Monday, December 17, 2012
2012 Oregon Ducks Uniform Combinations [Photos]

2012 Oregon Ducks Uniform Combinations [Photos]

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

New 2012 Nike Arkansas Razorback Jerseys?


We previously brought you a very blurry picture, that was circling the net, of what could be three new uniform designs for the Razorbacks. Here are some better quality pictures of the white and alternate black uni’s that look like they were taken from inside of a locker room. The jerseys will probably support the new Nike “Flywire” technology, that allows for “maximum ventilation coupled with a versatile lightweight design.”

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Top College Football Players for 2012- Heisman Watch List from a Fan’s Perspective

Since 1935, the Heisman Trophy has been awarded to a college football player who has done far more throughout a long season than merely put up gaudy stats. It is one of the most prestigious awards in all of sports, so much so that even a certain politician wanted to get in on the action. The trophy has been bestowed annually to the man who meant more to the heart and soul of that player’s respective team than any other in or on the field. The 2012 winner will be presented on Saturday, December 8th. A season ago, Robert Griffin III came out of nowhere to lead his Baylor Bears to a 10-3 record and more importantly, the program’s first bowl win since 1992. He would win the Heisman, over favorite Andrew Luck of Stanford, despite the better overall record of the Cardinal.

See full article and slide show, click here.

2012 Alabama Crimson Tide Preseason Preview: Quarterback Edition
We begin the preseason position breakdowns for the Crimson Tide this week with what is arguably the most secure spot on the field for Alabama in 2012. The quarterbacks.
Last year fans watched as AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims battled throughout the spring and fall practices, and during the Penn State game for the starting role.
McCarron amassed 2,634 passing yards with 16 passing touchdowns and only five interceptions during the 2011 season, firmly cementing himself as the starting quarterback.
The situation is completely opposite this year. After completing 23 of 34 passes for 234 yards with zero interceptions and earning the offensive MVP award in the BCS championship game, everyone knows who will be commanding the offense when Alabama takes on Michigan in Dallas on September 1.
The question this time is, can he do it again?
With a new offensive coordinator hand-picked by Saban himself, one of the deepest receiving corps Alabama has had in recent memory, and a season’s worth of SEC quarterbacking experience, it looks like all the tools are there for a truly unforgettable year.
That’s not even to mention being protected by one of the best offensive lines in the country. McCarron has hinted that we may see more of an opened-up downfield passing attack this year, and with returning starters D.J. Fluker, Barrett Jones, and Chance Warmack protecting him, AJ should have all the time he needs to let the play develop before letting one rip.
Even with the losses of receivers like Marquis Maze, Darius Hanks, and Brad Smelly, McCarron still has a deep group of speedy wide-outs to rely on in the passing game. He will look to familiar faces like DeAndrew White, Kenny Bell, Christion Jones, Kevin Norwood and tight end Michael Williams in the passing game, as well as to newcomers Chris Black and Amari Cooper.
There are no doubts when it comes to AJ and his ability to lead the offense, but with the departure of Phillip Sims, Alabama loses a more than capable backup QB and its lack of depth at the position is exposed.
The number two quarterback at this point looks to be the Tampa, Florida native, Phillip Ely. As a recruit in the 2011 class, Ely has not had a chance to experience any game action so far. He more than likely won’t see the field much in Alabama’s opener against Michigan, so the first we may see of him could be mop-up duty against Western Kentucky the following week.
Ely has a chance to develop into a capable backup this year, but Alabama needs its star QB to stay healthy if it hopes to raise the crystal back to back seasons.
Alabama looks to add depth at the quarterback position over the next couple of seasons with the addition of QB Alec Morris, from Allen, Texas, of the 2012 recruiting class. The Tide also recently picked up a commitment from Salt Lake City’s Cooper Bateman. Bateman is a four-star prospect according to Rivals.com, and is an Elite 11 quarterback in the 2013 class and could compete for the starting job next year if AJ decides to go pro.
The Crimson Tide has an experienced veteran at quarterback, and all the pieces to the puzzle offensively to compete in the SEC. If McCarron stays healthy you can be sure he will have ‘Bama in the BCS title hunt again in 2012.
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2012 Alabama Crimson Tide Preseason Preview: Quarterback Edition

We begin the preseason position breakdowns for the Crimson Tide this week with what is arguably the most secure spot on the field for Alabama in 2012. The quarterbacks.

Last year fans watched as AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims battled throughout the spring and fall practices, and during the Penn State game for the starting role.

McCarron amassed 2,634 passing yards with 16 passing touchdowns and only five interceptions during the 2011 season, firmly cementing himself as the starting quarterback.

The situation is completely opposite this year. After completing 23 of 34 passes for 234 yards with zero interceptions and earning the offensive MVP award in the BCS championship game, everyone knows who will be commanding the offense when Alabama takes on Michigan in Dallas on September 1.

The question this time is, can he do it again?

With a new offensive coordinator hand-picked by Saban himself, one of the deepest receiving corps Alabama has had in recent memory, and a season’s worth of SEC quarterbacking experience, it looks like all the tools are there for a truly unforgettable year.

That’s not even to mention being protected by one of the best offensive lines in the country. McCarron has hinted that we may see more of an opened-up downfield passing attack this year, and with returning starters D.J. Fluker, Barrett Jones, and Chance Warmack protecting him, AJ should have all the time he needs to let the play develop before letting one rip.

Even with the losses of receivers like Marquis Maze, Darius Hanks, and Brad Smelly, McCarron still has a deep group of speedy wide-outs to rely on in the passing game. He will look to familiar faces like DeAndrew White, Kenny Bell, Christion Jones, Kevin Norwood and tight end Michael Williams in the passing game, as well as to newcomers Chris Black and Amari Cooper.

There are no doubts when it comes to AJ and his ability to lead the offense, but with the departure of Phillip Sims, Alabama loses a more than capable backup QB and its lack of depth at the position is exposed.

The number two quarterback at this point looks to be the Tampa, Florida native, Phillip Ely. As a recruit in the 2011 class, Ely has not had a chance to experience any game action so far. He more than likely won’t see the field much in Alabama’s opener against Michigan, so the first we may see of him could be mop-up duty against Western Kentucky the following week.

Ely has a chance to develop into a capable backup this year, but Alabama needs its star QB to stay healthy if it hopes to raise the crystal back to back seasons.

Alabama looks to add depth at the quarterback position over the next couple of seasons with the addition of QB Alec Morris, from Allen, Texas, of the 2012 recruiting class. The Tide also recently picked up a commitment from Salt Lake City’s Cooper Bateman. Bateman is a four-star prospect according to Rivals.com, and is an Elite 11 quarterback in the 2013 class and could compete for the starting job next year if AJ decides to go pro.

The Crimson Tide has an experienced veteran at quarterback, and all the pieces to the puzzle offensively to compete in the SEC. If McCarron stays healthy you can be sure he will have ‘Bama in the BCS title hunt again in 2012.

More from Around Gamedayr » 2012 SEC Football Position Primer: Get To Know Your Quarterbacks

Behind the Nickname: Michigan State Spartans
Let’s swing by the banks of the Old Red Cedar and look into how the Spartan’s became, well, the Spartans. Now in case you slept through your ancient history class, you probably know what a Spartan is. For those who did nod off, here’s a refresher. In ancient Greece/Greek Empire there was a state called Sparta. They got a reputation of being the biggest bad asses in the world. This was built upon a battle in which 300 Spartan warriors (and a smattering of some other troops which led to a total of 500, tops) fought thousands upon thousands of Persians and held out much longer than they should have. This is why so many schools use Spartans as a team name; but why, specifically did Michigan State? Find out now.
In 1925 the school changed names from something agricultural (and the “Aggie” name) to Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science. A huge step forward. This was shortened to M.S.C; but as the school grew it eventually became a university and went by MSU. Since the school wanted to look beyond its Aggie roots; the search for a new name ensued. The winning submission in 1925 was the……Michigan Staters. As a result they went through the losing submissions to find something with a bit more muscle. Spartans was selected. I am curious though, if the winning submission had stuck would they be the Michigan State Staters or just Michigan Staters; leading to confusion with the other school? Were they planning to use it another way, hmm?
As MSU was going through their rebranding phase, there was once a comparison between the land grant schools in the US to the old education system in Sparta, since MSU’s early history includes a land grant back in the days of Honest Abe. That lead to the “Spartans”, a great name with a historic connection that instills fear. Perfect.
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Behind the Nickname: Michigan State Spartans

Let’s swing by the banks of the Old Red Cedar and look into how the Spartan’s became, well, the Spartans. Now in case you slept through your ancient history class, you probably know what a Spartan is. For those who did nod off, here’s a refresher. In ancient Greece/Greek Empire there was a state called Sparta. They got a reputation of being the biggest bad asses in the world. This was built upon a battle in which 300 Spartan warriors (and a smattering of some other troops which led to a total of 500, tops) fought thousands upon thousands of Persians and held out much longer than they should have. This is why so many schools use Spartans as a team name; but why, specifically did Michigan State? Find out now.

In 1925 the school changed names from something agricultural (and the “Aggie” name) to Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science. A huge step forward. This was shortened to M.S.C; but as the school grew it eventually became a university and went by MSU. Since the school wanted to look beyond its Aggie roots; the search for a new name ensued. The winning submission in 1925 was the……Michigan Staters. As a result they went through the losing submissions to find something with a bit more muscle. Spartans was selected. I am curious though, if the winning submission had stuck would they be the Michigan State Staters or just Michigan Staters; leading to confusion with the other school? Were they planning to use it another way, hmm?

As MSU was going through their rebranding phase, there was once a comparison between the land grant schools in the US to the old education system in Sparta, since MSU’s early history includes a land grant back in the days of Honest Abe. That lead to the “Spartans”, a great name with a historic connection that instills fear. Perfect.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

ESPN’s College Football Images of 2011, Legendary Montage

There’s always something about college football, whether it be the atmosphere, fans, or the emotional drive of all players, coaches and students that’s just intoxicating. ESPN usually highlights all of that at the end of every year of the NCAA regular season. This was their montage created of footage highlighting all of the main events that took place in the 2011-2012 season, with the song “My Body” by Young the Giant.

Longhorns, make sure you stay tuned until at least until the 3:42 mark to jog your memory of a wonderful moment.

(Source: gamedayr.com)

Highly Touted QB Recruit Kevin Olsen Chooses the Miami Hurricane, Follows in Big Brother’s Footsteps
Top ten quarterback Kevin Olsen shuns Wisconsin, Auburn and South Carolina, and chooses to follow his brother Greg to become a Hurricane.
Kevin Olsen is a great commitment for The U’s 2013 class, and is definitely the quarterback of the future for the Hurricanes program, but please don’t let anyone convince you that he is a “can’t miss” prospect. All signs point in that direction, sure, but does anyone remember Kyle Wright, Brock Berlin, and Robert Marve? That’s not to say this kid won’t be great. I tend to think he will achieve great things under Al Golden and Jedd Fisch, but lets not crown him King of Coral Gables before he even gets through one U-Tough season.
That being said I want to point out a few key factors to consider even if Kevin Olsen never plays a game for the Hurricanes.
First, a commitment as big as Olsen draws a lot of attention from other potential recruits. His signing will make every high school junior and senior in the country start thinking about Miami, but more importantly it will help a lot of the recruits who were on the fence make a decision. Golden seems to have developed a strategy for using players and recruits to expand his scouting staff. Randy “Duke” Johnson was a huge help in getting 5-star recruit Tracy Howard to sign with Miami this spring, and I expect that Olsen will be used in that capacity as well.
Second, as much talent as there is in south Florida, the Hurricanes need to establish some kind of recruiting presence in other states for just this type of opportunity. Getting Kevin Olsen into a Hurricane uniform will give the UM scouts a direct connection to the entire New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York area, and that area of the country has rarely been accessible to Miami in years past.
The third thing Olsen’s commitment does is get fans excited. Fans love to hear about success in recruiting because it means there’s still hope, and for a Hurricanes fan base that learned to identify themselves with the recruiting and production of great quarterbacks over the years, getting a top ten recruit like Olsen gives us a nostalgic feeling of past success.
The last thing I want to mention is how Olsen’s reputation and early signing will affect the rest of the quarterbacks on the team. Olsen, if he lives up to the hype, will be competing for the starting job the day he walks onto campus. Make no mistake that this kid is as polished as they come, and above his physical skills, most scouts have put him in their top ten because of his ability to stay collected under pressure along with his great decision making. Good luck keeping this kid off the field once he arrives.
With over 6 months left in the 2013 recruiting year look for a few more big commitments to this Hurricane’s program, but also realize that recruited talent doesn’t always convert to wins on the field. Between Butch Davis, Larry Coker and Randy Shannon The U has had some pretty amazing recruiting classes over the past 15 years, but only one championship to show for it. So, Hurricanes fans, get excited about Kevin Olsen, and remember even if he doesn’t pan out he has already done a lot for the Miami program, just by wanting to play for them.
More from the Eye of the Storm: Kevin Olsen Junior Season Highlight Video, The Coach that Brought the Swagger to The U, Jimmy Johnson

Highly Touted QB Recruit Kevin Olsen Chooses the Miami Hurricane, Follows in Big Brother’s Footsteps

Top ten quarterback Kevin Olsen shuns Wisconsin, Auburn and South Carolina, and chooses to follow his brother Greg to become a Hurricane.

Kevin Olsen is a great commitment for The U’s 2013 class, and is definitely the quarterback of the future for the Hurricanes program, but please don’t let anyone convince you that he is a “can’t miss” prospect. All signs point in that direction, sure, but does anyone remember Kyle Wright, Brock Berlin, and Robert Marve? That’s not to say this kid won’t be great. I tend to think he will achieve great things under Al Golden and Jedd Fisch, but lets not crown him King of Coral Gables before he even gets through one U-Tough season.

That being said I want to point out a few key factors to consider even if Kevin Olsen never plays a game for the Hurricanes.

First, a commitment as big as Olsen draws a lot of attention from other potential recruits. His signing will make every high school junior and senior in the country start thinking about Miami, but more importantly it will help a lot of the recruits who were on the fence make a decision. Golden seems to have developed a strategy for using players and recruits to expand his scouting staff. Randy “Duke” Johnson was a huge help in getting 5-star recruit Tracy Howard to sign with Miami this spring, and I expect that Olsen will be used in that capacity as well.

Second, as much talent as there is in south Florida, the Hurricanes need to establish some kind of recruiting presence in other states for just this type of opportunity. Getting Kevin Olsen into a Hurricane uniform will give the UM scouts a direct connection to the entire New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York area, and that area of the country has rarely been accessible to Miami in years past.

The third thing Olsen’s commitment does is get fans excited. Fans love to hear about success in recruiting because it means there’s still hope, and for a Hurricanes fan base that learned to identify themselves with the recruiting and production of great quarterbacks over the years, getting a top ten recruit like Olsen gives us a nostalgic feeling of past success.

The last thing I want to mention is how Olsen’s reputation and early signing will affect the rest of the quarterbacks on the team. Olsen, if he lives up to the hype, will be competing for the starting job the day he walks onto campus. Make no mistake that this kid is as polished as they come, and above his physical skills, most scouts have put him in their top ten because of his ability to stay collected under pressure along with his great decision making. Good luck keeping this kid off the field once he arrives.

With over 6 months left in the 2013 recruiting year look for a few more big commitments to this Hurricane’s program, but also realize that recruited talent doesn’t always convert to wins on the field. Between Butch Davis, Larry Coker and Randy Shannon The U has had some pretty amazing recruiting classes over the past 15 years, but only one championship to show for it. So, Hurricanes fans, get excited about Kevin Olsen, and remember even if he doesn’t pan out he has already done a lot for the Miami program, just by wanting to play for them.

More from the Eye of the Storm: Kevin Olsen Junior Season Highlight VideoThe Coach that Brought the Swagger to The U, Jimmy Johnson

Big XII and SEC Champs to Meet in New Years Day Bowl Game
In a power play that will pit the two most successful conferences of the BCS era, the Big 12 and Southeastern Conferences have announced a deal that will pit their football regular-season champions against each other in a New Year’s Day bowl game beginning in 2014.
The move was expected in anticipation of the expected switch to a four-team playoff scenario. SEC commissioner Mike Slive has said as much in a statement:

“A new January tradition is born. This new game will provide a great matchup between the two most successful conferences in the BCS era and will complement the exciting postseason atmosphere created by the new four-team model.”

If one or both of the league champions are chosen to play in the playoff, which at this point the leaders of both conferences expect, the next-ranked team would then be selected for the January 1st showdown.
In this manner, both conferences manage to keep the “lesser bowl games” relevant. For years, the fear with developing a playoff system for NCAA football was that the bowl games not included in the playoff system would be subject to a sag in both ticket sales and television viewership. With this move, however, the conferences establish a game commensurate with the Pac-12 vs. Big Ten Rose Bowl. Without the century of tradition, of course.
Both conferences, as successful as they have been, have been at the forefront of the college football landscape for a long time, and in this effort to create a new bowl game tradition, they are no different. Sources now have confirmed that the Big East would be open to a champion challenge bowl with the ACC.
Whatever happens with a few of the other conferences in terms of postseason play is of little concern to Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas at the moment. While specific details for the champions matchup will be announced at a future date, he was very particular in his overall goals for this game:

“Our goal is to provide the fans across the country with a New Year’s Day prime-time tradition. This is a landmark agreement between two of the most successful football conferences during the BCS ear to stage a postseason event. The creation of this game featuring the champions of the Big 12 and SEC will have tremendous resonance in college football.”

The four-team playoff is going into effect this season. SEC teams have won the past six national titles, and the Big 12 and SEC each has had a top-four team in 11 of the 14 seasons since the creation of the BCS standings, the most of any league.
The power of the Big 12, and this agreement in particular, are both especially noteworthy, as the conference was clambering to say together after losing four teams two years ago.
Two of those teams, Mizzou and Texas A&M, could potentially be in this New Year’s Day bowl, but as newly minted members of the SEC. In response, the Big 12 has added TCU and West Virginia this season to bring themselves up to 10 schools.
Charlie Weis, after having failed miserably as coach of Notre Dame, is now at the helm of Kansas. He was thrilled to see his new conference making moves to retain its stature as one of the nation’s college football powerhouses:

“What a great day for the Big 12. To be matched with the champion of the SEC places the two most successful conferences in the BCS era head-to-head. All Big 12 fans should be happy today.”

The concept has been discussed for the last three years, but was seen as more than necessary in order to preserve the staying power of the bowls that won’t be a part of the playoff system. One bowl that is vying to have the game played in its turf is the Cotton Bowl, having already partnered with both schools over the last 15 years. As previously stated however, the more minute details of the 2014 bowl game have yet to be announced, and that includes site locations.
With this game, both the Big 12 and the SEC have further solidified their place as the elite within the college football world. For a conference that had almost fallen apart, this only serves as another example of the strength, stability, and viability of a Big 12 conference that has produced so many great football players and teams.
For the SEC, the dominance continues.

Big XII and SEC Champs to Meet in New Years Day Bowl Game

In a power play that will pit the two most successful conferences of the BCS era, the Big 12 and Southeastern Conferences have announced a deal that will pit their football regular-season champions against each other in a New Year’s Day bowl game beginning in 2014.

The move was expected in anticipation of the expected switch to a four-team playoff scenario. SEC commissioner Mike Slive has said as much in a statement:

“A new January tradition is born. This new game will provide a great matchup between the two most successful conferences in the BCS era and will complement the exciting postseason atmosphere created by the new four-team model.”

If one or both of the league champions are chosen to play in the playoff, which at this point the leaders of both conferences expect, the next-ranked team would then be selected for the January 1st showdown.

In this manner, both conferences manage to keep the “lesser bowl games” relevant. For years, the fear with developing a playoff system for NCAA football was that the bowl games not included in the playoff system would be subject to a sag in both ticket sales and television viewership. With this move, however, the conferences establish a game commensurate with the Pac-12 vs. Big Ten Rose Bowl. Without the century of tradition, of course.

Both conferences, as successful as they have been, have been at the forefront of the college football landscape for a long time, and in this effort to create a new bowl game tradition, they are no different. Sources now have confirmed that the Big East would be open to a champion challenge bowl with the ACC.

Whatever happens with a few of the other conferences in terms of postseason play is of little concern to Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas at the moment. While specific details for the champions matchup will be announced at a future date, he was very particular in his overall goals for this game:

“Our goal is to provide the fans across the country with a New Year’s Day prime-time tradition. This is a landmark agreement between two of the most successful football conferences during the BCS ear to stage a postseason event. The creation of this game featuring the champions of the Big 12 and SEC will have tremendous resonance in college football.”

The four-team playoff is going into effect this season. SEC teams have won the past six national titles, and the Big 12 and SEC each has had a top-four team in 11 of the 14 seasons since the creation of the BCS standings, the most of any league.

The power of the Big 12, and this agreement in particular, are both especially noteworthy, as the conference was clambering to say together after losing four teams two years ago.

Two of those teams, Mizzou and Texas A&M, could potentially be in this New Year’s Day bowl, but as newly minted members of the SEC. In response, the Big 12 has added TCU and West Virginia this season to bring themselves up to 10 schools.

Charlie Weis, after having failed miserably as coach of Notre Dame, is now at the helm of Kansas. He was thrilled to see his new conference making moves to retain its stature as one of the nation’s college football powerhouses:

“What a great day for the Big 12. To be matched with the champion of the SEC places the two most successful conferences in the BCS era head-to-head. All Big 12 fans should be happy today.”

The concept has been discussed for the last three years, but was seen as more than necessary in order to preserve the staying power of the bowls that won’t be a part of the playoff system. One bowl that is vying to have the game played in its turf is the Cotton Bowl, having already partnered with both schools over the last 15 years. As previously stated however, the more minute details of the 2014 bowl game have yet to be announced, and that includes site locations.

With this game, both the Big 12 and the SEC have further solidified their place as the elite within the college football world. For a conference that had almost fallen apart, this only serves as another example of the strength, stability, and viability of a Big 12 conference that has produced so many great football players and teams.

For the SEC, the dominance continues.

Friday, May 18, 2012
Infamous Alabama “Teabagger” Charged With Sexual Assualt
The infamous Alabama fan who decided to sexually assault a passed-out LSU Tiger fan following the 2012 BCS championship game has been charged with sexual battery and obscenity.
For a fan that has witnessed countless obscene gestures during football games across the country, this is a message that should resonate with fans. Following a day of drinking and a big win, fans often forget that real world policies still apply to the remainder of the night.
Bryan H. Downing, 32, was indicted on Thursday by an Orleans Parish “on one count each for sexual battery of a male victim and obscenity” according to ESPN.
In the video that went viral (Warning: Video contains graphic material.) following January 9th, you can see a passed out LSU fan being assaulted by a handful of Alabama fans. Downing takes it to an unnecessary level when he removes his genitals from his pants, and places them on the LSU fan’s face.
In all fairness, the LSU fan had apparently drank way to much during the day, and wasn’t fit to be in public. But, as a person, you still can’t assault the inebriated individual.
The court set Downing’s bond at $50,000. For Downing, this is just the start to a long road back to normalcy. He was fired from his job following the incident, and remains unemployed due to his actions.
For college football fans everywhere, let’s keep America’s greatest sport as classy as possible, even during rivalries.
More from The Quad » Cooper Bateman Commits to Saban and Alabama Crimson Tide

Infamous Alabama “Teabagger” Charged With Sexual Assualt

The infamous Alabama fan who decided to sexually assault a passed-out LSU Tiger fan following the 2012 BCS championship game has been charged with sexual battery and obscenity.

For a fan that has witnessed countless obscene gestures during football games across the country, this is a message that should resonate with fans. Following a day of drinking and a big win, fans often forget that real world policies still apply to the remainder of the night.

Bryan H. Downing, 32, was indicted on Thursday by an Orleans Parish “on one count each for sexual battery of a male victim and obscenity” according to ESPN.

In the video that went viral (Warning: Video contains graphic material.) following January 9th, you can see a passed out LSU fan being assaulted by a handful of Alabama fans. Downing takes it to an unnecessary level when he removes his genitals from his pants, and places them on the LSU fan’s face.

In all fairness, the LSU fan had apparently drank way to much during the day, and wasn’t fit to be in public. But, as a person, you still can’t assault the inebriated individual.

The court set Downing’s bond at $50,000. For Downing, this is just the start to a long road back to normalcy. He was fired from his job following the incident, and remains unemployed due to his actions.

For college football fans everywhere, let’s keep America’s greatest sport as classy as possible, even during rivalries.

More from The Quad » Cooper Bateman Commits to Saban and Alabama Crimson Tide

Monday, May 14, 2012

2012 SEC Football Hype Video

As we roll into Summer, and the off-season boredom fully sets in, fans around the country will start to mark their calendar in anticipation of the 2012 college football season.

To pass the time, fans will often turn to season previews, recruiting, and the ever-entertaining pre-season hype videos.

Taylor Gang put together this latest video hyping the 2012 SEC college football season, showcasing every team from Alabama to Vanderbilt.  Yes, even Vandy fans are counting down the days.

(Source: gamedayr.com)

Four Oklahoma Sooners Suspended Indefinitely, Big Blow to Wide Receiver Corp

The week started on a high note for Sooner Nation, as three Texas Longhorns were arrested for late night shenanigans at a Pizza Parlor. The same off-season bug that bit the ‘Horns would make it’s way north to Norman just two days later.

After much speculation, OU head coach Bob Stoops announced Wednesday night that four Sooners would be suspended indefinitely for violating team rules, including wide receivers Jaz Reynolds, Trey Franks and Kameel Jackson, as well as back-up safety Quentin Hayes.

For Stoops and the Sooners, this is a big blow to a receiving corp that lost Ryan Broyles, Dejuan Miller, Trent Ratterree, James Hanna, and Austin Haywood.

For QB Landry Jones it will be adjustment time yet again. Following Ryan Broyles’ season-ending knee injury (torn left ACL)  against Texas A&M last season, Jones comfortably turned to Reynolds as one of his top targets, along with WR Kenny Stills.

Reynold’s was the Sooners’ third-leading receiver during the 2011-12 season, recording 41 catches for 715 yards and five TD’s.

Good news for Sooner Nation, however, is big-time target Kenny Stills will be back to build on his solid 2011 campaign. Stills recorded 61 receptions for 849 yards, and 8 touchdowns for the Sooners last season.

Stoops and the Sooners are also excited to have Trey Metoyer enrolled and suiting up for the team after failing to qualify in 2011. Metoyer led OU with 72-yards receiving in the Red-White spring game.

Stills, Metoyer, and junior college transfer Courtney Gardner look to be a very explosive trio of receivers, and barring the return of Reynolds and the rest of the suspended receivers, the OU attack in 2012 should be more than formidable.

SB Nation’s Crimson and Cream Machine on the trio of receivers:

The rise of Trey Metoyer, proving that he’s game ready this spring, makes this blow much easier to absorb. He and Kenny Stills have the outside receiver spots locked up and when you add Courtney Gardner’s 6-3/215 frame into the mix then you have a very solid trio of receivers to start with. Stills is Oklahoma’s most experienced receiver and now his leadership is needed more than ever as he is the only receiver left on the roster that has caught a pass in an OU football game. Since coaches cannot monitor summer workouts it’ll be up to Stills to act as a player/coach for the youngsters.

Metoyer looked like a man among boys at times this spring by literally catching everything that was in the general area of his hands. A strong case could have already have been made that Gardner was more of a key to success in 2012 than Jaz Reynolds was. Last year he averaged 18 yards per reception while hauling in 61 passes for 1,099 yards and 13 touchdowns at Sierra Community College.

Stoops also signed five receivers in the 2012 class, three of them being ranked in the ESPN top 150, who will hopefully be able to provide an immediate impact to the depth chart.

More from Boomer’s Block: Oklahoma Sooners Tight End Laith Harlow Granted Hardship

Three Arkansas Razorbacks Football Players Arrested, Charged With Burglary
The hits just keep coming for the Arkansas Razorbacks football team. Three Razorback players were arrested Saturday for burglarizing dorm rooms.
Wide receivers Marquel Wade and Maudrecus Humphrey, along with tight end Andrew Peterson, were arrested by University of Arkansas police following a case that opened May 1. A total of 10 reports in four different dorm buildings were reported to police.
Items stolen from the dorm rooms were initially valued around $5,000, and included computers, cash, DVD’s and textbooks.
Humphrey and Peterson received the harshest punishments, each hit with nine felony counts of burglary, while Wade received one felony count of burglary.
With the latest run-ins with the law, their have now been six arrests since March for the Razorbacks. Offensive tackle Jason Peacock (using stolen debit card), linebacker Tyler Gilbert (breaking into an apartment), and wide receiver Kane Whitehurst (possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia) have also all been arrested.
Arkansas is a pre-season SEC championship contender, but for new head coach John L. Smith it’s back to the basics of simply righting the ship after the chaos that has ensued over the last couple of months.
Smith on the latest extracurricular activities:

“We have high standards for our student-athletes, and I expect them to conduct themselves appropriately. Poor conduct and misbehavior will not be tolerated and is not what we expect from the University of Arkansas football program.”

The three players have been suspended indefinitely by Smith.
For Razorback Nation, the motto “no news is good news” couldn’t be more true right now.
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Three Arkansas Razorbacks Football Players Arrested, Charged With Burglary

The hits just keep coming for the Arkansas Razorbacks football team. Three Razorback players were arrested Saturday for burglarizing dorm rooms.

Wide receivers Marquel Wade and Maudrecus Humphrey, along with tight end Andrew Peterson, were arrested by University of Arkansas police following a case that opened May 1. A total of 10 reports in four different dorm buildings were reported to police.

Items stolen from the dorm rooms were initially valued around $5,000, and included computers, cash, DVD’s and textbooks.

Humphrey and Peterson received the harshest punishments, each hit with nine felony counts of burglary, while Wade received one felony count of burglary.

With the latest run-ins with the law, their have now been six arrests since March for the Razorbacks. Offensive tackle Jason Peacock (using stolen debit card), linebacker Tyler Gilbert (breaking into an apartment), and wide receiver Kane Whitehurst (possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia) have also all been arrested.

Arkansas is a pre-season SEC championship contender, but for new head coach John L. Smith it’s back to the basics of simply righting the ship after the chaos that has ensued over the last couple of months.

Smith on the latest extracurricular activities:

“We have high standards for our student-athletes, and I expect them to conduct themselves appropriately. Poor conduct and misbehavior will not be tolerated and is not what we expect from the University of Arkansas football program.”

The three players have been suspended indefinitely by Smith.

For Razorback Nation, the motto “no news is good news” couldn’t be more true right now.

More Extracurricular Activities: Four Oklahoma Sooners Suspended Indefinitely, Big Blow to Wide Receiver Corp