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Published: Monday, September 11, 2017 @ 1:37 PM
— Browns tackle Joe Thomas has been a perpetual bright spot in an otherwise dark situation his entire career. That may result in an unparalleled achievement.
Thomas is four snaps away from 10,000 consecutive, which is likely the NFL record. No player has recorded more since the NFL has tracked snaps.
Thomas has been everything the Browns could’ve hoped for with a top three pick. He’s started all 161 games and, obviously, hasn’t missed a snap.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 5:00 AM
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Get insight and reaction to Ohio State sports on the Inside the Shoe podcast, brought to you by Land of 10. On the latest edition, Kyle Lamb and Ryan Ginn discuss the upcoming quarterback competition for the Buckeyes in 2018 and wonder if Dwayne Haskins and Tate Martell may wind up sharing reps. They also wonder aloud if Joe Burrow is being dismissed too quickly as a possible starter.
Just down the street from the football facilities, Ohio State’s basketball team is 15-4 with an unblemished 6-0 record in the Big Ten. Kyle and Ryan look ahead to the Buckeyes’ next few weeks and ponder just how many wins Ohio State can accrue.
Every episode of Inside the Shoe can be found here.
Topics discussed on Inside the Shoe Tuesday include:
Later, Austin Ward will join Kyle to talk more football, while Kyle will preview Ohio State-Northwestern basketball on the Wednesday show.
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Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 4:58 AM
ESPN released a list of 10 bold predictions for the 2018 college football season this week, and Nebraska was featured in one of them.
Writer Mark Schlabach had “Scott Frost (and Nebraska) won’t finish unbeaten” on his list. OK, so that’s not really a bold prediction. But Schlabach did elaborate about the expectations for Frost during his first season in Lincoln as the head coach.
A realistic 2018 for the Huskers? Getting bowl eligible. Here’s what Schlabach wrote:
Should Nebraska fans expect more of the same after the Cornhuskers went 4-8 under Mike Riley in 2017? The turnaround might not happen immediately, but Frost will build a Big Ten title contender sooner rather than later.
…The Cornhuskers play road games at Michigan, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Ohio State and Iowa in 2018, along with home contests against Colorado and Michigan State. Ouch. A 6-6 record and return to the postseason might be a more realistic expectation for Frost in Year 1.
Frost has not lost a game as a head coach since Dec. 17, 2016 when Central Florida fell to Arkansas State in the Cure Bowl. Nobody is expecting a perfect season from the Huskers in 2018, but if Frost can show signs of improvement and get the program back to a bowl game, it will be a promising step forward.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 5:00 AM
Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss an offensive line target, a preferred walk-on addition and more.
Taking steps to shore up what has recently been a woeful offensive line is among Arkansas’ top remaining priorities in the 2018 recruiting class. With that in mind, the Hogs have identified tackle Ryan Winkel from Christian Brothers (Memphis, Tenn.) as a key target with National Signing Day three weeks away.
The high level of interest from the Hogs is being reciprocated by Winkel, a 3-star recruit according to the 247Sports composite. He is set to arrive in Fayetteville on Jan. 26 for a three-day official visit.
Winkel (6-foot-6, 280 pounds) recently told SEC Country the Hogs are undoubtedly one of his top choices with Mississippi State, Nebraska and Northwestern also in play. He’ll visit Mississippi State this weekend.
In addition to Winkel, the Razorbacks appear willing to sign another offensive lineman if it’s the right fit. They officially added 3-star tackle Silas Robinson during the early signing period last month. Arkansas is also now once again expected to sign 3-star tackle commit Noah Gatlin despite him holding off on signing last month.
Other than those three, former 3-star tackle commit Luke Jones is one the Hogs would love to bring back into the class. He de-committed from Arkansas and pledged to Notre Dame in late December. Since that time, however, the Fighting Irish have lost offensive line coach Harry Hiestand to the Chicago Bears. He was reportedly Jones’ primary recruiter. It’s unknown if that will alter his decision.
A junior college addition to the offensive line is also possible. The coaching staff has been in touch with several options at the JUCO level, though none have emerged as a top target yet.
Arkansas extended a preferred walk-on offer to 2018 punter Reid Bauer last week. Monday, Bauer announced his commitment to accept that offer. Though not on scholarship, Bauer will be guaranteed a roster spot as a preferred walk-on.
From Magnolia, Texas, Bauer (5-11, 190) is a 5-star prospect and the No. 14 punter in the nation, according to Kohl’s Kicking. He averaged 41 yards on 27 punts last season. He pinned 11 of those inside the 20-yard line. His long was 62 yards. Michigan and Texas State were among the other schools showing the most interest in him.
Arkansas special teams quality control assistant Tanner Burns served as the primary recruiter for Bauer. The two worked together at Arkansas’ specialist camp last summer.
Bauer joins Chad Stephens as a preferred walk-on punter set to join the Hogs from the 2018 class. Stephens is a 2016 graduate of Rejoice Christian School in Owasso, Okla. He spent the 2016 fall semester at Wyoming before transferring to Dodge City (Kan.) Community College. While there, he averaged 37.8 yards on 50 punts last season. He had a long of 65 yards, and 12 were pinned inside the 20-yard line.
The Razorbacks are expected to return starting punter Blake Johnson, who will be a junior next season. He is the only punter on the current roster.
Arkansas 2019 tight end target Hudson Henry recently added Texas to his growing list of offers. He now has offers from 12 Power 5 programs.
Henry (6-5, 230) is the No. 1 tight end prospect and recruit from Arkansas in the 2019 class. From Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, he is the son of a former Razorbacks captain. His older bother, Hunter, won the Mackey Award with the Hogs in 2015. Another older brother, Hayden, is a freshman outside linebacker at Arkansas.
The Hogs coaching staff stopped by Pulaski Academy when the contact period began last week. With Henry headlining a stellar 2019 in-state class, he’s a must-get recruit for the Razorbacks.
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Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 4:47 AM
Sports Illustrated seems to love the Big Ten going into next season. Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State all cracked the top 10 of its way-too-early top 25. Michigan State, which the media outlet initially left off the list by mistake, is No. 12. Michigan ranks 23rd.
So, it’s not a surprise there is plenty of Big Ten representation in Sports Illustrated’s best games for every week of the 2018 season. Early nonconference matchups featuring Michigan and Ohio State made the cut. As did league matchups, which includes Michigan State, Penn State and Wisconsin. In total, Sports Illustrated included five Big Ten teams,
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— SI College Football (@si_ncaafb) January 16, 2018
Based on Sports Illustrated’s way-too-early top 25, three Big Ten teams (No. 4 Ohio State, No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 7 Penn State) appear to be in the mix for a 2019 College Football Playoff berth.
And the matchups above will likely go a long way in determining which team, if any, can put itself in contention for a national championship next season.