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Hogan to replace Kizer as starting QB for Browns game vs. Texans

Published: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 @ 9:38 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 @ 9:51 AM

            CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 08: Kevin Hogan #8 of the Cleveland Browns drops back for a pass in the second half against the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 8, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 08: Kevin Hogan #8 of the Cleveland Browns drops back for a pass in the second half against the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 8, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Browns head coach Hue Jackson announced this morning that Kevin Hogan will start Sunday’s game at Houston. Hogan replaced rookie DeShone Kizer in the second half of last week’s 17-14 loss to the Jets. Kizer started the first five games of the season.

Hogan is the 28th different staring quarterback for the Browns since 1999.

“I’ve made the decision to start Kevin this week,” Jackson said in a statement. “We’ve liked what Kevin has been able to do within our offense when he’s been in there and he will ‪start on Sunday because that’s what we feel is best for our team at this point in time. This does not change the way we feel about DeShone going forward. He has worked extremely hard and still very much has a bright future. Right now, it’s better for him and his development to back up Kevin.”

The Browns (0-5) meet the Texans at 1 p.m. Sunday. The game will be broadcast on WHIO-TV Ch. 7 and AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO.

No one on Arkansas’ roster was even alive last time Hogs won at Florida

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 1:00 AM

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Arkansas football rules the world of Razorbacks sports. So, with your bacon, have some Hogs for Breakfast and get caught up. It’s SEC Country’s weekday column and roundup on all things Arkansas … especially Arkansas football. Opinion, numbers, inane babble and more! And now with ironic exclamation points! There is no place like it on the web.

Kentucky and Florida. Those two teams have been the class of the SEC — in basketball — for the last 20 years.

Just on the outskirts of that top 2 lingers Arkansas. In the last three years, combined, a strong case could be made that the Razorbacks stand third in that hierarchy. For the first 10 years the Hogs were in the SEC, they were, at worst, second best. There’s just the matter of all that time in-between.

That time includes this nasty stretch Arkansas has endured against Florida. Really, the whole history of the series has been more or less a disaster. In fact, Wednesday night, Arkansas will seek its first win in Gainesville since 1995. For some perspective, no one on Arkansas’ current roster was even born when the Hogs won 94-85 that year.

What’s worse is recent history. Arkansas has just one win total in its last 13 games against the Gators. So, you’ll have to pardon anyone who thinks the Razorbacks, at 2-3, have a “good” chance to go down and beat the 4-1 Gators this year.

Of course, it doesn’t mean it can’t happen. Just a stretch. A win would do Arkansas a ton of good. Not only would the Razorbacks return to .500 in SEC play, but it would keep the top of the conference — at which Florida currently is in second — from extending that lead. Such a hole would be mighty tough to extricate from.

T.J. Smith has loads of potential

McTelvin Agim is a given on the Arkansas defensive line. Everyone else? Jobs are open.

T.J. Smith, Briston Guidry and Austin Capps all return with regular rotation experience from 2017. All three had capable moments. All three had moments of disarray.

Their positional unit is the one on defense that needs to make the biggest jump. If one of those three can provide more consistency, Agim can be freed up to take more advantage of his raw talent.

Our bet is the jump comes from Smith. It doesn’t have to be a huge jump. But even a slight move upward will go a long way in helping Arkansas’ defense become better than 13th in the SEC.

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  • The quarterback position under Chad Morris may not change in obvious ways to laypersons. But the truth is, based off numbers, the QBs are going to get a lot more work than they did under Bret Bielema.
  • Anyone who watched the Arkansas football team the last couple years knows the Razorbacks could use some dominant players on the offensive line. Ryan Winkel could be one. He’s high on the Hogs and visiting soon.
  • The ceiling is the floor. Never have figured out what that phrase means. But John Nabors and I tackle the question of what the ceiling is for Morris at Arkansas in the Full Tilt Boogie podcast.
  • The Arkansas baseball team was ranked in the top 5 in’s preseason poll. In the three major polls released so far, the Hogs are top 10 in all of them. SEC Country’s preseason Power Poll also will make its debut next month.

Tweets and the like

• It was an historic day Monday for Arkansas track and field, nay NCAA Track and Field.

• Hudson Henry is the younger brother of former Arkansas tight end Hunter and current Arkansas linebacker Hayden. Not coincidentally, Michigan just hired former Razorbacks offensive coordinator Dan Enos, who is familiar with the family.

• Episode 4, y’all.

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Hayden Hurst reflects on time at South Carolina; plus, Gamecocks freshman lineman wants to play early

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 1:00 AM


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Moving on

As former South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst moves closer to his dream of playing in the NFL, he can’t help but be thankful for his time with the Gamecocks.

“I owe everything that I’ve become to this university. I came on as a walk-on and not many people knew who I was,” he said. “I had a dream, had a vision and I worked every day to try to make it happen. Coach [Will] Muschamp and his staff came in here and gave me an opportunity and I kind of ran with it. I love this city. This place changed my life.”

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound tight end departed the program with 100 catches for 1,281 yards and 3 touchdowns, as well as 1 rushing score, through three seasons.

Hurst earned first-team All-SEC honors in 2017 after leading the conference’s tight ends with 41 catches for 518 yards.

‘Try to outwork’

Three-star center and Class of 2018 prospect Hank Manos has already enrolled at South Carolina and begun his push for playing time along the Gamecocks offensive line.

“[Offensive line coach Eric Wolford] said there’s some competition. Obviously, there’s always going to be competition in a college setting, but there’s nobody that he doesn’t think that I [can’t] out-effort and out-tough,” Manos said. “That’s my goal, as far as playing, just try to outwork, try to out-tough. That’s what I learned from Chapin.”

The Chapin (S.C.) High School standout was rated as the No. 7 overall prospect in South Carolina for 2018, per the 247Sports composite.

Stepping up

When South Carolina wide receiver Deebo Samuel broke his leg against Kentucky in Week 3, freshmen receivers OrTre Smith and Shi Smith were thrust into the spotlight — and, according to John Del Bianco of The Big Spur, the duo delivered.

“Shi finished with 29 catches for 409 yards and 3 touchdowns, good for the second-most receiving yards by a true freshman in the conference. He had no drops, which led a group that led the SEC in drop rate,” Del Bianco wrote. “OrTre was right behind him, third in the SEC with 326 yards on 30 catches for 3 touchdowns.”

OrTre and Shi were ranked as the No. 1 and No. 2 prospects, respectively, in South Carolina in the 2017 recruiting cycle.

You’ll be missed

Who will the Gamecocks miss the most in 2018? Outside of Hurst, linebacker Skai Moore may be the toughest to replace, per The State’s Josh Kendall.

Moore is only the 15th player in college football history to lead his team in tackles for four years. The Cooper City, Fla., native finished his career at South Carolina with 351 total tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 5 sacks and 14 interceptions.

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Talent-rich state

South Carolina boasts some of the top basketball prospects in the 2019 recruiting cycle, including 4-star power forward D.J. Burns, 4-star point guard Deuce Dean and 3-star center Malcolm Wilson.

Burns is among the most in-demand prospects in the country, already boasting offers from Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina, Oklahoma State and more.

“[South Carolina coach Frank Martin] talks to my parents a lot, but I don’t really talk to him as much, but he’s still [in contact],” Burns said of the Gamecocks’ pursuit. “I talk to coach [Perry] Clark. Coach Clark is the one who really talks to me.”

According to the 247Sports composite, eight of country’s top 200 prospects for 2019 call South Carolina home.

On the court

Former 5-star SF Brian Bowen and PG Rakym Felder joined the South Carolina men’s basketball team in pre-game warmups for the first time this season on Tuesday night.

Because of NCAA transfer rules, Bowen, who arrived by way of Louisville, must sit out this season.

Felder rejoined the team this semester after being suspended from the team and university over the summer. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native averaged 5.6 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game as a freshman last season on South Carolina’s Final Four team.

Upset at CLA

The excitement didn’t end with the new faces in the pre-game shootaround on Tuesday night.

South Carolina rallied from a 14-point deficit to topple No. 18 Kentucky 76-68 at Colonial Life Arena. Junior forward Chris Silva scored a game-high 27 points, with graduate transfer guard Frank Booker chipping in with 18 points off the bench.

With the win, South Carolina improved to 12-6 overall and 3-3 in the SEC.

The game against the Wildcats was the first in a critical two-game home stand for the Gamecocks. South Carolina hosts No. 21 Tennessee on Saturday.

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Nebraska picks up 3-star DE commit; more in-home visits from Huskers

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 1:00 AM

Nebraska football is the No. 1 topic in  Big Red Rising every day — but we cover news, notes and analysis from across Huskers sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Huskers football, recruiting, basketball and more.

A big time commitment

Nebraska picked up a commitment from defensive end Casey Rogers on Tuesday. The 3-star prospect from Avon, Conn., shared the news on Twitter after officially visiting the Huskers last weekend.

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More and more visits

There’s no time to rest for coach Scott Frost and his staff. In fact, the Nebraska staff has hit the recruiting trail hard and the official visits haven’t slowed down with just a few weeks to go until National Signing Day.

Football and friendship

Cam’ron Jones is an uncommitted 4-star safety that Nebraska would love to add to its 2018 class. For Jones, he would like to stick with his friend Corbin Frederick no matter where he goes. Frederick has a walk-on offer from the Huskers.

A lock to commit?

Who is potentially a lock to commit to Nebraska before National Signing Day on Feb. 7? Miles Jones, a 3-star recruit, is definitely on the list and he just de-committed from Vanderbilt on Tuesday.

Following his family

Anthony Banderas plans to keep Nebraska in the family, opting to walk-on with the Huskers and follow in his dad’s and his brother’s footsteps.

Pro Big Red

According to Pro Football Focus, former Huskers Ndamukong Suh was the highest graded player for the Miami Dolphins last season.

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Wisconsin a winner at NFL draft deadline; former Badgers LB Joe Schobert selected for Pro Bowl

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 1:00 AM

Wisconsin football and basketball are always the main topics in Bucky’s Breakfast, Land of 10’s daily Badgers notebook — but we cover news, notes and analysis across Badgers sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Wisconsin football, recruiting, basketball and more.

Badgers among winners at draft deadline

Wisconsin lost cornerback Nick Nelson early to the NFL, but the return of linebacker T.J. Edwards, left tackle Michael Deiter and right guard Beau Benzschawel make the Badgers winners at the draft deadline, according to ESPN.

Joe Schobert in the Pro Bowl

Former Badgers linebacker Joe Schobert is headed to the Pro Bowl. In his second year with the Cleveland Browns, Schobert had 144 tackles, tied for the most in the NFL.

Jack Cichy just needs a chance

Injuries have hurt his draft stock, but what linebacker Jack Cichy put on tape in limited action will be good enough to get him an opportunity in the NFL, writes Sean Keeler.

Recruiting notebook

In his latest recruiting notebook, Jesse Temple looks at a late scholarship offer in the 2018 class, the arrival of Wisconsin’s early enrollees and Michigan visiting Badgers’ 2019 QB commit Graham Mertz.

Shrine Game week continues

Following Day 2 of Shrine Game practices, Wisconsin linebacker Leon Jacobs was spotted talking with staff from the Detroit Lions, while safety Natrell Jamerson reportedly chatted with the Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Chargers.

Also, the official heights and weights of the players were published, and Jacobs, Jamerson and defensive lineman Alec James were all a bit smaller than listed on the school’s roster.

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Wisconsin whipped at Purdue

The Badgers were no match for No. 3 Purdue on Tuesday night, losing 78-50 to drop to 9-10 on the year. It’s the latest in a season they’ve been under .500 since 1998 — the last time the program missed the NCAA Tournament.

Wisconsin rookies honored

The Badgers had a pair of players taken in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft and both were big hits for their teams. Outside linebacker T.J. Watt (Pittsburgh) and offensive lineman Ryan Ramczyk (New Orleans) were each named to the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie Team.

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