Bengals’ Boyd addresses drug possession charge

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 3:33 PM
Updated: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 12:13 PM

Boyd charged with drug possession

One day after being charged with drug possession, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd addressed the incident Friday morning in the locker room.

"We're just trying to gather more information because there's a lot to it," Boyd said. "It ain't just what's out there. So we're just going to wait until we get more information. I'm trying to handle it the best way possible before I say anything. Trying to get more information that way and talk more with my attorney before I give a statement."

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The charges brought by the Allegheny County Police Department on Thursday stem from a car accident in July in which a black Mercedes Benz registered to Boyd was found wrecked with no one inside. Police found vape pens with packaging saying the ingredients included distilled cannabis inside the car, along with an open bottle of Cognac and an unopened bottle of peach vodka.

Boyd told police he was not in the car at the time of the crash, and another man also is facing multiple charges in relation to the accident.

Thursday afternoon Boyd tweeted, "Everybody chill out i wasn't present at the crash nor did i have anything to do with it period. It was just my car" before later deleting it.

Friday morning he said he was surprised to hear he had been charged nearly three months after the accident.

"I thought it was cool," he said. "I thought everything was eliminated, but it came back. So now I'm re-talking with my attorney and just waiting to see what works for me and how I can fix all this."

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis declined to comment on the issue, deferring instead to the statement the team released Thursday afternoon, which read "We are aware of the media report and working to gather more information."

The Bengals drafted Boyd in the second round of the 2016 draft. He appeared in all 16 games as a rookie with two starts, catching 54 passes for 603 yards and one touchdown.

His playing time has decreased in his second season. Boyd has just has just four catches for 37 yards in three games this season. He was inactive as a healthy scratch for the Week 2 game against Houston.

Notre Dame LB Greer Martini (knee) out vs. USC

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 5:18 PM

Notre Dame linebacker Greer Martini will miss Saturday’s game vs. USC due to having surgery to repair a meniscus injury in his knee, the team announced.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly believes Martini, a co-starter at the buck linebacker spot alongside junior Te’von Coney, will be able to return for the Irish’s next game on Oct. 28 vs. visiting N.C. State, according this quote obtained by  Rivals.com reporter Lou Somogyi.

“I think there’s a good chance we’ll have him back for North Carolina State,” said Kelly. “He had a small procedure done to clean up a small meniscus. He was moving around today pretty good, but we would be rushing to get him back. We’ll hold him out this week but we feel really confident we’ll get him back next week.”

Martini is a co-captain for Notre Dame and has the third most tackles on the team this season with 39 tackles, as well as two for a loss and two forced fumbles.

The senior recorded his first career interception on Sept. 30 vs. Miami (OH).

For his career, Martini has amassed 155 tackles (13.5 tackles for a loss) and five sacks.

Notre Dame hosts long-time rival USC on Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. (EST), with the contest televised on NBC.

TCU to sport LaDainian Tomlinson helmet stickers for homecoming game vs Kansas

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 5:18 PM

The No. 4 Horned Frogs are going all out in paying tribute to TCU-great LaDainian Tomlinson during the team’s homecoming game against Kansas on Saturday.

According to a Twitter post from TCU football, the Horned Frogs will sport “Congrats LT” helmet stickers on Saturday honoring the former All-American running back who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this year.

Tomlinson — who played at TCU from 1997 to 2000 — will be honored during the homecoming game in Fort Worth. The recent Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee set multiple TCU rushing feats before enjoying an 11-season NFL career — the majority with the San Diego Chargers.

Tomlinson set an NCAA record of 406 rushing yards in a single game against UTEP in 1999, though it was eclipsed by former Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon and then former Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine within less than a month during the 2014 season. Tomlinson finished his senior season in 2000 with an NCAA-best 2,158 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns.

Kickoff for the TCU-Kansas game is set for 7 p.m. CT at Amon G. Carter Stadium on Saturday. The Horned Frogs currently sit as 39-point favorites over the Jayhawks.

EXCLUSIVE: Commitment video for All-American OT Richard Gouraige

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 5:12 PM

TAMPA, Fla. — Richard Gouraige is ready to decide on a school after announcing his finalists this week.

The 4-star offensive tackle reveals his college choice below in an exclusive commitment video with SEC Country. Clemson and Florida are the finalists for the Under Armour All-American.

“It’s a huge relief off my shoulders,” Gouraige said. “I finally get to focus on my school and my team. I just want to play football, go to college and make my family proud.”

Gouraige’s mother is from Haiti and worked three jobs as a single parent to raise him and his younger siblings. He opens up about his upbringing in the video.

“There’s nothing better than seeing my mom smile and happy with my decision,” Gouraige said. “My brother and sister support me, too.”

Gouraige, who holds more than 35 offers, is ranked the No. 10 prospect at his position and No. 106 nationally in the 247Sports composite. The 6-foot-5, 283-pound lineman attends Cambridge Christian School in Tampa, Fla.

“I really appreciate all the coaches who recruited me throughout the process and everyone who helped me get to this point,” Gouraige said. “It was tough trying to narrow down my list to just two teams, but I know what school is home for me.”

Michigan blowing out Penn State would not surprise analyst Anthony Herron

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 5:08 PM

Penn State enters its most-anticipated home game of the season as 9.5-point favorites over Michigan. And most people who are picking the Wolverines to win think the game would still be a close call.

That’s not the case with Anthony Herron of the Pac-12 Network. Herron was a guest on The Herd with Colin Cowherd on Friday afternoon, and when the Penn State-Michigan game came up, Herron was not shy about picking the upset. He went as far to say that he “wouldn’t even be surprised” if Michigan blew out Penn State at Beaver Stadium.

“Michigan is a good team who is going to go in and defeat Penn State,” Herron said. “I wouldn’t even be surprised if they blow Penn State out. I think they’re going to punch Penn State in the nose and the Nittany Lions aren’t going to know how to respond. Michigan is going to dominate this game. Mark my words.”

Herron, a former Iowa player, said that Penn State has not been tested yet while the No. 19 Wolverines will come into Saturday night’s game with better focus.

“When you have a situation like Penn State where they haven’t really been tested and people are already anointing Saquon Barkley — with good reason, a generational talent at running back– but he’s only rushed for over 100 yards once this season, let’s not act like he’s been lighting up the scoreboard,” Herron said. “James Franklin is talking about other jobs. These are things to me that add up intangibly to a Pen State team that will be slightly less focused in a home game being tested for the first time, and a Michigan team that’s going to come in ticked off.”

Here are his full comments on the game:

And his response to some upset Penn State fans: