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Your Monday Reality Check: Newsome has few flaws, but Pitta injury exposes one

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Your Monday Reality Check: Newsome has few flaws, but Pitta injury exposes one

Posted on 29 July 2013 by Glenn Clark

Before you even bother, I’m very aware of how silly it is to criticize one of the best General Managers in NFL history.

I’m even more aware of how silly it is to criticize a General Manager less than six months removed from seeing his assembled talent claim the second Super Bowl title of his tenure.

So I have an idea for you as you rad ahead. Every time you see the terms “Ozzie Newsome”, “Newsome”, “Ravens General Manager”, “Ravens GM”, “Hall of Fame former TE” or anything that would make you think I was referring to “The Wizard of Oz”, insert (in your mind) the phrase “who just won the Super Bowl and is one of the greatest executives in league history” immediately behind his name.

For example…

Ozzie Newsome (in your head: “who just won the Super Bowl and is one of the greatest executives in league history”) will be meeting with the media Monday to discuss his induction speech for Jonathan Ogden at the Pro Football Hall of Fame next weekend.

Got it? This will go a long way to making sure you understand that despite some criticism I will offer the rest of the way, I’m very aware of the greatness of Ozzie Newsome. Is everyone together on this?

The road to defending the Vince Lombardi Trophy hit a serious bump for the Baltimore Ravens Saturday. As you know, TE Dennis Pitta was lost for the entire 2013 season when he suffered a hip injury in a collision with S James Ihedigbo during the first padded practice of Training Camp.

Since the column (and the radio show) are titled “Reality Check”, I’ll remind you that the season did not end for the Ravens Saturday, despite how many of your friends that root for teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers or Washington Redskins will want you to believe it did. The Ravens are very much still in the mix to win the AFC North with the Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals, and in a down conference they will have as much a chance as any.

For that to happen, the Ravens will need to replace the production of two of their top three pass catchers last year (RB Ray Rice tied Pitta for second with 61). The group they look to in order to make up for it doesn’t inspire a particularly strong amount of confidence.

WR’s Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones are both capable if not complete options. Smith made major strides in his all-around game in his second season and could well be primed for a breakout year as QB Joe Flacco’s top target. Jones has long been a decent third receiver option in the NFL, but has never been able to consistently match his superb level of kick returning.

This is the part where we get to the “flaw” I referred to in the headline.

TE Ed Dickson immediately moves to the top of the depth chart with Pitta’s injury. He, recently signed Visanthe Shiancoe, little used Billy Bajema and undrafted rookie free agent Matt Furstenburg fall in line behind that. Shiancoe is well known (thanks in large part to a nationally televised “wardrobe malfunction”), but played in just four games with the New England Patriots in 2012 and didn’t have a single catch. Shiancoe appeared to be on the verge of retirement at the age of 33. Dickson was though of highly enough coming out of Oregon in 2010 that he was drafted a round ahead of Pitta, but he is coming off a season where he had just 21 catches for 225 yards and no TD’s.

Then there are the rest of the receivers. Tandon Doss, Deonte Thompson, LaQuan Williams, Tommy Streeter and Aaron Mellette are the guys fighting for a legitimate chance to make the 53 man roster coming out of Camp.

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Maryland names Stefon Diggs football MVP

Posted on 10 December 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland football team announced its 2012 season awards during the annual awards banquet on Sunday. Head coach Randy Edsall and his staff handed out 11 total awards, including the Ray Krouse Memorial Award, sponsored by Capital One Bank, for the team’s Most Valuable Player which was presented to Stefon Diggs.

 

In his inaugural campaign, Diggs totaled 1,896 all-purpose yards, which is the second-highest single-season total in school history and the most by a freshman. His 172.4 all-purpose yards per game ranked second in the ACC. He scored six touchdowns receiving, two on kickoff returns and one throwing. On the season he was named ACC Rookie of the Week three times and Specialist of the Week twice. He finished second in the voting for ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year by the coaches and was named second-team specialist.

 

The complete list of award-winners is below:

 

Bennett Fulper: The George C. Cook Memorial Award for the senior with the highest academic average.

 

Ryan Schlothauer: The George Boutselis Memorial Award for the player who both lettered in football while attaining the highest GPA on the team and has adhered to the goals of the student-athlete ideal.

 

Justin Gilbert: The Public Service Award for the student athlete that has committed to serving and having a positive influence in the community.

 

Matt Furstenburg: The Dr. John E. Faber Award for Iron Man, which is named after Dr. John E. Faber, who coached men’s lacrosse for 35 years and finished his coaching career with a record of 249 wins and only 57 losses, including national championship teams.

 

Kevin Dorsey: The A.V. Williams Award for Outstanding & Conspicuous Sportsmanship Award for the student athlete that best displays outstanding & conspicuous sportsmanship during the course of the year.

 

Joe Vellano: The Alvin L. Aubinoe Unsung Hero Trophy for the student athlete that best displays the true meaning of teamwork without regard for his personal goals.

 

A.J. Francis: The James M. Tatum Memorial Award for Lineman of the Year.

 

Matt Furstenburg: Special Teams Player of the Year Award.

 

Darin Drakeford: Defensive Player of the Year Award in memory of Herman Grabenstein.

 

Stefon Diggs: Offensive Player of the Year Award in honor of Larry Grabenstein.

 

Stefon Diggs: Ray Krouse Memorial Award for Team’s Most Valuable Player.

 

 

– Terps –

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Maryland’s Vellano, Furstenburg named preseason All-ACC

Posted on 25 July 2012 by WNST Staff

Vellano one of four players that also garnered 2011 All-America honors

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Maryland defensive lineman Joe Vellano and tight end Matt Furstenburg have been selected to the 2012 Preseason All-ACC Football Team, the league announced Wednesday.

Vellano was a consensus first team All-ACC choice following the 2011 season and received 58 votes for the 2012 Preseason All-ACC team, third most among defensive players. The senior has also been named to the preseason watch lists for five national awards: the Bednarik, Lombardi and Walter Camp Awards, and the Bronco Nagurski and Outland Trophies.

Vellano is one of four 2011 All-Americans to be chosen to the team, joining David Amerson of NC State, Omoregie Uzzi of Georgia Tech and Sammy Watkins of Clemson.

Furstenburg started all 12 games last season and finished third in the conference in receptions per game (2.6) and receiving yards (348). He was also named to the preseason watch list for the Mackey Award, which honors the nation’s top tight end, on July 10.

Voting for the 25-man team was conducted by media in attendance at the ACC Football Kickoff, which was held July 22-23 in Greensboro, N.C. A total of 68 ballots were cast.

Watkins, who was tabbed as the Preseason ACC Player of the Year by media at the ACC Kickoff, was the lone unanimous selection. Clemson, Florida State, and North Carolina led the way with four selections each, while Virginia Tech had three. Maryland, NC State and Virginia each had two players chosen.

To view the entire 2012 Preseason All-ACC Football Team, click here.

– Terps –

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Terps TE Furstenburg named to Mackey Award Watch List

Posted on 10 July 2012 by WNST Staff

BETHPAGE, N.Y. – Maryland senior tight end Matt Furstenburg has been named to the preseason watch list for the John Mackey Award, the Nassau County Sports Commission announced Tuesday.

Given annually to the top collegiate tight end in the nation, the award will be presented on Dec. 6, 2012 at the Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show. Furstenburg is one of 33 players on the list.

Furstenburg is a consensus preseason first team All-ACC selection after finishing third in the ACC in receptions (2.6 pg) and receiving yards (29.0 pg) among tight ends a year ago. He was also named to the Mackey Award midseason watch list last year, but didn’t make the semifinalist list.

The award, which has been presented since 2000, is named for NFL Hall of Famer John Mackey.

– Terps –

 

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