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Navy wraps season Monday morning against MTSU in Armed Forces Bowl

Posted on 29 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Game 13 Navy (8-4) vs. Middle Tennessee State (8-4 / 6-2 Conference USA)
Date and Kickoff Dec. 30, 2013 at 10:45 am CT / 11:45 am ET
Location Fort Worth, Texas | Amon G. Carter Stadium (50,000)
Television ESPN
TV Talent Beth Mowins (play-by-play), Joey Galloway (analyst) and Paul Carcaterra (sideline)


Setting the Stage

• Navy and Middle Tennessee State will meet on the gridiron for the first time when the two square off on Monday, Dec. 30 at Amon G. Carter Stadium (50,000) in Fort Worth, Texas in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. Kickoff is set for 10:45 am local time, 11:45 am in Annapolis.
• Navy enters the contest looking to win a bowl game for the first time since 2009.  The Mids have lost five of their last six bowl games. A victory would also give Navy at least nine wins for the fifth time in the last 10 years.
•    ESPN will televise the game with Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway and Paul Carcaterra on the call.
• ESPN Radio will also broadcast the game nationally with Mark Neely and Tom Ramsey calling the action.

Navy To Play Middle Tennessee State In Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
•    Navy (8-4) will play Middle Tennessee State (8-4) in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Monday, Dec. 30 in Ft. Worth, Texas. Kickoff is set for 10:45 am (11:45 am in Annapolis) at Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of Texas Christian University and will be televised nationally by ESPN and broadcast nationally by ESPN Radio.
• The Armed Forces Bowl is Navy’s 19th bowl game all-time and the school’s 10th in the last 11 years.  This will be the fifth time that Navy has played in the state of Texas for a bowl game and the first since the Mids 35-13 rout of Missouri in the 2009 Texas Bowl in Houston. Navy has also played in the 2003 EV1.net Houston Bowl (lost to Texas Tech, 38-14), the 1964 Cotton Bowl in Dallas (lost to Texas, 28-6) and the 1958 Cotton Bowl in Dallas (beat Rice, 20-7).
• The bowl game will mark the first meeting between Navy and Middle Tennessee State.  The Blue Raiders will enter the game having won their final five contests and scoring 40 or more points in four of their final five games.
• Texas and Tennessee are two of Navy’s most highly-recruited areas as the Midshipmen have 18 players from Texas and nine from Tennessee.
• Tickets for the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl are on sale now at: http://bit.ly/1bqibUX
• Ticket prices are $30 (Lower Level & Upper Level End Zone), $40 (Upper Level Sideline), and $50 (Lower Level Sideline). The only way to sit with the Navy contingent is to buy your tickets through the Navy Ticket Office.
• Fans can also purchase tickets to sponsor midshipmen and enlisted personnel and their families for $50 per ticket. Donated tickets are 100% tax deductible.
• The Naval Academy class that donates the most tickets receives a 30 percent discount on football season tickets for 2014 for every member that donates four or more tickets.  Any individual that donates 10 tickets or more will receive a 30 percent discount on the 2014 season ticket package regardless of class affiliation. Be sure to donate in your correct ticket account that signifies you as a USNA Alumni.
• “We strongly encourage Navy fans to buy their bowl tickets directly from the Naval Academy Athletic Association,” said Gladchuk. “It is very important for this game and for future Navy bowl considerations for our fans to purchase tickets through the NAAA. If you can’t make it to the game, we ask that Navy fans buy tickets for our midshipmen and enlisted personnel which will allow us to create the usual pageantry of Navy football.”

Navy Bowl History
• The 2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will be Navy’s 19th bowl appearance and the 10th in the last 11 years.
• Navy owns a 7-10-1 bowl game record.

Scouting Middle Tennessee State
• Middle Tennessee State enters the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl with an 8-4 record and having won five straight contests.  The Blue Raiders have scored at least 42 points in four of those five wins.
• MTSU owns victories over Western Carolina (45-24), Memphis (17-15), Florida Atlantic (42-35 in OT), Marshall (51-49), UAB (24-21), Florida International (48-0), Southern Miss (42-21) and UTEP (48-17).
• The Blue Raiders have lost to North Carolina (40-20), BYU (37-10), East Carolina (24-17) and North Texas (34-7).
•    Sophomore running back Jordan Parker leads the MTSU rushing attack with 741 yards and six touchdowns on 145 carries, while junior Reggie Whatley has carried the ball 93 times for 631 yards and three touchdowns.
•    Senior quarterback Logan Kilgore has completed 197 of his 322 pass attempts (.612) for 2,289 yards and 16 touchdowns.
•    Senior wide receiver Tavarres Jefferson has caught 41 passes for 532 yards and five touchdowns, while junior Marcus Henry has 36 catches for 528 yards and three touchdowns.
•    The Middle Tennessee defense is led by sophomore linebacker T.T. Barber, who has 112 tackles, 10.5 tackles for a loss and three interceptions.  Strong safety Kevin Byard has 92 tackles, five interceptions and one forced fumble.
•    As a team, Middle Tennessee is ranked third in the country in fumbles recovered (16), fifth in turnovers gained (31), ninth in turnover margin (1.0), 10th in fewest penalties per game (4.0), 14th in tackles for a loss allowed (4.33), 15th in fumbles lost (6), 19th in in third down conversions (.473), 23rd in pass sacks allowed (1.25) and 25th in rushing offense (208.3).
•    Individually, defensive end Dearco Nolan is ranked 10th in forced fumbles per game (0.33) and Barber is 17th in solo tackles per game (5.8)

Navy vs. Conference USA
•    Navy is 21-19-1 (.524) all-time against teams currently in Conference USA.

Reynolds, Navy Run To 34-7 Win Over Army
•    PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Navy sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds ran for 136 yards and scored three touchdowns (47, 11 and 1 yard) to lead the Midshipmen to a 34-7 victory over Army, their 12th straight in the series.
• He has 29 rushing touchdowns, breaking the NCAA single-season mark for a quarterback previously held by Ricky Dobbs (Navy, 2009) and Collin Klein (Kansas State, 2011), both of whom had 27.
• Reynolds ran 30 times on a frozen, snow-covered field. He also caught a 2-point conversion pass on a trick play following his second touchdown.
• His third score – with 46 seconds left in a lopsided game – gave him 176 points for the season, breaking the school record of 174 set by Bill Ingram in 1917.
• Navy (8-4) won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the second consecutive season and ninth time in 11 years. The trophy is awarded to the service academy with the most victories in games between Navy, Army and Air Force.
• The Midshipmen haven’t lost to Army since 2001 and lead the series 58-49-7. Navy’s 12-game run is the longest in the history of the rivalry that began in 1890.
• Niumatalolo became the second coach in Navy history to start his coaching career 6-0 against Army, matching Paul Johnson (2002-07).
• Army (3-9) fumbled five times and was intercepted once in its fifth straight defeat. Embattled coach Rich Ellerson fell to 0-5 against the Midshipmen and 20-41 overall since taking the job in December 2008.
• The snow that was forecast in the morning hours began during the pregame pageantry that makes this game a one-of-a-kind spectacle. Making his first collegiate start, Army quarterback A.J. Schurr lost the handle on the wet football with his arm cocked to throw. Teammate Larry Dixon recovered, but the 20-yard loss doomed the Black Knights to end their first possession with a punt.
• Schurr fumbled on the next drive, too, and this time Navy recovered at its own 38. That ended his day.
• Following the turnover, Navy fullback Quinton Singleton burst through a hole in the middle and ran 58 yards to the Army 4, setting up a field goal for a 3-0 lead late in the first quarter.
• Angel Santiago came in at quarterback for the Black Knights at just about the same time the intensity of the snow increased. On fourth-and-3 at the Navy 33, Terry Baggett lost three yards.
• Midway through the second period, Navy fullback Noah Copeland ran 39 yards for a touchdown to make it 10-0.
• With 2:38 left in the half, Reynolds gingerly picked his way through the Army defense on his record-tying touchdown run. Navy went into halftime leading 17-0.
• In the third quarter, the snow turned to rain and Santiago did his best to make a game of it. After throwing a 29-yard pass to Xavier Moss, the junior quarterback scored on a 4-yard run to get the Black Knights to 17-7.
• Reynolds answered with an 11-play drive that produced a field goal. Army then failed to convert a fourth-and-3 from its own 42, a futile gamble that all but assured the Black Knights another frustrating loss against their far more successful service academy rivals.
• Reynolds scored his record-breaking touchdown with 6:22 left, and the conversion pass from wide receiver Brendan Dudeck made it 28-7.

Service Academy Dominance
• Navy has been the dominant Service Academy over the last decade plus, winning 21 of the last 23 meetings (.913) against Air Force and Army.  The Mids have posted a 91-49 (.650) record since 2003, won nine CIC Trophies in the last 11 years and have gone to 10 bowl games in the last 11 years.

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Navy to face Middle Tennessee in Armed Forces Bowl

Posted on 08 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Middle Tennessee State accepts bid to meet Naval Academy in 11th annual Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Dec. 30 

FORT WORTH, Texas – Following Saturday’s conference championship games and the final selection of teams for the 35 college football bowl games, the U.S. Naval Academy now knows that Middle Tennessee State University will be its opponent in this month’s Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas. The Midshipmen will meet the Blue Raiders in the 2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl to be played in Fort Worth, on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013.

The 11th edition of this postseason college football bowl game, which is more than a bowl game with its military theme and involvement, will kick off at 10:45 a.m. (CST) from Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of TCU. The game will air on ESPN, ESPN Radio and will be carried worldwide on the Armed Forces Network.

By defeating UTEP, 48-17 on Nov. 30 at home in Murfreesboro, Tenn., the Blue Raiders, led by Head Coach Rick Stockstill, finished the regular season with an 8-4 overall record in Conference USA.

“It is a distinct honor and privilege to have both the U.S. Naval Academy and Middle Tennessee in this year’s salute to the military of our country. The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl and the City of Fort Worth are very excited to host both of these teams, their alumni as well as their fans,” said Brant Ringler, Executive Director of the patriotic bowl. “I can assure you this game will add significantly to the legacy of this great event. The game itself will be the centerpiece to a memorable week of colorful festivities in the heart of Texas.”

Navy, coached by Ken Niumatalolo, has a 7-4 record so far this season playing with poised passion and dedicated determination and has some unfinished regular-season business as they continue to prepare for Saturday’s annual rivalry showdown with the U.S. Military Academy (Army) in Philadelphia. Navy, which is on a three-game winning streak, became bowl-eligible on Nov. 16 when it defeated South Alabama, 42-14, at home in Annapolis, Md, allowing the Midshipmen to honor their commitment to play in Fort Worth.

While the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl is played in honor of the armed forces and has previously hosted the U.S. Military Academy (2010) and the U.S. Air Force Academy (2007, 2008, 2009, 2012), this is the first year that the bowl is hosting the Naval Academy. The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl is the only bowl game that has hosted all three U.S. Military Academies.

The Blue Raiders head to Fort Worth riding a five-game winning streak after going 6-2 in league play to finish tied for second in the East Division of C-USA..

 

COACHES’ LOGS

Navy’s Niumatalolo is in his sixth season at the helm of the Midshipmen and 16th overall with Navy football. During his first five-plus years as head coach at Navy, Niumatalolo’s Mids have compiled a record of 47-30 (.610) including appearances in four post-season bowl games plus this year’s BHAFB. He moved into third all-time in Navy career coaching wins this season. Niumatalolo has also been selected one of seven men in the inaugural class of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame. He will be inducted Jan. 23, 2014 prior to the NFL Pro Bowl in Honolulu.

Middle Tennessee’s Stockstill is in his eighth season leading the Blue Raiders. His overall record at Middle Tennessee is 51-48 and this is the fourth bowl game he has led his school to during his tenure.  A veteran coach, Stockstill has been part of the coaching staffs at Bethune-Cookman, Central Florida, Clemson, East Carolina and South Carolina before becoming head coach at Middle Tennessee in 2006. Stockstill has also been selected twice as the Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year.

For more info on Middle Tennessee football, visit www.GoBlueRaiders.com.

MIDS vs. BLACK KNIGHTS

The long-time rivalry between Navy and Army is as arguably the No. 1 rivalry in all of college football. This year’s patriotic classic will be played Saturday when the Mids and the Black Knights meet on the gridiron field of battle for the 114th time. Navy holds the all-time series edge, 57-49-7, including last year’s 17-13 win over Army in Philadelphia. Both noted triple-option teams, Army leads the nation in rushing averaging 323.6 yards per game while Navy is currently third nationally with a 320.1 average.

With the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy on the line, the Navy vs. Army matchup is scheduled to kickoff Saturday at 3 p.m. (ET) on the FieldTurf of Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The game will be televised nationally on the CBS Television Network and broadcast on the Navy Radio Network.

Navy has been the most dominant service academy in the last decade plus in the battle for the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy, winning 20 of 22 (.909) meetings with Air Force and Army, including this year’s 28-10 win over Air Force.

For more Navy football info, visit www.navysports.com.
ROAD TO FORT WORTH

NAVY:

Record: 7-4 • Home: 5-0 • Away: 2-4 • Neutral: 0-0

Date Opponent Result/Time Television Attendance Series History

W No. 1 9-7 at Indiana W, 41-35 Big Ten Network 47,013 Series tied, 2-2

W No. 2 9-14 Delaware W, 51-7 CBS Sports Network 36,208 Navy Leads, 10-7

L 9-28 at Western Kentucky L, 7-19 ESPNEWS 19,813 Navy Leads, 2-1

W No. 3 10-5 Air Force W, 28-10 CBS Network 38,225 Air Force Leads, 27-19

L 10-12 at Duke L, 7-35 Raycom Sports/ACC Network 23,749 Navy Leads, 20-15-5

L 44-45 (2 OT) 10-19 at Toledo ESPNEWS 18,221 Toledo Leads, 3-1

W No. 4 10-26 Pittsburgh W, 24-21 CBS Sports Network 37,094 Pittsburgh Leads 22-14-3

L 11-2 at Notre Dame L, 34-38 NBC 80,795 Notre Dame Leads, 74-12-1

W No. 5 11-9 Hawai’i W, 42-28 CBS Sports Network 33,327 Hawai’i Leads, 2-1

W No. 6 11-16 South Alabama W, 42-14 CBS Sports Network 33,086 Navy Leads 1-0

W No. 7 11-22 at San Jose State W, 58-52, CBS Sports Network 16,876 San Jose State Leads, 2-1

12-14 Army+ 3 p.m. CBS Navy Leads, 57-49-7

+Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia, Pa.)   All Times Eastern

 

Middle Tennessee:

Overall Record: 8-4 • Conference Record: 6-2 • Home: 5-1 • Away: 3-3 • Neutral: 0-0

Date Opponent Result Television Attendance

8-29 Western Carolina W, 45-24 None, 20,011

9-7 at North Carolina L, 20-40, ACC Network, 48,000

9-14 Memphis W, 17-15, CSS        , 23,992

9-21 at FAU* W, 42-35 (ot), CSS, 13,911

9-27 at BYU L, 10-37, ESPNU 58,763

10-5 East Carolina* L, 17-24,      FSN 20,109

10-12 at North Texas* L, 7-34, None 21,171

10-24 Marshall* W, 51-49, FS1 19,898

11-2 at UAB* W, 24-21, FCS 20,483

11-9 FIU* W, 48-0, FCS 16,717

11-23 at Southern Miss* W , 42-21, CSS 22,134

11-30 UTEP* W, 48-17, MyTV 30 11,560

*Conference USA Game


IT’S A DATE

This will mark the third time in its 11-year history that the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will be held on December 30, as the 2010 and 2011 contests were both held on that date. The most recent Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl was played Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 featuring a match-up between the Rice Owls and U.S. Air Force Academy Falcons, in which the Owls claimed the bowl victory 33-14. Last year’s showcase drew an attendance of 40,754.

 

TICKET TIME

Tickets for the 2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl are now on sale through ArmedForcesBowl.com. Armed forces veterans and active-duty personnel receive free admittance via the bowl’s corporate armed forces ticket underwriting program, while supplies are available.

 

ARMED FORCES SALUTE

Owned and operated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN Regional Television (ERT), the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl has featured the “armed forces” theme since 2006. Patriotic overtones recognizing all five branches of the service are prevalent throughout the game. Past Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowls have included fan-fest areas showcasing armed forces hardware; flyovers; demonstrations by several of the military’s top skydiving teams; custom homes awarded to wounded warriors; on-field induction ceremonies; armed forces bands and honor guards; the annual Great American Patriot Award presented by Armed Forces Insurance; and the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America.

For additional information about the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, please visit ArmedForcesBowl.com, Facebook.com/ArmedForcesBowl or Twitter.com/ArmedForcesBowl.

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Deserving or not, Ravens remain firmly in AFC playoff hunt

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Deserving or not, Ravens remain firmly in AFC playoff hunt

Posted on 18 November 2013 by Luke Jones

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They don’t deserve to be in the postseason and certainly don’t look like a playoff team.

The eyeball test warrants a failing grade.

Too little consistency and too many bad losses will cost them at the end of the season.

They’re simply not good enough.

The following statements have been used over and over in describing the Ravens as they’ve lost four of their last five games to fall to 4-6 on the season and 2 1/2 games behind division-leading Cincinnati in the AFC North.

And those same descriptions can and have been used to describe the seven other teams currently jockeying for the final wild-card spot in the AFC playoff picture. In fact, “plodding” might be a better term to use in describing the race for the No. 6 seed in the conference.

Unless commissioner Roger Goodell elects to eliminate the final spot, a team with an underwhelming résumé through Week 11 will find itself playing in January as the final seed in the single-elimination tournament. The New York Jets and Miami Dolphins hold the slight edge at the moment over the rest of the pack at 5-5, but their flaws are as apparent as any of the six 4-6 teams chasing them.

“What it goes to show you is how close it is, and what a razor-thin margin it is in the National Football League,” coach John Harbaugh said in describing the current playoff picture. “That’s what makes the National Football League great. We would all rather be sitting here talking about being atop the division and chasing a home-field advantage or something like that. And that’s something that we were shooting for. We wanted to be in that position. We haven’t done the things we needed to do to be in that position.”

The frustration is understandable after a 4-6 start, but deeming the Ravens undeserving of the playoffs and writing them off are subjective statements that would be true in most seasons but are made in isolation from the rest of the field through Week 11. While I’m unwilling to say they’re definitively better than any of the other seven teams fighting for the final spot, you won’t convince me that any of those competitors are superior to the Ravens, either.

The truth is the AFC is mired in mediocrity once you look beyond Denver, New England, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Kansas City, making it difficult to predict which team — if any — will make a strong run over the final six weeks to sneak in. At this point, 10-6 would virtually guarantee the final playoff spot, but 9-7 has a good shot of being the season-ending target.

As mediocre as the entire field of 5-5 and 4-6 teams has looked, even an 8-8 record — or, gasp, 7-9? — with a favorable tie-breaker arsenal could conceivably be awarded with the No. 6 seed. Whether you elect to embrace that possibility with any level of enthusiasm is your choice.

With a head-to-head tie-breaking win over Miami and a meeting with the Jets this Sunday, the Ravens have an opportunity to gain the upper hand against the two teams they’re currently chasing in the wild-card race. That doesn’t mean they have the advantage over the rest of the field, but their chances appear no worse than any other team — even if you must hold your nose while saying that.

“We are right there. We can do it, and we’re good enough to do it,” Harbaugh said. “We’ve got every tool we need; all we have to do is go get it done. But that’s on us. We believe we have what it takes, but it’s up to us to prove it, and we’ve got to go prove it by winning these games.”

Whether the Ravens can do it remains to be seen, but three straight games at home starting Sunday provides a crucial opportunity to stack wins and ease the pain from their current 1-5 record on the road.

Here’s a look at the rest of the race for the AFC’s No. 6 seed in the current order in which teams stand based on tie-breaking procedures, which I’ll forgo including beyond conference records for now:

6. NEW YORK (5-5)
Conference record: 2-5
Remaining schedule: at Baltimore, Miami, Oakland, at Carolina, Cleveland, at Miami
Case for: Only one game remaining against a team with a winning record, league’s top-ranked run defense
Case against: Struggling rookie quarterback Geno Smith, minus-85 point differential (worst among the eight contenders for No. 6 seed)

7. MIAMI (5-5)
Conference record: 4-3
Remaining schedule: Carolina, at New York Jets, at Pittsburgh, New England, at Buffalo, New York Jets
Case for: One of the NFL’s better pass rushes, potential of young quarterback Ryan Tannehill
Case against: 31st in total offense, fallout from the Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito saga

8. OAKLAND (4-6)
Conference record: 4-3
Remaining schedule: Tennessee, at Dallas, at New York Jets, Kansas City, at San Diego, Denver
Case for: Fourth-ranked run offense, sixth-ranked run defense
Case against: Unrest at quarterback position, 25th-ranked pass defense

9. TENNESSEE (4-6)
Conference record: 3-4
Remaining schedule: at Oakland, at Indianapolis, at Denver, Arizona, at Jacksonville, Houston
Case for: Seventh-ranked pass defense, fifth in conference in takeaways
Case against: Season-ending injury to quarterback Jake Locker, four remaining road games

10. PITTSBURGH (4-6)
Conference record: 3-4
Remaining schedule: at Cleveland, at Baltimore, Miami, Cincinnati, at Green Bay, Cleveland
Case for: One game remaining against teams currently above .500, veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger
Case against: 30th-ranked rush offense, 26th in run defense

11. BALTIMORE (4-6)
Conference record: 4-4
Remaining schedule: New York Jets, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, at Detroit, New England, at Cincinnati
Case for: Expected return of Dennis Pitta, four remaining home games
Case against: 31st in yards per carry and 30th in total offense, three games remaining against teams currently above .500

12. CLEVELAND (4-6)
Conference record: 3-4
Remaining schedule: Pittsburgh, Jacksonville, at New England, Chicago, at New York Jets, at Pittsburgh
Case for: Fifth in total defense, play-making ability of wide receiver Josh Gordon and tight end Jordan Cameron
Case against: 26th-ranked rush offense, 10th in AFC in takeaways

13. SAN DIEGO (4-6)
Conference record: 2-5
Remaining schedule: at Kansas City, Cincinnati, New York Giants, at Denver, Oakland, Kansas City
Case for: Fourth-ranked passing offense, plus-4 point differential (best among the eight No.6 seed contenders)
Case against: 27th in pass defense, four games remaining against teams currently above .500

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Maryland wraps regular season Saturday against Colgate

Posted on 03 May 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 7 Maryland men’s lacrosse team closes out its regular season slate by hosting Colgate on Saturday, May 4, at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Faceoff is scheduled for noon.

• The game will mark the final regular season game for nine Terrapin seniors: Jake Bernhardt, Jesse Bernhardt, Owen Blye,Landon Carr, Kevin Cooper, Billy Gribbin, John Haus, Curtis Holmes and Mike Scheeler. This senior class has a four-year record of 46-18 (.719), won an ACC championship and competed for another one, made it to two NCAA Final Fours and played in two NCAA championship games. This group of seniors was also an integral part of this season’s success, which saw the Terps rise to the top of the rankings for the first time since 2006. They have also helped Maryland to three NCAA tournament bids with a fourth a near certainty when the 2013 field is announced on May 5.

• The game is the third of three that are scheduled to be broadcast live on TerpsTV Premium, which is a subscription service that offers exclusive video and audio content for numerous Maryland athletic events. The

• The Raiders come into their final game of the 2013 season with an overall mark of 8-6, but Colgate is 5-3 in non-conference action this year and is 5-4 in road games. Colgate is led by senior attackman Peter Baum, who was the 2012 Tewaaraton Award winner. This season he has a team-leading 45 points on 30 goals and 15 assists. He is joined on attack by sophomore Ryan Walsh, who has a team-best 31 goals to go along with eight assists, and junior Brendon McCann, who has 26 points on 19 goals and seven assists. The Raiders main man at the faceoff X is senior Robert Grabher, who is winning .531 percent of his draw this season, but he has racked up 100 groundballs and is seventh in the NCAA with 7.43 groundballs per game. Junior goalie Conor Murphy has started the last 10 games for the Raiders and has a 9.01 goals-against average this overall season.

The Count Down
10 … Since 2002 Maryland has won 100 of the 109 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .917 winning percentage.
9 … Maryland is 118-26 in games since 2002 when it allows nine goals or less, for an .819 winning percentage.
8 … For the first time this season there will be eight at-large selections and eight automatic qualifiers making up the NCAA tournament field.
7 … Seven current Terps have scored goals vs. Colgate
6 … John Haus set his career high with six points on four goals and two assists at Colgate in 2012.
5 … All five Terps that have taken faceoffs this season have a winning percentage above 50 percent.
4 … Mike Chanenchuk had his first hat trick as a Terp and added an assist to total four points in last season’s game at Colgate
3 … Three Terps - Niko Amato, Jesse Bernhardt and John Haus - were named to the 2013 All-ACC team.
2 … Maryland has shot better than 50 percent in two games in 2013.
1 … John Haus needs one point to become the first full-time midfielder to score 100 career points since Bill McGlone hit that milestone in 2006.

Coaching Match-Up
• John Tillman is in his sixth season as a head coach, and third with the Terps, with a 54-33 career record for a 62.1 winning percentage. Tillman is 34-14 (.708) as Maryland’s head coach. He had a 20-19 record in three seasons as the head coach at Harvard.

• Colgate’s Mike Murphy is in his second season as a head coach and has a 21-10 (.677) record at Colgate.


NCAA Tournament Coming Up
• The 2013 NCAA Tournament bracket will be revealed live on ESPNU on Sunday, May 5 at 9 p.m. The Terps could potentially be a top-eight seed and would receive a bid to host a home game on the weekend of May 11-12. Details will be available on umterps.com.

• The University of Maryland is a host site for the 2013 NCAA Quarterfinals. The College Park quarterfinals will be played on May 18 with the first game set for a 12:30 p.m. start and a 3 p.m. faceoff time for the second game. Indianapolis, Ind., is the other quarterfinal site and will feature two games at Lucas Oil Stadium on May 19.

• The first round and the Indianapolis quarterfinal games will be aired exclusively on ESPNU. The Maryland quarterfinals and the NCAA Semifinals, which will be held at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., on Saturday, May 25, will be televised on ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD. The championship game will take place on Memorial Day Monday, May 27 at 1 p.m., and can be seen live on ESPN and ESPN HD.


Series History vs. Colgate
• There’s not much of a series history, but thanks to winning the last two games in it, Colgate leads the series 2-1.

• John Haus had a career-best six points on four goals and two assists, but it wasn’t enough to lift the Terps to victory in their first trip to the Colgate campus. The Raiders tied the game at 9-9 with two goals in the final 38 seconds of the third quarter and then outscored Maryland 4-2 in the fourth to earn the 13-11 victory.

• The Raiders spoiled the Terps’ 2011 Senior Day, winning 10-8 in Captial One Field at Byrd Stadium. Ryan Young had two goals and an assist in his final home game to lead Maryland scorers. Niko Amato was solid in net for the Terps, making eight of his 12 saves in the second half to go along with a game-high seven groundballs.

• The first meeting between the two clubs came in the 2010 regular season finale at the Indians Rock Day of Champions event in Manhasset, N.Y. The Terps came away with an 18-10 win behind a seven-point (5g, 2a) effort from Travis Reed. Ryan Young had four points in his return to his hometown, while Grant Catalino and Will Yeatman each had two goals and an assist.


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 100 of the 109 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .917 winning percentage.

• Maryland scored 10, but fell at North Carolina, 11-10, on March 24, 2012 and again came out on the losing end, despite scoring 11 in a 13-11 loss at Colgate on May 5, 2012. 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 91.7 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 118-26 in games, for a .819 winning percentage, when it has held opponents under 10 goals. The Terps have played 192 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 75.0 percent of the time.


Shooting Tells The Story
• The difference between winning and losing for Maryland this season is simple – when the Terps shoot well they win. As it turns out 30% is the magic number for the Terps this season. Maryland is 9-3 on the year and has shot 30% or better in six of its nine victories and under that mark in each of its three defeats.

W- Mount St. Mary’s: 23 goals, 46 shots = 50.0%
W- at Hartford: 16 goals, 51 shots = 31.4%
W- at Loyola: 12 goals, 36 shots = 33.3%
W- at Duke: 16 goals, 29 shots = 55.2%
W- Stony Brook: 13 goals, 30 shots = 43.3%
W- at Villanova: 10 goals, 26 shots = 38.5%

L- North Carolina: 8 goals, 37 shots = 21.6%
W- at Virginia: 9 goals, 32 shots = 28.1%
W- at Navy: 11 goals, 40 shots = 27.5%
L-Johns Hopkins: 4 hoals, 36 shots = 11.1%
W- Yale, 8 goals, 29 shots = 27.6%
L- vs. Virginia: 6 goals, 25 shots = 24.0%

• Since 2005 the Terps are a remarkable 61-4 (.938) when shooting 30% or better in a game. The only four losses were: 13-10 to Georgetown in 2009 (the Terps shot 10 of 30 for 33.3% vs. the Hoyas), 11-10 to No. 1 Virginia on April 3, 2010 (10 of 33 for 30.3%), 12-11 in overtime on April 16, 2011 to No. 3 Johns Hopkins (11 of 28 for 39.3%) and 13-11 at Colgate on May 5, 2012 (11 of 31 for 35.5%).

• If 30% is the benchmark, then 40% shooting is in a class all to itself and Maryland has shot 40% or better in 14 games since the start of the 2008 season. Out of those 14 games, Maryland shot 50% or better in four of them.


Three Terps Earn All-ACC Honors
• Maryland placed three players on the 2013 All-ACC Men’s Lacrosse Team, which was announced on April 24 by the Atlantic Coast Conference. Junior goalieNiko Amato made the team for the third-straight season, while senior long poleJesse Bernhardtand senior midfielderJohn Hausare two-time honorees.

• All four ACC men’s programs are represented on the annual All-ACC team, which was determined by a vote of the four head coaches. Maryland’s three honorees were the tied by Duke and Virginia, which each also had three selections, while North Carolina had two players make the team. .


Three Terps Named To Tewaaraton Watch List
• Senior midfielders Jesse Bernhardt and John Haus are joined by junior goalie Niko Amato on the 2013 Tewaaraton Award Watch List. The Terrapin trio are three of 92 selections on the Watch List.

• The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and top female college lacrosse player in the United States. The selection committees are made up of top collegiate coaches and are appointed annually by The Tewaaraton Foundation. Committees will make additions to these lists as the season progresses and athletes earn a spot along side these elite players. The lists will be narrowed to 25 men’s and women’s nominees in late April. In mid-May, five men’s and five women’s finalists will be announced. These finalists will be invited to Washington, D.C. for the 13th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, May 30 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.

Bernhardt Named Senior CLASS Finalist
· Maryland senior long pole Jesse Bernhardt was named one of the 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. Fan voting consists of one-third of the final total to determine the winner, so click on the graphic to vote for Jesse. Fans can vote once per day per device, so come back every day to cast your vote for Jesse.

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’ 88th Season Of Lacrosse
• The Terps boast an all-time record of 746-252-4 (.747), 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 87 seasons with a .500 or better record, including last season when the Terps went 12-6. 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.


Terps On ESPNU
• Maryland has had 46 games on ESPNU since 2006. Maryland is 26-21 (.553) all-time in games broadcast on ESPNU.

• The Terps are scheduled to play four games (at Duke (W, 16-7), at Virginia (W, 9-7), vs. Johns Hopkins (L, 4-7) and vs. Virginia (L, 6-13) in the ACC tournament semifinals) on ESPNU in 2013.


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 familywith the passing of Maria Young on April 17, 2011.

 

· 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.


Going Teal
• Maryland players will also be wearing teal stickers in honor of Andrew Walsh’s mother, Gia, who was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

 

· If you’re interested in more information, please visit the Ovarian Cancer Institute website.

Here are some facts about ovarian cancer from the American Cancer Society and the Ovarian Cancer Institute:
· Ovarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer among women, excluding non-melanoma skin cancers.
· Ovarian cancer will strike over 20,000 women this year.
· It ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.
· Ovarian cancer accounts for about 3% of all cancers in women. A woman’s risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 71.
· Currently, there are no effective means of early detection.
· Only 25% of cases are diagnosed early before the cancer has spread to the pelvic region. For these women, the 5-year survival rate is 90%.


Consecutive 10-Win Seasons
• Maryland’s 10-9 win over the Lehigh on May 11, 2012 extended the Terps’ streak of double-digit win seasons to 10. (Special thanks to Patrick Stevens of the D1scource.com).

• How does Maryland’s string of 10+ win seasons stack up against the rest of the college lacrosse programs? Take a look at programs with at least six-straight 10-win seasons:

Maryland (10): 2012 (12-6), 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)
Notre Dame (8): 2013 (10-3), 2012 (13-3), 2011 (11-3), 2010 (10-7), 2009 (15-1), 2008 (14-3), 2007 (11-4), 2006 (10-5)
Duke (7): 2013 (11-5), 2012 (15-5) 2011 (14-6), 2010 (16-4), 2009 (15-4), 2008 (18-2), 2007 ( 17-3)
Siena (6): 2012 (11-5), 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-5), 2009 (12-6), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6)
North Carolina (5): 2013 (12-3), 2012 (11-6), 2011 (10-6), 2010 (13-3), 2009 (12-6)

• Cornell’s string of seven-straight 10+ win seasons came to an end in 2012 with a 9-4 final mark. Virginia’s streak of eight-consecutive seasons with 10+ wins ended in 2013 with a 7-8 record.


Maryland In Season Openers
• Maryland has an 84-3-1 (.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.)

20 Straight in Season Openers
• After beating Mount St. Mary’s to open the 2013 season the Terps have an 20-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 (twice), Air Force, Hobart, Duke, Georgetown (four times), Bellarmine (twice), Presbyterian, Detroit Mercy and Hartford. Over the 20-year stretch, Maryland outscored its foes 290-105 (an average score of 14.5-5.3) in those games.

• The Terps have not allowed more than seven goals to any opponent in a season opener over the last 20 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.

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: 2010-11-12-13
Justin & Owen Blye: 2009-10-11
Brian & Kevin Cooper: 2011-12-13
Billy & Bobby Gribbin: 2012-13
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

Five Taken In MLL Draft
• Led by senior long pole Jesse Bernhardt, a record-tying five Maryland men’s lacrosse student-athletes were chosen in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft.

• Bernhardt was chosen fourth overall by the Chesapeake Bayhawks, becoming the second-highest Terrapin ever drafted in the MLL (Joe Walters, first overall selection in 2006). He is just the seventh Maryland player to be taken in the first round, joining Lee Zink (2004, 5th), Chris Passavia (2004, 6th), Walters, Bill McGlone (2006, 5th), Ray Megill (2007, 9th) and Joe Cinosky (2008, 9th).

• Senior midfielder John Haus was the next Terrapin off the board, going to the Hamilton Nationals in the second round with the 15th overall selection. Haus was followed by senior midfielder Kevin Cooper, who went to the Bayhawks with the 16th overall pick.

• The Denver Outlaws, which already has three Terps on its roster (Zink, Jeremy Sieverts and Drew Snider), were then next MLL squad to take a Maryland player, selecting senior midfielder Landon Carr with the 23rd overall selection.

• The fifth Terp to be selected was senior attackman Owen Blye with the very next pick by the Charlotte Hounds.

• The five players selected ties the school record for most players taken in the MLL draft. The 2011 senior class also had five players taken - Brian Farrell, Brett Schmidt, Dan Burns, Grant Catalino and Ryan Young.

• Maryland’s 2013 senior class also features redshirt senior midfielder Jake Bernhardt, who was selected by the Nationals with the 12th overall selection in the 2012 MLL collegiate draft.


2013 Team Captains
• Three players have been named team captains for the 2013 season. The trio, which was selected by a combination of team vote and coaches’ input, consists of seniors Jake Bernhardt, Jesse Bernhardt and Owen Blye. All three return as team captains from the 2012 squad.

 

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Rolando McClain arrested again in Alabama

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Rolando McClain arrested again in Alabama

Posted on 22 April 2013 by WNST Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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McClain passes physical to make acquisition official

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McClain passes physical to make acquisition official

Posted on 12 April 2013 by WNST Staff

The Baltimore Ravens have officially signed LB Rolando McClain to a one-year deal, general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome announced.

McClain, who passed a physical Friday, has spent his entire three-year NFL career with the Oakland Raiders after being selected in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2010 Draft.

Seeing action in 41 career games (38 starts), the 6-4, 259-pounder has posted 274 tackles (195 solo), 6.5 sacks (-42.5 yards), one interception, one forced fumble and 23 passes defensed.

During the 2012 campaign, McClain, 23, appeared in 11 contests (nine starts), finishing with 90 tackles (59 solo), one sack, one forced fumble and three passes defensed.

Drafted out of the University of Alabama, in 2009 McClain was honored with both the Butkus Award and Jack Lambert Award as the nation’s top collegiate linebacker. That season, he helped the Crimson Tide, along with fellow Ravens NT Terrence Cody and OLB Courtney Upshaw, produce an undefeated season en route to the BCS National Championship.

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Ravens agree to one-year deal with troubled linebacker Rolando McClain

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Ravens agree to one-year deal with troubled linebacker Rolando McClain

Posted on 10 April 2013 by Luke Jones

(Updated: 6:45 p.m.)

The Ravens have agreed in principle on a one-year deal with troubled former Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain.

McClain will reportedly meet with team officials to discuss the Ravens’ expectations and to finalize the deal on Friday. The deal is worth $700,000 with other performance incentives built into the agreement, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The eighth overall pick of the 2010 draft is an Alabama product, linking him to general manager Ozzie Newsome and reuniting him with former defensive teammates Terrence Cody and Courtney Upshaw.

McClain’s pro career has been riddled with off-field issues, leading to his release late last week after much speculation that he would be jettisoned by Oakland. He was due $4.05 million this season and more than $5 million in 2014 and cleared waivers to become a free agent just a few days ago. The Raiders elected to carry roughly $11 million in dead money on their cap this season to be rid of McClain.

Several teams had reportedly shown interest in the linebacker since he became available. News first surfaced of his potential signing in the Madison (Ala.) Weekly News, who spoke to the newspaper on Tuesday. McClain told the publication he would sign a one-year deal with Baltimore.

“It’s a move that can’t go wrong and I’m looking forward to playing in Baltimore as the Ravens run the same or very similar defense as I was a part of at the University of Alabama,” McClain told the publication.

In addition to underwhelming play on the field after being named the 2009 Butkus Award winner, McClain has been a major distraction off it as he faced misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault, menacing, reckless endangerment, and illegal discharge of a firearm in his hometown of Decatur, Ala. in 2011. The charges were eventually dropped after an original conviction was appealed.

Most recently, the 23-year-old was arrested in January after failing to sign a citation related to illegal window tint on his vehicle.

The Raiders suspended McClain for conduct detrimental to the team after a clash with new head coach Dennis Allen last season. McClain responded by making critical comments on his Facebook page that suggested he was finished with the organization.

McClain is regarded by many as a two-down linebacker who doesn’t excel in pass coverage, which would not address the Ravens’ need of finding another linebacker with the ability to cover running backs and tight ends.

The Ravens’ interest in McClain became intriguing after they recently signed veteran safety Michael Huff, who played with the linebacker in Oakland and would figure to have a good read on his character to offer feedback to the organization. However, Baltimore finds itself with a transitioning locker room from a leadership standpoint following the departures of standout leaders Ray Lewis and Ed Reed.

In 11 games last season, he collected 62 tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble.

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New safety Huff willingly taking torch in replacing Ravens legend

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New safety Huff willingly taking torch in replacing Ravens legend

Posted on 28 March 2013 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Replacing a legend isn’t easy, but new Ravens safety Michael Huff is looking to carve out his own niche in the tradition of great Baltimore defense.

The 30-year-old met with the local media for the first time Thursday after passing his physical and officially signing a three-year, $6 million contract and didn’t shy away from recognizing the crater left behind by future Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed, who signed a three-year, $15 million deal to join the Houston Texans last week. In fact, Huff has kept in contact with Reed via text messages in a symbolic passing of the torch.

Huff knows he can’t truly replace the nine-time Pro Bowl safety, but the 2005 Jim Thorpe Award winner and seventh overall pick of the 2006 draft is eager to maintain the level of strong play found in the Ravens secondary for over a decade. And it may provide the opportunity for Huff to break free from the black cloud of the Raiders organization after never experience a winning season in seven campaigns in the AFC West.

“It means a lot,” Huff said. “He’s one of the greatest — if not the greatest — free safety to ever play the game. I talked to him last night. I told him I’d carry on his legacy and carry on the tradition of great safeties in Baltimore. I’m definitely going to go out there and hold up my end.”

He may not have fulfilled the great promised he once showed as a star for the Longhorns, but Huff is happy to be in Baltimore seven years after general manager Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens showed interest in him leading up to the 2006 draft.

Huff is expected to start at free safety, but the University of Texas product views himself as a Swiss army knife in the secondary, evident last season when he made 14 starts at cornerback due to a high number of injuries in the Oakland secondary. It’s a valuable asset to have on game day when a team is limited to just 46 active players and is only an injury or two away from having a major predicament at any given position on the field.

“I’m going to go out there and play free safety, play strong safety, play corner if they need me to, to play nickel if they need me to,” Huff said. “I’m going to do whatever I can to help the defense and help us win.”

Joining a group of safeties with only one other veteran — 29-year-old James Ihedigbo — Huff said Thursday that he won’t shy away from mentoring younger players such as Christian Thompson, Omar Brown, Emanuel Cook, and Anthony Levine. Linked by their respective collegiate careers at Texas, Huff and cornerback Chykie Brown train together during the offseason.

It follows a predictable offseason script as Huff joins defensive ends Chris Canty and Marcus Spears and linebacker Elvis Dumervil as free-agent additions who will also bring positive veteran presences to a Ravens locker room that lost several leaders following the Super Bowl XLVII win.

“He fits us really well, both football-wise and technique-wise, the type of person he is, the type of family man he is,” coach John Harbaugh said. “He’s going to enable us to keep doing the things on defense that we have been doing and even build on those things.”

Moving beyond the iconic status of Reed after 11 years of the ball-hawking safety roaming the secondary for the Ravens, Huff might prove to be an upgrade over Reed as the 2004 NFL Defensive Player of the Year turns 35 at the beginning of the 2013 season. Reed’s tackling issues aren’t a secret after a nerve impingement has taken its toll on his neck and shoulder and the 2002 first-round pick admitted himself that his range had declined in recent years.

The cheaper price tag for a younger player also didn’t hurt in easing the pain of Reed’s decision to join the Texans.

“I think the thing that stands out is you look at a guy in the back end who has a lot of range,” secondary coach Teryl Austin said. “He is a good tackler coming out of the back end, and he’s durable. He has played a lot.”

Having missed only four games in his professional career, Huff adds a dependable piece to the back end of a defense that lost Reed and strong safety Bernard Pollard earlier this month.

Huff won’t be confused with having the big-play ability that Reed displayed in his time with the Ravens, but his steady and safe style might just be what the defense needs after the pass rush was boosted with the signing of the three-time Pro Bowl selection Dumervil. The new safety is far more interested in continuing a winning tradition — one he never experienced in the abyss of Oakland — than personal stats or another big contract.

“It’s defense and just winning,” Huff said. “At this point in my career, it’s not chasing money. It’s not chasing things like that. It’s chasing that Super Bowl ring. I don’t think there’s any better place than to come here. Baltimore is that place. If you want to come here and win a Super Bowl, then this is where you want to be.”

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Ravens, veteran safety Huff come to three-year agreement

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Ravens, veteran safety Huff come to three-year agreement

Posted on 27 March 2013 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens took a step toward replacing the giant shoes left behind by future Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed by agreeing to a three-year deal with veteran safety Michael Huff on Thursday.

The agreement was announced by general manager Ozzie Newsome and is pending a physical. The deal is worth a total of $6 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The 30-year-old Huff had spent his entire career with the Oakland Raiders after being selected as the seventh overall pick of the 2006 draft. He was released by Oakland prior to the start of free agency on March 12 after reportedly balking at the idea of a pay cut and had visited the Dallas Cowboys earlier this week.

Having missed only four games in his seven-year career, Huff is expected to play free safety in the Baltimore secondary but is also capable of playing cornerback, a position he played last season as the Raiders dealt with a slew of injuries. In 16 starts in 2012 — 14 coming at cornerback — Huff collected 71 tackles, two interceptions, and 15 pass breakups.

The 6-foot, 211-pound defensive back has 11 interceptions, 453 tackles, and 57 pass breakups in his NFL career. Though he is not known for being particularly strong against the run, Huff will likely  be an upgrade in that department as Reed struggled more and more against the run in recent seasons due to a nerve impingement in his neck and shoulder. Huff isn’t considered a playmaker in the way Reed was viewed for so many years, but he is widely regarded as more than solid in pass coverage.

The Ravens made it a priority to add a veteran free safety as the only other options on the roster at that position included 2012 fourth-round pick Christian Thompson, former practice squad members Omar Brown and Anthony Levine, and Emanuel Cook, who missed the entire 2012 season with a broken leg. Veteran James Ihedigbo is expected to have the inside track for the strong safety job after he filled in admirably for an injured Bernard Pollard in making three starts last season.

Tracked carefully by the Ravens as they prepared for the 2006 draft before selecting defensive tackle Haloti Ngata in the first round, Huff starred at the University of Texas and became the first player in school history to win the Jim Thorpe Award, an honor bestowed upon the nation’s top defensive back.

Despite much hype after helping lead the Longhorns to the national championship, Huff never realized the potential many saw in him to become a star at the next level but has been a quality starter at the free safety position for most of his career.

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Navy overwhelmed by Colgate in Face-Off Classic

Posted on 23 March 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Attackman Ryan Walsh and Peter Baum combined for seven goals and three assists to lead the Colgate men’s lacrosse team (7-2, 2-0 Patriot League) to an 11-3 victory over Navy (3-6, 1-3 PL) Saturday afternoon in the opening game of the Konica Minolta Faceoff Classic played at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

“At the end of the day, Colgate was the better team from start to finish,” said second-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell.  “You have to tip your hat to Colgate, they played a really good game.”

Colgate opened the game scoring four in a row, including back-to-back goals just seven seconds apart by Walsh and fellow attackman Brendon McCann.  Walsh found McCann cutting up the middle with 7:11 to go in the first period and at 7:04 McCann returned the favor, feeding Walsh for a point blank shot to give the Raiders a 4-0 lead.

Rookie attackman T.J. Hanzsche (Berwyn, Pa.) finally got the Mids on the scoreboard when he beat Colgate defenseman Kevin Boyle and fired in his diving shot from the right crease with 2:34 remaining in the quarter.

Navy closed to within two (4-2) with 9:57 to play in the second quarter when freshman Patrick Keena (Vienna, Va.) picked up the loose ball after his initial shot was saved by keeper Conor Murphy and he stuffed the ball into the net on extra-man as he was tackled to the ground.

After nearly 16 minutes without a goal, Colgate’s Walsh came around the left side of the goal and bulled his way past Navy senior defenseman Jay Christopher to spark a seven-goal run by the Raiders.

Colgate held a 6-2 lead at the half and pushed it to 9-2 after three quarters of play.  The Raiders scored the first two goals of the fourth quarter before Navy’s 31-minute scoring drought ended when junior middie Sean Price (Millersville, Md.) found classmate Austin Heneveld (East Hampton, N.Y.) cutting into the middle of the field and Heneveld found the seam for the Mids’ third and final goal.

The two teams combined for 41 turnovers including 25 in the second half, while the Mids were just 14 for 20 on clears and Colgate was 19 for 29.

Navy’s starting attack and midfield scored just one point in the game, while its bench combined for two goals and an assist.  Leading scorer Sam Jones was held without a point for the first time in 12 games.  The last time he did not score a point was in last year’s conference loss to Lehigh (3-30) in Annapolis.

“Right now we don’t have a lot of flow or pace on the offensive end,” said Jones, who is just 10 points shy of becoming one of only 31 players in program history to score 100 points.  “We aren’t creating good opportunities for ourselves and when we do, we fail to capitalize.  We’re hesitant and I think that results in us not taking very high percentage shots.”

Senior faceoff specialist Evan McGoogan (Cranberry Township, Pa.) was a bright spot on the stat sheet for the Mids, winning 8 of the 15 draws he took and grabbed a team-high tying five ground balls.

Walsh led Colgate with seven points on four goals and three assists, while Paul contributed three goals and starting middie Jimmy Ryan added two goals and an assist.

The Mids return to action next Saturday when face Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa. in what will be their third straight game away from Annapolis.  Game time is slated for 1:00 pm.

“I find it hard to believe that our guys are going o throw in the towel,” added Sowell, regarding Navy’s final four regular-season games.  “It’s part of who I am, but it’s also what I’ve learned from this team.  We’re gong to stick through this and see it through to the end.  When we win, we’ll win with class and when we have a loss, we’ll lose with class.  But on Monday we are going to prepare for the next game and have the team ready to go for Lehigh.”

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