Graham Watson

  • VOD: Stanford kicker Jordan Williamson recalls emotional struggles after 2012 Fiesta Bowl

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    Stanford kicker Jordan Williamson finished his time with the Cardinal as its all-time career leader in points scored, but Williamson’s career hit a dark time following the 2012 Fiesta Bowl.

    Austin Meyer chronicled Williamson’s trials following two missed kicks in the game, including one in overtime, that cost the Cardinal the win. It tells the story of depression, fear and ultimately perseverance in a 6-minute YouTube documentary called “It Comes Down To You.”

    The video tells an all-too-common story of the ridicule college athletes face on social media and the devastating effects it can have. Williamson, who exhausted his eligibility after this past season, ultimately came out better for the ordeal, but that’s not always the case for some athletes.

    This is a great short documentary that paints a good lesson that college athletes are still just people.

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  • Paul Chryst defends Wisconsin's high academic standards

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    Paul Chryst wanted to dispel the myth of Wisconsin’s tough academic standards by joking that if he could graduate from the university, any of his players could accomplish the same feat.

    "I got a degree from Wisconsin. It's not like you have to be a rocket scientist," Chryst said during a meeting of the state chamber of commerce Wednesday.

    Wisconsin’s academic standards were thrust into the spotlight earlier this year when former coach Gary Andersen said they were the reason he decided to abruptly leave the program and become the head coach at Oregon State.

    "It's been well [documented] there were some kids I couldn't get in school," Andersen told CBS Sports. "That was highly frustrating to me. I lost some guys, and I told them I wasn't going to lose them.

    Oregon State’s academic requirements mirror Wisconsin's 13 core unites, but require just two units of a foreign language.

  • WR Chris Conley penned a heartfelt letter to Georgia fans

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Chris Conley finished his Georgia career as one of the most well-liked players in the program and he decided to reciprocate the affection.

    Conley penned a letter to Georgia fans and coaches in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution this week, expressing his gratitude for the support he received during his time as Bulldog.

    The letter, which can be read in its entirety on the AJC website, talked about how Georgia was Conley’s first offer and how that gave him confidence he could be a football player at the collegiate level. It also thanked coach Mark Richt for turning him into not only a good football player, but also a good man.

    Conley finished his Georgia career with 113 catches for 1,858 yards and 20 touchdowns, which tied him for fourth on Georgia’s all-time receiving list. He also became a budding filmmaker with his homage to George Lucas’ Star Wars.

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  • Knee rehab for Clemson QB Deshaun Watson a month ahead of schedule

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    Deshaun Watson wasn’t on the field taking snaps for Clemson when it opened spring practice on Monday, but he was jogging, which is much more than many expected him to be doing at this time of year.

    Watson had surgery in December to repair a torn ACL and is now a month ahead of schedule in his rehab. He has confidence he will be able to return when the Tigers open the 2015 season against Wofford on Sept. 5.

    “I think I will be,” Watson told orangeandwhite.com. “It all depends on how my knee is holding up and what the coaches want me to do.”

    So far, so good.

    Watson also tossed the ball around on Monday, but he probably won’t do more than that as he eases himself back into football condition. Watson said he’s also using this spring to become a better leader and to get better at the mental aspects of being quarterback.

    For more Clemson news, visit TigerIllustrated.com.

  • Jameis Winston files trademark for 'Famous Jameis'

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    Jameis Winston, the potential No. 1 overall pick in April’s NFL draft, is already making moves to capitalize on his possible fame.

    Winston's representation, The Legacy Agency, filed to trademark "Famous Jameis," a nickname the quarterback earned at Florida State, according to ESPN.com.

    "We have begun taking steps to protect our client and his intellectual property rights," Russ Spielman, a partner of The Legacy Agency, which represents Winston told ESPN.com. "Right now his sole focus is on football. We hope to utilize this way down the line."

    The trademark was filed on Feb. 5.

    Winston, who lost just one game in college, led the Seminoles to a national championship, and hoisted the Heisman Trophy, certainly isn’t the first player to trademark his nickname before he’s even taken an NFL snap.

    For more Florida State news, visit Warchant.com.

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  • UNC QB Marquise Williams to miss spring practices with hip injury

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    North Carolina starting quarterback Marquise Williams will miss spring practices while he recovers from a hip injury, the school announced via its website.

    Backup Mitch Trubisky will take all the first team reps in Williams’ absence.

    Just because Williams isn’t suiting up doesn’t mean the coaches don’t expect the same type of effort out of him. Quarterbacks coach Keith Heckendorf told GoHeels.com, that he wants Williams taking mental reps while the team goes through drills.

    "I want [Williams] to get as much out of spring ball as anyone,” Heckendorf said. “When he walks off the practice field I want him to be exhausted mentally from concentrating on every read and every play on every progression on every defense."

    Heckendorf also noted that Williams was still the starter, but that the competition was not yet closed.

    For more North Carolina news, visit TarHeelIllustrated.com.

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  • Hey everybody, Steve Spurrier is now on Twitter

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Yes folks the rumors are true, Steve Spurrier has joined Twitter.

    The South Carolina Head Ball Coach who has been entertaining us for years with his not-so-subtle jabs at Clemson and his witty press conference quips can now drop those gems at his leisure thanks to the wonders of social media.

    It's true! pic.twitter.com/zlPGQYtWaD

    His introductory tweet was a little tame:

    1rst off/ Hello to all Gamecocks! I want to thank all past players at Duke at UF and UofSC and all present and future players #Heresc

    But we hope once he gets into the groove — the befuddled look on Spurrier’s face in the above pic looks like he’s making his first transition from the Zach Morris oversized mobile to a smartphone — he’ll be the best thing that’s happened to Twitter since the @midnight hashtag (or whatever you think the best thing on Twitter is).

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  • Arkansas coach Bret Bielema takes car away from player charged with DWI

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    Arkansas coach Bret Bielema has taken a different approach to disciplining defensive end Tevin Beanum, who was arrested and charged with DWIand minor in possession of alcohol last weekend in Fayetteville.

    He took away Beanum’s car.

    In conjunction with Beanum’s mother, Sandra, Bielema restricted Beanum’s vehicle use to driving to the Fred Smith Football Center and class.

    “He has to go through the court system and obviously he’ll have ramifications, but I’ve basically banned the use of his car for any time other than when he’s coming over here or going to academics,” Bielema said. “His car is to remain parked. If he gets pulled over for running through a stoplight at 10:30 at night then he’s violated my rules and there’s going to be an even bigger consequence.”

    Beanum was driving with his bright headlights on around 2:26 a.m. Feb. 22 when police pulled him over. Police found an open bottle of brandy on the backseat and said Beanum smelled of alcohol.

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  • Report: UNC exploited grad school admissions to gain eligibility

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    The academic scandal at the University of North Carolina has revealed yet another layer and this one involved the graduate student program.

    According to a report by the News & Observer, UNC admitted student-athletes into the graduate program in order to keep them eligible for an extra semester.

    The News & Observer detailed the admittance of former cornerback and kick returner Michael Waddell, who had a low grade point average and no GRE score, yet was admitted into the graduate studies program for a semester so he could gain a final year of eligibility. Waddell went on to be drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the fourth round in 2003.

    He never attended classes, flunked out and became just another black mark for a university that was already scorched by a university-wide academic scandal that kept student-athletes eligible by enrolling them in “paper classes,” which required little to no attendance and just a paper at the end of the term to complete the course.

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  • Honduran soccer field to be named after former Georgia coach Vince Dooley

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    A soccer field in Honduras will bear the name of famous Georgia football coach Vince Dooley.

    Dooley, 82, has spent time in Honduras helping youth find alternatives to drugs and gang violence. He’s also helped plan the landscape of the field, which will include 160 hedges on the border similar to the border at Sanford Stadium where the Georgia Bulldogs play football.

    The field will be located at an elementary and middle school in the Agalta Valley and the scoreboard, which was donated by Coca-Cola, will have Dooley’s name. FIFA donated the goals.

    Dooley, who won 201 games and the 1980 national championship at Georgia, will be in Honduras on March 19 for the dedication along with Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernandez.

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