Sam Cooper

  • Dante Fowler Jr. thanks Florida fans in newspaper ad (Photo)

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 12 hrs ago

    Dante Fowler Jr. opted to forgo his final season of eligibility at Florida and pursue a professional career in the NFL. In order to thank the Florida fans for their support during his time with the program, Fowler took out an advertisement in the Gainesville Sun on Friday.

    Very cool from @TheDanteFowler6, thanking the #GatorNation with an ad in today's @GainesvilleSun @Gator_sports pic.twitter.com/G3RwAjHPtB

    “Thank you Gator Nation for all the support and love the past three years,” the ad read. “We’ve got the best fans in the and. I’ll forever bleed Orange & Blue.”

    Fowler, a defensive end, was one of Florida’s leaders on defense in 2014 as he registered 60 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks.

    Overall in his career, Fowler had 140 tackles, 33.5 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and five forced fumbles.

    The 6-foot-3, 261-pound Fowler is projected by many to be a first round pick in May’s draft.

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  • QB Kyler Murray re-affirms commitment to Texas A&M

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 13 hrs ago

    The Texas A&M fanbase was finally able to breathe easy late Thursday night.

    The program’s stud quarterback commit, Kyler Murray, announced on Twitter that he is sticking with A&M after weeks of speculation.

    Following my heart... #GigEm

    Just last week, Murray, the No. 71 overall recruit in the country per Rivals.com, took a visit to rival Texas and rumors swirled that he would ultimately end up with the Longhorns on National Signing Day.

    However, Murray re-assured the Aggie faithful that he will play collegiately in College Station.

    Murray, a native of Allen, Texas, has been verbally committed to play for Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies since May. Sumlin had an in-home visit with Murray on Thursday night, which led Murray to tie the bow on his recruitment.

    For more Texas A&M news, visit AggieYell.com.

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  • UCLA's Jim Mora tweets photo of recruit, claims to be hacked, deactivates account

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 15 hrs ago

    Jim Mora does not appear to be very Twitter-savvy.

    The UCLA head coach deactivated his account following his handshake fiasco with Kansas State coach Bill Snyder at the Alamo Bowl. However, earlier this month, Mora’s Twitter account resurfaced.

    It didn’t last long.

    On Thursday, Mora accidentally tweeted out a photo of five-star guard Maea Teuhema, an LSU commit that Mora is trying to flip to UCLA. BruinsNation.com was able to get a screenshot of the tweet, which featured Teuhema photoshopped into a Bruins uniform.

    Mora presumably attempted to send the photo to Teuhema via direct message. Instead, the photo was visible to be seen by his thousands of followers. It’s also an NCAA violation.

    To take it even further, Mora’s account is once again deactivated.

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  • FSU QB recruit Deondre Francois claims he was 'hacked,' did not decommit

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 16 hrs ago

    Oh, recruiting. You are so weird.

    Deondre Francois, the top dual-threat quarterback in the country according to Rivals.com, tweeted Thursday afternoon that he decommitted from Florida State. However, a few minutes later, Francois mysteriously deleted the tweet and left Seminoles fans scratching their heads.

    Things got weirder when an assistant at Francois’ school, IMG Academy, told a reporter, Jacksonville.com’s Richard Johnson, that Francois did indeed decommit from FSU. The tweet with that news soon disappeared too when Johnson reached out to IMG Academy head coach Chris Weinke (yes, that Chris Weinke).

    Just spoke to Francois' HS coach Chris Weinke, he has NOT spoken to Francois yet. "we're still trying to gather information"

    Weinke says he does not know yes or no if Francois has decommited from FSU.

    Ah, that notorious Twitter hacker strikes again.

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  • Report: BYU to count as Power 5 team for future ACC schedules

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    In accordance with the ACC’s decision to stick with an eight-game conference schedule, the league decided that each team must play a non-conference game against a power conference opponent starting in 2017.

    Now, BYU will reportedly meet that requirement for the ACC.

    Last year, the ACC announced that the Cougars would not count as a Power 5 opponent, but according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, the league has changed its stance.

    BYU has played in a bowl game in 10 straight seasons under head coach Bronco Mendenhall, so, per McMurphy, “the ACC believes games against BYU would help the league’s overall strength of schedule.”

    There’s more too it than that, however.

    From McMurphy:

    The reason for the change was because three of the four remaining Power 5 leagues (Big 12, Pac 12 and Big Ten) play nine conference games or will be going to nine conference games, meaning fewer non-conference opportunities, a source said.

  • Eastern Washington QB says he has offer to transfer to Oregon

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Oregon’s replacement for Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota may come from the FCS level.

    According to the Spokane Spokesman-Review, Vernon Adams Jr., a record-setting quarterback at Eastern Washington, has been offered a scholarship by Oregon and will visit the school this upcoming weekend.

    Adams, who finished his redshirt junior season in 2014, has not committed to leaving Eastern Washington, but the offer from the Ducks is understandably enticing.

    “I’m not saying I’m leaving Eastern, but I’m just going to check it out and see what they have to say,” Adams said.

    Adams, who has thrown for 10,438 yards, 110 touchdowns and 31 interceptions in three years, said he will fly to Eugene on Friday and return to EWU on Sunday. He told the Spokesman-Review that he first spoke with Oregon coaches, including head coach Mark Helfrich, late last week.

    He fits the Oregon mold of a mobile quarterback. In addition to his gaudy passing stats, he also has 1,232 rushing yards and 11 scores in his career.

    “Just the family I’ve made here and the people. I love it in Cheney,” Adams said.

  • Comedian Kevin Hart worked out with the Texas football team

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Back in October, Matthew McConaughey made an appearance at Texas football practice. On Wednesday, the Longhorns got to interact with another celebrity.

    This time it was comedian Kevin Hart.

    While McConaughey gave the rebuilding Longhorns a speech, Hart decided to hit the weight room with the team during its offseason conditioning workouts.

    Fun day in weight room with @KevinHart4real visiting. Pat Moorer even put actor/comedian through a rigorous workout. pic.twitter.com/IcJlWrPlcJ

    @KevinHart4real up in the weight room getting his grind on! #HookEm pic.twitter.com/Tk1P0QRvqb

    Freshman linebacker Malik Jefferson even got some video of Hart getting work in at the indoor track.

    And after he completed his workout, Hart thanked Texas for the hospitality.

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  • Watch Wisconsin RB Dare Ogunbowale's awesome trick kick

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Based on this video posted by Dare Ogunbowale, it appears that Wisconsin would still be in good hands if kicker Rafael Gaglianone ever went down with an injury.

    Ogunbowale, a redshirt sophomore who moved from defensive back to running back during the 2014 season, showed off his impressive kicking skills in an Instagram post earlier in the week.

    Watch this:

    I don’t know if I’ve ever really seen anything like that. He flips the ball up with his right foot and then generates a spin with his left foot. He then takes a few steps back and drills what looks to be a 25-yard field goal with plenty of room to spare.

    The 5-foot-11, 188-pound Ogunbowale played in all 14 games for the Badgers in 2014, registering 10 total tackles while also running for 193 yards and a touchdown on 34 carries.

    It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him on the kicking depth chart next season.

    For more Wisconsin news, visit BadgerBlitz.com.

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  • With Raiders offer on table, Todd Grantham stays at Louisville

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    After reportedly being offered the defensive coordinator position with the Oakland Raiders, Louisville’s Todd Grantham has decided to stay with the program.

    Grantham recently finished his first year as Louisville’s defensive coordinator under head coach Bobby Petrino and has three years remaining on his four-year deal.

    "I'm grateful for the opportunity to have interviewed for the defensive coordinator position with the Oakland Raiders, but I'm committed to the University of Louisville," Grantham said in a statement. "I said when I came to Louisville that I thought we could win a national championship, and we are building toward that goal with the success we had this season.

    "Coach Petrino and Tom Jurich have given me a great opportunity and I'm grateful for their commitment. My family loves it in Louisville, and I think we are establishing something special here with head coach Bobby Petrino and our staff. Our main objective over the next week is to finish strong in recruiting and continue to bolster this signing class."

    The Cardinals finished 9-4 in 2014.

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  • Date of Army game could jeopardize Navy's CFP bowl eligibility

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Navy is joining the American Athletic Conference this fall, but the timing of its annual rivalry game against Army could jeopardize its eligibility to participate in a New Year’s Six bowl game.

    According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, the College Football Playoff management committee is concerned that Navy could be ranked high enough to earn a bid to a CFP-affiliated bowl, and then lose to Army the weekend after the final rankings are voted on.

    If that were to happen, a possible Navy loss to Army would not factor in the Midshipmen’s final ranking. To change this, certain conference commissioners say the Army-Navy game should be moved up and played before the final rankings are unveiled.

    “All games should be done by Selection Sunday (Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015) for those teams to be considered for a College Football Playoff bowl,” Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson told ESPN.

    College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock says the date for the final rankings will not be changed.

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