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Jim Zorn to Become New Ravens QB Coach

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Jim Zorn to Become New Ravens QB Coach

Posted on 30 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

WNST.net can confirm that former Washington Redskins Head Coach Jim Zorn will become the QB Coach for the Baltimore Ravens. Zorn replaces Hue Jackson, who left the team earlier this week to become the new Offensive Coordinator of the Oakland Raiders.

Zorn was fired by the Skins following a 4-12 record in 2009; he went 12-20 overall during his two years in DC. Prior to taking the job in Washington, Zorn had been QB coach for the Seattle Seahawks from 2001-07, he held the same position with the Detroit Lions the prior two seasons. Zorn is often credited for the development of NFL QB’s like Charlie Batch and more notably, Matt Hasselbeck.

Zorn played QB in the NFL from 1976-1987 with the Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His greatest success came in Seattle, where he was a former Rookie of the Year and All-Pro selection. He was honored in 1991 by being named to the Seahawks’ Ring of Honor.

I asked Redskins OL Edwin Williams today about his former coach, and he told me Zorn was “really into detail, and wants you to practice as you play.” He thought the QB coach position in Baltimore would be good for Zorn, who “works just as hard as” his quarterbacks, and “always had a good rapport” with Redskins QB’s Jason Campbell, Todd Collins and Colt Brennan.

And as Dan Steinberg of the DC Sports Bog compiled, he has a bit of a history of making some funny faces….

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Edit from GMC: The Ravens have since confirmed this news. Here are some quotes from Head Coach John Harbaugh via BaltimoreRavens.com:

“Jim played successfully in the league for a long time,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh. “He knows what quarterbacks go through in this league. He has been a quarterbacks coach, a head coach and he is familiar with our offense. That’s a great resume.

“I’ve gotten to know Jim for the last couple of years, and have been impressed with him as a person. He’s a good, decent man and will be an excellent addition to the Ravens. This is an exciting addition to our staff.”

-G

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With Ravens Season Over, Draft Season Begins in Orlando

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With Ravens Season Over, Draft Season Begins in Orlando

Posted on 19 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

As all of you know, there are few people in the world who are bigger fans of the NFL Draft than I am. Last season, I profiled over 100 NFL Draft prospects in the months leading up to the big event at Radio City Music Hall. Some of those players eventually became Baltimore Ravens, including Michael Oher, Paul Kruger, Lardarius Webb, Cedric Peerman, Jason Phillips, Isaiah Williams, Graham Gano, Eron Riley and more.

And with NFL season now over here in Charm City, it is time to start looking ahead to the 2010 NFL Draft; which will be held April 22-24th again in New York. I like to call the next 3 months “NFL Draft Season”, as it is much more than just the 3 days that determine how teams will make their picks. The season begins with the announcements from underclassmen, then moves to college all-star games (including the Senior Bowl), the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis (which myself, Drew Forrester & Nestor Aparicio will be covering LIVE here on WNST.net), individual Pro Timing Days, and team interviews that all build to the 3 days in April.

We will be starting our weekly NFL Draft Preview segment on “The Comcast Morning Show” this week, the segment will air Wednesdays at 9:40am. This Wednesday, Chad Reuter from NFLDraftScout.com & CBS Sports will be joining us. Chad will be reporting to us live from Orlando, where the annual East West Shrine Game marks the start of College All-Star season. Two Ravens rookies (Jason Phillips of TCU and Dannell Ellerbe of Georgia) were participants in last year’s game, as well as former Terrapins C Edwin Williams, who played for the Washington Redskins this season. It is definitely worth paying attention to what is going on at the game.

As I did last year, I will rank the likely needs the Ravens face in the offseason. This list may be altered as players are released/retired/traded/signed/injured/etc.

1-Wide Receiver (This goes without saying, as the team currently has just Marcus Smith under contract.)
2-Tight End (They almost got Brandon Pettigrew last year, there is no doubt they will be looking at the position again this season. Todd Heap should be back, but LJ Smith is a free agent-and clearly Heap is getting no younger.)
3-Cornerback (While they likely think they have two capable starting CB’s on the team, there is no doubt that Ozzie Newsome and company would welcome another impact corner to a group that already includes Domonique Foxworth, Lardarius Webb and Chris Carr.)
4-Safety (Ed Reed’s future makes this a very crucial spot, as does the pending free agency of Dawan Landry. Tom Zbikowski and Haruki Nakamura appear to be part of the team’s future at the position, but having both as starters in 2010 wouldn’t likely bode well.)
5-Outside Linebacker/Rush End (Dwan Edwards is a free agent. Trevor Pryce may choose to retire. Terrell Suggs came in last season out of shape. Antwan Barnes is a restricted free agent. And no one needs to be reminded that this group struggled to get pressure on opposing QB’s during a large part of Greg Mattison’s first season as Defensive Coordinator.)
6-Kicker (Billy Cundiff will be an option for this team, but even he knows there will at least be competition for the job. It may come from a free agent kicker-Graham Gano comes to mind-but it may come from a rookie as well. OR the team may decide to go somewhere else altogether.)
7-Quarterback (Obviously Joe Flacco is THE guy, and the team would be fine with bringing back Troy Smith to back him up. But Smith’s agent made it clear they want him traded, and the Ravens may decide to give him his wish. John Beck remains in the mix, but the Ravens will have to give him a contract. The team could use strength at the position from a young QB if they decide to let Smith and/or Beck go.)
8-Interior Offensive Line (Matt Birk is not getting any younger, and Chris Chester may be up for starter money somewhere else. Marshal Yanda is also a RFA, so this team may need to add to the group-especially at Center.)
9-Exterior Offensive Line (Jared Gaither is a RFA-and the Ravens will have to make a difficult decision there. Someone will want to give him money, it’s just a question of whether or not the Ravens are the team that will want to do it. Behind Gaither and Oher, the Ravens are woefully thin-as Oniel Cousins was somewhat adequate, but nothing more.)
10-Punter (I can’t imagine the Ravens won’t bring back Sam Koch, but I have to put this position on the list-as if Koch gets good money elsewhere, the Ravens will have a major need at the position.)

With all of this in mind, I present my first 10 profiles of the 2010 NFL Draft season. These are all players who are participating in this week’s East West Shrine Game. Thanks to NFLDraftScout.com, Wikipedia, and my own personal conversations with scouts from around the NFL for help with information gathering.

WR Freddie Barnes
(Bowling Green)

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His numbers this season were jaw-dropping. His 155 catches were a NCAA record. His 1,770 receiving yards were a Falcons school record. His 19 TD’s lead the FBS. But his size isn’t necessarily ideal. He’s just 6’0″ and 212 pounds. The Ravens will absolutely need a more sizable threat at WR, but they will also likely need more than one addition to the group. Barnes looks like a lower round pick right now-but he had a huge game in the Humanitarian Bowl, and started practice in Orlando with a bang. A combine invite and solid performance could vault him up boards. One scout told me he could be Anquan Boldin-esque. Everyone in the country would like a player like that. Barnes is VERY athletic, he played QB and basketball in high school in Illinois.

TE Andrew Quarless (Penn State)

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If the Ravens are interested in an impact receiver at the TE position, Andrew Quarless might not be the guy. Quarless had his best statistical season in 2009-hauling in 41 passes for 536 yards and 3 TD’s. But in his 4 year career, Quarless caught just 87 balls for 1,146 yards and 8 TD’s. However, his numbers-and his size-don’t differ THAT much from Pettigrew, who was a Top 20 pick just a season ago by the Lions. Heck, he may even be a bit quicker. But his rap sheet includes a DUI arrest, an underage drinking citation, and marijuana possession. He needs to prove his strength in the months leading up to the Draft, as his frame and ability could very well help him rise to the 2nd night of the Draft (now rounds 2-3). He may well be a guy who would already be a high level prospect had he not been splitting time with Mickey Shuler Jr. during his career in Happy Valley.

S Kam Chancellor (Virginia Tech)

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Chancellor has admitted to trying to mold his game after late Skins Safety Sean Taylor, and with good reason. Chancellor is an all-around tough Safety; measuring in at 6’3″, 232 pounds with a great burst as well. Likely a Day 2 pick, Chancellor was an All-ACC performer with experience at both safety positions and also at CB during his career in Blacksburg. He recorded 204 tackles during his Hokies career, along with 6 interceptions, but did not return any for scores. He is also a gifted athlete, having played QB during his HS career in Norfolk.

DE Greg Hardy (Ole Miss)

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If he was fully healthy, Greg Hardy would almost certainly be a 1st round pick. But even with the wrist injuries that forced him to miss more than a quarter of his senior season and the ankle troubles that plagued him throughout his Rebels career might not keep him from hearing his name called Thursday night. Mostly because he managed to pile up 26 sacks during his time in Oxford, to go along with 38.5 TFL’s, 6 forced fumbles and in interception. The Ravens won’t have to go far for a scouting report on Hardy, as his former Mississippi teammate Michael Oher was also a teammate in high school at the Briarcrest Christian Academy in Memphis. He checks in around 6’4″ and somewhere between 260-275 pounds; making his measurements at the Combine and his Pro Day all more important.

TE Richard Dickson (LSU)

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At 6’3″, 245 pounds; Dickson is likely not going to be a traditional TE, but more likely a FB/H-Back/TE hybrid. The NFL scout I discussed Dickson with said the inevitable comparison is Chris Cooley; but Dickson has to prove himself to be an explosive threat. Dickson’s senior season failed to match the production of his sophomore and junior seasons, as he averaged 350 yards receiving and 4.5 TD’s during his middle seasons-but fell off to just 157 yards and 0 TD’s in his final season in Baton Rouge. Despite the drop-off, he finished his career as the most prolific TE in Tigers history.

CB Devin Ross (Arizona)

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I’m not certain that the Ravens are itching for another 5’11″ CB at this point, but they could use depth at the position, and Ross will be available on Day 2 (if not Day 3). Ross will immediately be compared to fellow former Wildcats CB Antoine Cason (who just wrapped up his 2nd season with the San Diego Chargers), and the Ravens will inevitably try to compare him to another former CB who played in Tucson by the name of Chris McAlister-who just so happens to be the greatest CB in team history. Ross will benefit from having his name mentioned in the same breath as those two, because he doesn’t have a comparable resume. What he lacks in size, he’ll need to make up in quickness during Draft season-starting this week in Orlando. He recorded just 1 interception in his senior campaign-5 for his career. He’ll have to overcome the thud his college career ended on; giving up a 74 yard TD to Nebraska’s Niles Paul in a 33-0 loss to the Huskers in the Holiday Bowl.

LB Ross Pospisil (Navy)

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I include Ross Pospisil on this list only because he’s the only “local” college football player participating in the East West Shrine Game. He’s certainly not a prospect to be drafted, but could be an option for the Ravens to take a look at after the draft ends. Just a season ago, Navy FB Eric Kettani and Slotback Shun White were picked up by the New England Patriots following the Draft, as they’ve decided to invest in the former Midshipmen and wait out the service time. Obviously, Saints FB Kyle Eckel previously was able to skirt service time after leaving Annapolis, but I don’t expect that from Pospisil. Ross did have 91 tackles on his senior campaign, including 6 TFL’s. He’s 6’0″ and 227 lbs., and is definitely capable of being a bruiser-but the Ravens would have to be willing to make a long-term investment in a guy that won’ t be able to help them anytime soon. It’s unlikely.

QB Daryll Clark (Penn State)

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The funny thing about Daryll Clark’s draft profile is that there is nothing that immediately makes you say “no” about him. He’s a bigger kid (6’2″, 238); but he’s fairly mobile (expected to post a 40 in the 4.6 range) and certainly appears to possess a capable arm. Over his last 2 seasons, he’s completed 60% of his passes for over 5,500 yards and 43 TD’s. In the same time span, he was picked 16 times and was sacked 26 times. Certainly the O-Line play in State College didn’t help those numbers much. He was 22-4 as a starting QB-but his biggest knock is the 4 losses. Clark’s worst performances seemed to come in the most important games for the Nittany Lions-2 against Iowa (both ruining perfect seasons), USC in the Rose Bowl, and Ohio State with the Big Ten title still within reach. He’s not a perfect prospect, but for a likely Day 3 guy, he could certainly prove to be a capable player should the Ravens lose Troy Smith or John Beck.

CB Brian Jackson (Oklahoma)

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You can’t help but get that “What’s not to like” feeling when you look at Brian Jackson’s status. He’s a bit taller (6’1″) than the Ravens’ Current crop of corners, with decent speed (expected to run in the 4.5′s) and has just 5% body fat on his 200 pound frame according to the Sooners. He has football in his blood-his cousin Chris Draft plays LB for the Buffalo Bills. He steadily improved as his playing time increased during his career (112 tackles and 6 picks over his final 2 seasons) and was a very solid special teams player to boot. So….”what’s not to like?” I posed the question to a NFL scout who pointed out to me that there has to be some level of concern stemming from a 2006 knee injury, and while he appeared to be solid, he was never outstanding. He’s had mixed results against his best competition, but did post an interception against Colt McCoy and Texas. Thought by some to be a Day 3 selection, the same scout told me “there’s NO WAY he’s getting past Friday night.”

S T.J. Ward (Oregon)

I have done a lot of research, and while I have no reason to believe T.J. Ward’s nickname is “Freight Train”, I have no reason why it isn’t……

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I could go on with “big hit porn”, but instead I’ll move on the details. Ward is a tremendous talent, a likely 2nd round pick. If he weren’t 5’10″, his skill set might get him into Round 1. He recorded 180 tackles over his last 3 seasons in Eugene-along with a pair of picks and 6 forced fumbles. He did all of that despite missing a number of games due to knee and ankle injuries-which will hurt his Draft stock. Ward will absolutely be worth the risk to any team that picks him, but he certainly doesn’t come without red flags.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 22 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

The invitation is out there. If John Turner would like to come on with us (or just respond personally to my follow-up email) regarding our questions about his statements regarding Debbie Yow, I’d be happy to rescind my statements regarding him. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, I invite you to head over to the Audio Vault at WNST.net to listen to this morning’s “Cheap Shots From The Bleachers” segment.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…..

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Harbaugh originally planned to have Ravens practice today as well

Drew Forrester says Ravens fans need bye week as much as Ravens players

Derek Arnold says Flacco, Ray Rice ‘played like a Raven’ in loss to Vikings

Ed Frankovic says Semin may miss Caps’ game against Thrashers tonight

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Flacco missed practice this week with swollen ankle

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Frank Walker knows he needs to ‘improve’ after 2 pass interference calls in loss to Vikings

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Rice so good even some people in front office surprised

The Official Site says Harbs went out of his way to defend Oher in final press conference before bye week

The Official Site says Lardarius Webb has been learning from Ed Reed, Domonique Foxworth, Fabian Washington, Frank Walker

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Flacco rolled right ankle after Jared Allen stepped on left ankle

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ray Rice leads NFL with 766 yards from scrimmage

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Derrick Mason brings passion to football field AND radio show

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Harbaugh thinks Oher has ‘tremendous respect’ for Jared Allen

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Le’Ron McClain has reached out to Lorenzo Neal for advice

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens smart to mix in young D-Linemen Brandon McKinney, Dwan Edwards

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Webb getting ‘comfortable’ in kick return, nickel back roles

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says contracts restructured for Kelly Gregg, Jarret Johnson

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan says Harbaugh doesn’t necessarily think Ravens have become throwing team

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says Flacco thinks ankle ‘not a big deal’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Flacco competing with Roethlisberger, Carson Palmer to make Pro Bowl behind Tom Brady, Peyton Manning

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Foxworth amongst biggest ‘underachievers’ in AFC North

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Nancy Johnston thinks school should stick with “Fear The Turtle”

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Debbie Yow surprised by John Turner’s comments

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Fridge still thinks Terps can be Top 25 annually

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says James Franklin doesn’t think Terps better with Jamarr Robinson under center than Chris Turner

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps may run more ‘Wild Turtle’ with Torrey Smith

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Cavaliers wouldn’t kick towards Torrey Smith last Saturday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Charles Bankins thinks Nick Ferrara will benefit from having Travis Baltz back

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Turner just ‘misunderstood’ Ralph’s comments about Robinson, Danny O’Brien

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Pinegar went from walk-on hopeful to O-Line commodity in short time period

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Devils might put a ton of points up Saturday in Durham

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich thinks Terps will win ‘1 or 2’ more games

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Adrian Moten lifted spirits in practice Monday by crashing offensive huddle (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mike Ashley says Turner admitted to feeling ‘insecure’ after loss to Cavs (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Ben Pooler stepping up for Terps (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says Duke’s Thaddeus Lewis will provide Terps with another ‘test’ defensively

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Owings says Porzel rare highlight in Maryland’s loss to Virginia

Turtle Sports Report’s Scott Kornberg checks in with ’11 prospect Ron Buchanan-Vernon Davis’ cousin (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Scott Kornberg says ’11 prospect Sheldon Royster interested in Terps (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Gary Williams feels Lindy’s ranking ‘vindication’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Jack Heise to be honored by team daily in practice

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps to participate in next year’s Coaches vs. Cancer Classic

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary wants to fly to away games besides UVa

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Gbinije amongst best of ’11 prospects (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Midshipmen to celebrate Halloween against Temple next Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Ricky Dobbs could still play Saturday against WFU

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Niumatalolo to make decision on Ricky Dobbs today

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids 12th in NCAA on 3rd down

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids have lost 3 straight Homecoming games-all to BCS opponents

Winston-Salem Journal’s Dan Collins says Josh Bush succeeding at safety for Demon Deacons

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Ivin Jasper thinks Kriss Proctor similar to Kaheaku-Enhada

Go Mids’ Chris Rohe breaks down individual Navy-Wake Forest matchups (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Tigers to go ‘Green’ next Saturday against Richmond

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman says Bears RB Devan James thinks George Howard playing like ‘monster’

MCDANIEL FOOTBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terror still ‘adjusting’ to new DC Mike Dailey

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says Josh Bell, Brandon Snyder making strong case for Birds’ open corner infield positions in Arizona Fall League

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says scout Deron Rombach left organization to join Braves

The Sun says Cal Ripken to attend Brooks Robinson tribute

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Snyder homered twice, drove in 7 for Phoenix Desert Dogs in win

Examiner Jay Trucker says Bell’s success in AFL, Sherrill’s struggles in NLCS making trade look pretty good for O’s

HORSE RACING:

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Saturday’s De Francis Dash at Laurel Park ‘2nd chance’ for Vineyard Haven

The Sun says Fleet Valid 2nd choice for De Francis Dash behind Vineyard Haven

SWIMMING:

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says Michael Phelps endorses PureSport even amidst questions about supplements

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team named front office posts

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-No reason to be concerned about Joe Flacco’s ankle. Which is kinda difficult to say because he has the most important ankles in the entire city of Baltimore.

Here’s an update on Terps in the NFL through Week 6…..

-Browns LB Eric Barton has tallied 49 tackles (31 solo, 1 TFL) and 2 pass defenses
-49ers TE Vernon Davis has 22 catches for 262 yards and 3 TD’s
-Vikings TE Jeff Dugan has 2 catches for 26 yards and 2 rushes for 7 yards
-Eagles LB Moise Fokou has 2 tackles (2 solo)
-Ravens CB Domonique Foxworth has 13 tackles (1 TFL), 1 INT (13 return yards) and 6 pass defenses
-Dolphins TE Joey Haynos has 2 catches for 38 yards
-Vikings LB E.J. Henderson has 47 tackles (36 solo, 3 TFL)
-Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey has 2 catches for 36 yards and 2 rushes for 19 yards
-49ers QB Shaun Hill is 81/144 for 898 yards, 5 TD’s and 2 INT’s
-Browns LB D’Qwell Jackson has 59 tackles (46 solo, 2 TFL), forced 1 fumble, and has 2 pass defenses
-Jets DT Kris Jenkins has 13 tackles (11 solo, 4 TFL)-but will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL
-Broncos RB LaMont Jordan has rushed 20 times for 59 yards
-Chargers LB Shawne Merriman has 13 tackles (6 solo)
-Jaguars P Adam Podlesh has punted 27 times for 1,103 yards (40.9 yard average), inside 20 8 times
-Dolphins DT Randy Starks has 12 tackles (11 solo, 1 TFL)
-Vikings S Madieu Williams has 26 tackles (24 solo, 1 TFL) and defended 1 pass
-Seahawks CB Josh Wilson has 16 tackles (15 solo), 1 sack and defended 4 passes
-Redskins CB Kevin Barnes, Raiders LS Jon Condo, Ravens OT Jared Gaither, Vikings LB Erin Henderson, Redskins OT Stephon Heyer, Buccaneers DT Dre Moore, and Redskins OL Edwin Williams have not tallied statistics or play positions that don’t tally statistics

Also….
-Former Morgan State TE Visanthe Shiancoe has 17 catches for 164 yards and 5 TD’s for the Vikings
-Former Morgan State RB Chad Simpson has rushed 3 times for 9 yards for the Colts

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 08 September 2009 by Glenn Clark

Not a whole lot to add today. I’d appreciate if you checked my 15-7-0 and Top 10 Baseball Distractions from yesterday. All the good shtick is there. Today I’m just catching up.

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says ‘calm’ feeling at 1 Winning Drive surrounding start to regular season

Glenn Clark thinks signing former Eagles WR Greg Lewis ‘would make sense’ for Ravens

Drew Forrester says WNST going back to Camden Yards next Tuesday

Glenn Clark says home opener at M&T Bank Stadium highlights non-baseball week

Glenn Clark thinks O’s looked sharp in Elite Giants uniforms Saturday

Ed Frankovic says Caps opened Rookie Camp Monday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Pie ‘fulfilling potential’

Red Sox Official Site’s Ian Browne says Clay Buchholz takes mound tonight for Sox vs. David Hernandez at Fenway Park

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Roberts staying ‘even keel’

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says BoSox come to Baltimore with ‘slim chances’ in AL East race, 2 ½ game lead over Rangers for Wild Card

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Uehara, Waters, McCrory to rejoin Birds today; Justin Turner, Guillermo Rodriguez to start first stint with Birds

The Sun’s Phil Rogers has Birds 30th in power rankings

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Brian Roberts ‘not afraid to stand up for’ Dave Trembley

Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Matusz doesn’t want rookie season to end

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Fiorentino finally made return to Baltimore over weekend

Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan has Birds 27th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Aram Tolegian has Birds 27th in power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Krynzel homered to lift Tides past Durham in season finale

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Tanaka loser as Baysox fell to Harrisburg in season finale

Frederick Keys Official Site says Sean Gleason got no decision as Keys shut out by Wilmington in season finale

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Mattaliano loser as Shorebirds fell to Lakewood

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Josh Bell homered for Baysox in loss to Senators

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Waring, Britton got rare sweep of Carolina League awards

Frederick News-Post says Keys’ Widlansky won batting title in Carolina League

Virginian-Pilot says Jim Miller got win in relief for Tides over Bulls

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says John Harbaugh ‘all but ruled out’ chance of Willie Anderson returning to Baltimore

Kansas City Chiefs Official Site previews Chiefs-Ravens

Kansas City Chiefs Official Site offers complete Baltimore-KC release (pdf)

Kansas City Chiefs Official Site says Haley thought Cassel getting on practice field ‘positive’ sign he might play Sunday

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Chiefs in similar place as Ravens were last year heading into Bengals game

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Western Tech alum Foxworth getting ‘hundreds’ of ticket requests for opener

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens hope Tony Moll at least ‘serviceable’ for O-Line

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ozzie Newsome ‘wasn’t willing to part with’ defensive talent to add another receiver

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Maryland Zoo in Baltimore will oversee care for live mascots Rise and Conquer

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Suggs’ stance only difference in Greg Mattison’s defense

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Chiefs coming to Baltimore ‘rife with uncertainties’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Harbaugh ‘confident’ in Hauschka

Kansas City Star’s Adam Teicher says Haley ‘wouldn’t commit’ to Cassel being ready to play Sunday against Ravens

SI’s Peter King says Ravens made ‘no news’ on cut day, could still add David Tyree

Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez says 52 again ‘leader’ for Ravens defense

All ESPN.com analysts pick Ravens to finish 2nd in AFC North-except Paul Kuharsky & Len Pasquarelli (1st), Seth Wickersham (3rd)

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Flacco ‘looks like real deal’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens-Chiefs amongst bigger ‘mismatches’ of Week 1

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Maryland-James Madison

The Official Site offers complete Terps-Dukes release (pdf)

JMU Official Site previews Madison-Maryland

JMU Official Site offers complete Dukes-Terps release (pdf)

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Kevin Barnes, Edwin Williams, Stephon Heyer made Skins roster, Scott Burley did not

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says loss to James Madison or Middle Tennessee State could be ‘season-breaker’

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Bruce Campbell dealing with turf toe

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says future Terp Tyler Smith had big weekend

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says loss to Bears second worst of Friedgen’s tenure

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Force3 to give away shirts at Clemson game

Washington Post’s John Feinstein says Terps part of ‘Irrelevant’ ACC

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens doesn’t expect Terps to get many more primetime games

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Madison using Drew Dudzik, Justin Thorpe at QB

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Moise Fokou (Philadelphia), Edwin Williams (Washington) making teams means 24 former Terps on active NFL rosters

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens thinks Terps have decent chance of being upset by Madison

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Don Brown’s defense gave up most yards by Terps unit since Orange Bowl vs. Florida in January ‘02

USA Today’s Andy Gardiner says Terps, ACC ‘struggled’ early on

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says prospect Doug Furman ready to start campus visits (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Navy-Louisiana Tech Saturday

The Official Site says tickets available for Saturday’s home opener at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium

The Official Site says Antron Harper, Anthony Gaskins amongst best O-Linemen in last 50 years for Midshipmen

The Official Site says Niumatalolo trying to get Mids to ‘turn the page’ from Ohio State loss

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says DB Darius Terry suspended for at least 4 weeks

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids hoping they learned lessons in Columbus that will help them for rest of season

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Dobbs was ‘spectacular’ for Mids in loss to Bucks

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina offers final breakdown of Buckeyes-Mids (must subscribe)

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says ESPN, NBA TV to televise David Robinson’s induction to Hall of Fame Friday night

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says trips to Oklahoma, Georgetown highlight schedule for Mountaineers

Frederick News-Post says Eers’ home opener November 21 vs. Greyhounds

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site
offers details on open tryouts

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says owner Jess Jackson believes Rachel Alexandra ‘not likely’ to race again in ‘09

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Forrester is INSANE for thinking the Birds won’t get swept in Boston this week. Sorry fellas.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 12 August 2009 by Glenn Clark

David Hernandez will have some value for the Orioles in the offseason should they choose to trade him. I’m not certain that he will ever pan out to be a great pitcher, but last night’s game was an example of the promise he’s shown at this level that could make him a legitimate trade chip.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…..

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Luke Jones says Mark Clayton, Terrell Suggs won’t play vs. Washington Thursday

Nestor Aparicio says Ravens should just say ‘no thanks’ to Vick

Matt Duggins says Teixeira better off having signed with Yankees than Birds

Keith Melchior wonders if fans angry about current state of Orioles

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says David Hernandez impressive as Birds topped Athletics

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Jason Berken takes hill in finale vs. Mazzaro, A’s

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Uehara eyeing September return in bullpen

Athletics Official Site’s Brian Eller says Cahill solid, but O’s topped Oakland

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says 23,000 saw Birds top A’s at Camden Yards

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck imagines MacPhail defending himself to fans

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Brian Roberts made very bad baserunning blunder

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says team holding “State of the Orioles” event before Angels game Saturday

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Markakis extended streak to 32 straight games reaching base

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Trembley was happy with relief efforts from Albers, Danys Baez, Jim Johnson in win

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman ‘catches up with’ former Oriole Tettleton

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Birds reportedly agree to terms with draft picks Ashur Tolliver, Randy Henry, Ryan Berry

Examiner Jay Trucker says Tillman may be great pitcher, may be Hayden Penn

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Jim Johnson pitched 9th for 4th save of year

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says ‘lack of options’ amongst reasons Trembley won’t take Guthrie out of rotation

The AP says Birds beat A’s for first time in over 2 years

San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser says Adam Kennedy, Scott Hairston homered for A’s in loss

Oakland Tribune’s Curtis Pashelka says Chad Moeller’s 5th inning single ignited Athletics’ winning rally

CBS Sports’ Larry Dobrow has Birds 26th in power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

Norfolk Tides Official Site says David Pauley loser as Birds shut out by Scranton

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Ouellette winner in relief as Baysox topped New Hampshire

Frederick Keys Official Site says Sean Gleason loser as Keys fell to Potomac

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Salberg loser as Shorebirds fell to Charleston

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Haughian winner as Ironbirds topped Williamsport

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Justin Moore winner as Bluefield topped Pulaski

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Josh Bell had 3 hits for Baysox in win over Fisher Cats

Frederick News-Post says Waring’s 3 run bomb accounted for all runs in Keys’ loss to Potomac

Virginian-Pilot says Russ Ortiz shut down Tides for Yankees

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens OK with Flacco throwing picks in practice, don’t want him throwing picks in preseason games

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh believes Redskins game ‘extension of Training Camp’

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says Training Camp in Westminster dates back to Colts

The Official Site says Harbaugh won’t name players who will miss Thursday’s game

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Troy Smith had been victim of fake Twitter account

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Figurs, Edgar Jones made stellar catches Tuesday at McDaniel College

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Derrick Mason dislocated right middle finger during practice

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Frank Walker, Figurs got into scuffle during Tuesday practice

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Hauschka to be kicker of record in first half, Gano in 2nd half of first preseason game

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Frank Walker thinks fights happen because players competing for roster spots

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Jonathan Ogden thinks Oher ‘tremendous athlete’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says despite rumors, Ravens shoot down interest in signing free agent QB Michael Vick

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh said Reed took off red jersey for ‘strategy’ against Flacco

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says besides Mason; WR’s Clayton, Williams also dealing with injuries

The Sun’s Edward Lee says J.O. has ‘no regrets’ about retirement

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says McGahee has ‘healthy body and attitude’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Mason’s injury ‘not regarded as serious’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Demetrius Williams, Jared Gaither, Todd Heap all plan to take field at M&T Bank Stadium Thursday night

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says new DC Greg Mattison in ‘tough situation’ taking over job

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio says Ravens will be ‘limited’ at WR vs. Skins

CBS Sports’ Clark Judge says Terrell Suggs compared Ray Rice to Barry Sanders

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Justin Harper, Marcus Smith should get reps in Thursday night’s game

ESPN.com’s Sal Paolantonio says Ravens know they must pressure Roethlisberger to beat Steelers

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says RB Gary Douglas impressive on Day 2 of practice

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps cut $300,000 from football budget

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph doesn’t know how much new RB’s Porzel, D.J. Adams might see field

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Mike Barbour, Nick Wallace ahead of Nick Ferrera in kicking competition

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Don Brown thinks Terps’ defense similar to Skins’

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Kevin Lempa believes Kenny Tate ‘biggest safety (he’s ) ever coached’

Examiner Matthew Bouchard thinks Maryland’s relationship with Under Armour should continue to develop

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Travis Hawkins, Caleb Porzel will also get chances to return punts

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Baltz great player, but no one wants to see him on field

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Don Brown ‘talks with pinkie’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Ralph thinks Don Brown’s defense could be ‘intense and patient’

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Da’Rel Scott appears to have added muscle

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Cal favored by 21.5 points over Terps

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says A.J. Francis will start at nose tackle if Dion Armstrong can’t get eligible

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says OL Gonnella doesn’t think line will use ‘inexperience as crutch’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says kicking situation similar to ’05, ’06 battles between Egekeze, Ennis

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Turner’s, Scott’s jerseys available in campus bookstore

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens thinks Adams, Porzel will get more work in scrimmage than starter Scott

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Armstrong has physical issues beyond academic ones

Washington Times’ David Elfin says Edwin Williams, Scott Burley most recent former Terps to join Joe Bugel’s O-Line with Skins

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich thinks Terps headed to EagleBank Bowl

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says freshman LB’s Darin Drakeford, Avery Murray might make ‘impact’ (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Terps ready to put pads on, start hitting (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s John Talty says O-Line ‘young’, ‘inexperienced’ besides Bruce Campbell, Phil Costa

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says former Terp Dave Neal headed to Ireland for more school, hoops

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps recently offered DeMatha combo guard Jerian Grant (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Crystal Langhorne thinks ‘confidence’ reason for strong 2nd season with Washington Mystics

Tribune Newspapers’ Fred Mitchell says former Terp Toliver has played ‘sparingly’ for WNBA’s Chicago Sky

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Arundel QB Billy Cosh chose Kansas State with father (Chris) over joining Tigers

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Tigers to visit Morgan State, Navy this season

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Niumatalolo impressed by freshman De’Von Richardson

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says QB Dobbs must go from ‘flashy’ to starter

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says sophomore QB’s Kameron Smith, Kriss Proctor show ‘promise’

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Naval Academy continues open practice policy

UMES BASKETBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says American highlights Hawks’ home schedule

MCDANIEL FOOTBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Terror return very experienced team

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra worked out at Saratoga

Thoroughbred Times’ Phil Janack says Rachel Alexandra put in first work since winning Haskell Invitational

The AP’s Beth Harris says Baffert going to Hall of Fame ‘on high’

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says 5 Mariners honored by AIFA

CRYSTAL PALACE USA:

Examiner Jeff Hemelt says Brian Rowland, Paul Robson honored by USL-2

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-The Ravens need SOMEONE to play at WR tomorrow night. They need Joe Flacco to get some confidence in his first legitimate passes of the year, and I’m not sure Jayson Foster can do that for them.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 30 July 2009 by Glenn Clark

I wasn’t overly impressed by Chris Tillman last night; but it was just one start. He was good, he made a few mistakes, and he showed a few positive signs.says Aubrey Huff ended skid with big hit in win

A Brad Bergesen win today would go a long way to keep some positive feelings alive in the Orioles’ clubhouse.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say….

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio

Luke Jones says Demetrius Williams had knee stretched out on sidelines during afternoon practice

Nestor Aparicio says Phillies probably not potential suitor for Sherrill

Bob Haynie says Jones helped Tillman offensively and defensively

Nestor Aparicio says long negotiating over contracts like Oher’s ‘necessary evil’

Keith Melchior gives Trembley ‘D’ grade

ORIOLES:says Tillman didn’t factor in decision, but Birds beat Royals anyway

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Brian Eller says Bergesen takes hill in finale for Birds today against Hochevar, KC

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says torn labrum lands Rich Hill on DL

Royals Official Site’s Dick Kaegel says Greinke left with lead, but bullpen couldn’t hold it as O’s beat Royals

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Tillman gave up 3 homers, went just 4 2/3 innings; but Birds won debut

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Angels, Dodgers considered ‘most likely’ possible trade destinations for Sherrill

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Tillman ‘kept his composure’ after early struggles

Examiner Jay Trucker says Trembley went with Zaun behind plate instead of Wieters in Tillman’s debut

The AP says Jones homered, drove in 3 for Birds in win

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says nearly 20,000 saw Birds beat Royals at Camden Yardssays Trembley wasn’t ‘aware’ Hill had torn labrum

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land

The AP says Hill told reporters tear went back to time with Cubs

Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton says Robinson Tejeda, John Bale can’t seal job for Royals out of bullpen

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:says Fiorentino hero as Tides rallied to beat Indianapolis

Norfolk Tides Official Site

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Tanaka winner as Baysox topped Connecticut

Frederick Keys Official Site says Beato lead way as Keys shut out Salem

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Bordes loser as Delmarva swept by Asheville in Game 2

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Elvin Polanco homered, but Shorebirds lost to Asheville in Game 1

Aberdeen Ironbirds Official Site says Tyler Sexton loser as Ironbirds shut out by Hudson Valley

Bluefield Orioles Official Site says Helmick, Flacco homered; but Orioles lost to Princeton

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Alberto Castillo earned win in relief for Tides over Indians

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Matt Angle picked up game winning RBI as Keys topped Red Sox

Frederick News-Post’s Greg Swatek says pro wrestler King Kong Bundy made appearance for Keys at Harry Grove Stadium

Virginian-Pilot’s Rainer Sabin says organization concerned with (time) length of Arrieta’s starts

RAVENS:says Oher agrees to 5 year contract

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Davon Drew, Lamar Divens back to practice, off PUP list

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Justin Harper star of Wednesday’s Training Camp practices

The Official Site says Harbaugh doesn’t think Flacco ‘any different’ this season

The Official Site says NFL Official Morelli to explain rules changes Saturday in Westminster

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ravens, Steelers, Jets only teams to have all Draft picks signed

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens hoping Heap can get back to ‘top form’

The Sun’s Edward Lee and Jamison Hensley say Derrick Martin trying to make team as safety due to large number of CB’s on roster

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Training Camp different for Flacco this year being ‘the guy’

The Sun says McNair’s family to be ‘taken care of’ despite QB not leaving will

The Sun’s Edward Lee says vets Reed, Nakamura, Bannan, Marcus Smith all attended practice

The Sun’s Edward Lee says LJ Smith dealing with sore hamstring

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Westminster police had set up speed traps on Tuesday due to start of Training Camp

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Gregg’s ability to ‘cut and run without incident’ positive sign he has healed

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says father Sean Tuohy said Oher tried to leave Memphis for Camp every day this week

Carroll County Times’ Daniel Henderson says former Virginia Tech WR Harper trying to ‘make up’ for missing ’08 season

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says LJ Smith missed Wednesday practice, not dealing with ‘serious injury’

The AP says Oher’s deal expected to be worth more than Mendenhall’s deal in ’08 at same Draft slot

Washington Times’ Ryan O’Halloran and Rachel Orland say Ravens ‘need’ receiver

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says ESPN’s Cris Carter thinks Ravens have reached point of ‘desperation’ in WR search

SI’s John Lopez says ‘Ravens season waiting’ on Mason’s decision

NBC Sports’ Gregg Rosenthal says Oher will be in town for first full squad practice Friday

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Heap has ‘lot of doubters’

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Rice will have 710 yards, 4 TD’s this season

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:says Baltz, Wujciak named preseason All-ACC

The Official Site

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Princeton Review notes Terps as having best athletic facilities in country

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Torrey Smith surprisingly NOT on All-ACC team

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Terps trying to make up for O-Line departures with 123 career starts, including All-ACC Edwin Williams

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says preseason nods have ‘limited value’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Rhode Island to visit Terps in 2013

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps tend to outperform preseason expectations

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps already have 13 commitments for ’10, still involved with one major recruit

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says North Carolina, Michigan State, Illinois, Virginia Tech were also interested in Terps commit Nate Clarke (must subscribe)says new coach Bakich has to make Terps ‘relevant’

TERRAPINS BASEBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:says Flip Saunders almost became Terp

Washington Post’s Matt Bonesteel

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:says Frese, Terps prepared to open final camp of summer

The Official Site

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter profiles Terps target Alicia DeVaughn (must subscribe)offers details on alumni tailgate events

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site

The Official Site says Tigers to make appearances on Big Ten Network, Comcast SportsNet this season

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ambrose expects players to ‘work hard’

The Diamondback’s Chris Eckard says Terps generated $54 million of revenue in ’07-‘08

TOWSON LACROSSE:says former Tiger Drew Pfarr passed away at age 27

The Official Site

NAVY FOOTBALL:says Pospisil named to AFCA Good Works Team

The Official Site

SWIMMING:says Phelps made ‘statement’ by breaking record without full body suit

Swimnetwork.com

Tribune Newspapers’ Lisa Dillman says Phelps bounced back from loss in Rome by winning 200 fly in record time

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says closest swimmer Korzeniowski 1.72 seconds behind Phelps at World Championships

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says Phelps plans to race short course events in Baltimore, Washington later this year

The AP’s Paul Newberry says Phelps surpassed Spitz by breaking 34th world record of career

USA Today’s Vicki Michaelis says Bowman thought Phelps was in ‘good spirits’ before crushing competition in 200 fly

HORSE RACING:says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra to arrive at Monmouth for Haskell Invitational tomorrow

The Sun

BALTIMORE MARINERS:announces job opportunities for next season

The Official Site

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-The Ravens were going to get a deal done with Michael Oher; and I think that it took a fair amount of time for both sides.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 02 June 2009 by Glenn Clark

It’s June now, and I just noticed something. No one is really asking about which Orioles players should be on the trading block.

I mean, Drew has tossed around the idea of trading Aubrey Huff or Jeremy Guthrie if things went the right way; but we’re not hearing the annual “is there anyone on this team you consider off limits?” discussion we’re used to.

It’s actually quite pleasant.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…..

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Thyrl Nelson says Flacco, Wieters, etc. ‘future KOBS’

Nestor Aparicio says Hill looked like ‘McNally’ or ‘McGregor’ with performance in Seattle

Drew Forrester wouldn’t bring back Trembley next season

Bob Haynie remembers Chuck Thompson, Bill O’Donnell calling Orioles games

Nestor Aparicio wonders if ‘Messiah’ Wieters will make Orioles winners

Glenn Clark says Belmont highlight of non-baseball week

Allen McCallum says Birds will continue as far as starting pitching takes them

Matt Duggins says Zaun ‘embarrassment’ at plate

Ed Frankovic says Caps coach Boudreau reported Green suffered from mono

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Rich Hill dominant as Birds shut out Mariners

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says former Oriole Bedard takes hill for Mariners tonight against David Hernandez, O’s

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Uehara continues to progress in rehab

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Luke Scott named AL Player of the Week

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Aaron Crow, Grant Green could be options for Birds in MLB Draft

Mariners Official Site’s Jim Street says Washburn gets no support as M’s fall

MLB.com’s Hal Bodley says MacPhail’s rebuilding plan ‘slow, steady’

Norfolk Tides Official Site says Liz hit hard by Ottawa in loss

Bowie Baysox Official Site says Mariotti tough luck loser as Trenton shuts out Bowie

Frederick Keys Official Site says Rowell homered for Keys in loss to Lynchburg

Delmarva Shorebirds Official Site says Zagone battered early in loss to Kannapolis

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says nearly 17,000 at Safeco Field to see Birds beat Mariners

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Markakis happy to get out of rough month of May

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Bedard having good season now after getting healthy

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman ‘catches up with’ former Oriole Gentile

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says former Mariner Jones scored winning run for Birds

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck believes Hill’s departure after 7 innings Trembley’s call

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Keys’ Matusz named Carolina League Pitcher of the Week

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Dorta homered for Tides in blowout loss

The AP says Wieters call-up created ‘national buzz’ in Baltimore

The AP says Sherrill finished win for 11th save

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Caleb Joseph had 3 hits for Keys in loss

The AP/Frederick News-Post’s Adam Behsudi say Jones looking forward to facing ‘tough’ Bedard

Virginian-Pilot says Clippers pounded out 18 hits in win over Tides

Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s Greg Johns says former Mariner Jones had rare double during pitchers’ duel

Seattle Times’ Larry Stone says Ichiro tied own club record 25 game hitting streak in loss

Everett Herald’s Kirby Arnold says Mariners stranded Ichiro on 3rd with no outs in first inning

Oregonian’s John Hunt says Roseburg, Oregon native Guthrie ‘still learning craft’

SI’s Joe Posnanski says Bill James thinks Wieters is ‘extremely good’

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ngata expected to return to practice Wednesday

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham cleans up after me

The Official Site says Birk, Team President Cass to speak at M&T Bank Stadium luncheon Thursday

The Official Site says Birk plans to continue working with H.I.K.E. Foundation in Baltimore

The Sun’s Mike Preston says with Heap, Smith, Sypniewski hurt; Ravens have just Edgar Jones, Davon Drew healthy at TE

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Edgar Jones benefitting from ‘reps’ with Flacco

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Tight End could be ‘area of strength’ for Ravens

ESPN.com’s James Walker says ‘fatigue’ not a factor for Flacco

Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez says former Raven Willie Anderson had ‘never been happier’ than experiencing playoff success this season

HORSE RACING:

Belmont Official Site’s Jenny Kellner says Borel predicts victory for Mine That Bird in 3rd leg of Triple Crown

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Kieran McLaughlin confident about Charitable Man as well

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Lukas looking to win 5th Belmont with longshots Flying Private and Luv Gov

Thoroughbred Times says Mine That Bird scheduled to arrive at Belmont Wednesday after Monday breeze at Churchill Downs

Thoroughbred Times’ Pete Denk says Hall of Famer Gary Stevens opening own stable

Thoroughbred Times’ Fred Pope says racing needs to create ‘major league’

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says trainer Woolley thinks Derby winner Mine That Bird ‘looks even better’ this week than he has during entire season

The AP’s Malcolm C. Knox says Borel feels ‘lucky and blessed’ by circumstances that have lead to Derby, Preakness wins

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says former Terp Edwin Williams thinks first NFL experience with Redskins ‘really cool’

Washington Post’s Barry Svrluga says former Terp Heyer gets chance with Redskins due to release of Jon Jansen

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps report to practice August 9

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter profiles Paint Branch WR prospect Torian Henderson (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Terps may be interested in another DeMatha safety (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Terps used ‘points system’ to improve in offseason (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Terps still on Long Island PF prospect Tobias Harris’ list

Examiner Steve DeClue says Arizona reportedly out of Stephenson picture

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary believes Vasquez will return

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse says Jays 7th in final media poll

UMBC LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Quint Kessenich has Retrievers 9th in final Top 20

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Atwell expected to be ready for ‘10

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site says SID Rhew honored for lacrosse media guide

NAVY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says former Mid Jeff Long to be inducted into National Lacrosse Hall of Fame

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Wickham’s development key to Mids’ success in ‘10

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Niumatalolo to appear on Rivals.com radio

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says St. Michael’s (TX) QB Michael McNamara interested in Mids (must subscribe)

BALTIMORE BULLETS:

The Sun’s Mike Klingaman remembers Gus Johnson

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Tight End doesn’t concern me. I don’t expect the Ravens to be explosive at Tight End, but I think they will find a healthy mix of players to contribute at the position.

-Expect Qadry and I to roll to victory today over Drew at the Comcast Morning Show charity golf event. Qadry will handle the golfing; and I’ll handle the beer gathering. We make an excellent team.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 06 May 2009 by Glenn Clark

Peter Schmuck wrote something funny today. He wrote about how Orioles fans would have a chance to boo A-Rod when he returns to the Yankees this weekend.

My best guess is that no one cares enough about the Orioles at this point to brave the tens of thousands of Yankees fans to try to boo someone for using steroids.

But maybe I’m wrong. We all rallied around the chance to boo Mark Teixeira; but that was Opening Day. Is the return of the man Ray Bachman affectionately calls “man boobs” enough to motivate you as an Orioles fan to get out to Camden Yards this weekend?

I’m guessing it probably isn’t.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say……

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says Orioles, Ravens both ‘self-promote’

Drew Forrester says Rays had ‘too much Longoria’ as they beat Birds

Glenn Clark says Markakis amongst best hitters in baseball

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Uehara solid, but three errors cost Birds in lost to Rays

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Hendrickson, Birds return home to face Slowey, Twins tonight

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Roberts past hitting slump

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Pie has ‘reduced role’ with O’s

Rays Official Site’s Bill Chastain says 13,000 saw Rays, Birds split at Tropicana Field

Twins Official Site’s Kelly Thesier says Slowey getting plenty of run support thus far this season

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Kranitz thought Uehara “Maddux-like” despite loss

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Markakis’ games-on-base streak ends in loss

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Baysox pitcher Erbe placed on DL with shoulder fatigue

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says fans will have chance to boo A-Rod at Camden Yards this weekend (Nice try Pete…..the 30,000 Yankees fans in town will make him plenty welcome)

The Sun says Posada headed to DL, will miss series with Orioles

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Trembley left starter in too long instead of taking starter out too early

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Rich Hill threw four scoreless innings for Norfolk in win

The AP says Alomar, ex girlfriend reach settlement out of court

Examiner Steve DeClue agrees with Trembley on Sherrill decision

The AP says Upton broke slump to lift Rays past Orioles

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Britton very good for Keys in loss

Virginian-Pilot’s Rainer Sabin says MacPhail thought Hill had ‘ups and downs’ in 2nd start with Tides

St. Petersburg Times’ Joe Smith says Garza went 8 innings to beat Birds

Tampa Tribune’s Tony Fabrizio says Navarro also broke out of slump to help Rays finish off O’s

Sporting News’ Michael Huang mocks Missouri pitcher Kyle Gibson to Birds

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says Ravens won’t confirm Washington’s visit

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham has another picture of a girl in a bikini

Examiner Tony Wisniewski says Washington may be ‘best available’ free agent WR

Examiner Phil Macek says Mason’s ‘attitude’ even better than ‘ability’

Fox Sports’ John Czarnecki says Oher already has experience learning multiple offenses

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Flacco needs to have more than 1 good year to be ‘great’ starting QB

ESPN.com’s James Walker says former Raven Bouman signed with Jaguars

ESPN.com’s James Walker wonders whether Flacco, Palmer 2nd best QB in AFC North

NFL.com’s Michael Fabiano says Le’Ron McClain could ‘disappoint’ fantasy owners

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Cottle not letting Yeatman speak to media before showdown with Fighting Irish

The Sun’s John Weaver says Terps have most Maryland prospects of any team in Tournament

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says seniors bringing ‘leadership’ to Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Yeatman ‘respects’ former Irish teammates, just not talking about them

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Tyler Smith picked Terps over UConn, Rutgers, Syracuse, Pitt, Akron

Examiner Matthew Bouchard says Muhtadi, Dane Randolph sign with Packers after rookie tryout

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says E. Williams ‘overcame odds’ to earn spot with Skins

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Dion Armstrong, Bruce Campbell need to get out of ‘Friedgen Academic Probation’

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps amongst teams making scheme changes in ACC

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says LB Moten mixing things up in Spring (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says James Franklin gets another stud QB prospect in Tyler Smith (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter chats with Toms River (NJ) athlete prospect (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Alkire says QB prospect Anthony Gonzalez unfazed by Tyler Smith commitment (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter breaks down more prospects from I-95 Challenge (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Jeff Ermann says Terps battling Oregon, Oregon State, Cal, Washington, Arizona for 2010 prospect Terrence Jones

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Minnesota to visit Comcast Center for ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Frese facing former team when Terps host Golden Gophers

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Ricci named ECAC Defensive Player of the Year, Mike Sawyer Rookie of the Year

Inside Lacrosse’s Christian Swezey says Hounds highest ranking team to miss NCAA Tournament

UMBC LACROSSE:

The Sun’s Edward Lee says ESPN’s Mark Dixon thinks Retrievers have ‘biggest potential’ to pull first round upset

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse says Jays 7th in final Nike media poll

Inside Lacrosse says Jays 8th in final USILA Coaches’ poll

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Slotback Bobby Doyle looking forward to game with Buckeyes

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says DC Buddy Green concerned about secondary

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site’s John Wolfe previews Sunday’s visit to Erie to face RiverRats

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee says Borel just 23rd jockey to win more than one Derby

Thoroughbred Times says D. Wayne Lukas confirms Flying Private for Preakness

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says injury to I Want Revenge may be ‘career threatening’

Preakness Official Site says Lukas coming to Pimlico looking for 6th Preakness crown

The Sun’s Ken Murray says trainer Derek Ryan ruled Musket Man out of longer Belmont, but leaning towards entering Preakness

The Sun’s Ken Murray says ESPN’s Jeanine Edwards doesn’t think Mine That Bird will ‘disgrace’ himself at Preakness

The AP’s Jeffrey McMurray says injury to I Want Revenge on opposite ankle from what trainer Jeff Mullins originally thought

SI’s Tim Layden says Mine That Bird first horse to make SI cover since Smarty Jones in ‘04

ESPN.com’s Jeremy Plonk says Woolley knows just how difficult it is to even run Derby, let alone win it

SWIMMING:

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says life tougher for Hoff under Bob Bowman’s tutelage

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Phelps happy to return with suspension over

The AP’s Paul Newberry says Charlotte event next week marks Phelps’ return to pool from suspension

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Uehara was “Maddux-like”? Come on, Rick Kranitz.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 28 April 2009 by Glenn Clark

Do the Ravens have a plan for the wide receiver position?

I don’t know.

I’m baffled by the Ravens’ decisions at their biggest position of need; and I’m the biggest Derrick Mason fan on the face of the planet. In fact, I thought he was the MVP of the team last season.

If the Ravens go into the season with the same group of Wide Receivers, I just cannot consider them a Super Bowl contender.

But there’s plenty of time.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…..

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio says O’s off to ‘strange’ start

Glenn Clark says Markakis 3rd best hitter in all of baseball right now

Glenn Clark says CAA Lacrosse Tournament amongst highlights of non-baseball week

Peter Dilutis thinks Ravens ‘must have plan’ at WR position

Glenn Clark says Gaither hires Rosenhaus, wants new deal

Glenn Clark says Western Kentucky OL Greg Ryan amongst undrafted signings

Drew Forrester thinks NHL did ‘right thing’ by suspending Brashear

Drew Forrester says Game 7 more ‘must win’ for Caps than Rangers

Ed Frankovic says Chris Clark likely to play tonight

Ed Frankovic says Caps don’t have great Game 7 history

Nestor Aparicio announcing KOBST Round 2 contestants today

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Guthrie labors early as Birds fall to Rangers

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Reimold hitting over .400 for Tides

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Rich Hill, Freel nearing return to big leagues

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Eaton, O’s open short set with Joe Saunders, Angels tonight

Rangers Official Site’s T.R. Sullivan says Matt Harrison gets first win of ’09 for Rangers

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Albers saddled with loss in tough relief outing

The Suns’ Dan Connolly says Baez thinks being ‘healthy’ has helped him become successful

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Sarfate gave solid relief innings in loss

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thought Birds would be better defensively

The Sun’s Childs Walker says few young players better than Markakis

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Wilfredo Perez collected 4th save of season

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Guthrie’s pitch count more about Rangers’ ability to foul off pitches than lack of control

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Trembley expecting Mora to be called up Friday

Examiner Steve DeClue says Birds waiting on Matusz, Tillman, Arrieta, etc.

Examiner Jay Trucker says Eaton trying to ‘rekindle magic’ of last Thursday’s stellar performance

Examiner Jay Trucker says Jones MVP of week 3 of season

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Birds squandered 4-0 lead in loss to Rangers

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Cesar Izturis faces brother Maicer tonight

Frederick News-Post says Caleb Joseph had 2 doubles, 3 hits in Keys’ loss

Dallas Morning News’ Jeff Wilson says Harrison retired 16 straight hitters at one point in win

ESPN.com has Birds 25th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Aram Tolegian has Birds 19th in power rankings

Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan has Birds 17th in power rankings

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says Newsome wouldn’t eliminate possibility of Ravens still trading for Boldin

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says VanDeSteeg, Gano reportedly sign as undrafted free agents

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says Ravens average ‘B’ grade for Draft

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens improved in ‘toughness’ with Draft

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens worst at WR, Tight End, Kicker

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says former Duke WR Eron Riley, former Maryland WR I. Williams also expected to be added by Ravens

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens ‘better’ now than at end of last season

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley tells Rick Maese Ravens got ‘lucky’ to have Oher fall

The Sun projects Oher as starting RT

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Newsome believes in Demetrius Williams

Examiner Tony Wisniewski says Oher could be ‘steal of Draft’

Examiner Steve DeClue ‘not wild about’ Oher

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens wanted to Draft players with ‘size, athleticism, and versatility’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says ‘highly regarded’ Georgia LB Dannell Ellerbe signed by Ravens

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Oher’s story to become movie

ESPN.com’s Mel Kiper says Oher gives Ravens ‘great flexibilty’

ESPN.com says Ravens got 3.04 ‘GPA’ for Draft

ESPN.com’s James Walker says WR still ‘need’ for Ravens

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Willie Anderson wants to remain starter

Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez thinks Ravens should still consider Boldin trade

SI’s Ross Tucker ‘loved’ Ravens’ Draft

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Kyle Wharton scores 4 goals as Jays top Mountaineers

MT. ST. MARY’S LACROSSE:

The Official Site says DiBartolo’s 15 saves not enough as Eers fall to Blue Jays

LOYOLA LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Finnerty, Hagelin honored by ECAC

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Toomey thinks Hopkins game like ‘Championship’

UMBC LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Ryan Smith honored by America East

Inside Lacrosse says Retrievers 11th in USILA Coaches’ poll

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Ken Murray says former NT Lonnie Harvey signed with Panthers

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse says Terps fall to 14th in media poll

Inside Lacrosse’s Quint Kessenich says Terps fans should root for Hofstra, UMBC, Notre Dame to help Maryland earn NCAA Tournament bid

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Carcaterra has Terps as last team IN

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says ‘X’ man Bryn Holmes ‘tough’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps ‘in for now’

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says former Terps Bullock, Burley, Navarre, Philistin, E. Williams, I. Williams all sign as undrafted free agents

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Chase Bullock signed with Cardinals

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Navarre signs with Jaguars

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Muhtadi, Randolph getting shot to make Packers’ roster

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps have ‘plethora’ of young receivers

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says QB prospect Meiko Locksley visited College Park again (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem catches up with CB prospect Cullen Christian (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Claire Knudsen profiles pro hopes of RB Rashad Henry (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Painter also considering Virginia Tech

NAVY LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse’s Jon Brand says Mids’ first round game will be based on ‘geographic’, ‘financial’ concerns

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Meade knows Mids must still get ‘better’ for Tournament success

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Kettani, Tyree Barnes have NOT signed with Pats yet

SALISBURY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Gulls remain in Top 5 in country

The Official Site says Berkman named CAC Player of the Week

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Quality Road out of Derby, may return for Preakness

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Square Eddie will miss Derby

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says quarter crack keeping Quality Road from first Triple Crown race

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Todd Pletcher has 3 Derby shots with Dunkirk, Advice, Join in the Dance

Thoroughbred Times’ Jeff Lowe says Pioneerof the Nile looks solid in Churchill Downs workout

Thoroughbred Times’ Ron Parker says TT analysts now picking Pioneerof the Nile to win Derby

The Sun says Quality Road out of Derby due to blood on ‘newly patched’ quarter crack

Washington Post’s Andrew Beyer says with Magna’s downfall, Churchill Downs now ‘major force’ in horse racing

ESPN.com’s Jeremy Plonk says Quality Road’s scratch probably ‘best’ for horse racing

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Do any Maryland lacrosse fans really care whether or not this Maryland team makes the NCAA Tournament? I still want them to, but I find it hard to imagine anyone will care if they don’t.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Drew Willy, Graham Gano, Isaiah Williams Reportedly Amongst Ravens’ Undrafted Free Agent Signings (Updated)

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Drew Willy, Graham Gano, Isaiah Williams Reportedly Amongst Ravens’ Undrafted Free Agent Signings (Updated)

Posted on 27 April 2009 by Glenn Clark

According to my friends at NFL Draft Bible, the Ravens have added two Undrafted Free Agents Sunday night. The two players are Buffalo QB Drew Willy and Michigan DT Will Johnson.

Willy is a a 6’4″, 214 pound QB who lead the Bulls to a MAC Championship this past season and a trip to the International Bowl. He finished his career with 8,748 passing yards and 52 TD’s. In his senior year, he was 304 of 468 with 25 TD’s and 6 INT’s. The individual play that highlighted his career was…..

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Johnson is a 6’5″, 285 pound DT who collected 81 tackles during his career with the Wolverines. During his senior season, he tallied 29 tackles and 2 sacks.

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Add Ole Miss FB Jason Cook to the list. Cook is 5’11″, 248 pounds; he started 7 of the 13 games he played in his senior season. He caught 7 passes for 47 yards with 1 TD, he also rushed once for 1 yard. He also served as a team captain for the Rebels.

The Pensacola News-Journal now reports that the Ravens have added Florida State kicker Graham Gano. I have been speculating for weeks that the Ravens would draft the reigning Lou Groza Award winner. Gano was both the kicker and punter for the Seminoles, and went 24/26 kicking field goals in 2008. The most impressive thing about Gano is his big leg; as he connected on 5 of 7 attempts from beyond 50 yards.

Also from NFL Draft Bible, Georgia LB Dannell Ellerbe has signed with the Ravens. Ellerbe is 6’1″, 236 pounds, and posted a 4.63 40 at the Combine. In his senior season with the Bulldogs, he tallied 33 tackles (6 TFL’s), 2 sacks, and 6 quarterback hurries.

(1:26 Update) A whole slew of new names to report as far as Ravens UFA’s; including Duke WR Eron Riley (6’3″, 205 pounds), who put up a total 101 catches for 1,523 yards and 17 TD’s over the last two seasons. Also, Duke OT Cameron Goldberg, Western Kentucky OL Greg Ryan, and Minnesota DE Willie VanDeSteeg.

(1:55 Update) The agent for former Maryland WR Isaiah Williams has confirmed with me that the former Terp has signed with the Ravens. Williams is 6’3″, 200 pounds; and finished his college career with 64 catches for 902 yards and 5 TD’s.

(4:48 Update) According to this release from Duke, Cameron Goldberg actually signed with the Chiefs; but Eron Riley did sign with the Ravens. As Eric DeCosta mentioned this morning with Drew, players often agree to deals but things change before they can sign anything.

Also according to NFL Draft Bible, Maryland DT Jeremy Navarre has signed with the Jaguars; LB Dave Philistin has signed with the Seahawks; while OT Scott Burley and C Edwin Williams have signed with the Redskins. LB Chase Bullock has also signed with the Cardinals.

(9:28 edit: According to a press release from the University of Maryland, Philistin signed with the Cardinals, not the Seahawks. Also, LB Trey Covington signed with the Jets. The release also states that DL Dean Muhtadi and OL Dane Randolph personally said they would be receiving tryouts from the Packers.)

(9:44 edit: The University of Maryland has re-sent their press release with two corrections. 1-Trey Covington has apparently NOT signed with a team, 2-Dave Philistin DID sign with the Seahawks, not the Cardinals. Boom goes the dynamite.)

Bill Wagner of the Annapolis Capital has reported that former Navy FB Eric Kettani and WR Tyree Barnes have signed with the Patriots. Both are expecting a rule change that will allow them to play after 2 years of active service.

NFL Draft Bible is now reporting that former Morgan State DT Lonnie Harvey has signed with the Panthers.

And Comcast Morning Show favorite Jovan Belcher (Maine DE) has signed with the Chiefs.

-G

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