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

Updated: Friday, March 28, 2014
By: ADAM FALK

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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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Notre Dame dismisses starting safety, suspends cornerback after weekend arrests

Updated: Monday, August 22, 2016
By: Austin American-Statesman


            Notre Dame dismisses starting safety, suspends cornerback after weekend arrests
Max Redfield (left) and Devin Butler

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly announced Sunday that he had dismissed starting safety Max Redfield and suspended cornerback Devin Butler indefinitely after both were arrested in separate incidents in Indiana over the weekend.

Redfield was a two-year starter who was fourth on the team in tackles last season. He also faces an additional charge for possession of a handgun without a license.

Four other four players arrested with Redfield on misdemeanor possession of marijuana will be disciplined internally, Kelly announced. University officials could impose more penalties on top of what the athletic department decides.

In a separate incident, Butler was arrested during a bar fight between two women. According to police, Butler was asked to move back and the player “shouted profanities at the officers and starting swinging his fist.” One officer was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries, including a sore wrist.

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Kelly issued a strongly worded statement on Sunday.

“There are times when a player’s conduct fails to meet the standards I have set for our football team that it is appropriate to take action independent of any decision that might be made by the Office of Community Standards,” Kelly said. “This is such an instance.”

From a football perspective, Kelly’s decision will hurt the Irish secondary. With Redfield now gone, freshman Devin Studstill is projected to start. His backup is also a freshman. Butler was still rehabilitating a broken foot injury suffered in June. He was not expected to play until October.

No. 10 Notre Dame opens the season against Texas on Sept. 4.

Fourteen Buckeyes invited to NFL draft combine

Updated: Thursday, February 11, 2016
By: Staff Writer

Fourteen former Ohio State football players received invitations to the NFL draft combine Feb. 23-29 in Indianapolis. That’s more than any other school.

Vandalia Butler’s Taylor Decker, Wayne’s Braxton Miller, Middletown’s Jalin Marshall and the following 11 players were invited: Eli Apple, Vonn Bell, Joey Bosa, Ezekiel Elliott, Cardale Jones, Darron Lee, Joshua Perry, Tyvis Powell, Michael Thomas, Nick Vannett and Adolphus Washington.

Notre Dame ranked second in the nation with 10 players invited.

Oddsmaker: Ohio State favorites to win national championship

Updated: Tuesday, February 16, 2016
By: Staff Report


            Oddsmaker: Ohio State favorites to win national championship
Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett throws a pass against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. David Jablonski/Staff

Despite returning just four starters on offense and three on defense, the Ohio State Buckeyes have been installed as the favorites to win the 2017 College Football Playoff, according to Bovada.

The Las Vegas oddsmaker has the Buckeyes, the 2015 national champs, at 6/1 odds to win it all. Alabama, the reigning national champs, is next at 7/1, followed by Clemson and Michigan at 15/2.

Ohio State, which had 14 players invited to the NFL Combine next week, were 12/1 to win it all in Bovada’s initial odds released last month.

The Buckeyes finished 12-1 in 2016.

Buckeyes, Bengals, Browns prep for NFL Scouting Combine

Updated: Thursday, February 18, 2016
By: Staff Writer

Just when you thought football season was over, it all revs up again this week with the NFL Scouting Combine.

The league has invited 333 of the top draft prospects to Indianapolis, where will be poked and prodded by doctors, evaluated in on-field drills by scouts and coaches and interviewed by media members and team personnel over a four-day period.

It all gets underway Tuesday with the arrival of the first group of players.

Here are five things to know about this year’s NFL Scouting Combine:

1. Buckeye bunch: Fourteen Ohio State players have been invited to the Combine, which is the most from any school in the country.

Notre Dame is second with 10, while Alabama and UCLA each have nine.

The 14 Buckeyes scheduled to attend are cornerbacks Eli Apple and Vonn Bell, defensive end Joey Bosa, offensive tackle Taylor Decker, running back Ezekiel Elliott, quarterback Cardale Jones, linebackers Darron Lee and Joshua Perry, wide receivers Braxton Miller, Jalin Marshall and Michael Thomas, safety Tyvis Powell, tight end Nick Vannett and defensive tackle Adolphus Washington.

If all 14 are drafted, it will tie the Ohio State record set in 2004. That class was highlighted by first-rounders Will Smith, Chris Gamble and Michael Jenkins.

2. Local lads: In addition to Miller (Wayne) and Marshall (Middletown), there are two other Combine invitees who played their high school ball in the area.

North Carolina State offensive tackle Joe Thurney went to Alter, and Alabama center Ryan Kelly attended Lakota West.

NFL.com analyst Mike Mayock has Kelley ranked as the top center available in this year’s draft.

3. Receiver replacement: While it’s impossible to know exactly how free agency will play out for the Cincinnati Bengals, three of their 14 unrestricted free agents play wide receiver.

There’s almost no chance the team brings back both Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu, so with little proven depth behind them, the position figures to be one the team will address in the draft if it doesn’t find a replacement or two in free agency.

It’s worth noting, however, that only twice in the Marvin Lewis era have the Bengals drafted a wide receiver in the first two rounds. They struck gold with one (A.J. Green, first round 2011), but pretty much whiffed on the other (Jerome Simpson, second round 2008).

Receiver is one of the deepest position groups in the draft, so Lewis and new offensive coordinator Ken Zampese will be scouring the entire group of 43 hoping to find more late-round gems like Jones (fifth round) and Sanu (third).

4. Quarterback quest: The Cleveland Browns have made it clear they are ready to cut ties with embattled quarterback Johnny Manziel, which means they will be locked in on the quarterbacks at the Combine.

Of the 18 quarterbacks invited to the Combine, three are projected to be first-rounders – California’s Jared Goff, North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz and Memphis’ Paxton Lynch.

While it’s not uncommon for quarterbacks to skip the on-field workouts at the Combine and instead go through the drills at their college’s pro day, the Browns will have plenty to evaluate in Indianapolis.

New head coach Hue Jackson obviously will be looking for a strong, accurate arm, but he also wants to find a high-character guy who is smart enough to handle his multiple formations and someone who can be a fiery, high-motor reflection of himself on the field.

The sit-down interviews the quarterbacks will have with Jackson, executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown and chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta will be heavily weighted given that it’s a quarterback crop without a clear-cut No. 1 prospect.

5. The schedule: The players begin arriving Tuesday for what will be a four-day whirlwind.

The first day involves registration, hospital pre-exams and X-rays, orientation and team interviews. On the second day they will have their measurements recorded, go through more medical exams and do media and team interviews.

The third day features an NFLPA meeting, psychological testing, the bench press and more team interviews. Then it all wraps up on the fourth day with their on-field workouts.

The players are separated into four arrival groupings. The running backs, offensive linemen and specialists arrive Tuesday; followed by the quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends Wednesday; the defensive linemen and linebackers Wednesday; and the defensive backs Thursday.

For viewing purposes, the NFL Network will air live press conferences from each team’s head coach and general manager on Wednesday and Thursday before switching to the on-field workouts Friday through Sunday.