- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray has found a new way to rehab his torn ACL – by swimming with sharks.
While in Atlanta for an autograph event this past weekend, Murray, who had surgery to repair his torn ACL on Nov. 26, and girlfriend Kacie McDonnell stopped by the Georgia Aquarium to participate in the program. Murray and McDonnell got into a football field-sized pool with wetsuits, scuba equipment and some whale sharks.
Yes, whale sharks.
The Georgia Aquarium was so excited about Murray’s visit it emailed out photos and info about it. It even looks like one shark gets a little too close for McDonnell's comfort.
Murray is already walking without crutches and said his goal is to be back on the field to work out for NFL scouts in April. He also plans to attend – though not participate – in the Senior Bowl and the NFL combine.
Guess swimming with sharks is one way to test how much the knee has healed.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
Rumors swirled over the past few weeks about the possibility of Alabama coach Nick Saban replacing Mack Brown at Texas. After the speculation finally ended with Saban signing a contract extension (with a huge raise) to stay with the Crimson Tide, a Tuscaloosa storage company took the news as a chance to troll Texas.
— BamaGuy2012 (@ROLL_TIDE_14) December 17, 2013
I would hope if the company is going to spend money on that kind of money on a billboard they could come up with something better than "We Messed With Texas," but I guess they made their point (and hopefully boosted business!).
That's one way to make Alabama fans feel a little better after the brutal Iron Bowl loss to Auburn, I suppose.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
Recruiting has become an art form.
It’s not just about buttering up a potential recruit, it’s about grabbing their attention. With recruits often having hundreds of letters pouring into their mailboxes, a coaching staff needs to do its best to stand out.
Enter Virginia coach Mike London.
London sent 2014 commit Jeffrey Farrar, a three-star athlete from Upland, Calif., a recruiting letter that just said: “YOU”
So i opened this letter from coach london and I’m not really sure what it means haha. This is a new one coach L #UVA pic.twitter.com/IoydqDAs5j — JF3-ERA (@jeffery_3) December 17, 2013
Farrar actually had to delete the tweet because he was getting some haters on Twitter, but he later acknowledged that he knew what the letter meant.
"You" Stands for me being apart of a good class coming in, so for you fans who live for this stuff. Relax, i know what that letter meant
— JF3-ERA (@jeffery_3) December 17, 2013
London’s tactics must be working. He already has two five-star and one four-star recruit on his commitment list.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
It has been a busy day in the world of recruiting as four four-star players in the Rivals.com Rivals250 made their college choices Tuesday.
Clifton Garrett, an inside linebacker from Joliet, Illinois, committed to Les Miles and LSU, choosing the Tigers over Ole Miss and Tennessee. The 6-foot-2, 222-pound Garrett is the nation’s No. 53 overall prospect in the 2014 class and the third-ranked inside linebacker. He finished his senior season with 139 tackles, 2.5 sacks and four fumble recoveries and is LSU’s for the Class of 2014.
"I picked them because it's a great football tradition," Garrett said. "The program is always in the running to win national championships, the academics are great for a SEC school and the atmosphere on and off game-day is great."
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
Being the head coach at Army isn’t for everyone, but at least one former FBS coach thinks it’s the right job for him.
Jim Grobe, who just stepped down at Wake Forest, said he’d be interested in the vacancy at Army if the military academy were to come knocking.
“Absolutely, mainly because I love the academies,” Grobe told CBS Charlotte. “I spent eleven years at the Air Force Academy with Fisher DeBerry and those kids are in my heart. I have not talked to them, so whether that’s something they would want, it’s certainly something I’m interested in.”
Grobe spent 1984-1994 as the linebackers coach at the Air Force Academy before becoming the head coach at Ohio. He then spent 13 seasons at Wake Forest before deciding to step down. He was 77-82 with the Demon Deacons and had just four winning seasons, including an 11-3 campaign in 2006 that resulted in a trip to the Orange Bowl.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
When Florida senior defensive tackle Dominique Easley suffered a season-ending knee injury after a non-contact injury in September, he immediately set his sights on recovery in anticipation for the 2014 NFL draft.
After an ACL and meniscus tear, NFL teams will have concerns about the health of Easley’s knee, but Easley has teamed up with Fox Sports to detail his recovery in an online diary. Easley must massage his knee every day himself when he wakes up, grabs some fruit for breakfast and heads off to rehab. He stretches, warms up on the exercise bike then does a variety of leg workouts to gradually get his strength back.
Easley has included video of part of his workout in the diary as well as a video of the compression sleeve he puts on his leg to reduce post-workout swelling.
Since Easley had his surgery only a few months ago, it is unknown how much he will be able to participate in Florida’s pro day and the NFL Scouting Combine, but this is definitely a unique way to give teams with an interest in Easley a look at the work he is putting in to get his health back.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
North Carolina has finally decided on a uniform for the Belk Bowl against Cincinnati on Dec. 28.
— Carolina Football (@TarHeelFootball) December 17, 2013
North Carolina is giving fans an opportunity to choose the Tar Heels’ uniform combinationfor the bowl game and while the choices (sadly) do not include an ugly Christmas sweater and reindeer antlers, there are some good options from which to choose.
Fans will have until Dec. 20 to make their vote and one lucky fan will win two tickets to the Belk Bowl simply by using the hashtag #UNCBelkBowlUni.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
The Associated Press unveiled its annual All-American team Tuesday with Heisman winner Jameis Winston headlining the list as first-team quarterback, edging out Johnny Manziel (second team) and A.J. McCarron (third team).
Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton and Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey were named first team All-Americans for the second straight year, while Florida State’s four first-teamers helped the ACC put six players on the first team, tying Pac-12 and the SEC for the most from any conference.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Wanna bet on who will be named Texas’ next coach? Well, you can do that.
Bovada released its odds on who will replace Mack Brown and Louisville’s Charlie Strong is leading the pack at 2/1. Baylor’s Art Briles follows at 9/2 and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin rounds out the top 3 at 5/1.
Here are all of the odds:
Charlie Strong 2/1 Art Briles 9/2 James Franklin 5/1 Mike Gundy 7/1 Bill O'Brien 15/2 Chip Kelly 10/1 David Shaw 10/1 Jim Mora 10/1 Jimbo Fisher 15/1 Jim Harbaugh 20/1 Mike Tomlin 20/1
Franklin was asked about the Texas speculation on Monday and avoided the question by saying he was concentrating on Vanderbilt and its bowl game against Houston.
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly shot down rumors they might be interested in the position.
Who do you think will be Texas’ next coach?
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
A few weeks after announcing his intent to transfer from Cal, quarterback Zach Kline has found a new school. According to the Portland Tribune, Kline will be staying in the Pac 12 with the Oregon State Beavers.
Kline was a backup to true freshman Jared Goff as a redshirt freshman at Cal this past season. He appeared in six games for the Bears, but with his chances at the starting job blocked by Goff, Kline decided to pursue other opportunities.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Kline will attend a junior college for the winter and spring terms, then transfer to Oregon State for the summer or fall term. Per NCAA rules, he’ll have to sit out next season and then he’ll be eligible as a sophomore in 2015. Kline recently informed the Oregon State coaches of his decision
"I just think from what the coaches have told me, I have a better opportunity somewhere else," Kline told the Bay Area News Group two weeks ago. "They put it to me straight and in a professional way, which I appreciate.