Johnny Manziel's Pro Day was an all-out event

Published: Friday, March 28, 2014 @ 9:16 AM
Updated: Friday, March 28, 2014 @ 9:16 AM

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Texas A&M held a Pro Day Thursday.

Well, looking at the headlines, it’s maybe more accurate to say Johnny Manziel held a pro day Thursday.

And to probably no one’s surprise, he “dazzled” an impressive group of attendees. (Via USA Today)

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The former Heisman Trophy winner had 75 officials, representing 30 teams, watching his every move. Eight NFL head coaches showed up — five of which have picks in the top 10. Texas Governor Rick Perry dropped by. (Via Wikimedia Commons / Shutterbug459)

And Manziel’s new friend, the 41st President of the United States George H. W. Bush, met with the quarterback before he took the field. He jokes, “I could’ve used this helmet in my previous job.”(Via Twitter / @GeorgeHWBush)

Also, did we mention The Houston Texans have the #1 overall pick?

SB Nation writes, “The only things that could make this hootenanny any more Texas are a rodeo, Chuck Norris and Hank Hill.”

But let’s not take away from the focus of the event — Johnny Football.

Fox Sports reports, Manziel “lit it up completing 61-of-64 scripted throws. He also connected on his first 36 attempts.” And the incompletions were all reportedly catchable balls.

Bleacher Report highlights the biggest concerns surrounding Manziel at the moment, including his attitude, arm strength and size. He measured in a shade under six feet at the NFL combine in February.

Perhaps it’s that all-too-common critique that made Manziel want to ‘bulk up’ for the officials. He made the unusual decision to wear pads and a helmet at pro day. (Via Yahoo)

He tells ESPN, it just made more sense to throw in gear.

“Never seen anybody trot out on the field on Sundays when it’s time to play a game and have shorts and a t-shirt on.”

But even decked out in his custom-designed Nike gear, Manziel during pro day isn’t the same as Manziel during a game, according to WFAN’s Mike Francesa. (Via Twitter / @usnikefootball)

“Watching him in a drill. You’re not going to learn anything because he is as instinctive a player. He is as different a player as we’ve seen in a very long time.”

If by different he means “isn’t the prototypical NFL pocket passer”, this NBC Sports writer agrees. That said, he adds, “in May he’s likely to be a first-round draft pick, anointed some team’s franchise quarterback.”

And NFL quarterback Michael Vick can’t wait, saying “Manziel will be a star in the NFL.”

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University of Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield arrested

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 12:52 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 12:52 PM

            Washington County Detention Facility

University of Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was taken into police custody early Saturday morning after an alleged incident in downtown Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Officers say someone reported that Mayfield was intoxicated, yelling profanities and causing a scene.

An arrest report states that Mayfield told officers he was trying to break up an altercation there.

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When officers talked to Mayfield, they reportedly found his speech was slurred and his clothing was covered in food.

They said the OU football player even sprinted away from police at one point, prompting the officer to tackle him to the ground and handcuff him.

Mayfield was booked into the Washington County Detention Facility in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

He faces charges of public intoxication, disorderly conduct, fleeing and resisting arrest.

"We are aware of the matter and are learning the details. We don't have any other information at this time," said Mike Houck, Oklahoma team spokesman. 

Mayfield is a sophomore at the university. He was short-listed for the Heisman Trophy last year.

Florida Gators’ win in Outback Bowl means free Bloomin’ Onions for all

Published: Tuesday, January 03, 2017 @ 11:59 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 03, 2017 @ 11:59 AM

            The Florida Gators beat the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Outback Bowl 30-3. That means free Bloomin' Onions for all at Outback restaurants on Tuesday, Jan. 3. 
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The Florida Gators routed the Iowa Hawkeyes 30-3 Monday in the Outback Bowl.

That means free Bloomin’ Onions for all from Outback Steakhouse on Tuesday. All you have to do is say “Outback Bowl” to your server at any Outback restaurant and you’ll get the dish for free.

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The Outback restaurant chain wagered Bloomin’ Onions and coconut shrimp on the game.

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If Iowa had won, the restaurant would have handed out its coconut shrimp appetizer for free.

Billy Price will return to Ohio State Buckeyes

Published: Saturday, December 31, 2016 @ 11:42 PM

Ohio State offensive lineman Billy Price, left, helps up J.T. Barrett in the first half Saturday in the Fiesta Bowl. David Jablonski/Staff

Ohio State Buckeyes right guard Billy Price will return to school for his fifth and final season of eligibility, he announced Saturday after a 31-0 loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

“I’m coming back,” Price said. “I’m going to love playing center. I’m going to lead the team. Myself and Jamarco (Jones), we’re going to do some work next year.”

The Buckeyes lose center Pat Elflein, who returned for his fifth year this season, but return Price, Jones, Michael Jordan and Isaiah Prince. Elflein and Price sat next to each other in the locker room after the most lopsided defeat in the Urban Meyer era, answering questions about what went wrong.

Ohio State allowed three sacks Saturday. They gained 88 yards on the ground and 127 yards passing. Price said he didn’t play well but his decision to return was made a while ago.

“I just kept things low key and private,” Price said. “I wanted to focus on the team and not be a distraction. I’m going to try to follow Pat’s lead. Following behind Pat, it’s going to be a tough losing him. Taylor Decker was a huge part of this, Jacoby Boren and those guys kind of set that culture. It’s my job to lead that next year when I come back and play.”

Ohio State band member nails 55-yard field goal try

Published: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 @ 11:54 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 @ 11:54 AM

            If Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is looking for a kicker, the school band may have a candidate-in-waiting.
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Ohio State University’s band calls itself “The Best Damn Band in the Land,” but it also has some brass when it comes to football ability.

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After the band practiced at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on campus Tuesday, second-year trumpet player Austin Brizee decided to try a field goal. He connected solidly on a 55-yard attempt in the indoor facility, WCMH reported.


The band tweeted a video of the field goal and asked coach Urban Meyer if he needed a kicker for Saturday’s national playoff semifinal game against No. 2 Clemson in Glendale, Arizona.

Eron Hodges, Ohio State’s assistant director of player personnel, replied to the tweet, saying that Brizee, who has never kicked competitively before but has played soccer, “definitely has a tryout invitation.”