Graham Watson

  • Auburn dismisses DE Elijah Daniel days after burglary arrest

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 13 hrs 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 1 day 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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  • Cal recruiting coordinator Pierre Ingram arrested in prostitution sting

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 13 days ago

    Cal’s top recruiter, Pierre Ingram, was arrested April 16 as part of a prostitution sting, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

    Ingram, who is the Golden Bears’ recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach, allegedly solicited an undercover police officer online and was arrested when he tried to meet her at a Motel 6. Ingram was one of five men arrested during the sting operation.

    Ingram was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor solicitation of a lewd act and has a court date next month.

    Ingram was responsible for most of Cal’s recruiting success, including taking the lead on three of the program’s four four-star recruits in the 2015 class as well as helping secure the team’s top in-state talent.

    The school has not yet commented on the situation.

    For more Cal news, visit GoldenBearReport.com.

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  • Jeremy Johnson named Auburn's starting quarterback

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 13 days ago

    Auburn has named Jeremy Johnson its quarterback of the future.

    Johnson, a junior who was the favorite all spring, solidified his starting role with a fantastic first-half performance during Auburn’s annual A-Day game last Saturday.

    Johnson led Team Auburn, which was made up of all first-team players, on four scoring drives. He completed 14 of 22 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns in front of an announced crowd of 62,143 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

    We just named Jeremy Johnson our starting QB for 2015. Everyone in our program has 100 percent confidence in him! War Eagle!

    Johnson’s first touchdown passes came on a 36-yard strike to D’haquille Williams in the right corner of the end zone early in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Johnson found Ricardo Lewis on a 49-yard pass and then Williams for the score.

    However, not everything was perfect. Johnson did have a stretch where he threw five incompletions in a six-pass span before ultimately finding Lewis.

    Johnson is already drawing comparisons to Auburn’s former Heisman winner Cam Newton. The two players are similar in physique and throw a similarly strong ball. Auburn can only hope those comparisons are accurate in the fall.

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  • Blind long snapper Jake Olsen to walk on to USC football team

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 13 days ago

    It’s been nearly six years since Jake Olsen became an honorary member of the USC football team. In the fall, the “honorary” title will be dropped and, as the Los Angeles Times reported, Olsen will join the team as a walk-on.

    Olsen is an 18-year-old senior long snapper at Orange Lutheran. He has a 4.3 grade average, is a member of the golf team, sang in the school choir, and is blind.

    Olsen was born with retinoblastoma, a rare form of retina cancer. He lost his left eye at 10 months and his right one when he was 12. It was around that time when he became an avid USC fan and met former coach Pete Carroll.

    Olsen’s relationship with Carroll and ultimately the entire USC program was documented in a ESPN College Football Gameday piece in 2013. Olsen never let his blindness hold him back. He learned, thanks to the help of coaches and teammates, to be a long snapper and hit a golf ball. He became an inspiration to nearly everyone who met him. He helped pen two books and is an accomplished motivational speaker.

    "When that day comes, it will be awesome."

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  • Nevada OL coach to miss spring football after open-heart surgery

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 13 days ago

    Nevada offensive line coach Ron Hudson will miss spring football following an open-heart procedure about seven weeks ago.

    According to a story in the Reno Gazette-Journal, an elevated heart rate and fatigue caused Hudson, 50, to visit an emergency room a couple months ago.

    Doctors in Reno feared the blood clot could break off and travel to Hudson’s brain, so Hudson was referred to a specialist in California. Doctors there caught the blood clot before it broke off and stopped the atrial fibrillation.

    Hudson will be on blood thinners for at least a year and the normally boisterous coach will have to be fairly tame while the Wolf Pack practices this spring. He’ll be able to return to recruiting in May and will likely be back on the sideline in the fall.

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  • Tyrone Swoopes still Texas' starting QB after spring competition

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 13 days ago

    Tyrone Swoopes is still Texas’ starting quarterback.

    After Saturday’s spring game, coach Charlie Strong said Swoopes did nothing to lose his starting role and backup Jerrod Heard did nothing to change that.

    “I don’t want to turn this into a quarterback controversy,” Strong said according to the Dallas Morning News. “When you look at it, Tyrone has come into the spring as a starter. I don’t know that Heard has done anything yet to unseat him as a starter. I said he’s closed the gap, which is what you want.

    “Ty is still the No. 1 guy at this point.”

    Swoopes finished the spring game completing 17 of his 31 passes for 159 yards. He had an interception called back by a penalty and a dropped pass in the end zone. He also threw a ball out of bounds that hit a young boy in the face. Strong made Swoopes check on the boy while medics attended to him. The boy was OK.

    As for Heard, a redshirt freshman, the Texas coaching staff was pleased with his progress this spring, but even he admitted he had a long way to go.

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