Graham Watson

  • QB Blake Sims pens letter to Alabama, Nick Saban and Lane Kiffin

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 hrs ago

    When Alabama fans and media were focused on Florida State transfer Jacob Coker last spring as the potential starting quarterback for the Tide, coach Nick Saban often warned that Blake Sims shouldn’t be overlooked.

    And for that, Sims was grateful.

    The departed senior, who started one season for the Tide and signed a free agent deal with the Green Bay Packers, penned a thank you letter through Bleacher Report, in which he thanked Saban, coach Lane Kiffin and fans for their support.

    Here is part of the letter:

    Sims also thanked his teammates, including former Tide running back Trent Richardson, who Sims called "big brother."

    Sims helped lead the Tide to an SEC title and a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff. He set a school record with 3,487 passing yards.

    This was a nice gesture, especially for a fanbase that didn’t necessarily believe Sims was the best man for the job at the beginning of the season.

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  • WVU OL Russell Haughton-James arrested on burglary charges

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 hrs ago

    West Virginia senior offensive lineman Russell Haughton-James was arrested Sunday night on a single count of burglary.

    Details of the events that led up to the charge are scarce and coach Dana Holgorsen said in a statement he’s still gathering the facts.

    “I have been made aware of the situation,” Holgorsen said. “I am gathering the facts at this time and will to continue to monitor. I have no further comment at this time”

    Haughton-James, 22, has played in 28 career games with the Mountaineers and started the started the Gold-Blue spring game at left tackle. He appeared in 12 games last season as a backup, was used as an extra linemen in short-yardage situations and on special teams. Haughton-James was expected to play backup to Yodny Cajuste and Marquis Lucas this fall.

    For more West Virginia news, visit WVSports.com.

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  • Report: QB Philip Nelson lands at South Alabama

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 hrs ago

    Quarterback Philip Nelson is hoping the third school is the charm.

    The former Rutgers and Minnesota quarterback is trying to restart his career at South Alabama, according to the Minnesota Star Tribune, which received an email from Nelson’s father.

    Nelson's college years have been rocky. He played in 19 games at Minnesota in 2012 and 2013 before transferring to Rutgers to play in a more pass-oriented offense. But his stint with the Scarlet Knights was short-lived after he was kicked off the team following an arrest for assault.

    Nelson has two years of eligibility remaining and is eligible to play in the fall.

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  • Ball State former starting QB Ozzie Mann transfers

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 hrs ago

    Ball State quarterback Ozzie Mann has decided to transfer, the school announced.

    Mann, a redshirt sophomore, started six games for the Cardinals last season. He completed 116-of-197 passes for 1,281 yards with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions.

    "We want to thank Ozzie for his hard work and for representing our program in a first class manner,” Ball State coach Pete Lembo said in statement.  “Depth chart decisions are never easy, but they need to be made.  Ozzie has our full support and we will do whatever we can to help him with this next step in his career."

    Mann opened the 2014 season as the Cardinals starting quarterback and went on to start five games before being benched in favor of Jack Miles.

    This spring, Mann worked primarily with the second team while Miles took the bulk of the first-team reps.

    With Mann gone, Ball State has just Miles and redshirt freshman David Morrison as its quarterbacks with Riley Neal joining the program in the summer.

    Mann redshirted in 2012 and played in six games in 2013. He likely will have to sit out a season if he transfers to another FBS program.

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  • Oregon State CB Dashon Hunt forced to retire due to spinal stenosis

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 6 hrs ago

    Oregon State cornerback Dashon Hunt announced via Instagram last week that he is ending his football career due to spinal stenosis, a condition he said he’s had since birth.

    "It was truly a blessing to have been apart of the #OregonStateFootball team but sadly my days of playing is over due to a condition that I was born with called #SpinalStenosis," Hunt said.

    "This team will forever be my team and I will always support every single brother of mine on it through their football careers and life. And a message to all my teammates 'just because I can't play on the field with yall, best believe I'ma be on the sideline helping and watching yall strive towards greatness because our team is bound for great accomplishments in these upcoming years. I love all yall as my own brothers and I'll always be here for every last one of yall' And to everyone else who has supported me throughout my career thank you very much from the bottom of my heart and God Bless you all!"

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  • Auburn dismisses DE Elijah Daniel days after burglary arrest

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Auburn defensive end Elijah Daniel, who was arrested for burglary on Wednesday, has been dismissed from the team.

    Daniel, DeNorris James, a walk-on to the football team this spring, and Khalil Sellers, a former Auburn track athlete, were arrested on theft and burglary charges after an investigation into missing items from several dorm rooms following spring break.

    Daniel was charged with four counts of theft, including first-degree theft of an item worth at least $2,500 or anything taken from another person. He also was booked on four counts of burglary. Six of the counts are felonies.

    Daniel, a junior-to-be, played in 13 games last season, including two starts. He tied for the team-lead with 17 quarterback hurries and finished with 15 tackles, including one sack. He was expected to play a pivotal role in Will Muschamp’s new offense and even added 19 pounds this offseason to contribute at defensive tackle.

    For more Auburn news, visit AuburnSports.com.

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  • Mark Stoops snaps pic with Mike Tyson before Mayweather-Pacquiao bout

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    It’s an odd time to do a random offseason tweet of the day, but this one was too good not to share, especially on this, the biggest (self-proclaimed) sports day of the year.

    Get ready for the fight with @MikeTyson #MayPac pic.twitter.com/TC9myKM3j7

    Yes, that’s Kentucky coach Mark Stoops with Iron Mike Tyson in front of someplace fancy in Vegas  getting ready to watch the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.

    Not gonna lie, my first thought was, wow, even Iron Mike couldn’t get a ticket? And then, I remembered that cameos in The Hangover movies and a couple iffy reality TV shows probably don’t leave a lot of disposable income for an excessively expensive ticket to a fight that will probably go decision anyway. Nah, there's no way they'd leave Iron Mike outside.

    Hey, hangin’ with Iron Mike makes people do weird things — like race pigeons.

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  • Louisville DC Todd Grantham tweets out list of Georgia recruiting prospects

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham made a bit of a boo-boo Saturday when he tweeted out a list of the state of Georgia’s top college football prospects.

    Grantham, who used to be the defensive coordinator at Georgia, tweeted what appeared to be a ranked list of the state of Georgia’s top prospects from the 2016 and 2017 classes.

    What appeared to be an accidental tweet was deleted quickly, but not before 247Sports managed to nab a screenshot.

    This error will probably result in an NCAA slap on the wrist, but more importantly, Grantham just gave Georgia coach Mark Richt and his staff insight into the players he’s attempting to lure from Georgia’s backyard to Louisville.

    For more Georgia news, visit UGASports.com.

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  • NIU safety one-ups teammate with one-handed backflip catch (Video)

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Earlier this week, NIU receiver Aregeros Turner dazzled the Internet with an athletic catch while doing a backflip.

    However, teammate Marlon Moore was not impressed.

    The Huskies’ safety saw Turner’s effort and decided he could do it better with this gem.

    Sorry @SportsCenter #notimpressed #NIU Safety Marlon Moore pic.twitter.com/7OTdLgizDB

    OK, that was impressive. Really impressive. Super impressive. Even more impressive in slow motion because everything is better in slow motion.

    Moore, a senior-to-be, was the Huskies’ top tackler last season with 93, but he intercepted just one pass. We’re guessing it wasn’t a backflip interception, so we’re challenging him to accomplish that feat in the fall.

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  • Report: Pac-12 study finds student-athletes too tired for academics

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 12 days ago

    Pac-12 athletes claim they are "too exhausted to study effectively," according to a study conducted by the conference this month.

    The study questioned 409 Pac-12 athletes from nine schools (USC, Utah and Arizona did not participate) about how they split their time between their sport and their studies. Many of those polled by the firm Penn Schoen and Berland, which is known for its work on the presidential campaigns of Bill and Hillary Clinton, said that physical exhaustion was a “major issue” and that the time demands of their sports created "anxiety and a loss of sleep that hinders academic and athletic performance."

    CBSSports.com, which obtained a copy of the report, noted that loss of sleep was the main thing athletes noted as a drawback of being a student-athlete. Several noted that if they had a day off, they’d use it to sleep. Athletes also noted that travel creates issues with keeping up with homework, studies and sleep.

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