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Dayton vs. Duquesne: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Published: Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 11:12 AM


            Dayton’s Xeyrius Williams dunks against Duquesne on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. David Jablonski/Staff
Dayton’s Xeyrius Williams dunks against Duquesne on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. David Jablonski/Staff

Who: Dayton (6-6) at Duquesne (9-4)

When: 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Palumbo Center, Pittsburgh

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO

RELATED: ‘New season, fresh start’ await Dayton in A-10 opener

Probable Dayton starters

Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 16.5

Jordan Davis, 6-2, Fr., G, 8.2

Trey Landers, 6-5, So., G, 7.7

Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 16.3

John Crosby, 6-3, Jr., G, 6.0

Probable Duquesne starters

Tydus Verhoeven, 6-8, Fr., F, 3.5

Chas Brown, 6-8, Gr., F, 4.0

Eric Williams Jr., 6-5, Fr., G, 14.2

Mike Lewis II, 6-1, So., G, 16.5

Rene Castro-Cannedy, 6-2, Gr., G, 12.5

Series history: Dayton leads 53-22. Dayton swept the series last season, winning 76-57 in Pittsburgh and 90-53 at UD Arena. The Flyers have won four games in a row in the series and eight of the last nine.

Coaches: Anthony Grant is 6-6 as Dayton head coach. His career record in 10 seasons is 199-116. Keith Dambrot is 9-4 in his first season at Duquesne. He spent the previous 13 seasons at Akron, where he was 305-139. Dambrot replaced Jim Ferry, who was 60-97 in five seasons.

Last games: Dayton beat Wagner 79-67 on Dec. 23 at UD Arena. Duquesne lost 74-64 to Southern Illinois on Dec. 23 in Las Vegas, Nev.

About Dayton: KenPom.com gives Dayton a 55 percent chance of winning and predicts a 67-66 score. Dayton ranks 133rd in the Pomeroy ratings. Duquesne is 206th. Dayton is 70th in the RPI. Duquesne is 265th. … Dayton ranks third in the nation in strength of schedule, according to ESPN, or 108th, according to KenPom.com. Duquesne ranks 343rd in strength of schedule, according to ESPN, and 350th, according to Pomeroy. … The Flyers lead the A-10 in field-goal percentage (46.3). Dayton ranks 12th out of 14 teams in 3-point field-goal percentage defense (37.9).

About Duquesne: Brown is a graduate transfer from Coppin State. … The Dukes won seven games in a row before losing to Southern Illinois. … Duquesne is one victory away from matching last year’s win total. It was 10-22 in Ferry’s last season. Duquesne last had a winning season in 2011-12 (16-15). … Junior guard Tarin Smith scored a career-high 26 points in the last game. … Verhoeven ranks seventh in the nation among freshmen in blocks per game (2.23). … Duquesne leads the A-10 in scoring defense (63.8 points per game). … Duquesne has five transfers on the roster sitting out this season.

Next game: Dayton plays St. Bonaventure at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at UD Arena. CBS Sports Network will televise the game.

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players, 2018 NFL Draft order (01/18/2018)

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 2:30 AM

NFL Draft 2018 projection season is here with the NFL Playoffs at the conference championship round. Find some 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 USC QB
2 New York Giants Connor Williams Texas OT
3 Indianapolis Colts Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
4 Cleveland Browns Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame G
5 Denver Broncos Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
6 New York Jets Josh Rosen UCLA QB
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bradley Chubb NC State DL
8 Chicago Bears Courtland Sutton SMU WR
9 San Francisco 49ers Derwin James Florida State DB
10 Oakland Raiders Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama DB
11 Miami Dolphins Roquan Smith Georgia LB
12 Cincinnati Bengals Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
13 Washington Redskins Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
14 Green Bay Packers Joshua Jackson Iowa DB
15 Arizona Cardinals Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State QB
16 Baltimore Ravens Denzel Ward Ohio State DB
17 Los Angeles Chargers Orlando Brown Oklahoma OL
18 Seattle Seahawks James Washington Oklahoma State WR
19 Dallas Cowboys Christian Kirk Texas A&M WR
20 Detroit Lions Ogbonnia Okoronkwo Oklahoma LB
21 Buffalo Bills Josh Allen Wyoming QB
22 Buffalo Bills Arden Key LSU DL
23 Los Angeles Rams Rashaan Evans Alabama LB
24 Carolina Panthers Maurice Hurst Michigan DL
25 Tennessee Titans Sam Hubbard Ohio State DL
26 Atlanta Falcons Vita Vea Washington DL
27 New Orleans Saints Marcus Davenport UTSA DL
28 Pittsburgh Steelers Malik Jefferson Texas LB
29 Jacksonville Jaguars Harold Landry Boston College LB
30 Philadelphia Eagles Tremaine Edwards Virginia Tech LB
31 Minnesota Vikings Billy Price Ohio State OL
32 New England Patriots Derrius Guice LSU RB

NFL mock draft 2018: ESPN projections by Mel Kiper

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

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

CBS Sports projection

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

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections for 2018 NFL Draft

Sports Illustrated’s NFL executive-vetted projection

1 Sam Darnold USC QB
2 Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
3 Josh Rosen UCLA QB
4 Bradley Chubb NC State DE
5 Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama CB
6 Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
7 Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame OT
8 Connor Williams Texas OT
9 Denzel Ward Ohio State CB
10 Josh Allen Wyoming QB
11 Derwin James Florida State S
12 Da’Ron Payne Alabama DT
13 Courtland Sutton SMU WR
14 Harold Landry Boston College DE
15 Roquan Smith Georgia LB
16 Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
17 Christian Wilkins Clemson DT
18 Tarvarus McFadden Florida State CB
19 Orlando Brown Oklahoma OT
20 Clelin Ferrell Clemson DE/LB
21 Austin Bryant Clemson DE/LB
22 Christian Kirk Texas A&M WR
23 Sam Hubbard Ohio State DE/LB
24 Arden Key LSU DE
25 Chukwuma Okorafor Western Michigan OT
26 Dre’Mont Jones Ohio State DT
27 Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
28 Derrius Guice LSU RB
29 Isaiah Oliver Colorado CB
30 Rashaan Evans Alabama LB
31 Damien Harris Alabama RB
32 James Washington Oklahoma State WR

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

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How every Big 12 football team plans to use new 10th assistant coach

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 12:56 PM

The Big 12 is preparing to institute the NCAA’s newest rule, and bring aboard a 10th assistant coach. There’s no set definition for the role, so teams have flexibility.

At this point, six programs have officially named assistant coaches. Iowa State has also reportedly made its decision. The assistants are coming from all over the football field.

Some programs have hired assistants to work on recruiting. Others wanted more direction for the offense or defense. It will be fascinating to see how these coaches help programs heading forward. The breakdown of coaching decisions is balanced.

  • Offense (3): Kansas State, Texas, West Virginia
  • Defense (2): Iowa State, Texas Tech
  • Recruiting (2): Baylor, Kansas
  • Not hired (3): Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU

Here’s a look at how each Big 12 program is using the 10th assistant spot:

Baylor: Evan Cooper, Not assigned

Previous role: Director of Player Personnel, Baylor

There’s only one reason that Baylor opted to bring Evan Cooper aboard as the last assistant coach: Recruiting. Cooper is tremendous at building relationships, and has played a key role in bringing top prospects to campus.

Baylor has made recruiting a priority since coach Matt Rhule got on campus. The Bears currently have a top-25 recruiting class, despite going 1-11 last season. Cooper will also likely help out on defense; he was a defensive graduate assistant under Rhule in 2013 at Temple and played defensive back for the Owls.  

Iowa State: Paul Haynes, Not assigned

Previous role: Coach, Kent State

Haynes was not a particularly good coach, but he has plenty of experience on defense at multiple institutions. Before becoming coach at Kent State, Haynes was a longtime defensive assistant at Ohio State and Michigan State.

Iowa State had a strong defense last season, and brings back star cornerback Brian Peavy. However, Haynes’ addition will help develop the next crop of defensive players.

Baylor is moving director of player personnel Evan Cooper to an on-field role and to travel for recruiting. (Courtesy Baylor athletics)

Kansas: Justin Johnson, Not assigned

Previous role: Offensive analyst, Kansas

Justin Johnson is being elevated from offensive analyst to an on-field coaching position after two years with the program. While his offensive development will help, coach David Beaty is also high on his recruiting ability.

The Jayhawks are lagging behind the rest of the conference in recruiting, so adding another assistant to help bring talent to campus is essential. Beaty is big on relationships, so bringing a coach from inside the program isn’t a surprise.

Kansas State: Zach Hanson, tight ends/offensive line

Previous role: Graduate assistant, North Carolina

Kansas State coach Bill Snyder loves to bring former players back to campus. He does it once again with the addition of Zach Hanson, a former offensive lineman. Hanson will both coach tight ends and offensive linemen.

Snyder has a very defined offensive philosophy, and he wants assistants who understand it. Hanson will help shore up the most important parts.

Texas: Herb Hand, offensive line/co-offensive coordinator

Previous: Offensive line coach, Auburn

Texas’ offensive line struggled mightily in 2017, but coach Tom Herman tried to address it with a final hire. Herb Hand has an affinity for coaching big-time rushing offenses, including Kerryon Johnson at Auburn and Saquon Barkley at Penn State.

Hand was a finalist for offensive line coach of the year, per FootballScoop. However, Herman’s admiration goes back far further. In fact, the Texas coach says he admired Hand when he faced against Hand’s Tulsa offense while Herman was at Rice.

Former Ball State OL Dan Gerberry is moving up to an on-field role at West Virginia. (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Texas Tech: Clay Jennings, defensive assistant

Previous: Co-defensive coordinator/secondary coach, Houston

It’s unclear whether Jennings will officially be the 10th assistant coach, as the Red Raiders have multiple roles to fill after departures. However, Jennings will help continue the rebuild of the Texas Tech defense.

Jennings was a former defensive back coach at Texas, and also had stints at Arkansas, TCU and Baylor. He has historically helped out with defensive backs, so he should help aid defensive coordinator David Gibbs.

West Virginia: Dan Gerberry, offensive assistant

Previous role: Offensive analyst, West Virginia

Last season, coach Dana Holgorsen added Jake Spavital as offensive coordinator. Passing off some of the responsibility helped reinvigorate the offense.

Now, Holgorsen is hiring Dan Gerberry as the next assistant coach for West Virginia. Considering he has plenty of familiarity with Holgorsen’s system – similar to Spavital – it could mean big things. Gerberry should be able to help with offensive line development too, considering he was a three-year NFL player.

Former TCU standout Jeremy Modkins could move into an on-field defensive coach role. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Still open

Oklahoma Sooners

Rumored candidate: Kansas QB coach Garrett Riley

Oklahoma has been quiet about the position, but coach Lincoln Riley reportedly could keep the hire in the family. Younger brother, Garrett Riley, the quarterbacks coach at Kansas, could be an option. He would help take some responsibility out of Lincoln Riley’s hands for the offense.  

TCU Horned Frogs

Rumored candidate: Defensive analyst Jeremy Modkins

TCU does not have a plan for the position at this point, but the Horned Frogs could be looking at an in-house hire. Adding a defensive assistant would balance things out to five assistants on each side of the ball.  

Oklahoma State Cowboys

Rumored candidates: None

There haven’t been many rumors of what Oklahoma State will do with the 10th assistant spot. However, coach Mike Gundy did tell the Associated Press he will likely use it for a defensive assistant.

Mel Kiper Jr. thinks pair of Iowa State players could be selected in 2018 NFL Draft

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 12:53 PM

Iowa State football has not had a player selected in the NFL Draft since 2014. That drought could end in April.

ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said on Thursday that he could see Iowa State wide receiver Allen Lazard and quarterback-turned-linebacker Joel Lanning be drafted this spring.

Linebacker Jeremiah George was the most recent Iowa State player to be drafted into NFL. He was selected by the New York Jets as the No. 154 overall pick in 2014.

Kiper expected both Lazard and Lanning to be selected late in the draft, if at all. Kiper described Lazard as a “early to mid-Day 3 guy” while Lanning’s unique versatility could make him a high target for teams looking to add some insurance in the late rounds.

Making a difference for Matt Campbell

Lazard finished his time at Iowa State as the the program’s all-time leader in receiving yards. He hauled in 3,360 yards in four seasons, capped off by a 941-yard 2017 season. He caught for a personal-best 1,018 yards as a junior in 2016.

Lanning was the starting quarterback for Iowa State during both the 2015 and 2016 seasons, but made the transition to linebacker for his senior season in 2017. He was a major factor in the Cyclones’ upset win over Oklahoma on Oct. 7 — a game in which he recorded eight tackles, a sack and a fumble recover en route to a 38-31 victory.

That didn’t keep him, however, from being featured on offense at times this past fall. He passed and rushed for a touchdown vs. Oklahoma State on Nov. 11, before rushing for a second touchdown vs. Memphis in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Dec. 30.

Lanning passed for just 47 yards in 2017, but finished his time as a Cyclone with 2,584 passing yards and 20 touchdown passes.

Iowa State’s 8-5 finish in 2017 was the team’s best since a 9-3 finish in 2000.

The NFL Draft will take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas from April 26-28. It will be the first time ever that the event has been hosted in a league stadium.

 

Report: Baylor interested in cousin of Robert Griffin III

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 12:37 PM

The next big Baylor recruit will have a last name that the entire nation will recognize.

According to Gabe Brooks of 247 Sports, Baylor is in contact with Khalan Griffin, the cousin of college football and Baylor legend Robert Griffin III.

The Bears have not offered yet, according to Brooks, but it’s hard to believe that the cousin of one of Waco’s favorite sons wouldn’t get an offer sooner rather than later.

Griffin III threw for 10,366 yards in four years at Baylor, and completed 67.1 percent of his passes. In his final season at Baylor, Griffin III won the Heisman Trophy, a first for a Baylor Bear. Griffin III also threw for 78 touchdown and just 17 interceptions.

Texas and Oklahoma State are also interested in the younger Griffin, and according to Brooks, he’s vocally interested in Texas. However, there’s no way that Baylor leaves the cousin of its all-time best player on the table.