Big second-half run carries Dayton Flyers to win

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 7:57 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 8:41 PM


            Charles Cooke dunks in the first half. David Jablonski/Staff
Charles Cooke dunks in the first half. David Jablonski/Staff

The Dayton Flyers ran off 20 straight points in the second half and then held on for an 83-70 victory against George Mason on Tuesday at UD Arena.

Star of the game: John Crosby led the Flyers during the big run. He finished with 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting.

Stat of the game: The Flyers committed only five turnovers. George Mason had 17.

Big picture: Dayton’s seniors won their 100th game. The Flyers improved to 22-5 and 13-2 in the Atlantic 10 with three games left in the regular season. They took a half game lead over idle VCU, which hosts Saint Louis on Wednesday.

FIRST-HALF RECAP

The Dayton Flyers built a 38-31 halftime lead over George Mason on Tuesday at UD Arena.

UD’s star: Nine players scored for the Flyers. Xeyrius Williams and Charles Cooke each have seven points.

George Mason’s star: Otis Livingston II leads the Patriots with nine points. He made 3 of 10 shots from the field.

Key stat: The Flyers have two turnovers. George Mason has eight.

Big run: George Mason took its first lead, 14-13, on a 3-pointer by Livingston at the 12:25 mark. Dayton responded with an 8-2 run and led the rest of the half. The Flyers’ biggest lead was 33-23.

Foul trouble: No one on either team has more than two fouls.

Josh Allen, Sam Darnold training together in Orange County

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 11:17 AM

Josh Allen and Sam Darnold are competing against each other to be the top quarterback prospect in the 2018 NFL Draft. Despite trying one up each other, the two have developed a friendship in the process of competition.

The Wyoming product said at the Senior Bowl that he and Darnold are “super good friends” and he is actually living and training with the USC quarterback in Orange County.

“We’re obviously there to compete. We want to be better. We want to be the best quarterbacks we can be, there’s no secret about that,” Allen said, per ESPN’s Mike Triplett. “At the same time, we’re not competing against each other. Someone’s gonna get drafted higher, that’s the fact of the matter. But we want to end up in situations where it’s the best fit for ourselves.”

Allen, Darnold and UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen are the three top quarterback prospects in this year’s draft. The Wyoming quarterback is the only one participating in the Senior Bowl, he’s the only senior out of the bunch. Right now it’s a toss up who will be the first quarterback selected. NFL scouts have different preferences depending on which scout is asked.

All mock drafts have the three quarterbacks going in the first round. It’s going to be interesting to see where each of them wined up. They will be linked together in the NFL much like 2004 trio of first-round quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning and Philip Rivers.

 

Ohio State football has the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation again

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 11:13 AM

Ohio State had the No. 1 recruiting class in the country for most of the 2018 cycle, but Georgia overtook the Buckeyes after a monster early signing period in December. Tyler Friday’s commitment last Friday gave the top spot back to Ohio State.

Here’s what the 247Sports composite rankings look like now:

Ohio State is aiming to end Alabama’s seven-year reign of recruiting the No. 1 class in the country. If the Buckeyes don’t do it, Georgia will. Bama’s back in the No. 6 spot, partly because the Tide are taking a smaller class than some other top programs.

If you’re looking for a scouting report on Friday specifically, Ryan Donnelly has you covered:

“At 6-foot-3 and 263 pounds, Friday is considered to be somewhat of a tweener. Although he’s rated by 247Sports and ESPN as a defensive tackle prospect, Rivals regards the 4-star recruit as a strongside defensive end. At Don Bosco, Friday has played nearly every role on both sides of the line, repping at left tackle, defensive end, defensive tackle, and offensive guard. I’d expect that Friday will begin his career at defensive end, but defensive tackle and interior offensive line are both possibilities as he grows into his body and goes through Mickey Marotti’s strength-and-conditioning program.

Friday is skilled at understanding how to win leverage battles and is rarely blown off the football, a function of knowing how to utilize that leverage and impressive lower-body strength. Friday also shows impressive ability to use his hands violently and discard blockers when needed, filling gaps as a defensive lineman. On the offensive line, his leg drive and aggression in finishing blocks are good signs.

He doesn’t fit the image of some of the prototypical defensive ends that Ohio State has recruited. Friday is more stockily built than players such as Chase Young, Jalyn Holmes, or Joey Bosa, lacking their lanky frames and wide wingspans. He’s a plus athlete who shows more than enough agility and explosion to play effectively at defensive tackle, but he’s not in the elite echelons of athleticism at his position group.”

 

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players, 2018 NFL Draft order (01/23/2018)

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 2:30 AM

NFL Draft 2018 mock drafts have been updated after the conference championship round. You can find 2018 NFL mock drafts below.

Much of the narrative around the 2018 NFL Draft is focused at quarterback. Mock drafts from Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports both have quarterbacks littering the top 10.

Here is a collection of 2018 NFL mock drafts from around the internet, plus Land of 10’s own projection.

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players

Land of 10 predictions

  1. Cleveland Browns — Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  2. New York Giants — Connor Williams, OT, Texas
  3. Indianapolis Colts — Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  4. Cleveland Browns — Mike McGlinchey, G, Notre Dame
  5. Denver Broncos — Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  6. New York Jets — Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Bradley Chubb, DL, NC State
  8. Chicago Bears — Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
  9. San Francisco 49ers — Derwin James, DB, Florida State
  10. Oakland Raiders — Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
  11. Miami Dolphins — Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  12. Cincinnati Bengals — Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
  13. Washington Redskins — Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  14. Green Bay Packers — Joshua Jackson, DB, Iowa
  15. Arizona Cardinals — Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
  16. Baltimore Ravens — Denzel Ward, DB, Ohio State
  17. Los Angeles Chargers — Orlando Brown, OL, Oklahoma
  18. Seattle Seahawks — James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
  19. Dallas Cowboys — Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
  20. Detroit Lions — Ogbonnia Okoronwko, LB, Oklahoma
  21. Buffalo Bills — Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  22. Buffalo Bills — Arden Key, DL, LSU
  23. Los Angeles Rams — Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
  24. Carolina Panthers — Maurice Hurst, DL, Michigan
  25. Tennessee Titans — Sam Hubbard, DL, Ohio State
  26. Atlanta Falcons — Vita Vea, DL, Washington
  27. New Orleans Saints — Marcus Davenport, DL, UTSA
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers — Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars — Harold Landry, LB, Boston College
  30. Minnesota Vikings — Billy Price, OL, Ohio State
  31. Philadelphia Eagles — Tremaine Edwards, LB, Virginia Tech
  32. New England Patriots — Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

NFL mock draft 2018: ESPN projections by Mel Kiper

  1. Cleveland Browns — Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  2. New York Giants — Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  3. Indianapolis Colts — Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
  4. Cleveland Browns — Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  5. Denver Broncos — Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  6. New York Jets — Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
  8. Chicago Bears — Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  9. San Francisco 49ers — Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
  10. Oakland Raiders – -Roquan Smith, ILB, Georgia
  11. Miami Dolphins — Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
  12. Cincinnati Bengals — Tremaine Edwards, LB, Virginia Tech
  13. Washington Redskins — Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  14. Green Bay Packers — Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
  15. Arizona Cardinals — Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
  16. Baltimore Ravens — Brian O’Neill, OT, Pitt
  17. Los Angeles Chargers — Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
  18. Seattle Seahawks — Derwin James, S, Florida State
  19. Dallas Cowboys — Vita Vea, DT, Washington
  20. Detroit Lions — Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State
  21. Buffalo Bills — Mike Hughes, CB, UCF
  22. Buffalo Bills — Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
  23. Los Angeles Rams — Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn
  24. Carolina Panthers — Billy Price, C/G, Ohio State
  25. Tennessee Titans — Harold Landry, OLB, Boston College
  26. Atlanta Falcons — Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
  27. New Orleans Saints — Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers — Rashaan Evans, ILB, Alabama
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars — Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
  30. Philadelphia Eagles — Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
  31. Minnesota Vikings — Connor Williams, OT, Texas
  32. New England Patriots — Rasheem Green, DE, USC

NFL mock draft 2018: Top players, projection for first round

CBS Sports projection

  1. Cleveland Browns — Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  2. New York Giants — Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  3. Indianapolis Colts — Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama
  4. Cleveland Browns — Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
  5. Denver Broncos — Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  6. New York Jets — Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
  8. Chicago Bears — Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  9. San Francisco 49ers — Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
  10. Oakland Raiders — Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  11. Miami Dolphins — Derwin James, S, Florida State
  12. Cincinnati Bengals — Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
  13. Washington Redskins — Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
  14. Green Bay Packers — James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
  15. Arizona Cardinals — Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  16. Baltimore Ravens, Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
  17. Los Angeles Chargers — Connor Williams, OT, Texas
  18. Seattle Seahawks — Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa
  19. Dallas Cowboys — Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
  20. Detroit Lions — Vita Vea, DT, Washington
  21. Buffalo Bills — Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
  22. Buffalo Bills — Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
  23. Los Angeles Rams — Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
  24. Carolina Panthers — Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis
  25. Tennessee Titans — Tremaine Edwards, LB, Virginia Tech
  26. Atlanta Falcons — Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
  27. New Orleans Saints — Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers — Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, OLB, Oklahoma
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars — Will Hernandez, G, UTEP
  30. Minnesota Vikings — Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
  31. Philadelphia Eagles — Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
  32. New England Patriots — Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama

2018 NFL Draft: First round order

Pick Nos. 1 through 20 are set now that the regular season is finished.

1. Cleveland Browns

2. New York Giants

3. Indianapolis Colts

4. Cleveland Browns

5. Denver Broncos

6. New York Jets

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

8. Chicago Bears

9. San Francisco 49ers OR Oakland Raiders (coin flip)

11. Miami Dolphins

12. Cincinnati Bengals

13. Washington Redskins

14. Green Bay Packers

15. Arizona Cardinals

16. Baltimore Ravens

17. Los Angeles Chargers

18. Seattle Seahawks

19. Dallas Cowboys

20. Detroit Lions

21. Buffalo Bills

22. Buffalo Bills (from Chiefs)

23. Los Angeles Rams

24. Carolina Panthers

25. Tennessee Titans

26. Atlanta Falcons

27. New Orleans Saints

28. Pittsburgh Steelers

29. Jacksonville Jaguars

30. Minnesota Vikings

31.

32.

Ohio State football has the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation again

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 11:13 AM

Ohio State had the No. 1 recruiting class in the country for most of the 2018 cycle, but Georgia overtook the Buckeyes after a monster early signing period in December. Tyler Friday’s commitment last Friday gave the top spot back to Ohio State.

Here’s what the 247Sports composite rankings look like now:

Ohio State is aiming to end Alabama’s seven-year reign of recruiting the No. 1 class in the country. If the Buckeyes don’t do it, Georgia will. Bama’s back in the No. 6 spot, partly because the Tide are taking a smaller class than some other top programs.

If you’re looking for a scouting report on Friday specifically, Ryan Donnelly has you covered:

“At 6-foot-3 and 263 pounds, Friday is considered to be somewhat of a tweener. Although he’s rated by 247Sports and ESPN as a defensive tackle prospect, Rivals regards the 4-star recruit as a strongside defensive end. At Don Bosco, Friday has played nearly every role on both sides of the line, repping at left tackle, defensive end, defensive tackle, and offensive guard. I’d expect that Friday will begin his career at defensive end, but defensive tackle and interior offensive line are both possibilities as he grows into his body and goes through Mickey Marotti’s strength-and-conditioning program.

Friday is skilled at understanding how to win leverage battles and is rarely blown off the football, a function of knowing how to utilize that leverage and impressive lower-body strength. Friday also shows impressive ability to use his hands violently and discard blockers when needed, filling gaps as a defensive lineman. On the offensive line, his leg drive and aggression in finishing blocks are good signs.

He doesn’t fit the image of some of the prototypical defensive ends that Ohio State has recruited. Friday is more stockily built than players such as Chase Young, Jalyn Holmes, or Joey Bosa, lacking their lanky frames and wide wingspans. He’s a plus athlete who shows more than enough agility and explosion to play effectively at defensive tackle, but he’s not in the elite echelons of athleticism at his position group.”