies last year that have another year to grow. Tight end is the more glaring need.

30. San Francisco 49ers- Louis Nix III

The 49ers often take chances on injured players because they already have great depth and can afford to take those risks. Nix III is a hefty gap clogger and would be a great fit to the defensive front rotation in San Francisco. He is considered one of the top defensive tackles of the draft, but his late season injury helps slip him down here to me. This would be one of the best value picks of round one for a consistent Super Bowl contender.

31. Denver Broncos- Marcus Roberson

The Broncos playoff run put on full display of their dire need. Champ Bailey is not getting younger and Chris Harris suffered a devastating injury in the post season. So corner back is the obvious need for Denver here and they should look no further than that. Roberson is the next best guy off the board or they could go with Roby from Ohio State.

32. Seattle Seahawks- Jarvis Landry

The Hawks don’t have a need at defense whatsoever, so offense will be the side of the ball to add to. With both receivers entering free agency and Percy Harvin never being consistently healthy, Landry would be the good choice here. Jace Amaro the tight end from Texas Tech could be another name to remember. I just feel receiver is the biggest need because you figure Seattle will lose at least one starter to free agency.

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Big Chee Show: June 27th, 2012

Posted on 28 June 2012 by Big Chee

NBA Draft Preview 6_27_12

Chee makes a rally cry for the O’s during their two game losing streak and the Bros make a grim prediction for the Wizards in tonight’s NBA Draft. Show brought to you by Driscoll & Desimone Investments LLC. www.bigcheeshow.com

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Glenn gives Courtney Upshaw the Bama Ozzie quiz

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Glenn gives Courtney Upshaw the Bama Ozzie quiz

Posted on 28 April 2012 by WNSTV

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Bernard Pierce apologizes to Glenn for 5 TDs vs. Maryland Terps

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Bernard Pierce apologizes to Glenn for 5 TDs vs. Maryland Terps

Posted on 28 April 2012 by WNSTV

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NFL Mock Draft

Posted on 29 March 2012 by John West

The 2012 NFL Draft is upon us and I couldn’t be happier. This is the time of the year where Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome shines brightest amongst his peers. A lot of other teams are trying to solve some of the roster issues by purchasing free agents at or above their real salary cap value. Ozzie just resigns some key players, drafts the best available talent on the board, and makes some shrewd free agent signings right before camp opens. It seems so easy when Ozzie does it.

Anyway, below is a good guess as to how the first round of the 2012 NFL will go. Go Ravens!!

1. Colts Andrew Luck QB Stanford
2. Redskins Robert Griffon QB Baylor
3. Vikings Matt Kalil OT USC
4. Browns Trent Richardson RB Alabama

The Browns blew it big time. They had to address their quarterback position and with 2 first round draft picks they didn’t pull the trigger with the Rams. They are now left with 11 picks in this years draft, which will allow them to fill many holes, just not quarterback. Here they take a game changing running back and go from there.

5. Bucs Morris Claiborne CB LSU
6. Rams Michael Floyd WR ND
7. Jaguars Justin Blackmon WR Okla St.
8. Dolphins Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M

The Dolphins blew it big time. Same story as the Browns only the Dolphins have to take a QB with this pick. The WR flip at 6 and 7 is new and it’s because of the poor pro day for Justin Blackmon. I think the Rams will take the bigger WR. In the end its always a crap shoot with WR’s in the first round so I think the Rams take the one with the less risk and that’s Floyd out of ND.

9. Panthers Dontari Poe NT Memphis
10. Bills Riley Reiff OT Iowa
11. Chiefs David DeCastro G Stanford
12. Seahawks Quinton Coples DE North Carolina
13. Cardinals Melvin Ingram DE/OLB South Carolina
14. Cowboys Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama
15. Eagles Like Kuechly LB Boston College

Lots of picks here that fall very near their draft rating and also meet a big draft need for the pro team. The Cowboys have a huge need at CB and lots of draft boards have Dre Kirkpatrick at or around 15 to 18. So the Cowboys take him at 14. Same with the Eagles. Kuechly is the highest rated ILB but lots of drafts have that position rated out at 18-21. The need for strong interior linebackers for the Eagles is so great they have to take him.

16. Jets Courtney Upshaw DE/OLB Alabama
17. Bengals Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State
18. Chargers Whitney Mercilus DE/OLB Illinois
19. Bears Jonathan Martin OT Stanford
20. Titans Michael Brockers DT LSU
21. Bengals Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama
22. Browns Cordy Glenn G Georgia

The Browns and Bengals finish up this stage of the first round with 2 picks and I think the Browns will focus on offense and the Bengals on defense. The Bengals are playoff team and this draft could help solidify their playoff status for a couple of years to come. I think both of these picks will turn into very good players and I like what the Bengals are doing overall as a franchise. The Browns are embarrassing, but they make 2 good picks here. The Bears need offensive line help very bad and will take the highest rated offensive lineman left on the board multiple times in this draft, starting at the 19th pick.

23. Lions Kendall Wright WR Baylor
24. Steelers Mike Adams OT Ohio State
25. Broncos Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech
26. Texans Nick Perry DE/OLB USC
27. Pats Devon Still DT Penn State
28. Packers Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina

The Steelers need all sorts of help on the offensive line. The Texans need to try to replace Mario Williams and the Packers are old in the defensive secondary. The Pats will add talent to their defensive front seven and Peyton Manning will want another big tall fast WR to throw to in Denver.

29. Ravens Mark Barron SS Alabama

The Ravens can go a lot of places with this pick. I think Ozzie will look to trade down as he usually does. In fact I would not be surprised if he does. If Barron is taken and LB Don’ta Hightower is here I could see Ozzie taking him. If both players are gone I expect Ozzie to trade out of this pick. However in this mock draft, with the Ravens need at S so high, I expect the Ravens to take Mark Barron.

30. 49ers David Wilson RB Virginia Tech
31. Pats Alfonzo Dennard CB Nebraska
32. Giants Don’t’a Hightower LB Alabama

I think the 49ers need more explosive weapons on offense and back-up to Frank Gore. I think the Pats are horrible in the secondary and the Giants always take the best available talent.

Here is a quick list of some of the players I think/hope the Ravens will be looking at for the rest of this draft.

Bobby Massie OT Ole Miss
Kevin Zeitler G Wisconisin
Mike Brewster C Ohio State
Nick Toon WR Wisconsin
Nate Potter G/OT Boise State
Travis Lewis OLB Oklahoma
Mike Martin DE Michigan

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Maryland Hosts Villanova In Top 10 Showdown

Posted on 17 March 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, MD. - The eight-ranked Maryland men’s lacrosse team plays host to a top 10 showdown when #10 Villanova comes to Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium for a 1 p.m. start on March 17.

• Maryland (4-1, 1-0 ACC) is coming off of a 17-4 victory over Marist last Saturday that saw Terp goalie Niko Amato give up just two goals in 52:47 of work with 13 saves. Joe Cummings had a natural hat trick in the game’s first 3:21 to get the offense off to a fast start. Jay Carlson scored a career-best four goals for the Terrapins.

• For the season, the Terps are led offensively by Cummings, who has 14 points on a team-leading 10 goals along with four assists. Close behind is junior All-America midfielder John Haus with 13 points on seven goals and a team-best six assists. Defensively, Amato has stopped 63.3 percent of the shots put on goal by opponents and has a 6.03 goals-against average. Junior long pole Jesse Bernhardt leads the team with 11 caused turnovers and is tied for the team lead with 21 groundballs.

• The Wildcats are 4-2 on the year after dropping a 14-8 decision to No. 15 Princeton on Tuesday in Philadelphia. Villanova is experienced at the offensive end of the field with two seniors and two juniors among its top four goal-scorers. Junior attackman Jack Rice leads the team with 14 goals, while junior attackman Will Casertano is the team-leader in points with 20 on eight goals and 12 assists. Senior Dan Gutierrez has played every minute in cage for the Wildcats and has a 49.2 save percentage and a 10.32 goals-against average.

The Count Down
10 … Since 2002 Maryland has won 86 of the 93 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .925 winning percentage.
9 … Maryland is 103-23 in games since 2002 when it allows nine goals or less, for an .817 winning percentage.
8 … The Terps are eighth in the nation in scoring offense this season with 12.4 goals per game.
7 … Maryland has failed on just seven clears so far in 2012 (92/99, .929)
6 … This is just the sixth-ever meeting between the Terps and the Wildcats.
5 … Maryland is ranked fifth in the nation is scoring defense, man-up offense and caused turnovers per game.
4 … Jay Carlson had his first career four-goal game vs. Marist.
3 … Niko Amato is third in the NCAA with a .633 save percentage.
2 … Jesse Bernhardt now has two career two-assist games after tallying two assists vs. Marist.
1 … Three Terps - Joe LoCascio, Charlie Raffa and David Solomon - scored their first career goals vs. Marist.

Coaching Match-Up
• John Tillman is in his fifth season as a head coach, and second with the Terps, with a 37-25 career record for a 59.7 winning percentage. Tillman is 17-6 (.739) as Maryland’s head coach. He had a 20-19 record in three seasons as the head coach at Harvard.

• Michael Corrado is in his sixth season season as a head coach, all at Villanova, and is 48-35 (.578).


Series History vs. Villanova
• Maryland is 5-0 in the all-time series with Villanova. This will be the first-ever meeting between the Terps and the Wildcats since 1998. Maryland and Villanova played each season from 1994-98.

• The 1998 meeting was the season-opener and the Terps came away with a 18-5 victory. Four Maryland players finished with three points apiece, led by Kevin Pasqualina’s first career hat trick. Kevin Healy played the first 47 minutes in cage for the Terps and finished with six saves.

Going Purple
· Once again this season, the Terps will be wearing purple “MY” stickers, to show their support for the fight against pancreatic cancer, which touched everyone in the Maryland lacrosse family last season with the passing of Maria Young on April 17.

· This past fall the Terps, Maryland alums and family and friends came together for the inaugural Forever Young Walk/Run for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness. More on Ms. Young and her amazing story can be found here: Forever Young.

· If you’re interested in more information about the Lustgarten Foundation, including how to make a donation, click here to visit the foundation’s website. You can also get more information on pancreatic cancer at CurePC.org.

In case you’re wondering here are some facts about pancreatic cancer from the American Cancer Society:
· More than 43,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer present each year
· There are more than 36,000 deaths from pancreatic cancer each year
· The lifetime risk of having pancreatic cancer is about 1 in 71.
· The risk is about the same for both men and women.


Going Gray
· Maryland players will also be wearing gray stickers with the number 42 in honor of Zack Wholley’s father, John, who passed away from brain cancer on August 28, 2011.

· If you’re interested in more information, please visit the National Brain Tumor Society website.

In case you’re wondering here are some facts about brain and spinal cord tumors from the American Cancer Society:
· About 22,910 malignant tumors of the brain or spinal cord (12,630 in males and 10,280 in females) will be diagnosed. These numbers would likely be much higher if benign tumors were also included.
· About 13,700 people (7,720 males and 5,980 females) will die from these tumors.
· Overall, the chance that a person will develop a malignant tumor of the brain or spinal cord in his or her lifetime is about one in 150 for a man and one in 185 for a woman.


Get To 10 And Win
• One axiom of lacrosse is that if you score 10 goals or more your chances of winning are pretty good. Well, a look at the results since 2002 shows that when Maryland scores 10 or more goals there’s not just a pretty good chance the Terrapins will win; it’s an almost certainty. Since 2002 Maryland has won 86 of the 93 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .925 winning percentage.

· The Terps scored 11 vs. Johns Hopkins on April 16, 2011, but the Blue Jays won the game in overtime, 12-11. On April 3 of last season the Terps lost to No. 1 Virginia by a final of 11-10, giving Maryland its only loss when scoring 10 or more goals in 2010. In 2009 the Terps lost to Georgetown, 13-10 on Feb. 21 and lost again when scoring 10 in the ACC Semifinals in a 16-10 defeat at North Carolina. Prior to that, Maryland had not lost when scoring 10 or more goals since dropping an 11-10 decision to Virginia in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in Durham, N.C. The Terrapins got to 10 goals in the 100th game against Johns Hopkins, but the Blue Jays took the game 14-10. Virginia is the only team to beat the Terps twice when allowing 10 or more goals. The Wahoos did it first in 2002 with another 11-10 decision..

Holding Opponents To Single-Digits
• The Terps have been extremely impressive (winning 92.5 percent of its games since 2002) when it scores 10 or more goals, they have been nearly as impressive when holding opponents to less than 10 goals during that span.

• Since 2002 Maryland is 103-23 in games, for a .817 winning percentage, when it has held opponents under 10 goals. The Terps have played 167 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 75.4 percent of the time.


Youth Is Served
• Maryland started two sophomores (Michael Ehrhardt and Brian Cooper) and a freshman (Goran Murray) at close defense in the 2012 season-opening win over Hartford. The last time Maryland’s defense had two sophomore and one freshman starting was 2005 when sophomores Steve Whittenberg and Ray Megill started alongside freshman Joe Cinosky. The first game that group started together was April 23, 2005 at Fairfield (a 9-6 Terrapin win).

• Goran Murray became the first Maryland freshman to start at close defense in a season opener since 2008 when Max Schmidt started in an 11-6 win at Georgetown.


Face-Off Firsts
• Junior Curtis Holmes’ 19-of-20 (.950) performance facing-off vs. Hartford in the 2012 season opener is just the fifth time since 2000 that a Maryland face-off man has won at least 90% of his draws with at least 10 attempts.

• Holmes joins Andy Claxton and Brian Haggerty as the only Terps with multiple games of 19 or more face-off wins. Claxton did it three times (27 at Towson in 1991, 21 vs. Duke in 1991 and 19 at Brown in 1991), while Haggerty did it twice (20 vs. Butler in 1998 and 19 vs. Virginia in 1998). Holmes had 20 wins vs. Georgetown last season to go along with his 19 vs. the Hawks, which makes him the only Terp to win 19 or more face-offs in different seasons.

• The last 90% performance was in 2008 when Bryn Holmes, Curtis’ older brother, won 9-of-10 face-offs at Mount St. Mary’s.

• The last time a Terp faced-off with a winning percentage above 90% was on March 21, 2006 when David Tamberrino won 12-of-13 in a 14-2 win over Dartmouth.

Best Face-Off Performances Since 2000
Curtis Holmes - 19/20 (.950) vs. Hartford 2/18/12
Brian Carroll - 12/13 (.923) at Delaware 3/17/01
Davin Tamberrino – 12/13 (.923) vs. Dartmouth 3/21/06
Jeremy Pastula - 11/12 (.917) at Towson 3/8/03
Bryn Holmes - 9/10 (.900) at Mount St. Mary’s 2/26/08
Bryn Holmes - 12/14 (.857) vs. Presbyterian 2/13/09
Brian Carroll - 11/13 (.846) vs. Mount St. Mary’s 2/26/02
Bryn Holmes - 11/13 (.846) vs. Air Force 2/14/09
Ryan Moran - 10/12 (.833) vs. Bucknell 3/11/03
Will Dalton - 18/22 (.818) vs. Vermont 2/20/07
Curtis Holmes - 17/21 (.810) vs. Detroit Mercy 2/19/11


First-Time Opponents
• Maryland has played 78 different opponents in its 87 seasons. The 2012 season added Hartford (a 12-6 win on 2/18) and will add Marist (3/10) to that list. In the Terps’ 78 first-time meetings Maryland is 74-4 (.949) in those games. Adelphi (12-13, 1982), Army (0-3, 1923), Syracuse (3-10, 1927) and Yale (3-5, 1925) are the only schools to beat the Terps the first time the schools met on a lacrosse field.


Maryland In Season Openers
• Maryland has a 83-3-1 (.960) lifetime record in season openers dating back to the 1924 season. The Terps have won their last 19 openers and 26 of the last 27, with the only loss coming to Duke in 1993, when they fell to Duke 9-5 on March 6.

• After losing their 1925 opener to Yale, 5-3, the Terps went on to win 40 consecutive season openers from 1926 through 1967. The streak was broken when Maryland tied Princeton, 6-6, in the 1968 opener. Following the deadlock, Maryland went on to win its next 14 openers, giving the Terps a 54-0-1 record over a 57-year span (Maryland did not field a team in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II.)

19 Straight in Season Openers
• After beating Hartford to open the 2012 season the Terps have an 19-game winning streak in season openers. Five of those wins came against Villanova (1994-98) and the last nine over Denver, Mount St. Mary’s, Air Force, Hobart, Duke, Georgetown (four times), Bellarmine (twice), Presbyterian, Detroit Mercy and Hartford. Over the 19-year stretch, Maryland outscored its foes 267-99 (an average score of 14.1-5.2) in those games.

· The Terps have not allowed more than seven goals to any opponent in a season opener over the last 18 years. Maryland has not allowed an opponent to score 10 or more goals in a season opener since Syracuse beat the Terps, 16-13 on March 9, 1983.

Consecutive 10-Win Seasons
· The 11-9 victory over Duke on April 24, 2011 was the 10th of the year for Maryland, giving it nine straight seasons with double-digit wins. (Special thanks to Patrick Stevens of the D1Scourse.com).

· How does that stack up against the rest of the college lacrosse programs? Take a look at programs with at least five-straight 10-win seasons:
Maryland (9): 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-4), 2009 (10-7), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6), 2006 (12-5), 2005 (11-6), 2004 (13-3), 2003 (12-4)
Cornell (7): 2011 (12-3), 2010 (12-6), 2009 (11-3), 2008 (11-4), 2007 (15-1), 2006 (11-3), 2005 (11-3)
Virginia (7): 2011 (13-5), 2010 (16-2), 2009 (14-2), 2008 (14-4), 2007 (12-4), 2006 (17-0), 2005 (11-4)
Notre Dame (6): 2011 (11-3), 2010 (10-7), 2009 (15-1), 2008 (14-3), 2007 (11-4), 2006 (10-5)
Duke (5): 2011 (14-6), 2010 (16-4), 2009 (15-4), 2008 (18-2), 2007 ( 17-3)
Siena (5): 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-5), 2009 (12-6), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6)


The 700 Club
· Maryland’s 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 was the program’s 700th victory in 84 seasons of varsity men’s lacrosse. The Terps join Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Navy and Army as the only programs with 700 or more Division I wins.

· Two things that make Maryland’s accomplishment all the more impressive is that the Terps reached the 700-win plateau in just their 84th season. Only Syracuse reached win No. 700 in as few seasons, but it took the Orange 53 more games than Maryland. In fact, Maryland needed only 940 games to reach 700 wins and only Johns Hopkins needed fewer games (932) to hit the historic number, but the Blue Jays did so in their 105th season.

Terps’ 87th Season Of Lacrosse
· The Terps boast an all-time record of 732-247-4 (.746), dating back to the first varsity team in 1924 (a team was not fielded in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II). Maryland has finished every one of its previous 85 seasons with a .500 or better record, including last season when the Terps went 10-6. The program reached the 700-win milestone with a 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 at Ludwig Field.

· During the decade of the 2000s, Maryland went 111-49 for a .694 win percentage, making it the winningest decade in Terrapin lacrosse history. In the decade of the 1990s, Maryland posted a 95-47 record. The .669 winning percentage matched Maryland’s win percentage of the 1980s when the Terps went 83-41 and also compiled a .669 win percentage. So far, Maryland is 25-9 in the 2010′s for a .735 winning percentage.


A Family Affair
· Many school’s refer to their sports programs as families, but the Maryland men’s lacrosse program is truely a family affair. Since 2002, the Terps have had 13 sets of brothers, including three on this season’s roster, don the red and black together for at least one season.

Harry & Thomas Alford: 2004-05-06-07
Jake & Jesse Bernhardt: 2010-11-12
Justin & Owen Blye: 2009-10-11
Brian & Kevin Cooper: 2011-12
Billy & Bobby Gribbin: 2012
Brendan & Ian Healy: 2003-04-05
Bryn & Curtis Holmes: 2010
Bryn & Travis Holmes: 2007
Dan & Mike LaMonica: 2002
Chris & Willy Passavia: 2002-03
Brian & Michael Phipps: 2007
Max & Xander Ritz: 2005-06
Mark & Michael White: 2008-09-10-11

Three Taken In MLL Draft
· Three University of Maryland men’s lacrosse seniors were selected in the 2012 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Collegiate Draft. Midfielder Jake Bernhardt was the highest pick, being selected with the 12th overall selection by the Hamilton Nationals. Midfielder/attackman Joe Cummings was the next Terp taken, going 17th overall to the Rochester Rattlers (his rights have since been traded to the Chesapeake Bayhawks). Midfielder Drew Snider went 45th overall by the Bayhawks.


2012 Team Captains
· Five players have been named team captains for the 2012 season. The quintet, which was selected by a combination of team vote and coaches’ input, consists of seniors Jake Bernhardt, Joe Cummings and Drew Snider and juniors Jesse Bernhardt and Owen Blye. Blye and Jesse Bernhardt are the first pair of juniors to be named team captains since Bob Ott and Randy Ratliff were among four captains in 1978.

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Quick Ravens draft thoughts

Posted on 26 February 2012 by John West

As I have watched several days of NFL Combine, I had to lift my head up because my wife has turned on the Oscars Red Carpet Live Crap. I thought “What a perfect opportunity to write some thoughts about the Draft and the Ravens”. So here we go.

The first thing you do when reviewing the Ravens as a team going into the draft is to look at their roster and listen, actually listen, to Ozzie. With 2 months to go before the draft, we have entered “Everybody is Lying” season. But for now I will take Ozzie at his word.

We have our QB for next year and many years to come. End the Peyton Manning question here in Baltimore. Joe Flacco is our QB and that is that. AND we are damn lucky to have him.

Ray Rice is about to have the franchise tag placed on him and that will translate into a long term deal. I am looking forward to the next 5 to 8 years of these two leading the Ravens. With Ricky Williams retiring, the Ravens might address the backup running back position in the draft, but I don’t it. Ozzie just said he is willing to let rookie Anthony Allen have the chance to earn the backup spot. And don’t forget it wasn’t until right before camp last year before the Ravens signed Ricky to be the back up and I would not be surprised if the Ravens didn’t wait until right before camp begins. My guess is the Ravens might give Clinton Portis a shot. Just a guess.

The TE position is one where I don’t think the Ravens will address at all in the draft.

The WR position is a much discussed draft need, and one I simply do not agree with. The Baltimore Ravens have NEVER had a top 2 receiver core better than they do now with veteran “Q” and rookie speedster Torrey Smith. I love these 2 as the Ravens top 2 receivers. If the Ravens want to draft a big, tall WR in the later rounds to compete with Laquan Williams and Tanden Doss, than great. However I don’t want the Ravens to reach for a WR, and I doubt Ozzie will do that. So I think the Ravens might draft a WR late in the draft. Also, I would not be shocked if they didn’t draft any WR and maybe sign a veteran late in the process. In fact, I would not be opposed to the Ravens bringing in Randy Moss to see if he can earn a spot on this roster.

The big offensive need that can and should be addressed in this draft is the offensive line. The Ravens have Marshal Yanda locked up for many years. He has played RT and RG. Those has been some discussion about moving him to LG if(I mean when) Ben Grubbs leave via free agency. I like it. Michael Oher is a real good tackle and he appears to have found a home on the right side of the line. I suggest the Ravens let him stay there. Bryant McKinnie was signed late and came in and did a fabulous job as the LT last year. I think he has at least 1 really good year left in him. The Ravens drafted a massive kid a couple of years ago named Ramon Harewood to play tackle. He has spent 2 years on the injured list, but I think that if he is fully healed then he can easily back up both tackle positions next year and may even develop into a starter. The news broke over the weekend that center Matt Birk does not want to retire. That’s great but Matt has all his best years behind him. I think the Ravens inability to get critical short yardage gains all year long can be directly linked to the subtle and continual downgraded play of Matt Birk. I love Matt, but his best years were yesterday. The Ravens also have rookie Jah Reid coming back for his second season. He was drafted as a RT but there has been a lot of discussion about him playing LG.

Now we have some problems. Ben Grubbs is probably leaving, backup veteran Andre Gurode was just on a one year contract. And again Matt Birk is no answer as the starting center. Fortunately the interior offensive line position is the single deepest position in this year’s draft. I would not be surprised if the Ravens draft 2 interior linemen and maybe even with their first pick, number 29 overall. If they did that it would have to be for Wisconsin center Peter Konz. Peter is a 10 year starting center in the NFL waiting to find a home. The word on Peter Konz is that he “plays like a Raven”. We will NEVER go wrong making selections like this.

I think the Ravens will go another direction with their first pick and will have to tap into this drafts depth and take several interior linemen later in the draft. I like Mike Brewster from Ohio State, David Molk from Michigan, Lucas Nix and Chris Jacabson from Pitt, Ben Jones from Georgia, Kevin Zeitler from Wisconsin and William Vlachos from Alabama. This kind of draft strategy has been employed by Ozzie for a long time and I expect nothing different this year.

As the draft process moves ahead I will be posting a lot of updates as I love this part of the year.

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Harbaugh talks Ed Reed and 2012 with Glenn & Nestor in Indy

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Harbaugh talks Ed Reed and 2012 with Glenn & Nestor in Indy

Posted on 24 February 2012 by WNSTV

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Terps Williams: Should He Stay or Should He Go?

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Terps Williams: Should He Stay or Should He Go?

Posted on 03 May 2011 by Thyrl Nelson

As the lingering excitement caused by the Terps spring football game last weekend and the beginning of the Randy Edsall era now dissipates temporarily, Terps fans can look ahead to this weekend, specifically May 8th for an indication of what’s to come for the basketball program. That’s because this Sunday, is the last day that college basketball players who have declared for the NBA draft but not hired agents can withdraw their names and return to college basketball for another season. The NBA actually grants players until June 13th to make the decision, but the NCAA will only recognize the eligibility of the players who withdraw before this Sunday’s deadline.

If I had to bet, guess or gauge from the rumors that have surrounded the situation since Jordan Williams elected to throw his own name into the proverbial ring of the NBA draft, I’d say that Williams has played his last game as a Terp. By Sunday we’ll all know for sure.

 

I’ve been tough on Williams draft prospects while remaining high on his potential contributions at the college level going forward. At the college level he’s a gifted and strong post presence with soft hands and an uncanny ability to get position for rebounds and to finish at the rim. As a pro, he’s undersized with questionable strength. His range is limited, with few if any consistent back to the basket weapons, his potential in a heavy pick and roll offense is limited by his inability to shoot from outside or to make opportunities for himself off the dribble. Although his hands are soft, I don’t think they’re big, as Williams rarely controls the ball one handed and rarely finishes strong. The lay-up opportunities available to Williams at the college level will be few and far between in the pros, he’ll have to dunk more to be a finisher at the next level. Significant minutes in an 82-game schedule would likely thin Williams’ frame out in a hurry adding to concerns about his strength and his ability to maintain it. At the end of the day, he’ll have his work cut out for him in trying to convince NBA execs that he’s worth a spot on their roster much less in their rotation.

 

All of that said however, most of those things are unlikely to change anytime soon under any circumstances and especially while Williams is cast as an unnatural 5 in an under stocked Terps frontcourt. And while the timing given the impending lockout may seem less than ideal for most, that may be what makes it ideal for Williams to jump now. If all or most of the bantered about prospects elect to remain in college, as many have already decided to do, then as a result you’d have to believe that Williams best chance at getting drafted highly (or at all) would be now, while the getting is good. That would be even truer if labor peace projects to change the minds of most of those who stay next year. In simple terms this year’s draft is as weak as the draft projects to be for the next few years, while next year’s draft could already be shaping up as one of the strongest.

 

If Williams ultimately projects to be a Lonnie Baxter type, he’ll make some money and likely have a more storied European career than he will in the NBA anyway…and there’s nothing wrong with that. If he too is already resigned to that reality then a chance to sneak into the draft and relevance, along with the chance to begin developing as a pro and as a natural 4, in that role, as a 4 in the pros…somewhere, makes sense now for seemingly every reason. If so, then the decision will be an easy one, although none too easy on fans of the Terps.

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Pining for Lawrence Phillips…15 Years Later

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Pining for Lawrence Phillips…15 Years Later

Posted on 28 April 2011 by Thyrl Nelson

As the Orioles look to pile onto the Red Sox and attempt to complete a 3-game sweep on Thursday, I had a funny and half joking conversation on one of the local message boards yesterday about the fair-weather nature of Red Sox fans and their inability to fill Camden Yards even halfway this week. While there are plenty of good reasons to explain the less than stellar turnout and a certain amount of onus on Orioles’ fans for the attendance woes, there’s no denying that Boston fans can be a fickle bunch.

I was reminded of the way that their fans acted in 2004 during that now storied ALCS comeback. I remembered the way that they booed Johnny Damon and David Ortiz and others, of how they chanted for “Po-key” Reese when Mark Bellhorn came to the plate; and the signs at the ballpark “I Can’t Believe I Fell For This Again” and worse. While it felt like the players almost deserved to win at that point (and as the Red Sox were still seen as basically harmless) I was always quietly disappointed that they never proclaimed their disappointment in the dissidents among their fans.

 

In fairness all fan bases have their share of irrational, knee-jerk reactors, the Red Sox just seem to have more of them. Either way, it’s doubtful you’d find many (or any for that matter) in their fan base now that would own up to trashing the club during their most storied run. Likewise there were plenty of O’s fans, once upon a time, clamoring for Eddie Murray to be shown the door, yet they too are near impossible to find these days.

 

So in the interest of full disclosure, and after an extremely roundabout lead in to get there, I have an NFL draft related confession to make. When the Ravens endeavored into their first draft ever, with so much still uncertain about the makeup of the team, and long before the evolution of a phrase like “In Oz We Trust”, I was amongst those disappointed when the team passed on Lawrence Phillips. I wasn’t alone though. Although it’d be tough to find evidence of it today, fans and experts alike took to criticizing the Ravens for passing on the flashy running back for the much safer yet less glamorous Jon Ogden.

 

With that draft and 14 more in the books and the benefit of hindsight, it may be time to admit as JO prepares his Hall of Fame speech and Lawrence Phillips prepares his prison bunk, that I may have been Wr-r-r-r…

 

Whether or not the Ravens were ever tempted to take Phillips is anyone’s guess. At the time it was widely accepted that the team couldn’t afford any more bad publicity in the aftermath of their controversial move from Cleveland. Whatever the logic behind their picks ultimately was, the end result set the tone for the franchise for more than a decade to come; taking the safer route landed the Ravens sure fire Hall of Famers with their two first round picks, and one of the greatest punt returners arguably of all time too…and DeRon Jenkins.

 

Given the Ravens results in the last 2 drafts, one might surmise that for very different reasons, they’ll be looking to go the safe route again, especially without the ability to keep tabs on guys if the lockout continues. If they find themselves looking at Jimmy Smith still on the board at 26, that decision will likely get a lot tougher.

 

At 26, the pick that netted Ray Lewis in that ’96 draft, the Ravens might feel pretty good about their synergy at least. And since the league announced on Wednesday that Peter Boulware would be on hand on Friday to present the Ravens second round pick, coincidentally #58 overall (Boulware’s jersey #) the energy about this draft just feels good for the Ravens.

 

No matter how high fans hopes may be for this 2011 draft however, it seems that 1996 was a once in a lifetime scenario. The bar will have to be set somewhere below that. How about just one sure fire Hall of Famer?

 

And maybe a shutdown corner…

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