Commentary: Iron Bowl QBs must switch to play in NFL

first_imgBlake Sims and Nick Marshall combined to throw for 768 yards and seven touchdowns in last year’s Iron Bowl, and neither will likely throw an NFL pass unless it’s on a trick play.Marshall has already made the switch to cornerback for the NFL draft, and ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. is suggesting Sims should think about playing another position at the next level.“Blake is probably an undrafted free agent, more than likely,” Kiper said. “Maybe you change positions with him. There’s a possibility there that maybe he could.”It’s sad to think that two guys who combined to go 31-9 as starting quarterbacks won’t get a legitimate shot to play the position they want in the NFL.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyX1Tig4sfc&w=560&h=315%5DSims will get a chance in an NFL camp, but the odds are going to be against him to make it as a quarterback. He’s short (5 feet, 11 inches), and ended his only season as a starter throwing three interceptions in two of his last three games at Alabama.So here’s a guy who played behind AJ McCarron and waited five years to start at quarterback. He sets numerous single-season school records and led Alabama to a 12-1 record and top seed in the College Football Playoff before falling to eventual national champion Ohio State in the playoff in New Orleans.That clearly wasn’t enough. Sims needed to do more and hasn’t. He had a 4-of-11 passing effort in the Senior Bowl and didn’t turn any heads in the NFL combine outside of running a 4.47 40-yard dash.The 40 time matters, but hitting receivers on time means more for a quarterback.Sims will have another chance to show his quarterback skills March 11 at Alabama’s Pro Day, but I’m wondering if he’d be better off changing positions now to improve his NFL chances rather than take a chance at not making it as a quarterback.Personally, I think Sims has the skill set of Russell Wilson, who has started in the Super Bowl the last two years, but Sims isn’t going to be able to just show up and make it as a quarterback for any team. He needs to join the right team. Not getting drafted may work in his favor because then he can choose the team that gives him the best opportunity to make it.Sims proved to be an ultimate team player at Alabama as he played multiple positions. Looks like he’ll have to carry that same attitude into an NFL camp and possibly play a different position even though he proved himself capable of playing quarterback at the highest level in his final season with the Crimson Tide.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYGL5cVA4Mw&w=560&h=315%5DAs for Marshall, it will be interesting to see if he throws Tuesday at Auburn’s Pro Day. His agent said NFL teams asked him to throw at the combine, and Marshall’s passing flaws were exposed to the world as he threw behind receivers. The crazy thing about Marshall is he is a great athlete and competitor but was simply unable to be a consistent passer.Kiper Jr. sees him as a safety more than a cornerback, but he also sees Marshall getting drafted in the third or fourth round to play defense, where he started his college career at Georgia.“When you look at a guy who can do as much as he can in terms of special teams, cornerback, safety, combo guy,” Kiper Jr. said. ‘He ran a 4.54 (40-yard dash). He had a 371/2 vertical, 10-4 broad. This is a kid who has a lot of talent and 6-11/2, 207 pounds.Kiper Jr. even mentioned him in the same breath as the NFL’s top corner — Richard Sherman — when comparing 40 times.“It’s the kind of kid that you develop,” Kiper Jr. said. “You know you’re going to need some time with him. He’s not going to come in right away, but he can play special teams and you work with him.”I just wonder what would have happened if someone would have really worked with him at an early age to play quarterback, what he could have become. He has a huge arm, can zip the ball in traffic at times and is as athletic and fearless as they come.All those qualities make for a great quarterback, but he’s just isn’t a good enough passer to play in the NFL.Now if a team chose to draft him, work with him on his mechanics and passing, could he develop into an NFL quarterback? I think so, but once you’re put in a box that this is what this guy is, it’s hard to climb out of that label.Auburn’s offense didn’t help Marshall’s NFL future as a quarterback because it was read option with an emphasis on running the ball, but Marshall’s passing deficiencies led to the type of offense Gus Malzahn ran the last two years.I can’t knock a player for believing in his dreams. So if Nick Marshall thinks his best chance to play in the NFL is on defense, and Blake Sims is going to give it a shot a quarterback regardless of what anyone says, more power to them.It’s just sad to realize that these two put on a show in leading their offenses to a combined 1,169 yards and 12 total touchdowns in the Iron Bowl and neither will likely make it in the NFL as the position they love — quarterback. Duane Rankin, Advertiser columnist and sports reporter, can be followed on Twitter @DuaneRankin or reached via email at dmrankin@ gannett.com. 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SEC champ LSU routs South Carolina

first_imgLSU's Alex Bregman (8) is congratulated by his teammates. The Tigers won the SEC championship on Saturday.LSU’s Alex Bregman (8) is congratulated by his teammates. The Tigers won the SEC championship on Saturday.COLUMBIA, S.C. – Freshman right-hander Alex Lange limited South Carolina to one run on one hit in five innings, and top-ranked LSU pounded out 11 hits as the Tigers defeated South Carolina, 8-1, at Carolina Stadium.Lange(10-0) combined with relievers Jesse Stallings, Hunter Newman, Zac Person and Alden Cartwright to limit South Carolina to just two hits in the game. Lange allowed one run on hit in five innings with three walks and nine strikeouts.South Carolina starter Taylor Widener (1-5) was charged with the loss as he allowed four runs on four hits in three innings with no walks and three strikeouts.Prior to the game, LSU clinched the 2015 SEC regular-season title when Alabama defeated Vanderbilt, 1-0, in Hoover, Alabama. The Tigers claimed the league-best 16th SEC championship and their third title during coach Paul Maineri’s nine season-tenure.LSU also won this season the SEC Western Division title for the 18th time and for the fifth time under Mainieri.Top-seeded LSU will play its first game in the SEC Tournament on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. against the winner of Tuesday’s matchup between eighth-seeded Kentucky and ninth-seeded Auburn.LSU is the two-time defending SEC Tournament champion and has won the event five times in the past seven seasons.“Winning the SEC championship is a tremendous accomplishment, and I’m extremely proud of they way this team has performed all season,” Mainieri said. “We’ve had a remarkable regular season and reached two of our goals – a division title and an overall conference title. Our players know this is only the beginning; we have a chance to accomplish much more in the postseason.”First baseman Chris Chinea’s two-run homer – his 11th of the season — in the second inning gave LSU a 2-0 lead. The Tigers added two more runs in the third on an RBI double by left fielder Jake Fraley and a solo homer by shortstop Alex Bregman, his ninth home run of the season.Bregman’s RBI single in the fifth increased the Tigers’ advantage to 5-0. South Carolina got on the scoreboard in the fifth against Lange on a run-scoring single by shortstop Marcus Mooney, the Gamecocks’ first hit of the game.The Tigers scored three runs in the eighth, sending nine batters to the plate. Chinea ripped an RBI double, right fielder Mark Laird contributed an RBI on a fielder’s choice groundout and second baseman Jared Foster lined a run-scoring single.last_img read more

Parkway sweeps Calvary Cross Country meet

first_imgParkway swept the Calvary Cross Country Invitational last Saturday.The Panthers scored 19 points to runner-up Cedar Creek’s 66 in the boys’ division. The results were identical in the girls’ division.Parkway’s Hayden Kingfisher and Sara Funderburk swept the individual titles.Kingfisher covered the course in 15 minutes, 25 seconds. Brandon Lewis-Graham of Captain Shreve finished second in 16:01. Northwood’s Dylan Oliver was third in 16:07.Courtesy PhotoParkway’s Hayden Kingfisher and Sara Funderburk swept the individual titles in the Calvary Cross Country meet last Saturday.In addition to Kingfisher, Parkway placed five runners in the top 10 — Jacob Hammons (fourth, 16:11), Nathan Poovey (fifth, 16:39), Prynceton Fant (eighth, 17:04), Cole Billiot (ninth, 17:07) and David Morgan (10th, 17:12).Funderburk won with a time of 18:43. Samantha Hilburn of Captain Shreve finished second in 19:26.Parkway’s Cassidy Cummings was third in 20:35, Celeste Cordova fourth in 20:49, Mackenzie Langen fifth in 21:02, Rylie McConnell sixth in 21:03 and Morgan Ersoff eighth in 21:37.Parkway is the defending Class 5A girls cross country state champion.Parkway’s next meet for the top 10 boys’ and girls’ runners is at Mississippi College on Sept. 28. Other Parkway athletes will run in the Byrd meet.— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.comStanChart by CNBC CatalystBlockchain Is Changing the Game for Trade Financing. Here’s How It’s Driving Future Global Trade.StanChart by CNBC Catalyst|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTop Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoInstant Voice TranslatorInstant Voice Translator (43 Languages) Takes Hong Kong By StormInstant Voice Translator|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDating.comWhere do attractive singles meet in Tung Chung?Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStrategyCombatIf you own a Computer, then you have to play this Game. No Install.StrategyCombat|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Boxers getting into shape ahead of GBA’s National Open Championships

first_imgBOXING gyms across the country are a hive of activity as boxers get their bodies and minds in shape for the Guyana Boxing Association’s Terrence Ali National Open Championships, scheduled for November 16-18 at the National Gymnasium.The event will see boxers from the following gyms: Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Guyana Police Force (GPF), Republican, Forgotten Youth Foundation (FYF), Harpy Eagles, Vergenoegen Rose Hall Jammers, Carryl and Young Achievers vying for championship honours in a quest to be selected to represent Guyana at the Caribbean championship which will be held here in Guyana next month.It is expected that GDF, the defending champion gym, will field a large contingent of experienced fighters who did both the Army and Guyana proud over the years, winning gold and silver medals locally and regionally.This year will see the inclusion of Quiny Boyce, Clifton Clarke, Royden Grant, Ashton Niles and Ronaldo Niles among others being included in the soldiers’ contingent.All the above-named boxers won their respective weight divisions at the just-concluded National Intermediate Championship and are now graduates for the National Open level.Boyce was adjudged Best Boxer at the National Intermediate tourney, having won all three of his fights during the championship via TKO.With this in mind, the other gyms named above will have their work cut out to overcome the soldiers’ onslaught.According to GBA president, Steve Ninvalle, exciting and entertaining boxing is anticipated as well as the largest representation by gyms, over the three nights.Ninvalle said while he is anticipating a large turnout of boxers and supporters, he is hoping that corporate Guyana will lend support, because without sponsorship, there might not be as grand a tournament as is planned.Ninvalle also stressed the need for even more corporate support for the Caribbean Championship, as this venture is more costly than staging national championships.According to the AIBA Executive Committee member, this year’s Caribbean championships is expected to see boxers from the English-, Dutch- and French-speaking countries and islands sending representative teams to Guyana, come December 6.According to the GBA head, teams are expected from Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, St Lucia, St Marten, Turks and Caicos Islands, The Bahamas, Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Suriname, Dominica, Cayman Islands and US Virgin Islands.This will be the second time in four years that Guyana will be hosting the Caribbean championships which will see over 70 boxers and officials arrive in Guyana. This, according to Ninvalle, is good for sports tourism.last_img read more

Crushing wins for Marian Academy, Bishops in basketball

first_imgMarian Academy, President’s College and School of the Nations secured wins in the u19 division, when the Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG) ‘Regional Conference’ continued yesterday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, Homestretch Avenue. Marian Academy dismantled Bishops’ High 44-21. Timothy Thompson tallied an impressive double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds.Jether Harris added nine points. For Bishops’ High, Roydon Glasgow netted eight points. Similarly, President’s College crushed St. Rose’s High 41-24.  Akeem Crandon recorded a double-double of 16 points and 17 rebounds, while Lamon Friday assisted with nine points.On the other side, Jeremiah Spencer scored 10 points. School of the Nations downed the Business School 28-20. Shemar Alphonso registered a double-double of 12 points and as many rebounds. He was assisted by Corey Graham who added eight points, 10 rebounds and four assists. For the loser, Christopher Ramcharran netted nine points and grabbed 19 rebounds.Also, Tutorial High defeated Chase Academy via walkover. The annual competition is sponsored by the Edward B. Beharry and Company Ltd, Banks DIH LTD and the National Sports Commission.last_img read more

Tipp minors aiming for place in Munster final

first_imgTipperary take on Clare this evening in the Munster Minor Football Championship.Following their opening round defeat to Kerry the Premier County have seen off the challenges Limerick and Waterford in the play-offs to earn a place in the provincial semi-finals.Throw-in is at 7 o’clock this evening in Semple Stadium – the game will be live here on Tipp FM with commentary from Paul Jenkins and Shane Stapleton. Cork and Kerry meet in this evenings other semi-final in Tralee.last_img

HAE vs KTW Dream11 prediction, team, top picks and Korean Baseball League live game info

first_img First Published: 19th May, 2020 13:15 IST COMMENT LIVE TV Written By Abhishek Shetty Last Updated: 19th May, 2020 13:30 IST HAE Vs KTW Dream11 Prediction, Team, Top Picks And Korean Baseball League Live Game Info Fans can play the HAE vs KTW Dream11 prediction game on the fantasy gaming app – Dream11. Here is the HAE vs KTW Dream11 prediction & the HAE vs KTW top picks.center_img Hanwha Eagles squaring off against Kt Wiz at South Korea in the Korean Baseball League 2020. Hanwha Eagles are currently on the sixth spot of the league points table. Hanwha Eagles have managed to win five wins and have lost 7 so far. Hanwha Eagles have maintained a winning percentage of 0.417. Kt Wiz are on the eighth place in South Korea, KBO Regular Season points table of 2020. Kt Wiz have played a total of eleven matches, out of which KTW has succeeded in four matches and has defeated in seven matches. KTW have maintained a winning percentage of 0.363.Also Read | Atletico React To Clattenburg Admitting Real Madrid’s Goal In 2016 UCL Final Was OffsideThe game will commence on Tuesday, May 19 at 3:00 PM IST. Fans can play the HAE vs KTW Dream11 prediction game on the fantasy gaming app – Dream11. Here is the HAE vs KTW Dream11 prediction, the HAE vs KTW Dream11 top picks and HAE vs KTW Dream11 team.Also Read | Xavi Believes Mane And Aubemayang Won’t Fit At Barcelona, Wants Neymar BackHAE vs KTW Dream11 top picksSong Kwang MinLee Yong KyuKang Baek-hoHwang Jae-gyunSim Woo-junAlso Read | Ex-Arsenal Striker Nicklas Bendtner Reveals He Blew Close To £6 Million In Texas Hold ‘EmSquads to make HAE vs KTW Dream11 teamHAE vs KTW Dream11 team: Hanwha Eagles Full SquadJung Jin-ho, Choi Jin-haeng, Jang Jin-hyuk, Jang Woon-ho, Jared Hoying, Yoo Jang-hyeok, Lee Dong-hoon, Lee Yong-kyu, Kim Min-ha, Kim Moon-ho, Song Kwang-min, Oh Sun-jin, Lee Sung-yeol, Noh Si-hwan, Kim Hoe-sung, Kim Tae-kyun, Jung Eun-won, Ha Ju-suk, Jang Min-Jae, Jang Shi-hwan, Im Joon-seop, Chad Bell, Ahn Young-Myung, Yoon Ho-sol, Shin Jung-rak, Warwick Saupold, Park Yoon-Chul, Park Sang-won, Park Joo-hong, Lee Hyun-ho, Lee Tae-yang, Kim Ee-whan, Kim Jin-young, Kim Bum-soo, Kim Min-woo, Jung WooHAE vs KTW Dream11 team: Kt Wiz Full SquadMel Rojas Jr, Kim Min-hyeok, Kang Baek-ho, Bae Jeong-dae, Jo Yong-ho, Yoo Han-joon, Song Min-seop, Park Kyung-soo, Sim Woo-jun, Park Seung-wook, Oh Tae-gon, Moon Sang-cheol, Kim Sung-hoon, Kim Byung-hee, Kang Min-gook, Hwang Jae-gyun, Son Dong-hyun, Lee Sun-woo, Lee Dae-eun, Lee Sang-hwa, Kim Min, Kim Jae-yoon, Kim Min-soo, Jung Sung-gon, Ju Kwon, Jeon Yoo-soo, Ha Joon-ho, Odrisamer Despaigne, William Cuevas, Bae Je-seong, So Hyeong-jun, Ryu Hee-woon, Ahn Seung-han, Lee Joon-soo, Jang Sung-woo, Kang Hyeon-woo, Hur Do-hwanHAE vs KTW Dream11 predictionHAE are likely to win this match.Note: The HAE vs KTW Dream11 prediction, HAE vs KTW Dream11 top picks and HAE vs KTW Dream11 team is based on our own analysis. The HAE vs KTW Dream11 prediction does not guarantee positive results.  FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

No money no tour!

first_imgWest Indies legend, Andy Roberts has criticised Cricket West Indies’ decision to tour England amid the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in light of the tour not benefitting them financially. Roberts was speaking on the West Indies three-Test tour to England which will see them subjected to a 14-day quarantine and playing under a bio-secure atmosphere.This publication recently reported Chief Executive Officer of CWI, Johnny Grave as confirming that the West Indies will not benefit financially from the tour.“I don’t have a problem with them negotiating to go to England but what I have a problem with is there is a talk West Indies are not going to benefit from this tour financially,” Roberts said. The former Antigua fast bowler explained that he thinks going on the tour…“should be a mistake because the chances we are going to take I don’t think much more countries are willing to take that chance.”According to Grave under the ICC Future Tours Programme and the World Test Championship, income generated from a series is retained by the home board.“Our revenue is therefore restricted to the sponsorship money we receive from our team sponsors,” he had said. The 69-year-old Roberts also spoke of a loan from the ECB to CWI.“There are also rumours that one of the reasons West Indies undertake this tour is because it was a loan of £3M million from the ECB [England Cricket Board] some time and I think now that shouldn’t be a loan, that should be a gift to the West Indies Cricket Board for that risk they are willing to take.”Roberts revealed that the ECB is set to save £380M but will stand to lose it if no one tours. “We are taking the chances nobody else is willing to take and why are we taking the chance is to save England at least £380M because if no one goes to England they have to pay back that money and they are not willing to pay it back so why should we be a guinea pig and go sacrifice ourselves for nothing and if the Cricket Board indeed got the loan and find themselves in a bind they should come and explain to the public this is the reason we had to undertake that tour don’t just sit back and allow us to speculate,” Roberts stated.Grave had also confirmed to this publication that indeed CWI took a loan from ECB. He related in May the Caribbean board took “a short-term interest-free advance of US$3M from the ECB guaranteed to be paid back by the ICC in July.”However, Roberts did acknowledge he “more or less have sympathy on them because of the financial bind they are in right now…I think West Indies should have benefitted from this tour financially not just the three million pounds but you save England £380M, you know that’s a lot of savings…if they are not going to benefit then I have a problem with it, why take the risk and sacrifice the guys for it?”last_img read more

South Florida’s Jamaican-American Community Loses Popular Singer Dobby Dobson to COVID-19

first_imgOther of Dobson’s recording included: “That Wonderful Sound”, “Sweet Dreams,” and “Endlessly” Dobson began singing in the 1950s while a student at Central Branch Elementary School in Kingston, and at Kingston College, where he sang on the chapel choir, and successfully took part in Vere Johns Opportunity Hour talent contest as a member of The Twilights.  Settling to write and record romantic ballads, and later Lovers Rock he had several recordings, including his most popular hit, “Loving Pauper” which earned him the nickname of the same title. He’s survived by children, grandchildren, four brothers and three sisters In 1979, Dobson emigrated to New York City, where he worked in real estate, but continued recording, and performing at local and international shows, including Reggae Sunsplash and the Reggae Sumfest festivals in Jamaica. In 2011, the Jamaican government honored him with the Order of Distinction (OD) in the rank of Officer for his contribution to reggae music and representation of Jamaican culture. South Florida resident and popular Jamaican crooner and author Highland “Dobby” Dobson OD died on Tuesday, July 21 in a local hospital from complications arising from COVID-19 according to a family member. He was 78 years of age.  While at Kingston College he wrote the song “Cry a Little Cry” as a tribute to his biology teacher. Recruiting some of his schoolmates he formed a group called Dobby Dobson and the Deltas. The group recorded the song in 1959, and it became a hit reaching #1 on the RJR charts that year. After leaving Kingston College, Dobson embarked on a solo singing career, recording for the late producers Sonia Pottinger, Coxsone Dodd and Duke Reid. That year Dobson also wrote and published the fictional novel, ‘The Misadventures of Saucy and Her Mama’ the story of the adventures experienced by a Jamaican woman who migrated to the US. He later relocated to South Florida, where he also performed in several local productions, and was converted to a born-again Christian recording several gospel albums, including the album “Love Songs for Jesus.” In recent years Dobson became a victim of advanced dementia, and recently contracted COVID-19 from which he died. Disappointing album sales led Dobson to move into production, including The Meditations‘ late 1970s albums “Message From The Meditations” and “Wake Up”, as well as early work by Barrington Levy. last_img read more

Ravens extend Ricard through 2021, activate Trawick from injured reserve

first_imgThe Ravens announced a two-year extension for fullback and defensive lineman Patrick Ricard, keeping their most versatile contributor under contract through the 2021 season.A 2017 rookie free agent from Maine, Ricard was scheduled to become a restricted free agent next March, but he has emerged as one of the NFL’s best fullbacks this season, serving as a devastating blocker for the league’s top rushing attack and catching eight passes for 47 yards and a touchdown. The 6-foot-3, 303-pound Ricard came to the Ravens as a defensive lineman, but he’s gained a more notable role as an offensive player.“Is there a better fullback in the league? I don’t know. I’ll let somebody else decide that,” offensive coordinator Greg Roman said last month. “But he’s playing his position at a high level, and if he can help us win the game, we’ll do whatever and how much of it we need to do.”Ricard has played 249 snaps on offense and 135 on defense this season, becoming the first NFL player to play at least 100 snaps on each side of the ball in a decade. He currently leads all AFC fullbacks in voting for this year’s Pro Bowl. The 25-year-old has also collected one sack, nine tackles, one forced fumble, and a pass breakup on defense.Baltimore also announced veteran safety and special-teams contributor Brynden Trawick has been activated from injured reserve. Trawick was designated to return to practice last month and spent the last eight games on IR with an elbow injury.On Monday, the Ravens waived reserve safety Bennett Jackson to clear room on the 53-man roster. Jackson was claimed off waivers by the New York Jets, who placed linebacker C.J. Mosley on injured reserve with a groin injury. The former Raven appeared in only two games in the first season of a lucrative five-year, $85 million contract, a development that could cause Baltimore’s projected third-round compensatory pick to drop to a fourth-rounder in next year’s draft.last_img read more