- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday45 mins ago
Offensive linemen are strong. Really, really strong. If you don’t believe me, just watch this incredible display from Iowa tackle Brandon Scherff.
The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Scherff is heading into his senior season, and it’s clear that he means business in his final season of eligibility. Iowa strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle tweeted out this video of Scherff doing three hang clean reps at 443 pounds.
Take a look.
Scherff’s prowess in the weight room is no secret. He put up 410 pounds in the hang clean last summer and the thought that he’s even stronger heading into 2014 has to be a frightening prospect for defensive ends around the Big Ten.
That brute size and strength is part of why Scherff is being considered a top prospect for the 2015 NFL Draft. He had an extremely productive 2013 campaign on the field, too. He started all 13 games for the Hawkeyes at left tackle, earning first team All-Big Ten honors from the league’s coaches.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
ESPN teams up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation every year to make dreams come true for young people with life-threatening diseases. For 18-year-old Stephen Loszewski, his dream was to play football for Michigan, his family’s favorite school.
That dream was cut short when Loszewski was diagnosed with leukemia in 2011, his freshman year of high school. He could no longer play football, but thanks to the generosity of the Michigan program, Loszewski got the five-star recruit treatment on a trip to Ann Arbor last month.
He received a personal letter from Michigan head coach Brady Hoke and a knock at the door from St. Louis Rams tackle Jake Long – a two time All-American with the Wolverines. Long informed him he’d be taking an official recruiting visit where he’d get to meet the team and coaching staff and catch passes on the field at the Big House.
Words don’t do it justice, you have to watch the full video.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
SEC coaches aren’t the only ones who can do a bit of talking during the offseason.
After participating in a golf tournament with several other coaches and supporters in suburban Chicago Monday, Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald urged the fans in attendance to fill Ryan Field on a weekly basis for the upcoming season.
Fitzgerald also alluded to one game in particular – the homecoming showdown with Nebraska on Oct. 18. The Nebraska fan base travels well and Fitzgerald threw a little dig at the Cornhusker State while doing his part to stir up some anticipation for the game.
“It’s a pretty boring state, so they’re really excited to see Chicago,” Fitzgerald said, per the Chicago Tribune. “I talked to the state senator about putting state troopers out on I-80 (to block them.)”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
A few months after the NCAA announced that it would institute a handful of new academic policies beginning in 2016, the ACC has launched an initiative to make college prospects more aware of the changes.
For prospective Division I student-athletes who are graduating from high school in 2016 or later, the student-athlete must graduate with a 2.3 GPA in order to be eligible as a true freshman in college. With this new requirement and others on the way, the ACC released a video to get the word out to prospects.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday20 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.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
One of football’s favorite couples, ESPN college football sideline reporter Samantha Ponder and Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder, recently had their first child. The pregnancy was kept under wraps until the news of the Ponder’s new daughter emerged on social media in the past few days.
With Vikings training camp getting started this week, ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling confirmed with Ponder, a Florida State alum, that his wife gave birth to a baby girl named Bowden.
Yes, the child is named after legendary Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden, Ponder’s coach from 2006-2009 in Tallahassee.
“Ponder and his wife, ESPN college football reporter Samantha Ponder, welcomed their first child earlier this month. They named their little girl Bowden Sainte-Claire Ponder -- the middle name is the same as Samantha's, while the first, of course, pays homage to retired Florida State coach Bobby Bowden.”
I'm sure that tribute will bring a smile to the face of any FSU fan.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
As Oklahoma prepares to open fall camp, Bob Stoops said his program is awaiting word from the NCAA on the eligibility of two players.
Quarterback Baker Mayfield and receiver Dorial Green-Beckham both petitioned the NCAA to waive the mandatory yearlong waiting period after transferring from Texas Tech and Missouri respectively.
It’s not surprising Oklahoma would ask for waivers for both players, but getting one for Green-Beckham, who was kicked off Missouri’s team after a couple drug-related issues, probably isn’t going to happen.
Stoops didn’t share the grounds on which they made the request for Green-Beckham, who was one of the nation’s best receivers last season, but did say he and his staff did its due diligence before offering Green-Beckham a roster spot.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
Oh, Steve Spurrier. This is the time of year the Ol’ Ball Coach refers to as “talking season,” and the South Carolina head coach was at it again Tuesday.
At ACC Media Days Monday, Dabo Swinney, the head coach of South Carolina’s top rival, Clemson, said jokingly that he and Spurrier were “from different planets.”
“He’s from Pluto and I’m from Mars,” Swinney said.
Spurrier responded with a light jab of his own during his visit to ESPN Tuesday.
“Dabo probably thinks there’s only, what, nine planets out there. I think I read where Pluto may not be considered one now,” Spurrier said.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
Notre Dame freshman Jonathan Bonner can predict the future -- at least the eighth-grade version of Bonner can.
Bonner, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound defensive end from Chesterfield, Mo., is a three-star recruit who committed to the Fighting Irish last June. Despite having offers from schools like Michigan State and Missouri, Bonner committed to Notre Dame the day he received his scholarship offer from the school.
Bonner did not have to think about the decision for very long -- Notre Dame was the school he envisioned himself attending for years.
Back in May, Bonner tweeted out a letter from eighth grade that he wrote to his future self. Now that he has arrived in South Bend, the letter, which offers words of advice for his future on and off the field, has made its way around social media.
This letter from my 8th grade self shows that my life is headed in the right direction. I had high expectations too! pic.twitter.com/0oafDRpHBn
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
TCU defensive end Devonte Fields is being investigated by police after his ex-girlfriend accused him of pointing a gun at her, threatening her and punching her in the head at a Fort Worth home on Sunday.
According to a report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fields is accused of pointing the gun at 20-year-old Haley Brown and threatening, “I should blast you!”
“Devonte Fields has been listed as a suspect on a domestic disturbance in Fort Worth,” Sgt. Raymond Bush, a police spokesman, told the paper. “He has not been arrested.”
TCU released a statement Tuesday saying Fields has been separated from the university while the results of the investigation are pending.