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Published: Sunday, December 31, 2018 @ 3:51 PM
Updated: Sunday, December 31, 2018 @ 4:35 PM
Former Wayne High School quarterback Messiah deWeaver announced via Twitter on Saturday that he has been granted a release and will transfer from Michigan State University.
The move came just two days after the Spartans blew out Washington State 42-7 in the Holiday Bowl at San Diego.
“After much thought and prayer about my future, I’ve decided to transfer from Michigan State University!” deWeaver posted.
“I want to thank Coach Dantonio, the coaching staff, my teammates, faculty, and the great fans in East Lansing for supporting me and giving me lasting memories that I’ll never forget! I’m looking forward to the challenges and goals that I have set high for myself! It was a blessing to grow and to be a part of Spartan Nation! My journey continues … #GoGreen.”
A 6-foot-4, 221-pound redshirt-freshman, deWeaver saw action in just two games this season. He was in for four plays against Ohio State at Columbus and was sacked three times after running for 20 yards. He also played at Rutgers on Nov. 25. He never threw a pass for MSU.
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That limited playing time coincided with Spartans sophomore Brian Lewerke excelling as a first-year QB starter. He accounted for more than 3,300 total yards and was key in MSU going 10-3 overall and tying for second with Penn State in the Big Ten East.
With Lewerke firmly entrenched, deWeaver’s prospect for future playing time with the Spartans was doubtful.
This news outlet has reached out to deWeaver for comment and more information. He did not indicate where he would transfer. If he goes to another NCAA Division I program, he would have to sit out another season and have just two seasons of eligibility remaining. Players are granted four seasons of eligibility in five years. A sixth year sometimes is granted because of an injury.
In high school, deWeaver won the starting QB spot at Trotwood-Madison High School as a freshman and would be the starting QB in three state championship games, but not all with the Rams.
He was Trotwood’s starting QB in consecutive Division II state title losses to Toledo Central Catholic (2012) and Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s (’13) as a freshman and sophomore. As a junior he also was the QB of record in a D-II state semifinal setback to TCC. That 17-14 defeat would be his last with the Rams because he transferred to Wayne soon after.
Success followed deWeaver. The Warriors (14-1) couldn’t close a perfect season, falling 45-35 to Lakewood St. Edward in a D-I state final. That was the end of one of the most successful QB runs in area high school history.
In four seasons as a high school starter, deWeaver played for teams that were a combined 49-9 and three state runner-ups. He completed 468 of 848 career passes (.551) for 7,624 yards, 90 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.
Michigan State stats
2017: 4 rushes, -1 yard.
2015: 166 of 280 passes; 2,924 yards, 32 TDs, 4 INTs; 14-1 record.
2014: 106 of 213 passes; 1,604 yards, 24 TDs, 9 INTs; 12-2 record.
2013: 137 of 231 passes; 2,265 yards, 21 TDs, 9 INTs; 11-3 record.
2012: 59 of 124 passes; 831 yards, 13 TDs 4 INTs; 12-3 record.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 1:08 PM
Kodi Burns earned the respect of Auburn fans as a player, willingly transitioning from a highly rated quarterback to wide receiver to help the Tigers win the 2010 BCS National Championship.
Now as the wide receivers coach, his future seems to be settled as Gus Malzahn gave an update on Burns’ contract status on Tuesday at the Senior Bowl.
“He’s [Burns] is going to be at Auburn for a long time,” Malzahn said, per SEC Country’s Justin Ferguson.
Burns returned to Auburn in 2016 as the co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach and has made an immediate impact, helping a young group of receivers, including Ryan Davis, Nate Craig-Myers, Darius Slayton and Eli Stove, among others, into one of the formidable units in the SEC.
After his playing career ended, Burns joined his current boss Malzahn at Arkansas State for the 2012 season before following him back to The Plains in 2013. In 2014, Burns served as the running backs coach at Samford before moving to Middle Tennessee State as its wide receivers coach in 2015.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 1:00 PM
Wisconsin basketball plays against Iowa on Tuesday, Jan. 23. The game starts at 6 p.m. CT. Stay here for score, stats and box score from the game below.
Wisconsin and Iowa play at 6 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Jan. 23.
Time: 6 p.m. CT
Date: Tuesday, Jan 23
Location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa
Wisconsin and Iowa will play on ESPN2.
The Wisconsin-Iowa game is available online at WIBA/iHeart radio.
Wisconsin is coming off a 75-50 victory against Illinois on Friday, which snapped the Badgers’ three-game losing streak. It marked Wisconsin’s 12th consecutive win against Illinois, as the Badgers found their shooting rhythm.
Wisconsin connected on 53.1 percent of its field-goal attempts — the Badgers’ best mark in Big Ten play. UW blocked 10 shots, which was its most since a Big Ten Tournament game against Indiana on March 16, 2013.
Brad Davison led all scorers with 18 points against Illinois. Brevin Pritzl (16 points), Ethan Happ (16 points) and Khalil Iverson (13 points) also scored in double figures. But it was the play of freshman big man Nate Reuvers that was equally encouraging.
Reuvers recorded 5 blocks in 16 minutes against Illinois, and his ability to impact the game defensively has been his greatest asset early in his career. Badgers coach Greg Gard praised Reuvers for the manner in which he defended ball screens to stymie the Illini.
“His progression from late October when we scrimmaged Missouri when I couldn’t keep him on the floor to where he is now, I don’t know if I’ve seen a kid come that far in that short of time,” Gard said. “And the biggest thing he’s figured out is how we need to defend, specifically ball screens. …
“He has that uncanny ability. He learns really quick. He picks up on things. He’s a terrific listener. He understands concepts and he’s figured that part out in terms of what we do off ball screens, and he’s got length. He’s quick off the floor. He covers a lot of ground, and he’s just a pup yet, too. But we haven’t had a rim protector like that in a while and he’s obviously just beginning. He’s got a lot of things to get better at, but his instincts are terrific, and his work ethic is really good.”
Reuvers leads Wisconsin with 21 blocked shots despite playing fewer than half as many minutes as forwards Happ and Aleem Ford.
Pritzl’s performances have spanned the spectrum this season. He has been held scoreless three times, but he also is capable of producing some nice scoring punch from the outside. He was excellent against Illinois in finishing with 16 points and burying 3 of 6 3-point attempts.
Pritzl struggled during Wisconsin’s previous three losses from long range, connecting on 3 of 16 3-pointers. But he also has now scored in double figures in five of the last six games. The Badgers have needed someone else to emerge as a consistent scoring threat to complement Happ and Davison. It has taken longer than many would have liked, but Pritzl is capable of being that guy.
“I just got in the gym, made 500 a day, just something easy,” Pritzl said. “I think it helped a little bit. I got a little off rhythm late. Ethan hit me on a couple of good ones I should’ve knocked down. But I’ll get him back for those.”
Wisconsin has been hindered this season by injuries to guards D’Mitrik Trice and Kobe King. Trice underwent right foot surgery in December and has yet to return. King underwent left knee surgery and is out for the season. Those injuries have forced Davison to move from the off-guard spot into the point guard role. But Davison dislocated his left shoulder earlier in the season, and the ailment has continued to cause problems and limit his ability to use both hands during games.
Davison, who is averaging 12.1 points per game, is in rare company as a double-digit scorer in his rookie campaign. Over the last 20 years, Devin Harris, Alando Tucker and Happ are the only Badgers to average double figures in points during their freshman seasons.
Iowa lost 87-64 on Saturday at home against Purdue. The Hawkeyes have lost two straight games and are 10-11 overall, including 1-7 in the Big Ten — which puts them ahead of only winless Illinois in the conference standings.
Iowa has four players averaging double figures in scoring, led by Tyler Cook’s 14.5 points per game. Jordan Bohannon (13.3 points), Isaiah Moss (11.2 points) and Luke Garza (10.9 points) also are in double figures.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 2:30 AM
NFL Draft 2018 mock drafts have been updated going into the Super Bowl and before the Senior Bowl. You can find 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.
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
29. Jacksonville Jaguars
30. Minnesota Vikings
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 1:04 PM
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Four of the nine Florida football players suspended in August for their involvement in a credit card fraud matter, including star running back Jordan Scarlett, have been cleared to rejoin team activities, a source told SEC Country.
Scarlett, the Gators’ starting running back in 2016, wide receiver Rick Wells and linebackers Ventrell Miller and James Houston are enrolled in school and will join Florida’s offseason strength and conditioning program Wednesday.
Defensive end Keivonnis Davis, also one of the nine suspended last summer, is continuing to rehab from a non-football injury sustained in a scooter crash last fall. His future with the football program is uncertain.
The other suspended players had already announced or been reported to have left the program. Former star wide receiver Antonio Callaway declared for the NFL draft, offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort and Jordan Smith announced plans to transfer and defensive lineman Richerd Desir-Jones was reported to be transferring to Coffeyville Community College in Kansas.
It started looking more likely that Scarlett would return after he opted not to declare for the NFL draft as an early entrant by the deadline last week.
Scarlett had a breakout sophomore season in 2016, rushing for 889 yards and 6 touchdowns on 5.0 yards per carry. He was set to take on an even bigger role last fall before being suspended the week of Florida’s season opener against Michigan.
He’ll rejoin a deep Gators backfield that also returns junior Lamical Perine (the Gators’ leading rusher in 2017 with 562 yards and 8 TDs on 4.1 YPC), sophomore Adarius Lemons (7.2 YPC on 19 attempts) and incoming 4-star freshmen Dameon Pierce and Iverson Clement.
And eventually sophomore Malik Davis, who was a breakout star last season with 526 yards and 2 TDs on 6.7 YPC before sustaining a serious season-ending knee injury, will rejoin the team as well. Neither Florida nor Davis’ family has provided an expected timetable for his return.
As for the other reinstated players, Miller and Houston were freshmen last season and thus have yet to play for the Gators. But with Florida’s lack of proven depth at linebacker, the 3-star prospects give the team a couple more intriguing options to evaluate.
Wells, meanwhile, has also yet to play in a game. The former 3-star prospect redshirted as a freshman before missing all of last season.
This brings a conclusion to the credit card fraud saga that hung over Florida’s 2017 season.