Graham Watson

  • Former Illinois OL Shawn Afryl dies following workout at Winona State

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago

    Former Illinois offensive lineman Shawn Afryl died of cardiac arrest on Monday evening after he collapsed during a practice at Winona State in Minnesota.

    Afryl, 22, spent three seasons with the Illini from 2010-2012, took a season off and then recently signed with Winona State for his final season of eligibility.

    He had no known prior medical conditions.

    Curtis Tate, who coached Afryl at Niles West, told the Chicago Tribune paramedics were unable to revive Afryl and he was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

    Illinois released a statement expresses its condolences.

    "All of us in the Fighting Illini football family are greatly saddened by Shawn's passing last night," Illinois head coach Tim Beckman said. "He was a great teammate and a dedicated student. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

    Afryl played in just one game with the Illini — against Charleston Southern in 2012 — and graduated with a degree in political science in 2013.

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  • A radio station called Dairy Queen in Salem, Ore., to see if it knew Baylor QB Bryce Petty

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 day ago

    Do you know who Bryce Petty is?

    According to Baylor coach Art Briles, Petty, Baylor’s starting quarterback, should be a household name. "Go to a Dairy Queen in Salem, Ore..." and they’ll know Petty, Briles said.

    So, John Canzano from oregonlive.com did just that and the results were fantastic.

    Credit to Canzano, this was pretty genius and hilarious.

    “Like a dog?” What does that even mean?

    Even if the fine folks at the Dairy Queen’s in Salem, Ore., don’t know Petty, college football fans should know him and he will probably be one of the players generating Heisman hype to start the season.

    Last year, Petty completed 62 percent of his passes for 4,200 yards, 32 touchdowns and just three interceptions. But Briles said he was upset that despite his amazing numbers, Petty was seventh on the Heisman ballot and only six get invited to the Heisman ceremony.

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