October 31, 2014 |
IN THE FALL OF 2008, Chris Maragos and J.J. Watt were walk-ons at the University of Wisconsin, Watt having transferred back to his home state after not getting much playing time as a freshman tight end at Central Michigan, Maragos having left Western Michigan in search of a bigger stage. Watt - shifted to defense and still growing into his 6-5, 289-pound frame - sat out the season under NCAA transfer rules, but a few practices taught Maragos a lot about the man who remains his friend and offseason workout companion.
June 1, 2014 |
La Salle's Kyle Shurmur, a strong-armed junior quarterback, committed Friday to play at Vanderbilt after taking an unofficial visit this week to the school. "So excited for my opportunity to play at Vanderbilt. Thanks to all the people that have helped me throughout," he tweeted Friday night. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder chose the Commodores over several other Division I schools, including Cincinnati, Illinois, Pittsburgh, and Temple. "He was waiting to find the school he felt most comfortable with," La Salle coach Drew Gordon said.
April 21, 2013 |
If there is an ideal candidate for the Eagles to draft with the No. 4 overall pick, it just might be Eric Fisher. The Central Michigan tackle may be as close as there is in this draft to a "can't-miss" prospect. He fills an immediate need for the Eagles on the offensive line, and he projects as the eventual heir at left tackle, one that could anchor the unit for 10 years. It sounds almost too good to be true. In fact, Fisher may be too good for it to be true. Once given a mid-first-round grade by analysts, Fisher catapulted into the top 10 after a Senior Bowl performance that quelled concerns about his having played in a less-prominent conference.
April 20, 2013 |
Physical numbers Height Weight Arm length Hands 6-foot-7 306 lbs. 341/2 in. 101/2 in. Combine results 40-yard dash: 5.05 seconds Bench press: 27 reps Vertical jump: 28.5 inches Broad jump: 116 inches 3-cone drill: 7.59 seconds 20-yard shuttle: 4.44 secs. Skinny Fisher has drawn comparisons to 49ers Pro Bowl tackle Joe Staley, also a product of Central Michigan.
April 8, 2013 |
With less than three weeks left until the NFL draft, there are 10 players the Eagles could conceivably select with the No. 4 overall pick, assuming they don't trade down. Here they are, ranked according to how likely they are to be Chip Kelly's first selection as coach, taking into account their availability when the Eagles pick. 1. Eric Fisher, tackle, Central Michigan. Momentum has gathered behind the idea that Fisher is the No. 1 tackle in the draft. Mike Mayock of NFL Network recently slotted him ahead of Luke Joeckel, who was once viewed as a lock to be the first offensive lineman off the board.
January 24, 2013 |
MOBILE, Ala. - The Eagles will have questions at quarterback next season, but the health of their offensive line will be equally worrisome. Three of their starters on the line, including all-pro left tackle Jason Peters, will be trying to bounce back from season-ending injuries. And two of them - Peters and right tackle Todd Herremans - will be 31 this year. The situation screams for the Eagles to select a lineman early in the draft, possibly with the fourth overall pick. For the first time in 14 years, the team entered Senior Bowl week with a high draft pick, but none of the prospects projected to go in the top five, or even the top 10, were scheduled to be in Alabama.
December 27, 2012 |
RYAN RADCLIFF threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Cody Wilson with 5:11 remaining to give Central Michigan the lead, and Western Kentucky was stopped on fourth down when a field goal would have tied the game in the final minute, giving the Chippewas a 24-21 win in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Wednesday night in Detroit. Lance Guidry, coaching the Hilltoppers on an interim basis before Bobby Petrino takes over, decided to play for the win on fourth-and-2 from the 19 with 51 seconds left, but Kawaun Jakes threw incomplete.
September 23, 2012 |
Manti Te'o had two interceptions as No. 11 Notre Dame picked off five Michigan passes, and backup quarterback Tommy Rees sparked the Fighting Irish offense in a 13-6 win over the 18th-ranked Wolverines Saturday night in South Bend, Ind. Denard Robinson, who amassed 948 yards of total offense in victories over the Irish last two years, was less effective this time as the Irish repeatedly forced him into mistakes. He threw four interceptions in the first half, then lost a fumble at the Notre Dame 8-yard line on the first drive of the second half.
September 14, 2012 |
AS A NATIONAL brand, Notre Dame is always going to be relevant. Ask the ACC. But being a competitive factor at the highest level is another subject. Lou Holtz came within a last-play field goal of winning a second national title in 1993. He went 23-11-1 in his final three seasons. Since then, the Fighting Irish have been to three BCS bowls. They've lost each by an average of 38-13. The highlights of the last 2 decades? Well, Tyrone Willingham did win his first eight games, before losing 16 of his last 31. And Charlie Weis was in the Top 10 late in both of his first two seasons.
September 9, 2012 |
Sean Mannion threw for 276 yards and a touchdown, Oregon State's defense smothered Wisconsin's Montee Ball, and the Beavers upset No. 13 Wisconsin, 10-7, Saturday in Corvallis, Ore. Mannion connected with Brandin Cooks on a 20-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the second half to give the Beavers a 10-0 lead, then turned it over to an Oregon State defense that forced two turnovers and held Ball to 61 yards rushing. The win snapped Wisconsin's 33-game nonconference winning streak, the second-longest in the country behind Louisiana State's.