Shortstop Michael Young Making The Switch To 3rd Base

15 01 2009

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Texas Rangers Shortstop Michael Young will be making the switch to 3rd Base MLB.com reports. Great news for Texas Rangers fans seeing as how it was only a couple days ago he refused the move and requested to be traded. The position change makes room for Shortstop Elvis Andrus who is one of the Rangers top prospects inside their organization. The Rangers received Andrus as a part of that seven player deal on July 31st, 2007 that saw Mark Teixeira and Ron Mahay go to Atlanta for Andrus, Saltalamacchia, and three others. Rangers fans will be delighted to see hes listed on MLB.com’s Top 50 prospect list for the 2009 season. I don’t know how great he will be, but with a name like Elvis you surely can’t go wrong.

More good news? I don’t know if this qualifies as good news but it looks like the Texas Rangers may be close to signing Pitcher Freddy Garcia.

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Who Declared Today? Last Day For Underclassmen

15 01 2009

Today was the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL draft.

Declaring:

JR WR Percy Harvin, 5-11 195 lbs
Florida

JR CB Jarius Byrd, 6-0 205 lbs
Oregon

JR CB Donald Washington, 6-0 194 lbs
Ohio State

Staying:

JR RB C.J. Spiller, 5-11 190 lbs
Clemson

JR OT Russell Okung, 6-5 300 lbs
Oklahoma State

JR DE Greg Hardy, 6-4 265 lbs
Ole Miss

JR MLB Brandon Spikes, 6-3 245 lbs
Florida

SO S Reshad Jones, 6-2 203 lbs
Georgia

Looks like Three potential first rounders are staying, Greg Hardy being the biggest surprise of all. USC Quarterback Mark Sanchez made it official today, and Clemson Running Back C.J. Spiller announced in a press conference that he was staying for his Senior year.

Nobody really knows where Donald Washington is going to go in the draft, he wasn’t even the top Cornerback on Ohio State so the move is a bit a surprising. Cornerback Jarius Byrd of Oregon also declared today which not many expected to hear, Byrd could potentially play Safety in the pros. With both Byrd and Chung declaring it leaves the Oregon Duck defense with huge holes to fill.

Florida Gators Runningback/Wide Receiver is a bit of a mystery because the Gators have produced quite a few busts at the Wide Receiver position over the past few years so as expected most draftniks are hesitant when it comes to evaluating his skills. Too me he looks like he has what it takes to get it done at the next level but your guess is as good as mine.





Who Declared Today?

14 01 2009

Another day down and another good batch of players skipping their senior seasons and going pro.

Declaring:

JR QB Mark Sanchez, 6-3 225 lbs
Southern California

SO RB LeSean McCoy, 5-11 210 lbs
Pittsburgh Panthers

JR WR Brandon LaFell, 6-3 210 lbs
LSU

Not Declaring:

JR QB Sam Bradford, 6-4 218 lbs
Oklahoma Sooners

JR RB Charles Scott, 5-11 233 lbs
LSU

JR TE Jermaine Gresham, 6-6 261 lbs
Oklahoma Sooners

JR OT Ciron Black, 6-5 327 lbs
LSU

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Very interesting to see McCoy coming out especially considering he was leaning towards staying. He has Reggie Bush like talent, and is a real game changer. If I had to compare him to anyone in the NFL I would say he looks like a Clinton Portis clone. Very quick feet to go along with fantastic speed and decent ability to shed tacklers. This RB Class is shaping up to look pretty good. Shonn Green, LeSean McCoy, Chris Wells, P.J. Hill, and Knowshon Moreno are all early entries that make this RB class look respectable. Charles Scott staying at LSU is probably for the best.

With the news of Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford staying USC Quarterback Mark Sanchez immediately jumps to the #2 QB on most peoples boards, Stafford being 1a and Sanchez 1b. One big concern with Sanchez is his lack of starting experience, only making 16 starts for the Trojans.

Last but not least we take a peak at Jermaine Gresham, the super prospect of OU. Gresham posted huge numbers this season with OU and its a little surprising hes staying seeing as how he easily ranks as everyones #1 TE. Look for him to go in the top 15 next in the 2010 draft, as he is one of the best Tight Ends to come out of the College Football ranks since Vernon Davis. Draft expert Scott Wright seems to agree…





Shanahan Signs With Jersey

14 01 2009

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It was a long time coming, but somebody finally picked up the 39 year old right winger. Rumors throughout the season had him going to various teams. I heard about possibly signing with Philadelphia, Detroit, and Pittsburgh but it looks like he settled with the team that drafted him 2nd overall in the 1987 draft (1st Overall was Pierre Turgeon). The New Jersey Devils signed him to a 1 year contract worth $800,000 dollars. Over 22 seasons in the NHL he has played in 1,490 Games, scoring 650 Goals, and amassing 1,340 Points. The Devils add a proven winner and goal scorer who also has won 3 three Stanley Cups.

Its hard not to like this move on the Devils part. Low expectations and very little pressure on him, It will be interesting to see how much he has left.





Colt McCoy Wins Another Award

14 01 2009

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Yesterday the great folks over at the Touchdown Club of Columbus announced that Junior Quarterback Colt McCoy had been selected as the winner of the 2008 Archie Griffin Award which honors college football’s most valuable player. Add it to the Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year, Sporting News Player of the Year, Maxwell Award (college player of the year), and O’Brien Award (nation’s top quarterback) he’s won this season, and the numerous player of the week awards.

McCoy put up some Madden like numbers this year, he shattered several University Of Texas Passing records held by Vince Young and most impressively he broke Daunte Culpepper’s NCAA single-season record of 73.6 completion percentage set in 1998 by posting a 76.7 completion percentage.

Way to go Colt! Maybe UT will get some love from the voters next year. Here are some great photos from the 2009 Fiesta Bowl where Texas beat OSU 24-21 in a thriller. Thanks to one of the fine posters over at BurntOrangeFanZone.





Ball State’s QB Nate Davis Declares For 2009 NFL Draft

13 01 2009

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Big news today in the football world. Quarterback Nate Davis of Ball State has decided to forgo his Senior year and declare for the upcoming draft in April. This is a somewhat surprising move to myself and many other draft experts out there. Now the folks over at Rotoworld label him a Double-Threat but they couldn’t be more wrong. Davis does have decent speed and can move around the pocket fairly well but other than that he is no threat in terms of rushing the ball. Hes no Michael Vick, No Vince Young. Doesn’t have that type of speed. However, he has a very strong arm and has good accuracy and in my opinion he grades out to be a 3rd Round pick at this point. I put him just behind Bradford and Stafford. Over his 3 years at Ball State he put together quite a resume tossing 74 Touchdowns and only 26 Interceptions while throwing for over 9,000 yards and led Ball State to their first AP Ranking in the history of their program which is rather impressive.

Hes a good prospect but I wouldn’t go as far as to say that he has the tools to become better than Tom Brady… Or call him the second coming of Brett Favre, which Jason Whitlock of Foxsports predicts. I sense a little bias from Whitlock, seeing as how hes a Ball State grad himself.

If you want the real scoop on the kid from somebody who has years of experience in scouting NFL prospects wait until Scott Wright gives his analysis, don’t listen to Whitlocks crazy delusions.





Colin Farrell’s Top 5 Performances

12 01 2009

In light of Farrell winning Best Actor at the Golden Globes last night, heres a list of his top 5 performances.

1. In Bruges
2. Phone Booth
3. Pride & Glory
4. Tigerland
5. Cassandra’s Dream

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Even though Colin Farrell pretty much sticks to the same type of roles hes a talented actor and has definitely delivered some good performances and starred in some good films. In Bruges takes the cake for me. Now some people thought he was good in Alexander, but I’m pretty sure he won a Razzie for that performance. Which is kinda funny because I didn’t think he was that bad. One of Ireland’s finest, just living the dream.