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Day 3 NFL Draft tracker for Cleveland Browns

Published: Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 11:17 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 11:29 PM


            Cleveland Browns first round NFL draft choices, from left, Myles Garrett, Jabrill Peppers, center, and David Njoku answer questions during a news conference at the NFL team’s training facility, Friday, April 28, 2017, in Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
Cleveland Browns first round NFL draft choices, from left, Myles Garrett, Jabrill Peppers, center, and David Njoku answer questions during a news conference at the NFL team’s training facility, Friday, April 28, 2017, in Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

The Browns selected N.C. State running back Matt Dayes with their second seventh-round pick.

The Browns took Arizona State kicker Zane Gonzalez with their first of two picks in the seventh round.

A Lou Groza Award finalist as a senior, Gonzalez is the FBS career record holder with 96 field goals. His 494 points also are a FBS record, as are his six games with at least four field goals, three field goals of at least 50 yards in a single game.

He’s also the first FBS kicker to make at least 20 field goals in each of his four seasons.

›› RELATED: Browns get their quarterback in second round

6th Round

1. (185)

The Cleveland Browns took Florida defensive tackle Caleb Brantley with the first pick of the sixth round.

Brantley, at 6-foot-3, 307-pounds, was a second-team All-SEC pick in 2016 after he finished tied for the Gators’ lead in tackles for loss (8.5, 2.5 sacks) as a 10-game starter. He also started 10 games in 2015, recording 6.5 tackles for loss and three sacks, and he played consistently enough as a freshman to earn a start in Florida’s bowl game.

Draft analysts said despite being slightly undersized, he is an efficient mover with lean muscle mass and thickness in his arms and legs. He comes with a red flag, has he is facing a misdemeanor battery charge after allegedly striking a woman on April 13. The outcome of that case is still pending.

5th Round

16. (160): Roderick Johnson, Offensive Tackle, Florida State

The 6-foot-7, 298-pound lineman was a two-time first-team All-ACC pick who started every game on the blind side since midway through the 2014 season, when he garnered Freshman All-American honors for his play.

Johnson twice received the Jacobs Blocking Trophy from league coaches because of his work at left tackle for the Seminoles. He has long arms that tend to disrupt edge rushers and he brings power in the run block.

4th Round

20. (126): Howard Wilson, Cornerback, Houston

The Browns traded up to get Wilson in the fourth round, as they were not scheduled to make their first pick of the day until the fifth round.

Wilson was a first-team All-American Athletic Conference pick in 2016 after leading Houston with five interceptions, as well as recording 54 tackles and five pass break-ups. He used a medical redshirt in 2015 after tearing up his knee after an interception in the season’s third game.

Florida commit says he will do ‘cartwheels’ if Gators hire Chip Kelly

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 9:11 PM

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dameon Pierce was one of three Florida commits in attendance Saturday for the Gators’ 37-6 win over UAB.

The 4-star running back from Bainbridge, Ga., is still planning to sign with UF on Dec. 20 and enroll early the following month. However, that commitment is contingent on Florida hiring a big-name coach and retaining Gators assistant Ja’Juan Seider — Pierce’s primary recruiter.

Pierce wasn’t shy about his support for Chip Kelly’s candidacy.

“Man look, if Chip Kelly comes here, I’m gonna hit cartwheels,” Pierce said. “I grew up an Oregon fan, I grew up a Chip Kelly fan. If Chip Kelly comes here, that’s icing on the ice cake.”

Pierce added that Kelly would be his No. 1 choice for the job.

“Of course,” he said when asked. “Unless we get Nick Saban, which ain’t happening.”

Florida commit Jaleel McRae, a 2019 safety from New Smyrna Beach, Fla., is also on the Kelly bandwagon after doing some research last week on the former Oregon coach

“Hopefully they bring in Chip,” McRae said. “If they bring in Chip, the offense is going to be rolling. Florida is going to always have defense. It doesn’t matter who the DC is going to be.

“I looked up on YouTube just about Chip Kelly and I loved the way he carried himself. He’s the man. If he comes here, he’ll be the man for the Florida Gators.”

Rain, storms knock out lights at Neyland, create wild scene for Tennessee-LSU game

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 9:11 PM

Things are getting pretty wild at Neyland Stadium, as a huge rain storm has turned Neyland Stadium into a water park.

A rain storm knocked out some of the lights on the field, as it is literally raining sideways.

Sportswriters covering the game produced some pretty wild pictures from the stadium.

Things got so bad that Tennessee had huge problems fielding the opening kickoff of the second half.

But if there’s one person who loves playing in this game, it’s Ed Orgeron, who gave a passionate speech with an ESPN reporter before the start of the second half.

LSU leads 17-10. But the conditions mean that almost anything can happen.

Fan Sound Off: Bring on Clemson? South Carolina fans confident after beating Wofford

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 9:11 PM

South Carolina football

Jake Bentley was the story as South Carolina dealt Wofford a 31-10 loss during Week 12 action in Columbia, S.C., on Saturday.

Bentley threw for 194 yards and a touchdown and found the end zone with a pair of 1-yard rushing scores.

Bryan Edwards hauled in 90 receiving yards, including a 23-yard touchdown catch. A.J. Turner led the Gamecocks with 69 yards on the ground and a 2-yard touchdown run.

Coach Will Muschamp’s squad raised its overall mark to 8-3 (5-3 SEC) and now prepares to take on No. 2 Clemson in the season finale next week.

After the win against the Terriers, Gamecocks fans were feeling somewhat confident when it comes to facing the Tigers.

Check out what South Carolina fans are saying about the performance and join the conversation here.

Note: Comments are taken verbatim from South Carolina Gamecocks — SEC Country and only edited for spelling.

Scott Sinisi: Wonder what excuse people will find to hate on (offensive coordinator Kurt) Roper? Man called a great game, we easily could’ve scored 50+ if we were trying to.

Brad Cain Jr.: No way we were going to score 50 after watching that horribly called 1st quarter. I just hope to god roper doesnt try to gunsling it early against clemsux.

Erwin Ross: Great game, improvements each and every game!

Dallas P Williams: Defense showed up at least most of the time…pitiful against the run.

Dorothy E Bryant: Wayyyy to go gamecocksßs NATION STAND UPPPP 😁

Willie Bryant: Great win. Go Cocks! Beat Clemson😀

Kurt Kauffeld: Bring on Clemson. We’ll give them a run for the money!!

Allen Pace: Good job. Now grab them tigers by the tail.

Roddy Fleming: Well I guess we will see who the real team in South Carolina will be next week.

Les Schafer: This has been a great season with improvement in each and every game. Defense has really come on and the offense has overcome a rash of season ending injuries. Hats off to Coach his staff and the team. Beat Clemson may not be a dream after all. GO COCKS.

Mackenizie Bolo Driggers: Good game. I was there, but they can’t play like they did against Clemson and hope to win. But good game keep getting better.

Cindy Smith Cravens: Lets go and Beat Clemson!

Jeffrey Ashley: That’s a little better Roper. Great Win!

Paul Arena: Time for a top 25 rating GO COCKS

Marty Harris: They were too relaxed, but that triple option cured that.

William Wagner: One more left, wooohooo…

Frank Singleton: Next week Clemson.

Libby Hudson: What a great win. Way to go Gamecocks!!!🏈🏈

Valerie Mathis Remsen: SPURS UP!!!!

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Kansas’ Hasan Defense: Late hit on Mayfield ‘something I shouldn’t have done’

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 9:11 PM

Kansas cornerback Hasan Defense apologized for his late hit on Baker Mayfield after the game on Saturday.

The play drew a roughing the passer penalty, but many thought Defense should’ve been ejected. 

In the postgame press conference, Defense said he regretted hitting Mayfield, and stressed that it wasn’t intentional.

“I was just trying to make a play. I was just in the heat of the moment,” Defense said. “It was a boneheaded play by me, something I shouldn’t have done. At that point in time I didn’t realize how much longer after the ball was gone that I hit him. It was just a bad mistake by me.”

Defense also talked about the jawing between Kansas players and Baker Mayfield, which escalated several times throughout the game.

“We know the type of quarterback he is, the type of person he is. So we just, you know, you gotta step up.”

Watch all of Defense’s comments below: