- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Was the allure of Houston the reason that Vince Young declared for the NFL draft after he led Texas to the 2006 BCS Championship?
Young left Texas with a season of eligibility on the table and his hometown Texans had the No. 1 pick in the draft. In an interview with 104.9 The Horn on Wednesday, Young said if he didn't know the Texans weren't going to take him, he would have stayed in school.
The Texans ultimately took NC State DE Mario Williams at No. 1. Young was selected at No. 3 by the Tennessee Titans.
"It was very close … The Texans had the No. 1 pick and that was a place I wanted to play in. I wish they would have told me they wasn’t picking me because I would have stayed my senior year," Young said with a bit of a chuckle. "But it didn’t happen like that so I had the opportunity to play for a long, long … being a kid, watching the Oilers all my life and having the opportunity to play for them it was a dream come true as well."
Alex Loeb then asked Young if he would redo his decision if he had the opportunity. If the Texans were at No. 1, Young said he probably would still go pro.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles6 hrs ago
Tony Stewart is not driving at Bristol.
The team announced Wednesday afternoon that Jeff Burton would substitute for Stewart again. Burton drove the No. 14 at Michigan. Stewart has not driven in a Sprint Cup Series race since he struck and killed Kevin Ward at a dirt track in upstate New York on August 9.
Just like with Burton's appearance in Stewart's car last week, the team said the decision only pertains to Bristol and that any decision on Atlanta, the next race on the Sprint Cup circuit, hasn't been made.
The investigation into Ward's death is still ongoing by the Ontario County (N.Y.) Sheriff's Department. Last week, Sheriff Philip Povero said the investigation could take two weeks. There are no criminal charges pending against Stewart at the current time and Povero said last week there was no evidence of criminal intent.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Air Force RB Devin Rushing injured an ankle on the Falcons' second day of full-pads practice in August.
He said he feared he had broken his ankle during an Oklahoma drill. Rushing said someone had grabbed his facemask and brought him down into another defender on the ground and his ankle got rolled up on.
It wasn't broken, however. The Colorado Springs Gazette said it was a Grade 2 sprain and he was back on the practice field after missing 10 days.
But he's not on the field with his new number. He switched from No. 31 to No. 3 before the season and was told that he had to earn his jersey back.
"They took my jersey," Rushing told the Gazette. "I talked to the equipment manager and he said my jersey is still in there with Rushing written on the back, but I've got to earn it back."
Why? Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said he wants "tough, durable guys" on his team. Rushing was projected to be the Falcons' starting tailback during the season and is now practicing with the second unit.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
Former Virginia QB Marques Hagans still has his arm strength.
The team's current wide receivers coach threw a ball into a trash can from the other side of the Cavaliers' practice field. A football field is 160 feet long (53.3 yards) and we're guessing there's another seven yards or so to get to the trash can, so that's a 60-yard toss.
And for a guy who hasn't practiced as a quarterback recently, getting it in the trash can on the third try (if true) isn't bad at all. (We are still hoping our kicker trick shot idea from earlier in the day comes true.)
Hagans played QB at Virginia from 2001-2005. He backed up Matt Schaub to begin his career and took over fuill-time after Schaub left. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in 2006 and switched to wide receiver in the pros. He's been Virginia's WR coach for four seasons.
For more Virginia news visit CavsCorner.com.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
Gary Andersen, Les Miles is going to play your game.
After the Wisconsin coach said he wasn't going to name a starter until before the season-opener against LSU on August 30, Miles countered Tuesday and said he's going to wait to name a starter too.
LSU's quarterback battle is between Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris and the decision likely won't be made public until before the game.
“We’ll tell the starter probably that Thursday [Aug. 28] when we put together the final list of starters, Miles said after a team scrimmage on Tuesday (via WWLTV.com).
Miles likes to be shifty and crafty and has maintained his stance on the battle since the spring so this could be a simple smokescreen. But he said Tuesday there was no separation between the two players.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said he had a simple response when he heard of the report that said there was tension between him and Louisville coach Bobby Petrino.
"You know what, I have not seen the report," Grantham told Football Scoop. "I heard about it and you know, we're in camp, so we're busy. Truthfully I kind of laughed it off and went on to a meeting."
After Football Scoop gave Grantham a summation of the article, he flatly denied it. Sports Illustrated said Monday that there had been multiple feuds between Grantham and Petrino and Petrino would have gotten rid of Grantham if it wasn't for the five-year contract he signed in the offseason at Louisville after leaving Georgia.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
Jack Hoffman, the boy who scored a touchdown in Nebraska's 2013 spring game, starts treatment for a reoccurrence of his cancer Thursday. After practice Tuesday, the Nebraska football team wanted to send Jack a message.
Coach Bo Pelini, WR Kenny Bell, RB Ameer Abdullah and others spoke in front of the camera for an impromptu support video that ended with a "We love you Hoffmans" and a team huddle that ended with "Team Jack." before breaking to the locker room.
Yes, it's really cool.
Hoffman's family posted on August 6 that his cancer had returned. Hoffman has an inoperable brain tumor and he had been in remission until the summer. His family is traveling to Boston for treatment.
After befriending former Nebraska RB Rex Burkhead, Hoffman, now 8, got the chance to run for the touchdown last year as a 7-year-old and has become a big part of Nebraska's team.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
Welcome to our Dr. Saturday feature titled "Random offseason tweet of the day." With real games just days away, coaches and players are still tweeting about non-football-related things as the season approaches. In this space, we'll try to find the funniest and goofiest tweets of the day. If you see something, don't hesitate to send it to us.
Are punters and kickers quickly becoming the most dangerous players in college football?
Texas A&M punter Drew Kaser broke a light at the team's indoor practice facility with a punt on Tuesday.
Earlier this month, South Carolina K Ellott Fry shattered the rear windshield of a car with a kick.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles14 hrs ago
This sprint car crash is pretty insane.
It happened on August 8 at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif., and on the next lap after he waves the green flag, the flagman has to take evasive action. Cars start crashing on the frontstretch and one car somersaults into the fence, just feet away from the flagman.
You could tell he wanted to throw the yellow flag – which is his instinctual job habit – but quickly realized it was a bad idea because if he was leaning out of the stand, it could have been bad news.
The crash adjusted the camera by the flagstand and after checking on the driver below him, the flagman had the presence of mind to adjust the camera back at the interview. With a cigarette in his mouth, of course.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
Could Louisville fly drones over Papa John's Cardinal Stadium during football games this fall? It's possible.
The drone took off and filmed Louisville's scrimmage over the weekend and according to Louisville's social media director, the practice could be expanded to gamedays. Pending knowledge of FAA rules, of course.
Nick Stover, director of social media for the athletic department, says the drones could become a frequent sight at games. But first he and his team have to become more familiar with the drones and any applicable laws.
“They’re still a fairly new phenomenon to civilians so we’re contacting the FAA and other agencies,” he said. “We have a lot of ideas we are exploring.
Louisville's first idea should be to have a drone following coach Bobby Petrino and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham at practice to see if the report of tension between the two is true.